India clinch historic first ever series on Australian soil

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Peter Handscomb was 28 not out and Pat Cummins was on 25, with Australia still needing another 287 runs to avoid the prospect of the follow-on after India posted 622-7 declared in their first innings.

India became the first team to have the option of asking Australia to follow on twice in a home summer as the hosts' list of unwanted records grew even longer.

This was after Australia were bowled out for 300 runs (104.5 overs) in their first innings and were asked to follow on, surrendering a lead of 322 runs.

Openers Usman Khawaja (4) and Marcus Harris (2) safely negotiated four overs until bad light and light drizzle forced an early end to an already heavily rain-disrupted day just before the rescheduled tea break.

Unfortunately for India, the light did not improve and no further play was possible in the evening session, allowing Australia's batsmen some respite in a series where it has been comprehensively outplayed by their counterparts.

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep (5-99) finally got his man to secure a second five-wicket haul in his sixth Test, though, trapping Hazlewood leg before wicket for 21, in a decision confirmed after a review.

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That brought Nathan Lyon to the crease but he was gone after five balls, out lbw without scoring to a full toss from Kuldeep.

Kuldeep claimed three wickets and Jadeja two as Australia collapsed from 122-1 at lunch to 198-6 shortly after tea in a pattern all too familiar for an Australian batting order yet to score a century this series. Starc finished on 29 not out.

"It's been a hard-fought series and they deserve to take home the trophy".

Australia haven't completed a four-Test series at home without at least one player reaching three figures.

India have all but confirmed their first series Test victory in Australia by batting for almost two full days in raising 622-7 declared with Pujara (193) and Pant (159 not out) scoring centuries.

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