India v Australia: Mahendra Dhoni leads hosts to series win

MS Dhoni
Third Test, Mohali (day five)
India 499 & 136-4 beat Australia 408 & 223 by six wickets
Match scorecard

India beat Australia by six wickets in the third Test in Mohali to complete a series victory over the tourists.

In a tight finish on the final day, skipper Mahendra Dhoni smashed three consecutive fours to earn victory with 15 balls remaining.

India, who now lead the four-match series 3-0, had been set 133 to win after bowling out Australia for 223 in their second innings.

Virat Kohli top-scored with 34 before Dhoni (18 not out) completed the win.

India's victory had been built upon a fantastic innings by man-of-the-match Shikhar Dhawan, who scored the fastest century on debut in Test cricket as India compiled 499 all out in their first innings in reply to Australia's 408 all out.

Opening batsman Dhawan, 27, took 85 balls to reach his 100 and went on to score 187 in an opening wicket stand of 289 with Murali Vijay (153).

"It's a dream come true," said Dhawan. "When I entered the game, I was nervous for three or four balls.

"But once I got into my rhythm I just played my natural game.

"I wanted to stay at the crease as long as possible, I didn't want to throw my wicket away. I will cherish this for the rest of my life."

Bowler Mitchell Starc had top-scored in Australia's first innings with a stylish 99 at number nine, with Steve Smith (92) also contributing.

But without the four players, including vice-captain Shane Watson, that coach Mickey Arthur dropped for the game as a disciplinary measure, the Australians were bowled out for 223 in their second innings.

That left India needing to chase down 133 in just 34 overs, which they achieved with Dhoni and Ravi Jadeja at the crease.

The fourth Test starts in Delhi on Friday.

We are using archive pictures for this series because several photo agencies, including Getty Images, have been barred from the ground following a dispute with the Board of Control for Cricket in India, while other agencies have withdrawn their photographers in protest.

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