India have clinched a first-ever series victory in Australia after the fourth Test in Sydney ended in a draw.
Play was called off due to persistent rain on the final day of the Test without a single ball being bowled, the draw giving India a 2-1 series win.
Australia had been due to resume their innings on six for no loss, following on from 300 all out in their first innings and chasing India’s mammoth total of 622 for seven.
It was the third day in a row that play in Sydney was affected by bad light or wet weather, with only 25.2 overs possible on day four on Sunday.
After play was abandoned at 2.30pm local time (3.30am GMT) on Monday, India captain Virat Kohli hailed his team as he spoke of his pride at the historic victory.
Quoted on the International Cricket Council (ICC) website, he said: “Having been to this country three times, to do something that has never been done before is very special.”
He added: “This is just a stepping stone for us. This is a very young side. We have the belief.”
Australia captain Tim Paine said India had “outplayed us in the big moments”.
He was quoted as saying: “I think we have to tip the hat to India. We know how difficult it is to win overseas.”
Pakistan’s batsmen rallied to avoid an innings defeat but South Africa will need just 41 runs on the fourth day of the second Test in Cape Town to wrap up a 2-0 series win.
A century stand between Asad Shafiq and Shan Masood and a dogged 72 from Babar Azam enabled the tourists to reach a respectable 294 in their second innings.
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Play had been delayed in the morning for four hours due to rain, but the hosts had eventually resumed on 236-6 before crumbling to 300 all out.
With India 322 runs ahead after their first innings declaration on 622-7, Virat Kohli commanded Australia to go out and bat again in what was their first follow-on on home soil for 30 years.
Baggy Green openers Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja made it through four overs before the light dimmed and play was abandoned for the day.
Mohammed Shami struck first in the little play there was as he clean bowled Pat Cummins – scorer of a gritty half-century in Melbourne – just three deliveries after the new ball was taken.
A dashing Peter Handscomb knock came to an end on 37 when he dragged on Jasprit Bumrah and Nathan Lyon fell to a full toss from Kuldeep Yadav five balls later.
Australia’s grim innings could have ended even sooner if not for a Hanuma Vihari drop while Josh Hazlewood was on a duck. The Australia paceman went on to compile 42 with Mitchell Starc for the last wicket, but Yadav eventually picked up the latter for his five-wicket haul.
There is surely no stopping India from securing their first-ever Test series victory in Australia now, needing just a draw to wrap up a series they already lead 2-1.