Indore, March 3 (Ians) Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne slammed unbeaten 49 and 28 respectively to take Australia to a comprehensive nine-wicket win over India in the third Test at Holkar Stadium on Friday.
Day three’s play began with Australia needing 76 runs to win on a minefield of a pitch. Despite losing Usman Khawaja early for a two-ball duck, Head and Labuschagne were able to make short work of the target and got the job done in 18.5 overs to make the four-game scoreline 2-1.
The victory also means that Australia have qualified for the World Test Championship final, to be held from June 7-11 at The Oval in London.
The day began with Ravichandran Ashwin getting an outside edge on Khawaja’s forward defence and Ks Bharat catching it behind. Khawaja went for a review, but replays showed a healthy spike on the UltraEdge, giving India some relief.