Dominant Australia seal series win
Australia completed an emphatic innings-and-37-run triumph over India in the third Test at Perth to wrap up the four-match series with a game to spare.
Ben Hilfenhaus made three breakthroughs in a single over shortly after lunch as Australia took the final four wickets without conceding a run to secure victory early in the afternoon session.
Virat Kohli had kept Australia's victory push at bay when he batted through the morning session, but, following Hilfenhaus’ stunning triple-strike, he fell to Peter Siddle in the fourth over after lunch.
Hilfenhaus finished with figures of 4-54, after being on a hat-trick during an over that saw him have Vinay Kumar and Zaheer Khan caught by Michael Clarke at first slip.
The Tasmanian narrowly missed the hat-trick but had Ishant Sharma caught at short-leg two balls later before Siddle removed Kohli, who provided the one bright spot for India with his Test-best 75, as the tourists were bowled out for 171.
India never recovered from a disastrous first day when they were rattled out for 161 before David Warner smashed the equal-fourth quickest Test century from 69 balls.
Their veteran top-order folded in both innings, as they failed to deal with a fast-paced WACA wicket that Australia’s four-pronged pace attack thrived on.
Defeat was also India’s seventh consecutive defeat on away soil and leaves them facing another whitewash tour after their 4-0 reverse in England in the summer.
Australia began the day needing six wickets to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and their progress was initially slowed by Kohli and Rahul Dravid as they negotiated the opening hour, despite the wicket showing some demons.
Ryan Harris in particular was getting it to seam off the cracks that were opening wider on another hot day. The right-armer could have bowled both batsmen, with deliveries that nipped back only to narrowly miss the stumps, but the India pair could feel as though they had earned their good fortune, having demonstrated admirable application.
Kohli, in his seventh Test, deservedly brought up his third half-century just before drinks when he flicked Mitchell Starc to the midwicket rope in typically confident style.
The 23-year-old was staking a claim to move up the order in place of some of India’s faltering stars, but, as he hit full flow, his partners fell around him.
Dravid, who turned 39 earlier this week, looked set to follow Kohli in reaching 50, but was then bowled once again as Harris finally got his reward.
Having battled to 47, Dravid attempted to drive a full, inswinging delivery through midwicket, only to see his leg stump uprooted.
The veteran’s departure ended a fighting 84-run stand, but with India so far behind they needed more of the same to have any hope.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was unable to provide the resistance his team required as he edged Siddle low to Ricky Ponting at second slip, and India’s tail completely fell apart after that to leave them facing another whitewash in Adelaide in a fortnight.