Australia fall to series defeat in India


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India sealed a series victory over Australia with a six-wicket win in the third Test in Mohali today. In a tight finish on the last day, MS Dhoni hit three fours in a row to earn victory with just 15 balls remaining as he led his side to 133.

Australia were all out for 223, losing five wickets in the morning before the last two wickets put on 80. Phil Hughes made 69 and was unlucky to be lbw, then there was a middle-order collapse before Brad Haddin, Mitchell Starc and Xavier Doherty brought some respectability to the total.

India lost Murali Vijay, stumped off Doherty, Cheteshwar Pujara lbw to Nathan Lyon, Virat Kohli, who chipped to midwicket, and Sachin Tendulkar, run out, before wrapping up the win. The dropped Shane Watson will return to the Australia squad for the final Test, which begins on Friday.