R Ashwin struck off the second delivery of the day to get India's attempt to defend 75 on the third day of the Indore Test off to a good start. In the second ball, he had Usman Khawaja caught behind with a similar delivery after getting one to rip past Khawaja's outside edge in the first. Khawaja's review went in vain, but that proved to be India's lone moment of ecstasy on the last day.
After settling down, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne started to find a decent measure of the spinners after being kept on a tight leash for more than ten overs by Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin.
Head took on Ashwin for a four and a six in the same over to start the charge, which was followed by Labuschagne's loft off Jadeja. The spinners, who had also changed the ball at the tenth over, were put off by the sudden run flow. Australia, on the other hand, began to accelerate even though Ashwin continued to operate as before from one end.
Head slammed Umesh Yadav through the cover area for another boundary to get close to a fifty, but Labuschagne finished the game by lofting Ashwin over midwicket before he could have a chance.
With the victory, Australia won the series for the first time, and India lost for the third time in six years at home, two of those losses coming against Steve Smith-led Australia.
Australia's place in the World Test Championship final at the Oval in June of this year was also secured by the victory.
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