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Australia clinch series

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 2014 | 12:00 AM

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Australia reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a draw in the third Test yesterday, as India resisted the home team's attack and batted out the final afternoon session.

Virat Kohli (54) and Ajinkya Rahane (48) led India's resistance after an early collapse and the visitors reached 174-6, chasing the improbable victory target of 384, with stumps called four overs early.

Australia, knowing a draw would be enough to secure a series victory, waited until lunch to declare their second innings at 318-9 and ran out of time to bowl India out.

"We really didn't want to give India a sniff," Australia captain Steve Smith said. "We've got another series win, which is what we were after and hopefully we can finish well in Sydney."

India lost their first three wickets for just 19 runs to revive Australia's hopes of extending the series whitewash.

"We lost early wickets, we put pressure on ourselves and we had to fight it out and overall it's a good performance by the team," India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.

Dhoni (24 not out) and Ravichandran Ashwin (8 not out) steered India through to the close.

"It was difficult for us to be the winner by the time we started our batting," Dhoni said. "So from that point and after losing a couple of early wickets ... we were definitely in a position where we could have lost this game."