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Australia Beats India by 298 Runs to Complete 4-0 Cricket Sweep

Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Australia secured its first 4-0 Test cricket sweep of India in 44 years by winning their final match in Adelaide by 298 runs.

India, which resumed at 166-6 on the final day chasing the victory target of 500, lost its last four wickets within an hour of play starting today at the Adelaide Oval. Spin bowler Nathan Lyon wrapped up the win when he had Umesh Yadav caught behind to complete figures of 4-63.

It was India’s second straight 4-0 sweep of defeats in an overseas series after losing all four matches in England last year. Australia last managed a 4-0 cleansweep of India in 1967-68.

Australia’s first-innings 604-7 declared, in which Ricky Ponting and captain Michael Clarke hit double centuries, set up the victory as India could only respond with 272. Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle was named the man-of-the-match after taking 5-49 in that innings.

Clarke took the Player of the Series award after amassing 626 runs at an average of 125.20, while Ponting finished with 544 runs at 108.80.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Baynes in Sydney at dbaynes@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Tighe at ptighe@bloomberg.net

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