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Home of Cricket bound India cemented their position as the number one Test playing nation with a convincing seven wicket win over Australia in Bangalore.
Half-centuries from Sachin Tendulkar and debutant Cheteshwar Pujara steered the hosts to their victory target of 207 in the final session of the match.
The 2-0 series win opens up a comfortable 11 point gap between India and South Africa at the top of the ICC World Test Championship.
Australia, who slipped to one place below England in the Championship, will now switch their attention to next months Ashes series after their failure to regain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
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Pujara impresses on debut
After falling, third ball, to a delivery from Mitchell Johnson which kept low in the first innings, 22-year-old Pujara grasped his chance in the second innings.
After destructive opener Virender Sehwag fell to Ben Hilfenhaus for only seven Pujara was promoted to number three. He scored 72 from 89 balls to thrust India towards their tricky target.
Together with first innings centurion Murali Vijay and double-centurion Tendulkar, Pujara gave India the impetus which eventually saw them home.
After Pujara’s departure to the disappointing Nathan Hauritz, Rahul Dravid joined Tendulkar. Those two, with their combined 314 Test matches experience, saw Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men home.
Tendulkar, whose sixth Test double century set up the victory, collected the Man of the Match and Series awards but praised the efforts of the team and Pujara in particular.
The Little Master said: "It’s been a great team effort to win this series, I’m very proud of the side.
"Pujara really showed his character in that partnership along with Vijay to set up the win."