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28 March 2017
India's Umesh Yadav, left, and Ajinkya Rahane celebrate India's Umesh Yadav, left, and Ajinkya Rahane celebrate

Steve Smith is proud of Australia's turnaround since the horrors of Hobart, but disappointment was the overriding emotion of the skipper after his side's eight-wicket loss to India in a Test cricket series decider.

Smith's side threatened to complete Australia's second Test series win in India since 1969 after shocking the top-ranked side during the series opener in Pune.

They had control of the second and third Tests early on, lost it, then showed good fight to front up to the fourth and final Test with the series level 1-1.

The tourists' push for a series victory, so full of promise during the past six weeks, unravelled during collapses in their first and second innings of the final Test.

It ended not with a bang, but a whimper. India hauled in the victory target of 106 with ease before lunch on day four of the final Test, completing a 2-1 series win.

"We have fought very hard throughout this series and to fall over at the final hurdle hurts," Smith said in Dharamsala on Tuesday.

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