HYDERABAD: Even India wouldn’t have dreamed of an end so terse. A couple of hours into the opening session on the 4th day of the second Test, all hopes of a typical Australia fight back vaporized like acetone on warm skin. India ran away winners by an innings and 135 runs, having needed just 35 overs on Tuesday to take the 8 wickets that stood between them and a 2-0 lead in the 4-match series.
The victory took MS Dhoni past Sourav Ganguly as India most successful Test M.S.Dhoni presents captain: 22 wins in 45 matches, and Ganguly’s 21 in 49. For Australia, the statistics were less kind. They became the 1st team ever to lose by an innings after declaring their first innings closed.
Cheteshwar Pujara was named player of the Match for his 1st innings 204, his s2nd Test double hundred. India was also served well by Murali Vijay's 167 runs in the first essay.
Jadeja opened the bowling with Ishant Sharma and turned in 18 overs on the trot, his haul with the prized scalp of Michael Clarke (16) done in with a delectable away turner that slip side past the Aussie captain’s defenced and took out off stump. Although Clarke dismissal portended the shape of things to come, the going was sorry for his team right from the get-go.
Overnight batsman Shane Watson (10) became Ishant first victim of the match - his first, indeed, in the last 3 matches – in the 3rd over of the morning. The all-rounder, playing purely as a batsman here, was out chasing easy runs, patting a delivery down the leg-side to Dhoni behind wicket.
A sequence of rued chances followed. Ed Cowan, who had also resumed overnight, was missed on 31 by substitute Shikhar Dhawan at short leg, off the bowling of Jadeja. Clarke too survive a vociferous appeal for a catch down the leg-side against Ishant, and responded by going inside-out for six against the left-arm spinner in the next over.
the writing was now on the wall. Clarke was out to a Jadeja beauty, the kind that undid Moises Henrique’s in the 1st innings and Cowan, who was dropped again (44) by Dhawan at forward short-leg, finally ran out of luck. The left-handed opener went for the cut against Jadeja the resultant edge ricocheted off Dhoni’s pads and was pouched alertly by Virender Sehwag at slip. Jadeja next ran out Moises Henrique’s (0) with a direct hit from short cover.
IPL millionaire Glenn Maxwell (8) was trapped lbw off an Ashwin carom ball. Peter Siddle (4) departed to a mirror image of Cowan dismissal, the edge taken by Sehwag after it lobbed up from M.S.Dhoni pads. Mathew Wade and James Pattinson became Ashwin fourth and fifth victims in that order, the latter wicket ending things devastatingly in the home team’s favour.
Australia 1st Innings-237/9 Dec
M.Clarke-91(186) and Matthew Wade-62(144)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar-3(53) and R.Jadeja-3(33)
India 1st Innings Score-503/10
C.Pujara-204(341) and M.Vijay-167(361)
Glenn Maxwell-4(127) and Xavier Doherty-3(131)
R.Ashwin-5 (63) and 3 (33)