Australia crash to innings defeat on Day 4
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja ran rings around the Australian batsmen on Tuesday morning to lead India to a win by an innings and 135 runs on Day 4 of the second Test at Hyderabad. The win puts India 2-0 up in the 4 match Border-Gavaskar Series.
The day held possibilities for Australia, they had 8 wickets in hand to cover a 192 run deficit and their best batsman of the tour Michael Clarke was yet to bat. But it began to unravel in the third over of the day when Ishant Sharma picked up his first wicket of the series, getting Shane Watson to edge one down the legside to MS Dhoni.
Michael Clarke and Ed Cowan had added 33 for the fourth wicket, taking the Australian score past 100 when Jadeja spun a beautifully accurate delivery past Clarke’s tight defence, uprooting his offstump. In his next over, he drew Cowan forward before spinning the ball sharply away from him, the batsman’s attempt at a cut proved fatal, ricocheting off Dhoni’s pads to be pouched by Sehwag at slip. Jadeja wasn’t done yet and despite a fumble while collecting the ball as he ran in from cover, his direct hit caught Moises Henriques well short of the crease at the batsman’s end. From 108/3, Australia had slid to 111/6.
Glenn Maxwell and Wade added 8 runs before the debutant was done in by a carrom ball from Ashwin. Jadeja (3/33) then picked up his third wicket, Virat Kohli plucking an edge from Peter Siddle that was headed for Sehwag at slip via Dhoni’s gloves and pads. Sehwag took another catch anyway, accepting an edge from Wade off the very next ball to give Ashwin his fourth wicket.
James Pattinson and Xavier Doherty blocked their way to a 1 run partnership for the last wicket that lasted 49 deliveries, their obstinate stay mocking skipper Michael Clarke’s declaration on Day 1 with Australia only 9 wickets down. Ashwin (5/63) ended the stand and grabbed his eighth five wicket haul in Tests when he had Pattinson LBW with a dart fired in sharp.
Australia had gone from 108/3 to 131 all out. Their 56 run opening partnership on the previous day meant they had lost all their wickets for a paltry 75. The win, MS Dhoni’s 22nd in 45 Tests put him ahead of Sourav Ganguly who with 21 wins from 49 Tests was India’s incumbent most successful skipper in Tests.
Cheteshwar Pujara had made 204 and built a 370 run partnership with Murali Vijay to put India in control. Australia’s two innings put together read 368/19. For his efforts, Pujara picked up the Man of the Match award.