India finish 8 wicket win in Chennai Test
Cheteshwar Pujara edged a delivery from Nathan Lyon between the wicketkeeper and first slip to bring up India’s winning runs against Australia in the first Test at Chennai on Tuesday.
India began the day needing 1 Australian wicket and Ravindra Jadeja delivered that when he had Nathan Lyon caught at short leg in the 7th over of the day. It ended the obstinate 66 run 10th wicket partnership between Lyon and Moises Henriques, the debutant who saved Australia from an innings defeat with his dogged 81* (148b, 6x4, 2x6). All 20 Australian wickets in the match had fallen to Indian spinners – Ashwin taking 12/198, Jadeja 5/143 and Harbhajan Singh 3/142. India were set a target of 50 to win.
After surviving a furious first over from James Pattinson, Murali Vijay opened his account with a six off Lyon. But he fell when Pattinson returned, giving Henriques a catch at mid off. Virender Sehwag edged a few fours but was beginning to look set when he was out, edging one to first slip when defending an arm ball from Lyon. Sachin Tendulkar walked in and coolly hit the Australian offspinner for two huge sixes off the first two balls he faced.
Two overs later, Pujara unintentionally got the winning runs to give India an 8 wicket win to go 1-0 up in the 4 Test series.
In a match scripted by contributions from Michael Clarke, Ashwin, Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Dhoni and Henriques, the Indian skipper took home the Man of the Match award.
The second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be played at Hyderabad from 2nd March.