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04 December 2023

India v Australia 2nd Test: India crush Aussies

Ravichandran Ashwin of India bowls during day two of the second Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 4, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (GETTY)

By Allaam Ousman

India won the second Test against Australia by an innings and 135 runs at lunch on the fourth day at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Australia were bowled out for 131 during an extended morning session during which they lost eight wickets for 57 runs in 35 overs.

India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series having won the first match in Chennai by 212 runs.

This is India's sixth biggest Test win winning by an innings with a day and half to spare.




Ashwin finished with a rich haul of five for 63 while Jadeja complemented the off spinner by claiming three for 33.

Interestingly Australia's combined total of 368 (237-9 declared and 131) was two runs less than the partnership between Vijay and Pujara virtually single handedly destroyed the opposition during their 370-run stand.

Pattinson was the last man out trapped leg before by Ashwin for a duck after surviving 27 balls.

Dhoni (below) now has most wins by an Indian captain (22 in 45 matches) eclipsing Saurav Ganguly who won 21 of his 49 matches as Test captain.

Indeed Dhoni is the most successful Indian captain of all time having won a 50-over World Cup and a T20 World Cup.

Australia became the first team to lose by an innings after declaring their first innings closed.

Australia collapsed in a heap after the fall of overnight Shane Watson with any addition to his score in the third over of the morning.

Left arm spinner Jadeja sounded the death knell for Australia by bowling skipper Clarke who was bowled playing inside a delivery which spun sharply and took his off stump.

Clarke (16) and Wade (10) were the only batsmen to make double figures on the fourth day as Jadeja wreaked havoc dismissing Henriques run out with a direct hit as Australia crashed to 111 for six.

"India deserve a lot of credit," said Michael Clarke. "They outplayed us in every facet of the game."

Clarke said they need to work hard and vowed to bounce back.

"There is no doubt we have a lot of work to do. In all facets of the game. There will certainly be no stone left unturned," he said.

He slammed the batsmen for lacking application.

"There is no excuse for that. There will be no break between the Test matches. There will be a lot of hard work, I can assure you," he added.

Indian skipper MS Dhoni said the start given by Bhuvneshwar Kumar on the first day was one of the key factors.

"It was important to get off to a good start. Bhuvneshwar provided that. You don't see fast bowlers getting too many in these conditions," he said.

He reiterated the importance of big partnerships after Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara laid the foundation for victory with an Indian record second wicket stand of 370.

"We often talk about long partnerships. If you get 40-50, you have to score big. That's what Pujara and Vijay did. That resulted in a massive partnership, which gave us the freedom to accelerate yesterday," he said.

Dhoni was once again modest after winning most matches as India's Test captain.

"Credit goes to the team and the support staff. And winning most matches as captain is a collective effort, and credit goes to each and everyone," he said.

Man of the match Cheteshwar Pujara who scored a monumental double century said he was under pressure to perform despite being a prolific run getter in the domestic circuit.

"I just got married, and my wife was worried I should perform. We knew that the new ball would do a bit. The plan was to not lose any wickets in that first session," he said.


Ashwin concedes a run after India send down five consecutive maiden overs with Doherty taking a single.

Australia are all out for 131 in 67 overs in their second innings on day four of the second Test against India at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Pattinson survives a confident leg before appeal off Harbhajan stretching forward while the next delivery keeps agonisingly low.

Harbhahan has been brought into the attack to finish off Australia.

James Pattinson and Xavier Doherty are making a last-ditch stand playing down a couple of maiden overs each from Jadeja and Ashwin to delay the inevitable.

India are pressing for an innings victory to go home for lunch and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match Test series.

Wade is dismissed the next ball caught by Sehwag off Ashwin as Australia fall like nine pins.

Jadeja gets his third wicket as Peter Siddle is caught by Kohli after being adjudged not out the previous ball.

Ashwin gets Maxwell who survives successive appeals for leg before off Jadeja in the previous over but has to go this time.

Maxwell faced 22 balls to make 8 hitting one boundary.

Australia don't want to go down without a fight as Wade and Maxwell hit a couple of boundaries off Jadeja and Ashwin.

Wade drove Jadeja through the covers while Maxwell swept him to fine leg.

Ashwin has bowled a maiden over to Mathew Wade with Australia having lost four wickets for 36 runs on the fourth morning.

Jadeja sents down a maiden to new batsmen Glenn Maxwell with Australia's hopes of avoiding an innings defeat fading fast.

Australia are falling like nine pins as India tighten the noose.

Jadeja is turning out to be the tormentor Australia sending back Moises Henriques for a duck with a direct hit.

Henriques responded to a call from Wade but failed to make his ground despite a fumble from Jadeja.

Jadeja has struck a double blow as Cowan edges to Sehwag at slip.

Cowan who had a charmed innings with substitute Dhawan failing to hang on to a couple of half chances departs for 44 after facing 150 balls having hit six boundaries.

Jadeja has sounded the death knell for Australia beating Clarke with a ball which spun viciously and knocked his off stump.

Jadeja strikes a deadly blow taking the prized wicket of Michael Clarke who is bowled.

Clarke departs for 16 after facing 31 balls having hit one six.

Cowan has hit his second boundary of the morning rocking back and cutting Ashwin past point.

Ashwin has been introduced back into the attack to thundering applause from the appreciative crowd.

Clarke survives a confident for a leg before off Jadeja who was hit for a boundary through point by Cowan.

Sharma continues his excellent spell by bowling a maiden over to Cowan.

Clarke tries to break India's stranglehold by dancing down the wicket and sending Jadeja sailing over mid off for a six.

Clarke survives a confident appeal for a catch behind off Sharma on the leg side as India begin to strangle Australia.

Ishant Sharma strikes in the third over of the morning as Shane Watson departs without any addition to his overnight score caught behind on the leg side by Dhoni.

This is the first wicket of the series for Sharma who went wicketless in the Chennai Test.

Left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has been handed the ball from the other end and also bowls a maiden to Shane Watson.

Ishant Sharma opens the attack on day four and bowls a maiden to Ed Cowan.

Australia will be fighting with their backs to the wall while the Indian spinners bowl with their tails up when play resumes on day of the second Test at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

The tourists recovered after losing two wickets in quick succession in their second innings to reach 74-2 in 32 overs, still trailing by 192 runs.

Ed Cowan who was dropped by Dhoni on nought is unbeaten on 26 having faced 100 balls and hit four boundaries.

Shane Watson who blasted a six off Ashwin to open his account, is with him on 9 having faced 27 balls so far.

India were dismissed for 503 at tea on day three in reply to Australia's first innings total of 237 for nine declared.

Ominously for Australia, Ravichandran Ashwin who bagged 12 wickets in the first Test in Chennai, castled both David Warner and Phillip Hughes as they attempted ambitious sweep shots.

Ashwin has been more effective against the left-handers after changing angles coming over the wicket.