Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney, 4th day January 5, 2012

Another humbling defeat

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Stats highlights from Australia's emphatic innings win in the second Test in Sydney

In the 100th Test at the SCG, Australia completely bossed the game from day one and handed India their sixth consecutive away defeat. Here are highlights from a facile win that sees Australia go up 2-0 up with two to play.

  • This is the tenth time that Australia have beaten India by an innings in Tests and their third innings victory against India in Tests at the SCG after the wins in 1981 and 2000. India's highest margin of defeat at the venue is the innings and 141 run loss in 2000. Australia's last innings victory came against West Indies in Brisbane in 2009.
  • India have now lost three of their last six away Tests by an innings. On their tour of England, they lost the Edgbaston and Oval Tests by an innings. It is also the first time since 1967-68 that India have lost six straight away Tests. The last time this happened was between 1959 and 1968 when they lost 17 straight away matches including two consecutive series 5-0 in England and West Indies.
  • India's record at the SCG now stands at 1-5. The last time they won a Test at the venue was back in 1978. Since then, they have lost three and drawn two matches.
  • Michael Clarke became only the fifth player to score a triple-century and pick up a wicket in the same Test. Graham Gooch, Sanath Jayasuriya, Chris Gayle and Virender Sehwag are the other players to achieve the feat.
  • In their last 22 innings (completed and declared innings), India have passed 300 only four times. This is the first time since the final Test in West Indies that India have managed to cross 300.
  • Ben Hilfenhaus, who picked up his second five-wicket haul in the series, has taken 15 wickets in his last two matches at an average of 18.06. In contrast, in the last Ashes series, he picked up just seven wickets in the entire series at an average close to 60.
  • Australia have now improved their head-to-head record in home Tests against India to 24-5. Their overall record against India now stands at 36-20.
  • The 100th Test at the SCG ended in a victory for the home team. At both Lord's and Melbourne, the only other venues to host 100 Tests, the home team ended up winning the 100th Test. For England, it was the two-wicket win in 2000 against West Indies and for Australia, it was their 337-run win in the Boxing Day Test in the 2007 series against India.
  • Sachin Tendulkar put on his ninth century stand with VVS Laxman. He has been involved in more century stands with Rahul Dravid (20), Sourav Ganguly (12) and Mohammad Azharuddin (9).
  • Tendulkar scored his 65th half-century in Tests and his fifth fifty-plus score in Sydney in five Tests. He has now scored 785 runs at the venue at an average of 157.00.
  • The 56-run stand between R Ashwin and Zaheer Khan is the eighth fifty-plus partnership for the eighth wicket for India in Tests in Australia. Three of these have come in matches played since 2008.

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  • Dummy4 on January 7, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Well said Mr orlurmsana you are very correct he is the player who always playes for improving his own records,shabsh !!!

  • Dummy4 on January 7, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    its better for Sachin / Dravid to retire respectfully....and make a way for players like Saleem Jaffer / manoj Tiwary / Rohit Sharma...Dravid was clean bowled middle stump 5 times now in 2 time of a no-ball...even Sachin is playing for himself...Dhoni claiming his side will come-bak in last 2 Test...if they dont then atleast Sehwag and Gambhir shud also be exited from the National Team..!!

  • Anuj on January 7, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    @orlurmsana: being a Sachin fan i agree i am partial towards him. but do u suggest that he bats for himself and his doing well isnt benefitting the team? you can keep saying that he is playing for himself but in doing that is he not also playing for the team? or do u expect him to start playing badly so his score blends in with the general individual scores of our team. his playing well is definitely improving his personal stats but it also happens to benefit the team. so next time before expressing your personal grudges against anybody in public, not just tendulkar, use your mind because you make yourself look more than just foolish.

  • Banad on January 7, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Oh Common.. stop blaming Indian team so much by saying they are only good at subcontinent.. even the great Australian side never won matches when they travel sub continent, so are they flat track bully ??

  • aashish on January 7, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    @orlurmasana...what the other 10 players did for India??why Sachin is criticized even if he scores.If he was worried about his avg. he could have crossed Bradman's 100 easily but he plays only for team India..Do you even care SRT has 20 centuries against the world's top team Australia with an avg of 55.Compare this to Dravid who scored just 2 centuries in almost as many matches and playing more deliveries.So who is playing for the records??

  • Muhammad on January 7, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    After this series, Australia will be no 3 in ranking and India no 4. Both back where they belong.

  • Dummy4 on January 6, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    @orlurmsana: So the problem is that he is scoring runs when the others failed to stand against the Ausie bowlers?? Isnt a batsman supposed to be scoring runs, anywhere and everywhere?? & not sure what do you mean by "SRT plays only for himself"?? Every run he scores contributes equally to the team's cause...If the team does not collectively click as a unit you tend to lose matches! So how does it make Tendulkar selfish?? whatever happened to common sense...?

  • Dummy4 on January 6, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Openers continue to expose the middle order? But wait, Aussies were 37 for 3 and its their middle order that picked up the slack from their first 3. I assume, if not above, Indian middle order is atleast on par with Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey? And they were not facing McGrath, Gillespie, Brett Lee and Warne together. Ok, its a given that Pattinson is bowling well. But wickets to HIlfenhaus is school cricket you left 3 balls out and the 4 ball came in. BTW, our "test" specialists went to AZ 10 days earlier this time and you were supposed to start stronger. Why is that we always wait till our rear is on fire?Opening slot needs a change. Drop Kohli and push Dravid down. Let Abhinav Mukund open, Gambhir can come in one drop and Dravid can bat after Tendulkar. On the bowling front, we need to replace the tired legs. Mithun should walk in. But having watche Haryana's Harshal Patel. Someone who is hitting the deck hard like him would be a good choice.

  • bhu on January 6, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    @orlurmsana . so what do u want him to do differently. he was the only one to play well. did u want him to bat for everyone. if he had got out on zero, would that have helped. if he had scored a century would that have helped. u statement doesnt make any sense. how has he been selfish in scoring those runs in this match and how could he have been unselfish ?

  • saurav on January 6, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    its amazes me how people are behind sachin.. they say he is playing for his records, he is selfish player, he is not letting youngsters come to the side and all this and that blah blah... let me just remind you again... as many times in past also in this game also he is the highest scorer for india.. 141 runs.. its not his fault that his team lost because the bowlers could not bowl out Australia even once and other batsmen did not perform as they should have.. About youngsters tell me who has the caliber to replace him.. Kohli has been the best among youngsters.. he has failed again and again.. Rohit has not been upto mark most of the times even in one days.. who is as good as him and waiting to play for india... Cricket is a team game and to win a game 4 to 5 players has to be outstanding performer with others supporting these 4 to 5 players... Its very rare that a single person can win test on his own.. and more rare for a batsmen to do it...

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