India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 4th day

Losing after a first-innings declaration

Stats highlights from India's convincing win in the second Test of the four-match series

S Rajesh

March 5, 2013

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R Ashwin is congratulated by M Vijay after David Warner's wicket, India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 3rd day, March 4, 2013
R Ashwin has eight five-fors in 14 Tests, an average of one every 1.75 matches © BCCI
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  • India's victory by an innings and 135 runs is their sixth-largest in Tests, and their second-best against Australia - they'd won by an innings and 219 in Kolkata in 1998. All of those six wins have come in the subcontinent - four in India and two in Bangladesh.

  • MS Dhoni has won 22 of his 45 Tests, the most by an Indian - Sourav Ganguly had won 21 out of 49. Seventeen of Dhoni's 22 wins have been in home Tests, where he has a 17-3 win-loss record in 26 matches. Mohammad Azharuddin is the next-best at home, with a 13-4 record. In away Tests, though, Dhoni's won only five out of 19 Tests, which is joint-second with Rahul Dravid (five out of 17). Ganguly won 11 out of 28 overseas.

  • Australia have lost at least two Tests in five of their last six series in India. During this period, South Africa, England and Pakistan all have better win-loss records in Tests in India.

  • This is the 11th instance of a team losing a Test after declaring in its first innings, but the first in which the team declaring has lost by an innings. The only other such instance for Australia was in the famous Headingley Test of 1981, when they declared at 401 for 9 in their first innings, and eventually ended up losing by 18 runs.

  • After an opening partnership of 56, Australia's next nine wickets put together only 75, their second-lowest ever against India (in innings in which they've been bowled out). Their only poorer effort was in the MCG Test of 1981, which they lost by 59 runs. In the fourth innings of that Test, Australia's last nine wickets put together 72.

  • Leaving aside the openers, the highest score by the other nine Australian batsmen in their second innings was Michael Clarke's 16. Only twice against India have Australia's nine batsmen from No.3 to No.11 had a lower top-score, in an innings in which they've been bowled out. In Mumbai in 2004, and in Delhi in 1969, the top-score by the non-openers was a run lesser.

  • Australia's batting average of 25.35 so far is their lowest in a series against India in which they've played at least two Tests.

  • R Ashwin's 5 for 63 in Australia's second innings is his eighth five-for, in his 14th Test. Only nine Indian bowlers have taken more five-fors. Among Indian bowlers who've taken at least eight five-fors, Ashwin's rate of 1.75 Tests per five-wicket haul is easily the best; the next-best is Subhash Gupte's 12 in 36 matches, a rate of one every three Tests.

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Posted by   on (March 6, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

My Team ;

Rogers, Cowan, Khawaja, Clarke, Wade, Johnson, Pattinson, Starc, Siddle, Harris, Hilfenhaus.

Australia holds the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and will retain the Trophy if we win the next two Tests. To do this we must take 20-Wickets in this Test and this team can take 20-Wickets in a Test Match.

Every bowler is quite capable with the bat so I am sure that they will adequately make up for the loss of a batsman.

We bowl first and we bowl hard. Short spells only!!! Go hard or go home!!!

20-Wickets .... Australia needs to take 20-Wickets.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

Totally nonsense declaration............waste of resources............if he wanted to give last 3/4 overs to Ind he should have asked his batters to slog from over 7 so that they might have added 30/40 additonal runs in attacking fields & Ind had to bat with low moral in last 3 overs

Posted by thelapal on (March 6, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

Chances of mitchell johnson playing are fair because Indian batsmen palyed starc very comfortably in chennai test so maxwell might not be playing now he has to give way for mitchie or starc.Coming to spin department australia has only one spinner now doherthy if maxwell is axed lyon might join doherthy so question is who will be axed for lyon ..yes it can be either pattinson or siddle it will be another big decision for ACB.In batting department khawaja will be in for hughes. If they try to include smith it will be another blunder for australia because smith never played tests in india giving him chance now in the kind of situation the team is in will be nothing but another blunder and adding new selection headaches for the final delhi test.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

@ sachin_vvsfan ..... this is one that I remember from some old reading that stuck in my mind. But I don't think that any of the big scores last year did it but I know it didn't happen when Lara scored his 400.

@ Craig Dengate .... it was so nice that you picked out one of the five examples of bad Captaincy that I bought up. Obviously you have little to say on the other four so maybe we agree on those.

So you reckon that Clarke worked the strike with Siddle?? While Dohni must have been finding it difficult to stand up, maybe after the first two overs Clarke may have realised that Siddle couldn't 'work the strike'. But there is one simple problem with your argument, "Why didn't he 'work the strike' with Pattinson??" As I pointed out Pattinson has a test average of 30+. Clarke should have 'worked the strike' with Pattinson if this was his intent.

Ps. Most dropped catches/missed stumpings in a season. Wade was looking good for this, so they selected XD and GM over Lyon.

Posted by TheFloater on (March 6, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

A lot has been said n written about Aussies first innings declaration. I fail to understand what difference another 10-15 runs would have made. In the context of the game it was brave and an intelligent decision, had he got a wicket or two in those three overs probably the scenario would have been totally different. India must have been caught off guard by the declaration.

Posted by thelapal on (March 6, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

It was blunder by clarke declaring for such a low score when you allow your no.10 and 11 to bat when the team is already struggling it will help them to learn batting and build confidence. Even though if they get out cheaply they will know how the pitch the behaving when they come to bowl they will go even harder at the batsmen thinking that they failed with the bat.It will help them to improve batting for rest of the series. By declaring on day one clarke has given hint to india team that his bowlers can't bat on this pitch. Clarke knows that in his mind on day one itself that 1st innings score is not enough on that pitch and india batsmen are in peak form.Picking maxwell is a blunder he never look like a quality spinner if they took him as a allrounder already they have 2 allrounders watson n henriques. Another blunder is dropping lyon its steve waugh suggestion to rest him for recharging his batteries.Now entire team has to recharge except clarke so mr.waugh they all need rest ?

Posted by   on (March 6, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

@Joseph Langford - Whilst I can tell from your comments you are clearly a Michael Clarke fan, just curious as to what you would do in the same circumstance? I mean I assume you average 50 plus with the bat at Test Cricket and would therefore have the ability to play with the tail. BTW, remember Steve Waugh and Michael Hussey. They used to give the strike to the tail as well - it used to give them confidence and occasionally turn into a big stand... I assume you rate them highly as well....

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