India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 4th day March 5, 2013

India go 2-0 up after Australia capitulate

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India 503 (Pujara 204, Vijay 167, Maxwell 4-127) beat Australia 237 for 9 dec (Clarke 91, Wade 62, Jadeja 3-33, Bhuvneshwar 3-53) and 131 (Ashwin 5-63, Jadeja 3-33) by an innings and 135 runs
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When India's confidence was rattled by the drubbings in Australia and England over the past two years, they took solace in their outstanding home record. Even that bit of relief had been taken away when Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann outspun India earlier this season, but India's belief at home has come surging back with two thumping victories over Australia.

Though it was widely expected that Australia would go down on the fourth day, few thought it would happen with the embarrassing rapidity that it did. Australia's batsmen were once again nonplussed by the turning ball to subside to 131 all out, handing India an innings-and-135-run victory and a 2-0 series lead.

If Australia's chances were slim at the start of the day, they vanished with two deliveries of vastly contrasting quality. Ishant Sharma got his first wicket of the series with a harmless ball sliding down the leg side which Shane Watson guided through to the wicketkeeper. Ravindra Jadeja, usually the butt of derogatory jokes from Indian fans despite a stellar first-class record, then produced the ball of the match, a delivery that drifted onto middle stump and spun back to beat Michael Clarke's forward defensive to crash into off.

From then it was only a matter of time. Ed Cowan had gritted it out for nearly three hours, forgetting the deliveries that ripped past his outside edge to concentrate afresh. Jadeja, with his tail up after that magic ball to Clarke, ended Cowan's resistance on 44 as an edge ricocheted off MS Dhoni's gloves deflected to Virender Sehwag at slip.

It got even better for Jadeja soon after as he lasered in a throw from cover to run out Moises Henriques, who was yards out despite Jadeja fumbling the ball before collecting it.

Then the man who started Australia's slide on Monday evening, R Ashwin, took over. He has kept his Twenty20 variations to a minimum this series, and cleverly used them against the lower order. Glenn Maxwell was looking towards square leg after attempting a flick only to be confounded by the carrom ball that was heading for the off stump. There was time left for Ashwin to complete his eighth five-for in 11 home Tests.

While the capitulation on Tuesday morning was painful viewing for Australia fans, much of the damage had been done by the batting failure on the first day, when the pitch was at its best. Just three months ago, the much-coveted No. 1 Test ranking was within Australia's grasp and Clarke and the team management seemed to be able to do no wrong. After the two defeats, he will be assailed by questions, just as Dhoni has been over the past couple of years.

The result will be a major source of relief for Dhoni, who after settling doubts over his Test batting in Chennai has now become India's most successful Test captain with 22 wins.

The next match is in Mohali, typically a swing-friendly surface, but given Australia's ineptness against spin, the curators are likely to work overtime to produce a turning track there as well.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • premnauth on March 7, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    How will indian cricket progress if only on spin doctored wicket they are winning? what message is being sent to young fast bowlers? How will their young batsman handle the likes of styne morkle, patterson and finn etc.the time have come for indian cricket to make the bold move and start preparing their youngsters on fast bowling friendly wicket so they can feel at home overseas

  • Shaggy076 on March 6, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    BobMartin - GO for England produce rank turners, are you able to produce the same dusty type of pitch that India prepare? Remember if its a slow turner like Sri Lanka we won over there and England didnt.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 6, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    Commiserations to Team Australia and Australian fans. Congratulations to Team India. Very strong performance. Aussie loss is not as a big a worry as the loss without any grit, determination and fight. Really felt sorry for them. Michael Clarke is due for a failure. What exactly would happen in such a test match with remaining batsmen scoring just the way they scored so far? Match would be done and dusted on 2nd or 3rd day. That's not what I want from the Aussies, with Ashes coming up. I want them to believe in themselves, back their skills and go and win Ashes. Please Clarke, pick Khawaja and Lyon for the next match. I don't see any point in ignoring your lead spinner in spin friendly conditions! Try to practice on uneven pitches. That would help immensely. Think!

  • bobmartin on March 6, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    What's all this guff about England won't provide spinning wickets... Why wouldn't they ? The Aussies have proved ineffective against India's spinners and England have better spinners than India. So if England can beat India at their own game in their own backyard..Aussie spin would hold no fears for the England batters.. On the other hand superior English spinners might put the wind up the Aussies..

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 6, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    It's time to get rid of Ishant Sharma and Sehwag. They are biggest non-performers for India. We can't win with such non-performers against a tough opponent like England or South Africa. Every team member needs to perform. If someone can't perform, Selectors should find a replacement - that's their main and only job. Jaffer/Chand can replace Sehwag and Shami Ahmed can replace Ishant.

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 6, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Indian Selectors - Now is the time to plan for the future. Get rid of 2 of our biggest non-performers - Sehwag and Ishant Sharma. We have an in-form Jaffer and Unmukt Chand who can do a better job than Sehwag. Shami Ahmed has already proved that he's a better bowler than Ishant.

  • ScottStevo on March 6, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    @brusselslion, Kumar didn't really trouble too much. Look at his 3 wickets, an inside edge onto the stumps, a very dodgy lbw and another lbw from a short ball that didn't bounce...Nonetheless, I am fearful of our batting line up in England, as there's not a lot of experience in the side, but there's no questioning they'll be a lot more comfortable on English wickets against seam bowling than they are on dust bowls against spinners...

  • dummy4fb on March 6, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    @ Shaggy076 ..... I am actually a lot more positive about Australian Cricket than many others who have posted here. I just wished that people would be a little bit more honest about performances over the past 3-years. I don't get hyped up about one innings or one match .... I use a different set of statistics.

    Playing India in India when they just lost at home to England was going to be hard, but to do this with GM, XD and SS in the squad, and then lose Bird without replacement, and Watson was never going to play all Tests .... it's just dysfunctional.

    There is something going on in CA and, whatever it is, it is not allowing the best cricket players in Australia to play for their country. It appears to me that there other agendas on the table, other than talent, when choosing a squad or a team. From my perspective the current CA show no vision and no planning.

    For example .... all of a sudden we have Hayden and Warne helping the Team. I am sorry Coaching Staff, YOU ARE TOO LATE!!!

  • thegoodgame on March 6, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Australia are a very young test team, hopefully the fans wont judge them too harshly. Its not easy for youngsters to cope in test matches when all of your legends have retired in recent times. India were in a better situation (with Sachin, Gambhir, Sehwag, Dhoni, Zaheer still around to anchor the transition) and yet lost against England - so while I'm happy for India, its not yet a champion side. Australia on the other hand have had very little anchor for the transition, and have yet done very well at home. So, lets not go overboard, and just enjoy this series for the new talents which will emerge and not as battle between 2 superpowers (which they no longer are). ...India.

  • cricfan50607381 on March 6, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Unmitigated disaster for Aus. Then again, it's hard to win tests when you're a man down. The way I see it, the people who chose the Aus side for this match decided, in their wisdom, to go in with only 5 specialist batsmen, and just 2 front-line, test quality bowlers (Siddle & Pattinson) - and this after a first test in which both the batting & the bowling struggled. If someone can explain the logic behind the decision to play two all-rounders (Henriques & Maxwell) who are not (and never will be) test standard with either bat or ball, & a main spinner (Doherty) who likewise is not test standard, I would be glad to hear it. I reckon those 3 are each worth about 2/3 of a true test player...which means they equate to only 2 test players between then - hence Aus were effectively a man down in this match. It all boils down to the fact that test cricket is a game for specialists, not ""bits & pieces" players. This series might have at least been a contest had Aus fielded a proper test side.