Tendulkar roars! A rare gesture of so much emotion from the little big man. Rahul just smiles. The win was brought up by a paddle-sweep. Tendulkar ran hard and turned for the second run. He completed the winning run, turned around, lifted his arms aloft. And roared. He then has a chat with Ponting and both smile. It's a pretty lengthy chat actually. Ponting smiles and puts his hand around Tendulkar's back. The rest of the players shake hands with each other. Rahul and Ponting too have word with each other. Rahul says: "All the best for Ashes, mate!". Rahul gets across, high-fives Sachin and hugs him. And as they walk away, they have a look at each other and smile. The dressing room erupts. In the stands, Anil Kumble high-fives with the selectors. Narendra Hirwani too is there. India have defeated Australia 2-0.
Cheteshwar Pujara: "I was a bit nervous. I told myself that I want to be in the present. When you just look at each and every ball, each and every over, there is no pressure. I was told this morning that I would be batting at no 3. .. Domestic experience has helped me a lot. I knew Hauritz would bowl round the stumps. I saw how the little master played him in the first innings. It was difficult (the first-innings dismissal), the seniors came and told me that you can't do much about that kind of ball. Continue to be play positive.
When I went into bat in the first innings, Tendulkar said you might be nervous, don't worry about it, it will go away automatically once you play a few balls. I also remember he told me that God has given you this chance to play; he will help you score runs. Don't worry."
S Rajesh, Cricinfo's stats editor: "This is India's first Test win in Bangalore since October 1995, when they beat New Zealand by eight wickets. In 19 Tests here, India have won five, lost six and drawn eight.
It's only the third time India have won all Tests in a series of two or more Tests (excluding series against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe). Their two earlier wins both came in the 1990s, when they achieved 3-0 margins against England (1992-93) and Sri Lanka (1993-94).
The last time Australia lost all the matches of a series was in 1982 in Pakistan, when they lost in Karachi (nine wickets), Faisalabad (innings and three runs) and Lahore (nine wickets).
It's also the first time Australia have lost three Tests in a row since November-December 1988, when they lost to West Indies in Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne."
Do hang on for the quotes from the post-match ceremony.
Man of the Match and the Man of the Series is Sachin Tendulkar: "This series was a fantastic one. I would like to congratulate the whole team, starting from Laxman who helped us win. Along with Ishant Sharma. Also the bowlers. It was obviously going to be difficult on a track going up and down. Pujara showed tremendous character and his partnership with Vijay was very crucial one." On his own batting this year: "I don't count. Let the others count. I just want to continue scoring. Normally, there is not much crowd for Test cricket, thanks to Bangalore for coming out. You guys made the victory sweeter."
Ponting: "We have played reasonably good test cricket but we were outplayed. We needed to get a few early wickets today, we got one but Pujara and Vijay batted well. I thought Hilfenhaus and Johnson have been good. Watson has been good. The crowd here have been fantastic. We would like to thank the crowd for their love and support for Test cricket."
Dhoni: I would like to congratulate the people of Bangalore. It's almost houseful today. As a captain I keep losing tosses which means the bowlers have to come in and bowl on flat tracks. But they have bowled really well. In both games the first innings was high scoring and it changed in second innings. In India you can just lose a Test in two sessions. You need to play well in all the five days. Pujara played really well. He got a tough ball first innings and he played very well in the second. Vijay has always done well whenever given opportunities. He carried on this time. It helps that he was batting with Tendulkar who is a great reader of the game and advices. The bowlers did a real good job. The bowling department really stepped up in both the games."
Dhoni now collects the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from SM Gavaskar. Dhoni lifts it high over his head and his team-mates roar in joy. He now calls them to join him. He gives the Trophy to a beaming Pujara. They all pose for the winning photograph that I suspect will find a special place in this Chinnaswamy Stadium. Gary Kirsten is laughing. So is every one else in that Indian squad.
Do check out the Bulletin by Brydon Coverdale
The story of the day in pictures. Do click here to view the gallery
There has been some good writing on this game and the series. Here is the list of all the features and specials.
That's it from us. On behalf of the scorers - Sanjay and Gopi - and my co-commentator today George Binoy, this is Sriram Veera signing off. Good bye and good luck!
leans across to defend again!
stretches well forward to tap it back to Hauritz
leans forward to defend to the on side
goes his paddle sweep but is hit on the pad, well outside off
on the off and middle, nudged to short-leg
gets forward to defend the length delivery to short mid-off
from round the stumps now, on the off stump line, pushed out to point
length delivery angling away from Rahul who leaves it alone
floated full outside off, Rahul shoulders arms
gets forward to defend solidly to the on side
fullish and well outside off stump, left alone
leans well forward to defend. The crowd sighs!
presses back to force this to deep midwicket. Just 2 more now
steers this through point for a single
fetches this from well outside off and sweeps it hard to the square-leg boundary. 50 up! The crowd cheer wildly. Rahul comes across to pat him on the back.
gets back and across, opens the bat-face and slices it to backward point boundary. 50 of the partnership comes up.
stays back to nudge it to the short-leg region
Sriram again: "Tendulkar didn't hit a 6 for the first 4 yrs of his Test career."
gets behind the line to defend to the off
leans forward to push-drive to the on side
Six before Paine: surprise captains
The day Pujara seized his chance
Tendulkar claims top spot in ICC Test ratings
Australia find the boot on the other foot
|SR Tendulkar||not out||53||77|
|R Dravid||not out||21||53|
|Extras||(b 8, lb 5, w 4)|
|Total||207(3 wkts; 45 ovs)|