2nd Test, Sydney, Jan 2 - 6 2012, India tour of Australia
(110.5 ov)191 & 400
Australia won by an innings and 68 runs
player of the match
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• The Report by Brydon Coverdale

Hilfenhaus takes five in Australia's innings win

This was supposed to be India's best chance to win a Test series in Australia. It has taken only eight days of cricket for Michael Clarke's men to deny them that goal

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Scorer: Binoy George
Commentator: Kanishkaa Balachandran
Scorecard summary
India191/10(59.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Australia659/4(163 overs)1st INNINGS
Michael Clarke*329 (468)
Michael Hussey*150 (253)
Zaheer Khan3/122(31)
Ishant Sharma1/144(33)
India400/10(110.5 overs)2nd INNINGS

4.30pm: The presentation is being delayed for some reason. We can confirm that Clarke is the Man of the Match. (No kidding, Sherlock!)

Dhoni: "We were down in the first session on the first day. A few batsman got out to good deliveries. It was very difficult to contain Clarke. We can beat this team in Perth." Dhoni keeps it very simple.

Clarke: "It was a tough wicket to take 10 wickets but our bowlers were brilliant. I've spoken about consistency and our guys are doing that now. In any team you need experience and youth and I think now this Australian team has it. I was as relieved as Punt (Ponting). His attitude around the group has been exceptional. It (Sachin's wicket) is a

very handy one to have."

Also, check out Ian Chappell's comments here.

That's just about it from here. Thanks for all the mails. Lot of emotions and mock obituaries in some of those! There's a week to recover for the WACA. For the benefit of Indian readers, the toss is at 8am. More manageable times. Cheers guys!


Jarrod Kimber (the better half or other half of the Two Chucks, however you call it), tweets: "This series is already looking like an American remake of a cooler European film I saw 6 months ago."

Sidvee tweets: "Just imagine if India had won 4-0 in England and were up 2-0 in Aus. You would have read reams and reams about the Fletcher effect."

Australia record one of their most comprehensive wins of late. They stumbled at Hobart after a thumping win, but this time they went one step higher. Exposes India's weaknesses even more, and that's a discussion for another day, and that will take the entire day.

Clarke, Hussey and Ponting all had statements to make, and they picked a historic venue to deliver them. Australian cricket can smile after a ego-crushing summer last year when they were thrashed by England.

Three years back, India were in a similar situation, going 0-2 down at the SCG before hitting back at Perth. They weren't meant to lose that second Test but this time, they deserved what they got. Which makes the recovery all the more difficult. There's another week left for that. Lots of time for introspection/team changes.

Jyotishman Sharma: "No matter what is happening, i will remain a die- hard Indian cricket fan. But my team is not doing no good my giving me sleepless nights. But i still hope! I know the good days are not far away."

For Australia, one certain change is Harris in for Lyon. The other question mark revolves around Marsh. Lifeline for Khawaja perhaps. Not sure if the knives are out yet for Haddin.

Hilfenhaus to Ashwin, OUT

Hilfenhaus grabs five! Ashwin attempts another pull off a short delivery but this time in front of square, miscues it and Lyon does really well to pedal backwards at midwicket and cup it above his head. Australia are 2-0 up, win by an innings and 68 runs

Ravichandran Ashwin c Lyon b Hilfenhaus 62 (102m 76b 9x4 1x6) SR: 81.57
Hilfenhaus to Ashwin, no run
Hilfenhaus to Ashwin, FOUR runs

brings up the 400 with a classical pull, no half measures in that, swivels and hits it off the meat of the bat, beats long leg

Hilfenhaus to Ashwin, no run

another half-hearted pull, this time he edges it to his hips

Hilfenhaus to Ashwin, no run

short delivery and Ashwin withdraws the pull at the last minute, the ball dribbles to the on side

Ashwin delays the inevitable

end of over 110Maiden
INDIA: 396/9CRR: 3.60 
Umesh Yadav0 (14)
Ravichandran Ashwin58 (71)
Nathan Lyon20-2-64-1
Ben Hilfenhaus32-8-102-4
Lyon to Yadav, no run

tossed up on middle and Yadav blocks it out to give Ashwin the strike

Lyon to Yadav, no run

comes round the wicket, he's happy defending

Lyon to Yadav, no run

reading the spin well, gets behind the line and blocks it out

Lyon to Yadav, no run

goes back and across and defends solidly

Lyon to Yadav, no run

gives it more air but Yadav knocks it back to Lyon

Lyon to Yadav, no run

Yadav is happy pushing it back to the bowler

end of over 1094 runs
INDIA: 396/9CRR: 3.63 
Ravichandran Ashwin58 (71)
Umesh Yadav0 (8)
Ben Hilfenhaus32-8-102-4
Nathan Lyon19-1-64-1
Hilfenhaus to Ashwin, FOUR runs

afternoon slog, he backs away a bit and pulls a length delivery over mid-on, clean hit and 400 is getting closer

Hilfenhaus to Ashwin, no run

a bit short and he punches it down to point

Hilfenhaus to Ashwin, no run

swings it away late and he gets behind the line and pushes it back to the bowler

Hilfenhaus to Ashwin, no run

cuts but finds Ponting at gully, close call for Ashwin

Hilfenhaus to Ashwin, no run

stays back and blocks it down the pitch

Hilfenhaus to Ashwin, no run

punches it down to mid-on

end of over 1083 runs
INDIA: 392/9CRR: 3.62 
Ravichandran Ashwin54 (65)
Umesh Yadav0 (8)
Nathan Lyon19-1-64-1
Michael Clarke9-0-22-1

India's next target - 400

Justin: "Replacemant Keeper for Haddin would have to be Matthew Wade from Victoria. Has great hands and can bat!." Roger suggested Ronchi and Paine.

Lyon to Ashwin, 1 run

pushes it in front of mid-on and steals a quick single to retain strike

Lyon to Ashwin, no run

chips down and pushes a low full toss down to mid-on

Lyon to Ashwin, 2 runs

he top edges the sweep and it drops short of the two fielders circling the deep on the on side

Best performances - batters
Michael Clark player pic
MJ Clarke
329 runs (468)
39 fours
1 six
Productive shot
leg glance
106 runs
10 fours
0 six
Michael Hussey player pic
MEK Hussey
150 runs (253)
16 fours
1 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
68 runs
9 fours
1 six
Best performances - bowlers
Ben Hilfenhaus player pic
BW Hilfenhaus
James Pattinson
JL Pattinson
Match details
Sydney Cricket Ground
TossIndia, elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of Australia
Player Of The Match
Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke
Series resultAustralia led the 4-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2027
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days3,4,5,6 January 2012 - day(5-day match)
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Ian Gould
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Marais Erasmus
TV Umpire
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Bruce Oxenford
Reserve Umpire
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Gerard Abood
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle