February 26, 2013
First Test, Chennai
Day 5: India 572 & 50-2 beat Australia 380 & 241 by eight wickets
India wrapped up an eight victory against Australia in the first Test in Chennai today.
Australia resumed day five in a desperate position, just 40 runs in front of India with only 1 second innings wicket in hand. The visitors would have been dreaming of at least another 60 runs to make India chase a score of above 100 on a wearing surface. However, Nathan Lyon and Moises Henriques added just 11 runs before Lyon was dismissed by Jadeja caught at short leg.
Henriques was left stranded on 81 not out, and can feel well pleased with his Test debut. It was a great shame for Australia that their other batsman were not able to show the same level of skill against the turning ball.
Needing 50 for victory in the final innings of the match, India reached their target comfortably despite the loss of openers, Vijay (6) and Sehwag (19). Sachin Tendulkar gave the crowd some late entertainment hitting two towering sixes as he finished 13 not out.
India will now be extremely confident of going on to secure a Test series victory against Australia in this four match series. Australia have not won a Test match in India in eight matches, and they head to Hyderabad in the hope of a better performance. I wonder if Michael Clarke is beginning to miss Ricky Ponting or Michael Hussey.
The Scoop 26/02/13