India take the lead in series

Ravi Ashwin (centre) again undermined Australia’s batting with a five-wicket haul.
Ravi Ashwin (centre) again undermined Australia’s batting with a five-wicket haul.

HYDERABAD — India took a 2-0 series lead against Australia as the tourists slumped to an innings and 135-run defeat in Hyderabad today.

Australia had begun the fourth day hoping to make a good fist of holding out for a draw but lost eight wickets for just 57 runs.

The tourists had begun the day on 74 for 2, trailing by 192 runs, but they were bowled out for 131.

Australia had made 237 for 9 declared in their first innings but when India replied with 503 they faced an uphill task.

Ravichandran Ashwin finished the second innings with 5 for 63 and Ravindra Jadeja 3 for 33 as India built on their eight-wicket win in Chennai to lead the series 2-0 with two Tests remaining.

Only Ed Cowan, with a patient 44 from 150 balls, offered any real resistance to the home side’s slow bowling attack.

Australia lost Shane Watson, caught by MS Dhoni off Ishant Sharma for nine, and skipper Michael Clarke when he was bowled by Jadeja for 16.

But when Warner was the fifth wicket to fall, Virender Sehwag taking the catch off Jadeja, the writing was on the wall for Australia.

Moises Henriques was run out to see the tourists slump to 111 for 6, while Glenn Maxwell (8), Peter Siddle (4), Matthew Wade (10) and James Pattinson (0) were unable to offer any lower order heroics.

The results means Australia become the first team to declare on first innings and then lose by an innings in Test cricket.

Clarke was not amused at his team’s poor batting.”I don’t think picking your batting order can revolve around one person, the team needs the team to play well,” Clarke said.

“We need our top six batters to be scoring runs, we need our four, five or six bowlers to be taking wickets. It can’t be about one person. I’ve never played cricket that way and I don’t want this team to go to that.

“We have enough talent, but we have to get better, every single one of us. I would have liked more runs in the first innings and more runs today in the second innings, so I have work to do as well. I don’t want it to be about the individuals, I want it to be about the whole team improving”.

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