Wednesday, October 13, 2010
India wins over Australia to bag the Test Series
India once again proved to be a tough nut to crack for the Aussies! With an emphatic seven wicket win over the Australians, India clinched the Test series 2-0.Cheteshwar Pujara has not been part of India's rise to the No. 1 Test ranking but he could help determine how long they stay there, after his outstanding 72 on debut set up the fabulous win. The hosts cruised to their target of 207 to confirm the series triumph. With this defeat Australia slid to fifth of the ICC rankings for the first time.
When Virender Sehwag fell early in the chase, the match seemed to be heading for similar drama to the final day in Mohali. There was the veteran VVS Laxman to drag his side over the line. But here the case was different and without tension due to the work of Pujara, who was in his first Test but showed the kind of confidence expected from an old hand. He produced a wonderfully positive half-century on debut to push India to the brink of victory at tea on the final day in Bangalore. Although Pujara fell for 72, he had already set up what will certainly become a 2-0 series triumph for the hosts, who went in to the break needing a further 22 runs with seven wickets in hand.
India's two most experienced men were at the crease hoping to guide the chase to its conclusion. The little master and first-innings double-centurion Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, who was bumped down to No. 5 to promote Pujara. Australia made two breakthroughs after lunch but the runs flowed too freely. Captain Dhoni once again has colourful feathers of wins in his cap.