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Australia surrender Hyderabad Test in a hurry

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Australia collapsed in a heap on the morning session of Day 4 to surrender an innings and 135-run defeat in the Second Test at Hyderabad. The tourists lost as many as 8 wickets in a session that was extended just over five minutes after the scheduled lunch break. India have gone 2-0 up in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and MS Dhoni became the most successful Indian Captain with 22 wins.

Resuming the penultimate day at 74 for 2, Australia within a few minutes lost Shane Watson strangled down the legside off an innocuous short of length delivery from Ishant Sharma who was only bowling his 2nd over of the innings! An Australian defeat on Day 4 was confirmed when Skipper Michael Clarke’s off stump was castled by a dream left-arm spinner’s delivery from Ravindra Jadeja which pitched on middle and turned away sharply.

It was a cakewalk for Team India after getting rid of Australia’s experienced duo of Watson and Clarke. Opener Ed Cowan who scratched around for 150 balls for his 44 was caught at slip edging a cut shot to a turning and jumping delivery from Jadeja. Moises Henriques was wasted through a run out caused by a bad call from Matthew Wade. Once again the man in action was Ravindra Jadeja who ran in from covers to fire a direct throw at the batting end. R Ashwin removed next man Glenn Maxwell with a carrom ball that pitched on middle and gripped to cut away and hit the back pad while the debutant was attempting a silly flick across the line.

R Ashwin claimed his 8th five-wicket haulThe next two Australian wickets fell in consecutive deliveries. Jadeja first got Siddle moving back and edging his turning delivery to slip. It was such a terrific delivery from Jadeja that the ball landed on the turf with an upright seam to deviate away from the right hander. The next delivery, Ashwin tossed one up and got it to kick away with turn, and a helpless Matthew Wade got caught at slip jabbing hard at that. Ashwin finished the match with an 8th 5-wicket haul when he got James Pattinson with a full ball around leg that had straightened. Ashwin’s figures were 28-12-63-5 while Ravindra Jadeja played a crucial role with his 18-8-33-3.

India managed to sustain the pressure at both the ends right through the session and the Aussies could only score 57 runs in 35 overs while losing 8 wickets! For the record, the visitors were bowled out cheaply for 131 in 67 overs. The Man of the Match award was given to India’s new no.3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara for setting up the victory with his knock of 204.

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