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Pujara shines to ease India to 7-wkt win

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India eased to a 7-wicket win in the Bangalore Test just about half an hour after Tea on the final day after successfully chasing a target of 207. Debutant Cheteshwar Pujara promoted at no.3 showcased his worth at this level by stroking a confident 72 in just 89 balls (with 7 fours) to help India cruise through. Pujara added 72 runs for the 2nd wicket with Murali Vijay (32) and then 57 runs for the 3rd wicket with Tendulkar.

India had last won a Test Match here at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium back in 1995. For the Australians apart from this being a third consecutive Test defeat, it is the first time since 28 years that they have been whitewashed in a Test Series! The last time they faced such a thing was against Pakistan.

It was Sachin Tendulkar, who got both the Man of the Match and the Player of the Series awards fittingly finished the match with an unbeaten 58th Test fifty. Tendulkar got the winning runs through his 53* (from 77 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes). He saw India to victory with an unbroken stand of 61 for the 4th wicket with Dravid (21* from 53 balls).

India lost just the three wickets in the chase. They lost an early one off Sehwag in the 3rd over nicking a rising delivery from Hilfenhaus. Murali Vijay fell after lunch after getting hit on the back pad by a Watson leg cutter. The only other wicket to fall was that of Pujara who got castled by a straighter one from Nathan Hauritz. The Australian bowling with the exception of Hilfenhaus was low standard. Off Spinner Nathan Hauritz got roughly treated by Pujara and Tendulkar to finish with poor figures of 12-0-76-1!

Earlier in the day, the pace duo of Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth wrapped up the Australia second innings within 40 minutes. Mitchell Johnson was first to go offering no shot to a Zaheer Khan inswinger to get bowled, Sreesanth then got Hilfenhaus bowled off his pad. Zaheer Khan finished the innings by forcing Peter George to glove a rising delivery to the keeper. Australia were bowled out for 223 in 75.2 overs to leave a competitive target of 207.