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Test Cricket: India Win Delhi Thriller To Sweep Australia 4-0!
Pujara (82 not out) and Virat Kohli (41) made the tricky Delhi pitch look easy
as they helped India romp home crushing Australia by 6 wickets in the fourth
Test match today and India swept the Series 4-0—for the first time against
mighty Australia.They lifted the
Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2013 after throwing it away in Australia
exactly in the reverse manner of a 0-4 drubbing. It was a great moment when the
legends Alan Border and Sunil Gavaskar presented the Trophy to the winning
captain MS Dhoni.
Justifying his tag as
the new ‘wall’ of India
Mr. Consistent Pujara played an outstanding unbeaten innings seeing through the
end. Virat Kohli who was expected to play a crucial role today gave him perfect
company and nearly achieved the target of 155 runs between themselves. The most
positive aspect of these two youngsters was that they did not play in fear or
in anticipation of the tricky pitch and just batted naturally facing Lyon and Maxwell with authority. They hit boundaries
regularly and stole singles at every opportunity racing to 50 in the ninth over
and 100 in the twentieth over. The highest run-scorer of the Series Murali
Vijay (430 runs) fell to an awkward shot early on and there were a few hiccups
when Tendulkar and Rahane followed Kohli in quick succession as if not to rob
the suspense out of a genuine thriller. And it was all over within three days.
Jadeja and Ashwin
On the bowling
front, man-of-the-match Ravindra Jadeja delivered a five-wicket haul with some
superlative spin bowling foxing the batsmen all the time and nearly achieving a
hattrick. Man-of-the-Series Ravichandran Ashwin captured two wickets today
taking his tally to an astonishing 29 wickets—the highest of the Series
followed by Jadeja with 24 and Nathan Lyon with 15.
got the remaining two Indian wickets out quickly and Australia
conceded just 10 lead to India.
At that moment the Delhi Test was still anybody’s game. However, Australia failed
to live up to the highs achieved yesterday and their batsmen fell in heaps
thanks more to the mindset and the fear of the conditions than to batting
prowess and application. Fast bowler Peter Siddle again emerged as the only Australian
batsman of substance making his second half century of the match. This is enough
to prove that the pitch was not exactly a demon that could devour a full
batting line-up within two sessions for a paltry 164. At that point too, 12 wickets
had fallen for just 170 runs and all the anxiety and tension of the Indian fans
was focused on how India
would go about it. When they just about relaxed with Pujara and Kohli taking the
match away from Australia,
wickets started falling. The best Indian captain ever MS Dhoni thought enough
was enough and ensured the absolute victory with the resolute Pujara. The Scorecard:
Trophy Test Series in India
will be remembered for a host of healthy and positive reasons. Team India
achieved this whitewash with a lot of promising youngsters and without the
greats of Dravid, Laxman, Gambhir and Sehwag; the super comeback of the Indian
captain Dhoni with a wonderful double hundred in the Chennai Test; Cheteshwar
Pujara double hundred and his record 370 run partnership with Murali Vijay for
the second wicket in the Hyderabad Test; the dream debut of Shikhar Dhawan with
the fastest debut hundred and his record 289 run opening partnership with Vijay
in the Mohlai Test; the Jadeja avatar of a Test all-rounder and a class act of
specialist spin bowling by Ashwin and Jadeja. For Australia it’d be better if
they forget this Series fast—forget particularly the unprecedented episode of axing key players for team indiscipline—and try coming back to their usual
tough and competitive cricket. Australia
never had a 0-4 whitewash since 1970 when they suffered this humiliation
against South Africa in South Africa.
A long domestic
season ends for India that
started with a Series win against New Zealand,
a shock loss against England
and a huge triumph against Australia.
Genuine cricket is over for the moment,
the revelers of the game may get ready for IPL-6 that unfolds from 3rd