India romp to historic win over Australia-Mohali Test!!

 

India needed less than a session on Tuesday to wrap up their biggest Test victory in terms of runs. Their complete dominance over adisintegrating Australia in this second Test, though, meant the result had seemed inevitable for the past two days.Fittingly, it was Zaheer Khan who reverse-swung the lower order out of their misery as three wickets fell for three runs, ramming home India’s distinct superiority over Australia in the pace bowling department. 

This will indeed be remembered as a milestone Test, for many more reasons than Sachin Tendulkar’s incredible feat. 

Personal achievements celebrated with gusto for the past five days inspired a heart-warming team effort, with stand-in skipper and Man of the Match MS Dhoni leading aggressively from the front to alter equations in the series. 

Importantly, the win wasn’t engineered on a tailor-made dustbowl, but on a shirtfront good enough to bat on throughout. This has been one of India’s most convincing home victories. 

Australia’s only moment in the game came when some indiscreet shot-selections reduced India to 163/4 on the first day, but their inexperienced seamers failed to unsettle Tendulkar and Ganguly in unfamiliar conditions and the game wriggled out of their grasp. 

The bowlers did the rest, Zaheer and Ishant looking like they were bowling on a different surface altogether and Amit Mishra making a memorable debut. Harbhajan too came to the party as Australia spent the next few sessions playing catch-up. 

Ponting’s team is not used to being dominated, and once realization dawned that they also lacked the arsenal for combat, the towel was quickly thrown, as early as the final session on Day Three. India’s openers made merry and Dhoni’s bat settled the issue. The world No. l team’s lack of steel has been the most curious aspect to this Test. 

All the pre-tour talk had focused on India’s spinners and Australia’s supposed advantage in the pace department, though none of their seamers had been tested in Indian conditions before. Brett Lee might be a frequent flyer to India but Test cricket isn’t showbiz. He looks a pale shadow of his own self, and needs skiddier surfaces to be more effective. 

Deprived of one of their main weapon, the metronomic Stuart Clark who comes closest to replicating the approach of a Glenn McGrath or a Michael Kasprowicz in these conditions, the Aussies merely went through the motions.

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