New Delhi:India drubbed Australia by 320 runs at Mohali to take a 1-0 lead in the Border-Gavaskar series. This is India's biggest ever Test win (excluding innings victories).
India dominated this match with everybody chipping in significantly. Debutant Amit Mishra had a 7-wicket match haul, while Sourav Ganguly and Gautam Gambhir slammed centuries in first and second innings respectively. Sachin Tendulkar scored 88 and Zaheer Khan bowled his heart out. But the 'Man of the Match' was the captain himself. MS Dhoni was given the award for his knocks of 92 and 68*.
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Earlier, Australia, who resumed the play on Tuesday with their overnight score of 141/5, were bundled before the lunch in reply to India's 515 runs on the last day of the second Test.
Zaheer Khan fastened India's winning bid as he took three quick wickets of Brad Haddin, Cameron White and Brett Lee while Amit Mishra wrapped up the proceedings by claiming Mitchell Johnson and Michael Clarke.
Zaheer struck in the very first over of the fifth day and dismissed Haddin for 37 runs after he added 84 runs with Clarke for the sixth wicket. A good length ball from Zaheer came back to beat Haddin and crash into the middle and off-stumps.
In his next over, he got White come forward for the drive. The ball took an outside edge and Dhoni took a good catch behind the wicket. Lee didn't even last a ball. Zaheer pitched a short stuff that beat Lee and uprooted the off-stump.
After Lee fell, India hoped to finish it quickly but a 50-run partnership between Johnson and Clarke frustrated the hosts. Mishra then foxed Johnson with his flight and caught him off his own bowling. Clarke, who slammed a fighting 69, fell as the last wicket after he pulled a good length ball from Mishra to find Sehwag at the midwicket pouching it safely.
Australian coach Tim Nielsen had confessed after the close of fourth day's play that team played for a win but the gameplan backfired. Of course, with 515 runs to chase in four sessions on a deteriorated track can never be easy and playing aggressively cost Australian heavily.
4th innings score in India by visiting team
|WI||276-5||W||5 wickets||1||1987-88||Delhi (Feroz SK)||276|
Match report: Mohali Test, Day 1
Match report: Mohali Test, Day 2
Match report: Mohali Test, Day 3
Match report: Mohali Test, Day 4