Team India floors the mighty Aussies in Mohali, win series: how the feat was achieved
It was a clinical performance by India yet again as Australia were no match for the home side. Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay did it with the bat while spinners, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar did their bit with the ball in hand.
It was a clinical performance by India yet again as Australia were no match for the home side. Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay did it with the bat while spinners, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar did their bit with the ball in hand. (BCCI Image)
The first day of the Mohali Test was a complete washout and no one would have banked on any team winning the match, especially with such a good batting wicket. Australia once again won the toss and decided to bat. This time, the openers finally got their act together and India looked frustrated for a while. (BCCI Image)
Ed Cowan and David Warner added 139 for the first wicket and hosts did look a bit rattled but with spinners in form were always hopeful for a turnaround. That is what happened and India managed to take wickets in a heap to constantly pressurise Australia.<br><br> Unlike first two Tests though, the visitors rallied with Steven Smith (92) and Mitchell Starc's (99) knocks. India had <i>Gabbar Dhawan</i> in store though.
After scoring 408 in their first innings, Australia would have thought that they would at least not lose the game. A whirlwind innings from debutant Shikhar Dhawan though changed the complexion altogether. India raced along at around 5 runs an over as Dhawan and Vijay broke several record en route their 289-run stand. Dhawan cracked a quickfire 187 off 174 balls. (BCCI Image)
In comparison to Dhawan, Murali Vijay was 'slow' but his 153-run knock was as important for the team's cause. It is evident from the fact that while Dhawan-Vijay amassed 289, the whole team after that added 'just' 210. (BCCI Image)
The major problem for Australia has been that while Indian bowlers have performed in tandem, the Aussie bowlers have failed to do so. Peter Siddle was exceptional with his five-for but Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc only impressed in patches. Doherty, Smith and Henriques looked pedestrian at best. (BCCI Image)
Another good thing for Team India was the bowling of Ishant and Bhuvneshwar to support the spinners. Ishant took wickets in the first innings while Bhuvi got into the act in the second outing. Indian fans smiled all the way! (BCCI Image)
Michael Clarke, who injured his back while training during the 3rd Test, was the major disappointment as Ravindra Jadeja made him his 'bunny' yet again with dismissals in both innings. (BCCI Image)
On the whole, it was a complete team effort for India once again as everyone contributed in some way or the other despite sparse presence of fans at the stadium. (BCCI Image)