Hyderabad: Ashwin and Jadeja spin out the Aussies, as India take huge lead of 2-0 in the series.
Day 4 started with very little hope of the Australians making out of it. Everyone pretty much expected the Indians to wrap up the test today, and same happened. With two wickets already down, there was little chance for Australia to take the test into day 5, let alone saving it.
The day started with Ed Cowan and Shane Watson on the crease with Cowan looking a bit solid. But, there wasn’t much in it for the Aussies as Ishant Sharma provided the breakthrough with Watson’s wicket. It just wasn’t Australia’s day, not even their Man-In-Form, Michael Clarke could do anything. As Jadeja became his destroyer cleaning him up with a neat one.
As soon as Clarke’s wicket fell after reaching the team hundred it did not take Ashwin much time to clean up the tail as he bagged another five-for. The last six wickets fell for only 23 runs which included a run-out. Ravindera Jadeja has been a bit of a surprise package for everyone in this series. He has bowled exceptionally well and made a formidable partnership with Ashwin, soon after Clarke’s dismissal he removed Ed Cowan who top scored with 44. His last victim was Peter Siddle.
Australia’s middle-order and the tail could not add anything special to the total as they were bundled out for just 131 runs handing the Indians an easy victory. Ashwin was exceptional once again in destroying the Aussie tail, as he moved up his tally of wickets to 18 in this series with still 2 matches to go.
Pujara was awarded the Man Of The Match for his exceptional double-hundred, his second in just 11 tests. Initially, it was Pujara and Vijay’s partnership of over 350 runs that set up an easy victory for the Indians as they look to make the Aussies pay for what they did to them last year. The next track is expected to help the seamers a bit, but the way things have gone on this series, the curator will surely consider turning it into a spinning one.
Aussies have a lot of their work cut out. No combinations have worked for them this series and as Clarke mentioned in the post-match ceremony, they will have to come back real hard if they are to make any sort of impact in this series.
Result: India won by an innings and 135 runs.
Man of the Match: Chetashwar Pujara (India).