Australia crush India by innings and 68 runs in Sydney Test

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By Ashish Shukla

Sydney: Jan 6, 2011

The historic 100th international ton continued to elude Sachin Tendulkar as India slumped to an embarrassing innings and 68-run defeat in the second cricket Test against Australia, who have now taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

India lost the first Test at the MCG by 122 runs and now for the second successive time they have lost with more than a day to spare. They have now suffered the ignominy of losing half as many as six consecutive Test matches on foreign soil.

Resuming at 114 for 2, India were all out for 400 with 25-odd overs of the fourth day’s play still remaining.

There were as many as four half centuries in the Indian innings — Gautam Gambhir (83), Sachin Tendulkar (80), VVS Laxman (66) and Ravichandran Ashwin ( 62) — yet none produced a gritty effort which could take the match into the fifth day.

Tendulkar again came close to the historic milestone of 100 international centuries but was dismissed by part-timer Michael Clarke to break a few million Indian hearts.

Even though the visitors chalk up 400 runs in their second innings, 114 runs came for the last three wickets by when the match was as good as over.

Ben Hilfenhaus ripped the heart out of India’s batting, claiming Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Laxman and Mahendra Singh Dhoni as his victims for figures of 5 for 106.

Peter Siddle took 2 for 88 while James Pattinson, Michael Clarke and Nathan Lyon shared the other three wickets.

The two teams will now travel to Perth for the third Test beginning January 13.

The morning session had promised some rearguard action by the Indians as 129 runs accrued for the loss of a solitary wicket of Gautam Gambhir.

Gambhir, overnight 68, was out on 83 when his attempted push towards mid-on only resulted in a slice to point where David Warner accepted the simple chance with glee. The southpaw batted for 217 minutes and faced 142 balls slamming 11 fours.

The opener from Delhi once glided James Pattinson through slips and then hammered a four off the backfoot against him before ending his innings in a disappointing manner.

Tendulkar, batting on overnight score of 8, had once spent 51 balls without scoring last evening but was in an aggressive mood to start with.

He reeled off a series of fours off Ben HIlfenhaus, five in all and all in the point region, as he quickly moved towards his half century.

VVS Laxman, who came to the crease with scores of 2,1,2 from three innings, was dropped on nought by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin down the legside off a Siddle delivery.

The right-hander then got into his stride and what helped him was the introduction of off-spinner Nathan Lyon into the attack.

Laxman began with a flicked four off Lyon and then cover drove Siddle through the covers from the other end. He then cover drove the off-spinner to get his innings underway.

Due to the enterprise of the batsmen this morning, Indians added 79 runs from 13 overs in the first hour’s play.

Tendulkar, from the other end, reached his half century with flick for two to fine leg. In took the master batsman 89 balls and 138 minutes to reach his half century with seven fours.

Tendulkar took only 48 balls to add 42 runs to his overnight score this morning.

Laxman and Tendulkar looked in good touch, the former cutting Hilfenhaus smartly and Tendulkar repeating the dose against Pattinson. The senior-most player also played his trademark uppercut off Pattinson.

Brief Scores: India 191 & 400 all-out (Gautam Gambhir 83, Sachin Tendulkar 80, VVS Laxman 66, Ravichandran Ashwin 62; Ben Hilfenhaus 5 for 106, Peter Siddle 2 for 88) lose to Australia 659 for 4 (Michael Clarke 329*, Michael Hussey 150*, Ricky Ponting 134; Zaheer Khan 3 for 122, Ishant Sharma 1 for 144) by innings and 68 runs

Man of the Match: Michael Clarke

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