Hyderabad: Spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja produced a mesmerizing spell as India crushed a clueless Australia by an innings and 135 runs in less than three and half days to win the second cricket Test and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series on Tuesday.


Ashwin grabbed five for 63 while Ravindra Jadeja took three for 33 as Australia displayed surprising lack of fighting spirit to be skittled out for 131 in 67 overs in their second innings.
The match lasted only two hours on the fourth day as it was an abject surrender by the Australian batsmen who had no answer to the questions posed by Ashwin and Jadeja on a turning track at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium.

Match Highlights
  • Cheteshwar Pujara smashed his second double ton
  • Murli Vijay scored 167 runs in first innings
  • R Ashwin bagged six wickets to dent Australia
  • Australian debutant Glenn Maxwell scalped four Indian batsmen
  • Dhoni became the most successful Indian captain, eclipsing Ganguly's record
  • Pujara awarded man-of-the-match award for his double hundred
  • Teams to meet in Mohali for third Test

The visitors needed 192 runs to avoid an innings defeat but they lost the final eight wickets in 35 overs with an addition of only 57 runs to their overnight total.
When Ashwin dismissed Pattinson to get the final wickets, the 10,000-odd spectators erupted in joy but the celebration from the Indian camp was a muted one as they only engaged in handshakes.
Cheteshwar Pujara was deservingly awarded the man-of-the-match award for his double hundred. The teams now have an eight-day break before the third Test in Mohali but the way this series has panned out, there is unlikely to be any change of script in the third Test where the hosts would be aiming to wrap up the series.

"I think I have got a very good side.  Credit goes to each and everyone" - Dhoni

It's a well-documented fact that Australians can't play spin bowling which was endorsed by Pujara but what was sad to see was their inability to even put up a fight. Such was the domination of the Indian spinners that Australia lost their last three wickets for an addition of only one run in 10 overs.

"India deserve a lot of credit. They outplayed us in every facet of the game" -  Clarke

With this win, Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the most successful Indian captain, eclipsing Sourav Ganguly's record of 21 Test wins.

Australian captain Michael Clarke, who shoulders the bulk of scoring responsibility due to the team's brittle line-up, announced his arrival at the crease with a six off Ravindra Jadeja.

For India, the performance in the two Tests till now leaves little room for the selectors to experiment. The only worry will be Virender Sehwag's continuous poor form as they decide on the squad for the last two Test matches.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Michael Clarke (capt), Ed Cowan, David Warner, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Siddle, Moises Henriques, James Pattinson, Xavier Doherty


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