2nd Test: India beat Australia by innings, 135 runs


HYDERABAD: India defeated Australia by an innings and 135 runs in the second Test match with a day to spare.

India now lead the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-0. Australia, resuming at 74 for two, were bowled out for 131 in the second innings just before lunch on the fourth day.

Australia had declared their first innings at 237 for nine.

‘Dhoni praises his team for big win’

In contrast, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was celebrating his 22nd Test win as captain, the best by an Indian captain. Modest in triumph, he gave credit to his teammates.

“I think I have got a very good side. Yes, we have gone through a period in which we didn’t win many games. Credit goes to the team and the support staff. And winning most matches as captain is a collective effort, and credit goes to each and everyone,” he said.

Reflecting on the second Test triumph, Dhoni said every player contributed the way he was expected to.

“It was important to get off to a good start. Bhuvneshwar (Kumar) provided that. You don’t see fast bowlers getting too many in these conditions. We often talk about long partnerships. If you get 40-50, you have to score big. That’s what (Cheteshwar) Pujara and (Murali) Vijay did,” he said.

“That resulted in a massive partnership, which gave us the freedom to accelerate yesterday. It was very important to not give their seamers wickets, and I think they saw that period off really well,” Dhoni said.

Dhoni praised his bowlers for delivering wickets and keeping it tight.

“It is a very good bowling performance. It was important to start today’s play really well, and Ishant gave us the important breakthrough,” he said.

Man-of-the-match Cheteshwar Pujara said the double hundred in the match has taken away a lot of pressure that he built on himself.

“I am really happy about it. There was a bit of pressure on me. I just got married, and my wife was worried I should perform,” he quipped.

Source: Agencies