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India win by seven wickets to seal the series 2-0

Published: Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 10:46 [IST]
 
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India win by seven wickets

Bangalore: India registered a thumping seven-wicket victory over Australia in the second Test match to sweep the series 2-0 on day 5 at Bangalore.

Chasing 207 to win, experienced duo of Sachin Tendulkar(53*) and Rahul Dravid(21*) rode India home with seven wickets in hand. The duo weaved together an unbeaten partnership of 61 runs.

Even former Indian leg spinner Anil Kumble seemed to be thrilled with India's superb performance and was clapping after Tendulkar hit the winning runs.

Debutant Cheteshwar Pujara was the top scorer for the home side, with a gutsy knock to register his maiden half century(72 off 89) in Test cricket and give a solid platform for India.

Right from the start of his innings, Pujara had taken a very positive approach and had played some good strokes before he was clean bowled by a superb delivery off Nathan Hauritz.

Pujara, along with Murali Vijay at the early stages of Indian innings had struck together a good partnership of 72 runs for the second wicket before Vijay(37 off 45) was trapped lbw off the bowling of Shane Watson.

Virender Sehwag was the first man to dismissed off the bowling of Ben Hilfenhaus very early in the innings.

Earlier in the day, the Indian pacers had bowled superbly to wrap up the Aussie tail to reduce the visitors to 223 allout.

India vs Australia, 2nd Test - Scorecard

Resuming the day's play at 202/7, the visitors just managed to add 21 runs to their overnight total.

Pacers Zaheer Khan and S Sreesanth were immaculate with their line and length and gave no chance to the Aussie tailenders to free their arms and build the lead.

Zaheer got the first scalp of Mitchell Johnson(11). He got him clean bowled and then he followed it up with another scalp of debutant Peter George to close the Australian innings.

S Sreesanth played his part picking up the wicket of Ben Hifenhaus who was out for a duck.

Sachin Tendulkar was declared the man of the match and was also handed the man of the series award for his terrific performance in the series.

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