Chennai, Feb 26: India defeated Australia by eight wickets on the fifth and final day of the first Test here at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday. India went 1-0 up in the four-match series.
The second Test starts in Hyderabad on March 2. In a chase of 50, Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag were dismissed cheaply but Sachin Tendulkar smashed the first two balls he faced from Nathan Lyon to sixes and India achieved the victory in 11.3 overs. All 20 Australian wickets were taken by Indian spinners.
The win was set up by MS Dhoni's superb double hundred and R Ashwin's 12-wicket haul. On the final day, India took one hour and 21 minutes to clinch victory.
With this win, Dhoni has drawn level with Sourav Ganguly for most Test wins as India captain. Both have 21 victories.
Australia 214 all out
India need 50 to win the first Test against Australia after Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Nathan Lyon to bowl the visitors out for 241. Moises Henriques was 81 not out.
Australia batted nine overs in the morning session and Jadeja ended the resistance of Lyon as he was caught by Murali Vijay at forward shortleg to end the innings. The last wicket pair added 66 runs in 27.1 overs.
R Ashwin finished with match figures of 12/198.
It is just a matter of time before India claim victory over Australia in the first Test here on Tuesday. The fifth and final day's play began with Australia leading by 40 runs and one wicket in hand.
Moises Henriques and Nathan Lyon frustrated the Indian bowlers with a half century partnership on Monday. R Ashwin took five wickets but Henriques defied the spinners in the final session of play. They had ended the day on 232/9.
This is a four-match series and the second Test is in Hyderabad from March 2.