Hyderabad, Mar 5: Australian batsmen were spun out in Hyderabad on Tuesday. The visitors were sent crashing to an innings and 135-run defeat by Indian spinners in the second Test on the fourth day here. Ravindra Jadeja (3/33) and R Ashwin (5/63) were the architects of India's easy triumph at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Australia were bowled out for 131.
India now have a 2-0 lead in the four-match series and have ensured that they cannot lose the rubber. The way things have gone in the last two Tests, Australia will find it hard to come back. The next Test starts in Mohali on March 14. India won the first Test in Chennai by eight wickets.
Australia were expected to offer some resistance on the fourth morning. But before the lunch interval, they collapsed, losing the remaining eight wickets. It began with Ishant Sharma removing overnight batsman Shane Watson early and from there Jadeja and Ashwin took charge.
Australia lasted 35 overs today. Resuming at 74/2, they lost Watson at 75 and from then on they was no stopping the slide.
With this win, MS Dhoni has now become India's most successful Test captain with 22 wins beating Sourav Ganguly's record of 21.
The best ball of the series was bowled by Jadeja today. A delivery that pitched on the middle, turned across Michael Clarke's bat, hit the offstump and the Australia captain was left stunned. For the second time in the match, Jadeja had bowled Clarke.
Big test awaits Australian batsmen on the fourth day of the second Test against India here on Tuesday. With still 192 runs behind, the visitors will have to bat exceptionally well against Indian spinners to push the match into the final day and think of saving it.
Australia resumed the day at 74/2 with Ed Cowan and Shane Watson at the crease. India opened the bowling with Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja.
R Ashwin took both wickets on Monday after Cheteshwar Pujara's magnificent double hundred at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
On a fourth day track, India are favourites to close out the game today. But with Australia captain Michael Clarke still to bat, their hopes rest on him.