India seal dominant victory over Australia
India win by eight wickets in Chennai
Tuesday 26 February 2013
India needed a little less than a session to wrap up an eight-wicket victory over Australia on the fifth morning in Chennai.
Australia debutant Moises Henriques was left stranded on 81 as his side were bowled out for 241 this morning, leaving India chasing just 50 to win the first Test.
That simply was not enough to cause any jitters for India, even when the wickets of Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag fell to Nathan Lyon, and there was time for Sachin Tendulkar to delight the home crowd with maximums off his first two deliveries.
Vijay perished for six - all of which came via a straight, flat six down the ground off Lyon - as he picked out Henriques at short mid-off when he mistimed a drive off James Pattinson.
Sehwag followed in unusually tame fashion, edging to Michael Clarke at first slip as he defended the spinner.
Few in the Chennai crowd were disappointed, though, as that brought Tendulkar to the crease - and he gave them what they wanted by heaving his first two balls off Lyon for six.
He could not make it a hat-trick to win the game, but an edge for a single from Cheteshwar Pujara did the job just as well.
Earlier, Lyon could not help Henriques reach a debut century as Australia could only add nine to their overnight score.
Lyon's stout defence helped to repel the Indian bowlers for around 20 minutes this morning before he was finally caught by Vijay at short-leg off Ravindra Jadeja.
The second of four Tests begins on Saturday in Hyderabad.
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