Friday, January 6, 2012

Australia beats India to take 2-0 lead in the series


SYDNEY :  Australia, crushed India by an innings and 68 runs in the second test at the Sydney Cricket Ground Friday to take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

It was the sixth successive overseas test defeat for India after their 4-0 drubbing in England last year and put paid to their hopes of a first series triumph in Australia. 

Some spirited batting from the tail enders extended the contest beyond the tea break before spinner Ravi Ashwin was caught for 62, a fifth wicket for Ben Hilfenhaus, to end the innings at 400 all out. 

India had faced a Herculean task to rescue the match after Australia declared their first innings on 659-4 Thursday with a mammoth lead of 468 over India's 191. 

Sachin Tendulkar's 21st attempt to secure his 100th international century ended when he was dismissed for 80 soon after lunch, triggering a collapse with four wickets tumbling for 15 runs.

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