The day is indeed special for India. Indian team has taken an unassailable lead over the Australian team with the win in Hyderabad on the 4th day of the second test match at Hyderabad. The team won with an huge margin as the team vested the match from the Aussies winning by an innings and 135 runs.
The test match in Hyderabad was unique in the sense that it was for the first time in the history of test cricket that any team declared in their first inning and yet collapsed to an innings defeat. The defeat is a great shock for the Aussies and this will be their fifth test defeat in a row and also the fifth less innings total against India. The test was indeed special for Ravichandran Ashwin who got his eighth five wicket haul. This came when he trapped James Pattinson in front of the wicket, even as the Australian team was sent packing for a low score of 131 in the second innings.
The day started for Australia with Ed Cowan and Watson resuming the play for the team. Ishant took the first breakthrough of the day as he bowled a swinging delivery that went down the leg side. Watson flicked the same and Dhoni made no mistake in diving to his left and grabbed the first wicket for the day. The success came for Ishant in the third over of the fourth day and laid the foundation for a big Indian victory.
Clarke was the next to depart as Jadeja bowled out Clarke with a remarkable delivery that was pitched on the middle. Clarke responded by hitting a defensive shot but the ball spun away uprooting the off stump instead. Cowan was the next to depart after Clarke and the credit goes to Jadeja who hit an outside edge with the ball hitting Dhoni’s gloves and finally landing at the first slip where Sehwag took an easy catch.
Henriques departure was the sixth wicket lost for the Aussies as Wade pushed a R Ashwin delivery to the covers but Henriques got run out instead when he ended up in a mix with the Wade . Glen Maxwell was the seventh to depart in the row as R Ashwin trapped him in front of the wicket. Mathhew Wade was caught at the first slip by Virender Sehwag and ended up as the fourth wicket for R Ashwin.
Jadeja took three wickets and has displayed his maturity as a test player against a formidable Australian team that was playing mind games with Indians prior to the beginning of the test series. The defeat against India had sealed the Australian teams fate for the upcoming third test as India have taken a 2-0 lead against the Aussies. In most probability, the Indians riding high on spirits owing to their impeccable performance are the top contenders for a series win and will want the Aussies to bite the dust. Australia on its part will have to do a lot of explanation and come around as a team to the challenge that the might of the Indian team has put before them. For now, the day belongs to the Indians.