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Aus hand India sixth successive overseas Test defeat

Last updated on: January 6, 2012 15:26 IST

Aus hand India sixth successive overseas Test defeat

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Australia, inspired by captain Michael Clarke, crushed India by an innings and 68 runs in the second Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday to take a dominant 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

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Clarke's mammoth unbeaten 329 in Australia's 659 for four declared, combined with another display of aggressive pace bowling, ensured the hosts would win successive matches in a Test series for the first time since March 2010.

It was the sixth successive overseas Test defeat for India after their 4-0 drubbing in England last year, which saw them relinquish the number one world ranking, and put paid to their hopes of a first series triumph in Australia.


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"I can't keep the smile off my face," Clarke, who was named Man-of-the-Match, said. "I've always said you've got to enjoy your success as a team. Tonight's going to be very special to the team, but for me personally as well.

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"I'm really stoked with our performance and it's a wonderful feeling to be able to score that many runs in an innings personally."


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We can level the series: Dhoni

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India had faced a Herculean task to rescue the match after Australia declared with a lead of 468 on Thursday but skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the seeds of the defeat had been sewn when they were bundled out for 191 on the opening day.

"We didn't put enough runs on the board," he said. "To win Test matches, of course taking 20 wickets is very important but also we need to give that cushion, having those extra runs on the board so that the bowlers can plan the opposition out.

"We have lost the chance of winning the series but still with two more Test matches to go we can level the series so that's what we're looking to do."


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Tendulkar's wicket causes mini collapse

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The series resumes in Perth next Friday before the fourth and final Test in Adelaide.

Some spirited batting from the Indian tailenders extended the second contest beyond the tea break on Friday before spinner Ravi Ashwin was caught out for 62, a fifth wicket for Ben Hilfenhaus, to bring a close to India's second innings for 400.

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


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Clarke gives Aussies key breakthrough

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And it was Clarke, who had shared record stands with Ricky Ponting (134) and Mike Hussey (150 not out) as he batted through day three of the contest, making the key breakthrough with his occasional spin-bowling.

Tendulkar had resumed on 70 after lunch having raced to his 65th Test fifty in the morning and had added 10 runs to his tally when he got an edge to a Clarke delivery which deflected off the gloves of wicketkeeper Brad Haddin into Hussey's hands.

Australia then took the new ball and Hilfenhaus, who ended with figures of 5-106 wrought havoc with it, bowling VVS Laxman first up for 66 with a peach of a ball that just touched the off stump.


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Zaheer Khan delays the Aussie party

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On his next over, the big pacemen had Dhoni caught and bowled for two after a review of the television pictures showed the Indian skipper had chipped the ball back to him.

James Pattinson got his first wicket of the innings on the next over, trapping Virat Kohli plumb leg before wicket for nine and leaving India languishing on 286 for seven.

With the match almost certainly lost, Zaheer Khan had some fun with a quickfire 35, which included a huge six, before he was caught by Shaun Marsh off the bowling of Peter Siddle.


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Clarke pays tribute to his pacers

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Pattinson, Siddle and Hilfenhaus had been key to Australia's winning the first Test by 122 runs in Melbourne last week and Clarke again paid tribute to his pace attack's efforts.

"I know they made 400 today but that's a really flat wicket out there now and a lot of credit must go to our bowlers on a really tough wicket to take 10 wickets," he said.

"To come out yesterday and today and perform the way they did is a really positive sign for this team."


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