Zaheer, spinners bowls India to record victory

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Mohali, Oct.21 : India needed less than a session on the fifth morning to defeat Australia in the second Test played here.

The Indians sealed the game by 320 runs, their biggest margin of victory in terms of runs ever.

Fast bowler Zaheer Khan nipped out three wickets in the space of four deliveries when play started. Only Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke delayed the inevitable with a fighting knock of 69.

In terms of runs, it was Australia's biggest loss to India since Melbourne, 1977.

India scored 469 in their first innings, thanks to splendid performances by Sourav Ganguly (102), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (92), Sachin Tendulkar(88) and Gautam Gambhir(67).

In reply, Australia were bundled out for 268 courtesy a star debut performance by leg spinner Amit Mishra who grabbed five wickets for 71 runs. The only Australian players to score were all rounder Shane Watson (78) and Michael Hussey (54).

Opting not to enforce the follow-on, India scored a formidable 313 for 3 in their second innings. Leading the leather hunt were Gautam Gambhir (104), Virender Sehwag (90) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (68 not out).

Australia, which was asked to chase a massive 516 for victory, collapsed on the fourt and fifth day for a paltry 195. The chief wicket takers were Zaheer Khan (three for 71), Ishant Sharma (two for 42), Harbhajan Singh (three for 36) and Amit Mishra (two for 35).

Dhoni was declared the man of the match for his two half centuries and brillaint captaincy. Mishra got a seven wicket haul for 106 runs.

ANI

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