India's greatest ever triumph in test cricket, beats Australia 4-0

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Australians give India their first 4-0 series win

Date: March 24 2013

Chris Barrett

Australia's worst series in more than 30 years is complete after India finished off a 4-0 rout in a dramatic conclusion to the fourth Test, in which Nathan Lyon starred with a bag of nine wickets.

The hosts chased down a victory target of 155 on Sunday afternoon, triumphing by six wickets to consign the visitors to the only mercy dealt out here since the series began five weeks ago – an early flight home.

Not since the summer of 1978-79 had an Australian team been thrashed by such a margin and Graham Yallop's side was beaten 5-1 by England in the middle of the World Series Cricket era – when many of the country's best players were banned.

If the present line-up thought the threat of Delhi belly would be their greatest danger on this tour, they were sorely mistaken. A 4-0 hammering is the first time since Allan Border's team were flogged by Pakistan that Australia have been whitewashed in a series of three or more Tests, and the first 4-0 defeat since Bill Lawry's men were annihilated by South Africa in 1969-70.

To add salt to the wound, they are also the worst-performing Australian team to ever tour the subcontinent. India, in their 80 years and 70 series of Tests, had never before won four matches in a series, securing the ultimate revenge for their own 4-0 defeat in Australia two summers ago.

The tumultuous campaign leaves Australia's preparations for the Ashes, which begin at Trent Bridge on July 10, in disarray.

The defeat in Delhi was at least the tourists' best performance of the series. The pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium was prepared for a good time, not a long time, so the match was never likely to go much further than the three days that it did.

However, once again Australia's top order let it down, this time when there was a scent of what would have been a morale-boosting victory.

Australia, led by stand-in captain Shane Watson, crashed to 5-53 on Sunday before Peter Siddle (50), top-scoring for the second innings in a row and becoming the first No. 9 ever to score two fifties in a Test, drove their total to 164.

Conditions had appeared so treacherous for Australia's batsmen that the tourists' lead, 154, appeared highly competitive. Australia had lasted for less than three hours, and only 46.3 overs.

However, India largely blew that theory out of the water, aside from some tense moments in the final hour. Lyon, who completed career-best figures of 7-94 in the morning, added two more to his tally, including the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar for the fourth time in his career, a record for an Australian spinner.

There was drama in the afternoon, as Glenn Maxwell also picked up a couple of wickets and India lost 3-5 to fall to 4-128.

However, Lyon's brilliant performance was unfortunately not rewarded as Cheteshwar Pujara (82 not out) and MS Dhoni (12 not out) completed the win late in the day before a delirious crowd.

Dhoni's slog over midwicket fittingly finished it off.

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Congratulations!!! Team India on this great feat.
 

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Congrats young India !! Australia :hail: India :cool:
 

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Warning -- road users around the hotel where Australian hockey team stays, wherever they are now, watch for washing machines or refrigerators flying out of the window!!!
 

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A good series for India.
 

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It was as comprehensive as it could get. Saw all of the series save a few overs here and there. Makes me wonder why we did so badly against England.
 

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It was as comprehensive as it could get. Saw all of the series save a few overs here and there. Makes me wonder why we did so badly against England.
Because Gauti and Viru didn't perform so did ashwin. Also this time, India went all the way for spinning tracks unlike with England.
 

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What's more important that India has climbed to second place in ICC Test rankings.
 

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Because Gauti and Viru didn't perform so did ashwin. Also this time, India went all the way for spinning tracks unlike with England.
India has spinning tracks for England too. Swann and Monty did all the damage against India. We played as if we didn't know how to play spin. And our spinners were ineffective. What happened between then and now is what I am interested. Whatever it was, wonderful results!
 

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Wait for 6 more months, we will be back to where we started :rofl: :rofl:
 

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Manu pundits and punters are saying that the new team is not experienced or just not good enough. However that is a farce, there are players who are playing here in the IPL for such a long time. And Indian spinners have been their team mates or opponents. So can't really call the Aussies for being a poor team.

BTW, whatever happned to the Indian batsmen. We know they can't play bounce and pace but spin :facepalm:

Nathan Lyon had the best figures of all the bowlers
 
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everything depends on selectors we have a lot of talent sitting on benches with reserve players which could swing matches instantly.....but ban Ipl for gods sake.......

oh buy the way congrats dhoni and company:cool2:........ dhoni hai to dhulai hai........:hail:
 
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YA talents like Rohit Sharma, Sir Ravindra Jadeja.

It's gonna be interestin to see how they play.
 

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