It took only 11.3 overs for India to seal their comprehensive victory over Australia in the first test on the fifth and final day of the first test match.
Claiming victory with 8 wickets still in hand the Indian team were comfortably in the winners seat as Australia entered the final day of play only 40 runs ahead of India’s first innings total reports Fox Sports.
Australian all rounder Moises Henriques and off-spinner Nathan Lyon managed a final stand against India on the fourth day to push the match into the fifth day of play but the Australians never looked to be in a competitive position while chasing India’s dominating first innings haul of 572.
It was all over before lunch as Lyon fell leaving Australia on 241 and a lead of 49 runs. It took only two wickets for India to overtake difference lead by Sachin Tendulkar who scored 13 off 10 balls including two 6’s.
Captain Michael Clarke and Indian captain MS Dhoni were at odds with their opinions of what went wrong for the Australians in post match interviews.
Clarke defended their team selection standing behind a predominantly fast bowling attack despite the dominance of spin bowlers for India who managed 20 Australian wickets.
The star for India in the first test, MS Dhoni disagreed with Clarke commenting that Australia had relied on their fast bowlers but after the first test results suggested that they might be better off selecting another spin bowler.
With fast bowler Mitchell Starc wicketless and spinner Lyon looking at figures of 3-215 the Australian bowling attack looks in desperate need of re-evaluation before the second test.