" In reply, Australia chased down the target with ease, reaching home with seven wickets…
Chasing a paltry victory target of 128, Australians lost as many as six wickets but were always in control as they knocked off the required runs with more than a day to spare.
A listless India capitulated to a four-wicket defeat in the second Test against Australia, as an inept batting display by the top-order allowed the home side to chase a paltry total of 128.
Resuming at the overnight score of 71 for one, the visitors lost four wickets in quick succession with an addition of only 16 runs and were eventually bowled out for 224 in 64.3 overs.
Australia lost as many as six wickets but were always in control as they knocked off the required runs with more than a day to spare. Nothing seemed to go right for the visitors with Shikhar Dhawan (81) not coming out to bat.
Dhawan, apparently suffered an injury to his right wrist during the morning practice session which led to Virat Kohli (1) coming out with Cheteshwar Pujara (43). Kohli’s early departure virtually triggered off the collapse as Mitchell Johnson ripped through the top-order and finished with figures of four for 61, while Josh Hazlewood (2/74), Mitchell Starc (2/27) and Nathan Lyon (2/33) also chipped in.
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Had it not been for a 60-run eighth wicket partnership between Dhawan and Umesh Yadav (30), India wouldn’t have been able to set a three-figure target. Australia’s run-chase was marked by two early jolts with David Warner (6) and Shane Watson (0) and though they continued to lose wickets, the target was never beyond reach.
Mitchell Marsh’s cover drive brought victory triggering scenes of celebrations in the Australian camp. The defeat also brought to fore India’s dismal record outside the sub-continent with their 15th defeat in the last three and half years.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s poor track record as Test captain in overseas conditions continued as he lost his 14th Test match outside the sub-continent. Dhoni has now lost seven Tests in England, four in Australia, one in New Zealand, one in South Africa since 2011.
The two teams will now travel to Melbourne for the ‘Boxing Day’ Test with Australia needing a win or atleast a draw to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.