Fri, 06 Jan 2012 09:59:44 GMT

India succumb to an innings and 68-run defeat in 2nd Test

Sydney: The historic 100th international ton continued to elude Sachin Tendulkar as India slumped to an innings and 68-run defeat in the second cricket Test against Australia, who have now taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

India staring at defeat in Sydney

India lost the first Test at the MCG by 122 runs and now for the second successive time they have lost with more than a day to spare. They have now suffered the ignominy of losing half as many as six consecutive Test matches on foreign soil.

Resuming at 114 for 2, India were all out for 400 with 25-odd overs of the fourth day's play still remaining.

There were as many as four half centuries in the Indian innings -- -- -- Gautam Gambhir (83), Sachin Tendulkar (80), VVS Laxman (66) and Ravichandran Ashwin ( 62) -- yet none produced a gritty effort which could take the match into the fifth day.

Tendulkar again came close to the historic milestone of 100 international centuries but was dismissed by part-timer Michael Clarke to break a few million Indian hearts.

Even though the visitors chalk up 400 runs in their second innings, 114 runs came for the last three wickets by when the match was as good as over.

Ben Hilfenhaus ripped the heart out of India's batting, claiming Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Laxman and Mahendra Singh Dhoni as his victims for figures of 5 for 106.

Peter Siddle took 2 for 88 while James Pattinson, Michael Clarke and Nathan Lyon shared the other three wickets.

The two teams will now travel to Perth for the third Test beginning January 13.

The morning session had promised some rearguard action by the Indians as 129 runs accrued for the loss of a solitary wicket of Gautam Gambhir.

India was humiliated with an innings defeat as Australia took a firm grip on series with a 2-0 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, today. Another depressing day for India was made bleaker when Sachin Tendulkar missed his 100th ton once again. The Little Master departed on 80, edging a Clarke delivery to Hussey in the slips.

Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar was firmly in sight of his 100th international century as Indian batsmen showed lot of character during the opening session on the fourth day of the second cricket Test against Australia.

The visitors were 243 for 3 at lunch, still needing 225 runs to avoid innings defeat. Tendulkar (70 batting) and VVS Laxman (44 batting) put on an useful partnership of 75 runs for the fourth wicket during the first session.

While Tendulkar hit nine boundaries, Laxman had five hits to the fence during the session.

India, resumed at 114 for 2 this morning, lost overnight batsman Gautam Gambhir (83) but scored 129 runs off 27 overs during the two-hour session.

Tendulkar, who once spent 51 balls without scoring last evening, was in his stride straightaway and reeled off a series of fours off Ben Hilfenhaus, all square of the wicket on the off-side.

The iconic batsman, unbeaten on 8 last evening, began with a back cut for four off Hilfenhaus and followed it up with a steered boundary in the same direction in the same over.

Gambhir deliberately glided a James Pattinson delivery through slips for a four and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin let one slip through his gloves for four and 18 runs were taken from the first two overs.

Tendulkar continued to go for deliveries pitched outside the off-stump and played the square cut to good effect.

Before Hilfenhaus was through his first spell of 3-0-21-0 this morning, Tendulkar picked up his fifth four off the same bowler in the same direction.

Source: PTI

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