Australia seal India series whitewash
ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 28 (AFP) - Australia wrapped up a 298-run
win over India to sweep the series 4-0 early on the final day of the
fourth Test at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
The end was swift with the Australians snapping up the final four
wickets in an hour to dismiss India for 201 and inflict a fourth heavy
defeat on the demoralised tourists.
It was India's eighth consecutive away Test loss after a 4-0 series
loss in England last year and the Indians have not won a series in
Australia in 10 visits.
Australia's dominance over India comes a year after their Ashes
series humiliation at home to England and their significant improvement
under new skipper Michael Clarke, who replaced Ricky Ponting.
Australia won by 122 runs in Melbourne, an innings an 68 runs in
Sydney and an innings and 37 runs in Perth before their final Adelaide
Australia's bowlers, led by pacemen Ben Hilfenhaus (27 wickets) and
Peter Siddle (23), dented the reputations of India's decorated batting
lineup with the eight-Test youngster Virat Kohli topping the side's
batting averages with 37.50.Sachin Tendulkar, who failed to bring up his
100th international century, has now gone without a century for 25 Test
and one-day innings. His last hundred (111) was in the World Cup last
Tendulkar finished the series with 287 runs at 35.87, but it was
sorry reading for the other batting luminaries.
Test cricket's second all-time highest runscorer Rahul Dravid
finished with 194 runs at 24.25, Virender Sehwag 198 at 24.75 and V.V.S.
Laxman just 155 at 19.37.
India were set an improbable 500-run target for victory in the
Adelaide Test off 146 overs after Clarke's second declaration of the
match at 167 for five in their second innings shortly after Friday's
The highest winning chase at the Adelaide Oval is Australia's 315
against England in 1902, while India's highest-ever run hunt was 406
against the West Indies in Trinidad in 1976.But the beleaguered tourists
never got close and crashed to 166 for six by stumps leaving the final
day's outcome as a formality under sunny skies.
Nigtwatchman Ishant Sharma was out on the eighth ball of the last
day, caught behind off Ryan Harris for two and he was followed in the
next over by Wriddhiman Saha also caught behind off Siddle for three.
Zaheer Khan hit out lustily for three fours before he was caught by
David Warner at short cover off Hilfenhaus for 15.
The final wicket came when Umesh Yadav (1) was caught behind by
Haddin for spinner Nathan Lyon's fourth wicket of the innings. Ravi
Ashwin remained 15 not out.
Siddle was announced man-of-the-match with six wickets.
AUSTRALIA - 1ST INNINGS 604 for 7
INDIA - 1ST INNINGS 272
AUSTRALIA - 2ND INNINGS 167 for 5 declared
INDIA - 2ND INNINGS
G. Gambhir c Haddin b Harris 03
V. Sehwag c Ponting b Lyon 62
R. Dravid c Hussey b Harris 25
S. Tendulkar c Cowan b Lyon 13
V. V. S. Laxman c Marsh b Lyon 35
V. Kohli run out (Hilfenhaus) 22
I. Sharma c Haddin b Harris 02
W. Saha c Haddin b Siddle 03
R. Ashwin not out 15
Z. Khan c Warner b Hilfenhaus 15
U. Yadav c Haddin b Lyon 01
Extras (lb3, w2) 05
Total (all out; 69.4 overs) 201
Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Gambhir), 2-80 (Sehwag)
3-100 (Dravid), 4-110 (Tendulkar)
5-162 (Laxman), 6-166 (Kohli)
7-166 (Sharma), 8-170 (Saha)
9-193 (Zaheer), 10-201 (Yadav)
Bowling: Harris 19-5-41-3 (1w)
Hilfenhaus 11-2-35-1 (1w)