Sydney - Australia
crushed India by an innings and 68 runs in the second Test in
Sydney on Friday to take a 2-0 series lead with two Tests to play.
Tendulkar's dismissal precipitated a collapse on the fourth day as
India saw their chance of winning a maiden series in Australia slip
The big breakthrough came 30 minutes after lunch when
Tendulkar was again thwarted in his chase for his 100th international
century with part-time spinner Michael Clarke claiming the prized
Man-of-the-match Clarke, who became only the sixth
Australian to score a Test triple century on Thursday, capped a splendid
all-round performance when he coaxed an edge off Tendulkar to Michael
Hussey at slip for 80 off 141 balls.
triggered a clatter of wickets with top order batsmen VVS Laxman
(66), MS Dhoni (2) and Virat Kohli (9) following in the next seven
overs to expose the tailend to the Australian bowlers and inevitable
Ravi Ashwin was the last man out, caught in the deep by Nathan Lyon for 62 to give Ben Hilfenhaus five wickets.
It was Australia's fifth win in 10 Tests against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground with India only winning once.
looked in good nick as he unfurled his glorious strokemaking but fell
in the 79th over when he was drawn forward to Clarke's left-arm spin and
got an outside edge off wicketkeeper Brad Haddin's gloves to Hussey at
With him went India's remote hopes of denying Australia victory after they lost the opening Melbourne Test by 122 runs.
has been stranded on 99 Test and one-day international centuries since
scoring 111 against South Africa in the World Cup in March.
His last Test century was 146 against South Africa in Cape Town a year ago.
clipped Laxman's off-stump with a magnificent swinging delivery and
then caught and bowled Indian captain Dhoni two overs later for two.
looked a little unfortunate to be given out leg before wicket off James
Pattinson for nine to leave the tourists seven wickets down and into
Zaheer Khan hit out lustily with five fours and a six
in his 35 off 26 balls before he was caught by Shaun Marsh off Siddle
Ishant Sharma (11) and Ashwin (62) were the last wickets to fall after tea.
opener Gautam Gambhir was dismissed for 83 when he was caught at point
by David Warner off the second ball of Peter Siddle's first over of the
India were always looking down the barrel after conceding a
massive 468-run first innings lead following their mediocre 191 on
Tuesday's first day.
Captain Clarke declared Australia's first
innings at 659 for four with Ricky Ponting and Hussey also scoring
centuries with seven and a half sessions left to bowl out India.
The third Test starts at Perth's WACA ground next Friday.