Oct 21: India rounded up a comprehensive show of cricketing prowess against Australia with a thumping 320 runs victory in the second Test match at Mohali. Spinner Amit Mishra sealed the historic win that saw Aussies slumping to their seventh largest defeat and the biggest in over seventeen years in terms of runs.
The last two men to go were Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson. The former was the lone warrior in the Australian reply as he notched up a fighting half-century but the odds were too big for him to overcome. The latter fell prey to the guile of the debutant tweaker Mishra.
Before the feat was conceived, pace spearhead Zaheer Khan had sent tremors down the Australian camp early on in the morning session as he claimed three quick wickets in just four deliveries. The last one of his victims was Brett Lee as he succumbed to a beautifully angled delivery that clean bowled the batsman for naught. Just before this, a brilliant collection by MS Dhoni off a tearing Zaheer special saw the newcomer Cameron White walking back to the pavilion.
India had started the final day of the second Test match against Australia with a big thump as speedster Zaheer Khan sent wicket-keeper Brad Haddin’s wicket cart wheeling out of the ground. The batsman was done in by a length delivery that uprooted the off-stump and sent him back to the pavilion after scoring 37.
It was India's biggest ever Test win by runs, bettering their 280-run success over South Africa in Kanpur in 1996.
Harbhajan Singh took five wickets in the match to leave himself one short of becoming the third Indian bowler to claim 300 Test wickets.
Sachin Tendulkar claimed the world record for most Test runs and Sourav Ganguly struck 102 in his farewell series to help India amass 469 in their first innings.
Sourav Ganguly became the fourth Indian batsman to score more than 7000 runs in Test cricket.
The first Test in Bangalore ended in a draw. The third Test starts in New Delhi on October 29.