India Rolls Australia In First Test

India cruised to an easy victory in the first Test.

Robert Whiteby Robert White


India easily defeated Australia in the first Test in Chennai, taking a 1-0 series lead after completing an 8-wicket victory on Tuesday.

The Aussies were dismissed for a total of 241 in their second innings, giving the visitors a lead of just 50 runs- a total India reached easily.

Moises Henriques was one of the lone bright lights for the touring Australian Test side as he built on a very solid opening innings by producing a stand of 81 not out as the rest of his teammates crumbled around him.

Henriques and Nathan Lyon delayed the inevitable and allowed Australia to avoid an innings defeat, but when Lyon eventually fell, edging Ravindra Jadeja to short leg, it left Henriques 19 rusn short of reaching his maiden Test century in a special debut performance.

Australia dropped Murali Vijay (6) and Virender Sehwag (19) as the visitors got off to a shaky start chasing the small total before home soil hero Sachin Tendulkar (13no) knocked Lyon for consecutive sixes to push India within a run of victory.

Off-spinner Ravi Ashwin claimed five second inning wickets at the cost of 95 runs as India’s three-pronged spin attack tore through the Australian batting attack. Ashwin claimed 12 wickets in total on the spin tailored pitch.

The second Test begins Wednesday and Australia should take notice of remarks made by Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja after day four on Monday.

Jadeja made a pre-Ashes assessment of the Aussies, comparing their batting capabilities with England’s Test side.

"The difference between the English batsmen and the Australians is the English guys are a lot more patient," Jadeja said. 

"If we bowl maidens to the Australians, they have an ego. If we contain them for four overs, we feel like they will play a rash shot. That's what we're expecting from them.

"We want to get them out as quickly as possible tomorrow and then score runs quickly. 
"What's making the pitch difficult is the footmarks, some balls don't bounce and there is inconsistent turn."

Whether Jadeja's words are taken as advice or used as motivation, something will need to change if Australia is to work their way back into the series.


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