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India beat Australia, take 1-0 lead

Posted on Feb 26, 02:15PM | IBNS

Chennai, Feb 26 : India took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series beating Australia by eight wickets in the first cricket Test on the final day at the M.A.Chidambaram Stadium here Tuesday.

Sachin Tendulkar (13 not out) smahed two consecutive sixes from the first two deliveries as India achieved the target of 50 losing two wickets in the second innings.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was adjudged man of the match for his brilliant 224 that helped India put on a mammoth 572 in the first innings.

Earlier in the day, Australia set a target of 50 after they were all out for 241 in the second innings. Australia, resuming at 232 for nine, added just nine runs before being packed up in 30 minutes. Australia were bowl out for 380 in the first innings

Moises Henriques remained unbeaten on 81 and Nathan Lyon (11) was dismissed by left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who finished with three for 72. Ravichandran Ashwin bagged five for 95 after his seven-wicket haul in Australia's first innings.and Harbhajan Singh three for 72.

Australia looked determined in their attempt to defend a small score of 50. James Patting (1/13) was spitting fire with his raw pace. They didn't have to wait long as Murali Vijay (6) made an ambitious drive only and Henriques took an overhead stunner at mid-off.

Nathan Lyon (1/29) struck in the 10th over to get rid of Virender Sehwag (19), who gave a easy catch to Michael Clarke at the slip while defending.

The 39-year-old Tendulkar walked in at 36 for two and immediately lofted Lyon for two consecutive sixes over mid-on that left India needing just two runs to win.

Peter Siddle bowled a maiden in the next over, and Pujara got the wining run in a dramatic style off Lyon. Pujara got an edge and Wade fails to collect it and the ricochet lobs over the leaping Clarke at slip. Lyon was left kicking the ground as celebrations broke out in the Indian dressing room.