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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cricket India defeated Australia 2-0.

Australia lost their series to Sachin.

"Sachin has his 4 Sixes in this match. It is the maximum number of 6s Tendulkar has hit in a Test. Ties with Chennai 98 also against Australia."

Man of the Match and the Man of the Series is Sachin Tendulkar: "This series was a fantastic one. I would like to congratulate the whole team, starting from Laxman who helped us win. Along with Ishant Sharma. Also the bowlers. It was obviously going to be difficult on a track going up and down. Pujara showed tremendous character and his partnership with Vijay was very crucial one." On his own batting this year: "I don't count. Let the others count. I just want to continue scoring. Normally, there is not much crowd for Test cricket, thanks to Bangalore for coming out. You guys made the victory sweeter."


"We have played reasonably good test cricket but we were outplayed. We needed to get a few early wickets today, we got one but Pujara and Vijay batted well. I thought Hilfenhaus and Johnson have been good. Watson has been good. The crowd here have been fantastic. We would like to thank the crowd for their love and support for Test cricket."


I would like to congratulate the people of Bangalore. It's almost houseful today. As a captain I keep losing tosses which means the bowlers have to come in and bowl on flat tracks. But they have bowled really well. In both games the first innings was high scoring and it changed in second innings. In India you can just lose a Test in two sessions. You need to play well in all the five days. Pujara played really well. He got a tough ball first innings and he played very well in the second. Vijay has always done well whenever given opportunities. He carried on this time. It helps that he was batting with Tendulkar who is a great reader of the game and advices. The bowlers did a real good job. The bowling department really stepped up in both the games."
Dhoni now collects the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from SM Gavaskar. Dhoni lifts it high over his head and his team-mates roar in joy. He now calls them to join him. He gives the Trophy to a beaming Pujara. They all pose for the winning photograph that I suspect will find a special place in this Chinnaswamy Stadium. Gary Kirsten is laughing. So is every one else in that Indian squad.

"This is India's first Test win in Bangalore since October 1995, when they beat New Zealand by eight wickets. In
19 Tests here, India have won five, lost six and drawn eight.

It's only the third time India have won all Tests in a series of two or more Tests (excluding series against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe). Their two earlier wins both came in the 1990s, when they achieved 3-0 margins against England (1992-93) and Sri Lanka (1993-94).

The last time Australia lost all the matches of a series was in 1982 in Pakistan, when they lost in Karachi (nine wickets), Faisalabad (innings and three runs) and Lahore (nine wickets).

It's also the first time Australia have lost three Tests in a row since November-December 1988, when they lost to West Indies in Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne."

Tendulkar roars! A rare gesture of so much emotion from the little big man. Rahul just smiles. The win was brought up by a paddle-sweep. Tendulkar ran hard and turned for the second run. He completed the winning run, turned around, lifted his arms aloft. And roared. He then has a chat with Ponting and both smile. It's a pretty lengthy chat actually. Ponting smiles and puts his hand around Tendulkar's back. The rest of the players shake hands with each other. Rahul gets across, high-fives Sachin and hugs him. And as they walk away, they have a look at each other and smile. The dressing room erupts. In the stands, Anil Kumble high-fives with the selector Narendra Hirwani. India have defeated Australia 2-0.

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