A key reason behind Australia’s 0-4 loss to India was the poor batting exhibition of their batsmen, some experienced and many who were on their first trip to India, and were completely found out under the tough conditions.
When a team wins a four-match Test series 4-0, there are bound to be a number of excellent individual performances, which culminate into a brilliant team effort. The same has been the case with India as they outdid the clueless Aussies in every department of the game.
When India and Australia took the field on Sunday, the game was evenly balanced. Australia had been cleaned up for a below par total in the first innings and India had lost eight wickets in reply, with a negligible lead of four. Australia squared things up completely early on day three, which turned out to be the last day of the Test, claiming the last two wickets for the addition of only six runs.
India completed a superb 4-0 whitewash over Australia through a 6-wicket win in the fourth and final Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. The Test match was over inside three days on a pitch that was heavily loaded in favour of the bowlers.
Nathan Lyon claimed his 3rd five-wicket haul to help Australia stay in the contest in the Fourth and Final Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla. India was restricted to 266 for 8 despite a strong opening stand of 108.
Okay, this is probably not the right time to say this. After all, India are on the verge of their first ever whitewash of Australia. But while India are euphoric over their wonderful triumph against Michael Clarke’s men, it still doesn’t make the present Indian squad a great one.
India failed to wrap up the Aussie innings on Day 1 despite having the visitors at 136 for 7 at one stage and having bowled as many as 97 overs. Stubborn knocks from Steven Smith and Peter Siddle helped the visitors to recover to a respectable 231 for 8 by stumps on the opening day’s play.