Saturday, 19 January 2008

Inspired Indians again halt Arrogant Australians' winning streak

The Indian cricket team made history beating the Aussies by 72 runs in the Perth and halting the winning streak of the Kangaroos who hadn't lost a match for the last 16 tests.

After the unsavoury events during the Sydney Test, India gave a befitting reply to the Australian team, beating them on the fourth day of the test on the Australian soil.

At Sydney the mental pressure created on the Indian team and the controversial decisions by Umpite Steve Bucknor. One wonders would India have won this test had Bucknor umpited at Perth also.
Leaving that aside, Anil Kumble's men made a brilliant effort at Perth, which is one of the fastest pitches. Still, our young speedsters did a marvellous job, with the support of spinners, in bowling the Aussies out, twice. In the past never an Indian team or any team from the sub-continent has won at this location.

The fact that India was 0-2 down in the series and mentally under pressure after the episode surrounding Harbhajan Singh's alleged comments directed at Andrew Symonds, and still we won at Perth, proves the commitment of Kumble and his team.

In the first innings Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman hit 93 and 71 respectively & Irfan Pathan chipping in with 28. If RP Singh took four Aussie wickets, Pathan, Ishant Sharma and Kumble snatched two wickets. In the second innings again Laxman hit a 79 followed by Pathan (46), Sehwag (43), Dhoni (38) and RP Singh (30).

The wickets by Sehwag at a crucial time and Pathan's three wicket haul in the second innings gave India the historic victory, which is Very Special Indeed. Now Adelaide gives us chance to draw the series. In 1992, it was Adelaide India had won a historic match. [Photo: Irfan Pathan celebrates Indian win]

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