After miracle in Mohali, Aussies bulldozed in Bangalore

Sachin Tendulkar

Team India rubbed the Australian nose firmly on the ground on Wednesday when they rushed to an easy seven-wicket victory over the visitors in the second Test in Bangalore wining the series 2-0.

With this win, India retain its No 1 position in Test ranking with 130 points, followed by South Africa at 113 points.

Sachin Tendulkar was adjudged Man of the Match for scoring 214 in the first innings and an unbeaten half century in the second innings. He was also awarded the Man of the Series for scoring maximum runs.

Indian captain M S Dhoni said he was not doing great as a captain since he continues to lose the toss, "But I can't complain because the bowlers have stepped up their performance and Tendulkar continues to give that extra cushion of runs in the way he has been batting."

He singled out young batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay for special praise but said the series belonged to the bowlers before accepting the Border-Gavaskar trophy from Sunil Gavaskar.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting blamed his team's batting collapse in the second innings for their loss. But he was gracious enough to point out that the Indian batsmen ware top of the order any given day.

Tendulkar hit the winning runs, a two, off Nathan Hauritz half-an-hour into the final session to trigger wild celebrations at the Indian camp and among the Chinnaswamy Stadium crowd.

Rahul Dravid remained unbeaten on 21 and shared 61 runs with Tendulkar from 16 overs for the unbroken fourth wicket.

With the back-to-back victories, having won the first Test at Mohali by a narrow one wicket, India took the two-match series 2-0 though the Border-Gavaskar Trophy had already been in their bag.

For Australia, this was the first time after 1982 that they have been handed a series whitewash by the opposition.

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