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How the Border-Gavaskar Trophy was won


Jamie Alter,Cricketnext
Mar 25, 2013 at 11:19am IST

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A look back at the key performers and passages of play which led to India's whitewash of Australia in the 2012-13 Border Gavaskar Trophy.

1st Test, Day 2: Tendulkar rolls back the years

Sachin Tendulkar walked to the crease in the sixth over of India's first innings with the scorecard reading 12 for 2, in reply to Australia's 380, and buckled down to take the score to 182 for 3 by stumps. The early loss of the openers brought to the crease Tendulkar and he proceeded to hit three superbly-timed fours before the over was up. Tendulkar's innings was an extension of the stroke-filled 140 he made in the recent Irani Trophy, and was peppered with some excellent boundaries square of the wicket on both sides. This was vintage Tendulkar, rolling his wrists to caress the ball around the ground and playing forward with a solidity not seen for some time. Tendulkar combined for solid partnerships of 93 with Cheteshwar Pujara and 77 with Virat Kohli as India finished the second day 198 in arrears of Australia, Tendulkar batting on 71.

How the Border-Gavaskar Trophy was won

Sunil Gavaskar and Allan Border hand over the Border-Gavaskar trophy to MS Dhoni. (BCCI)

1st Test, Day 3: Dhoni seizes the momentum

MS Dhoni walked in at the fall of Tendulkar (81) after India had scored just 14 runs in 11 overs and proceeded to counter-attack brilliantly, before marshalling the lower order to a total of 515 for 8. His arrival injected the desire impetus into a flagging innings; he began with a burst of singles and doubles and was clearly out to upset Nathan Lyon's rhythm, shuffling and coming down the track. Dhoni's assault on the new ball was exhilarating, as India took 54 in the first even seven overs. His fifty came up in 59 balls during an over in which he carved Mitchell Starc for three off-side boundaries, and then Moises Henriques was smacked for six over extra cover and four past mid-on in his first over. As the shadows lengthened, Dhoni trained his sights on Lyon again, hitting him for two sixes in an over. His maiden double-century needed 231 deliveries at stumps he was on 206 - the highest score by any wicketkeeper-captain and the best by an Indian 'keeper.

1st Test, Day 4: Ashwin triggers big Australian collapse

India's spinners grabbed nine wickets for 175 runs in 65.5 overs as Australia, with R Ashwin claiming five and Ravindra Jadeja three. From 34 for 0, Australia slumped to 175 for 9 before a dogged tenth-wicket stand delayed the inevitable. The excellent work done by the spinners allowed India to wrap up victory early on day five.

2nd Test, Day 1: Bhuvneshwar swings out Australia's top order

Having opted to bat, Australia lost their openers inside five overs after Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced a good display of swing bowling. David Warner inside-edged a delivery jagging back in to become Bhuvneshwar's first Test wicket, and in the next over Ed Cowan was struck in line with middle stump when beaten by an incutter. In Bhuvneshwar's eighth over, Shane Watson was beaten for movement and the lack of bounce to be struck on the back leg in front of off stump. Bhuvneshwar's 3 for 36 had left Australia in big trouble.

2nd Test, Day 2: Pujara-Vijay combo runs riot

Murali Vijay and Pujara wrote their names into the record books with an unbroken partnership of 294 for the second wicket which shoved Australia out of the second Test and drove India into the lead. The third day's play was broken into three distinct passages of play: Vijay and Pujara scratched around 22 overs for 37 runs in the morning session, moved up a gear to take 106 off the afternoon passage, before accelerating in the final two hours to crush a fatigued Australian bowling attack. The breakdown of each of their 50-run stands was proof of how well the pair paced their innings: the first 50 took 157 balls, the second 97, the third 80, the fourth just 65 and the fifth in just 50 balls.

2nd Test, Day 4: Australia combust in the morning

Australia lost eight wickets on the fourth morning to become the first team to lose a Test by an innings after declaring their first innings, while Dhoni became India's most successful captain. Australia were simply suffocated in a probing 35 overs of play, crashing from 108 for 3 to 111 for 6 and eventually being bowled out for 131, with Ashwin taking 5 for 63.

3rd Test, Day 2: Ishant, Jadeja turn the tide

From 139 for 0 - their best start all tour - Australia were pulled back to 273 for 7 by stumps on day two. Jadeja excelled with 3 for 56 before Ishant Sharma ensured pace had a say with a double-wicket over late in the day. Of the nine Australians to spend time at the crease on a clear and sunny day, only three managed half-centuries. The biggest blow came when Jadeja dismissed Warner and Michael Clarke in successive deliveries.

3rd Test, Day 3: Dhawan decimate Australia

In his first Test innings, Shikhar Dhawan scored the fastest debut century in Test history - a confidence-coated, boundary-laden 185 that dominated India's first double-century stand against Australia and their seventh best of all time. He raced to 50 in 50 balls and then galloped to three figures in another 35. The punishment never let up, and by stumps India had erased the deficit to 125 after Dhawan and Vijay put on 283 without loss.

3rd Test, Day 4: Bhuvneshwar gives India a shot at victory

Three wickets in a probing opening last-session spell from Bhuvneshwar left India in with hopes of reclaiming the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after Australia had done well to limit their lead to 91 on day four. Bhuvneshwar's triple turned the screws on the tourists, who ended the day three down and trailing by 16 runs. Warner went in the first over, and in the fourth Cowan was adjudged lbw. Soon after, Steven Smith had his off stump sent cart-wheeling.

3rd Test, Day 5: Jadeja, Ashwin spin it India's way

The equation for India was straightforward when played started: take seven wickets. The first came in the seventh over of the day, but the real blow came when Australia lost four wickets for 26. Jadeja removed Clarke for the fifth time in the series; Hughes went lbw to Ashwin; Moises Henriques was caught and bowled by Jadeja, and Ashwin trapped Brad Haddin in front of the stumps.

4th Test, Day 1: New day, same story

From 94 for 2 at lunch, Australia lost five wickets for 59 runs in 39 overs during the afternoon. Ashwin and Jadeja relentlessly plugged away to keep run-scoring to a drip and Australia's lack of partnerships was telling: they went from 106 for 2 to 136 for 7 and needed a 53-run stand in 164 deliveries to get them close to 200.

4th Test, Day 2: Jadeja counter-attacks

Lyon had taken four wickets to leave Australia seeking to bowl India out with a sizeable lead, but for the first time in the series Jadeja delivered with the bat. His valuable 43, a career-best effort, included some brazen shots against Lyon who was hit out of the attack, and allowed India to inch into the lead.

4th Test, Day 3: Spin to the fore yet again

India were put on course for victory in the morning session, in which they reduced Australia to 89 for 5 - a lead of just 79 - after being bowled out for 272. Jadeja removed Maxwell, Warner and Cowan, Ashwin extracted Highes and Pragyan Ojha got Watson. Australia's lead was just 43, with half the side down.

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