India smashes Australia in first Test

08:02, Feb 26 2013
Sachin Tendulkar
DASHING SACHIN: Sachin Tendulkar made sure Australia had no hope of a shock win in the first test.

Indian captain MS Dhoni added to  Australia's misery following Tuesday's eight-wicket defeat in the  first Test by stating the tourists had lost the match at the  selection table.

India's spinners claimed 20 Australian wickets on a turning  red-clay pitch in Chennai to bowl Michael Clarke's side out for 380  and 241.Dhoni's double century powered India's first-innings total of  572 and they chased down their victory target of just 50 in 11.3  overs before lunch on day five for the loss of two wickets.

Australia's offspinner Nathan Lyon had a tough initiation to  Test-match conditions in India with figures of 3-215 and 1-29,  while paceman James Pattinson led Australia's attack with 5-96 in  India's first innings.

Pattinson's fellow quick Mitchell Starc was wicketless for the  match, as debate raged over whether back-up spinner Xavier Doherty  should have been recalled for Chennai.Clarke batted away questions on selection for the second Test in  Hyderabad starting on Saturday.

''Australian spin took three wickets in the first innings. Fast  bowling took a lot more (seven),'' Clarke said.

''That doesn't mean to say that playing three fast bowlers and a  medium-pace allrounder, we got that right.


''We need to assess. We need to look at conditions again and work  out what we think is the best 11.''It's not just about selection - it's about how you perform.''

But Dhoni was in no doubt when asked at his post-match media  conference about Australia's strategy.

''They went with their strength. If you see Australia now, they  rely a lot on their fast bowlers,'' Dhoni said.

''At the start of this series, they wanted to go with what their  strength was. After four days of cricket, maybe Michael (Clarke)  would think it would have been better if they would have gone with  another spinner.

''But at times, it's easier to decide on these things once a Test  match is over because then you have the whole result in front of  you.''

Australia had resumed on day five on a turning pitch on 9-232  and were bowled out for 241 - a lead of 49.No.11 Lyon was caught at short leg for 11 after adding 66 in 85  minutes for the 10th wicket with debutant Moises Henriques, who was  unbeaten on 81 after his 68 in the first dig.

Seamer and No.7 batsman Henriques took 1-48 off 17 overs in  India's first innings and could be asked to play a key role with  the ball if left-arm spinner Doherty is recalled despite a  Sheffield Shield average of 80 this season.

''If we don't have a third fast bowler, Moises can certainly do  that role,'' Clarke said.

''I think it's very exciting the way he has started.''