Hyderabad: The famed Australian stomach for battle was nowhere in evidence at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday (March 5).
Despite being behind the eight-ball after three days of largely one-sided action in the second Test, Australia had still been expected to make a genuine fist of it in admittedly trying conditions. Instead, in an uncharacteristically listless display of batting, they keeled over on the fourth morning, succumbing to an embarrassing innings-and-135-run loss that allowed India to open up an insurmountable 2-0 advantage in the four-Test series.
One of the great traits of Australian cricket has been the tendency of the national team to engage in a scrap, making the opposition work hard for success. That was conspicuously absent this time around, and India won as they pleased with a day and two sessions to spare after bowling Australia out for 131.