India Vs Australia: India won the first match beating Australia by one wicket at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Chandigarh. For hauling of 8 wickets Zaheer Khan was declared the Man of the Match. The captain of the Indian team MS Dhoni after winning the match said that he had played his one of the best matches which was full of emotions. Further he said that we had to play with the three bowlers but in the first innings they lost Ishant. But in the second innings the bowlers did well, the lead we would have made was not made. He added that VVS was always very special for us, a lot of character has been shown by Ishant. VVS had done a wonderful job, he had been able to rotate the match and can earn runs at every stage, in a very special way he batted.
Indian squad played well: Ricky Ponting the Australian Captain said that they had played a very exciting Test match and he had given full credit to India team the way they played. Further he said that they were ahead till lunch, there were a lot of good signs for us to win but the partnership of VVS and Ishant turned the match towards the win of India team. In the second innings Aussies have made 71 runs with no loss of wickets. There was a lead of 94 runs against India in 1st test. In the first innings Australia was 428 runs, they chose to bat after winning the toss. Harbhjan Singh, Pragyan Ohja the spinners, Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan were the pace bowlers. VVS Laxman also participated after his back injury survived. There were three pacers on Australian side-Mitchell Johnson, Doug Bollinger, Ben Hilfenhaus and one spinner as Nathan Hauritz.
Teams : Austriala : Simon Katich, Ricky Ponting ( C ), Shane Watson, Michael Clarke, Marcus North, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Tim Paine ( W ), Nathan Hauritz, Doug Bollinger and Ben Hilfenhaus.
India : Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni ( C ), Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ohja.
Match was interesting: It was an ideal test match seen in the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Chandigarh. Game is better than this hardly can be seen. The win swung up & down throughout the game as both the teams was very competitive. On day one Australia was near the win but with the inspired spell by Zaheer Khan India came back well. Some vital runs were handed over by the tail ender Aussies to total 400 runs. Indians though with their combined efforts were not able to overcome the touring team, India was just 23 runs behind Aussies. In the 3rd innings Australian’s were just 192. It was a fine bowling from the Indian side. Visitor team was forced to give a target of 216 runs to Indian team. VVS scored 73, Ishant Sharma 31 off 92 balls and Ojha 5. In the last innings Hilfenhaus bowled very nice he gave 57 runs for 4 wickets but this effort went all in vain. The home side took the lead of 1-0 in the 2-test series. Laxman hugged Raina, Murali Vijay ran out first, in joy Ojha opened his arms, his team mates came running to him. Tendulkar and Dravid were also emotional. Australians left the field sadly. Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma will be replaced by left handed opener Abhinav Mukund and jaydev Unadkat pace bowler; it is said by N Srinivasan BCCI Secretary in his statement. In India’s first test victory by one wicket Ishant Sharma played a key role, having a partnership of 81 run with VVS Laxman for 9th wicket. In Bangalore on Saturday the final and second test will be beginning.Share