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India draw first blood at Chennai

Sachin Tendulkar smashed two sixes off successive deliveries to hasten India’s eight-wicket victory in the first Test against Australia on Tuesday. India are now one up in the four-Test series.

After removing the last Australia wicket for the addition of only nine runs to their overnight score of 232/9. Debutant Moises Henriques was left 19 short of a well-deserved hundred when last man Nathan Lyon was caught bat-pad off Ravindra Jadeja, who scalped 3/72. Requiring 50 to win, India attained it for the loss of openers Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag, both getting dismissed cheaply for the second time in the match.

MS Dhoni was adjudged man of the match for his brilliant 224. R Ashwin  bagged 5/95 to follow up his seven-wicket haul in first innings.

Australia made it tough for the Indians to get to the meagre target. James Pattinson (1/13) struck to remove Vijay (6) when Henriques pulled off an overhead stunner at mid-off. Nathan Lyon (1/29) struck in the 10th over to get rid of Virender Sehwag (19), easily caught at slip by Michael Clarke. Tendulkar walked in at 36 for two and straightaway lofted Lyon for two consecutive sixes over mid-on and that left India two more runs to win. Peter Siddle bowled a maiden next and Pujara then got the wining runs. The second Test begins in Hyderabad on Saturday.
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