India win 2nd Test vs Australia Cricket Highlights Mohali Day 5

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Full Highlights of Day 5

Watch free online cricket highlights – Australia vs India – second Test, fifth day’s highlights from the Mohali test played on 21 October, 2008 as part of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series. Australia came out at 141/5 looking to save the test.

India wrapped up the test before lunch led by brilliant bowling by Zaheer Khan early on to snare 3 wickets in 4 balls. Amit Mishra who had 5 wickets in the1st innings but none in the 2nd when play resumed got the remaining two to give India its biggest ever victory (by 320 runs).

Mitchell Johnson entertained – 26 - (as he has for some time now with the bat) while Michael Clarke got a 50 that will possibly have more relevance in the remaining two games.

Brett Lee earlier clarified the reason behind him not bowling in the entire morning session on the 4th day – apparently Ricky Ponting was trying to up the over-rate. Captains under the law can face suspension for slow over-rate. Well, if that’s true, cool – better than a sitatuion where Ponting doesn’t have the confidence to bowl Lee – there’s no way Lee was that bad.

The selectorial decisions ahead of the next test with regard to Kumble are already buzzing around with everyone having on opinion. Since this blog has always been inclined to powerless opinions, here goes. Laxman should retain his place, Amit Mishra goes out for the time being, Kumble comes back in as captain and he relinquishes captaincy at his choice at a later time. The madness to give Dhoni the captaincy is unjustified at this point just as the decision to give him the Man of the Match Award today was. Whether or not awards matter is a different argument – but considering they exist, they need to be given to the most deserving – Gautham Gambhir. Dhoni got a 92 and 68 at times in the game when batsmen before him had already put the Aussies on the defensive. Gambhir on the other hand set the pace of the game in both innings 67, 104 (particularly the 2nd). In fact his 2nd innings 104 was more designed towards a declaration than was Dhoni’s.

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