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Posted: Oct 21, 2008 at 1253 hrs IST

Mohali, October 21: Zaheer Khan wreaked havoc as India punctured Australia's aura of invincibility by inflicting a crushing 320-run defeat on the visitors with more than two sessions to spare in the second cricket Test in Mohali on Tuesday.

With Zaheer breathing fire, India took just one-and-half hours and 18.4 overs to complete the formality and Australia, thoroughly bruised and battered, were subjected to one of their worst defeats in recent past as India went 1-0 up in the four-match series.

Australia needed well nigh a miracle to chase down the monumental 516-run target for an improbable win and with the top order blown away cheaply, their pursuit looked doomed right at the outset.

It was too much to expect the lower middle order batsmen and tail-enders to do what their front-line willow-wielders could not and Australia eventually folded for 195.

Zaheer's triple strikes in the first hour maimed Australia and since then, their collapse was just a matter of time and formality, which was completed in due course.

This was India's biggest win against the Aussies, eclipsing the 222-run victory that came in Melbourne in 1977. Michael Clarke (69) was the only face of Australian resistance in the face of some inspiring Indian bowling but his knock didn't go beyond boosting his personal tally.

Clarke's 152-ball knock included nine hits to the fence. With five wickets separating India from a win at the end of the fourth day, the dice was indeed loaded too heavily against Australia and whatever hopes they had of saving the Test went up in smoke when Zaheer crashed through Brad Haddin's (37) defence in the first over of the day.

Zaheer has been tormenting Australia since they landed in India and the persecution was far from over as the left-arm seamer came to singe them with a superlative show of fast bowling in his second over.

Cameron White (1) had barely survived the first ball he faced from Zaheer which angled across to beat his tentative blade but his luck ran out soon and the Australian edged the next delivery for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to pouch a smart catch diving to his right.

Brett Lee was next in the line of fire and he could only grope in thin air as Zaheer landed one just short of length and pegged back his off-stump, putting himself on a hat-trick.

Four fielders were soon manning the slip cordon and a few more hung around the blade but Mitchell Johnson's (26) straight bat denied Zaheer his hat-trick even if the left-arm seamer's spell was no less spectacular.

Johnson showed the grit that some of his illustrious batting colleagues lacked and the left-hander decided to lend a helping hand to Clarke who was waging a grim battle at the other end.

They put together a 50-run stand for the ninth wicket to thwart the Indians for a while but that was just an effort to delay the inevitable till Amit Mishra struck.

Johnson could not read Mishra's flighted delivery and the leading edge resulted into a simple caught-and-bowled dismissal giving the bowler his sixth wicket of the match.

Running out of partners and patience wearing thin, Clarke pulled Amit Mishra in the leggie's next over and Virender Sehwag took a smart catch at mid-off to drop curtains on Australia's second innings.

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No Definace -this* by bhinder on 23 Oct 2008

Dear Shekhar,Congratulations for forthcoming seat for you in Parliament . Hope that will fulfil your life time ambition ? At what cost? God bless you hope you become Defence Minister ( A strong one too as per your learned thinking) and you choose 3 Defence Services Chiefs( 3 weak Chiefs again as per your learned thinking) and have same fate as Krishna Menon ,who had to hang his head in shame and die in disgrace ?If you are true son of soil and honest please tell us how you said ''defiance by 3Chiefs on non- implementation of 6cpc peanuts '' when your own poll conducted by you Indian public declared by 96% that it was not at all a defiance by 3 chiefs ,96 in favoure of chiefs and 4 % in your favoure? In democracy Shekhar we go by majority not minority ? 3 chiefs by their brave act has avoided a MUTINY, which could have taken place if they had not acted in time,like it happend in the I.A.F after 5th Pay Commission.or do you wanted a MUTINY to give bad name to Defence Chiefs at the beset of your gurus bureaucrats ? May God fulfill your wish (not mutiny but your seat in parliament ) ,You have sold yourself for a petty gain so sad ! I will be happy to hear from you if you have anything to say on what i have written. Will you publish it,if YES you are true son of soil to some extent .regards bhinderGp.Capt J S Bhinder1257,4th Main,7th Cross,Chandra Layout, Bangalore-560040Tele :0809-23396391

Sachin by Manohar on 22 Oct 2008

Congratullation to whole indian team for win over the aus. This test is memorable for Sachin(12000), Saurav(7000), Gambhir(100), Amit(5), Dhoni(2-50's), Zaheer(3), Bhaji(3), Ishant(ponter), Sehwag(90).Overall for the win over the arigent aus. Thanks.

Raj is Proven Goonda by manish k mishra on 22 Oct 2008

We people of India have always been ignorrent regarding these people e.g. Raj Thackeray,We vote to a person whom we know, whether good or bad,hardly matters.He is dividing our country on the basis of langauage and state,violating our constitution but neither PM(a mute spectator) nor Sonia Gandhi is commentin gon this situaton.These congress persons have always divided the nation to get a lan to rule.

team work by sairam on 21 Oct 2008

good job india congratulation team india

Congrats Team India by S.Rajprasath on 21 Oct 2008

Well Done DHONI

Great Work.. by Harigovindan on 21 Oct 2008

great work india... keep it up... when dhoni handled the captenship that all the team members....

hello by devarsh on 21 Oct 2008

what a great win! shabbas

congrats by Vivek on 21 Oct 2008

Congratulations!

kangaroos trapped!!! by manivelsukumar on 21 Oct 2008

Kangaroos trapped!!!CONGRATULATIONS to Team INDIA!Well done against number one team in the world. Special wishes to Sachin - for world record run score surpass Lara. DADA - for proving his strength and nice century Mishra - for maiden first five wicket haul against no 1 team. Sehwag

CRICKET by DILIP RAJA on 21 Oct 2008

WELL DONE INDIA.

India's victory in the second Test by s.swaminathan on 21 Oct 2008

Congrata India. Australian Supramacy is now concluded. India must stay on for some more time in this driver seat. Hope the team will maintain the consistancy.

intresting ? by Swetank on 21 Oct 2008

Good win.maja aya wat about Kumble now if he is fit for next match

cricket victory by c.r.vaidyanathan on 21 Oct 2008

congrats to team india for the magnificent victory .the team has to keep cool and win the series in the third test itself.all the best wishes to Dhoni

comment by saurabh on 21 Oct 2008

Tiger's Catch the Win | hy mazza aa gya

Kudos to Indian Team by Kumar on 21 Oct 2008

CONGRATS INDIA U DESERVE THIS HUGE WIN. SPECIAL MENTION TO DHONI AND SACHIN though everyone chipped in with bat and ball. Team India We are proud of you.

Go for the kill by Sonam Shyam on 21 Oct 2008

One of the best victories ever for team India. Now we must go for the kill and wrap up the series in Delhi itself. How about preparing a rank turner in Delhi and further torment the Aussies? Its high time we taught the arrogant Aussies a lesson.

win over Aussies by RAJIV on 21 Oct 2008

some victories and winnings are truly beyond the sensex logic. well done team INDIA.best DIWALI GIFT will be 3-0 whitewash to the mighty Aussies.

Majestic win at MOHALI by GEORGE MATHEW on 21 Oct 2008

JUST DONOT GET CARRIED AWAY BY THE VICTORY WHCIH WAS MAGNIFICENT BY ALL MEANS KUDOS TO INDIAN TEAM AS THEY PLAYED TO THE POTENTIAL. WE INDIANS HAVE GREAT FAITH IN THIS TEAM AND WE SALUTE ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE SQUAD FOR THE FANTASTIC PERFORMANCE. HATS OF TO THE TEAM ONCE AGAIN.

INDIA'S TEST WIN by GOPIKANTA GHOSH on 21 Oct 2008

GREAT...IT PROVES WE NEED PROPER BALANCE OF YOUNG AND OLD...IT IS TIME THAT ACTION E PROPOSED AGAINST LALIT MODI AND SASANKA MONOHAR

CRICKET by Pillutla Venkata Krishna Kumar on 21 Oct 2008

! "CONGRATS BOYS"! GOOD WORK

wishes by nageswararao on 21 Oct 2008

congratulation to the whole team for greate win

Good Work Blue Boys by Dase Prami on 21 Oct 2008

IT IS GOOD TO SEE INDIA AS A ONE COMPACT UNIT AND AGRESSIVE ENOUGH TO KILL THE NO#1 TEST TEAM WITH A HUGE MARGIN. GOOD WORK KEEP IT UP AND MAKE AUS WHITE WASH

Aussies the number one team ....ha, ha, ha!!! by Anand Prakash on 21 Oct 2008

Who says Aussies are the number one team - they would have lost the series also in Australia if it were not for the help from the Umpires. Yes, they are number one in sledging and in turning non issues into issues.

Ha Ha Ha! by Gary McKenzie on 21 Oct 2008

You, sir (and I use the term loosely), are an arrogant fool of the highest order! Open the other eye or get lost — the cricketing world doesn't need your variety.

Congrats by Kannan on 21 Oct 2008

Congratulation India. Congrats to Sachin

Criciet by G C Sekhar on 21 Oct 2008

Koodos to Indian batsman and bowlers who have done it. Can we expect the same trend further??????

Congratulations Dhoni and Indian Team by Tarashankar Rudra on 21 Oct 2008

This is an emphatic win. My heartiest congratulations to Dhoni and the Indian Team. But remember there is no room for complacency, Australia is still the best in the world. Do not get buoyed by the success. It is a great team effort propelled by outstanding capataincy.

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