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Thursday, 30 December, 1999, 08:31 GMT
Aussies on a roll

Steve Waugh's men celebrate victory at the MCG
Australia won by 180 runs

Australia have taken an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series against India with victory in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

It was the home side's sixth consecutive Test win - the first time that mark has been achieved by an Australian side in 79 years.

If someone's going to beat us they're going to have to play very well

Steve Waugh, Australian captain
The tourists are now competing for pride in the three match series, with the remaining match to be played in the New Year.

India fell well short of the victory target of 376 set for them on the fourth day, being bowled out for 195 after tea.

Australian captain Steve Waugh was bullish after the win.

"I think we're playing very good cricket at the moment," he said.

"We are getting out of tough situations and when the situation demands we are really digging in and fighting hard.

"If someone's going to beat us they're going to have to play very well."

Sachin Tendulkar
Man-of-the-match: Sachin Tendulkar
But the man-of-the-match award went to Sachin Tendulkar, who belted out a sublime 116 in his first innings and was beginning to look dangerous when poised on 52 in the second.

It fell to Shane Warne to dispense with the threat by trapping Tendulkar lbw after lunch with some inspired wrist spin.

Speaking afterwards, Warne described it as "a match-winning wicket" and it appeared he was right as India lost their last six wickets for just 62 runs.

Australian paceman Brett Lee proved he was both extremely quick and accurate with figures of seven for 78 in his Test debut.

Greg Blewett bowled vice-captain Sourav Ganguly for 17 on the final delivery before lunch, then Mark Waugh took two wickets with consecutive balls, earning Ajit Agarkar his third golden duck in a row.

Sadogopan Ramesh retired hurt in the second over with a chipped joint in his thumb after he was struck on the hand on the fourth day.


Overnight: Australia 405 (Slater 90, Gilchrist 78, Ponting 67, Srinath 4-130) and 208-5d (Gilchrist 55, M Waugh 51*)
India 238 (Tendulkar 116, Lee 5-47) and 40-1

India Second Innings Cont:
S Ramesh retired hurt 26
R Dravid c Gilchrist b Lee 14
*S R Tendulkar lbw b Warne 52
S C Ganguly b Blewett 17
H H Kanitkar lbw b Fleming 45
+M S K Prasad c Warne b M Waugh 13
A B Agarkar c Blewett b M Waugh 0
A Kumble run out 13
J Srinath c Warne b Lee 1
B K V Prasad not out 6
Extras (4lb, 3nb) 7
Total (all out, 89.3 overs) 195

Fall: 2-72, 3-110, 4-133, 5-162, 6-162, 7-184, 8-185, 9-195, 10-195

Umpires: S J Davis and D R Shepherd (Eng)

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