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India v Australia 2nd Test
Mohali, 17-21 October 2008
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Ricky Ponting
India are the only Test team to beat Australia since the 2005 Ashes

Australia skipper Ricky Ponting had no excuses after his team's dismal 320-run defeat in the second Test with India.

"Right from the first morning India were aggressive and took the momentum away from us," the 33-year-old said.

"They used the reverse swinging ball better than we did and we have been under pressure from the start.

"At different times we put up a bit of a fight but we weren't good enough. They deserved to win, they outplayed us in every aspect of the game."

Ponting, who was critical of India's approach in the drawn first match of the series, could offer no defence of his team after their second defeat in the last four matches with the Indians.

Overall, I think it was one of India's best matches in Test cricket

India stand-in captain Mahendra Dhoni

"We weren't good enough in any aspect of this game - fast bowling, spin bowling, batting and, at times, our fielding was a bit sloppy, so we've been outplayed," he said.

"Sometimes as a captain and player you have to accept that and say they were better than us this week. We were better than them last week, but that's irrelevant now and they're 1-0 up going into the next Test."

The skipper admitted that it has been hard to replace the retired Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne, who had 1,271 Test wickets between them, but insisted his current attack were capable performers.

"I have total confidence in my group. With the experience and talent that we have, I am sure we can turn things around pretty quickly," he said.

"Ideally of course I would have liked to have an attack with the McGraths and Warnes. But we've got what we've got. There is a bit of inexperience and we don't have a match-winning spinner, but I am not worried about the inexperience. The spinners we have did their job reasonably well."


India, by contrast, were jubilant, with acting skipper Mahendra Dhoni insisting: "Overall, I think it was one of India's best matches in Test cricket. It was a perfect match for us."

After Sachin Tendulkar broke the Test run-scoring record and Sourav Ganguly scored a century in his final Test at Mohali, Gautam Gambhir also reached three figures and spinner Amit Mishra took a five-wicket haul on his debut.

In addition Dhoni, deputising for the injured Anil Kumble, won man-of-the-match after scoring 92 and 68 not out, plus taking two catches and a stumping.

"When we had an opportunity we made it count," he said. "That was what was important. Everybody contributed.

"Nothing went wrong and we would like to be in this position more often, but that's hard. I guess credit goes to all the players and our support staff. I thought they were brilliant too."

Dhoni, though, expects a different Australia in the next Test, which begins in New Delhi on 29 October.

"They had a few bad games, that doesn't mean they have lost it," he said. "They are still the number one team in the world.

"They have the potential, they have very talented guys in the side. They will come back strongly.

"That is what you expect from the Australian team. That is what they are all about."

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