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Clean sweep for India in Test series

India has defeated West Indies by 10 wickets in the 2nd test played here in Hyderabad. A clinical India completed one of the most ruthless clean sweeps in recent times, demolishing a listless West Indies inside three days, to clinch the series 2-0 on Sunday. For India, it was their 10th series win at home since their last defeat against England way back in 2012.

Only one other team has managed that feat in history, with Australia achieving it twice. Umesh Yadav’s maiden 10-wicket haul (6/88 and 4/45) on a decent track was the highlight as India reached the meagre victory target of 72 in 16.1 overs, courtesy an unbeaten partnership between openers Prithvi Shaw (33) and KL Rahul (33). Fittingly, Shaw hit the winning runs.

While any Test series victory is welcome, it might not quite be an ideal preparation for the big away-series against Australia, starting December 4 in Adelaide. West Indies were back to their worst despite showing signs of the fight in the first innings as they couldn’t last two full sessions and were bowled out for 127 in only 46.1 in their second innings.

Out of the four innings in this series, West Indies couldn’t cross the 200-run mark thrice which was a testimony to their plight during the series. Virat Kohli’s side did an encore of 2013 series which India won by an identical margin in that year’s most lopsided contest with Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell taking the limelight.

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