The wizards in Oz: India’s series win in Australia

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The wizards in Oz: India’s series win in Australia

Pujara, Pant and a spirited bowling attack cast a fine spell over Australia

Dark clouds( काले बादल) hung over(छा गए/लटका हुआ) the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday, holding off India’s bid to win the Test series against Australia in greater style. Yet, the final 2-1 result is historic(ऐतिहासिक), with India for the first time defeating(हराया/पछाड़ना) Australia in Australia in a Test series. Having flourished(सफल होना) at Adelaide and Melbourne, the two victories(जीत ) split(विभाजित) by the solitary(एकमात्र) loss at Perth, Virat Kohli’s men were in good spirits(स्वभाव) when they reached Sydney. Their soaring(ऊंचा हो जानेवाला) confidence(आत्मविश्वास) found validation(पुष्टि) through a first innings total of 622 for seven (declared), a challenge to Australia that built upon Cheteshwar Pujara’s 193 and Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten(नाबाद) 159. Australia scored 300 and suffered(भुगतना/सामना करना) the ignominy(आधार/बदनामी) of following on before bad light and wet weather rescued(बचाया) the hosts(मेजबानों). But India had done enough to retain(बरकरार रखें) the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The triumph(विजय) is doubly delicious(स्वादिष्ट/सुखद) as it was seized within Australia, an achievement(उपलब्धि ) that eluded previous Indian squads(दस्तों). Since its maiden Test at Lord’s in 1932, India gained strength(शक्ति/ ताकत) as a powerhouse at home but remained diffident(अलग रहा) overseas(विदेशी). England, West Indies and Pakistan were humbled on their home turf but Australia, until(जब तक) now, never wilted. It remained unconquerable(अजेय), unleashing( एकजुट /खोलना) ) fiery(उग्र/तेजस्वी) fast bowlers and marauding(लूटना) batsmen. Lala Amarnath’s men were the first to tour Australia for the 1947-48 series and they returned after losing 0-4. Later Indian teams were either defeated or ended up forcing(मजबूर करना।) a stalemate(कठिन स्थिति/गतिरोध).

When Kohli’s men set foot Down Under, there was the weight of past losses to contend(संघर्ष करना/विरोध करना) with, besides a need to prove that their No. 1 Test ranking could stand scrutiny(छानबीन/जांच) when they travelled beyond the subcontinent. It didn’t help that an enfeebled(कमज़ोर बनाना) Australia, following the ball-tampering crisis(संकटकाल) of 2018, was expected(उम्मीद ) to collapse(विनाश/पतन). The expectation this time around was direct(प्रत्यक्ष) and strident(तेज़/स्पष्ट:): India had to win. Kohli’s men did that gloriously(शानदार) against Tim Paine’s men, who fought for large stretches before discarding(अलग करना/हटाना) their spirit(भावना) towards the business end. It wasn’t easy and India did have its headaches(सिर दर्द।). Midway, it had to jettison(दूर करना) the malfunctioning(खराबी ) opening pair of Murali Vijay and K.L. Rahul. Lead spinner R. Ashwin, after choking the Aussies at Adelaide, picked up a side-strain(तनाव), and the ambiguity(अस्पष्टता) over his fitness level before the concluding(समापन ) Test triggered some conspiracy(साजिश ) theories. The squad missed two regulars, who were tending(रुझान:) to injuries: wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha and opener Prithvi Shaw. Still, India found the right men for different occasions(अवसरों/हालत). Kohli scored a ton, Pujara did even better, delivering(लगाने वाले/आकृति करना,) three centuries, amassing(संग्रह करना) 521 and averaging 74.43. The fast bowling unit was incisive and Jasprit Bumrah sizzled with 21 wickets. Pant caught well and provided valuable(बहुमूल्य) runs lower down the order. The latest achievement in Australia has to be savoured(आनंद उठाना). Now South Africa remains the “final frontier”, as it were — India is yet to win a Test series there.

 

Important Vocabulary

1. flourished(सफल होना)
Synonyms: bloom, blossom, boom, develop, do well
Antonyms: decrease, fail, lessen, lose, shrink

2. Spirits(स्वभाव)
Synonyms: disposition, feeling, mood, tone

3. Strength(शक्ति/ ताकत)
Synonyms: clout, courage, durability, energy, firmness
Antonyms: cowardice, idleness, inactivity, infirmity, instability

4. Suffered(भुगतना/सामना करना)
Synonyms: deteriorate, endure, experience, get, go through, hurt
Antonyms: calm, please, soothe, surrender, yield

5. Soaring(ऊंचा हो जानेवाला)
Synonyms: climbing, lofty, steep, towering, aerial
Antonyms: ground

6. Defeating(हराया/पछाड़ना
Synonyms: beat, crush, finish off, overpower, overthrow
Antonyms: fail, lose, surrender, yield, advance

7. Fiery(उग्र/तेजस्वी)
Synonyms: blazing, burning, combustible, excitable, fierce
Antonyms: apathetic, calm, cold, cool, dull

8. Unleashing( एकजुट /खोलना)
Synonyms: discharge, free, release, vent
Antonyms: hold, keep, restrain

9. Scrutiny(छानबीन/जांच)
Synonyms: analysis, audit, inquiry, inspection, investigation

10. Strident(तेज़/स्पष्ट:)
Synonyms: blatant, jarring, loud, raucous, vociferous
Antonyms: quiet, silent, soft, subdued, low

11. Conspiracy(साजिश )
Synonyms: plot, scheme, sedition, treason, cabal
Antonyms: faithfulness, honesty, ignorance, loyalty

12. Collapse(विनाश/पतन)
Synonyms: bankruptcy, catastrophe, crash, debacle, destruction
Antonyms: miracle, success, wonder, creation, good fortune

13. Amassing(संग्रह करना)
Synonyms: assemble, collect, compile, garner, hoard
Antonyms: disperse, divide, scatter, separate, disburse

 

 

Credit To The Hindu News Paper

Pujara, Pant and a spirited bowling attack cast a fine spell over Australia

Dark clouds hung over the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday, holding off India’s bid to win the Test series against Australia in greater style. Yet, the final 2-1 result is historic, with India for the first time defeating Australia in Australia in a Test series. Having flourished at Adelaide and Melbourne, the two victories split by the solitary loss at Perth, Virat Kohli’s men were in good spirits when they reached Sydney. Their soaring confidence found validation through a first innings total of 622 for seven (declared), a challenge to Australia that built upon Cheteshwar Pujara’s 193 and Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 159. Australia scored 300 and suffered the ignominy of following on before bad light and wet weather rescued the hosts. But India had done enough to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The triumph is doubly delicious as it was seized within Australia, an achievement that eluded previous Indian squads. Since its maiden Test at Lord’s in 1932, India gained strength as a powerhouse at home but remained diffident overseas. England, West Indies and Pakistan were humbled on their home turf but Australia, until now, never wilted. It remained unconquerable, unleashing fiery fast bowlers and marauding batsmen. Lala Amarnath’s men were the first to tour Australia for the 1947-48 series and they returned after losing 0-4. Later Indian teams were either defeated or ended up forcing a stalemate.

When Kohli’s men set foot Down Under, there was the weight of past losses to contend with, besides a need to prove that their No. 1 Test ranking could stand scrutiny when they travelled beyond the subcontinent. It didn’t help that an enfeebled Australia, following the ball-tampering crisis of 2018, was expected to collapse. The expectation this time around was direct and strident: India had to win. Kohli’s men did that gloriously against Tim Paine’s men, who fought for large stretches before discarding their spirit towards the business end. It wasn’t easy and India did have its headaches. Midway, it had to jettison the malfunctioning opening pair of Murali Vijay and K.L. Rahul. Lead spinner R. Ashwin, after choking the Aussies at Adelaide, picked up a side-strain, and the ambiguity over his fitness level before the concluding Test triggered some conspiracy theories. The squad missed two regulars, who were tending to injuries: wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha and opener Prithvi Shaw. Still, India found the right men for different occasions. Kohli scored a ton, Pujara did even better, delivering three centuries, amassing 521 and averaging 74.43. The fast bowling unit was incisive and Jasprit Bumrah sizzled with 21 wickets. Pant caught well and provided valuable runs lower down the order. The latest achievement in Australia has to be savoured. Now South Africa remains the “final frontier”, as it were — India is yet to win a Test series there.