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Warne criticizes Ponting tactics as India seal 2-0 win over Australia

Sachin Tendulkar cannot hide his delight as India beat Australia to secure a 2-0 series victory.
Sachin Tendulkar cannot hide his delight as India beat Australia to secure a 2-0 series victory.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • India beat Australia by seven wickets to win the second Test in Bangalore
  • The hosts completed a whitewash winning the two-match series 2-0
  • Former Australian spin bowler Shane Warne criticizes Ricky Ponting's tactics on Twitter
  • Australia suffer their third straight Test match defeat and slip to fifth in world rankings

(CNN) -- An unbeaten knock of 53 from Sachin Tendulkar helped India to a seven-wicket success over Australia on the fifth day of the second Test in Bangalore, securing a 2-0 series victory for the hosts.

Debutant Cheteshwar Pujara top scored for the home team with 72, with India only dropping three wickets before reaching their required target of 207 to win the match.

Defeat for Australia continued their miserable recent form -- they have now lost their last three Test matches, their worst run for 22 years, and captain Ricky Ponting came in for criticism from former player Shane Warne.

As India neared their target Warne blasted Ponting for his field settings when spinner Nathan Hauritz was bowling.

Warne said on his Twitter account: "How the hell can hauritz bowl to this field?? Feeling for Hauritz, terrible!! What are these tactics? Sorry Ricky but what are you doing."

It just goes to show that unless you play five good days of Test cricket you don't win games
--Ricky Ponting
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Australia have now slipped to fifth in the world rankings, one place behind England, who they face in the Ashes series beginning next month.

The final day began in uninspiring fashion for the tourists, who lost their final three wickets for only 21 runs, with tail-enders Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter George both being dismissed without scoring a run.

The world's number-one-ranked Test nation made light work of the 207 runs required, although Australian hopes were briefly raised when Hilfenhaus claimed the wicket of Virender Sehwag with India on just 17.

Murali Vijay was the next batsman to fall, contributing 37 runs before Shane Watson trapped him LBW with India reduced to 89-2.

The 22-year-old Pujara then steadied the ship for his side compiling a half century, alongside Tendulkar, who recorded his sixth Test double century in India's first innings.

Hopes of a debut Test 100 for Pujara were dashed when Nathan Hauritz bowled the youngster, but India were already on their way to a comfortable victory.

When quizzed on the 2-0 series scoreline after the match Ricky Ponting told Sky Sports: "It's probably a little bit harsh, isn't it? We played very well for the majority of the first Test, and pretty well for the majority of this one.

"It just goes to show that unless you play five good days of Test cricket -- and that's five, not four or four-and-a-half -- you don't win games."