Thrilling 13 runs Test victory, India bowled out Australia for 93
In 2004, Ricky Ponting led Australia were touring India for a four-match Test series. They won the series 2-0 already. But, the fourth Test at Wankhede Stadium is known as one of the epic battles between bowlers of two sides. India won the match by 13 runs.
The low scoring Test match was bowlers heaven and ended in just three days. A thriller Test match between Rahul Dravid led India and Ricky Ponting led Australia was taken fans by surprise. It was invincible Australia, which won the 2003 World Cup, beating India, so any win against Australia is sweet.
Australia have already won the series 2-0, India were vying for a consolation victory. Batting first India were folded up in 104 as Jason Gillespie and off-spinner Nathan Hauritz wrecked havoc on the Indian batting line up. Rahul Dravid was the highest scorer for India. He scored only 31.
Gillespie is celebrating after taking the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar
Australia managed 101 runs more than India as Matthew Hayden and Damien Martyn scored 35 and 55 respectively, Indian spinners Anil Kumble and Murali Karthik did a good job for India as they shared nine wickets. Australia were all out for 203.
Then India came to play their second innings, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag once again failed as McGrath castled them. India were 2 for 14.
Murali Kartik took seven wicktes in the match
Rahul Dravid sent Laxman at no. 3 instead of himself as Laxman has a better record in the second innings than his first innings. Laxman played a crucial 69 run innings and built a 91 partnership Sachin Tendulkar on this square turning pitch. But, India failed to capitalize on the platform laid out by Laxman and Tendulkar as Michael Clarke created a storm on the deteriorating crease with a 6 wickets haul conceding just nine runs in 6 over. David and Mohammad Kaif’ together contributed 52 runs to India’s total 205 and a lead of 106 over Australia.
106 looks easy to chase down, but the Wankhede pitch was not responding to the batsmen way. Clarke’s six over spell not only shattered India, but also shivered Australia as they sensed what India equipped with spinners like Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Murali Kartik was going to do them.
As expected only three batsmen managed double figure with the highest figure 24, scored by Matthew Hayden. Ricky Ponting and Nathan Haurtiz scored 12 and 15 respectively. So, 51 runs altogether, the remaining seven batsman were bamboozled for 27 runs. Harbhajan Singh took 5 wickets conceding 29 runs while Murali Kartik took three wickets.
Australia were folded up for 93 runs and India notched up thrilling 13 run victory. The match ended inside three days, not a good advertisement for Test cricket, but this match is remembered as one of the exciting Test match in the history of cricket, which was won by Indian bowlers.
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