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Tuesday 30 December 2014

Ind v Aus (3rd Test Match, Chennai, 2001)

Border Gavaskar Trophy
Venue: Chennai

Did you watch this one? Am sure you were spell bound!

On the back of the greatest test match of all time in Kolkata, came this one from Chennai. Ind v Aus 3rd Test Match. With series levelled at 1-1, the final frontier was at stake for Steve Waugh's men.

Never did they imagine this situation (almost dreaming of lifting the #BorderGavaskar Trophy at the end of Day 3 in Kolkata to fighting out with a resurgent Indian team at Chennai). More so, because Chennai favoured Indian spinners better than legendary #ShaneWarne whose record against India remained poor.

Drama started from Day 1. From a very dominant 360 for 2, Australia collapsed to 391 all out including a very embarrassing #handlingtheball verdict against #SteveWaugh. The Indians strode out and on back of a magnificent #SachinTendulkar century amassed 526. A good lead on a fast wearing track considering India would need to bat fourth.

In the second essay, the Aussies were boweld out for 289 giving India needing 155 runs to win the already historic test series. Or there was another twist in the tail. There certainly was!

Chasing the score and comfortably placed at 100 for 2, the drama began. Sachin was caught in the slips by a beauty from #JasonGillespie. Dravid and Ganguly perished soon after but it was the ever reliable #VVSLaxman (looking ominous on 66) whose wicket made things extremely interesting at 135 for 6. Another 20 still to get.

Wicketkeeper batsman #SameerDighe and #AnilKumble pushed and prodded around for a while before Mcgrath claimed two more wickets to make it 150 for 8. What climax! In walks #Harbhajan with 5 runs to get. A big appeal against Dighe and he survives a leg before shout! Harbhajan playing all over the deliveries making the game interesting every ball.

Mcgrath doing all his best to dislodge the batsmen but with very less runs to defend, couldn't experiment much. As luck would have it, his stinging yorker was dug out by Harbhajan for a couple of runs to hand India a glorious, magnificent and legendary series win over Australia.

Final score line: India 2 - 1 Australia
The Final Frontier remains to be conquered!

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