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Wednesday 31 December 2014

Ind v Aus (3rd Test Match, SCG, 1991-92)

Test Match Cricket Series 1991-1992
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

Trailing 0-2, the Indians were under immense pressure to redeem themselves (they lost at the #Gabba by 10 wickets and then at #MCG by 8 wickets).

They won the toss to begin with and put Australia in.
It was a surprising move, and it seemed liked backfiring with #DavidBoon and #MarkTaylor going smoothly but as wickets began to fall the trio of #KapilDev, #ManojPrabhakar and #SubrotoBanerjee ensured Australia didn't runaway with a huge total. They were bowled out for 313. Boon scored a fluent 129, while the three fast bowlers snapped 3 wickets each.

India started their innings shakily but through brilliant centuries from #RaviShastri (206) and #SachinTendulkar (148), they amassed a good score of 483. The #wonderboy had arrived on world stage and his honeymoon with the #SCG was about to become legendary in the years to come!

A lot of Day 3 was washed out due to rain. When India's first innings closed on Day 4, they had a sizable lead of 170 but did they have enough time and good weather to push for a win?

With commentators and experts clearly stating a draw as the only result possible, things began happening at the SCG on Day 5. All Indian bowlers spun a web around the Aussie batsmen collectively. Suddenly, the Aussues were looking down the barrel at 6-114 (56 runs adrift on the first innings and only the bowlers to come)

This is when captain courageous #AllanBorder took over. He steadily marshalled the tail and started working out towards a respectable draw. More rain meant India's push for victory was being thwarted.

Late wickets in the day made the situation further exciting. Indian's threw everything they had at Border and his tail but they survived .. albeit the weather helped Australia immensely. Border saved the game for them. India felt dejected coming so close to beating the Aussies by an innings!
A great game indeed...

Watch stunning highlights Sachin's century from this awesome test match here

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