Very very special Laxman guides India home

Published: Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 11:12 [IST]
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India win a thrilling contest by 1 wkt

Mohali: India registered a thrilling 1-wicket win over Australia in a tightly contested first Test match in Mohali to lead the two Test match series 1-0.

A classic innings by VVS Laxman(73*) with good contributions from Sachin Tendulkar(38) and Ishant Sharma(31)down the order helped India overhaul the Australian target of 215.

Laxman timed the ball really well despite his back injury and most importantly found the gaps to find the runs coming. Ishant Sharma was outstanding as well. He made sure that he supported Laxman and didn't throw away his wicket.

The duo put together a crucial 10th wicket partnership of 81 runs, which eventually proved to be a difference maker.

However, just when the partnership looked like taking India home, Ishant Sharma was adjudged lbw off the bowling of Hilfenhaus with 11 runs still required to win and just one wicket left. Though the ball seemed to be missing the leg stump, Sharma was unlucky to be adjudged out.

Then after a few pulsating moments, with quick singles and twos' the last pair of Laxman and Ohja saw India past the Aussie target.

India at one stage, were in deep trouble as they had lost additional four wickets to their overnight tally, including Sachin Tendulkar's wicket in their quest to chase down 216 runs in the final day's play in Mohali.

Resuming play at 55/4, night watchman Zaheer Khan was the first man to be dismissed off the bowling of Nathan Hauritz. Then in came injured Laxman who steadied the Indian batting with Sachin Tendulkar at the other end. The duo put together 43 runs until Tendulkar was dismissed by Bollinger.

India vs Australia, 1st Test - Mohali - Scorecard

Tendulkar's wicket was a crucial breakthrough for the Australians, as he was looking very dangerous and looking to run away with the match.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the next man to be dismissed. Dhoni was caught short of his crease and was run out by Bollinger.

Harbhajan Singh didn't last long either as he was tested with a rising delivery. He just managed to glove it to Ricky Ponting at second slip.

Fast bowler Zaheer Khan was declared the man of the match for picking up a total of eight wickets in the match.


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