'This is one of the best matches I've played'

Published: Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 16:32 [IST]
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'One amongst the best matches I played'

Mahendra Singh Dhoni rated the first Test match between India and Australia which India won by 1-wicket margin to be one amongst the best matches he has ever played.

“This is one of the best matches I"ve played. The game was full of emotions," said. “Heart rate goes up whenever India and Australia play, frankly speaking when the game started none of us thought we would have a result in 4 and a half days," Dhoni said.

The match produced one of the best ever cricket played in recent years. Australia made a fighting 428 in their first innings, with Shane Watson starting off cautiously and ending up with a brilliant century. Zaheer Khan was very exciting and was the pick of the bowlers for the Indian bowling. Zaheer was also involved in a spat with Australian skipper who co-incidentally had promised not to get involved in such incidences, just before the start of match.

In response to 428, India made 405, with Virender Sehwag making a blistering half century to help India start on a positive note. Sachin Tendulkar just missed out his 49th Test century and youngster Suresh Raina played a good hand from his end. For the Australians Mitchell Johnson was superb with his persistent line and length, picking up a five-wicket haul.

Then in the second innings, the Australians were bowled out for a cheap score of 192. Just when it seemed like the match would be heading for a draw, a superb spell of bowling by Ishant Sharma, followed up by spinners completed the trick for the Indians as the Australians failed miserably.

But just when it seemed like it will be an easy chase for the Indians just requiring 216 runs with a full day and two hours left to play, the India top order faltered and India were in deep trouble at 55/4 at stumps, day 4, requiring 161 more runs to win with Sachin still at the crease and Dhoni and injured Laxman to follow.

On day 5, India get off to a worst possible start losing four wickets including Tendulkar's wicket before lunch break.

However, determined Laxman and Ishant kept it very cool and managed to save India by putting up a superb 10th wicket partnership which eventually proved to be a big difference maker in the final outcome.


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