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A predictable end to Test

On the field almost nothing of note happened all day as the third Test match meandered to a draw that kept India’s lead going at 1-0, reports Anand Vasu.

cricket Updated: Nov 03, 2008 00:27 IST
Anand Vasu

On the field almost nothing of note happened all day as the third Test match meandered to a draw that kept India’s lead going at 1-0. The most significant event of the day came in the afternoon, when the giant screen at the Ferozeshah Kotla confirmed what the broadcasters of the Test had already announced – Anil Kumble had decided to call time on his 18-year-long Test career.

For the record, India made 208 for 5 and declared, with VVS Laxman adding a second-innings 59 not out to go with his first effort of 200, also unbeaten. This was enough to win him the Man of the Match award in a Test where his close friend called it quits.

Kumble, who walked out to a guard of honour after India declared with Australia needing an unlikely 245 from 23 overs, took the new ball and sent down four wicketless overs conceding 14 runs. Australia did not lose a wicket in reaching 31, and when the players shook hands and trooped off, the focus had shifted firmly away from this Test and onto Kumble.

When the game began, there were high hopes that India would extend their seven-Test unbeaten streak at the Kotla, and even as the home side posted a mammoth 613, hopes rose.

But Australia brought the best of their fighting abilities to the fore, responding with a big total of their own. Only something dramatic on the final day could have forced a decisive result.

Unfortunately for the visitors, who now have no chance of winning the series, the only dramatic thing that happened took place off the field.

Scoreboard

India 1st inn: 613 for 7 dcl; Aus 1st inn: 577;

India 2nd inn(Gambhir lbw b Johnson 36, Sehwag b Lee 16, Ishant c Ponting b Clark 1, Dravid b Lee 11, Tendulkar c Hayden b White 47, Laxman not out 59, Ganguly not out 32) Extras (lb-4, w-1, nb-1) 6; Total (for 5 decl) 208; Fall of wkts: 1-29, 2-34, 3-53, 4-93, 5-145 ; Bowling: Lee 17-3-48-2, Clark 12-6-22-1, Clarke 20.3-7-56-0 Katich 1-0-5-0, Johnson 12-0-23-1, White 8-0-23-1, Watson 7-0-27-0;

Aus 2nd innings (Hayden not out 16, Katich not out 14); Extra (lb-1) 1; Total (for no loss) 31; Bowling: Kumble 4-0-14-0, Sehwag 2-0-14-0, Mishra 2-0-2-0.