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10 memorable Test matches

As India and England line up for the 2000th Test match, we pick 10 from amongst the most memorable for quality and their historical significance. Landmarks | When 'gentlemen' didn't play by the rule book

cricket Updated: Jul 20, 2011 01:23 IST
Hindustan Times

As India and England line up for the 2000th Test match, we pick 10 from amongst the most memorable for quality and their historical significance

1960 Australia and the West Indies play out a thrilling tie in Brisbane, secured by West Indies fielder Solomon's run-out of Meckiff.

1977 The Centenary Test produces exactly the same result as the first with Australia beating England by 45 runs in Melbourne.

1981 England beat Australia by 18 runs at Headingley. Botham's 149 and Willis's eight for 43 script the memorable Ashes win.

2003 West Indies chase down a record target of 418 runs to script a stunning win over Australia in Antigua. Chanderpaul and Sarwan score centuries to anchor the record chase. The match saw fierce arguments.

2005 Chasing 282, Australia fell short by two runs at Edgbaston. England level the series before going on to regain the Ashes.

India highs
1976 India chase down the then record target of 404 in Port of Spain. Sunil Gavaskar and Gundappa Viswanath scored centuries to rewrite the record books. Coming against the West Indies on their home turf, it put the win amongst India's greatest ever.

1986 India and Australia play out the second tied Test in Chennai. India looked down and out when Australia set them a challenging 348-run target. India, however, started on a positive note, thanks to a fine 90 by Sunil Gavaskar. India needed just one run to win when Matthews had Maninder Singh leg before to leave the match tied.

2001 India, following on, are all but down and out against Australia in Kolkata until VVS Laxman produces one of the all-time great innings to make 281 and share a superb stand of 376 with Rahul Dravid, whose 180 is also a monumental effort. Australia, set an improbable 384 to win, are bowled out for 212, with off-spinner Harbhajan Singh taking six for 73, including a first-ever Test hattrick by an Indian.

2003 India end a 22-year drought in Australia when they win the Adelaide Test. They looked doomed when Australia clobbered them for over 400 runs on Day One. Dravid's double hundred and Laxman's ton keep India in the game. Agarkar then picks up six wickets to keep the target within the realms of possibility and Dravid scores an unbeaten 72 to anchor India to a famous win.

2004 Virender Sehwag's first Test triple century in Multan powers India to their maiden Test win in Pakistan. India go on to win the series in their historical Test tour that came after a gap of 14 years.

First Published: Jul 19, 2011 22:57 IST