Match ends in a draw

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cricket Updated: Nov 02, 2008 17:26 IST
Hindustan Times

The Indian team was looking to build a sustainable lead to set a challenging target for the Australians. The Indian batsmen were looking to hold their ground and also attack at the same time so that the flow of runs doesn't slow down.

Rahul Dravid's run of bad form continued as he was dismissed early in the day by Brett Lee. Dravid's vulnerability against the in swinging delievery was again the cause of his downfall as a fast in coming ball rattled his off stump and made India three down. The new man in was Sachin Tendulkar. India were 71/3 with a lead of 107 runs.

The partnerhsip of Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir steadied the Indian ship to some extent as both the batsmen played some aggressive cricket. But Gambhir started to go into a shell and payed the price as he was wrapped on the pads by Johnson, but the ball was going down the leg side. India lost its fourth wicket. India were 94/4 with a lead of 130 runs.

After the loss of Gautam Gambhir, Tendulkar and VVS Laxman took the Indian innings forward. Both the batsmen, who love playing against Australia were looking very comfortable in the middle as they were scoring very easily and kept the score board moving. India were 132/4 with a lead of 168.

Sachin Tendulkar fell victim to a soft dismissal as he gave catching practice to Matthew Hayden at first slip from White's bowling. India lost its fifth wicket. Sourav Ganguly walked in for the last time at the Kotla. India were 152/5 with a lead of 188.

India were now just playing it easy as the match was headed for a draw. The Indian batsmen were scoring for fun as they tucked the ball for easy single. They were 193/5 with a lead of 229.

In a shocking development, Indian skipper Anil Kumble announced his retirement from Test cricket after the Delhi Test.

India made the declaration with a lead of 244, setting Australia a target of 245 with 23 over still to play. It would very interesting to see if the Aussies go after the target or play it safe.

The match had an emotional ending as Kumble announced his retirement and the match ending in a draw. The match which was dominated by the bat saw plenty of runs and few wickets. India lead the four match series 1-0 as they head to Nagpur for the final test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

First Published: Nov 02, 2008 10:24 IST