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Ganguly completes unique head-banging double with Waugh

Sourav Ganguly will finish the third Test with something in common with Australian counterpart Steve Waugh after he was clocked on the head while batting on Monday.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2003 19:53 IST

Indian captain Sourav Ganguly will finish the third Melbourne cricket Test with something in common with Australian counterpart Steve Waugh after he was clocked on the head while batting on Monday.

Ganguly was forced from the ground in the fifth over of the day while on 16 after turning his helmeted head into a Brad Williams lifter, but he returned to the fray later on.

He came back to share in a 93-run fifth wicket partnership with Rahul Dravid, which for a time looked to have India setting Australia a challenging fourth-innings target for victory on the final day.

Australia need 95 runs for a series-levelling victory and go to the final Sydney Test to play off for the Border Gavaskar Trophy from Friday.

Dravid said Ganguly had pain shooting down his neck and felt dizzy before he left the field.

Left-arm paceman Nathan Bracken dismissed Ganguly when the skipper dragged a delivery on to his stumps to be out for 73 with India only 66 runs ahead at 258 for six before they collapsed to be all out for 286 just before stumps.

Ganguly's misfortune created the rare coincidence of both skippers retiring hurt in the match after Australian captain Waugh was struck on the elbow on Sunday only to return later to score 19.

Williams admitted he was surprised Ganguly had to leave the field and felt the blow had given him a mental edge over the Indians.

"Obviously, you never want to see anyone hurt on the cricket field," Williams said.

"But when you inflict a pain like that it really puts a mental thing into their heads ... I felt like I was on top after that."

First Published: Dec 29, 2003 15:23 IST