Top 5 India vs Australia clashes in Tests
India tour of Australia has already begun and the most awaited test series of the year will be played from December 6. In this episode of 'The Numbers Speak', we will show you the 5 best ever red-ball clashes of the two sides.
5. Adelaide 2014: Kohli's 100s in both innings On India tour of Australia, the tourists were playing their first test under Virat Kohli’s captaincy. Riding on the centuries by Warner, Smith and Clarke, Australia declared their first innings after posting a mammoth total of 517 runs. In response to this, India commenced well and scored 444 runs with the help of the skipper’s ton of 115 runs. Playing with a lead of 73 runs the hosts declared the innings at a score of 290/5. Chasing 364 to win, India lost Pujara and Dhawan cheaply. Murali Vijay who hit a fifty in the first innings, unfortunately, fell on 99; however the big man Kohli kept the test alive by hitting a ton in the second innings as well. After 53 years, an overseas batsman scored tons in both the innings. With Kohli becoming the only other captain to score a century in both the innings on debut, India lost the match by 48 runs.
4. Chennai 2001: Harbhajan’s 15 wickets After levelling the series with the visitors, India took the field as Australia won the toss and opted to bat. Fueled by a fantastic double ton by Matthew Hayden, Australia looked to post a mammoth total. However, Harbhajan didn’t quite like the idea and went on to take 7 wickets to restrict them to 391 runs in the first innings. Indian batsmen also danced to Bhajji’s beats, so with the help of a ton by Tendulkar and 4 half centuries India scored 501 runs after the first innings. Trailing by 110 runs, Aussies never looked comfortable playing the turbanator and managed to set a target of 155 for India to win the test. Singh shone again as he bagged 8 wickets in the second innings. India batted nothing like the first innings; the only half-century by Laxman ensured a win by just 2 wickets in a tensed situation. For 15 wickets and a double century, both Singh and Hayden were awarded the player of the match award.
3. Chennai 1986: A Tied Test Chennai’s Chinnaswamy stadium witnessed another historic clash between the two teams. In the opening test, Australia opted to bat first after winning the toss. David Boon, Dean Jones and Allan Border ensured a high scoring test as the Kangaroos posted a total of 574 runs at a loss of 7 wickets. Jones hit a double ton whereas both Boon and Border scored centuries. An appropriate reply from India looked almost impossible as they lost 3 wickets scoring just 65 runs. It was the skipper Kapil Dev who came to the rescue and hit a century to take his side to 397 runs. Adding to the lead of 174 runs, Australia declared their innings at a score of 170/5. Now India needed 348 runs to win the test. The openers Gavaskar and Srikkanth gave India a good start as the team reached the 200-run mark at a loss of 2 wickets. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals. India lost their 9th wicket on 344 runs. The result could be in anyone’s favour as India just needed 4 runs, and Australia needed just a wicket. India lost the final wicket adding 3 more runs to the total which led to a rare tie in tests. Out of 2321 test played since 1877, only a couple of them have end as a tie.
2. Perth 2008: IND broke AUS’s streak Since 1985, no overseas team except for Windies had won in Perth. Following the bunch of wrong decisions and racial discrimination in Sydney test, Perth test win is undoubtedly among the finest performances from the men in blue. After winning the toss, India opted to bat first. Thanks to Tendulkar and Dravid’s half centuries that took their side to a respectable total of 330 runs. As contributions by Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson fought hard to bounce back in the game. But it was India’s day as they went on to register a historic win by 72 runs. Pathan was awarded the player of the match for picking key wickets in both the innings.
1. Kolkata 2001: Rise of Laxman After losing the Mumbai test on Australia tour of India in 2001, India struck back to level the series. At Eden Gardens, Australia won the toss and elected to bat. Mathew Hayden’s 97 and Steve Waugh’s hundred led the visitors to a first innings total of 445. India’s poor reply was enough to predict Australia as the winner. Except for VVS Laxman, no Indian batsman scored a half-century. The tourists wrapped up the hosts for 171 and enforced the follow-on. Looking at how India batted in the second innings, it won’t be incorrect to call it a miracle. Laxman’s 281 and Dravid’s 180 changed the face of the game. Declaring at 657/7, India set a target of 384 runs for Australia. Now it was over to Indian bowlers. Harbhajan Singh took the challenge and bagged a six-wicket haul to help India register a historic win by 171 runs.