• In the sixth part of the series, we look at the 2001 'Very Very Special' Kolkata Test.

    Kolkata 2001: Coming into this match – the second of the three Test series – Australia had notched up a record 16 wins on the trot the latest being wrapping up the first Test at Mumbai in three days by ten wickets. And early on the morning of the third day nothing it seemed would stop them from registering victory No 17.


    Batting first Australia had things going their way. First openers Matthew Hayden and Michael Slater put on 103 runs and this was followed by Justin Langer’s stroke filled 58. Skipper Steve Waugh then staged a revival after a hat trick by Harbhajan Singh – the first by an Indian in Tests – brought India back into the game with the Aussies sliding to 269 for eight.


    With the help of No 10 and No 11 Jason Gillespie and Glenn McGrath Waugh lifted the final total to 445 helping himself to a gallant 110 in the process. The bowlers then took over and India were all out for 171 with

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  • In the fifth part of the series, Partab Ramchand looks at the 1998 Chennai Test, which was hailed as 'Sachin vs Warne' contest.


    Chennai 1998: As the teams arrived at the MA Chidambaram stadium for the opening match of the three Test series that was being hailed as `Sachin Tendulkar vs Shane Warne’ the stage seemed set for a keen contest. If Australia were the No 1 team in the world India had a formidable home record.


    The first rounds went to Australia and in the personal battle to Warne. Despite openers Nayan Mongia (58) and Navjot Sidhu (62) putting on 122 runs India were bowled out for 257 early on the second day and in the process Warne had Tendulkar caught at slip for four.


    The Indian spin attack however hit back and Australia despite an elegant 66 from Mark Waugh were 173 for seven. Ian Healy expertly marshalling the strike with just the tail for support however brought about such a revival that the spunky stumper scored 90 and the team gained a first innings lead of 71.

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  • In the fourth part of the series, Partab Ramchand talks about the greatest match in India – Australia Tests. In this close encounter, he also describes how the crowd were looking at a fourth possible result – a sensational tie!


    Madras 1986:  Easily the greatest match in India – Australia Tests. After all how else can you describe a result that was only the second tied Test in 1052 matches? The incredible conclusion came about after Australia had more or less dominated the first four days.


    Allan Border declared the first innings early on the third morning after they had amassed 574 for seven. David Boon dominated the opening day with a stroke filled 122 but the real hero emerged on the second day.


    Dean Jones despite being affected by the intense heat and humidity in the cauldron that was the MA Chidambaram stadium batted on and on till he was out for 210. He was overcome by bouts of nausea and leg cramps and retched more than once by the side of the crease but batted on for a

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