New Delhi:The first Test of the Border-Gavaskar series between India and Australia ended in a draw in Bangalore. Though the series is held 0-0, Australia have some advantage going into the second Test at Mohali.
While Aussie batsmen chipped in with runs at crucial moments, their bowlers did not let India's famed batting line-up score big. They also had two centuries from their key batsmen, Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey.
Indian bowlers, except Kumble, were impressive throughout the match. Skipper Kumble, who was playing his 'last Test in Bangalore' was not at his best in terms of form and fitness. Fast bowlersZaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma, however, bowled well in tandem on a batting track. Zaheer was adjudged 'Man of the Match' for his unbeaten 57 runs and 6-wicket match haul.
While Zak had reasons to smile, hopes dashed once again for Sachin Tendulkar as he failed to take over Brian Lara's record of highest Test runs once again. Spinner Cameron White claimed him for 49 runs as his maiden wicket and the wait continues for the Little Master!
Sachin now needs 15 runs to surpass Lara's 11953 to become the highest Test run scorer in cricket history. But the bigger task for him on Monday was to safely guide India home and just when things stabilized, he pushed one from White and found Michael Clarke stationed at short cover. Now, he would want to get the monkey off his back in Mohali.
After failing to score in the first innings, Sachin held the Indian fort in his second outing. He added 53 runs with Gautam Gambhir but Mitchell Johnson broke the partnership when he dismissed the southpaw for 29 runs. After Gambhir departed, he was joined by VVS Laxman to add 61 runs for the fourth wicket.
Earlier, when Australia declared their innings for 298 runs on Monday morning, match suddenly opened up for both the sides but it reached its anti-climax. Australia batted half an hour and added just 35 runs before inviting India to bat. Losing five wickets on Sunday, Aussies lost one wicket of Shane Watson on the last day.
They went for the kill straightaway as Clark dismissed danger man Virender Sehwag for 6 runs. Sehwag (6) tried to flick one from Clark to the leg-side. The ball got deflected from the back of the bat as he closed its face early and Hayden at slips made no mistake.
Bangalore boy Rahul Dravid too failed to stay on the crease as Brett Lee picked his wicket. Dravid hit Lee towards the midwicket where Ricky Ponting took a sensational catch to see the 'Wall' walk back for 5 runs. Laxman (42) and Sourav Ganguly (26) remained unbeaten at the end.
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