India v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Kolkata, 5th day March 20, 2005

Kumble the destroyer

Cricinfo staff

  • As Anil Kumble got working on Pakistan's batting on the final day, he reached some significant milestones. With Yousuf Youhana's wicket, he became only the second Indian, after Kapil Dev (99 in 29) to claim 50 wickets against Pakistan. His 7 for 63 was his 29th five-wicket haul in 94 Tests and brought him level with Shane Warne, whose 29 have come in 122 Tests. The haul was also the best by a legspinner at Eden Gardens, bettering Richie Benaud's 6 for 52 - a record that had stood for 48 seasons. He also removed Inzamam-ul-Haq for the seventh time in eight matches against Pakistan. Warne, Glenn McGrath, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan and Courtney Walsh have dismissed him five times each.

  • This was Pakistan's first defeat in six matches at Eden Gardens. They now have four draws, a victory and a loss to their name here. The win came six years ago, when they staged a remarkable comeback after being 26 for 6 on the first morning. And unlike then, when the game ended in an empty stadium after police baton-charged a restless crowd, this one passed off without incident.

  • The match aggregate of 1433 runs was the fifth-highest ever in India. Interestingly, three of the top five have taken place in the last five years.

    Match Result Runs Wickets Season Venue
    Ind v Zim Draw 1494 22 2000-01 Nagpur
    Ind v Aus Tie 1488 32 1987-87 Chepauk
    Ind v Aus India won by 171 runs 1485 37 2000-01 Kolkata
    Ind v SL Draw 1441 33 1982-83 Chepauk
    Ind v Pak India won by 195 runs 1433 39 2004-05 Kolkata

  • This was India's 200th Test at home and the victory, by 195 runs, was their 59th.

  • Rahul Dravid won his eighth Man-of-the-Match award.