India v West Indies, 3rd Test, Mumbai, 5th day November 26, 2011

How the final over unfolded

ESPNcricinfo staff
India needed three runs off six balls to win. West Indies needed two wickets. The Test ended in a thrilling draw with the teams level on scores, only the second such instance in history
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Last over of the match coming up. India need three runs. West Indies need two wickets. The field will be up. [Fidel] Edwards will be asked to bowl full and straight. [Virender] Sehwag still lounges on the massage table. Only fine leg and third man are back.

63.1 FH Edwards to Aaron, no run, 133.7 kph, short of a length, outside off, sharp pace, Aaron is beaten as he looks to dab it.

Ashwin walks up and knocks gloves with Aaron. Sammy has a chat with Edwards. A yorker coming up? Whoa. Edwards doesn't let go of the ball. He sees Ashwin backing up, but has over-run him. So can't even run him out. Perhaps it was just a warning.

63.2 FH Edwards to Aaron, no run, 145.8 kph, length ball, crisply driven, into the ground, bounces overhead for short cover. Fielded very well. Aaron must be nervous now.

63.3 FH Edwards to Aaron, no run, 141.4 kph, heave-ho, heave-ho. No touch on the bat. And Baugh is sensational behind the stumps. Length ball. Aaron swings. The ball swings. Misses the leg stump. Bounces short of Baugh. But he nonchalantly sticks the left hand out. And is ready to throw should they run a bye.

63.4 FH Edwards to Aaron, 1 run, 146.3 kph, misfield by Samuels. Length ball again, bounces short of mid-off. Samuels fumbles. Aaron, who hesitated for the single, was a goner of he had collected and thrown.

Right what does Ashwin do now? Does he take the single and level the scores? Singles available.

63.5 FH Edwards to Ashwin, no run, 145.6 kph, big lbw appeal. The inside edge saves him. India can't lose now. This can't even be a tie. Late swing now. Ashwin looks to work this to leg without taking a big risk, in order to rule out a dfeat.

Two results ruled out. Either India can win or this will draw. This could draw with scores level. Everybody saving two now. Ones available all over. In runs Edwards. Is this Ashwin's Test? Is this destiny?

63.6 FH Edwards to Ashwin, 1 run, OUT, 141.8 kph, West Indies salvage a draw here. Fletcher might as well say, "We flippin' murdered them." A length ball, pushes his weight back and smashes this down to long-on. It's as if he has made his mind up there is no second available. Slow to start, slow to turn around. He goes for the second only when Aaron pushes him. Run out by a mile. Did Ashwin miss a trick in the final moment? This doesn't by any means take away credit from what all Ashwin did in the lead-up

[Darren] Sammy has a smile on his face you won't be able to wipe off. He is still laughing five minutes after the match is over. [Virat] Kohli is distraught. Fletcher consoles him. Shakes of hands between the teams. What a great Test. Only the second time a Test has been drawn with scores level. The last time it happened was when England fell similarly short of beating Zimbabwe. And coach David Lloyd memorably said, "We flippin' murdered them."

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  • TheOnlyEmperor on November 28, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Ashwin showed lack of a winning attitude. He should have attempted to hit a 4 rather than play meekly for a draw with just 2 balls to go. India and WI crumbled because they went mentally weak. No demons in the pitch. India lost to Pak in Chennai and to Aus in Aus and in many such instances losing 3+ wickets in 10mins of the last day because they were badly prepared in attitude. India needs an attitude coach to make them think positive and have belief in their capabilities. The likes of Shastri who was responsible for that tie at Chennai against Aus are hardly role models... and neither is Sachin. Anybody can make tons of money betting that Sachin won't cross 30 in any tight pressure situation on the last day. I felt ashamed after the entire 5th day episode. This is not the India team I want to see play/represent India.

  • SaneVoice on November 27, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Test cricket is not dying but it is already dead! Most of the interest in this match was because of Sachin's hundred. Before that there were hardly any people there! A lot of people made excuses like facilities/weekday-test etc. for the poor turnout at the Eden but even the Aus-SA 2nd test witnessed near-empty stadium!! Would like to know the excuses for that! Nobody has the time for test matches these days and that's the truth! Test cricket is the ultimate test for the spectator!!! What was so great about this finish anyway? Even ODIs and T20 matches can finish like this (except for a draw). Half-day excitement is not worth the ordeal of 4.5 days!!! Well, may be for some, for most it is not!

  • on November 27, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    TEST Cricket is still alive man!!! First it was the 2nd Test Match between Australia and South Africa! And now a thriller at the Wankhede! Fantastic match! Kudos to Ashwin for his thinking in the penultimate over!!! This man has a great character!!! Expecting something special from this young man in future!

  • brittop on November 27, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    @Chris_Howard: Depends what you mean by closest match ever. In the other game drawn with the scores level, England were only 6 down at the end of the game, so it wasn't closer than this one. However, there have been two tied test matches, so were they closer? Does going down to the last possible ball of the match with all 4 results still possible qualify as closer? The only game I know of that fits that criteria, if only theoretically, was England v WI at Lord's in 1963. England needed 6 to win from the last ball (and hence 5 to tie) with their last pair at the crease.

  • donovancarragher on November 27, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    How many more thrilling tests like this one do we need before the BCCI decides to give test cricket a chance?

  • Silloh on November 27, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    Great test match ! I believe a draw is a good result for both teams. Major improvement in West Indies cricket is emanating from the team spirit and togetherness that skipper Sammy is driving. West Indies need to concentrate on all four sessions . Now on to the 20s after a short break. Minus Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Pollard we still have a chance.

  • on November 26, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    no matter which way you slice and dice......Ashwin lost the plot in the final 3 overs...its a Pyrrhic victory(draw) for the hosts and Ashwin..

  • RockyAnIndianFan on November 26, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    There was never a second run for Ashwin. I watched the highlight several time. If anyone is to be blamed its Sachin. He proved yet another time that he can't handle pressure.

  • Madhavan007 on November 26, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    I think when the entire country was chanting his name and willing him to hit the winning runs, R.Ashwin was busy thinking about his test average - he wanted to remain Not Out. Both the interview he gave at the beginning of the day, and the last few overs he played at the end of the day(and the way he was interacting with Varun and Ishant) showed us a brain that is intelligent but also thinks too much. His brain seemed bit scrambled towards the end and team management should work on it. Dhoni should sit with this youngsters and try to impart some of his lion-heartedness to them. I think Ashwin needs some Sarfaroshi. But I think he will get there.

    The big picture here is that both the English tour and this particular match showed us that India is not worthy of the title of Test Champions. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Champions are supposed to win matches like this. I am disappointed. This is like a chess player drawing with white - its as good as a loss.

  • Jimmers on November 26, 2011, 22:00 GMT

    Terrific few weeks for REAL cricket fans with the SA/AUS series and now this. Stuff your coloured-clothing clowning around, days like this are why I continue loving the game. Long live Test matches.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on November 28, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Ashwin showed lack of a winning attitude. He should have attempted to hit a 4 rather than play meekly for a draw with just 2 balls to go. India and WI crumbled because they went mentally weak. No demons in the pitch. India lost to Pak in Chennai and to Aus in Aus and in many such instances losing 3+ wickets in 10mins of the last day because they were badly prepared in attitude. India needs an attitude coach to make them think positive and have belief in their capabilities. The likes of Shastri who was responsible for that tie at Chennai against Aus are hardly role models... and neither is Sachin. Anybody can make tons of money betting that Sachin won't cross 30 in any tight pressure situation on the last day. I felt ashamed after the entire 5th day episode. This is not the India team I want to see play/represent India.

  • SaneVoice on November 27, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Test cricket is not dying but it is already dead! Most of the interest in this match was because of Sachin's hundred. Before that there were hardly any people there! A lot of people made excuses like facilities/weekday-test etc. for the poor turnout at the Eden but even the Aus-SA 2nd test witnessed near-empty stadium!! Would like to know the excuses for that! Nobody has the time for test matches these days and that's the truth! Test cricket is the ultimate test for the spectator!!! What was so great about this finish anyway? Even ODIs and T20 matches can finish like this (except for a draw). Half-day excitement is not worth the ordeal of 4.5 days!!! Well, may be for some, for most it is not!

  • on November 27, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    TEST Cricket is still alive man!!! First it was the 2nd Test Match between Australia and South Africa! And now a thriller at the Wankhede! Fantastic match! Kudos to Ashwin for his thinking in the penultimate over!!! This man has a great character!!! Expecting something special from this young man in future!

  • brittop on November 27, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    @Chris_Howard: Depends what you mean by closest match ever. In the other game drawn with the scores level, England were only 6 down at the end of the game, so it wasn't closer than this one. However, there have been two tied test matches, so were they closer? Does going down to the last possible ball of the match with all 4 results still possible qualify as closer? The only game I know of that fits that criteria, if only theoretically, was England v WI at Lord's in 1963. England needed 6 to win from the last ball (and hence 5 to tie) with their last pair at the crease.

  • donovancarragher on November 27, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    How many more thrilling tests like this one do we need before the BCCI decides to give test cricket a chance?

  • Silloh on November 27, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    Great test match ! I believe a draw is a good result for both teams. Major improvement in West Indies cricket is emanating from the team spirit and togetherness that skipper Sammy is driving. West Indies need to concentrate on all four sessions . Now on to the 20s after a short break. Minus Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Pollard we still have a chance.

  • on November 26, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    no matter which way you slice and dice......Ashwin lost the plot in the final 3 overs...its a Pyrrhic victory(draw) for the hosts and Ashwin..

  • RockyAnIndianFan on November 26, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    There was never a second run for Ashwin. I watched the highlight several time. If anyone is to be blamed its Sachin. He proved yet another time that he can't handle pressure.

  • Madhavan007 on November 26, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    I think when the entire country was chanting his name and willing him to hit the winning runs, R.Ashwin was busy thinking about his test average - he wanted to remain Not Out. Both the interview he gave at the beginning of the day, and the last few overs he played at the end of the day(and the way he was interacting with Varun and Ishant) showed us a brain that is intelligent but also thinks too much. His brain seemed bit scrambled towards the end and team management should work on it. Dhoni should sit with this youngsters and try to impart some of his lion-heartedness to them. I think Ashwin needs some Sarfaroshi. But I think he will get there.

    The big picture here is that both the English tour and this particular match showed us that India is not worthy of the title of Test Champions. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Champions are supposed to win matches like this. I am disappointed. This is like a chess player drawing with white - its as good as a loss.

  • Jimmers on November 26, 2011, 22:00 GMT

    Terrific few weeks for REAL cricket fans with the SA/AUS series and now this. Stuff your coloured-clothing clowning around, days like this are why I continue loving the game. Long live Test matches.

  • on November 26, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    @yorkshire-86... it was actually two needed off one delivery in the end with two wickets remaining.. so an indian loss was ruled out because two wickets cannot be taken off one legal delivery without giving an extra run. You can however take two wickets off one ball .. that is while giving an extra run off the no-ball (off which it must be a scenario where batsmen run for a single but get runout without completion...) and then taking a wicket off the last ball in regular fashion.

    On the other hand, it was still wrong to say that "it cant even be a tie"..because the situation described above would have exactly resulted in a tie...technically speaking !!

  • SRT_GENIUS on November 26, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    @Shripath Shankar: agree 100% that Aswin is not Dhoni... and he already did more with bat than expected of him. With Ball he was superb anyway. But what he did was a little dumb - when you've nothing to lose by attempting a 2nd run and everything to gain, keeping your wicket makes no sense whatsoever - even street cricketers do that many times. In last ball kind of situations so many times we have seen people run without making contact or even if it was clear suicide because they have nothing to lose.

  • on November 26, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    Chennai like match that was in 1999, Only diff is Pakistan Won that match. 17 runs to get with 5 wickets.

  • on November 26, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    Ashwin should not be blamed as he is still new to the Indian team, the blame fairly and squarely should fall on the seniors, it was there duty to perform and win, Ashwin's performance was a bonus. In addition, Sammy should not be laughing or smiling, that is defeatist mentality, he should be crying for drawing this one where they could have won with a little bit of presence of mind, better fielding and better control of nerves by the Wet Indians.Wasted effort of Ravi, who bowled outstandingly.

  • ganeshkumar.v on November 26, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    why everyone blames ashwin here??????? he would have never reached even though had he returned in time..... if there was any mistake 1st was dhoni's, who sent aron ahead of ojha. 2nd aron should have picked singles in the 1st two balls itself. anyway past is past. just enjoy the game......

  • NatureIsle on November 26, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    i am loving me my west indies team! the guys are playing as a unit and not a "one man show" as in the recent past. sammy is a good a captain as we can ever ask for - at least for the present! true west indies cricket fans were overjoyed this morning and even in the second test's 2nd innings when we fought back by putting 450 plus runs on the board!

  • BravoBravo on November 26, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    Just Fantastic match. Congrats to both teams. However, SRT failed IND again when runs needed and he even failed to make a century of runs (94+3=97) in 2 innings.

  • on November 26, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    I was watching cricket with the west indies comfortably entrenched, then all of a sudden wickets start to fall like nine pins. I could n't bear it, so I toke off the T.V; but when I awoke the next day I heard the match was drawn; Phenomenal!

  • SanjivAwesome on November 26, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    A great game. Both teams fought hard. Cricket was the winner. Tendulkar was the loser. I forget the number of times he has been a non-performer when India needs him most.

  • venbas on November 26, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    The throw from the deep for the last ball was smack on top of stumps and hence Ashwin would have been run out even if he hared across for the double. Would have been too bad for WI to lose after fighting well for 4 days out of 5. Hence happy with this result

  • PradeepR on November 26, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    India would have won this match if Ashwin didn't have a brain fade at the wrong moment - the last 3-4 overs. As simple as that.

  • indian_wi_fan on November 26, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    Please tell me the result under the following circumstances IF 1. India is one run behind and they are 9 down at the last delivery----A batsman got injured in between the innings and retired hurt and is not in a condition to bat again.

    2. Pragyan Ojha was not fit for bat and had been sent to hospital and India lost their 9th wicket with 2 runs short form the target score at the final delivery. Would it still be considered as a Draw?

  • on November 26, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Ashwin did great for a rookie nerves & Windies didn't deserve to lose. Appreciate cricket for all its worth.

  • on November 26, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    @yorkshire-86 India had one wicket left so even if Edwards bowled the batsmen..Ojha wud come to bat but wudnt be allowed since 5th day ended..so no WI win

  • on November 26, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Any way Ashwin rockkkkkkkkkkkk !!!!!!!!!

  • on November 26, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    THE ARCHITECTS OF A BILLION WINS I.E.DHONI AND LAXMAN WERE THE CULPRITS OF TODAYS FAILURE TO WIN THE MATCH. BOTH PLAYED RASH SHOTS. MAY BE DHONI WAS THINKING ABOUT HIS UPCOMING HOLIDAYS JUST LIKE SCHOOL BOY GOING TO GIVE HIS LAST EXAM.

  • on November 26, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    People, please spare the young man - Ashwin. There wasn't second run. Yes, he could have gambled with the second run just like Dhoni or Harbajan Singh even though it was evident that there wasn'nt the second run . But at the end of the day this young man (Ashwin) gave something to everybody to cheer about.

  • on November 26, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    @Tim40621: A tie would be the result if the last wicket had fallen with the scores level; otherwise it's a draw. In this case only nine wickets fell...

  • on November 26, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    @yorkshire-86: - India were 8 wickets down before Ashwin got out in the last ball. So, with one ball remaining, India couldn't get lose 2 wickets in one ball. Of course, a run out of a no-ball being the only case of exception.

  • m_ilind on November 26, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    India should have won this game, with the start that Sehwag gave them. Once again, the lack of killer instinct showed. Dhoni can talk about learning experience etc. but it never seems to happen. He had abandoned the chase earlier in WI on a target which was achievable had India tried. Ashwin also did not show the presence of mind to go for the second run harder, knowing India couldn't lose.

  • on November 26, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    saw a thrilling match. Good play by Ashwin :) emerging spinner of indian cricket team...

  • on November 26, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    @yorkshire-86 test cricket victory means either you cross the runs or take 20 wickets before the target..not a one day and T-20 method

  • Anand_Guitar on November 26, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    People! please dont blame Ashwin. The ball went over his head when he reach his first run then how can he made up second one. The Top order batsmens failed to get runs. Overall its a good performance by both the teams :-)

  • SudheerPusuluri on November 26, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    My thinking is this..Ashwin was actually calling aron to comeback for second but he wanted to ensure aron wont get run out at the striker's end..just like we do when we paly..in the end though, the through was accurate and ashwin could not do anything..there was no two there at all..

  • Romenevans on November 26, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    Well played ashwin and his decision to block the 5th ball was perfect because he at least assured that India won't lose it and if there will be a chance he will score on the final ball, which unfortunately didn't happen. However, well done ashwin, way to go!

  • on November 26, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    it's amazing how the match unfolded on the fifth day...this could happen only in a test match...what a wonderful match!

  • shirazsurani on November 26, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    It looked like a 20/20 match in white outfit. Great match to watch. India deserved a praise cuz on the first they really got optimistic that they could chase down this target where else any other team would have looked to just draw even with this batting pitch.... Well done India!!!

  • vellupillai on November 26, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    WI is a lowly ranked team and could never achieve anything in the last decade,i see here many enthusiastic indian fans equating this test to be a so called great test,it was once again poor batting by WI which led to this situation,a war between unequals.

  • Rohit... on November 26, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    @Thakur Suraj Singh Bundela I don't understand why people like U even exist. Nothing in the entire world can satisfy you. U can go on crying on the shape of a frost on a well groomed cake. Sachin has performed in all innings but his failures speak more than his success. In Chennai 1999 he was playing a single handed match against Pakistan greatest bowlers on a pitch producing fire and thats too with cramps.He lost his wicket when India needed 17 but India lost the match. today he didnot had the time to set. But he is much more than what you can possibly imagine.

  • on November 26, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    WOW wat a match. i actually didnt watch, figuring it would pan out to a dull draw. Im glad i didnt see it live tho, wudve been heartbreaking to see india fall short. Ashwin will go down as a great performance in this match, but he cud've went down as an epic and legendary performance...o well, u win some, and u draw some :P

  • couchpundit on November 26, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    @Pankaj Bhambhani - Correction that list is headed by Sachin Tendulkar...he will simply fall short no matter what the occasion is. As shoaib said he fears every bowler he faces unless cornered.

  • on November 26, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    All five options available till the second last ball of the final over( One team wins, The other wins, Tie, Draw with unequal scores, Draw with scores on par -- Lloyd's "Flipping Murder")! Two gets eliminated in the 5th ball! Before the final ball is bowled, three options still exists! Has this ever happened before? I am a 72 year old cricket fan following cricket for more than a half a century. I don't remember any. May be, I might have missed. Does anyone remember to have seen one before?

  • yorkshire-86 on November 26, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Its a draw not a tie because India still had a wicket left. A tie is a definate result, achived when both teams have used up thier allowed resources (wickets, and overs in a ODI/T20) while a draw indicates an inconclusive match - ie one that could have been played to a result (or a tie) if additional time was played.

  • on November 26, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Most of all congrats too our Windies our lads play with heart & guts they played with pride all serises and I am one hell of a proud West Indian rite now. First they stop TENDULKA in mumbia and almost beat India in INDIA hell yes am PROUD. I just hope the entire Caribbean come togerther and start support DARREN SAMMY and his boys and lets bring back PRIDE in the ISLANDS....Well done WINDIES!!!!

  • cricchic on November 26, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Who says Test Match Cricket is boring...I am pleased this game ended in a draw..W.i won 1st Innings and India 2nd Innings..It really pleasing to see the fight by both team..The batting potential by W.I and the bowling by India in the 2nd Innings..The last over..was great by Edwards..thought he should have bowl more in the block holes..but nice awareness by Ashwin to ensure that India can not loose the game..Over it was a really good test match....

  • on November 26, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Has Sunny Gavaskar got a "doctorate'' from anywhere? If so, take it back. He is not a good doctor. He declared a patient in comatose (the pitch) dead , before it could come out breathing, kicking! He says, he couldn't hear the patient's heart beat since his ears were plugged by earphones! (Just jocking, Sunny. All of us thought the same way)

  • Nicolas-Perera on November 26, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    sachin pls retire, if he can't get 100 in this wicket,where else? u r luckey enough to be where u r.give the way to youngsters like rohit,a.mukund and pujara. 2nd inngs in mumbai showed how good player u r,truly worst than flat track bully.learn the art of batting from Kallis iam not saying it because of i am an indo-african.u r so luck 2 be in india so u could be carried by media.any where else in the world u would't have play any more than 25 test matches,or 100 ODIs .(except srilanka) all sachin fans wait and see he will play until next tour of Australia 2014. no matter what he in form or not he will continue to play and give it away for his son(may be ) tell how may time he won matches for his team! i would like 2 mix sreesant,irfan(ODIs) in tour of Australia. Ausssies enjoy bowling at oldies.

  • on November 26, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    Ashwin isn't Dhoni. He would have never made the second run in time. And he knew that even a half decent throw to the striker's end would have got him. I don't understand why people say that he missed a trick.

  • ukmenon on November 26, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Come on now, India should have won this test with just 3 runs needed of the final over and sealed a whitewash. Only India could not have done this. Any other team would have got those 3 runs. The match should have been finished by Kohli without even getting to the last over but probably he lost concentration due to all those "tricks" there by Sammy & co. Baffling that Ashwin scored a century in the 1st innings and could not get those vital runs of those last 2 balls. Take nothing away from the Windies but I think having come down to the wire it was India who failed to win the test rather than Windies drawing it. India lacked the determination to win it, to deliver the knock-out punch. It's as simple as that.

  • gfthgh on November 26, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Ashwin missed a trick. He could have pressed for 2,& in so doing put the already pressured fielders under further pressure, hence forcing a fielding error( west indise and packistan are more likely to do).you can see that last 2-4 overs batsman is running for every thing,it is obvious sign of team is under pressure and anything is possible.in the last 2 overs westindise where deteting what india have to do.in the last over aswin should be at striking end but last over single cost varun the strike and missed the 3 ball.

  • rahulcricket007 on November 26, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    THANKS TO THEN SEHWAG 'S RUN A BALL 60 . AFTER HIS EXIT INDIA HAD TO MAKE 147 RUNS IN SOME 40 OVERS AND INDIANS CAN'T DO THAT . SUPPOSE IF SEHWAG HAD BEEN OUT EARLY WHAT HAD HAPPENED ? INDIA LOSING BY AT LEAST 50 RUNS .ONCEE AGAIN SACHIN SHOWS HE IS NOT ABLE TO PLAY IN PRESSURE , THAT'S WHY I LIKE SEHWAG IN EVERY PRESSURE SITUATION HE PLAYS HIS NATURAL GAME .

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on November 26, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    even if ashwin run, he cant reach (nothing wrong in trying but he opt for safer option) but really Ashwin miss the last trick in last moment. if he done that he will become hero to super hero.india give away wicket when it matters.instead of sending aron, it is better to send left hand ojha because he have more experience ,also he face the same thriller in last year.he have to try misbha shot( t20 final 2007 shot) in the last ball(even if it payed it's okay there is always a one run in taking). if he is hitting the ball in mid on the he have to hit in slow the may be the chance of 2 is possible (1 run is always there in taking).One thing i feel in the test (bombay) that doni is not enough positive about his batting ,he have to play naturally.Most disapointing person is sachin tendulker ,never score when it matters ( a criticism always in his back) in the last 3 years he is comming out from this critisisam but again. the % of team winning while sachin scoring his centurey is very low..

  • on November 26, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    Has this happened before? Till the second last ball of a test match, all five possibilities existed; 1) India wins. 2) Windies win. 3) Tie.4) Draw with unequal scores. 5) Draw with scores on par - or, "flippin' Murder" according to Lloyd. Madhu? Somebody? Anybody?

  • on November 26, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    Two consecutive thrilling Test matches (the last of SA-Aus and today's one)! Sorry, for blaming the Wankhede wicket earlier; it, at last, came out to be the best one in the series, presenting such a tight fighting thriller in the final day. ...Much more dramatic than the Kotla and Eden Test. Thanks to the Wankhede pitch (and the pitch maker)...

  • RajuJohn on November 26, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Great match. Sorry we couldn't win. But didn't deserve to loose either...

  • raghu2 on November 26, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Of the last ball there never was a two and even if Ashwin had managed to tear back, he could never have made it, as the ball was hit very firmly to the fielder.

  • dsig3 on November 26, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Well done to both teams. I still think the pitch could be better but some amazing collapses and tough cricket have made the series a little less dull.

  • davetheclarinet on November 26, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    Test cricket has always been the most exciting version of this beautiful sport. The problem is with the fast food, instant gratification generation of spectators. More tests like this can only convert more people to the purest form of the game. Result pitches are key to the prolonged good health of tests. Preparing pitches to maximize the chances of five full days' play are the biggest threat to the only true format.

  • Gizza on November 26, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Cricket was the huge winner from the final day of this Test. Imagine if the series was 1-1 instead of 2-0 to India? Anyway my heart was still pounding heavily for about an hour after the climax! :D

  • on November 26, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    no one is pointing sachin who is termed as a legend... has never delivered when needs him dearly... lara's and waugh's are better than him.. he is just run machine , not which runs when needed...too many balls were eaten away by dhoni and kohli by their standards which cost us in the end..sorry ending..

  • Naresh28 on November 26, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Ashwin could have run a full run and turned back for a second. IF HE CROSSED HALF WAY COULD HAVE WON. At the end of the day he has now learned from his mistake.

  • yorkshire-86 on November 26, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    How was the WI win and the tie ruled out with one ball left? If Edwards had bowled the batsman, that would be a WI win. Or more likely, he could have hit the ball and scampered one, woudnt that have been a tie?

  • on November 26, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Good for West Indies who didn't deserve a whitewash, but amazed that India couldn't get home from the position they got themselves to.

  • on November 26, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    I did not understand what chicken brain means or brain in the knee. Now, R. Ashwin demonstrated in a grand manner after all his great performance. Hmm! Fate ;-)

  • jmcilhinney on November 26, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    The two recent test matches in SA didn't always produce the best cricket but they were a great advertisement for test cricket because they were entertaining and exciting. I didn't see this match so I can't speak for the standard of the play, although it seems to have been generally good from what I've read. It is definitely another great, even better, advertisement for test cricket. On what appeared to be a fairly flat track early on, this would have to be one of the most thrilling finishes of recent times; maybe even of all time. It was well done by the WI to draw the match and even be within a whisker of a win, but their poor showing against spin in the second innings is what gave India a chance in the first place. Good fight from both teams.

  • on November 26, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    "Heroes who could not complete the tale"

    Ravichandran Ashwin joins this list now, which I think is headed by Lance Klusner (everyone knows why).

  • on November 26, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    What a test match and what a final over bowled by Fidel Edwards. Aaron could play the first 3 balls and then the last ball to Ashwin was good..Excellent over and it remains one of the best for some time to come.

  • Chris_Howard on November 26, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Was this the closest match in history then? Did the other one finish at 9 down?

  • on November 26, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Of course Ashwin missed a trick. THANK GOD. He could have pressed for 2,& in so doing put the already pressured fielders under further pressure, hence forcing a fielding error. However, all is well that ends well. No whitewash. Edwards bowled a clever over, he varied his pace well. He started the over with a slow ball( by his std) & finished with a fast & str. one, no room to free his arms. WELL DONE.

  • AlanHarrison on November 26, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Interesting with regard to the "flippin' murdered" reflection that Fletcher was actually the man who replaced David Lloyd as England coach. This after Boycott had suggested (after another Lloyd outburst) that England needed a coach who could "keep his mouth shut" (which requirement of course disqualified Boycott ...). So logically Fletcher should be unlikely to say anything quite so naive.

  • on November 26, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    The day Windies won a draw at sundown in Mumbai .

  • sankar8000 on November 26, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Clearly Ashwin missed the trick at final moments! India should have won this game! Anyway Great ad for tests.....

  • on November 26, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Superb game at the end.....both teams would had won it but draw was fair provide WI really fought at the end on one leg...

  • VEGHA on November 26, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    What Master batsman Sachin did? that to in His own home ground.He could have played a better Innings and almost Shewag brought winning position.Immediately match turned in other way due to sachin important wicket

  • Awadhwal on November 26, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    why this is not a tie?...scores levelled

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 26, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    What a game!Who told only Australia-SA matches are good???? Wake up and watch! great game of test cricket. Both teams fought hard and I think Ashwin would have to take few risks in the last over. Also, What ahppend to Ohja? Why debutant Aaron is ahead of Ohja??

  • D.Sharma on November 26, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    What a match! Congrats to both teams. Anyway, I think Dhoni made the fatal mistake when he sent in Aaron before Ojha. It was too much to handle for the debutant and Ojha can bat a bit anyway.

  • on November 26, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    I hope people do not blame Ashwin for this Draw. He was the one who ignited the spark :)

  • on November 26, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    West Indies 3 rd test,drawn innings,here is the last over bowled by Fidel Edwards.

  • on November 26, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Aaron could probably have saved india by not taking the single of the last ball in the previous over.

  • Tim40621 on November 26, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    why is it not a tie? in an ODI it would be both sides got 724 runs. Is it because both sides didnt take 20 wickets?

  • PriyankBandhu on November 26, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Suberb Final Day of Test Match !!!!!!!

  • on November 26, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Wow!! a test match thriller

  • on November 26, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    As a cricket fan I love all formats, but test cricket in particular and as a neutral to this game, what a climax! I am loving the West indies showing signs of some sort of recovery. With the S Africa - Australia series being so exciting as well I have a bit more hope then I've had in a while for the ultimate form!

  • on November 26, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    wow who says test cricket is dying .. LOOK at that!!

  • Ronsars on November 26, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    What a match and what a turnaround on day 5 and apt result too......Who says test matches are dieing.....Well played Kohli and well bowled Ojha on day 5 but credit to WI bowlers on keeping their nerve and bowling well under immense pressure after their batsmen failed on day 5

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  • Ronsars on November 26, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    What a match and what a turnaround on day 5 and apt result too......Who says test matches are dieing.....Well played Kohli and well bowled Ojha on day 5 but credit to WI bowlers on keeping their nerve and bowling well under immense pressure after their batsmen failed on day 5

  • on November 26, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    wow who says test cricket is dying .. LOOK at that!!

  • on November 26, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    As a cricket fan I love all formats, but test cricket in particular and as a neutral to this game, what a climax! I am loving the West indies showing signs of some sort of recovery. With the S Africa - Australia series being so exciting as well I have a bit more hope then I've had in a while for the ultimate form!

  • on November 26, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Wow!! a test match thriller

  • PriyankBandhu on November 26, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Suberb Final Day of Test Match !!!!!!!

  • Tim40621 on November 26, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    why is it not a tie? in an ODI it would be both sides got 724 runs. Is it because both sides didnt take 20 wickets?

  • on November 26, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Aaron could probably have saved india by not taking the single of the last ball in the previous over.

  • on November 26, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    West Indies 3 rd test,drawn innings,here is the last over bowled by Fidel Edwards.

  • on November 26, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    I hope people do not blame Ashwin for this Draw. He was the one who ignited the spark :)

  • D.Sharma on November 26, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    What a match! Congrats to both teams. Anyway, I think Dhoni made the fatal mistake when he sent in Aaron before Ojha. It was too much to handle for the debutant and Ojha can bat a bit anyway.