Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

VVS Laxman
72(135) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %94%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 2 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
1 0 0 1 1 0 1 2
Salman Butt
67(140) 11x4 - 0x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on back foot
  • 5 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 5 1 0 0 0 2

Best performances - Bowlers

A Kumble
O27.1
M8
R68
W3
Eco2.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Danish Kaneria
O21.4
M3
R59
W4
Eco2.72
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

9.58 am local time: Handshakes all around as the players congratulate each other on a hard-fought and thoroughly engrossing Test match. Tendulkar and Laxman walk off to loud cheers from the Feroz Shah Kotla.

India needed just 6.2 overs this morning to score the 32 runs needed for victory. Tendulkar scored 24 of them off only 24 balls.

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Shoaib Malik: "If you go back to the first day we didn't bat well. Our bowlers put in the effort but we were 100 runs short. Salman Butt was excellent in the second innings and also Yasir Hameed who was playing after a long time. Shoaib bowled really well and if we had a target of 300 the game could have been different. If you want to win a Test you have to score 400 plus and so we'll be looking to do that (in Kolkata)."

Anil Kumble is the Man of the Match for his captaincy, his seven wickets and a useful 24 in the first innings.

Kumble: "This ground has been very special, everything had happened on this ground. I think the boys responded really well and getting Pakitan out under 250 in both innings was creditable. The partnerships between Laxman and Dhoni, Dravid and Jaffer and Sachin and Ganguly were all very crucial. [On his own performance] It was excellent to get into the [bowling] groove right away. Three months is a long break at my age and I'm very happy with my performance."

So that's that. India have won their seventh consecutive Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla (perhaps that's why the Australians don't like playing there) and recorded their second-highest run-chase on home soil.

The cricket caravan moves on from Delhi to Kolkata for the second Test which begins on November 30. It's been an absolute pleasure doing the commentary for this match. Thank you all for your emails. This is George Binoy signing off, cheers all!

61.1
4
Shoaib Akhtar to Tendulkar, FOUR runs, Tendulkar seals the victory by rocking on to the back foot and dispatching a short ball from Shoaib through point with a fearsome cut shot, the fielder at point dived but he had no chance, India win the first Test by six wickets

END OF OVER:
61 | 5 Runs | INDIA: 199/4

  • VVS Laxman6 (12b)
  • SR Tendulkar52 (109b)
  • Danish Kaneria16-2-50-0
  • Shoaib Akhtar18-4-54-4

Lots of readers writing in saying that Ganguly should be the Man of the Match for his allround effort. And a fine effort it was too.

60.6
0
Danish Kaneria to Laxman, no run, flicked off the front foot towards midwicket
60.5
0
Danish Kaneria to Laxman, no run, defended off the front foot towards silly point

India are four runs away from the series lead.

60.4
1
Danish Kaneria to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar moves back in his crease and flicks behind square for a single
60.3
0
Danish Kaneria to Tendulkar, no run, played towards point once again
60.2
0
Danish Kaneria to Tendulkar, no run, driven off the back foot towards point

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

VVS Laxman
72(135) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %94%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 2 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
1 0 0 1 1 0 1 2
Salman Butt
67(140) 11x4 - 0x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on back foot
  • 5 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 5 1 0 0 0 2

Best performances - Bowlers

A Kumble
O27.1
M8
R68
W3
Eco2.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Danish Kaneria
O21.4
M3
R59
W4
Eco2.72
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF