Third Test Match

Australia v India

India recorded their first win in twelve Tests on Australian soil. This achievement was due, in the main, to Chandrasekhar reaching peak form in this match.

He claimed twelve wickets for 104 runs, the best match figures of his fourteen-year Test career. The capture of the first of these wickets made him only the second Indian to take 200 Test wickets.

To an extent, India were lucky that a hamstring injury put Thomson out of battle for a day - the day they began their second innings with a lead of 43 runs.

True to its history, the pitch offered the bowlers lift and pace on the first morning and India lost two wickets before opening their account. A partnership of 105 between Amarnath, playing with an injured right hand, and Viswanath then stabilised the innings.

Considering that this stand represented the highest point of India's prosperity during this innings, Australia caused themselves hardship by dropping Amarnath, at 43. He was missed at long-leg, hooking a bumper from Gannon. The capture of Amarnath's wicket at that stage would have reduced India to 114 for four.

Apart from a third-wicket partnership of 104 between Cosier and Serjeant, following two early blows struck by Ghavri, the Australians batted indifferently and the Indian bowling was flattered by their dismissal for only 213.

Gavaskar's third century of the series was the foundation on which India built an impressive second-innings total of 343. Viswanath made another half-century and Amarnath, whose hand injury had been aggravated and who therefore batted at number seven, again played gallantly for 41.

Australia, left to make 387 on a pitch that was yielding spin and which had become quite uneven in bounce, never looked like meeting the challenge. Chandrasekhar, whose success in the first innings was somewhat aided by the batsmen's indiscretions, this time bowled accurately and with devastating fire to hasten India towards victory.

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