Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

726dThe Bulletin by Brydon Coverdale

Magical Laxman seals thrilling one-wicket win

VVS Laxman overcame his sore back to become the hero of a nail-biting one-wicket victory for India, who retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in dramatic fashion in Mohali

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We were wary of Laxman - Ponting

Ricky Ponting admitted that his team had been wary of VVS Laxman, fully fit or otherwise, going into day five

726dSidharth Monga in Mohali

Ponting defends Smith's throw of the dice

Australia might not be the same dominating side of the last decade, but as Steven Smith's run-out attempt shows, they are going to make it difficult for sides to beat them

726dSidharth Monga in Mohali

Ishant's attitude wins hearts

Tests like this, where Ishant Sharma busts his gut for scant rewards, will make him ready for the ones more personally rewarding

726dSidharth Monga in Mohali

India's Atlas, Australia's nemesis

Cricketers spend entire careers wishing they could bat in a crisis like they do in a normal situation, Laxman wishes for the opposite

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A special innings from Laxman - Dhoni

MS Dhoni hailed the duo of VVS Laxman and Ishant Sharma for their match-winning stand of 81 that helped India fight back after being reduced to a seemingly hopeless 124 for 8

726dSambit Bal

The steel beneath the silk

The splendour of his batting sometimes distracts Laxman's admirers from the mental strength that is such a big part of his game

726dSidharth Monga in Mohali

Bollinger's absence hurt us - Ponting

Doug Bollinger, who arrived from the Champions League two days before the first Test, injured himself on the final day of the Mohali Test

Day 4

726dSidharth Monga in Mohali

UDRS resistance returns to hurt India

Test cricket shouldn't become a backyard game of cricket where kids decide beforehand if they can be given out lbw or not

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Ishant finally makes an impact

The drama of the afternoon seemed a world away as Australia dominated most of a morning session, before Ishant stepped in

726dS Rajesh

Fourth-innings blues for Indian batsmen

The records of Indian batsmen in the final innings of a match aren't impressive, but the recent form of Sachin Tendulkar in such situations should give the fans the courage to hope

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Laxman will bat if needed - Ishant

VVS Laxman, down with back spasms, is expected to bat on the final day of the Test should he be needed, Ishant Sharma said at the end of the fourth day's play

Day 3

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Tenacious Australia level game

Cricketers in baggy green reputedly "don't give you an inch", and late on the third afternoon, they proved that with a rousing comeback

726dSidharth Monga in Mohali

Intriguing day of Test cricket ahead

India scored only 23 runs fewer than Australia, taking 43 fewer overs, a scoring rate which has kept the match alive

Day 2

726dThe Bulletin by Peter English

Virender Sehwag surges to set up India

Virender Sehwag delivered a brutal response to stun Australia with a quick half-century as India finished the second day of a two-paced Test on a high

726dSidharth Monga in Mohali

Determined Paine wins battle against spin

Unlike several other Australian batsmen who've used aggression to combat India's slow bowlers, Paine's approach was one of patience, and it worked

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Smart Zaheer proves his worth again

Once the prodigal son frittering away his talent, he has been a man on a mission ever since he returned to the side in South Africa four years ago

Day 1

726dSidharth Monga in Mohali

Patient Watson passes the test

Shane Watson overcame India's bowling and barracking and the nervous 90s to score a fighting century

726dSidharth Monga in Mohali

Teams play down Ponting-Zaheer spat

A day after Ricky Ponting called for a controversy-free tour, he was ironically involved in the first real incident of the series


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No UDRS for New Zealand series - Srinivasan

The BCCI secretary N Srinivasan has said that the board remains opposed to the Umpiring Decision Review System (UDRS) despite the umpiring errors in Mohali

726dIan Chappell

The magic of VVS

Laxman has hand-eye coordination that is the envy of surgeons, a competitive drive that his opposition dreads, and the kind of nous good captains need

803dDaniel Brettig

Learning on the job

On his way to a central place in Australia's batting line-up and their leadership plans for the future, Steven Smith talks about his journey so far

726dPeter Roebuck

The genius and the doubter

VVS Laxman is an artist whose strength lies not in his artistry but in his competitive spirit, a batsman who needs adversity to unleash the giant within

1161dAndrew Miller

When the tail went rogue

With the upcoming release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in cinemas December 15, we decided to take a look at six memorable occasions when the fate of a Test match was decided in a heroi

India 4th innings Partnerships

1st0G GambhirV Sehwag
2nd31R DravidV Sehwag
3rd17SR TendulkarV Sehwag
4th0SR TendulkarSK Raina
5th28SR TendulkarZ Khan
6th43SR TendulkarVVS Laxman
7th3VVS LaxmanMS Dhoni
8th2VVS LaxmanHarbhajan Singh
9th81VVS LaxmanI Sharma
10th11VVS LaxmanPP Ojha