3rd Test, Ahmedabad, Oct 29 - Nov 2 1999, New Zealand tour of India
583/7d & 148/5d
(95 ov, target 424)
308 & 252/2
Match drawn
Player Of The Match
Match centre 
Scorecard summary
India583/7d(167 overs)1st Innings
New Zealand308(141.4 overs)1st Innings
Nathan Astle74 (227)
Chris Cairns72 (168)
India148/5d(32 overs)2nd Innings
New Zealand252/2(95 overs)2nd Innings
end of over 95Maiden
NZ: 251/2CRR: 2.64 
Stephen Fleming64 (113)
Craig Spearman54 (129)
Rahul Dravid1-1-0-0
Harbhajan Singh26-7-56-1

And that is the end of the Test match, the captains agree to call it off as a draw

India win the 3-Test series 1-0, after winning at Kanpur by 8 wickets, with two decent-scoring draws at Mohali and here at Ahmedabad

All the New Zealand top order proved to have little trouble on this incredibly placid day five wicket, the lowest scorer of the four batsmen making 41

This margin emulates the last series between the two sides on Indian soil, though the two draws there were fulled by rain, this time not a drop interrupted a single delivery of the series

Though New Zealand are on the losing side, they should be relatively pleased to come away from a tough place to visit like India with a respectable margin - and knowing that they had them on the ropes and possibly on the verge of an upset as they dismissed the home side for a paltry 83 on the opening day's play in the series at Mohali

Time for presentations in a moment, the podium is being constructed and officials getting ready to hand out the honors

Odds-on favourite for Man of the Match must be Sachin Tendulkar for his mighty 217 in the first innings, and for Man of the Series it will be hard to look past either Tendulkar (435 runs at an average of 108.75) or Anil Kumble who took 20 wickets at an average of 18.2

And Sachin Tendulkar is indeed chosen as Man of the Match, for his 217 in the first Indian innings

And Anil Kumble for his 20 wickets, and more importantly, his influence over the series-winning result at Kanpur with a 10- wicket bag wins the Man of the Series award

And now Tendulkar holds aloft the trophy for winning the series, and that ends the presentations

With the Test series completed, it's now off on a 13-day jaunt around the country for five One-Day Internationals, beginning at Rajkot in three days time, starting at 9:30am local time (0400GMT) on Friday the 5th of November

As always, you can catch full live ball-by-ball coverage and reports of these matches direct from the stadiums on CricInfo, until Friday the 5th, it's good evening from the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Ahmedabad

Dravid to Fleming, no run
full, angling into leg stump, defends
Dravid to Fleming, no run
forward defensive, to Harbhajan at extra cover
Dravid to Fleming, no run
forward defensive, back to the bowler
Dravid to Fleming, no run
Dravid to Fleming, no run
high full toss, struck back down the wicket, Dravid stops and tries to flick it back on to the stumps at the bowler's end but misses from close range, luckily no overthrows
Dravid to Fleming, no run
some nice off spin from around the wicket, defends to Harbhajan at extra cover

Dravid gets a bowl, one suspects that Tendulkar doesn't really believe India can win it from here ...

end of over 944 runs
NZ: 251/2CRR: 2.67 
Craig Spearman54 (129)
Stephen Fleming64 (107)
Harbhajan Singh26-7-56-1
Sachin Tendulkar5-2-19-0
Harbhajan Singh to Spearman, no run
back, defends to the bowler
Harbhajan Singh to Spearman, no run
defends towards extra cover
Harbhajan Singh to Spearman, no run
back on his stumps to one that turns in and keeps lower, defended away to mid wicket
Harbhajan Singh to Spearman, FOUR runs
over pitched, driven through extra cover
Harbhajan Singh to Spearman, no run
well forward in defence, past silly mid off, bowler fields
Harbhajan Singh to Spearman, no run
back, defends with raised bat, to silly point
end of over 936 runs
NZ: 247/2CRR: 2.65 
Stephen Fleming64 (107)
Craig Spearman50 (123)
Sachin Tendulkar5-2-19-0
Harbhajan Singh25-7-52-1
Tendulkar to Fleming, FOUR runs
another shocking loopy full toss, Fleming quick to pull it over mid wicket
Tendulkar to Spearman, 1 run
and this time he gets the 50, turned off the pad down to fine leg
Tendulkar to Spearman, no run
gift full toss not cashed in on, hit straight to extra cover
Tendulkar to Spearman, no run
flat ball outside off turning in, Spearman across his crease standing with bat well away from anything, through to Prasad
Tendulkar to Spearman, no run
cut straight to Bharadwaj at cover point
Tendulkar to Fleming, 1 bye
floated up very full and wide outside off, angling across the left hander, left alone, deflects off Prasad's boot towards fine leg

Tendulkar brings himself on for a bowl, replacing Prasad at the Pavilion End

This game should realistically only stretch another 15 minutes before an amicable decision is reached to terminate the match

Best performances - batsmen
SR Tendulkar
217 runs (344)
29 fours
0 sixes
SC Ganguly
125 runs (251)
20 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
A Kumble
DL Vettori
Match details
Sardar Patel (Gujarat) Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
TossIndia , elected to bat first
SeriesNew Zealand tour of India
Player Of The Match
Sachin Tendulkar
Player Of The Series
Anil Kumble
Series resultIndia won the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1465
Match days29,30,31 October, 1,2 November 1999 (5-day match)
Rudi Koertzen
TV Umpire
Ivaturi Shivram
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle