result
1st Test, Bengaluru, Oct 9 - 13 2008, Australia tour of India
430 & 228/6d
(73 ov, target 299)360 & 177/4
Match drawn
player of the match
end of over 735 runs
INDIA: 177/4CRR: 2.42 
VVS Laxman42 (142)
Sourav Ganguly26 (68)
Cameron White18-4-49-1
Michael Clarke20-7-40-0

So, what better note than the interesting sledge from Zaheer to end the game on? "I have never seen an Australian team play such defensive cricket, which is a good thing for us," he said on receiving his Man-of-the-Match award. Australia will not like the comment, and in three days' time we will know what their response will be. The first Test lived up to the hype, join us soon to find out whether the others do. The second Test starts on the 17th, in Mohali. Till then, okay bye

This has been a gripping Test throughout the duration, but for the last 10 overs. It was a slow pitch, so we didn't see batsmen dominating the bowling, but we still saw two very good innings by Hussey and Ponting. Despite the slow pace, this was an intense Test, and enjoyable through and through. In the end, India fought well for a draw, which was a fair result because while both teams had their moments - Australia more than India - none dominated enough to win outright.

The final day's highlight would be the batting of Tendulkar and Laxman who put their heads down, and fought off their reputation of not being good batsmen in saving Tests. Put together, they played close to 45 overs, out of the 73 India played to force the draw. But how valuable was the late-innings rearguard from Harbhajan and Zaheer in the first innings? For me, India earned the draw on the fourth morning, when Zaheer and friends frustrated Australia for one-and-a-half hours. Stay back, for the presentation

Man of the Match is Zaheer Khan He says, "Can't get better than this. Happy with the way things have gone in this match... Looking at the game, we were in trouble the moment we lost the toss... I have never seen an Australian team play such defensive cricket, which is a good thing for us... Bowling in tandem with Ishant is very important and a pleasure... Bhajji was advising me all the time, making sure I was on the front foot. On odd occasion he would crack a joke that would calm the nerves."

Ricky Ponting: Full credit to India, they stuck out, and fought well... The pitch was cracked up, but it held up decently... Personally, it's a good start. I am very pleased with the way we have done in the first match. There's still room for improvement...

Anil Kumble: We could have had ha chance yesterday, so disappointed. Overall we did well in coming back in the first innings... Fantastic effort overall... This wicket has changed over the years, there isn't much spin, but the fast bowlers bowled superbly. The spinners will definitely come into play in the next three Tests... Bhajji certainly deserves a promotion [in batting order]... The shoulder is shaping up well, and hopefully I should be 100% by Mohali

Ganguly, walking off the Chinnaswamy Stadium for one last time, gets a rich applause. And he goes undefeated in this Test

Finally, sense strikes, and the players shake hands. It's called off, with 10 overs to go still. A great Test, until the last few moments when it just drifted along without much intent from either side

72.6
White to Laxman, no run

full, on the pads, and played straight to mid-on

72.5
White to Laxman, no run

angled into the pads, and padded away

72.4
White to Laxman, no run

topspinner, landed just outside off, Laxman thrust his pad forward, and looked to play, but the ball went on with the arm, there is a big shout, but the ball hit him outside the line of off

72.3
White to Laxman, no run

full, on the stumps, and Laxman plays it straight

72.2
1
White to Ganguly, 1 run

full, on the pads, and Ganguly turns it around easily

72.1
4
White to Ganguly, FOUR runs

finally, one short-pitched delivery bounces truly, and Ganguly rocks back to cut to the point boundary, first boundary in 17 overs

end of over 721 run
INDIA: 172/4CRR: 2.38 
VVS Laxman42 (138)
Sourav Ganguly21 (66)
Michael Clarke20-7-40-0
Cameron White17-4-44-1
71.6
Clarke to Laxman, no run

half-volley, just outside off, and played towards mid-off

71.5
Clarke to Laxman, no run

fired in short, it hits a crack,and turns away, but Laxman is not interested in playing

71.4
Clarke to Laxman, no run

full and flat again, Laxman defends with soft hands

71.3
1
Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run

thrown in faster, into the pads, and Ganguly pushes it for an easy single

71.2
Clarke to Ganguly, no run

short, there for the cut, Ganguly gets into position, but the ball shoots along again

71.1
Clarke to Ganguly, no run

flat, full delivery, Ganguly defends it easily

Twelve overs to go, and it's just meandering along right now

end of over 714 runs
INDIA: 171/4CRR: 2.40 
VVS Laxman42 (135)
Sourav Ganguly20 (63)
Cameron White17-4-44-1
Michael Clarke19-7-39-0
70.6
White to Laxman, no run

full on the pads, and defended off the front foot

70.5
1
White to Ganguly, 1 run

fulltoss outside leg, and swept away easily, there are three men deep in the leg side. Quite baffling, for a team pressing for a victory

70.4
White to Ganguly, no run

the straighter one this time, but too full, and pitched outside leg, and doesn't trouble Ganguly

70.3
White to Ganguly, no run

flighted around the off stump, and Ganguly is right forward again to defend

70.2
2
White to Ganguly, 2 runs

full, outside leg, swept away towards fine leg easily

70.1
1
White to Laxman, 1 run

flighted just outside off, played with soft hands as Laxman looks to go for a quick single but decides against it. Clarke gets excited and gives away an overthrow

Funnily, sun was out during the last over. You can see shadows on the field now