result
3rd Test, Delhi, Oct 29 - Nov 2 2008, Australia tour of India
613/7d & 208/5d
(target 245)577 & 31/0
Match drawn
Player Of The Match
200* & 59*
vvs-laxman
12y
• The Bulletin by Brydon Coverdale

Kumble bows out with tame draw

Anil Kumble's 18-year Test career ended without the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in his hands but India still have a strong chance to claim the prize in Nagpur after batting out a draw at the Feroz Shah Kotla

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Scorecard summary
India613/7(161 overs)1st INNINGS
Gautam Gambhir206 (380)
VVS Laxman*200 (301)
Australia577/10(179.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Michael Clarke112 (253)
Ricky Ponting87 (165)
Anil Kumble3/112(43.3)
India208/5(77.3 overs)2nd INNINGS
VVS Laxman*59 (130)
Brett Lee2/48(17)
Stuart Clark1/22(12)
Australia31/0(8 overs)2nd INNINGS
end of over 81 run
AUS: 31/0CRR: 3.87 
Matthew Hayden16 (29)
Simon Katich14 (19)
Amit Mishra 2-0-2-0
Anil Kumble 4-0-14-0

Kumble is enveloped by a warm hug from Sehwag. One by one, his team-mates come to shake his hand or offer a hug. Tendulkar pats Kumble on his back and has a chat.

And now then ... Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan lift Kumble up in the air and they walk off. Photos are being taken, Kumble gets down now. Gary Kirsten comes down to shake Kumble's hands.And the Indian players led by Kumble walk towards the Aussie line-up led by Ponting. Kumble takes his cap off as he shakes every Australian's hands.

Yet again he is lifted in the air, this time by Laxman and Dravid and off they go around the ground with the other team-mates behind. These are great scenes. Kumbls is laughing.

And Now Dhoni gets into the act. He lifts a laughing Kumble on his shoulder - the passing of the baton couldn't have been done in a better way - and the players go around the ground. Kumble gets down now and salutes the crowd.

More camera lens flash. Kumble has his cap held high in the air and accepts the cheering from the crowd. Behind him is Sachin Tendulkar who is clapping all the while. Laxman too.

That's it. We have had everything in this Test: A flat track, an Indian run fest, the Aussie fightback, and a retirement of a legend.

And the procession led by Kumble continues. His Indian cap is still held high in the air.

Hang on for post-match ceremony.

Ponting: We had backs to our walls from the stumps on the first day. I am very proud the way we struck out. It has been terrific. Few positives: Lee improved and Michael Clarke's hundred. Every one of our batsmen got starts and unfortunately only one got the hundred unlike the Indians. We have to be wary of that. We still got some work to do. We have to make sure that in Nagpur we can't allow 600 runs to be put up. Our bowlers are looking to couple of days off, the rest of us have some home work to do and see how we can get twenty wickets to win the game.

I would just like, on behalf of the Australian team, to congratulate Anil Kumble. He has been a great competitor, one of the modern-day greats. Enjoy your time off the game, mate."

Laxman Man of the Match: "I have always enjoyed playing against them. Unfortunately we couldn't win the game but all of us put a good show. The wicket was slow, it was important to get adjusted to the pace of the wicket. Sachin and Gambhir put up a good partnership after the early wickets. On the third day we missed Anil .. he was unfortunately injured and we couldn't put much pressure on them.

On his 100th Test coming up: It will be a great moment. It's a dream of every cricketer who plays for his country. It has been a long journey. It was nice to score in this game, the last game played by Kumble. He has been a great role model. All of us are really proud to play with him. Even his last wicket, if you see, we were dropping sitters and he took that difficult catch.

Anil Kumble: It's a tough decision when you have played 18 years of cricket and been so competitive. But my body helped making the decision and also, this injury. I had already made the decision yesterday. Esp.. as I knew I won't be hundred percent for the next game. I had already decided to leave the game after this series any way.

Sachin .. rahul, sourav, laxman and the younger lot like Sehwag .. it hasw been great to play with them. And it started with Azhar. I would have liked to finish the series here but I am confident that we can do it in Nagpur. I had the injury on the third day; that put us back a bit but Viru bowled brilliantly. Credit to Australia as well how they batted.

I would be there in Nagpur, be part of the dressing room to see Sourav's last Test, Laxman's 100th Test and hope to see the team win. I would like to thank the million of fans, my family, my brother. Thanks to all those millions of India who live abroad who have cheered me and wished the best for me all the time.

Kumble takes his cap off and waves to the crowd. Thanks for all those great moments, Jumbo!

That's it. Thanks for logging on. See you in the next Test.

7.6
Mishra to Hayden, no run

and it ends with a shout for lbw,. It drifted away, turned in to beat Hayden's drive and strikes him on the pad but outside off stump. GAme has been called off.

7.5
Mishra to Hayden, no run

turns in and is taken on the pad . Last ball coming up?

7.4
Mishra to Hayden, no run

really full googly, Hayden takes the front leg out of the way and digs it out

7.3
Mishra to Hayden, no run

goes back to push it to the on side

7.2
1
Mishra to Katich, 1 run

goes back and across to work the leg break behind square leg

7.1
Mishra to Katich, no run

leans forward to defend

end of over 75 runs
AUS: 30/0CRR: 4.28 
Matthew Hayden16 (25)
Simon Katich13 (17)
Anil Kumble 4-0-14-0
Amit Mishra 1-0-1-0
6.6
4
Kumble to Hayden, FOUR runs

Would this be the last ball of his career? And ah! Hayden stops him as he is not ready yet! The captains can call it off after next over. Oh it's a full toss! And Hayden drives down the ground past Kumble. Bowden hands Kumble the cap and shakes his hand.

6.5
Kumble to Hayden, no run

now back to round the stumps and bowls a Kumble special. A Jumbo. It kicked up from a length, from the rough, past Hayden and Dhoni fends it off his head

6.4
Kumble to Hayden, no run

Kumble goes over the stumps and bowls a googly on the leg and middle line, pushed to covers

Will the two captains call off the game after the next over?

6.3
Kumble to Hayden, no run

flighted outside off stump, left alone

6.2
1
Kumble to Katich, 1 run

short in length and pulled to long leg

6.1
Kumble to Katich, no run

googly from round the stumps, nudged to the on side

end of over 61 run
AUS: 25/0CRR: 4.16 
Matthew Hayden12 (21)
Simon Katich12 (15)
Amit Mishra 1-0-1-0
Anil Kumble 3-0-9-0
5.6
Mishra to Hayden, no run

just outside the off stump and Hayden offers no shot and it rolls off the pad.

5.5
Mishra to Hayden, no run

fullish, on the middle stump line, dug out to the off side

5.4
Mishra to Hayden, no run

leans forward to defend to the on side

5.3
1
Mishra to Katich, 1 run

outside off stump, driven to right of Sehwag at covers for a single

5.2
Mishra to Katich, no run

flighted outside off stump, padded away

5.1
Mishra to Katich, no run

turns in from just outside off, Katich goes right back to defend

And Kumble's successor Amit Mishra replaces Sehwag

end of over 51 run
AUS: 24/0CRR: 4.80 
Matthew Hayden12 (18)
Simon Katich11 (12)
Anil Kumble 3-0-9-0
Virender Sehwag 2-0-14-0
4.6
Kumble to Hayden, no run

stretches well forward to defend

4.5
Kumble to Hayden, no run

googly from round the stumps, steered to point

Best performances - batters
Gautam Gambhir portrait
G Gambhir INDIA
206 runs (380)
26 fours
1 six
Control92%
Productive shot
leg glance
69 runs
6 fours
0 six
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VVS Laxman portrait
VVS Laxman INDIA
200 runs (301)
21 fours
0 six
Control94%
Productive shot
leg glance
67 runs
4 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Virender Sehwag portrait
V Sehwag INDIA
O
40
M
9
R
104
W
5
ECO
2.6
Anil Kumble, portrait photo
A Kumble INDIA
O
43.3
M
9
R
112
W
3
ECO
2.57
Match details
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
TossIndia, elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of India
Season2008/09
Player Of The Match
VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman
Series resultIndia led the 4-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1891
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30
Match days29,30,31 October, 1,2 November 2008 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
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Aleem Dar
New Zealand Image
Billy Bowden
TV Umpire
India Image
Suresh Shastri
Reserve Umpire
India Image
Sameer Bandekar
Match Referee
England Image
Chris Broad