1st Test, Mohali, October 01 - 05, 2010, Australia tour of India [Sep-Oct 2010]
428 & 192
(T:216) 405 & 216/9

India won by 1 wicket

Player Of The Match
5/94 & 3/43
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Scorecard summary
Australia 428/10(151.4 overs)
Shane Watson 126 (338)
Tim Paine 92 (196)
Zaheer Khan5/94 (30)
Harbhajan Singh3/114 (49)
India 405/10(108.1 overs)
Australia 192/10(60.5 overs)
Zaheer Khan3/43 (11.5)
Ishant Sharma3/34 (9)
India 216/9(58.4 overs)

"The match was firmly in Australia's grasp when the No. 10 Ishant Sharma joined Laxman with 92 runs still required, but the pair ground Australia down and left a dejected Ricky Ponting still winless as a Test captain in India. .."

That was from the bulletin by Brydon Coverdale. To read more do click here.

Don't forget to breath now! The dressing room erupted. And it emptied soon after. Laxman has been mobbed by his team-mates. And as a colleague reminds me, if ten Indians were taken out, Australia would have won! Er .. true but whatever happened to poetic license and all that.

Nearly throughout his stay, Laxman had drained out all emotion from his face. Even when Dhoni was rushing towards him in vain to get across for the single, laxman was motionless. When Dhoni ran past him after getting out, Laxman just turned and looked into a distance and at nothing in particular. It was a nice little moment. You could feel that he was in a zone. You could sense his focus. You could see his state of mind. Only when Ojha made that error of running so close to the landmark, Lax lost his cool. He quickly composed himself, spoke to Ojha, patted him on the back and settled the nerves. At the end of it all, he turned towards the dressing room and held his arms aloft. Then he turned and enveloped Ojha and Raina with a big hug. All the three were screaming their heads off. In the background, Kirsten reached out to high-five Ishant before hugging him.

Presentation ceremony to begin.

Ricky Ponting: "It was one of the exciting test matches I have played. Full credit to India; they outplayed us today. We tried our best. It was satisfying effort from the boys. I told them to just take out the scorecard out of the mind. The partnership between Ishant an Laxman was great and it made the difference I guess. Bollinger's injury probably didnt help us there; we needed a fresh bowler to give it a shake but that's the game."

Dhoni: It was one of the best. This game was full of emotions. We lost Ishant in the first innings; the way we bowled in the second and third session was remarkable and that got us back. We could have got the first-inings lead but we didn't. The bowlers again did well to bowl them out in teh second innings. Our batting collapsed but Laxman and Ishant . . Laxman is a remarkable batsman, whatever a field you set, he can keep scoring. He did a very good job for us. For me it was a very special (innings). We just wanted teh dressing room to be calm and cool. Ishant played loads of deliveries and in between got boundaries as well. It worked out well for us. Frankly speaking, when the game started no one expected we will have a result in 4 and half days. The bowlers from both sides have done well to get a result in this game."

Man of the match is Zaheer Khan: "Winning is very important; it was a great game of cricket. Both teams fought hard and we did just enough to end up on the winning side. I was just waiting for the ball to reverse; that's what MS was also waiting. And it did. It worked for me. 250 wicets .. tis been hard work. I am happy that the hard work that I have put in on my fitness over the last 6 weeks has paid off. Everyone were nervous in the dressing room; we tried to remain calm and hoped that the two batters would gets us through."

Hopefully they will speak to Laxman in a short while. I will wait and see if they do. So do wait.

Nope no luck. So, that's it from us. See you for the next Test. On behalf of our scorer Sanjay, this is Sriram Veera signing off. Good bye and good luck.

Johnson to Ojha, 2 leg byes

India win the heart-stopper! Australia can take out ten Indians but they can't remove VVS Laxman. 'They couldn't out him at all' as that Calypso goes. The 5th-day hero does it again. It was a full delivery sliding down the leg side and Ojha shapes to flick. The ball clips the pad and rolls to fine-leg region. hilfy comes across, picks and fires the throw but it's too late. India have won. Pandemonium in the middle. The Indians rush out to celebrate. Every one hugs Lax. Whaddaaplayaaa .. And don't forget that knock from Ishant.

Johnson to Ojha, no run

teases him with a delivery outside off stump but Ojha remains firm. No greed. No temptation. Stubborn leave.

Johnson to Ojha, 4 runs

Lbw Shout And oh boy what we get .. Four Over throws! That looked out. Billy reckons there was an inside edge. Was there some wood on leather? I am not sure there was anything at all. Oh well ... What an insane little game this is! It was a length delivery tailing in on the leg and middle stump, It looked as if it would have hit the leg and middle! Not given out by Billy. The ball rolled to point. Perhaps it was the pressure and the tension of the lbw appeal, Ojha gets outside the crease .. Raina asks him to get back .. he turns, Steve Smith fires the throw and the ball misses the stumps and runs through the vacant covers. No Aussie fielder could back that up. But that throw was on. Had he hit - and he didn't miss by much - Ojha would have been run out. ..... And It has been given as an insideedge I can't confirm or deny that edge. Need a snicko. If you ask me on the basis of evidence given to us so far (a couple of replays, no snicko) there didn't seem to be any edge.

Johnson to Ojha, no run

ah! It was in the zone outside off, Ojha pushes his bat outside off .. the ball is very close to the bat when he pulls his bat away!

All the three batsmen meet for a chat. Laxman puts his hand over Ojha';s shoulder and talks to him for a long time. he then pats him on the back

end of over 583 runs
INDIA: 210/9CRR: 3.62 
VVS Laxman73 (79)
Pragyan Ojha1 (6)
Ben Hilfenhaus 19-3-57-4
Mitchell Johnson 16-2-46-0
Hilfenhaus to Laxman, no run

The bouncer comes and Laxman sways away. Ojha will remain on strike. Ah that fifth ball .. will it come to bite them?

Hilfenhaus to Laxman, no run

Angry Lax A rare sight. Laxman is furious. He is shouting at Ojha. OMG! It was driven to right of mid-off and Raina had set across for the single but Ojah wasn't so sure or so confident.. They both get back in time. Laxman actually used a couple of expletives there! They all get together and now smile. Calm heads now!

Hilfenhaus to Laxman, no run

on a length on the off stump line, pushed to the point. Ojha comes down the track, Laxman asks him to get back!

Hilfenhaus to Laxman, 2 runs

Two is the call. And they will take two. Raina dives to get backinside the crease. Laxman screams at them to run for the two! It was punched to deep point region! The crowd clear their lungs. It's buzzing.

Hilfenhaus to Ojha, 1 run

good delivery, straightens around the off stump from round the stumps, steered down to thirdman. Laxman on strike

Hilfenhaus to Ojha, no run

Pushes to the off side and wants a single. Raina sends him back. Wise decision.

end of over 572 runs
INDIA: 207/9CRR: 3.63 
VVS Laxman71 (75)
Pragyan Ojha0 (4)
Mitchell Johnson 16-2-46-0
Ben Hilfenhaus 18-3-54-4
Johnson to Laxman, no run

banged in short around the off stump and Laxman pulls it to left of mid-on where Clarke rushes across to make a fine diving stop! Australia continue to hustle. India continue to fight.

Johnson to Laxman, 2 runs

full and outside the off stump, Laxman square drives it to deep point and they will take the second run!

Johnson to Laxman, no run

in the zone outside the off stump, left alone

Johnson to Laxman, no run

ooh drama ! He leans forward and ends up scooping it uppishly through covers! It rolls away to deep cover

Johnson to Laxman, no run

This time he has eased it to long-off and doesn't take the single

Johnson to Laxman, no run

leans forward to drive to sweeper cover and they won't take the single

end of over 561 run • 1 wicket
INDIA: 205/9CRR: 3.66 
Pragyan Ojha0 (4)
VVS Laxman69 (69)
Ben Hilfenhaus 18-3-54-4
Mitchell Johnson 15-2-44-0
Hilfenhaus to Ojha, no run

in the channel outside the off stump and Ojha lets it go! Laxman on strike now. What a game!

Hilfenhaus to Ojha, no run

gets forward and across to push it out to the off side

Hilfenhaus to Ojha, no run

in the zone outside the off stump, Ojha pokes at it and the ball rushes past the edge

Replays show that that ball would have comfortably missed the leg stump! oh well..

Hilfenhaus to Ojha, no run

tests Ojha with a yorker and he had dug it out

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Match details
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Zaheer Khan
Series resultIndia led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1972
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30
Match days1,2,3,4,5 October 2010 - day (5-day match)
New Zealand
Billy Bowden
Ian Gould
TV Umpire
Sanjay Hazare
Reserve Umpire
Subrat Das
Match Referee
Chris Broad
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