1st Test, Nagpur, Mar 1 - 5 2006, England tour of India
393 & 297/3d
(78.2 ov, target 368)323 & 260/6
Match drawn
player of the match
• The Bulletin by Andrew Miller

Audacious India light up the draw

India's brave attempt at a run chase was ended by Steve Harmison and bad light as the first Test ended in a draw

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Scorecard summary
England393/10(127.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Irfan Pathan3/92(23)
India323/10(136.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Mohammad Kaif91 (263)
Wasim Jaffer81 (184)
England297/3(87 overs)2nd INNINGS
Irfan Pathan2/48(14)
Anil Kumble1/101(32)
India260/6(78.2 overs)2nd INNINGS
Wasim Jaffer100 (198)
Rahul Dravid71 (187)

Laxman walks in and the first thing he does is prod the umpire for light, after a small chat the light is offered that's the end of the Test match! Handshakes all around and the players walk back to the Pavilion.

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Man of the Match - Matthew Hoggard.

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Harmison to Harbhajan, OUT

and Harmison strikes back! yorker on the stumps, Harbhajan plays all over it and the ball crashes into the woodwork, India six down

Harbhajan Singh b Harmison 7 (8m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100
Harmison to Harbhajan, FOUR runs

and it seems they are still going for a win, good length delivery outside the off stump, Harbhajan swings across and connects well and the ball flies away to the midwicket fence

end of over 783 runs
INDIA: 256/5CRR: 3.28 
Sachin Tendulkar28 (19)
Harbhajan Singh3 (5)
Andrew Flintoff 17-2-79-2
Steve Harmison 17-4-44-1
Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run

good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, watchfully played down to mid-on, is the chase over?

Flintoff to Harbhajan, 1 run

on the pads, Harbhajan stays back and chips it away to deep midwicket

Flintoff to Tendulkar, 1 run

good length delivery outside the off stump, Tendulkar opens the face of the bat and drives it through cover point

Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run

another probing delivery, played straight to the fielder at midwicket, probably came off the inner half of the bat

Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run

good length delivery, tight delivery, defended on the back-foot

Flintoff to Harbhajan, 1 run

short of a good length delivery, coming in with the angle, punched down to long-on, easy single

end of over 771 run • 1 wicket
INDIA: 253/5CRR: 3.28 
Harbhajan Singh1 (3)
Sachin Tendulkar27 (15)
Steve Harmison 17-4-44-1
Ian Blackwell 12-2-43-0
Harmison to Harbhajan, 1 run

good length delivery outside the off stump, driven away well wide of the cover fielder, easy single to end the over

Harmison to Harbhajan, no run

pitched up and Harbhajan drives it straight back, Harmison kicks it up with his boot and threatens to throw it back

Harmison to Harbhajan, no run

defended outside the off stump

Surprise! surprise! Harbhajan Singh walks in

Harmison to Dhoni, OUT

short of a good length delivery outside the off stump and Dhoni flat bats it straight to Strauss at long-off, hit it too well and the ball carried all the way to the fielder in the deep, Harmison with the much needed breakthrough

MS Dhoni c Strauss b Harmison 16 (44m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 76.19
Harmison to Dhoni, no run

another short delivery outside the off stump, cut away behind point, Collingwood moves across quickly and cuts off the single, excellent piece of fielding that

Harmison to Dhoni, no run

short of a good length delivery, close to the off stump line, Dhoni swings hard but makes no contact

end of over 7616 runs
INDIA: 252/4CRR: 3.31 
Sachin Tendulkar27 (15)
MS Dhoni16 (18)
Ian Blackwell 12-2-43-0
Andrew Flintoff 16-2-76-2

India require another 116 runs from 84 balls, can they pull off the impossible?!

Blackwell to Tendulkar, FOUR runs

take that! tossed up outside the leg stump, turning across the right-hander, Tendulkar dances down the track, gets well inside the line and plunders it over the cover fielder, can't set a field for that! 250 comes up for India

Blackwell to Dhoni, 1 run

full and drifting down the leg side, Dhoni stays back and dabs it down to short fine leg, quick single taken

Blackwell to Dhoni, 2 leg byes

drifting down the leg side, Dhoni makes no contact, ball clips the pad and rolls away fine, two more added to the total

Blackwell to Tendulkar, 1 run

makes room, gets well inside the line and turns it away through square leg for a single

Blackwell to Tendulkar, FOUR runs

on the middle and leg stump line, Tendulkar goes low down and slogs it away to the square leg fence, good clean hit, back-to-back fours and the pressure is on the bowler now.

It's a well spread out field, Flintoff on the defensive here.

Blackwell to Tendulkar, FOUR runs

tossed up and turning across from outside the leg stump, Tendulkar leans well forward, changes his grips quickly and dabs it away behind the stumps on the off side, desperate dive in the deep ends in vain

Match details
Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur
TossEngland, elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of India
Player Of The Match
Matthew Hoggard
Matthew Hoggard
Series result3-match series level 0-0
Match numberTest no. 1785
Match daysday (5-day match)
Test debut
Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook
Ian Blackwell
Ian Blackwell
Monty Panesar
Monty Panesar
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Aleem Dar
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Ian Howell
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Ivaturi Shivram
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle