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India vs Australia Flashback: India's Controversial Tour Of Australia

By Sahil Mathur
Nov 20, 2020 • 14:51 PM

Second test match(Sydney), 2-6 Jan - Captain Ricky Ponting Captain, won the toss and opted to bat. RP Singh gave India a good start as he got Phil Jaques for a duck. Australians were in a spot of bother with a middle-order collapse leaving the team at a score of 6/134. Andrew Symonds, too, edged the ball to the keeper but was given not out by umpire Steve Bucknor. Symonds went on to make 162. With the help of some lower-order contributions, Australia scored 463. Indian batsmen gave a solid reply in the second innings as VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar scored centuries. India went on to make 532, getting a lead of 69 runs.

Australians, in the third innings, declared the innings at 401/7 on the last day. Mathew Hayden and Michael Hussey scored centuries. Harbhajan Singh's hattrick was denied after yet another controversial decision in favor of Andrew Symonds. India needed 333 to win or survive 72 overs.  With some more contentious umpiring decisions, Indians struggled to stay on the pitch. India needed to survive two overs at the end of the day, with three wickets in hand. The game was looking to end on a draw until Michael Clarke took the last three wickets in five balls. It was the end of a controversial test match. The Indian team led by Anil Kumble criticized the umpiring and called for replacing one of the umpires for the next test match. Andrew Symonds got adjudged player of the match. 

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Brief Score: Australia - 463 & 401/7; India - 532 & 210 

Player of the Match - Andrew Symonds(162*, 61)