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India v Australia flashback: Famous Indian Test victories, part one


Jamie Alter,Cricketnext
Feb 19, 2013 at 04:16pm IST

From Jasubhai Patel's record haul to Kapil Dev's MCG heroics and Sendulkar's assault on Shane Warne, we take a look at some of India's most memorable defeats of Australia in Test cricket.

Jasubhai Patel's 14 wickets spin India to first victory

The offspinner Jasubhai Patel played seven Tests from 1955-1960 but will always be remembered for one match at Kanpur in 1958-59, when he took 14 wickets against Richie Benaud's team to deliver India's first victory against Australia. At 35, Patel was something of a surprise recall but put in a superb performance to rattle the touring Australians - his 9 for 69 in the first innings was the best-ever analysis by an Indian bowler until Anil Kumble took all ten against Pakistan almost 40 years later. He added 5 for 55 in the second innings to bowl India to a 119-run win that leveled the series.

India v Australia flashback: Famous Indian Test victories, part one

Sachin Tendulkar dominated the 1997-98 series against Australia with 446 runs at 111.50 which included majestic centuries at Chennai and Bangalore. (Getty Images)

Chandu Borde helps India claim a thriller

Coming off a 139-run defeat in the first Test at Chennai, India leveled the series at Mumbai in nerve-wracking manner. BS Chandrasekhar snapped up eight wickets while skipper MAK Pataudi hit twin fifties, but in the end it came down to Chandu Borde's grit. Set a target of 254, India slumped to 122 before Pataudi (53) and Vijay Manjrekar (39) breathed life into the nervy chase. But when the pair fell in the space of nine runs, India were left with 31 runs to get and two wickets left. Borde summoned great inner resolve to make an unbeaten 30 off 54 balls and found assistance from wicketkeeper Prince Indrajitsinhji who scored 3 in 41 balls out of a stand of 32. A thriller was sealed.

Gavaskar and Chandra show some spirit

Down 0-2 in the 1977-78 series in Australia, India found inspiration from Sunil Gavaskar and Chandrasekhar at Melbourne. The match began with India losing Gavaskar and Chetan Chauhan without a run on the board, but crucial innings from the next five batsmen got the total to 256. Then Chandrasekhar ripped out six Australian wickets to bowl the hosts out for 213, after which Gavaskar scored 118 out of a second-innings total of 343 - setting Australia a target of 387. Chandra was too hot to handle, taking 6 for 52 for the second time in the Test to finish with 12 wickets in a 222-run victory.

Spinners trump pace at the SCG

Less than two weeks later, India drew level with Australia after an innings-and-two-run win at Sydney. This time the plaudits were shared by the spinners - Chandrasekhar took six and Erapalli Prasanna and Bishan Bedi five apiece as India's bowlers backed their middling batsmen for another famous win. The tone was set on day one when Australia were all out for 131, after which India's batsmen rallied to get their first innings to 396. Prasanna led the way with 4 for 51 to seal the deal.

Kapil swings out Australia for 83

The dead rubber fourth Test at the MCG in 1980-81 witnessed the infamous Gavaskar-Chauhan walk-off but should be remembered more for Kapil Dev's heroic display with the ball which helped India finish the tour with a win. Australia were set a target of 143 with more than an hour left on day four, with Kapil not available to bowl due to a thigh strain and Shivlal Yadav suffering from a broken toe. Stirringly, a depleted bowling attack reduced Australia to 24 for 3 by stumps. On the final day, Kapil returned to swing the match for India with a magical spell of 5 for 28 in seven overs as Australia were bowled out for 83.

Tendulkar masters Warne, stuffs Australia

The 1997-98 visit by Australia was billed as the Tendulkar v Warne series but ended up being rather one-sided. Tendulkar prepared for Warne's arrival by getting former team-mate Laxman Sivaramakrishnan to bowl legspin at him on wickets prepared to turn and bounce for days on end and the hard work paid off handsomely.

The series began in Chennai with Warne getting his man for 4, caught by Mark Taylor at slip. When Tendulkar came to the crease in the second innings, Taylor understandably tossed the ball to Tendulkar. The batsman began by driving four down the ground, then hit Warne inside-out past extra cover when the bowler came around the stumps. Warne persisted with the change in angle and Tendulkar hit him over midwicket for six. At the end of the over, Taylor asked Warne how he planned to bowl to Tendulkar. The reply was a matter-of-fact: "Tubs, we're stuffed."

Tendulkar went on to compile a commanding unbeaten 155 off 191 balls as India took the first Test by 179 runs. He finished the series with 446 runs at 111.50 which included 177 in the final Test at Bangalore.

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