Cricketing tale 8- India creates history by winning a follow on match in 2001 at Kolkata


After a bootless performance and a humiliating defeat in the 1st test against Australia at Wankhede, the team, as well as Indian supporters, were dismayed. With the hope of retaining their chance to win the series, India geared up for the second match.

The second test held at Edens Garden, Kolkata. After winning the toss, Australia elected to bat first.

1st innings of Australia.

Michael Slater and Matthew Haydon opened the innings for Australia. They managed to give a good start after scoring 42 and 97 respectively.

Indian bowlers did it pretty well and didn’t let the batsmen dominate. Slater lost his wicket to Zaheer Khan whereas Hayden succumbed to Harbhajan Singh. After losing the opening wickets, the entire responsibility was on the middle order batsmen, Justin Langer, and Mark Waugh.

But the bowlers keep on building the pressure on the Australian batsmen. Langerlost his wicket to Zaheer Khan after scoring 58, on the other side Waugh lost his wicket to Harbhajan Singh.

Steve Waugh played pretty well and scored 110 runs. Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist couldn’t contribute much to the team. Australia lost its all 10 wickets at 445 runs which is not a bad score. 

Indian bowler “Bhajji” didn’t let Aussie batsmen dominate

Harbhajan Singh did his career-best spell and took a hat-trick. Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist who are regarded as dangerous batsmen in the history of cricket succumbed to off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, Shane Warne also lost his wicket to Harbhajan Singh.

With this Hat-trick, Harbhajan Singh became first ever Indian cricketer to take a hat-trick in test cricket.

In total, Harbhajan took 7 wickets in the first innings. Zaheer Khan and Sourav Ganguly took two and one wickets each.

Aussie bowlers made India stumble in the 1st innings

India kept on losing wickets in the 1st innings. Bowlers showed grit and didn’t let any Indian batsman maintain a decent partnership.

SS das, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Nayan Mongia all failed to perform except VVS Laxman who contributed decent 56 runs.

All the Australian bowlers did pretty well. No Australian bowler failed to get wickets. India was all out on 171 runs. Australia put India on “follow on”.

Laxman, Dravid heroic innings made the win possible-

After having a follow on, Indian batsmen geared up for the innings. After losing two opening wickets soon, VVS Laxman came to bat with a different mindset of doing a miracle.

No Aussie bowler could resist Laxman. He handled the innings so well and managed to 281 which is such a huge score. Laxman’s innings created hope of winning despite having a follow on in the team as well fans.

After losing Laxman, Dravid showed the real power of Indian batting line up. Despite coming at number six, he blighted Aussies bowlers and scored 180 runs.

With these brilliant performances, India managed to set a huge score of 657 runs.

Indian bowlers again rocked the spell!

In the second innings of Australia, the only batsman who managed to score decent runs was Mathew Haydon with 67 runs.

Again, Indian bowlers rocked and restricted Australia to just 212 runs. Harbhajan Singh again proved out to be a hero with 6 wickets.

A deadly combination of both bowlers and batsmen led India a historic win of 171 runs.

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