India ends Australia's winning stretch with upset victory

India ended Australia's world-record winning stretch today, levelling the three-test series at 1-1 with an against-the-odds 171-run triumph at Eden Gardens.

India ended Australia's world-record winning stretch today, levelling the three-test series at 1-1 with an against-the-odds 171-run triumph at Eden Gardens.

The home team were on the verge of a series defeat two days ago when forced to follow-on after being bowled out for 171 in reply to Australia's first innings of 445. However they converted the 274-run deficit into a 384-run lead before declaring.

The Indians then bowled Australia out for 213, just five overs before the scheduled close of the fifth and final day of the match.

The cricket-crazy Calcutta crowd went wild, jumping out of their seats, cheering, waving Indian flags and setting off firecrackers. Smoke billowed up from the stands.

The last team to win a test after being forced to follow on was England at Headingley in 1981.

Bolstered by VVS Laxman's national test record of 281 and Rahul Dravid's 180, India reached 657 for seven in its second innings before Sourav Ganguly declared, giving Australia 75 overs to chase a 17th consecutive win.

Harbhajan Singh struck twice in one over to remove Australian skipper Steve Waugh and No. 6 Ricky Ponting. He finished with six wickets for 73 for match haul of 13 wickets, including a first innings hat-trick.

Sachin Tendulkar snared three wickets as Australia lost five wickets in 30 balls for the addition of just eights runs as it slipped from 166 for three to 174 for eight.

Australia had won 16 consecutive tests, starting in October 1999 with an away win against Zimbabwe in Harare and continuing with series wins against India, Pakistan, New Zealand and the West Indies.

The Australians extended their winning sequence by taking a 1-0 series lead here with a 10-wicket win in Bombay and appeared on the verge of another win with India struggling at stumps on day three at 254 for four.

At that stage, Tendulkar - India's star batsman - was out for 10.

Laxman's 376-run stand with Dravid set up the dramatic win, lifting India from 232 for four to 608 for five before both were dismissed early Thursday as the hosts chased quick runs.

Australia's last loss was to Sri Lanka at Kandy in September 1999.

It was John Buchanan's first loss as Australian coach and also the first time that Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist has not been on a winning team in his 16-test career.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
people
News
Justin Bieber performing in Paris earlier this year
people
Arts and Entertainment
Martin Freeman and Lauren O'Neil in Jamie Lloyd's Richard III
theatreReview: The monarch's malign magnetism and diabolic effrontery aren’t felt
Arts and Entertainment
'Molecular Man +1+1+1' by Jonathan Borofsky at Yorkshire Sculpture park
tv
News
Glamour magazine hosts a yoga class with Yogalosophy author Mandy Ingber on June 10, 2013 in New York City.
newsFather Padraig O'Baoill said the exercise was 'unsavoury' in a weekly parish newsletter
Extras
indybest
News
people'She is unstoppable', says Jean Paul Gaultier at Paris show
Sport
Alexis Sanchez and apparently his barber Carlos Moles in Barcelona today
football
Arts and Entertainment
Miley Cyrus has her magic LSD brain stolen in this crazy video produced with The Flaming Lips
video
Arts and Entertainment
In his own words: Oscar Wilde in 1882
theatreNew play by the Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials - and what they reveal about the man
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Unless films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, pictured, can buck the trend, this summer could be the first in 13 years that not a single Hollywood blockbuster takes $300m
filmWith US films earning record-breaking amounts at the Chinese box office, Hollywood is more than happy to take its lead from its new-found Asian audience
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily World Cup Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice
Hollywood targets Asian audiences as US films enjoy record-breaking run at Chinese box office

Hollywood targets Asian audiences

The world's second biggest movie market is fast becoming the Hollywood studios' most crucial
Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app - and my mum keeps trying to hook me up!'

Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app'

Five years on from its launch and Grindr is the world's most popular dating app for gay men. Its founder Joel Simkhai answers his critics, describes his isolation as a child
Autocorrect has its uses but it can go rogue with embarrassing results - so is it time to ditch it?

Is it time to ditch autocorrect?

Matthew J X Malady persuaded friends to message manually instead, but failed to factor in fat fingers and drunk texting
10 best girls' summer dresses

Frock chick: 10 best girls' summer dresses

Get them ready for the holidays with these cool and pretty options 
Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together

Westminster’s dark secret

Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Dulce et decorum est: a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality
Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

Naked censorship?

The strange case of Google, the music website and the nudity take-down requests
Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

As England take on India at Trent Bridge, here is our pick of the high-performing bats to help you up your run-count this summer 
Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 comment: David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

Captain appears to give up as shocking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat threatens ramifications in Brazil