India lost the match against the Aussies despite Kohli’s heroics in the 2014 Adelaide test. Another great Indo-Oz encounter at Adelaide was way back in 1992. The match bears quite a resemblance to the 2014 match. India won the toss and decided to field, a brave decision considering the Adelaide tradition of electing to field and losing. Kapil Dev and Prabhakar swinging the bowl both ways, and the part-time bowling of Tendulkar reduced Australia to 81/6. Raju wiped off the tail, and Oz were bowled out for 145. Apart from Kapil and Sidhu, no one could withstand McDermott’s hostile spell, and in no time, India was struggling at 70/6. The sixty-five runs stand between Kapil and Prabhakar and resilient batting from tail-enders helped India reach a somewhat respectable total of 225.

The scenario was quite different in the second innings as Taylor, Boon, and Border played with calm and composure as the Aussies set up a formidable target of 372. Umpires, too, played a part in the match with the controversial lbw decisions they made. Chasing 372, India made a good start and put on 52 runs for the first wicket. All got start, but no one could capitalize on it, as again India was struggling at 182/6. The defeat was on the cards, but Azhar and Prabhakar had some other plan. They put on 101 runs for the seventh wicket, India was back in the hunt. Azhar cut, drove, you can say, a typical wristy innings. One of his great innings though he got a chance, in the beginning, was that the Adelaide crowd was on their feet to applaud the great effort. When nothing was going in there, the way Border took new ball. What a decision! It turned out to be as McDermott had Azharuddin caught at slip. The run out of Prabhakar was the last thing India wanted. Azhar’s classical knock of 106 was in vain as India fell short by 38 runs.McDermott was Man of the Match for his ten wickets haul.

Brief Score :

Australia145 & 451
India 225 & 333

By Staff

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