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India vs Australia

Laxman ensures Delhi draw

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Laxman (L) is congratulated on his half-century by Ganguly

Laxman (L) is congratulated on his half-century by Ganguly

Third Test Match
India 613-7 dec (G Gambhir 206, V V S Laxman 200 no, S R Tendulkar 68) & 208-5 dec (V V S Laxman 59 no) v Australia 577 (M J Clarke 112, R T Ponting 87, M L Hayden 83, S M Katich 64, M E K Hussey 53, V Sehwag 5-104) & 31-0
India drew with Australia

India and Australia played out a draw in the third Test, the final day in Delhi being overshadowed by Anil Kumble's decision to retire.

Home skipper Kumble opted to quit international cricket ahead of the series decider, which starts in Nagpur on Thursday.

India hold a 1-0 lead in four-match series but the veteran leg-spinner would not have been fit to play due to a hand injury.

A positive result never looked on the cards on the fifth day at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

India resumed on 43-2 in their second innings, an overall lead of 79, and soon lost Rahul Dravid, bowled by Brett Lee (2-48) for 11.

But Sachin Tendulkar shared stands worth 40 with Gautam Gambhir (36) and 52 with VVS Laxman for the fourth and fifth wickets respectively to steady the innings.

Unstoppable Laxman

Tendulkar (47) guided a Cameron White (1-23) leg-break to slip three short of a half-century, but Laxman - who made 200 not out in the first innings - and Sourav Ganguly led their side to 193-5 at tea.

As news of Kumble's impending retirement began to leak out, India added another 15 runs at the start of the final session before the declaration came at 208-5, with Laxman on 59 and Ganguly on 32.

That left Australia an unrealistic target of 245 in 23 overs but did at least give the Delhi crowd a final opportunity to see Kumble turn his arm over.

The 38-year-old was given a standing ovation as he led his team out before taking the new ball himself.

He bowled a wicketless four-over spell and then offered his hand to Matthew Hayden (16no) and Simon Katich (14no) with Australia on 31-0.

Wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will captain India in Nagpur with just a draw required for the hosts to claim the series.

Match Details

29th Oct 2008
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Aleem Dar and B F Bowden

australia BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Hayden not out 16
Katich not out 14
Extras 1lb 1
Total 8.0 Overs 31 - 0
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Kumble 4 0 14 0
Sehwag 2 0 14 0
Mishra 2 0 2 0
Full Bowling Card