The Kolkata Test in 2001

Date: August 12, 2020 / Posted by Glenn Mitchell



The second Test at Kolkata in March 2001 is one of the most famous in the history of the game. Trailing by 274 on the first innings, India was forced to follow-on. Incredibly, V V S Laxman (281) and Rahul Dravid (180) batted for the entirety of the fourth day, adding 376 runs for the fifth wicket before the hosts declared at 7-657. With just over two sessions remaining in the match Australia was set an impossible 384 for victory. It was simply a matter of whether they could survive. With time running out and the light rapidly fading, Harbhajan Singh spun India to victory with 6-73 to sit alongside his hat-trick and 7-123 in the first innings.

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