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Last Updated: Friday, 5 November, 2004, 11:54 GMT
India pull off astounding victory
Fourth Test, Mumbai (Bombay), day three: India 104 & 205 beat Australia 203 & 93 by 13 runs

Murali Kartik
Kartik was named Man of the Match for his seven wickets

India bowled out Australia for just 93 to snatch a remarkable 13-run win in the fourth Test at Mumbai (Bombay).

Spin bowlers Harbhajan Singh (5-29) and Murali Kartik (3-32) were the chief destroyers as the tourists crumbled in pursuit of a victory target of 107.

A total of 20 wickets fell in the day with slow left-armer Michael Clarke achieving remarkable figures of 6-9 as India were dismissed for 205.

Australia took the series 2-1, their first success in India since 1969-70.

But there will be questions asked by coach John Buchanan and skipper Ricky Ponting about how they allowed victory to slip from their grasp in a match that was effectively decided over the course of two frenetic days.

Only 11 overs were possible on the opening day because of rain and bad light, but 18 wickets followed on day two in a match which turned into a nightmare for batsmen.

After Damien Martyn's half century in Australia's first innings, VVS Laxman (69) and Sachin Tendulkar (55) followed suit for the home side.

But once they had been parted after a stand of 91, both falling to newcomer Nathan Hauritz, bowlers had things all their own way.

Clarke claimed his first Test wicket when Indian captain Rahul Dravid was caught behind for 27 and ran through the rest in the space of 10 overs either side of tea.

A brilliant one-handed catch by Ponting at silly mid-off accounted for Dinesh Kartik and Mohammad Kaif followed in the same over when he was lbw for 25 offering no stroke.

Michael Clarke
Clarke's inspired effort was not enough for Australia

Clarke cleaned up Harbhajan, Kartik and Zaheer Khan to leave the home supporters stunned at the prospect of seeing their side lose three home Tests in a series for the first time since 1983.

Out of adversity came inspiration after Zaheer, the sole seam bowler in India's XI, had Justin Langer caught at slip with his second delivery.

Khan was only given two overs by Dravid, but he had done enough the sow the first seeds of doubt in the minds of the Australian team.

Ponting, playing his first game of the series following a broken thumb, was caught by Laxman for 12 and Kartik made it a double-wicket maiden when Damien Martyn was lbw.

Harbhajan bowled the dangerous Matthew Hayden for 24 and with Simon Katich and Clarke both out cheaply, Australia found themselves on 48-6.

Adam Gilchrist was next to go, caught by Tendulkar off Harbhajan for five, and Hauritz became Kumble's first victim when he was adjudged leg before for 15.

The tourists were now relying on their tail and Michael Kasprowicz and Jason Gillespie survived series of appeals as they chipped away at the target.

Kasprowicz finally perished for seven when he could only glove a ball from Harbhajan which spun and boucned extravagantly to Laxman at leg-slip.

It brought last man Glenn McGrath, a player with a Test batting average of 6.5, to the middle and two balls later he gave Laxman a straighforward catch at orthodox first slip to bring the game to an end.

India: Rahul Dravid (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Mohammad Kaif, Dinesh Karthik (wkt), Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, Zaheer Khan.

Australia: Ricky Ponting (capt), Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer, Damien Martyn, Michael Clarke, Simon Katich, Adam Gilchrist (wkt), Jason Gillespie, Michael Kasprowicz, Glenn McGrath, Nathan Hauritz.

Umpires: Rudi Koertzen (SA), Aleem Dar (Pkn)

Interview: India cricket coach John Wright

Report: Jim Maxwell for BBC Sport


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