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banner Thursday, 15 March, 2001, 12:34 GMT
No excuses from Waugh
The Indian team celebrates victory at Eden Gardens
Magic moment: India celebrate a famous win
Australian skipper Steve Waugh was left shaking his head in disbelief following his side's 171-run defeat by India in Calcutta.

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They were bowled out for 171 on the final day at the end of a match which had seen Waugh enforce the follow on.

It was Australia's first loss since September 1999, when they were beaten by Sri Lanka in Kandy, and brought to an end a 16-match winning streak.

"India played better than us over the last two days and deserved to win. We needed to bat out five hours and could not do it.

Michael Slater shared an opening stand of 74 with Matthew Hayden
Michael Slater collects a boundary for Australia

"We have no-one to blame but ourselves," said Waugh.

He is hoping to lead Australia to their first win in India since 1969-70 but they only have two days to regroup before the start of the deciding Test at Chennai.

"The team will have to go back to the drawing board and see where we went wrong. The series is wide open," Waugh conceded.

"It is very disappointing. No-one is talking in the dressing room."

Indian supporters set off firecrackers when last man Glenn McGrath was lbw to Harbhajan Singh with just five overs left in the match.

"This was the greatest Test I have played in," said Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, who was leading the side in a Test for the first time in his home city.

Australian captain Steve Waugh
Waugh walks off after being dismissed for 24

"To come back and win after being asked to follow on is what dreams are made of. This Test will do Indian cricket a lot of good."

Batsman Vangipurappu Laxman was named man of the match for his innings of 281, which turned the game in India's favour.

His reaction was, however, modest.

"The team cause was most important for me. I just had to hang in there and play a long innings. I'm just glad that my innings helped."

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