India Beats Australia by 1 Wicket in Series - Opening Cricket Test at Mohali

by bharathi 2010-10-05 14:09:15

India Beats Australia by 1 Wicket in Series

India beat Australia by one wicket in the series-opening cricket Test in Mohali to go 1-0 up in the two-match contest.

VVS Laxman, batting with a back injury, top scored with 73 not out to help guide India to 216-9 on the final day after Australia set the home team 216 to win. It was the fourth- highest successful run chase in Tests in India.

Laxman shared an 81-run partnership with Ishant Sharma after India, which resumed at 55-4, had slumped to 124-8.

The victory guaranteed India, the No. 1-ranked Test team, will retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy contested by the two countries because it can’t lose the series. The second Test starts Oct. 9 in Bangalore.

If Australia loses the two-match contest, it will fall one place to fifth in the International Cricket Council’s rankings and begin the Ashes series ranked lower than England.

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