India and Australia Test ends in a draw

Australia completed a 2-1 series victory over India on Monday when the fourth and final Test ended in a draw at Adelaide Oval.

updated: January 29, 2008 14:25 IST
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Virender Sehwag batted out the final day to ensure that Australia drew the fourth Test against India on Monday and won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series 2-1.

Sehwag compiled 151 runs to lead India to 269 for seven before captain Anil Kumble declared its second innings, ending the match 30 minutes before scheduled stumps.

The last day of the match and series failed to match the drama of many of the days that preceded it.

The acrimony between the teams which permeated the first three Tests and flared in isolated outbursts at the Adelaide Oval, ebbed away on Monday, as did the prospect of a fourth Test victory to either side.

Australia won the first and second Tests at Melbourne and Sydney before losing the third at Perth.

Sachin Tendulkar, in his last test innings in Australia, avoided a first ball duck when replays referred to the TV umpire showed his forceful shot off Stuart Clark hit the ground before rebounding from Phil Jaques at silly point to Andrew Symonds at cover, who claimed the catch.

Sourav Ganguly, who might also have played a test in Australia for the final time, was less fortunate when close scrutiny showed his drive off Mitchell Johnson, which seemed to have bounced, carried on the fly from the bottom of the bat to Michael Hussey at short cover. He made 18.

Tendulkar batted 69 minutes for 13, a shadow of his 153 in the first innings, before leaving the Adelaide Oval to lavish applause. He was run out when he set off for a leg-side single off Johnson and saw the bowler deftly field the roll ball on his follow through and hurl down the wicket.

Tendulkar's final innings in Australia echoed that of retiring wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist who was out for 14 on Sunday in his only bat in his final Test match. Gilchrist had a significant part to play in the events of the final day, taking catches to dismiss Sehwag off the bowling of Symonds and VVS Laxman (12) off Brett Lee.

The last two catches on the last day of his Test career left him with 416 Test dismissals (379 catches and 37 stumpings), extending the world record he took from South Africa's Mark Boucher (413) on the third day.

Gilchrist on Saturday announced his retirement from Tests at the end of this match and from one day cricket at the end of the forthcoming tri-series involving Australia, India and Sri Lanka. He later admitted his retirement decision crystalized when he dropped Laxman off Lee's bowling during India's first innings.

Gilchrist emerged onto the Adelaide Oval at the start of play on Monday through an honor guard formed by his team-mates. He also led Australia onto the field, ahead of captain Ricky Ponting, for Monday's final session, cheered by the crowd of 11,000.

Along with his dismissals, Gilchrist ended his Test career with 5,570 runs, including 17 centuries, at an average in excess of 47. He scored those runs, batting mostly at No.7 in the Australian order, at a strike rate of 81.97.

When play ended on Monday, Gilchrist left the field to a sustained and poignant ovation. In a sign of friendship peace forged between previously feuding teams, he stepped off the Adelaide Oval in the embrace on Indian captain Anil Kumble.

"I have no regrets," he said. "I feel everything at the moment ... happiness, sadness, a bit of everything. Anyone who has played a sport and loved it will know how I feel."