Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Anil Kumble 7-48 destroys Australia 189-2 to 235 All-out

Cricket Highlights - Anil Kumble 7-48 destroys Australia 189-2 to 235 All-out

Australia tour of India 4-match series 2nd Test match played between India vs Australia at Chennai in 2004 - Anil Kumble's 7-48 destroys Australia - from 189/2 to 235 all out inside a session.

The Atlas of Indian cricket and the biggest match winner of Indian cricket, jumbo Anil Kumble bowls out Australia in Chennai on a hot afternoon in October 2004 picking 7 wickets and destroys the Australia batting line up on the first day of the 2nd test match in Chennai.

Anil Kumble's 7 wickets for 48 made sure India pulled off a stunning turnaround Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer got off to a fine start.

Slowly through the first day of the Chennai Test, the years peeled back. Before lunch it was October 2004, with Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer pummelling a helpless India, much as the Australians had done in Bangalore just days ago. Score 111 for no loss a wicket.

After the lunch Harbhajan Singh got his groove back, made the ball spin and bounce, and picked up the openers as Australia's advance halted. Was it 2001, perhaps? 189 for 3. In the last session.

It was the 1990s all over again, as Anil Kumble dismissed batsman after mystified batsman, evoking a series of tired cricket cliches borrowed, tellingly, from warfare: destruction, annihilation, demolition 189 to 235 for all out.

All ten of Australia's wickets had fallen for 99 runs, their last eight for 46 - and this was a first-day pitch.

The Australia batting line up consisted of Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Simon Katich, Darren Lehmann, Michael Clarke, Adam Gilchrist and others.

Spearing in those fizzing legbreaks, googlies and top-spinner Anil Kumble made the batsmen play, and prised out Damien Martyn (26), who lunged forward and presented short leg with a catch. Simon Katich and Damien Martyn had put on 63 for the third wicket. 

From then on, it was Anil Kumble all the way as Australia's batsmen failed to come to terms with the extra bounce in this pitch. Katich plugged away, nudging and deflecting the ball around for safe runs.

At the other end, though, Anil Kumble did not give anyone a chance to settle down. None of the last seven batsmen managed more than 5, and Kumble had found the success of old.