India post biggest win abroad
England vs India:
3rd Test: Day 5
Headingley, Leeds, England
Report status: End of match
The Indian cricket team painted their footsteps in history, scoring their biggest Test win abroad, when Anil Kumble claimed England's last wicket seven minutes from lunch on the fifth morning at Headingley.
The victory, by an innings and 46 runs, is India’s second outside India since defeating Australia at Sydney in 1977-78. It enabled the tourists draw level in the four-Test series, with the final Test to be played at The Oval in ten days' time.
Rahul Dravid was picked as the man-of-the-match for his brilliant century on the first day of the Test, in conditions that were anything but conducive for batting.
India began the day aware of the fact that they had to strike in the first hour to keep alive their hopes of a maiden Test win in England since 1986. The new ball had already been taken and skipper Nasser Hussain -- batting on 90 -- drove Zaheer Khan crisply through the covers for a boundary.
Hussain went on to score his 12th Test century, and with boundaries flowing off the English bats, Indian shoulders began to droop.
But, minutes later, Kumble struck in his first over, pitching one on length that kicked at Hussain and induced the bat-pad catch, which was brilliantly held by Virender Sehwag at forward short leg.
Hussain's defiant four-hour stay at the wicket for his 110 runs was over, and with it all hopes of a draw evaporated.
Andy Flintoff, on a pair, arrived at the crease and was greeted with a bouncer by Zaheer. Words were exchanged and Flintoff edged the next delivery to Rahul Dravid at first slip. (267 for 6). This was his fourth duck at the Headingley in as many innings.
Alec Stewart was flummoxed by a perfect leg-spinner from Kumble, and Dravid, at first slip, collected yet another catch. England lost three wickets in ten minutes for the addition of two runs. An elusive Indian victory seemed coming.
Alex Tudor swung his bat around and found the fence before an accurate throw from skipper Sourav Ganguly from short mid-on found Ashley Giles short of his crease. (299 for 8)
India could do no wrong today. Tudor patted the ball meekly to Sehwag, at short leg, for his sixth catch of the match and Harbhajan Singh claimed his first wicket of the innings. (307 for 9)
Kumble deservedly had Andy Caddick caught by Ganguly, in the slips, as the Indian fielders rushed to pull the memorabilia out of the ground.
India had won their first Test in England in 16 years. Coincidentally, the triumph was registered on the same ground they last won on, in 1986.