Memorable moments from the 1986 Tied Test of Madras

"The suspense of the Tied Test of 1986 beats a Hitchcock thriller," said cricket author Mike Coward of the famous Test match played at the M.A. Chidambaram stadium between India and Australia.

It’s a Tie as off-spinner Greg Matthews traps last man Maninder Singh leg before. Maninder reckoned he had inside-edged the ball on to his pad, but umpire Vikramraju thought otherwise. And Ravi Shastri, who had marshalled the final phase of the chase, was left high and dry.
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Australian coach Bob Simpson was relieved that Matthews had pulled it off. For, an Australian defeat would have led to the coach being grilled for the timing of the declaration in the second innings. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES
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The chunky opener, David Boon, struck a hundred in the first innings and top-scored with 49 in the second. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES
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Dean Jones fought heat and dehydration to score a double hundred, an innings that gave Australia the upper hand for the most part of the Test. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES
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And Allan Border, reprieved off the first ball, stroked a hundred to consolidate the Australian position. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES
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The role of Ray Bright, the Australian left-arm spinner, too, was pivotal. He picked up five wickets in the second innings, the same number as Matthews and seven in the match. Matthews had a match-haul of 10. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES
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Sunil Gavaskar too adapted well to the situation. He abandoned his usually stodgy ways and scored at a steady pace to keep the target in sight. It was unfortunate that he was dismissed for 90. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES
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