On this day in 1996, India became the third country to be involved in a Test match which resulted in a tie. September 22 is a significant date in the history of Indian Test Cricket because of that. In the year 1996, Australia visited India for three Tests and five one-day internationals.
The first Test match between the two sides was played in Chennai. Batting first, Australia posted a formidable 574-run total in the first innings for the loss of 7 wickets. India, in reply, lost three wickets for just 65 runs before skipper Kapil Dev produced a brilliant 119-run knock. His stellar century lifted India’s total to 397 runs. Ravi Shastri and Srikkanth also made vital contributions, scoring 62 and 53 respectively. However, the score wasn’t enough as Australia gained a lead of 177 runs.
In their second innings, Australia declared at 170 for 5 and set India a 348-run target to chase. India started pretty well with Sunil Gavaskar producing a brilliant knock. He scored 90, while Srikkanth stepped up with 39. Amarnath also chipped with a crucial half-century. In the last 30 deliveries, India needed 18 runs with 4 wickets in hand. However, two quick wickets of Chetan Sharma and Kiran More kept the game poised till the very end.
The equation was reduced to 4 runs needed in the final over with one wicket left. Ravi Shastri scored two runs off the second ball before taking a single on the third ball to have the scores level. With one run needed in three balls, Maninder Singh failed to take the team home. The match, eventually, resulted in a tie.
Unfortunately, the iconic match was marred by a spat between both sides, especially on the final day. On the last day, Border argued openly with umpire Dotiwala. Bright, Matthews, and Zoehrer also disputed some decisions.