It was the third and remaining Check between India and Australia Down Below within the 1981 collection. Greg Chappell gained the toss and put India in. The guests have been affected by the quick bowling pair of the nice Dennis Lillee and Len Pascoe and saved dropping wickets at periodic intervals. Nevertheless, there was one man who stood out from the remainder and produced one of many most interesting batting performances by an Indian batsman abroad – Gundappa Viswanath appeared a category aside and a number of other notches above the remainder as he recorded a superb 114 out of India’s complete of 237.
Half centuries from Chappell and Doug Walters and a basic hundred from Allan Border took Australia to a commanding 419 giving them a large first innings lead. India wanted to place in a great present with the bat within the second innings. Sunil Gavaskar and Chetan Chauhan didn’t disappoint. The opening pair defied the Australian quicks within the second innings. Whereas Chauhan acquired a number of boundaries away, Gavaskar was at his dogged and defensive greatest.
India went into stumps on Day three at 108 with out dropping a wicket. Gavaskar was unbeaten on 59 whereas Chauhan on 41. They resumed on Day 4 – the 10th of February, 1981, from the place they’d left off yesterday. They put collectively 150 for the primary wicket and gave India an important platform within the third innings. Captain Gavaskar was lastly dismissed for 70 off 180 deliveries ending the magnificent 165-run opening stand with Chauhan who top-scored with 85. India posted 324 within the second innings and bowled out Australia for 83 incomes a splendid 59-run victory on Day 5. Kapil Dev returned with 5 wickets as solely three Australian batsmen reached double-digits.
The roots of the win lay within the nice opening-wicket stand within the third innings between Gavaskar and Chauhan. Not solely did they play out time and overs towards a top-class bowling unit but additionally managed to attain runs which was essential for India as they have been trailing Australia by a giant margin within the first innings. The partnership contributed greater than 50% of India’s complete within the second innings.
It stays the second-highest first-wicket partnership for India in Australia.