On This Day - January 24, 1968: ML Jaisimha Almost Pulls Off An Impossible Chase For India

India created historical past by breaching fortress Gabba and chasing down the goal of 328 within the collection decider towards Australia within the lately concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21. However 53 years in the past an Indian XI led by the good Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi virtually pulled off an not possible chase on the similar venue in Brisbane.

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Third Check, Brisbane, 1968: India had been 0-2 down within the four-match collection. Australia, put in, scored 379 led by a 64 from skipper, Invoice Lawry and 93 from Doug Walters. India had been 9 for Three with Syed Abid Ali, Ajit Wadekar and Farokh Engineer all within the pavilion. Rusi Surti and captain, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi then led India’s fightback with a 128-run partnership resurrecting the innings. Whereas Surti scored a affected person 52, Pataudi hammered an attacking 74 together with 10 fours and a six. Their good work was continued by Motganhalli Jaisimha (74). India had been bowled out for 279 however had been nonetheless within the match.

Erapalli Prasanna returned with 6-104 within the second innings as Australia had been bowled out for 294 setting India an inconceivable 395 for a win. Suri additionally chipped in with three wickets. Australia got a effective begin by their openers – Lawry and Ian Redpath – however misplaced their means thereafter. Redpath top-scored for them within the innings with 79. Doug Walters remained unbeaten on 62.

Abid Ali scored a quickfire 47 however at 61 for 3, India had been staring down the barrel. The identical pair of Surti and Pataudi – heroes of the primary innings – mixed once more and led India’s fightback for the second time within the match. They added 93 for the fourth wicket. Suri made 64 and Pataudi contributed with 48. Put up their exit, India’s cost was led by Chandu Borde and Jaisimha who added 119 for the sixth wicket earlier than the dismissal of the previous for 63.

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With no help from the decrease order and tail, Jaisimha fought a lone battle and was the final man dismissed with the staff complete at 355. He scored an excellent 101 and fought until the very finish exhibiting his class and temperament. India gave Australia an actual scare, for the very first time in Australia, however in the end had been crushed by 39 runs. It was an excellent effort by Tiger and his males and so they virtually pulled off a exceptional chase.


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