India tour of England 1996, Three Match Test Series, Third Test Match, England vs India – Match drawn
A 150-plus score in the first innings and a half century in the second innings – Sachin Tendulkar had a great Test match against England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham played in 1996. He along with Sourav Ganguly dictated terms with the bat against England and forced the match towards a Draw.
Tendulkar got two reprieves in the first innings of this Test match in which he scored 177 runs. He was first dropped on 0 by Mike Atherton at gully. India’s first innings total was 39 for 2 at the time of Sachin’s drop. The second chance he got was on 119, he was caught at first slip but it was a no-ball as the bowler overstepped while bowling the delivery.
In India’s first innings, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly scored centuries each and had also shared a 255-run partnership for the third wicket. This was India’s highest partnership then in an Overseas Test match against any country and for any wicket. Rahul Dravid who batted at seventh position in that innings scored 84 runs as India finished their first innings with 521 runs on the board.
England, in reply, scored 564 runs courtesy centuries from both captain Mike Atherton and Nasser Hussain. Sachin and Ganguly once again batted brilliantly in the second innings setting England a 169-run target. However, the Test match has been declared as Draw as little time left for England’s second innings. Sourav Ganguly (136, 48 & 3/71) has been adjudged as the ‘Player of the Match’ for his brilliant all-round performance in the Test match.
Numbers behind Sachin Tendulkar’s 177 and the Test series:
India– 521 all out (Sachin Tendulkar – 177, Sourav Ganguly – 136, Chris Lewis – 3/89) & 211 all out (Sachin Tendulkar – 74, Sourav Ganguly – 48, Mark Ealham – 4/21) drew with England 564 all out (Mike Atherton – 160, Nasser Hussain – 107, Sourav Ganguly – 3/71)
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