#4 India vs Australia, Melbourne, 1985
A match that is now looked back as the Test debut of former Australian skipper Steve Waugh saw India come agonizingly close to claiming a victory before almost throwing the match away, thanks to the rain gods as well as some poor decisions by the team management. India after electing to field brought the Australia down to their knees with the help of spin on the first day. It was an unbeaten century by Greg Matthews that lifted the team from 6/127 to a respectable first innings total.
Indians piled on the misery with the bat to help India amass 445 in their first innings. The Australians at one point looked on course to succumb to an innings defeat but captain Allan Border’s 163 took the team to 308. India had more than two sessions to chase down 126 but never showed the intent to. Opener Sunil Gavaskar score 8 off 54 bals as skies over him darkened. India still needed 67 runs with 9 wickets in hand when rain came down pouring to deny the crowd what could have been a cracking last session of cricket. Both the teams played out another draw in the next match and the series finished at 0-0.
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