103rd Test Vs England 2002, Leeds
It was August 22nd 2002, when India took on England at Leeds for the third time in the npower series. The visitors were desperate for a victory after losing the first test and managing to draw the second. Ganguly and the camp were determined to register their first win in English soil since 1986.
Winning the toss, Ganguly had no hesitation batting first. After an early wicket India sailed cautiously to reach 185 with Dravid and Bangar scoring fifties. Bangar’s dismissal brought the great Sachin in and what followed was a replay of old classic text book styled test batting. Given the elegance of the duo, it was no surprise. They added 150 for the 3rd wicket and after a patient knock of 148 off 429 balls, rushing to his 150, Dravid was stumped by Alec Stewart. England let lose a sigh of relief but little did they know about the things to come. Ganguly joined Sachin to even better the previous stand and added 249 for the 4th with Ganguly scoring 128 and Sachin falling at the brink of a double hundred with 193. This partnership took India to 584 and with minor contributions from the rest India declared their innings at a mammoth 628. World class spin bowling from Harbajan and Kumble restricted England for 273 in their first innings succumbing to a follow on. Nassar Hussain and Alec Stewart gave a brave fight till the 5th day to save the game for England, but they had to bow down to some classy spin bowling again from Kumble. The Englishmen were reduced to 309 leaving India with a win by 46 runs.Dravid was named Man of the Match for his masterful innings which took India to a stable position. India tied the series and headed home with their chins high.