VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid (R)
VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid (R)
PTI

On this day in 2001, India defied all odds to register a 171-run win over Australia in a Test after being forced to follow on, owing to spectacular performances from VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Harbhajan Singh.

A rampaging Australia under Steve Waugh headed to Kolkata for the second Test having thrashed India by 10 wickets in the first match in Mumbai.

Between August 1999 and February 2001, Australia won 16 straight Tests, and before this series they beat India 3-0 on home soil in the summer of 1999-2000.

But at Eden Gardens, something surreal happened.

Australia had scored 445 in their first innings on the back of captain Steve Waugh's 110 and 97 from Matthew Hayden, however it was Harbhajan Singh who stole the show, claiming 7/123 including the first hat-trick in India's Test history.

India in their first innings were folded for 171 runs and were forced a follow on. The Sourav Ganguly-led side had a bad start to their second innings and lost three wickets for just 115 runs.

India lost Ganguly in the 67th over of the innings with the side getting reduced to 232/4. Rahul Dravid then joined VVS Laxman in the middle.

The next 104 overs were a nightmare for the Aussies as the Indian duo stitched a 376 run stand to revive their innings.

Dravid scored 180 runs while Laxman slammed his highest 281 runs in Test cricket. India gave a target of 384 runs to Australia which the side was not able to chase and got all out at 212.

Harbhajan Singh was again pick of the bowlers as he took six wickets. However, the Test is remembered for India's miracle revival in the second innings and Laxman's knock of 281 runs.

The 281 runs made by Laxman was one of the most marvellous knocks played in the modern era which also ended Australia record of 16 successive Test wins.

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(with inputs from agencies)

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