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Australia in Australia - 2007 - 08 : India lost series 2-1

2007-08 in Australia
Australia wrapped up the first Test by 377 runs, on the fourth day, to record their ninth successive victory at the MCG, in the 100th Test match played there. India effectively lost the match on the second day when they collapsed against some tight Australian bowling, and conceded a first-innings deficit of 147. Ponting declared 498 ahead late on the third day and on the fourth evening India had been bowled out for under 200 for the second time in the match. Australia won a most thrilling Test at Sydney with nine minutes to go on the final day, with Clarke's left-arm spin the unlikely victor. But this, their record-equaling Test win, was overshadowed by the row that erupted over the allegation that Harbhajan had racially abused Andrew Symonds. Match referee Mike Procter's decision to ban Harbhajan for three Tests incensed India, and the tour was almost abandoned. That didn't happen, but the BCCI succeeded in getting the ICC to remove umpire Steve Bucknor from the Perth Test after he had a shocking match. With much of the Australian public also scathing of their national team's behaviour, India turned the tables on the hosts to hand them their first Test defeat at the WACA since 1996-97, and their first on home soil since India won in Adelaide in December 2003. There was no record 17th consecutive win, and Kumble became only the third bowler to take 600 Test wickets. Kumble described the memorable win, which came at what had historically been Australia's stronghold, as one of the very best of his Test career. The series was intriguingly posed at Adelaide, and India amassed 526 in their first innings, but Australia replied with champion application. India suddenly found themselves needing to save the match on day five, and in the end Sehwag's attacking century denied Gilchrist victory in what was his 96th and last Test. After beating Mark Boucher's Test record for wicketkeeping dismissals - 413 - Gilchrist announced on the third evening that he would retire at the end of the season.
Australia 2 India 1

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