At tea, India were on target with a score of 190 for two. With 30 overs remaining, they required 158 but more important they had eight wickets to pursue glory. The game was heading for a pulsating finish but which way would it finish - an Indian win or a frustrating draw - was the question. There was hardly chance of an Aussie win at this stage.
However Azharuddin's inability to force the pace forced Gavaskar to take risks. He gave Bright the charge and holed out to cover when on 90. Gavaskar was third out at 204 and shortly afterwards the 20 mandatory overs started with India, needing 118 runs to win with seven wickets in hand, firm favourites.
Pandit and Azharuddin took the score to 251. At this stage there occurred a double blow that gave the Aussies an avenue. Azhar was out for 42 and Kapil fell for one in the following over. India were now 253 for five and the match was now wide open with one more result possible.
Shastri joined Pandit and the score moved to 291 before the latter was out for 39. The heat and humidity that had characterized this Test for four days was very much in evidence on the final day too. And this heat as well as the tension of the game got to the players. Chetan Sharma who had got a valuable 30 in the first innings was promoted ahead of Kiran More. The aggressive Sharma was a pint-sized powerhouse and could settle the tight situation with a couple of lusty blows.
Image: Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar gestures as he arrives at Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters for an Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council meeting in Mumbai on June 25, 2010.