As Maninder walked out to join Shastri, the vice captain had a word with him. Besides giving instructions it was also a sensible bid by the senior man to calm the tailender's nerves. Maninder played out the last two balls from Bright that gave Shastri the strike for the last over from Matthews.
The off spinner had bowled unchanged since he came on and now was starting his 40th over. With the Indians requiring only four runs and the Australians wanting only one wicket it was now going to be a straight duel between Shastri and Matthews. Who would hold his nerve better?
Shastri played defensively to the first ball. He scented victory off the second ball but in his eagerness hit it a shade too early. The ball went in front of deep square leg off a thick inside edge and a misfield enabled two runs to be taken. Two more required. The next ball he placed calmly towards mid-wicket for the single that eliminated the possibility of an Australian win.
So now the options were an Indian victory, a tie or a draw. Matthews, somehow keeping his cool despite the unbelievably tense situation, now bowled to Maninder who kept the ball out with some difficulty. Two deliveries left. The minute hand atop the pavilion clock slid to 5.18 pm as Matthews ambled in to bowl the fifth ball to Maninder - and that proved to be the final delivery of the game.
The moment Vikram Raju's finger went up, the Australians let out of a whoop of joy and rushed towards the pavilion to be met by Simpson who had in his own way been responsible for the fantastic finish. The historic denouement also made him the only player to be associated with both tied Tests - he had been Australia's opening batsman at Brisbane 26 years before.
Image: Legendary West Indies captain and all-rounder Sir Garfield Sobers shares a joke with former great Australian opening batsman Bobby Simpson at a function in Brisbane on November 21, 2000 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the famous Tied Test between the two teams