Before the Kolkata Test, the Australian juggernaut has piled up 16 consecutive Test wins and India was already down 0-1 in the three Test series. With their back to the wall, Indians came up with a memorable performance to win the Test and level the series.
As the Test progressed, Australia appeared to have carried on from
where they had left in the first Test and put up a challenging total of
445 despite Harbhajan Singh registering India's first ever Test
hat-trick. In reply, India were bundled out for a paltry 171 and asked
to follow on by Steve Waugh. Still 274 behind, India were losing early
wickets with the well-set VVS Laxman holding fort at one end.
After Ganguly's departure, Rahul Dravid joined Laxman and what followed
was a mammoth partnership of such magnitude that it changed the
cricketing fortunes of this country. They just went on and on and the
376-run partnership helped India put together an overwhelming 657/7
Pursuing a challenging target of 384 runs of a minimum 75 overs,
Australia were 161 for 3 at tea on the final day. Post tea, Australian
wickets started falling in a heap with Harbhajan Singh (6/73) and
Tendulkar (3/31) knocking the stuffing out of the visiting side. All out
for 212, Australia's 16 match winning streak came to an end in a 171 run