Anil Kumble achieved the historic feat of grabbing all ten wickets in an innings against archrivals Pakistan at Delhi's Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium. India went into the match already 1-0 down in the two match series, eager to avenge the narrow 12-run defeat by Pakistan in Chennai a week previously.
Having won the toss and electing to bat, India found the off-spin of
Saqlain Mustaq too hot to handle and were all out for 252 early on day
two. With the pitch providing generous assistance to spinners, Kumble
and Harbhajan Singh bowled out Pakistan for a measly 172.
Early into day four, India were all out for 339 in their second innings
and set Pakistan a target of 420 runs. Post-lunch, Kumble got his first
success when he had Shahid Afridi caught behind by Nayan Mongia. The
very next ball, Ijaz Ahmed was trapped LBW and Kumble was on a
As the spin wizard went about weaving his web around the hapless
Pakistanis, the specter of matching Jim Laker's record started emerging.
Pakistan's tail folded out to Kumble's guile and precision and when
Washim Akram fell as the last man, Kumble's name made its entry into the
record books alongside that of Jim Laker's.
Kumble's analysis of 10 for 74 masks the fact that he took all ten
Pakistani wickets in one 21.3 over spell, conceding only 49 runs in the