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10 best drawn Test matches of the last decade

India were closing in on a victory but bad light intervened
India were closing in on a victory but bad light intervened
S Samaddar
ANALYST
Modified 01 Dec 2017, 19:24 IST
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Over the past decade or so, Test match cricket has grown into a far more result-oriented game and the number of draws has reduced quite significantly. Teams are far more attacking in their approach and hence, even the drawn Test matches seem to throw up intriguing topsy-turvy games instead of ones that are dead two days in.

As a result, the last decade has witnessed plenty of exciting Test matches that, despite ending in draws, have been fascinating to witness. Here is a look at 10 of them.

#10 India v Pakistan, Bengaluru 2008

Having already secured a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series against arch-rivals Pakistan, India arrived for the third Test at Bengaluru with the sole purpose of ensuring that the visitors had no chance of squaring the series.

A double century (239) from Sourav Ganguly and 169 from Yuvraj Singh saw India post a mammoth 626 in the first innings. Pakistan responded with 537 and it seemed the match was heading for a tame draw. India then declared their second innings to set Pakistan a target of 374 in 47 overs and only one result was really possible, a draw.

However, after a decent start, Pakistan started losing wickets and captain Anil Kumble's superb five-wicket haul, coupled with Yuvraj's two wickets forced Pakistan towards the precipice as they were reduced to 154-7 in the 35th over. Bad light though helped Pakistan escape with a draw and brought down the curtains on one of the most exciting draws of the last decade. 

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Published 01 Dec 2017, 19:24 IST
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