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Don Bradman smashed his 12th double hundred in test cricket

It was the innings of 158 not out vs India in India tour of Australia in 1947-48 when Don Bradman registered his 12th double hundred in test cricket.

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Last updated: 24.01.2021
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After the two months of independence in 1947, team India toured to Australia for the 5-match test series led by the captains Don Bradman (Australia) and Lala Amarnath (India). On the long tour, team India won just two first-class games out of 9 they were featured against first-class teams of Australia. Australia won the first test match by 226 runs and an innings after scoring 382 runs in the first innings before declaring the innings. Don Bradman was remained unbeaten on 158*. Before team India batsman could understand anything they were all out at the score of 58 runs in the first innings. The follow-on was enforced by Australia and once they had all out at the score of 98 runs in the second Innings before giving the easy victory to hosts in the first test match.

 

However, the second test match ended up without any result as no team came out as victorious. While the third test match once again won by Australia with back to back centuries in both innings to register victory by 233 runs and an innings to take the vital lead of 2-0 in the series. Coming into the fourth test match, Australia Captain Don Bradman won the toss for the fourth time in the series and decided to bat first. Probably, this was the first time when Don Bradman was in the full flow of his runs, started through the test match and built up many massive partnerships along other batsman in the first innings of Australia and scored 674 runs. “It was the same innings when Don Bradman registered his 12th double hundred in test cricket”

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For team India it was still the chance to level the series after winning the remaining two test matches. But that task was complete beyond the imagination of anyone to beat the invincible Australian led by Don Bradman. Like the previous test matches, it was the same story for team India except for individual performances from Vijay Hazare in both innings. As team India couldn't manage to cross 400 runs in any of their innings and eventually lost the test match to Australia by 16 runs and an innings. “It was those days when there were 8 balls over in cricket”.

 

While in the final test match, Australia Captain Don Bradman once again won the toss and decided to bat first and scored 575 before declaring the first innings. With the brilliant century from Vinoo Mankad (111) in the first innings team India only managed to 331 runs in the first innings. With the lead of 244 runs in the first innings, Australia enforced the follow on and with some great performances in the series by Vijay Hazare and Vinoo Mankad. No one was able to find the way in the second innings before all out at 67 runs (another low score by team India). Australia registered another victory by 177 runs and an innings with ease to win the test series by 4-0. In the series, Don Bradman was the highest runs scorer from Australia with 715 runs at an average of 178.75 and it was the last series of Don Bradman also. Ray Lindwall of Australia was the highest wicket-taker in the series with 18 wickets.

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