7. 178 v Australia, SCG, Sydney, 2003/04:
It was Australia and it was Sydney again. Only this time Sachin was the real star with his 241 not out. Going into the 4th test at Sydney, the series were level at one all and the Aussies wanted to give Steve Waugh a fitting farewell by winning the match and the series. Batting first India scored 705/7 which was India’s highest at that point of time. Batting with Tendulkar and stitching a 300 run partnership gave India a great chance to win the series. Alas, defensive captaincy, poor bowling and Steve Waugh’s 80 denied India the victory on the last day. Laxman’s innings was simply magical. He caressed balls that pitched outside off through the leg side with the most delicate flicks of the wrist; he cut and drove on both front and back foot with flowing grace; and yet, there was no risk in his batting.