India tour of Australia, 1st Test: Australia v India at Melbourne, Dec 26-29, 2011
Australia won by 122 runs
26,27,28,29 December 2011 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150

Khan to Pattinson, no run, time for Zak to take one away from the leftie now and beat him. Angles in, straightens and beats the outside edge.


Khan to Pattinson, no run, angled into the pads, Pattinson can't get the flick away and is struck on the pads as the ball is heading down the leg side.


Khan to Pattinson, 1 run, whipped off the pads this time as Zaheer dangles it down the leg side once more.

Hamid: "One wonders why Gilchrist was so vital for Australia when they dominated Test Cricket in early and mid 2000. In situations like now he used to counterattack and would bring his team in great positions with some aggressive batting."


Khan to Hilfenhaus, no run, was that a slower ball? Hilfenhaus nearly spoons a full ball straight to cover, but it lands just short of Kohli/


Khan to Hilfenhaus, 1 run, short ball angled across, Hilf tries to muscle it to midwicket, but he is so late on the shot that it goes through the covers.


Khan to Pattinson, no run, short ball to end the over, Pattinson stays out of the way.

End of over 101 (2 runs) Australia 310/8

    • JL Pattinson 7 (28b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 13 (15b 3x4)
    • Z Khan 29-6-73-4
    • I Sharma 22-7-45-0

"The trouble for many is that there are many different flavours of the UDRS. Sadly, it is in Australia, which has by far the most inclusive and most reliable system, where it is now not being used. It is a funny way to correct for the weaknesses elsewhere." Fair point John. The argument elsewhere is that these systems haven't undergone enough independent testing.


Sharma to Hilfenhaus, no run, Hilfenhaus charges down the pitch like he's seen a red rag! Short ball from Ishant, too pacy for the shovel swing that Hilfy misses.


Sharma to Hilfenhaus, 1 run, pitched up on the stumps, Hilfy times the mow to the leg side quite well, but finds Umesh at mid-on. Misfield, concedes the single. Misses the stumps too.


Sharma to Pattinson, no run, shortens the length on off stump to the more steady Pattinson, who defends to the off side.

"Oh please not another Broad-Swanny partnership here!! I couldnt eat for 3 days after that Test match," says Gocho.


Sharma to Pattinson, no run, short of a length on off stump, defended from the crease to the off side.


Sharma to Pattinson, no run, short of a length on the pads, nudged to the leg side with the angle.


Sharma to Pattinson, no run, another short ball from Ishant, Pattinson ducks under it easy. Australia have survived until drinks

End of over 102 (1 run) Australia 311/8

    • JL Pattinson 7 (32b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 14 (17b 3x4)
    • I Sharma 23-7-46-0
    • Z Khan 29-6-73-4

Zaheer continues. This is one of the longer spells I have seen him bowl in recent times.


Khan to Hilfenhaus, no run, angled across Hilf from over the stumps, who fishes and misses.


Khan to Hilfenhaus, no run, short ball now, not the best Zak has bowled. Hilfy ducks under it.


Khan to Hilfenhaus, no run, much better bumper. Hilfy continues dodging bullets tentatively from the crease.


Khan to Hilfenhaus, no run, away curl now, similar to the ball that got Siddle, but starts from wide of off stump. Hilfy lets it go.


Khan to Hilfenhaus, 2 runs, pitched up and Hilfy loves it. Presses into line and cracks through the covers for a couple. Ashwin fields at deep mid-off. Might be fancying a bowl soon.


Khan to Hilfenhaus, no run, yorker, not the paciest but good line. Hilfy digs it out from the crease.

End of over 103 (2 runs) Australia 313/8

    • BW Hilfenhaus 16 (23b 3x4)
    • JL Pattinson 7 (32b 1x4)
    • Z Khan 30-6-75-4
    • I Sharma 23-7-46-0

"I had to get anger management and therapy.I drank for 3 days." That's how WW dealt with Swanny-Broad at Trent Bridge.


Sharma to Pattinson, no run, pitched up, Pattinson lets it go to the keeper.


Sharma to Pattinson, 2 runs, short of a length on off stump, Pattinson punches it from the crease through the covers for a couple. This tailwag must be bugging India now.

"I believe, if the UDRS were to be applied to every international match, that there should be consistency across the board - firstly, the same ball-tracking, hotspotting, snicko-ing technology should be used for each match in each country (though this can be upgraded each season). Secondly and lastly, run-outs should fall under the same rules as 'pitch-decisions' (lbw, faint nicks, low catches etc) - either a player must choose whether to bring in the third umpire (for birth run-outs and 'pitch-decisions', or the on-field umpires choose)" I agree with the first half of what you say, Dr Jones, but disagree with the run-out point.


Sharma to Pattinson, no run, pitched up from round the stumps and angling in, Pattinson leaves.


Sharma to Pattinson, no run, only Pattinson knows why he left that ball. It landed back of a length a foot outside off and kept coming in with the angle. Missed off stump by a couple of inches at best.


Sharma to Pattinson, no run, back of a length on off stump, Pattinson goes back and pushes into the covers.


Sharma to Pattinson, no run, on a length outside off, Pattinson shoulders arms to see it through to the keeper.

End of over 104 (2 runs) Australia 315/8

    • JL Pattinson 9 (38b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 16 (23b 3x4)
    • I Sharma 24-7-48-0
    • Z Khan 30-6-75-4

"But Hilfenhaus is nothing like a swan, and Pattinson's no broad!" Eww, Aman. Yadav is back on now. Can he gun the tail out?


Yadav to Hilfenhaus, no run, pacy length ball angled in, Hilfy keeps backing away to show the stumps. How long before someone hits it? He keeps this one out.

Sameer: "That entire series is a hazy blur in my memory due to all the drinking."


Yadav to Hilfenhaus, no run, Umesh's extra pace on the bumper means Hilfy is comically late on the pull. Through him in a jiffy.


Yadav to Hilfenhaus, no run, good stuff this. Goes a touch fuller, and Hilfy isn't sure if it is another bouncer. He thinks of ducking, then sees it isn't that high and tries to jab it away, but the ball slithers past him.


Yadav to Hilfenhaus, no run, pushes this ball down the leg side.


Yadav to Hilfenhaus, 1 run, back of a length. Deep cover in place. For a tail-end pair. You heard right. Sid Monga must be fuming. Hilfy pushes to the off side and there's a single for the taking.


Yadav to Pattinson, no run, back of a length on the stumps, Pattinson is behind it and defends to the off side adequately.

End of over 105 (1 run) Australia 316/8

    • JL Pattinson 9 (39b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 17 (28b 3x4)
    • UT Yadav 25-5-101-3
    • I Sharma 24-7-48-0

Ashwin's on with a slip and short leg.


Ashwin to Hilfenhaus, 2 runs, nearly gives Dravid a catch at slip straight away. Didn't turn in as much as Hilfy expected it to, and it slid off the outside edge.


Ashwin to Hilfenhaus, no run, back of a length and spins in, defended to the off side.


Ashwin to Hilfenhaus, no run


Ashwin to Hilfenhaus, OUT, didn't take long for Ashwin to tempt Hilfy and send him on his way. Tossed up invitingly outside off, it wobbled over the eye line, came down gently and was asking to be muscled across the line. Hilfenhaus obliged, dragging it from wide of off stump towards long-on. It barely travelled three-fourths of the way to the boundary, and Kohli settles under it easily.

BW Hilfenhaus c Kohli b Ashwin 19 (46m 32b 3x4 0x6) SR: 59.37


Ashwin to Pattinson, 1 run, full toss to Pattinson, pushed to mid-on for a single.

Two slips in place.


Ashwin to Lyon, no run, carrom ball on middle and off, defended off the front foot. Lyon can't bowl the carrom ball, but he can spot one for sure.

End of over 106 (3 runs) Australia 319/9

    • NM Lyon 0 (1b)
    • JL Pattinson 10 (40b 1x4)
    • R Ashwin 27-2-74-2
    • UT Yadav 25-5-101-3

Yadav to Pattinson, no run, short of a length on off stump, Pattinson defends down the track.


Yadav to Pattinson, 1 run, well played. Length ball angled across Pattinson, who drops it to point for one. Over to Lyon.


Yadav to Lyon, FOUR, Spots a carrom-ball in the previous over, and now flicks a full ball with a flourish. Why is he at No. 11 again? Over-pitched and sprayed down the leg side, Lyon wrists it away superbly for four.

The last time Lyon came out to bat, NZ hadn't beaten Australia in some 18 years.


Yadav to Lyon, no run, full length ball on off stump, Lyon defends confidently off the front foot.

Short leg in place.


Yadav to Lyon, no run, wide of off stump now, holds its line from a length and Lyon lets it go.


Yadav to Lyon, no run, good leave. Umesh plugs away just outside off and Lyon drags the bat inside the line.

End of over 107 (5 runs) Australia 324/9

    • NM Lyon 4 (5b 1x4)
    • JL Pattinson 11 (42b 1x4)
    • UT Yadav 26-5-106-3
    • R Ashwin 27-2-74-2

Ashwin to Pattinson, no run, tossed up and drifting in, Pattinson defends as it drifts in.


Ashwin to Pattinson, no run, shorter and big spin away from off stump, Pattinson jabs it away.


Ashwin to Pattinson, no run, too short, Pattinson hacks it but finds cover.


Ashwin to Pattinson, no run, another short ball, Pattinson works it around towards short leg.


Ashwin to Pattinson, no run, fuller this time, gets Pattinson forward and he defends it back to the bowler.


Ashwin to Pattinson, no run, well fielded. Pattinson works that back down the track with strong wrists, but Ashwin dives to stop the single and keep him away from the strike.

End of over 108 (maiden) Australia 324/9

    • JL Pattinson 11 (48b 1x4)
    • NM Lyon 4 (5b 1x4)
    • R Ashwin 28-3-74-2
    • UT Yadav 26-5-106-3

Zaheer comes back on.


Khan to Lyon, 1 run, slow and full on off stump, Lyon scrambles a single to mid-off to relinquish strike.


Khan to Pattinson, no run, squares him up with one that jags away politely. Pattinson ends up fending it off the outer half towards gully.


Khan to Pattinson, no run, not the first time today that Zaheer has beaten Pattinson comprehensively off the seam. Angles in, straightens, leaving a fumbling bat in its wake and somehow misses the stumps too. Pattinson says, "Well bowled."


Khan to Pattinson, 1 run, gets the single now, opening the face and dabbing to the off side.


Khan to Lyon, no run, this one went the other way, Lyon has a smile after failing to lay bat on it. Zaheer is too good for these two at the moment.


Khan to Lyon, no run, top over, this. Ends with one that snips in off a length, Lyon was playing for the straighter one and ended up inner edging onto the pads and past the stumps.

End of over 109 (2 runs) Australia 326/9

    • NM Lyon 5 (8b 1x4)
    • JL Pattinson 12 (51b 1x4)
    • Z Khan 31-6-77-4
    • R Ashwin 28-3-74-2

Ashwin to Pattinson, FOUR, tossed up and swung away! Pattinson is making a good impression here, plonks the front foot across and lashes it over the leg side.


Ashwin to Pattinson, 1 run, short from Ashwin now, he's dropped a few of them short in this innings. Pattinson whips it into Gambhir at square leg, but he is ok.


Ashwin to Lyon, no run, flight yo Lyon, he presses well forward to defend it.


Ashwin to Lyon, 1 run, Lyon pulls out the sweep and gets a single through backward square leg.


Ashwin to Pattinson, 1 run, tossed up outside off now, Pattinson drives wide of mid-off for a single.


Ashwin to Lyon, OUT, Ashwin's bowled Lyon round the legs and Australia are bowled out. Quite a strange dismissal. It was fired in full on off stump, Lyon got drastically across and looked to sweep. He missed, and Ashwin pegged back off stump. All out for 333, triple Nelson ends the innings.

NM Lyon b Ashwin 6 (15m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

Considering they were 214 for 6 at one stage, Australia will be happy with this score. Considering they were 286 for 6 at one stage, India won't be dissatisfied either. An edgy little period ahead of India before lunch, but don't expect that to affect Sehwag's approach.

Harbhajan's best figures ever in Australia were 3-101. It took Ashwin one innings to better that, and he wasn't even at his best. Meanwhile, splendid spell from Zaheer. Umesh and Ishant weren't at their best today, though.

End of over 110 (7 runs) Australia 333/10

    • JL Pattinson 18 (54b 2x4)
    • R Ashwin 29-3-81-3
    • Z Khan 31-6-77-4
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Hours of play (local time) 10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30

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