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

Right, Gambhir takes guard and Sehwag trots to the non-striker's end. The former's first Test in this country. The last time the latter was here at the G, he pulverised an audacious 195. This should intrigue. Three slips, short leg and a gully. Over the stumps is Pattinson.

0.1

Pattinson to Gambhir, no run, length ball on off stump, Gambhir, as is his wont, drops to the off side and immediately looks for a single. Not to be had. He is a strange judge of a single.

0.2

Pattinson to Gambhir, no run, pacy bouncer, but far too short. Gambhir ducks into it.

Uh oh, Lyon is off the field. He was hit on the arm by Zaheer while batting.

0.3

Pattinson to Gambhir, no run, super tentative from Gambhir. Expecting another short ball, his front foot goes nowhere to a full length ball, and he pokes well away from the body. Inside edge runs to the leg side.

0.4

Pattinson to Gambhir, no run, angled across well wide of off stump, easy leave for Gambhir.

Cowan's off the field, too, with a back issue.

0.5

Pattinson to Gambhir, no run, similar ball angled across, closer to off stump this time - good pace, but not much movement for Pattinson. Another leave.

0.6

Pattinson to Gambhir, no run, another good length ball to end the over, Gambhir defends to the off side and takes three steps for the single before returning to his lair.

End of over 1 (maiden) India 0/0

    • G Gambhir 0 (6b)
    • V Sehwag 0 (0b)
    • JL Pattinson 1-1-0-0

Hilfenhaus comes on from the other end. Honest seamer, on a comeback trial. Three slips and a gully.

"Pattinson's first over topped at 149.7 km/hr for thoes interested in the speeds." Whoa! Thanks Brian.

1.1

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, 2 runs, Sehwag says Hello Australia by scooping his first ball over mid-off. Full ball wide of off stump, seaming away, and not really coming on. Sehwag's feet stay where they are, and his arms swish through the line. He hits the ball low on the bat, and does enough to go over mid-off.

1.2

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, 1 run, back of a length, on the hips and nudged behind square in more conventional style.

1.3

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir gets that sneaky single away now, dabbing a length ball in front of point and scuttling across before Warner can get there.

1.4

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, beaten outside off by Hilfy's stock away seamer. Comes from in front of the stumps, lands on off and goes away, past Sehwag's loose waft.

1.5

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, stays on the crease and lets a back of length ball go through to the keeper.

1.6

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, goes fishing again with an angled face, as Hilfy seams it away off the straight. Sehwag's beaten twice and goes over the top once in his first over. Vintage Sehwag.

End of over 2 (4 runs) India 4/0

    • V Sehwag 3 (5b)
    • G Gambhir 1 (7b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 1-0-4-0
    • JL Pattinson 1-1-0-0
2.1

Pattinson to Gambhir, 1 run, short ball on the hips and played really well. Gambhir hops and fends fine to beat the man crouching at short leg and they get a single.

Point and gully are deep.

2.2

Pattinson to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag tries to hit Pattinson into the ocean. Full length ball, quite wide of off stump and Sehwag just heaves from where he stands. Play and a miss!

2.3

Pattinson to Sehwag, no run, over-pitched on the toes, Sehwag times the on-drive quite well but finds mid-on.

2.4

Pattinson to Sehwag, 1 run, short of a length, a shot of sanity from Sehwag. He dabs towards cover-point and gets a single.

2.5

Pattinson to Gambhir, no run, Pattinson nips one into Gambhir from back of a length. Gambhir's feet are still not moving and he inner edges onto the pads.

2.6

Pattinson to Gambhir, no run, that held its line as it angled across, Gambhir kept the bat out of the way. India have negotiated the passage to Lunch without breach.

12.30 pm Right, Sehwag is in the the house. I need say no more. Tune in again in 30 minutes to join the fun.

End of over 3 (2 runs) India 6/0

    • G Gambhir 2 (10b)
    • V Sehwag 4 (8b)
    • JL Pattinson 2-1-2-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 1-0-4-0

Hilfy to Sehwag, three slips and a gully.

The India openers are back in the middle, and the sight of Sehwag seems to have affected the balance of the camera man on a segway like two-wheeler. He goes down, and the crowd loves it. He gets back up eventually, and the crowd cheers! "Good start to the session," declares Ravi Shaz.

"You guys should have show the current local time of the city in the match page. Further, a countdown timer like 'Play begins in 00:00 min' would be perfect.." The local time (which is what we always use on timestamps) and GMT are up there on the live scorecard Dess, but the idea of a Mission Impossible style "This message will self destruct in 5 seconds? countdown should be fun!

3.1

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, monster ball! Swung in with the angle and then seamed away crazily, Sehwag knew he wasn't going to cover the line and held the bat inside the line. Good decision.

3.2

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, 1 run, he's away after lunch, quietly pushing a length ball on middle to leg to the off side for a single.

3.3

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, Hilfy straightens one from a length outside Gambhir's off stump. He leaves.

3.4

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, pitched up well wide of off stump, invites the drive. Gambhir's had this tendency to drive loosely since the West Indies series. He goes for this and misses.

3.5

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, better, lets the ball go outside off as Hilfy probes away on a length.

3.6

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, beaten by a subtle offcutter. Lands on off and cuts away past Gambhir's tentative prod. Good start from Hifenhaus after the break.

End of over 4 (1 run) India 7/0

    • G Gambhir 2 (14b)
    • V Sehwag 5 (10b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 2-0-5-0
    • JL Pattinson 2-1-2-0

Pattinson to Sehwag. One man bowls at 149 kph, the other tries to strike at 149 if he can.

4.1

Pattinson to Sehwag, no run, length ball on off stump, Sehwag opens the face as he hangs on the crease and defends to the off side.

4.2

Pattinson to Sehwag, no run, pushes Sehwag back with a heavy ball, Sehwag is quick to go back in the crease and guide it square. Yells "No!" several times as he plays the ball.

Clarke has a word with Umpire Gould about something. Gould and Erasmus point to the area next to the sightscreen. Looks like the slip fielders are getting distracted by disturbance behind the bowler's arm. Funnily enough, Sehwag isn't.

4.3

Pattinson to Sehwag, 2 runs, yorker tried on the stumps, very full and fast on middle and leg, but Sehwag jams down on it well and gets it away square.

4.4

Pattinson to Sehwag, no run, beaten outside off. Sehwag goes back and looks to defend to the off side as Pattinson straightens one down the straight. He was playing down the wrong line.

4.5

Pattinson to Sehwag, FOUR, typical Sehwag. Played several of these on-the-up flays the last time he was at the G. Pitched up and going away from well wide of off stump. Sehwag's feet are rooted to where they were and crashes it through the line through the covers.

4.6

Pattinson to Sehwag, 1 run, in the air, past Hussey at gully. It wasn't an edge. Sehwag intentionally plays the steer in the air, and Hussey flies away to his right to intercept the rocket. He can't hold it though. That's a chance! He is standing much behind the usual gully position. Got both hands to it as it died on him.

End of over 5 (7 runs) India 14/0

    • V Sehwag 12 (16b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 2 (14b)
    • JL Pattinson 3-1-9-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 2-0-5-0
5.1

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, 1 run, full length on off stump, Sehwag drives past mid-off for one.

5.2

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, full length on off stump, Gambhir leans across to the line and defends to the off side.

5.3

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, poor shot from Gambhir, needlessly chases a wide ball though the slips are packed with fielders. Play and a miss.

5.4

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, shorter and straighter, Gambhir gets inside the line and tucks it square.

5.5

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, 1 run, straightens towards middle and leg, Gambhir nudges round the corner for a single.

5.6

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, 1 no ball, length ball straightens towards the pads, Sehwag works it to the square leg area. No-ball it is.

45,000 people in the ground at the moment.

5.6

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, 1 run, goes too straight this time, Sehwag whips behind square and gets a single to the deep.

End of over 6 (4 runs) India 18/0

    • V Sehwag 14 (19b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 3 (18b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 3-0-9-0
    • JL Pattinson 3-1-9-0

"Watching Sehwag Bat feels like he can do an Adv. for Cement. No foot movement almost like his feet are jammed into the pitch and still strong." Considering the BCCI boss owns a company called India Cements, I see a strong endorsement possibility there, Kartik.

6.1

Pattinson to Sehwag, no run, zippy! 146 kph on a speedy bumper, Sehwag arches back and sways out of the way as it buzzes through at pace just outside off stump.

6.2

Pattinson to Sehwag, no run, back of a length, Sehwag is on the back foot immediately to defend towards point.

It is not often that Sehwag looks less edgy than Gambhir. It's been that way since lunch.

6.3

Pattinson to Sehwag, 2 runs, whoa, I almost jinxed him there. Full ball on leg stump line, Sehwag looks to work it to the leg side but gets a thick outside edge that lobs up over the midwicket area.

6.4

Pattinson to Sehwag, 1 run, gets the whip away now, controlled and down to the ground for a single.

Hang on! What's happening? Sehwag's riled up by words exchanged between him and Siddle-Pattinson. Pattinson's elbow was close to Sehwag's arm as he ran through for that single. Sehwag was miffed and immediately went to Pattinson to have a word. Pattinson responds, Siddle joins in, and Sehwag shows Siddle where he was fielding, with the bat. This is very unlike Sehwag. He normally is all smiles out there. The umpire has a word with him.

6.5

Pattinson to Gambhir, no run, full ball on off stump, Gambhir defends to the off side.

6.6

Pattinson to Gambhir, no run, pitched up again, Gambhir plays it back down the pitch.

End of over 7 (3 runs) India 21/0

    • G Gambhir 3 (20b)
    • V Sehwag 17 (23b 1x4)
    • JL Pattinson 4-1-12-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 3-0-9-0
7.1

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, bouncer, Sehwag quickly ducks under it.

7.2

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, 1 run, ooh, inside edge. The feet are nowhere. Is Sehwag still disgruntled? That missed the stumps.

7.3

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run

7.4

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, fuller length and angling away, Gambhir opens the face and steers square.

The 'run-in' was no one's fault. Pattinson was on his follow through and didn't go out of his way to hinder Sehwag.

7.5

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, OUT, heat at one end, the wicket comes at the other. Gambhir once again perishes to an indiscretion outside the off stump. Top bowling from Hilfenhaus, but aided by an average shot too. Short of a length, at least a foot and a half outside off stump to start with. The ball then seamed away, and Gambhir had a good enough sight at it, to leave if he wanted to. He chose not to, and fiddled to produce a faint edge through to the keeper. Aus have a wicket.

G Gambhir c †Haddin b Hilfenhaus 3 (35m 23b 0x4 0x6) SR: 13.04

Rahul Dravid walks out to the middle. Three prior tours of Australia - one poor, one extraordinarily good, and another poor by his standards. What does 2011-12 hold?

7.6

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, welcomed to the crease by a peach. It was a mirror image of the ball that got Gambhir, but closer to off stump, forcing the batsman to play. Dravid tried to cover the line but it nipped away devilishly to beat the edge.

End of over 8 (1 run) India 22/1

    • R Dravid 0 (1b)
    • V Sehwag 18 (25b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 4-0-10-1
    • JL Pattinson 4-1-12-0
8.1

Pattinson to Sehwag, 1 run, well played. Sehwag is beaten by the movement, but softens the grip to ensure it goes down and past the slips. There's a third man in place, so the damage is minimal.

HotSpot detects a micro-organic smudge on the edge of Gambhir's edge. Thank god for that.

8.2

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, full pitched on the stumps, near yorker, but Dravid comes down on it and plays to mid-on.

8.3

Pattinson to Dravid, FOUR, vintage Dravid to get off the mark. Pitched up on the toes and he caresses it motoring through midwicket.

Short leg is in place.

8.4

Pattinson to Dravid, 1 run, on the pads again, this time Dravid's nudge is fielded by short leg, who then under-arms towards the bowler's end. An overthrow results.

8.5

Pattinson to Sehwag, no run, angling in from a length, Sehwag is cramped for room and defends quietly.

Four slips in place - the fourth is on the third man fence. Also a gully and a point.

8.6

Pattinson to Sehwag, no run, pitched up wide of off stump, Sehwag lets it go to the keeper.

End of over 9 (6 runs) India 28/1

    • V Sehwag 19 (28b 1x4)
    • R Dravid 5 (4b 1x4)
    • JL Pattinson 5-1-18-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 4-0-10-1
9.1

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Dravid dabs to cover and sets off for one.

9.2

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, bumper from Hilfenhaus, Sehwag ducks almost immediately.

Sehwag is on 7,999 Test runs. Whodathunk he'd get this far as an opener with these methods? #Legend

9.3

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, back of a length on the hips, nudged with the angle to midwicket. Sehwag consciously keeps it down.

9.4

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, Hilfy again cuts it into Sehwag off the seam, no room for the man to work with. He defends to the leg side from the crease.

9.5

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, this one holds its line outside off, Sehwag hops in the crease and defends to the off side.

9.6

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, bumper outside off now, not the fastest, but the packed cordon behind square on the off side prevents Sehwag from thoughts of the upper cut. He lets it go.

End of over 10 (1 run) India 29/1

    • V Sehwag 19 (33b 1x4)
    • R Dravid 6 (5b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 5-0-11-1
    • JL Pattinson 5-1-18-0

Home boy Siddle comes on. Gets a nice cheer from his crowd.

10.1

Siddle to Dravid, no run, brisk start, full length ball at pace outside off. Dravid leans across and shoulders arms.

10.2

Siddle to Dravid, no run, operates on a good length again, not much seam or swing so far from Siddle. Another leave from Dravid.

"Even though it is the start of Dravid's innings, seeing his strike rate with that of Sehwag at this moment is definitely one of the rarest moments!" Expect that to change soon, Arun.

10.3

Siddle to Dravid, no run, pitched further up on off stump, gets Dravid forward and he defends to the covers.

10.4

Siddle to Dravid, no run, that seamed away a touch. Needs to be closer to off stump to trouble Dravid, though. He lets this go.

10.5

Siddle to Dravid, 3 runs, Dravid flows into that one. Siddle goes a shade fuller, enough for Dravid to reach across and get right up to the pitch and swirl it through point. Didn't time it very well, but enough to get three.

Siddle to Sehwag. My seatbelts are buckled.

10.6

Siddle to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag has 8000. Short ball aimed at the ribs - perfect angle to Sehwag - he hops and fends behind square and gets a single to fine leg.

End of over 11 (4 runs) India 33/1

    • V Sehwag 20 (34b 1x4)
    • R Dravid 9 (10b 1x4)
    • PM Siddle 1-0-4-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 5-0-11-1
11.1

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, 2 runs, good length ball, Sehwag drives down the ground but didn't middle it. The ball didn't seem to come on. Dravid had to get out of the way and hence started late for the first, but they should have still got three. Siddle and Lyon tag it together and both dive to stop the four.

11.2

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, back of a length on off stump, Sehwag defends to the off side.

11.3

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, 2 runs, the outfield is heavy? Full ball straying onto the pads, and Sehwag literally swats it over square leg. The ball slows up on the boundary and he gets two.

11.4

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, 1 run, on the pads yet again, Hilfy's away seam movement has subsided a touch. Worked behind square for a single.

Krishna: "Australia were 333/10 in 110 overs and India are 33/1 in 11 overs." How do you spot these, really?

11.5

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run

11.6

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, Dravid safely negotiates a length wobbler outside off stump.

End of over 12 (5 runs) India 38/1

    • R Dravid 9 (12b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 25 (38b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 6-0-16-1
    • PM Siddle 1-0-4-0
12.1

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, good stuff from Siddle! Thunders down a real quick bouncer - he is generally even quicker than Pattinson - at Sehwag's ribs. Sehwag hops and fends to the leg side. Where is short leg?

12.2

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, that got big on him. 143 kph and just short of a length, but that ascended steeply there after. Sehwag was sucked into a steer through the off side, and was beaten by the bounce.

Third man isn't back any more.

12.3

Siddle to Sehwag, FOUR, and Sehwag's gone after it as soon as he gets the chance, when third man isn't around. Short and much wider than the last over, Sehwag carves it over the slips and the ball lands close to the boundary.

12.4

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, cuts the angle, that's got to be the idea against Sehwag. Defends from the crease.

12.5

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, over-pitched at pace on the stumps. Looking for the pad or the stumps, but it meets the middle of Sehwag's bat as he on-drives to mid-on.

12.6

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, short of a length on off stump, Sehwag stays back and defends.

End of over 13 (4 runs) India 42/1

    • V Sehwag 29 (44b 2x4)
    • R Dravid 9 (12b 1x4)
    • PM Siddle 2-0-8-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 6-0-16-1

Lyon comes on now. A spinner to Sehwag with the newish ball. Red rag. Dravid facing for the time being. Slip and short leg.

13.1

Lyon to Dravid, no run, tossed up outside off, Dravid on-drives with the turn to mid-on.

13.2

Lyon to Dravid, no run, flighted outside off, Dravid reaches forward and defends.

13.3

Lyon to Dravid, no run, hint of drift for Lyon, very full so tough to say how much he's spinning it. Dravid smothers.

13.4

Lyon to Dravid, no run, a polite touch of spin on a length ball well wide of off stump, Dravid lets go.

13.5

Lyon to Dravid, no run, flighted wide of off stump, Dravid lunges out long to get to the flight and drives to cover.

13.6

Lyon to Dravid, no run, Dravid once again reaches out to the flight and gets there to drive fluently to mid-off. Lovely intent from Dravid, and a good start from Lyon. Gets a maiden.

End of over 14 (maiden) India 42/1

    • R Dravid 9 (18b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 29 (44b 2x4)
    • NM Lyon 1-1-0-0
    • PM Siddle 2-0-8-0
14.1

Siddle to Sehwag, 2 runs, leading edge from Sehwag not for the first time today. This is strange, since he isn't playing across the line. Just seems to be closing the face early a touch. This was on leg stump, and skimmed in the air towards gully.

Sehwag backs out of facing this ball just as Siddle runs through the crease. Disturbance behind the bowler's hand again.

14.2

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, pitched up, Sehwag has been playing back mostly but he's ready for the drive the moment it is in his half. Doesn't move the feet one jot, mind you, but cracks the drive straight to mid-off.

14.3

Siddle to Sehwag, FOUR, and the gap this time. It was almost as full, a foot wider of off stump, and Sehwag opened the face as he drove on the up. The ball bursts between cover and mid-off. Sehwag ran the first one away from the pitch to avoid Siddle, but bumped into him - completely unintentionally - while coming back. He apologises immediately and Siddle doesn't make a big deal out of it. Good to see.

14.4

Siddle to Sehwag, FOUR, classy from Sehwag. Back of a length just outside off, no room for the cut and no length for the drive. Sehwag thinks, no problem, and opens the face to steer it through the cordon for four.

14.5

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, short ball on the hips, Sehwag works it square carefully.

14.6

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, stays back on the crease and defends to the off side. Sehwag's batting quite slow today. He's laboured through 50 balls to score 39.

End of over 15 (10 runs) India 52/1

    • V Sehwag 39 (50b 4x4)
    • R Dravid 9 (18b 1x4)
    • PM Siddle 3-0-18-0
    • NM Lyon 1-1-0-0

"Surprising that Australia brings on their spinner on the 13th over, while India introduced theirs on the 22nd! Changing times.." Interesting point, Aathif.

15.1

Lyon to Dravid, no run, Dravid presses forward and steers a full ball to point. He wants a single, but they decide against it in the end.

15.2

Lyon to Dravid, 2 runs, tossed up, Dravid flicks it straight through Ponting, who plays Hollow Man at midwicket.

15.3

Lyon to Dravid, no run, good stuff. Drops it short of full length, and Dravid defends the line. He can't get to the flight this time.

15.4

Lyon to Dravid, 1 run, this time he does, opening the face as he leans out and drives wide of extra cover for one.

Lyon to Sehwag. Here we go.

15.5

Lyon to Sehwag, 1 run, he's not going after him yet. Turning from middle towards leg, Sehwag nurdles a single behind square.

15.6

Lyon to Dravid, no run, shorter length, Dravid stays back and nudges with the turn behind square.

End of over 16 (4 runs) India 56/1

    • R Dravid 12 (23b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 40 (51b 4x4)
    • NM Lyon 2-1-4-0
    • PM Siddle 3-0-18-0

Siddle has a short leg now.

16.1

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, quick bouncer angled towards the body, but short enough for Sehwag to duck under.

16.2

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, back of a length, Sehwag is behind the line and defends with soft hands.

16.3

Siddle to Sehwag, 1 run, in the air but safe. A couple of strange shots from Sehwag today, but he's mostly restrained himself. Scoops a full ball from middle and leg almost inside out into the cover. The ball pops up perilously but lands safe.

A bail flies away just as Dravid is about to face and Siddle has to go back and re bowl that. Ponting runs in to help putting it back on and quips, "The stumps are too wide (or vertical)," or something like that. Not very clear on the stumps mic, especially when the commentators refuse to stop talking.

16.4

Siddle to Dravid, no run, full length on the stumps, Dravid defends super solidly to the off side.

16.5

Siddle to Dravid, no run, textbook defensive stroke from the man who has the textbook in his back pocket at all times. Leans out to the line and defends with the high elbow.

16.6

Siddle to Dravid, no run, good ball, that seamed in from short of a length. Dravid chose to leave, the ball hurtled over the stumps at pace.

End of over 17 (1 run) India 57/1

    • R Dravid 12 (26b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 41 (54b 4x4)
    • PM Siddle 4-0-19-0
    • NM Lyon 2-1-4-0

"As a fan of cricket, I am loving wathcing Sehwag start to hit his straps right now; there has been a gaping hole since Gilchrist and even as an Aussie it is exciting to see the likes of Sehwag in full flow. Wouldn't mind in the least if he hits a century if he keeps playing like this," says Tony Dimov.

"To the passerby with little to no knowledge of Cricket, the sentence "Siddle has a short leg now." appearing out of nowhere must seem very strange indeed!" Yet, Abhishek, it would intrigue them enough to stay on and follow the game for a while! In fact, I first wanted to say "Siddle has a short leg, at long last" - that would have not just confused, but confounded.

17.1

Lyon to Sehwag, 1 run, sharp spin for Lyon, that gripped and burst into Sehwag who'd have expected room. He ended up dabbing to the leg side.

17.2

Lyon to Dravid, 2 runs, Dravid jumps back to an offbreak turning in and cuts against the turn in front of point. Classy.

17.3

Lyon to Dravid, 2 runs, turns down the leg side, Dravid gets a faint tickle on it down to fine leg.

17.4

Lyon to Dravid, no run, turns in gently from wide of off stump, Dravid leans out and shoulders arms.

17.5

Lyon to Dravid, no run, flighted outside off, Dravid drives against the turn to mid-off.

Kerry O'Keeffe on Sehwag: "He believes leaves are for Autumn". Kerry, you legend!

17.6

Lyon to Dravid, no run, tossed up on the stumps, defended back down the track.

End of over 18 (5 runs) India 62/1

    • R Dravid 16 (31b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 42 (55b 4x4)
    • NM Lyon 3-1-9-0
    • PM Siddle 4-0-19-0

Two slips and short leg.

18.1

Siddle to Sehwag, 1 run, length ball on off stump, mid on and mid off are standing in an entirely different zip code. Sehwag is happy to push a single to mid-on.

18.2

Siddle to Dravid, no run, full and just outside off to Dravid, who shoulders arms.

18.3

Siddle to Dravid, FOUR, edged, but controlled. Dravid leans out to cover the line, but the ball seamed away marginally and took the edge. Dravid softened the grip well to let it run down to the ground for a couple past the cordon.

18.4

Siddle to Dravid, no run, middles the forward press this time. Full ball outside off, played to cover.

18.5

Siddle to Dravid, no run, short ball, hustles Dravid back but he's up to it. Defended from the crease with soft hands.

18.6

Siddle to Dravid, no run, back of a length outside off and seaming away, Dravid lets it go.

End of over 19 (5 runs) India 67/1

    • R Dravid 20 (36b 2x4)
    • V Sehwag 43 (56b 4x4)
    • PM Siddle 5-0-24-0
    • NM Lyon 3-1-9-0

"Completely irrelevant to the game, Why do we have different colorations of grass in the outfield? What purpose does it serve? Don't know where i can find the answer," wonders Prasanth. Just for fun, methinks.

19.1

Lyon to Sehwag, 2 runs, Lyon again cuts out room outside off for Sehwag, who works a back of length ball behind square for a couple.

Think Lyon should rather invite Sehwag to drive against the spin?

19.2

Lyon to Sehwag, 2 runs, there he's done just that. Pitched up outside off, Sehwag drives on the up with an inside-out flourish for a couple.

19.3

Lyon to Sehwag, FOUR, fifty to Sehwag. One of his slower ones, it has taken all off 59 balls. Pitched up outside off, Sehwag tees off straight enough to elude the very straight, very deep mid-off. Well played.

19.4

Lyon to Sehwag, FOUR, goes with the turn now. Lyon might as well be tossing up golf balls at him, since Sehwag's teeing off. Beats the deepish mid-on now easily as the ball rolls past the straight boundary.

19.5

Lyon to Sehwag, 1 run, did that land short? Sehwag skips out to the flight and whiplashes from wide of off stump airily towards mid-on, where his protege, Warner, is lurking. One of the best fielders in the world, mind you. He dived forward and seemed to get his hands under it, but couldn't quite scoop it. Looked like Sehwag wanted to go closer to midwicket than mid-on. That's a life.

19.6

Lyon to Dravid, no run, sanity at Dravid's end. Defends a full ball immaculately.

End of over 20 (13 runs) India 80/1

    • R Dravid 20 (37b 2x4)
    • V Sehwag 56 (61b 6x4)
    • NM Lyon 4-1-22-0
    • PM Siddle 5-0-24-0

Pattinson is back on now.

20.1

Pattinson to Sehwag, no run, bumper to start off the new spell, Sehwag ducks under it happily.

20.2

Pattinson to Sehwag, 2 runs, short of a length and hustling Sehwag back, but he neatly skips inside the line and tucks it behind square for two.

20.3

Pattinson to Sehwag, no run, back of a length on off stump, Sehwag stays back on the crease and defends to mid-off.

20.4

Pattinson to Sehwag, no run, beaten by a hint of seam. Sehwag drives on the up from his crease to a length ball that went away. And misses.

20.5

Pattinson to Sehwag, no run, Vikram Seth will write a book on this innings. He's call it "Two Lives - Redux". Horrible from Haddin, who drops Sehwag again. Regulation nick that. Pattinson got him driving hard and loose to a length away seamer and the edge carried nicely. Haddin dived to the right, but the ball didn't even hit his palm. It hit his wrist and went down. What a clanger.

20.6

Pattinson to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag stays behind a length ball and defends to the off side.

End of over 21 (2 runs) India 82/1

    • V Sehwag 58 (67b 6x4)
    • R Dravid 20 (37b 2x4)
    • JL Pattinson 6-1-20-0
    • NM Lyon 4-1-22-0
21.1

Lyon to Dravid, no run, tossed up on off stump, works it with the turn to the leg side.

21.2

Lyon to Dravid, no run, that bounced a lot more than Dravid expected as he went back and looked to play towards midwicket. Defends it in the end.

21.3

Lyon to Dravid, no run, drifts wider outside off and spins in, Dravid pads it away.

21.4

Lyon to Dravid, no run, fired in a touch faster, Dravid stays back in the crease and soft-bats it at the last moment.

21.5

Lyon to Dravid, no run, loopy on the middle and off line, Dravid leans out to smother it towards the mid-on area.

21.6

Lyon to Dravid, no run, edged but there's no backward square leg. Lovely delivery, drifted in, dipped and turned to take the inside edge as Dravid looked to nudge square. Safe once it eluded short leg.

End of over 22 (maiden) India 82/1

    • R Dravid 20 (43b 2x4)
    • V Sehwag 58 (67b 6x4)
    • NM Lyon 5-2-22-0
    • JL Pattinson 6-1-20-0

Minku: "V Sehwag (ICC/India) 2001-2011 Matches 93* Innings 160 Run 8036; GS Sobers (WI) 1954-1974 Matches 93 Innings 160 Run 8032"

22.1

Pattinson to Sehwag, no run, back of a length on off stump, Sehwag hangs back and defends to the off side.

22.2

Pattinson to Sehwag, 1 run, third man is back now, so Sehwag gets only a single. Short and marginally wide of off stump. Sehwag sits beside the line and cracks it over gully.

22.3

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, Dravid gets forward and defends solidly to mid-off.

22.4

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, short ball angles in at pace and Dravid arches back to sway out of harm's way.

22.5

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, good attacking length coming in from wide of the crease, on a length. Meets the middle of the middle of Dravid's bat as he presses forward to defend.

22.6

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, full length ball wide of off stump, enough to allow Dravid to shoulder arms.

End of over 23 (1 run) India 83/1

    • R Dravid 20 (47b 2x4)
    • V Sehwag 59 (69b 6x4)
    • JL Pattinson 7-1-21-0
    • NM Lyon 5-2-22-0

@Crickoholic: "Australia always drop the good players. First Katich, now Sehwag." Hahaha! Hilfenhaus is back on now with two slips.

23.1

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, short of a length on off stump, Sehwag calmly defends from the crease to the off side.

23.2

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, FOUR, carved. With all the grace of a butcher. A foot or so outside off at no extra pace, and at a good height. Sehwag's bat swings an arc after the ball passes him, and it disappears past gully.

23.3

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, 2 runs, over-compensation. On the pads now, and Sehwag deflects it towards fine-leg for two more.

23.4

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, short ball outside off, Sehwag bends to avoid.

23.5

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, that comes in with the angle, Sehwag gets forward and defends to the leg side.

23.6

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, back of a length, Sehwag gets back and across to cover the line and defend it.

End of over 24 (6 runs) India 89/1

    • V Sehwag 65 (75b 7x4)
    • R Dravid 20 (47b 2x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 7-0-22-1
    • JL Pattinson 7-1-21-0

Pattinson chugs in.

24.1

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Dravid drops the wrists and lets it go. These two are batting beautifully.

24.2

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, that came in with the seam, Dravid shoulders arms. Came close to off stump, that.

24.3

Pattinson to Dravid, 1 wide, over-cooked bouncer, too short as Dravid ducks under, and it is called a wide.

24.3

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, fuller length, Dravid leans out to defend to the off side.

24.4

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, length ball too wide outside off to trouble Dravid, who lets it go.

24.5

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, lovely stuff from Pattinson, and exemplary leaving from Dravid. This one came in as well, late and sharp as Dravid shouldered arms.

24.6

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, beaten by a peach. What a follow-up to a big indipper! This one darted away off the seam, opened up Dravid who had to play but he escapes without a nick as he tries to cover the line.

End of over 25 (1 run) India 90/1

    • R Dravid 20 (53b 2x4)
    • V Sehwag 65 (75b 7x4)
    • JL Pattinson 8-1-22-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 7-0-22-1
25.1

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, short ball on off stump, Sehwag arches back to manufacture room but can't create enough. Defends it to the off side.

25.2

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, 1 run, short ball on the hips, Sehwag fends it away off the glove for a single.

25.3

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, back of a length outside off and holding its line. Dravid watches closely and lets it go to the keeper.

25.4

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, shorter length, extra lift from outside off. Dravid rides it and steers to point.

25.5

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, 2 runs, pitched up and Dravid takes up the challenge to lean forward and drive through the line. Threads the covers for a couple.

25.6

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, Dravid undone again by away seam. He looked infallible until the last over, but twice in a short span, he's been left befuddled by balls that have left him. Almost a repeat of what Pattinson did, this too hit the seam on a length and darted away past the searching outside edge.

End of over 26 (3 runs) India 93/1

    • R Dravid 22 (57b 2x4)
    • V Sehwag 66 (77b 7x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 8-0-25-1
    • JL Pattinson 8-1-22-0
26.1

Pattinson to Sehwag, no run, over-pitched on off stump, Sehwag looks to blaze it through the covers but doesn't get the gap.

Third man is in place. Or fourth slip as I call it.

26.2

Pattinson to Sehwag, no run, appeal for a catch at short leg and it is given not out! Did Sehwag nick that onto his hip? Short ball angling in, he tries to fend it to the leg side, and it pops up off the thigh. Everyone goes up the moment it is held at square leg. No edge. HotSpot says so too, or whatever I can see on the replay, with short leg obscuring the view from side-on.

26.3

Pattinson to Sehwag, 1 run, pitched up outside off, Sehwag drives to cover for one.

26.4

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, Dravid beaten again and looking a little iffy now. That wasn't close enough to the stumps for him to play it but he still went feeling for it as it nipped away.

26.5

Pattinson to Dravid, 1 run, angled into the pads, Dravid works it square for one.

So we can't say much from HotSpot if there's a man under the helmet at short leg.

26.6

Pattinson to Sehwag, no run, this is impressive from Pattinson, thuds in a short ball at good pace and Sehwag barely controls the defensive dab to the off side.

End of over 27 (2 runs) India 95/1

    • V Sehwag 67 (81b 7x4)
    • R Dravid 23 (59b 2x4)
    • JL Pattinson 9-1-24-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 8-0-25-1

A bit of assistance for Sehwag, who may have taken a blow on the thigh as he looked to play to the leg side. "Sehwag has a fair bit of covering on that hip bone," quips a sly Ganguly. The irony is killing.

27.1

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, Dravid's beaten for the fourth time in 10 minutes. This time the ball misses the inside edge as Hilfy cuts one in. Clearly Dravid was thinking of the many outside edges he escaped, and the ball slid through the bat-pad gap. Missed the stumps, though. Big caught behind appeal, no edge and ruled not out.

27.2

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, more organised now, lets a wobbler outside off go through to the keeper.

27.3

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, short of a length, Dravid cuts without timing towards the covers.

27.4

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, 2 runs, another one short and wide, Dravid cuts it past a diving Warner at point and gets some release.

27.5

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, cuts the room now, on off stump and forcing Dravid to defend with a straight bat.

27.6

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, fuller, Dravid pulls out the copy book forward defensive.

End of over 28 (2 runs) India 97/1

    • R Dravid 25 (65b 2x4)
    • V Sehwag 67 (81b 7x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 9-0-27-1
    • JL Pattinson 9-1-24-0

"Dravid didn't nick that, man. You can check with the lie detector later." Vintage @Sidvee on Twitter.

28.1

Pattinson to Sehwag, no run, short of a length ball, negotiated safely from the crease.

28.2

Pattinson to Sehwag, OUT, a very good spell of fast bowling in the last 20 minutes of so has produced a wicket. The trouble was at the other end, with Dravid, but Sehwag is the man who has gone. He's livid with himself. It was on a length and a touch wide of off stump, Sehwag went for the blazing cover drive, as always all hands and no feet. The ball seamed in marginally, the inside edge was taken, and it crashed into the stumps.

V Sehwag b Pattinson 67 (127m 83b 7x4 0x6) SR: 80.72

Tea is round the corner, and the little big man from Mumbai walks out to raucous cheers. He marks a leg stump guard and the crowd is abuzz. Looks at the sky, surveys the scene and on his haunches before getting ready. Pattinson will steam in.

28.3

Pattinson to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length outside off and holding its line. Tendulkar leaves.

Brydon Coverdale points out that Pattinson wasn't even born when Tendulkar made his debut! Backward square leg in place.

28.4

Pattinson to Tendulkar, 1 run, inside edge safe. Full length ball outside off, Sachin isn't forward soon enough as he looks to drive, and the edge bursts through his legs.

28.5

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, Dravid stays behind the line and lets a length ball go.

28.6

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, Dravid hangs on the crease and defends watchfully to the leg side to end the over.

End of over 29 (1 run) India 98/2

    • R Dravid 25 (67b 2x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 1 (2b)
    • JL Pattinson 10-1-25-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 9-0-27-1

Golden-arm merchant Hussey comes on with tea round the corner. Got Sangakkara's wicket recently, so batting legends watch out. And we all know SRT doesn't fancy these wobbling trundlers early in his stay. Especially just before tea.

29.1

Hussey to Tendulkar, no run, sharp away swing from a length as Haddin stands up to the stumps. Sachin leaves.

Two slips in place.

29.2

Hussey to Tendulkar, no run, much wider outside off, Sachin happily leaves it. Four balls to go.

29.3

Hussey to Tendulkar, no run, slow and full yorker on the off stump, Tendulkar jams down on it attentively. Good fun, this!

29.4

Hussey to Tendulkar, no run, length ball angled onto the pads, worked cautiously to the leg side.

Silly mid-on is one of two catchers on the leg side.

29.5

Hussey to Tendulkar, no run, nearly gone! Hussey swings it in sharply from outside off, Tendulkar looked to on-drive and the inside edge hit the pad and looped up perilously before lading just short of silly mid-on. What a moment that!

29.6

Hussey to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar survives until tea. Length ball on the pads, nudged with the angle through square leg for a single.

Dan Brettig's report has the details of how it has gone so far today. I'll be back in a moment for the final session of play.

Intense passage of play that. Sehwag started well, Dravid was even better after Gambhir's exit. And then Australia clawed their way back in through Hilfy and Pattinson. That concerted spell made Dravid edgy, accounted for Sehwag, and nearly consumed Tendulkar before tea.

End of over 30 (1 run) India 99/2

    • SR Tendulkar 2 (8b)
    • R Dravid 25 (67b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 1-0-1-0
    • JL Pattinson 10-1-25-1

Here we go. Siddle to Tendulkar. Three slips.

30.1

Siddle to Tendulkar, SIX, Tendulkar has upper-cut him for six first ball after tea! He did this a lot the last time he was in Aus, especially in the CB series finals. Short and wide outside off, not much width, Sachin stays under it and opens the face upwards to slap it over the slips. And all the way.

30.2

Siddle to Tendulkar, 3 runs, over-pitched on the pads, Sachin whips fluently for three more. Roaring start this.

30.3

Siddle to Dravid, no run, back of a length to Dravid, who shuffles back and across to let it go to the keeper.

30.4

Siddle to Dravid, no run, fuller length, Dravid is solidly behind the defensive push down the track.

30.5

Siddle to Dravid, no run, leans out to a wider ball outside off and defends into the covers.

30.6

Siddle to Dravid, no run, seams away from a length, not close enough to Dravid to force a shot out of him. He leaves.

End of over 31 (9 runs) India 108/2

    • R Dravid 25 (71b 2x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 11 (10b 1x6)
    • PM Siddle 6-0-33-0
    • MEK Hussey 1-0-1-0

Hussey continues. Not a bad ploy at all.

31.1

Hussey to Tendulkar, no run, aha, slips the first ball down the leg side, no doubt looking for a stumping. He accounted for Jesse Ryder in similar style recently. Sachin misses the glance, but doesn't take the back foot out of the crease.

31.2

Hussey to Tendulkar, no run, angling in, Sachin defends to the leg side with the angle.

31.3

Hussey to Tendulkar, no run, gets behind a length ball and defends it softly.

31.4

Hussey to Tendulkar, 1 run, fuller length, draws him forward and he defends to the off side.

31.5

Hussey to Dravid, 1 run, opens the face now as he leans out and steers through cover for a single.

31.6

Hussey to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length, Tendulkar gets across and laboriously turns it to the leg side.

End of over 32 (2 runs) India 110/2

    • SR Tendulkar 12 (15b 1x6)
    • R Dravid 26 (72b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 2-0-3-0
    • PM Siddle 6-0-33-0
32.1

Siddle to Dravid, no run, back of a length from Siddle, Dravid stays on the crease and defends to the leg side.

32.2

Siddle to Dravid, no run, stays solidly behind the line and defends to the off side. Early signs are that Dravid looks more settled than he did in the lead-up to tea.

32.3

Siddle to Dravid, no run, back of a length and wide of off, Dravid rises on the toes and steers square. Can't beat point and asks Sachin to wait.

32.4

Siddle to Dravid, no run, fuller and attacking the stumps, Dravid stays solid in defence.

32.5

Siddle to Dravid, 1 run, angling into the pads now, Dravid is on the crease, but the bat turns at the right moment to get a single behind square.

"If India can hold on... they will be able to avoid the follow-on," points out Noni.

32.6

Siddle to Tendulkar, no run, full length on off and middle, defended off the front foot down the track.

End of over 33 (1 run) India 111/2

    • SR Tendulkar 12 (16b 1x6)
    • R Dravid 27 (77b 2x4)
    • PM Siddle 7-0-34-0
    • MEK Hussey 2-0-3-0
33.1

Hussey to Dravid, FOUR, Hussey strays onto Dravid's pads, and he generates impressive bat speed with a vicious twirl of the wrists on the back foot. The ball bounds along between square leg and midwicket for four.

33.2

Hussey to Dravid, no run, fuller length on off stump, defended off the front foot to the off side.

33.3

Hussey to Dravid, no run, stays on the crease and opens the face to defend to the off side.

33.4

Hussey to Dravid, no run, length ball outside off, Dravid lets it go. The Hussey experiment must be close to an end now.

33.5

Hussey to Dravid, no run, better line, attacks the stumps with a straight delivery. Dravid defends off the front foot.

Short cover and short midwicket waiting for an early drive ...

33.6

Hussey to Dravid, 1 run, short and wide, Dravid creams it through point for a single to the man at deep point.

End of over 34 (5 runs) India 116/2

    • R Dravid 32 (83b 3x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 12 (16b 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 3-0-8-0
    • PM Siddle 7-0-34-0
34.1

Siddle to Dravid, no run, short ball outside the off stump, Dravid weaves out of harms way.

34.2

Siddle to Dravid, no run, pitched up at pace on the stumps, Dravid gets forward and covers the line to defend down the track.

34.3

Siddle to Dravid, 1 run, short ball, Dravid hops back and punches through the covers to get a single.

34.4

Siddle to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length outside off stump, SRT lets it go through to the keeper.

34.5

Siddle to Tendulkar, FOUR, four more in cheeky fashion! Tendulkar sees a short ball, barely outside off, he waits on it to come beside him and then slaps it with an opened face. Was he trying to go over the slips? He went between the slips and gully at catchable height, but it looked like he picked that gap.

34.6

Siddle to Tendulkar, FOUR, oh gorgeous! The people in MCG have got their money's worth for coming in today! Tendulkar plays the best cover drive you'll ever see. Over-pitched outside off, he waltzes forward and creams it on a bent knee, and ends up with a bent elbow. The ball shoots through the covers in haste.

End of over 35 (9 runs) India 125/2

    • SR Tendulkar 20 (19b 2x4 1x6)
    • R Dravid 33 (86b 3x4)
    • PM Siddle 8-0-43-0
    • MEK Hussey 3-0-8-0

Hilfy comes on. Hussey is off.

35.1

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, nips in off the seam onto the pads, and Dravid works it square.

35.2

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, 1 run, again on the pads, Dravid nudges it with the angle through square leg for a single.

35.3

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended solidly down the track.

35.4

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, FOUR, poor stuff from Hilfy. A gift for Tendulkar who is anyway scoring in a massive hurry. Angled into the pads on a full length, and Tendulkar glances it down to fine leg for four.

35.5

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length, Tendulkar cracks it square now. Boy, is he timing the ball today ...

35.6

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length on the stumps, Tendulkar covers the line and blocks down the track.

End of over 36 (5 runs) India 130/2

    • SR Tendulkar 24 (23b 3x4 1x6)
    • R Dravid 34 (88b 3x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 10-0-32-1
    • PM Siddle 8-0-43-0
36.1

Siddle to Dravid, no run, full length ball wide of off stump, Dravid lets it go.

Am I the only one surprised that Pattinson hasn't bowled since tea? He was quite impressive before the break. Tired now?

36.2

Siddle to Dravid, no run, similar ball, doesn't draw Dravid forward as he shoulders arms.

36.3

Siddle to Dravid, no run, goes fuller, Dravid seems over-eager to drive off the front foot and ends up inside-edging towards mid-on.

36.4

Siddle to Dravid, no run, short of a length on the stumps, Dravid hops and defends it down the track.

"What happened to Golden Arm, anyway we wont see much more of him , dropped a few catches lately and not making runs, the time has come BYE BYE Mr Hussey," says an emphatic Robert Brown.

36.5

Siddle to Dravid, no run, good bouncer, forces Dravid to arch back quickly and drop his wrists.

36.6

Siddle to Dravid, no run, pitched up now, despite the bouncer last ball Dravid's footwork and balance are ready for the forward press and drive. He can't beat mid-off, though.

End of over 37 (maiden) India 130/2

    • R Dravid 34 (94b 3x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 24 (23b 3x4 1x6)
    • PM Siddle 9-1-43-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 10-0-32-1
37.1

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length outside off and holding its line. Tendulkar shuffles across and leaves.

37.2

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, no run, keeps him on the crease with a back of a length ball, defended from the crease to the off side.

37.3

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, FOUR, another masterly cover drive from the master. Not quite as 'perfect' as the previous one, since this wasn't on a driving length. But the imperfection makes the shot even more special. Sachin half-trots towards the line and then the hands and eyes take over as he caresses on the up.

37.4

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, no run, stays on the crease and defends a length ball down the track.

37.5

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, no run, stays back again and blocks a length ball to the off side.

37.6

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, FOUR, MCG roars. The buzz is reaching maddening proportions. Tendulkar is putting a show. Pitched up on the stumps, the ball doesn't deviate from the straight and thuds ominously into the middle of the broadest bat in the business. Easily beats mid-on and speeds away.

End of over 38 (8 runs) India 138/2

    • SR Tendulkar 32 (29b 5x4 1x6)
    • R Dravid 34 (94b 3x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 11-0-40-1
    • PM Siddle 9-1-43-0

The follow-on has been avoided, if you were wondering.

38.1

Siddle to Dravid, no run, Dravid leaves a length offering outside the stumps go alone.

38.2

Siddle to Dravid, FOUR, superb delivery and Dravid edges past the stumps. Siddle gets that to keep jagging in from wide of off stump, Dravid didn't have the room to cut but was sucked into the shot. It hits the inside edge and whistles past the stumps.

38.3

Siddle to Dravid, no run, pitched up and well played. Doesn't matter what happens the previous ball - Dravid is ready for the next. Gets forward and creams it into the covers, but can't pierce the gap.

38.4

Siddle to Dravid, no run, pitched up on the stumps, Dravid is again well forward and times the check-drive to mid-off.

38.5

Siddle to Dravid, no run, short of a length on the stumps, Dravid hops back and dabs to the leg side.

38.6

Siddle to Dravid, no run, one of the worst shots Dravid has played all life. Pitched up wide of off stump, and he doesn't get the front foot across to the line of the ball, and drives down the wrong line. Completely beaten by a straight ball.

End of over 39 (4 runs) India 142/2

    • R Dravid 38 (100b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 32 (29b 5x4 1x6)
    • PM Siddle 10-1-47-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 11-0-40-1

Lyon comes back into the attack.

39.1

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, turning down the leg from outside off, Sachin stays in the crease and tries to nudge behind square.

39.2

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up on off, that's the line. Sachin leans out to smother.

Slip and short leg in place.

39.3

Lyon to Tendulkar, 1 run, Sachin skips out of the crease and works it with the turn from well outside off past mid-on.

39.4

Lyon to Dravid, no run, loopy ball that doesn't turn after landing wide of off. Dravid resists the cut shot.

39.5

Lyon to Dravid, no run, this one spins in a touch, Dravid shoulders arms again.

39.6

Lyon to Dravid, no run, three in three, Dravid pulls the bat out of the way to let a wide ball go unpunished.

End of over 40 (1 run) India 143/2

    • R Dravid 38 (103b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 33 (32b 5x4 1x6)
    • NM Lyon 6-2-23-0
    • PM Siddle 10-1-47-0
40.1

Siddle to Tendulkar, no run, full ball on the pads, Tendulkar nurdles it with the angle through square leg.

Sandeep: "Lyon's thoughts : What do I bowl to this man? Variations? yeah right! Like he hasn't whacked all possible "variations" ever tried by any spinner!"

40.2

Siddle to Tendulkar, no run, fuller length from Siddle, draws Tendulkar forward and he defends it to the off side.

40.3

Siddle to Tendulkar, no run, lands the length ball outside off, Sachin shoulders arms as it holds its line.

40.4

Siddle to Tendulkar, 1 run, edged but safe. Would have gone straight to fifth slip. Pitched up, draws Tendulkar forward into the drive and it flies through the slip-gully gap.

40.5

Siddle to Dravid, no run, short ball, tucks up Dravid who hops in the crease and fends to the leg side.

"Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars playing today in the Big Bash. Will anyone be watching that against the kind of test match we are being offered at the MCG?" wonders Vibhu.

40.6

Siddle to Dravid, no run, shortens the length outside off, Dravid stays on the crease and shoulders arms.

End of over 41 (1 run) India 144/2

    • R Dravid 38 (105b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 34 (36b 5x4 1x6)
    • PM Siddle 11-1-48-0
    • NM Lyon 6-2-23-0
41.1

Lyon to Tendulkar, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, worked quietly with the turn past midwicket for one.

41.2

Lyon to Dravid, no run, tossed up on off stump, draws Dravid forward to defend.

41.3

Lyon to Dravid, 2 runs, slog-heave from Dravid. As uncharacteristic as they come. The ball is very full, and he doesn't get it away well. Gets a couple through midwicket.

41.4

Lyon to Dravid, no run, turns in from outside off, defended to the leg side.

41.5

Lyon to Dravid, no run, tossed up outside off, Dravid leans out and drives against the turn to cover.

41.6

Lyon to Dravid, no run, covers the line well with a forward lunge and defends as Lyon spins it in.

End of over 42 (3 runs) India 147/2

    • R Dravid 40 (110b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 35 (37b 5x4 1x6)
    • NM Lyon 7-2-26-0
    • PM Siddle 11-1-48-0

Pattinson is back on, at long last. "I would like to have the tea that Tendulkar had!" says Suyog.

42.1

Pattinson to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length on the stumps, Tendulkar gets across and defends sedately.

42.2

Pattinson to Tendulkar, 3 runs, goes over the top again, using the pace and width on offer. Short and wide outside off, Tendulkar had the room so he went over point instead of third man. Stood beside the line and slapped it with the face pointing skywards and picks up three. Warner charged back and dived to save the fourth run.

42.3

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, fuller length to Dravid, he doesn't get forward soon enough and mistimes the check-drive to the leg side.

42.4

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, back of a length on off stump, Dravid defends to the off side and there's a single to be had. Dravid wants it, and goes halfway down but Sachin sends him back. And apologises.

42.5

Pattinson to Dravid, 2 runs, short ball, and Dravid unfurls a sprightly punch from the crease. The ball goes in front of point and they get a couple.

42.6

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, short ball, wider of off stump this time but it stayed lower than Dravid expected as he went for the cut. Finds point as he crouches on the shot.

End of over 43 (5 runs) India 152/2

    • R Dravid 42 (114b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 38 (39b 5x4 1x6)
    • JL Pattinson 11-1-30-1
    • NM Lyon 7-2-26-0
43.1

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up on off and middle, Sachin gets the front foot across and plays with the turn.

43.2

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, flighted wide of off stump, Tendulkar defends off the front foot.

43.3

Lyon to Tendulkar, FOUR, swept in the air, but Tendulkar had picked his gap. Tossed up in the slot, Tendulkar goes down on a knee and goes through midwicket. There are men on the fence at square leg and long on, but midwicket is vacant. Four more.

43.4

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, fuller and drifting outside off, Sachin opens the face and steers to point.

43.5

Lyon to Tendulkar, 2 runs, another muscular sweep with the turn, this time from outside off. Goes squarer than before, and square leg comes around to stop it.

43.6

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, shortens the length, Tendulkar stays in the crease and defends.

End of over 44 (6 runs) India 158/2

    • SR Tendulkar 44 (45b 6x4 1x6)
    • R Dravid 42 (114b 4x4)
    • NM Lyon 8-2-32-0
    • JL Pattinson 11-1-30-1
44.1

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, short of a length from Pattinson, Dravid is comfortably on the back foot as he defends to the off side.

44.2

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, fuller length on the pads, that's more the length but this was too straight. Dravid is beaten on the front foot and hit on the pads. 153 kph!

44.3

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, short again, Dravid hops on the crease and defends.

44.4

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, an appeal for lbw, Dravid survives. Perfect length, can't be driven and you can't really go back either. It kept low too as Dravid looked to work it to the leg side. He gets an inside edge onto the pads.

44.5

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, fuller, draws Dravid forward and he pushes it off the front foot to the off side.

44.6

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, angled in sharply, it bursts onto Dravid who tries to nudge it square. Beaten by the pace, he is hit on the pad as the ball slides down the leg side.

End of over 45 (maiden) India 158/2

    • R Dravid 42 (120b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 44 (45b 6x4 1x6)
    • JL Pattinson 12-2-30-1
    • NM Lyon 8-2-32-0

Drinks on the cards soon, and Hussey is back on again. Two slips.

45.1

Hussey to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length on off stump, Tendulkar defends off the back foot. He's treated Hussey with more respect than any other bowler today.

45.2

Hussey to Tendulkar, 1 run, wobbles in towards the pads, Sachin nudges it square for a single.

There's a first slip and a fourth slips. A man catching at short midwicket.

45.3

Hussey to Dravid, no run, Length ball wide of off stump, Dravid flashes away from the body and misses. It is a shot he normally plays quite well.

45.4

Hussey to Dravid, 1 run, pitched further up, gets Dravid to lean out and drive through point for a single.

45.5

Hussey to Tendulkar, 1 run, short of a length, Tendulkar cuts it behind point for one more.

45.6

Hussey to Dravid, 1 run, this time Dravid connects with the back foot steer through cover as Hussey again plugs away back of a length.

End of over 46 (4 runs) India 162/2

    • R Dravid 44 (123b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 46 (48b 6x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 4-0-12-0
    • JL Pattinson 12-2-30-1
46.1

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, thumps down a sharp bouncer does Pattinson, with a humongous grunt. Dravid ducks under it.

46.2

Pattinson to Dravid, 2 runs, angled into the pads, this time Dravid tickles it away with the angle through backward square leg for two more. He's level with SRT, again.

46.3

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, pitched up, Dravid diffident on the forward press gets an inside edge on the drive towards mid-on.

46.4

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, over-pitched, Dravid leans into a cover drive but can't get it past cover. It was timed well, though.

46.5

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, shortens the length this time outside off stump, Dravid gets across the stumps and shoulders arms.

46.6

Pattinson to Dravid, no run, good length ball on off stump, Dravid walks into a determined defensive stroke to the off side of the pitch.

End of over 47 (2 runs) India 164/2

    • R Dravid 46 (129b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 46 (48b 6x4 1x6)
    • JL Pattinson 13-2-32-1
    • MEK Hussey 4-0-12-0
47.1

Hussey to Tendulkar, 1 run, short ball outside off, Hussey's offcutters aren't cutting really. Sachin cracks it square from the crease for one more.

47.2

Hussey to Dravid, no run, fuller length, comes on slowly as Dravid lunges out to defend to the off side.

47.3

Hussey to Dravid, no run, over-pitched on the stumps, Dravid digs it out off the front foot.

47.4

Hussey to Dravid, 2 runs, angled into the pads, easy runs for Dravid as he glances it fine for two more.

"I would have thought that after the Ashes the Australian selectors would have learned that there is only room for one of Hilfenhaus and Siddle in the same side. Those two are decent enough to hold one end up but if you play both then the onus of taking wickets falls squarely on Pattinson's broad shoulders and that is tough for a youngster no matter how impressive he is," says Clavian.

47.5

Hussey to Dravid, no run, full length ball outside of, Dravid leans well out to defend with an open face to the off side.

47.6

Hussey to Dravid, no run, that came in, Dravid tries working it to the leg side and gets hit on the pad. Half an appeal there, but seemed to be an inside edge. Slipping down leg too.

End of over 48 (3 runs) India 167/2

    • R Dravid 48 (134b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 47 (49b 6x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 5-0-15-0
    • JL Pattinson 13-2-32-1

Joy Bajaj: "@Clavian: I completely agree. Starc, the tall left armer, would have added more variety to this attack & troubled this Indian batting line-up more than Hilfenhaus." Well, Starc was ordinary against New Zealand. Drinks are done. Here's Hilfy again.

48.1

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, 1 run, starts with a loosener on the pads that Sachin glances towards fine leg for a single.

48.2

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended to the off side from the crease.

48.3

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, edged and falls short of Clarke at slip! Dravid is squared up as he looks to play straight to a ball that lands on leg and straightens devilishly. It takes the leading edge, but Dravid softens the grip and it lands short of the lone slip.

48.4

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, FOUR, not his best innings, but it is a fifty. Dravid flashes at a wide length ball outside off, and the thick edge speeds past Clarke. In the air, but safe. Dravid looks bugged by his travails even as he celebrates the 50.

48.5

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, back to normal service. Gets across and lets a length ball go.

48.6

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, pushes another length ball into the off side.

End of over 49 (5 runs) India 172/2

    • R Dravid 52 (139b 5x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 48 (50b 6x4 1x6)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 12-0-45-1
    • MEK Hussey 5-0-15-0

Lyon is back on now.

49.1

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up outside off, worked with the turn through mid-on.

49.2

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, leans across and nudges to the leg side with the turn.

49.3

Lyon to Tendulkar, 1 run, gets the single now, trots out and works him with the turn through mid-on.

49.4

Lyon to Dravid, 1 run, point is standing in Sydney, allowing Dravid an easy single as he rocks back to cut a short ball.

49.5

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, turns in from outside off, Sachin works it with the turn to backward square leg.

49.6

Lyon to Tendulkar, 1 run, Fifty for Sachin, and what a glorious exhibition of batting this has been since tea. Tossed up outside off again, driven down to mid-on for one more.

End of over 50 (3 runs) India 175/2

    • SR Tendulkar 50 (55b 6x4 1x6)
    • R Dravid 53 (140b 5x4)
    • NM Lyon 9-2-35-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 12-0-45-1
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