India tour of Australia, 4th Test: Australia v India at Adelaide, Jan 24-28, 2012
Australia won by 298 runs
Played at Adelaide Oval
24,25,26,27,28 January 2012 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100

Harris it will be to Gautam

0.1

Harris to Gambhir, FOUR, starts with a wide full toss that is put away easily through point

0.2

Harris to Gambhir, no run, pushes a pitched up delivery back to the bowler

three slips and gully

0.3

Harris to Gambhir, no run, digs out a full delivery towards point

0.4

Harris to Gambhir, 3 runs, gets another low full toss that he leans into and eases through extra cover

two slips and two gullys for Sehwag

0.5

Harris to Sehwag, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards covers

0.6

Harris to Gambhir, no run, lets a bouncing delivery angle past him outside off, no swing so far

End of over 1 (8 runs) India 8/0

    • G Gambhir 7 (5b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 1 (1b)
    • RJ Harris 1-0-8-0

Hilfenhaus from the other end

1.1

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, starts on a length down the leg side

1.2

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, FOUR, full and straight on the pads, put away wristily behind square leg

1.3

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, gets across and tries to nudge it fine but it rolls to the keeper off the pad

1.4

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, drives at an overpitched delivery, goes straight to midwicket

1.5

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, 1 run, dropped at midwicket by Cowan, was clipped in the air off the pads to his left, he went down towards it, got both hands to it, but could not hold on

1.6

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, looks to work it square from middle and leg, but plays it too fine and it rolls behind the wicket

End of over 2 (5 runs) India 13/0

    • G Gambhir 7 (6b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 6 (6b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 1-0-5-0
    • RJ Harris 1-0-8-0
2.1

Harris to Sehwag, no run, well down the leg side from a good length

2.2

Harris to Sehwag, FOUR, pitches full outside off and Sehwag sends it on its way through extra cover with a typical on-the-up slap

2.3

Harris to Sehwag, FOUR, another four, punched off the back foot now, through cover, superb timing

2.4

Harris to Sehwag, no run, has him fending to a short ball, hops in the air, and manages to keep it down from close to the handle

2.5

Harris to Sehwag, no run, looks to upper-cut a bouncing delivery, misses, the ball thuds into the keeper's gloves as he hops to take it

2.6

Harris to Sehwag, no run, pushed off the back foot to point

End of over 3 (8 runs) India 21/0

    • V Sehwag 14 (12b 3x4)
    • G Gambhir 7 (6b 1x4)
    • RJ Harris 2-0-16-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 1-0-5-0

Safi: "Sehwag rushing for semifinal between fedex and rafa..."

3.1

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, 1 run, straight on middle and leg, worked to fine leg

3.2

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, 2 runs, back of a length, worked off the pad through square leg, there has been no movement in the air at all

3.3

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, another work off the pad, this time straight to the man at square leg

3.4

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, slightly moving away after pitching on a good length, he pushes uncertainly towards point

3.5

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, goes across and gets solidly behind a good length ball around off

3.6

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, 2 runs, hint of away movement off the pitch, but short of a length and he punches past cover

End of over 4 (5 runs) India 26/0

    • V Sehwag 18 (17b 3x4)
    • G Gambhir 8 (7b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 2-0-10-0
    • RJ Harris 2-0-16-0
4.1

Harris to Gambhir, no run, leaves alone an angled ball sailing harmlessly outside off stump, if India cannot make it count on this surface, they will have run out of all excuses, if they havent already

4.2

Harris to Gambhir, no run, beaten as he goes for the drive to a pitched up ball leaving him with the angle

4.3

Harris to Gambhir, no run, better from Gautam, lets a length ball outside off go

4.4

Harris to Gambhir, no run, nudged off the pad towards square leg

4.5

Harris to Gambhir, no run, nudges towards square leg, wants the run, but is rightly sent back

4.6

Harris to Gambhir, no run, ends the over with another leave outside off, decent carry this time

End of over 5 (maiden) India 26/0

    • G Gambhir 8 (13b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 18 (17b 3x4)
    • RJ Harris 3-1-16-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 2-0-10-0

Siddle into the attack now

5.1

Siddle to Sehwag, OUT, he strikes with his first ball, accepts an outstanding return catch and sends Sehwag on his way, nothing delivery, low full toss, Sehwag closes the face as he looks to go midwicket, the ball loops to Siddle's right off the leading edge, he leaps and holds on one-handed, note to Ishant Sharma, at times, you create your luck

V Sehwag c & b Siddle 18 (21m 18b 3x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

So Australia took the flat wicket out of the equation with that wicket of Sehwag

5.2

Siddle to Dravid, no run, pushes a full delivery on the off side

short mid on comes in

5.3

Siddle to Dravid, no run, low full toss again, tapped to short mid on

5.4

Siddle to Dravid, 1 run, another low full toss, this time down leg, and is whipped down to fine leg

5.5

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, he has been very full all through this over, Gautam gets an inside edge on to boot now as he looks to work it square

5.6

Siddle to Gambhir, FOUR, shot! Gautam leans out towards the line of the angled ball and eases it through extra cover

End of over 6 (5 runs) India 31/1

    • G Gambhir 12 (15b 2x4)
    • R Dravid 1 (3b)
    • PM Siddle 1-0-5-1
    • RJ Harris 3-1-16-0
6.1

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, goes full for the stumps, stabbed away on the leg side

6.2

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, straightish length delivery not far from off stump, left alone

6.3

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, pitched up on middle, they have realised there is no swing and are attacking the stumps, pushed away to mid on

6.4

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, length ball on middle and leg now, he opens up and blocks

two short midwickets

6.5

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, gets one just outside off and goes hard at it, mistimes it to extra cover

6.6

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, OUT, would you believe it, he's been bowled again, tad unfortunate, but full marks to Australia for sticking to a tight line and length, he was just a touch late in motioning forward, the ball bounced from a length, hit him near the elbow, and ricocheted on to the stumps

R Dravid b Hilfenhaus 1 (8m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.11

End of over 7 (wicket maiden) India 31/2

    • G Gambhir 12 (15b 2x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 3-1-10-1
    • PM Siddle 1-0-5-1
7.1

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, length ball angled across, left alone

7.2

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, driven off the front foot to mid off

7.3

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, hops in the air and works a back of a length ball on the leg side

Craig: "Dravid's new nickname should be the Berlin Wall!" But it came down only once

7.4

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, pushed softly down the track

7.5

Siddle to Gambhir, 2 runs, length ball worked off the pad and past square leg

Slightly open stance from Gautam

7.6

Siddle to Gambhir, FOUR, thumps the pitched up delivery hard into the turf, it bounces over extra cover and runs away for four

End of over 8 (6 runs) India 37/2

    • G Gambhir 18 (21b 3x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 0 (0b)
    • PM Siddle 2-0-11-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 3-1-10-1
8.1

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, 1 run, off the mark with a nudge to fine leg off a short of a length rising ball

8.2

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, gets across and forward and blocks solidly

8.3

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, 1 run, flicked off the pads to deep square leg

There has been no swing, no movement off the pitch, they haven't needed it

8.4

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, no run, tight line around off, defended off the front foot

8.5

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, no run, bounces from back of a length, kept down towards covers

8.6

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, no run, good delivery, right on off stump from a good length, he gets low to defend

End of over 9 (2 runs) India 39/2

    • SR Tendulkar 1 (4b)
    • G Gambhir 19 (23b 3x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 4-1-12-1
    • PM Siddle 2-0-11-1

Tanwir: "Since his debut century in Blomfontein in 2001, Sehwag has scored only 4 hundreds outside the subcontinent - 2002 in Nottingham, 2003 in Melbourne, 2006 in Gros Islet and 2008 in Adelaide. We really cant have him opening in overseas tests anymore and keep saying "oh well, thats the way he plays". Time to drop him down the order."

9.1

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, pushed back to the bowler off the front foot, another full delivery from Siddle

9.2

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, thick outside edge runs towards cover as Gautam motions forward

9.3

Siddle to Gambhir, 2 runs, very good line to Gautam, short of a length just around off, he runs it past gully in the end

SamRoy: "Dravid should write a book about "The art of getting bowled". Currently, he is better than even Chris Martin at it. Also him being quite articulate and popular, I guess his book will sell very well." I detect a measure of underestimation of the capabilities of He Who Walks in this statement

9.4

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, pushed back to the bowler

9.5

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, hops in the air and brings down a climbing back of a length ball

9.6

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, good delivery, and fine leave, bangs it in short, it rises sharply outside off, Gautam drops the wrists and pulls his head out of the way

End of over 10 (2 runs) India 41/2

    • G Gambhir 21 (29b 3x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 1 (4b)
    • PM Siddle 3-0-13-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 4-1-12-1
10.1

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, FOUR, excellent stroke from Sachin, there are two men around short midwicket, and he splits the tiny gap between them with a whippy movement of the wrists

10.2

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, 2 runs, pushed past point for two more

wOl: "No-one gets bowled like the Man Who Walks. Old Jungle Saying."

10.3

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, 1 run, flicks a full delivery going down the side, to fine leg

10.4

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, hits a good length outside off and finds bounce, Gautam leaves

10.5

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, looks to drive as he motions forward and across, but the ball takes the inner half of the bat and the ball rolls towards mid on

10.6

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, more bounce from just short of a length, but a touch far outside off to interest Gautam

End of over 11 (7 runs) India 48/2

    • G Gambhir 21 (32b 3x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 8 (7b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 5-1-19-1
    • PM Siddle 3-0-13-1

The ex-groundsman on to bowl at his home ground, here is Nathan Lyon

11.1

Lyon to Tendulkar, 2 runs, short, turning in, he backs away and cuts hard in front of point

11.2

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, flighted too full and wide outside off, left alone

11.3

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, drift for Lyon outside off, left alone again

11.4

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, inside edge, Lyon is getting quite some turn, the ball flies past short leg

11.5

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, there, more turn again, Sachin wanted to punch off the back foot but had to check his stroke

11.6

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, smacked off the front foot to Ponting at extra cover

End of over 12 (2 runs) India 50/2

    • SR Tendulkar 10 (13b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 21 (32b 3x4)
    • NM Lyon 1-0-2-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 5-1-19-1
12.1

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, hops and works a short of a length ball to square leg

12.2

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, bangs it in just outside leg, Gautam gets outside the line and lets it go

12.3

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, goes for the drive to the pitched up delivery, but a diving stop at extra cover saves runs

12.4

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, 1 run, full delivery turned towards midwicket

12.5

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, no run, bounce for Hilfenhaus outside off stump, bit of away shape, left alone

12.6

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, 1 run, worked off middle and leg to the man in the deep in front of square leg

End of over 13 (2 runs) India 52/2

    • SR Tendulkar 11 (15b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 22 (36b 3x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 6-1-21-1
    • NM Lyon 1-0-2-0
13.1

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up slowly outside off, smothered off the front foot

13.2

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, lots of turn from outside off, hurriedly worked square

13.3

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, drift again from a fuller length, patted away to covers

13.4

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, full delivery eased away to extra cover

13.5

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, well forward and across and blocks a dipping full delivery

13.6

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, does not seem to be bowling from particularly close to the umpire, turns in from a length, blocked

End of over 14 (maiden) India 52/2

    • SR Tendulkar 11 (21b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 22 (36b 3x4)
    • NM Lyon 2-1-2-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 6-1-21-1
14.1

Harris to Gambhir, 1 run, worked towards midwicket

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the fourth day's play of the Adelaide Test. India had some reason to cheer yesterday with Virat Kohli scoring their first century of the series. However, Australia are well in control; will they go on to extend their lead to around 500 and make India bat? We'll see.

14.1

Harris to Gambhir, 1 run

14.2

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, pushed towards extra cover off the front foot

14.3

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, blocked back to the bowler

14.4

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, left alone as it bounces outside off

14.5

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, holds its line on a good length, bounces, then moves away after passing Sachin who lets it be

14.6

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, almost shaves the outside edge as Harris gets another one to hold its line from short of a length

End of over 15 (1 run) India 53/2

    • SR Tendulkar 11 (26b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 23 (37b 3x4)
    • RJ Harris 4-1-17-0
    • NM Lyon 2-1-2-0

Lyon around the stumps to Gautam, slip and short leg in place

15.1

Lyon to Gambhir, 1 run

15.2

Lyon to Tendulkar, 1 run, shuffles across, opens up and nudges square on the leg side with all that turn that Lyon is getting

15.3

Lyon to Gambhir, no run, floated up from around the stumps into middle and leg, blocked

15.4

Lyon to Gambhir, 1 run, drifts full around middle and off, driven through extra cover

ravi: "There you go... playing for EOD. And that surely means letting the bowlers settle into a rhythm and inviting trouble."

15.5

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, turns in and bounces from a good length, worked to short leg

15.6

Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, turning down the leg side from off, nudged to short fine leg

End of over 16 (3 runs) India 56/2

    • SR Tendulkar 12 (29b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 25 (40b 3x4)
    • NM Lyon 3-1-5-0
    • RJ Harris 4-1-17-0

Harris from around the stumps

16.1

Harris to Gambhir, no run, nice drive off the front foot, straight to covers

16.2

Harris to Gambhir, no run, angled in on a good length, ending on off, he comes forward and smothers it

16.3

Harris to Gambhir, no run, rolls away on the off side off an inside edge on to pad

Chris: "Really like Lyon as a long term spinner but playing him against India is madness. Facing spin is their only strength - why give them the chance?"

16.4

Harris to Gambhir, 1 run, comes walking down the pitch, gets around this one angled in, and tucks it to fine leg

16.5

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, bounce from a good length but too far outside off, left alone

16.6

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, now this one moves away after pitching on a length, but again starting wide enough not to draw him out

End of over 17 (1 run) India 57/2

    • SR Tendulkar 12 (31b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 26 (44b 3x4)
    • RJ Harris 5-1-18-0
    • NM Lyon 3-1-5-0
17.1

Lyon to Gambhir, no run, turning away after being floated in on middle and leg, smothered off the front foot

17.2

Lyon to Gambhir, no run, well bowled, tossed up slowly outside off, he decides to leave in the end as it turns away

17.3

Lyon to Gambhir, no run, ending on middle and off, excellent control from Lyon so far, defended off the front foot

17.4

Lyon to Gambhir, no run, another one tossed up, on middle and leg, blocked

17.5

Lyon to Gambhir, no run, gets him to push with one tossed up just outside off, eases it to cover

17.6

Lyon to Gambhir, no run, cannot put the short ball away, even as it bounces a tad, he cuts it straight to point

End of over 18 (maiden) India 57/2

    • G Gambhir 26 (50b 3x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 12 (31b 1x4)
    • NM Lyon 4-2-5-0
    • RJ Harris 5-1-18-0

Gaurav: "@chris - so that lyon can learn more about how to take wkts of good batsmen of spin. Will help him in the long run, and India are going to get white washed anyways !"

18.1

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, he is getting slight shape away from the right-hander from the pitch, left alone

18.2

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, Haddin goes up in appeal for caught behind as Sachin pokes at one that held its line from a length, superb spell from Harris

18.3

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, now one that angles in from the same spot, not far from off stump, he leaves it alone

18.4

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, he is troubling Sachin, an inside edge as he gets across to jab at one that zips in from a length

18.5

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, defended solidly this time

18.6

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, slightly uncertain in getting forward, adjusts well to defend towards point in the end

End of over 19 (maiden) India 57/2

    • SR Tendulkar 12 (37b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 26 (50b 3x4)
    • RJ Harris 6-2-18-0
    • NM Lyon 4-2-5-0
19.1

Lyon to Gambhir, no run, cuts a shortish turning ball straight to point

19.2

Lyon to Gambhir, FOUR, shot! he's driven well today, takes on the flighted delivery and eases it past extra cover with an open face

19.3

Lyon to Gambhir, no run, quicker and around leg, he gets bat in front of pad to defend

19.4

Lyon to Gambhir, no run, too short, but he slaps it straight to cover

19.5

Lyon to Gambhir, no run, misses out again, low full toss now, worked to midwicket

19.6

Lyon to Gambhir, no run, just outside off stump, punched towards covers

End of over 20 (4 runs) India 61/2

    • G Gambhir 30 (56b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 12 (37b 1x4)
    • NM Lyon 5-2-9-0
    • RJ Harris 6-2-18-0

final over of the day to be bowled by the captain

20.1

Clarke to Tendulkar, no run, worked to short leg

20.2

Clarke to Tendulkar, no run, smothered off the front foot on the off side

20.3

Clarke to Tendulkar, no run, squeezes out a flighted delivery to point

20.4

Clarke to Tendulkar, no run, straightening on middle, he carefully pats it back

20.5

Clarke to Tendulkar, no run, gets well forward again to defend down the track

20.6

Clarke to Tendulkar, no run, stays half-forward, allows it to straighten on off, and blocks solidly

Australia's day again. They declared at over 600, and have picked up two India wickets at a tenth of that score. The pitch has been brilliant to bat on all day, but Australia got Sehwag off a full toss, and Dravid was bowled off his elbow. This after Ponting and Clarke got to double centuries earlier to set up the declaration. Have a look at Brydon Coverdale's report and you can log on later to read all the match analysis from Sidharth Monga and Dan Brettig later. Abhishek Purohit scooting off at the moment. Cheers

End of over 21 (maiden) India 61/2

    • SR Tendulkar 12 (43b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 30 (56b 4x4)
    • MJ Clarke 1-1-0-0
    • NM Lyon 5-2-9-0

Play about to begin. Gautam Gambhir to face the first ball of the day, from Ryan Harris, who will start from around the stumps

Neil: "perhaps part of the reasonIndia are doing poorly overseas is because too many people in India share the view of dhrumit. basically "I don't care if we lose, as long as Tendulkar gets his record.""

Anant: "It's approaching midnight in the UK. I have a chemistry A level exam tomorrow, but I'm staying up just to watch Sachin bat. I don't really care too much for his 'milestone' but watching him bat is the only reason I'm still following this indian team." Makes you wonder what will happen to all that fan following for the game in India the day he retires

dhrumit: "All i really want is SRT get that century on this special day." Nothing else to look forward to anyway for India fans, I guess

10.15 am Still looks like a very good batting wicket, says Wasim Akram on air. There might be some reverse swing around the 60-70 over mark with the old ball, he says. Ian Chappell says that there is not much breeze around at the moment. Means it will be hard work for the bowlers, and Chappell thinks that the spinners will not get the drift they normally do if the breeze stays away.

10.00 am Welcome to the third day's play of the fourth and final Test between Australia and India in Adelaide. Today is Australia Day and also Republic Day in India. India's highest score of the series has been 400 in Sydney. They'll need to top that if they are to avoid the follow-on

21.1

Harris to Gambhir, no run, hurls it full and wide, pushed towards covers

21.2

Harris to Gambhir, no run, beaten on the drive, it went away slightly as it was pitched up for the drive, and Gautam ended up swishing inside the line

21.3

Harris to Gambhir, no run, angled in towards off this time, pushed back to the bowler

Two slips

21.4

Harris to Gambhir, no run, pushed hard off the front foot now, straight to cover

21.5

Harris to Gambhir, no run, he is bowling wide outside off stump, and Gautam has gone after every one of them this over, this time he reaches out and slaps it to cover

21.6

Harris to Gambhir, no run, just outside off to end the first over of the morning, defended solidly

End of over 22 (maiden) India 61/2

    • G Gambhir 30 (62b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 12 (43b 1x4)
    • RJ Harris 7-3-18-0
    • MJ Clarke 1-1-0-0
22.1

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, FOUR, gets going with a boundary first ball, Hilfenhaus serves one on to the pads, and Tendulkar puts it away wristily in front of square leg

22.2

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, 1 run, further and fuller down leg this time, he shuffles and turns it to fine leg

22.3

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, leaves for the first time today, as the angle takes the length ball away from him

22.4

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, pushes firmly down the track, Hilfenhaus gets a hand down and stops it

22.5

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, left alone outside the off stump from a good length

Athreya: "@Neil: That is not completely true. After all the hype in England about that, it's no longer a big deal (wonder if it ever was). I think the issue is, the guys are not hurt enough to go out and turn things around."

22.6

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, plays out a fullish one towards mid on

End of over 23 (5 runs) India 66/2

    • G Gambhir 30 (66b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 17 (45b 2x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 7-1-26-1
    • RJ Harris 7-3-18-0
23.1

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, good delivery, finishing around off stump as it comes in with the angle, he stays back, and carefully pats it away

Two slips, gully, shortish cover

23.2

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, bounce from a good length but some way outside off and left alone

23.3

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, solidly forward and across in defence to a pitched up delivery

23.4

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, shot! leans into the drive but thumps it straight to extra cover

23.5

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, late decision to leave but he was always in control, probably a shade late in withdrawing the bat

23.6

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, leans forward and pushes a pitched up delivery towards mid on

End of over 24 (maiden) India 66/2

    • SR Tendulkar 17 (51b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 30 (66b 4x4)
    • RJ Harris 8-4-18-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 7-1-26-1

Pushkar: "@Neil, its goes like this. Indian teams of the 90s were about as good as this one. Therefore, as we were going to get hammered anyway, we all got behind the worldbeater we had. Now that we're getting walloped like the teams of yore, we're relapsing into the habit again. If you had asked this 9 months ago, you'd have gotten a different answer."

24.1

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, pushes a fullish delivery with a very straight bat, mid off gets around to it

24.2

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, tries the bouncer, too short to trouble Gautam though

24.3

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, finds bounce from just short of a length and troubles Gautam, who hops in the air, and fends it away awkwardly, no short leg though, would have carried to him

24.4

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, left alone on the angle outside off

24.5

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, slightly wider outside off and he lets it go, not full enough to get him driving

24.6

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, fuller this time, so he gets forward and smothers it neatly

End of over 25 (maiden) India 66/2

    • G Gambhir 30 (72b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 17 (51b 2x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 8-2-26-1
    • RJ Harris 8-4-18-0
25.1

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, pitched up and ending around off, he is solidly forward to block

25.2

Harris to Tendulkar, 1 run, just a bit more with the angle, he gets around it and tucks it to fine leg

around the stumps to Gautam

25.3

Harris to Gambhir, 1 run, well done, hops and works a shortish one on the leg side for a single

back to over the wicket to Sachin

25.4

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, pitched up straightish ball left outside off

25.5

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, pushes firmly forward and the ball races to the right of mid off, so much that he has to slide across to stop it, excellent pitch this for batting

25.6

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, stays half-forward and pats away a length ball without fuss

End of over 26 (2 runs) India 68/2

    • SR Tendulkar 18 (56b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 31 (73b 4x4)
    • RJ Harris 9-4-20-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 8-2-26-1
26.1

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, nothing happening off the pitch or in the air, some bounce just outside off, defended safely

26.2

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, pushes at one leaving him with the angle with a bit of an open face, and the inside edge rolls towards square leg

26.3

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, left alone with the angle outside off

26.4

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, ducks comfortably under a bouncer

26.5

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, gets across and pushes a length ball on the off side

26.6

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, he has not been able to pierce that off side cordon despite several meaty pushes today, another one goes to cover

End of over 27 (maiden) India 68/2

    • G Gambhir 31 (79b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 18 (56b 2x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 9-3-26-1
    • RJ Harris 9-4-20-0
27.1

Harris to Tendulkar, 1 run, punched hard off the back foot and cover cannot stop it with a dive

ignoramus: "@Pushkar - i tend to disagree. it's the same batting line up from 2003-2009. its the same team that one a test in south africa on its last 2 tours there. so the question is, why did they win in south africa on a pitch that makes the aussie ones look like a runway, and spectacularly implode since then?"

27.2

Harris to Gambhir, 1 run, allows the ball to come in from around the stumps and nudges towards midwicket for one

27.3

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, pacy bouncer, very well directed, gets big on him as it darts in, at 139.2 kph, Tendulkar just about manages to squeeze himself under it

27.4

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, left alone as it bounces straightish outside off

27.5

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, slower one cuts in, but wide enough outside off to be left alone

27.6

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, ends the over with another leave

End of over 28 (2 runs) India 70/2

    • SR Tendulkar 19 (61b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 32 (80b 4x4)
    • RJ Harris 10-4-22-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 9-3-26-1
28.1

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, has him hopping to a shortish delivery, but there is no short leg around, and he gets away with a fend towards square leg

28.2

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, shorter, and he just about manages to get outside the line as he shuffles across, and lets it go

28.3

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, angling away outside off and left alone

28.4

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, pushed down the track

Mahadevan: "One thing that really hurts is that there is no fight..India seems to be going through motions and in press conferences seem to just shrug the shoulders and say "What could have we done"? Would love to see some accountablity and responsibility."

28.5

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, smothers a pitched up delivery

28.6

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, gets behind the line of a slightly shorter one and blocks

End of over 29 (maiden) India 70/2

    • G Gambhir 32 (86b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 19 (61b 2x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 10-4-26-1
    • RJ Harris 10-4-22-0

Siddle comes on

29.1

Siddle to Tendulkar, no run, hurls it right on a good length close to off first up, pushed towards extra cover

29.2

Siddle to Tendulkar, no run, straightish length ball left alone outside off

29.3

Siddle to Tendulkar, no run, pushes a pitched up ball to mid off

29.4

Siddle to Tendulkar, FOUR, fine shot, Tendulkar sees one that provides him with some angle, even if it just outside off, gets around it and wrists it to the right of mid off, Lyon chases and puts in the slide in vain

29.5

Siddle to Tendulkar, no run, a rare delivery that holds its line after being angled in on a length, and beats him on the forward push

29.6

Siddle to Tendulkar, no run, wiser this time and lets go a length ball after getting across

End of over 30 (4 runs) India 74/2

    • SR Tendulkar 23 (67b 3x4)
    • G Gambhir 32 (86b 4x4)
    • PM Siddle 4-0-17-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 10-4-26-1

Sproj: "India need an Argus Report. Spending bucketloads of money to tell them what the average fan already knows. I'll gladly do it."

30.1

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, not much pace on this one from back of a length, he is easily able to defend

30.2

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, 2 runs, worked off the pads behind square for two

30.3

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, leaves alone one not very far from off stump

30.4

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, shoulders arms again

30.5

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, ducks under a sharp bouncer

30.6

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, slower one pitched up for the drive outside off, Gautam lets it go

End of over 31 (2 runs) India 76/2

    • G Gambhir 34 (92b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 23 (67b 3x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 11-4-28-1
    • PM Siddle 4-0-17-1
31.1

Siddle to Tendulkar, 2 runs, cracking stroke off the back foot that races past extra cover, stopped by Marsh with a slide, they have taken only two

31.2

Siddle to Tendulkar, OUT, Siddle strikes big, Tendulkar looking to push away from the body towards cover with a slightly open face and Ponting takes a very low catch at second slip, pitched up, the angle in to Tendulkar and the fuller length draws him forward, the open face takes the ball straight to Ponting, it was taken low enough for them to have a second look at it, looks alright

SR Tendulkar c Ponting b Siddle 25 (94m 69b 3x4 0x6) SR: 36.23

31.3

Siddle to Laxman, no run, half-forward and plays it out towards point

31.4

Siddle to Laxman, no run, around off stump, defended

31.5

Siddle to Laxman, 3 runs, shot! this was the Laxman of old, gets forward to the full delivery and wills it past extra cover firmly

31.6

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, full length, pushed back to Siddle

End of over 32 (5 runs) India 81/3

    • G Gambhir 34 (93b 4x4)
    • VVS Laxman 3 (3b)
    • PM Siddle 5-0-22-2
    • BW Hilfenhaus 11-4-28-1
32.1

Hilfenhaus to Laxman, no run, outside edge as Laxman hangs his bat half-forward, falls well short to Ponting's right, but he stretches out to save some runs

32.2

Hilfenhaus to Laxman, no run, left alone outside off

32.3

Hilfenhaus to Laxman, no run, shuffles across and plays out a length ball towards midwicket

32.4

Hilfenhaus to Laxman, no run, pushed towards covers

32.5

Hilfenhaus to Laxman, no run, pitched up two feet outside off, Laxman shoulders arms

32.6

Hilfenhaus to Laxman, 1 run, worked to the right of mid on for a single

End of over 33 (1 run) India 82/3

    • VVS Laxman 4 (9b)
    • G Gambhir 34 (93b 4x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 12-4-29-1
    • PM Siddle 5-0-22-2
33.1

Siddle to Laxman, FOUR, shot! the old Laxman again, leans well forward and across, almost exaggerated considering his reluctance to do so initially, and gracefully drives past extra cover

33.2

Siddle to Laxman, no run, lets a shortish one go outside off

33.3

Siddle to Laxman, no run, and then he is beaten outside the off stump in his bid to come forward, the ball just holding its line as Laxman lunges to defend at it

33.4

Siddle to Laxman, 1 run, allows the length ball to come on and taps it with an open face towards point as he gets forward

33.5

Siddle to Gambhir, OUT, Siddle all over India, Gautam falls to the bouncer, incredible delivery on this flat wicket, must have taken so much effort, Siddle bangs it in short, it gets way too big on Gautam, close to head high, he hops in the air as he has been doing all morning, wanting to bring it down, but ends up fending it away well in front of gully, Michael Hussey races forward and dives full length forward to hold on to it, what a delivery, what a catch, top stuff

G Gambhir c Hussey b Siddle 34 (140m 94b 4x4 0x6) SR: 36.17

John: "SRT now 21 Test innings without a ton. I think it was around this point (21 innings) that Ponting's detractors started calling for his blood..."

33.6

Siddle to Kohli, no run, Virat had absolutely no clue as he came across to a pacy short of a length delivery that whizzed past as he looked to defend

End of over 34 (5 runs) India 87/4

    • V Kohli 0 (1b)
    • VVS Laxman 9 (13b 1x4)
    • PM Siddle 6-0-27-3
    • BW Hilfenhaus 12-4-29-1

Lyon comes on

34.1

Lyon to Laxman, 3 runs, gets a thick edge first ball as he floats it up outside off stump, Laxman goes for the drive and edges it past slip

34.2

Lyon to Kohli, no run, good ball, turning in from a fuller length, Virat uncertain in forward defence

34.3

Lyon to Kohli, no run, played out off the back foot towards point

34.4

Lyon to Kohli, no run, short, but in the mindset that they are, it must be seeming like a square turner, carefully patted away

34.5

Lyon to Kohli, 1 run, pushes with the turn, and works it away past midwicket

slip and short leg

34.6

Lyon to Laxman, no run, full delivery whipped away wristily to midwicket

End of over 35 (4 runs) India 91/4

    • VVS Laxman 12 (15b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 1 (5b)
    • NM Lyon 6-2-13-0
    • PM Siddle 6-0-27-3

Govind: "Siddle is fast becoming the pacemen's version of Swann - getting a wicket within the first couple of overs of a new spell. This is why I'd always pick Sid vicious in my eleven, particularly for pitches that are pure featherbeds. Don't think there is anyone out there in the last few years who can beat him for tireless effort on those pitches."

35.1

Siddle to Kohli, no run, motions forward and watchfully defends a pitched up delivery

35.2

Siddle to Kohli, no run, hurls it in fullish and straight close to off, left alone

35.3

Siddle to Kohli, no run, moves away after pitching then comes back in making it a tough one for Haddin but wide enough to be left alone

35.4

Siddle to Kohli, 2 runs, leans in to the drive and eases the full delivery past extra cover

kiran: "@John, But unlike Ponting tendulkar looked the most assured batsman from the Indian side at the crease in this series...also he made good scores, a 50 here and there..." Yeah right, clutch at all the straws you can, while you can

35.5

Siddle to Kohli, no run, some away movement, left alone outside off

35.6

Siddle to Kohli, no run, fine shot, whipped away from off stump, but straight to midwicket

End of over 36 (2 runs) India 93/4

    • V Kohli 3 (11b)
    • VVS Laxman 12 (15b 1x4)
    • PM Siddle 7-0-29-3
    • NM Lyon 6-2-13-0

sachin: "Well Gambhir would have been out even on a Rank Turner on that delivery!No answer he had for that."

36.1

Lyon to Laxman, no run, hit on the pads as he draws him forward, big turn but he was well outside the line of off

36.2

Lyon to Laxman, no run, superb line this, full and outside off, drives towards mid off

36.3

Lyon to Laxman, no run, dips as it is tossed up full, smothers off the front foot

36.4

Lyon to Laxman, no run, smothered off the front foot

36.5

Lyon to Laxman, no run, hit on the pad again with turn from outside off, but again outside the line

36.6

Lyon to Laxman, no run, defended off the front foot

End of over 37 (maiden) India 93/4

    • VVS Laxman 12 (21b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 3 (11b)
    • NM Lyon 7-3-13-0
    • PM Siddle 7-0-29-3
37.1

Harris to Kohli, no run, pushed away on the off side

37.2

Harris to Kohli, FOUR, gets bat in front of pad and clips the length ball in front of square leg from middle and off

37.3

Harris to Kohli, no run, widish length ball left alone

37.4

Harris to Kohli, no run, fullish this time but still not close enough to make him play

Jose P: "Gambhir, Caught Mr Cricket, Bowled Mr Effort."

37.5

Harris to Kohli, no run, comes in slightly but from far outside off, another leave

37.6

Harris to Kohli, no run, moving away this time from back of a length, he looks to leave it belatedly and the ball hits the bat to roll towards point

End of over 38 (4 runs) India 97/4

    • V Kohli 7 (17b 1x4)
    • VVS Laxman 12 (21b 1x4)
    • RJ Harris 11-4-26-0
    • NM Lyon 7-3-13-0

Grant: "Lyon is looking good, not only here but over his young test career. It's nice to have a post-Warne spinner that can actually turn the ball! Helps when your trade is spin bowling."

38.1

Lyon to Laxman, no run, defended off the back foot

38.2

Lyon to Laxman, no run, pushes forward and turns the full ball to midwicket

38.3

Lyon to Laxman, no run, lovely bowling, dips as it is tossed up, and turns in to take the inside edge on to pad, could have looped up, did not

38.4

Lyon to Laxman, 1 run, worked off the pad square for a single, this was the norm when Ashwin bowled

Silly point in now

38.5

Lyon to Kohli, no run, played out to short leg

38.6

Lyon to Kohli, no run, some bounce outside off, played out to point

End of over 39 (1 run) India 98/4

    • V Kohli 7 (19b 1x4)
    • VVS Laxman 13 (25b 1x4)
    • NM Lyon 8-3-14-0
    • RJ Harris 11-4-26-0
39.1

Harris to Laxman, no run, pushes forward but short cover is in the way

Rev: "Despite being Australian, and it being Australia Day, I would love to see Laxman chalk up a ton here. Such a great player deserves to go out on a high(ish) note!"

39.2

Harris to Laxman, no run, left alone as it moves away a shade outside off

39.3

Harris to Laxman, 1 run, tentatively forward to one angled in now, outstanding bowling on a flat deck, inside edge is produced, dribbles away on the leg side

39.4

Harris to Kohli, no run, defended off the back foot

39.5

Harris to Kohli, no run, too wide outside off this time

39.6

Harris to Kohli, no run, goes wide of the crease and angles it in, he has a look and shoulders arms

End of over 40 (1 run) India 99/4

    • V Kohli 7 (22b 1x4)
    • VVS Laxman 14 (28b 1x4)
    • RJ Harris 12-4-27-0
    • NM Lyon 8-3-14-0
40.1

Lyon to Laxman, no run, drift outside off, he reaches out and slaps it to extra cover

40.2

Lyon to Laxman, no run, gets bat in front of pad to push down the track

40.3

Lyon to Laxman, 1 run, dips as it is tossed up, he gets forward to push towards mid off

100 up finally for India

40.4

Lyon to Kohli, no run, drifts away on a good length and turns in outside off, left alone

40.5

Lyon to Kohli, no run, comes across and pushes to short leg

40.6

Lyon to Kohli, 1 run, reaches out to drive to the right of extra cover where Hussey runs across and dives to save some runs

End of over 41 (2 runs) India 101/4

    • V Kohli 8 (25b 1x4)
    • VVS Laxman 15 (31b 1x4)
    • NM Lyon 9-3-16-0
    • RJ Harris 12-4-27-0

Surya: "Geez!!!At least play the spinner with some authority, I say."

41.1

Harris to Kohli, 2 runs, pulls a well-directed short ball through midwicket, swivelling slowly and keeping it along the ground

41.2

Harris to Kohli, no run, left alone outside off

41.3

Harris to Kohli, 1 run, uses the angle on the length delivery to work for a single towards midwicket

41.4

Harris to Laxman, no run, pushes forward and smothers a pitched up delivery

41.5

Harris to Laxman, no run, pushes a length delivery on the off side

41.6

Harris to Laxman, no run, too good, holding its line after being angled in appreciably towards off, Laxman ends up feebly pushing inside the line

End of over 42 (3 runs) India 104/4

    • VVS Laxman 15 (34b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 11 (28b 1x4)
    • RJ Harris 13-4-30-0
    • NM Lyon 9-3-16-0

Murali: "Just to put things in perspective, India are trailing by two and a half follow ons."

42.1

Lyon to Kohli, no run, presses well forward in defence

42.2

Lyon to Kohli, 1 run, turns in from outside off and is worked away through square leg

42.3

Lyon to Laxman, no run, comes forward and drives towards extra cover

42.4

Lyon to Laxman, 1 run, moves across as he sees the line closer to off and works behind square on the leg side

42.5

Lyon to Kohli, no run, turns in from just outside off, defended to short leg

42.6

Lyon to Kohli, 1 run, worked towards square leg from the crease

End of over 43 (3 runs) India 107/4

    • V Kohli 13 (32b 1x4)
    • VVS Laxman 16 (36b 1x4)
    • NM Lyon 10-3-19-0
    • RJ Harris 13-4-30-0

Chinmay: "That awkward moment when Lyon looks better than the entire Indian bowling attack. Yikes"

43.1

Harris to Kohli, no run, bounces from short of a length but too far outside off

43.2

Harris to Kohli, no run, reaches out to a low full toss and pats it away to short extra cover

43.3

Harris to Kohli, no run, beaten on the drive as Harris pitches it up full

43.4

Harris to Kohli, no run, gets across and pats away a near-yorker outside off

43.5

Harris to Kohli, no run, leans forward and pushes to extra cover

43.6

Harris to Kohli, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 44 (maiden) India 107/4

    • V Kohli 13 (38b 1x4)
    • VVS Laxman 16 (36b 1x4)
    • RJ Harris 14-5-30-0
    • NM Lyon 10-3-19-0
44.1

Lyon to Laxman, 2 runs, slightly short and cut away through point

44.2

Lyon to Laxman, no run, pushes forward in defence to a tossed up ball

44.3

Lyon to Laxman, no run, pushed to silly point off the front foot

44.4

Lyon to Laxman, no run, superb bowling, making him reach forward to a tossed up ball outside off, gets the inside edge past short leg as it spins in

44.5

Lyon to Laxman, no run, nudged to short leg

44.6

Lyon to Laxman, no run, digs back a very full delivery

End of over 45 (2 runs) India 109/4

    • VVS Laxman 18 (42b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 13 (38b 1x4)
    • NM Lyon 11-3-21-0
    • RJ Harris 14-5-30-0

Hussey to have a bowl

45.1

Hussey to Kohli, 2 runs, starts off with a wide and full one that is driven wide of sweeper cover

45.2

Hussey to Kohli, no run, gets the line closer to off, pushed back to the bowler

45.3

Hussey to Kohli, no run, pushes off the front foot to short extra cover

45.4

Hussey to Kohli, no run, fine stop by Ponting at short extra cover, Virat had slapped the full delivery very hard but Ponting got his left hand out immediately to stop it

45.5

Hussey to Kohli, no run, bit of a leading edge as he looks to push on the leg side

45.6

Hussey to Kohli, no run, pushed towards midwicket

End of over 46 (2 runs) India 111/4

    • V Kohli 15 (44b 1x4)
    • VVS Laxman 18 (42b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 1-0-2-0
    • NM Lyon 11-3-21-0
46.1

Lyon to Laxman, OUT, Nathan Lyon has deserved this wicket, Laxman looks to dab one spinning in outside off and edges it through to Haddin, extremely ordinary shot

VVS Laxman c †Haddin b Lyon 18 (61m 43b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.86

46.2

Lyon to Saha, no run, appeal for lbw but he was struck outside the line of off as he pushed forward

46.3

Lyon to Saha, no run, nudged off the front foot to short leg

46.4

Lyon to Saha, no run

46.5

Lyon to Saha, no run, low full toss smacked in to Ponting at silly point

46.6

Lyon to Saha, no run, consistently outside off stump, defended off the front foot

End of over 47 (wicket maiden) India 111/5

    • WP Saha 0 (5b)
    • V Kohli 15 (44b 1x4)
    • NM Lyon 12-4-21-1
    • MEK Hussey 1-0-2-0
47.1

Hussey to Kohli, 1 run, squeezes a full delivery on the off side for one

47.2

Hussey to Saha, no run, some away movement but far outside off

47.3

Hussey to Saha, no run, pushed towards backward point off the front foot

47.4

Hussey to Saha, no run, full ball driven hard to cover

47.5

Hussey to Saha, no run, wide outside off and left alone

47.6

Hussey to Saha, no run, driven to cover again

End of over 48 (1 run) India 112/5

    • WP Saha 0 (10b)
    • V Kohli 16 (45b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 2-0-3-0
    • NM Lyon 12-4-21-1
48.1

Lyon to Kohli, no run, some bounce from outside off stump, pushed on the leg side

48.2

Lyon to Kohli, no run, slapped off the back foot to extra cover

48.3

Lyon to Kohli, no run, back and across and defends to silly point

48.4

Lyon to Kohli, no run, whip-driven right into Ponting at silly point

48.5

Lyon to Kohli, no run, goes on the back foot and plays with the turn to mid on

48.6

Lyon to Kohli, 1 run, quicker one pushed past extra cover

End of over 49 (1 run) India 113/5

    • V Kohli 17 (51b 1x4)
    • WP Saha 0 (10b)
    • NM Lyon 13-4-22-1
    • MEK Hussey 2-0-3-0
49.1

Hussey to Kohli, 1 run, whipped to deep square from the crease

49.2

Hussey to Saha, 3 runs, pitched up ball driven neatly past mid off with a lovely followthrough

49.3

Hussey to Kohli, no run, comes in slightly from a length, left alone

Two short covers around

49.4

Hussey to Kohli, no run, drives off the front foot to one of those two men

49.5

Hussey to Kohli, 1 run, pushed to the right of mid off

49.6

Hussey to Saha, 2 runs, worked off the pad through midwicket

End of over 50 (7 runs) India 120/5

    • WP Saha 5 (12b)
    • V Kohli 19 (55b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 3-0-10-0
    • NM Lyon 13-4-22-1
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