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

jimy: "just wondering what worse could have happened if R Sharma played? "

the ball is being changed, the seam has split a long way

50.1

Lyon to Kohli, no run, bounce from a length for Lyon, he gets across and keeps it down

50.2

Lyon to Kohli, 2 runs, shortish ball, and he has time to punch past covers for two

50.3

Lyon to Kohli, no run, worked to short leg from outside off

50.4

Lyon to Kohli, no run, whipped down to mid on from outside off

50.5

Lyon to Kohli, no run, pushed down the track off the front foot

50.6

Lyon to Kohli, no run, worked to short leg on the bounce

Flat wicket? Doesn't seem so going by the scoreline of 5 for 122. Just shows how well Australia have bowled, and how poorly India have batted. Siddle producing a brute of an effort ball to get Gambhir, Tendulkar falling to a poor shot, Laxman to a much worse one. Join us at 1.10 pm local time for the second session

End of over 51 (2 runs) India 122/5

    • V Kohli 21 (61b 1x4)
    • WP Saha 5 (12b)
    • NM Lyon 14-4-24-1
    • MEK Hussey 3-0-10-0

Back for the post-lunch session. India need 283 to avoid the follow-on. Siddle to start off

john: "I understand Chris Martin has been drafted into the Indian squad to boost their batting."

51.1

Siddle to Saha, no run, moving in towards the right-hander in the air, he comes forward and blocks

51.2

Siddle to Saha, no run, this one goes away after pitching outside off, Saha withdraws the bat

51.3

Siddle to Saha, no run, bowls it fuller and draws him out, pushed towards short cover

51.4

Siddle to Saha, no run, holding its line from back of a length on off now, blocked

jimmy: "It says something about India that they have kept the same team the whole 4 tests this series. I mean, they are getting beat so badly, but the only voluntary change they made in the whole series was to bring in Vinay Kumar for the 3rd test instead of Ashwin, who has been one of their better bowlers."

51.5

Siddle to Saha, no run, reaches out to a full and widish delivery and pushes towards point

51.6

Siddle to Saha, no run, excellent short ball, and excellent leave from Saha, it was a scorcher aimed at the body but he coiled himself away as if he was on a spring, maintaining his balance all the time

End of over 52 (maiden) India 122/5

    • WP Saha 5 (18b)
    • V Kohli 21 (61b 1x4)
    • PM Siddle 8-1-29-3
    • NM Lyon 14-4-24-1
52.1

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, 3 runs, gets the length to which he can get back and across and thump it past extra cover, lunging slide on the boundary saves a run, tremendous effort

52.2

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run, defended off the front foot

52.3

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run, left alone as it bounces outside off

52.4

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run, straightish around middle and leg, worked towards midwicket

52.5

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run, gets it to cut away after pitching on a good length outside off, he takes a step out and shoulders arms

52.6

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run, ends with another leave outside off

End of over 53 (3 runs) India 125/5

    • WP Saha 5 (23b)
    • V Kohli 24 (62b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 13-4-32-1
    • PM Siddle 8-1-29-3
53.1

Siddle to Kohli, no run, moves forward and blocks a pitched up delivery close to off

53.2

Siddle to Kohli, no run, fine leave, he hits 143.9 kph as he pitches it up, Virat takes a step across, covers the off stump and shoulders arms

53.3

Siddle to Kohli, no run, similar to the ones that have got him earlier, his trigger movement is to come forward, this one angles in and moves away a tad from a tight length, he leaves it

53.4

Siddle to Kohli, 2 runs, angled in towards middle, and Virat works it through midwicket

Sheshachala: "Look at the emergence of Kohli, he is gradually gaining more confidence. Let me be direct, did our 'seniors' really shut the doors for many talents like him?"

53.5

Siddle to Kohli, no run, lets another one go past outside off

53.6

Siddle to Kohli, 1 run, well bowled, coming in at 146 kph, Virat just about got the bat in front of pad to work it square

End of over 54 (3 runs) India 128/5

    • V Kohli 27 (68b 1x4)
    • WP Saha 5 (23b)
    • PM Siddle 9-1-32-3
    • BW Hilfenhaus 13-4-32-1
54.1

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, continues to show good judgment with one more leave outside off

54.2

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, fuller length makes him come forward in tight defence

54.3

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, 1 run, hangs in the air as it is hurled in towards off very full, Virat waits and turns it to midwicket

Rohit: "Your commentary suggestd Saha looks more comfortable against this bowling than Dhoni. Is that the case?" Much more, though this pitch is much better for batting as well

54.4

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run

54.5

Hilfenhaus to Saha, 1 wide, lets a short delivery sail over him outside off

54.5

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run, shortish again but outside off and left alone

54.6

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run, much fuller now, he is right forward and pushes on the off side

End of over 55 (2 runs) India 130/5

    • WP Saha 5 (26b)
    • V Kohli 28 (71b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 14-4-34-1
    • PM Siddle 9-1-32-3

Praveen: "@Sheshachala: It doesnt matter if they shut the door because until last year..they were really REALLY good. Now that they're becoming a shadow of their selves, we are able to see the emergence of other talents."

55.1

Siddle to Kohli, FOUR, Siddle targets the stumps with a full length but Virat is waiting for it, bat well in front of pad as he turns it firmly in front of square leg

55.2

Siddle to Kohli, no run, poor shot this time, very wide and moving further away, takes a huge effort from him to reach out and have a waft, is cross with himself

55.3

Siddle to Kohli, no run, back of a length ball calmly eased out to midwicket

Aditya: "The removal of Simon Katich (flawed as it might arguably be) was a sign that Australia would be proactive in player selections. The opportunity afforded to Warner and Cowan is a clear example of that. The only person they are "forced" to keep in the team is Ponting (and on present form, not that hard to do). Compare that to India, where they are forced to retain Sehwag, Laxman, Dravid, Dhoni, and Tendulkar, only the last of which has even somewhat pulled his weight this tour. Would this tour really be that much worse with Rahane, Pujara, Mukund, and Sharma? If nothing else, the increased intensity on the field might help our bowlers..."

55.4

Siddle to Kohli, no run, good length now a foot outside off, he shoulders arms

Reyes: "I think the whole "seniors have been blocking the juniors" issue has been blown out of proportion. It's arguably the last two away series' only wherein they have under performed. And i think they deserve at least two away series to salvage some form, regardless of age. If they were shutting the door on juniors while batting extremely well, i don't see the problem."

55.5

Siddle to Kohli, no run, similar delivery, fine leave again, not even a hint of tentativeness unlike the me who followed him in the line-up

55.6

Siddle to Kohli, no run, continues to shoulder arms as Australia persist with the tight line outside off

End of over 56 (4 runs) India 134/5

    • V Kohli 32 (77b 2x4)
    • WP Saha 5 (26b)
    • PM Siddle 10-1-36-3
    • BW Hilfenhaus 14-4-34-1
56.1

Harris to Saha, FOUR, thick outside edge races to the third man boundary for four along the ground, as he pushes with an open face to one bowled full from wide of the crease

56.2

Harris to Saha, no run, too far outside off this time

56.3

Harris to Saha, no run, driven firmly off the front foot, but straight to cover

56.4

Harris to Saha, no run, moves forward and dead-bats a pitched up delivery

Ranjit: "Amid all this talk about "seniors" we tend to forget that the batsman most out of form in the Indian team right now is Gambhir. I'd drop him before dropping any of the big 3."

56.5

Harris to Saha, no run, opens the face to a fullish one on off and runs it to gully

56.6

Harris to Saha, no run, solidly forward to defend a good length delivery to covers

End of over 57 (4 runs) India 138/5

    • WP Saha 9 (32b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 32 (77b 2x4)
    • RJ Harris 15-5-34-0
    • PM Siddle 10-1-36-3
57.1

Siddle to Kohli, no run, mid on lunges to his left to cut off the single after Virat was eager to take on, having pushed the full delivery past Saha

57.2

Siddle to Kohli, FOUR, goes for the pull immediately as he sees it banged in short, swivels on a leg, was hurried just a shade but timed it well past mid on

57.3

Siddle to Kohli, no run, moving away from a good length and he is back to leaving

57.4

Siddle to Kohli, no run, shoulders arms once again

57.5

Siddle to Kohli, no run, this one moved in a shade in the air as it headed full for the stumps, Virat whips it to midwicket

57.6

Siddle to Kohli, 1 run, further towards leg with that fuller length and Virat flicks elegantly down to deep square

End of over 58 (5 runs) India 143/5

    • V Kohli 37 (83b 3x4)
    • WP Saha 9 (32b 1x4)
    • PM Siddle 11-1-41-3
    • RJ Harris 15-5-34-0

nitin: "Actually as much respect as I have for Gautam for all those gutsy innings he's played in the past 2-3 years (WC final being the pinnacle, tailgated by the NZ heist), I think he must be given the dose. If he doesn't come out strong then axing would be justified anyway; and if he does, he'll come back a fierier, better charged up, technically correcter version of himself which'll only be good for Indian Cricket."

58.1

Harris to Kohli, 3 runs, thumps the drive off the front foot, and mid off cannot stop it cleanly with a dive to his left

58.2

Harris to Saha, no run, opens the face as he comes forward and defends towards covers

58.3

Harris to Saha, no run, shuffles across, sees it moving away far outside off, and lets it go

58.4

Harris to Saha, no run, angles it in from wide of the crease, he takes a big stride forward, keeps bat close to pad and blocks

58.5

Harris to Saha, no run, another one headed for off with the angle, he is moving forward neatly, a touch exaggerated, and blocks

58.6

Harris to Saha, no run, second time that he has left a brute of a bouncer, goes down on his knees in a flash and withdraws his head out of the line

End of over 59 (3 runs) India 146/5

    • WP Saha 9 (37b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 40 (84b 3x4)
    • RJ Harris 16-5-37-0
    • PM Siddle 11-1-41-3

Hilfenhaus to bowl now

59.1

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, moves across and works wirstily to midwicket

59.2

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, back of a length, pushed towards mid on

59.3

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, straightish on middle and leg, worked away off the pad, Ponting is in front of square leg, shortish, and stops it well, getting down quickly to his right

59.4

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, FOUR, rare poor delivery from Australia, headed full and down leg, Virat puts it away fine with a nudge

59.5

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, better line, just outside off, full length again, he comes forward and pushes to mid on

59.6

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, 1 run, slower one at 118 kph, but towards leg, allowing him time to shuffle and work it behind square

End of over 60 (5 runs) India 151/5

    • V Kohli 45 (90b 4x4)
    • WP Saha 9 (37b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 15-4-39-1
    • RJ Harris 16-5-37-0
60.1

Harris to Kohli, no run, back of a length has not worked unless it is banged in hard like Siddle does, easily defended

60.2

Harris to Kohli, 2 runs, eagerly gets forward and drives the pitched up delivery through cover, pulled back just inside the rope

60.3

Harris to Kohli, no run, allows it to come in with the angle and pushes to mid on

60.4

Harris to Kohli, 1 run, worked behind square leg off the pad

Vineet: "Every time when dhoni walks out, there was thought running behind my mind that he would get out anytime...but not with saha...till now he has shown patience and looked gud.... "

60.5

Harris to Saha, no run, full toss but the bat face closes as he comes forward and the ball dribbles to mid on

60.6

Harris to Saha, no run, both have driven well off the front foot, Saha this time pings cover

End of over 61 (3 runs) India 154/5

    • WP Saha 9 (39b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 48 (94b 4x4)
    • RJ Harris 17-5-40-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 15-4-39-1

Syed: "A nice contrast: A rare poor delivery from Australia & a rare good delivery from India; rest is the story of this series."

61.1

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, pushed firmly off the front foot but not timed well enough to beat mid off to his right

61.2

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, pushed from the crease to mid on

61.3

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, pushed to mid on again

61.4

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, half-forward to a good length ball and tucks it towards midwicket

61.5

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, 1 no ball, comes forward and nudges the slower one towards midwicket

61.5

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, FOUR, shot! there are two short midwickets, but Virat sends the ball purring between them and also beats the man running to his left in the deep, very well made 50

61.6

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, smothered off the front foot

End of over 62 (5 runs) India 159/5

    • V Kohli 52 (101b 5x4)
    • WP Saha 9 (39b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 16-4-44-1
    • RJ Harris 17-5-40-0
62.1

Lyon to Saha, no run, lets a length ball go outside off

62.2

Lyon to Saha, no run, well forward to defend a flighted ball

62.3

Lyon to Saha, no run, backs away to cut, but extra bounce makes him check his shot

62.4

Lyon to Saha, no run, reaches out to another tossed up ball and pushes to mid off

62.5

Lyon to Saha, 3 runs, not short enough to cut, so Saha backs away and dabs it past slip

62.6

Lyon to Kohli, no run, turned with the spin to short leg

End of over 63 (3 runs) India 162/5

    • V Kohli 52 (102b 5x4)
    • WP Saha 12 (44b 1x4)
    • NM Lyon 15-4-27-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 16-4-44-1
63.1

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run, appeal for leg-before but that was sliding down leg, inside edge too

63.2

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run, swinging in full around off and middle, patted back down the track

63.3

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run, moves in towards leg from a length, turned to one of the two short midwickets

63.4

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run, dead-straight on middle, he defends solidly towards covers

63.5

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run, digs in the bouncer just outside off, Saha goes down on his knees instantly

63.6

Hilfenhaus to Saha, 2 runs, well played, reaches out and pushes through extra cover, Marsh gives chase and tumbles awkwardly while stopping the ball

End of over 64 (2 runs) India 164/5

    • WP Saha 14 (50b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 52 (102b 5x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 17-4-46-1
    • NM Lyon 15-4-27-1
64.1

Lyon to Kohli, no run, flighted ball whip-driven off the front foot to mid off

64.2

Lyon to Kohli, 1 run, worked in front of square leg off the pad

64.3

Lyon to Saha, 3 runs, Saha hits out, goes down on a knee and clobbers it straight down the ground, did not get it off the middle, and it is stopped just inside the rope

64.4

Lyon to Kohli, no run, turns down the leg side

64.5

Lyon to Kohli, 1 run, lunges forward and turns the full delivery to the right of mid on

64.6

Lyon to Saha, no run, moves forward and pats a tossed up ball to short leg

End of over 65 (5 runs) India 169/5

    • WP Saha 17 (52b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 54 (106b 5x4)
    • NM Lyon 16-4-32-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 17-4-46-1

Prabhjot: "Even that Saha fellow is fairing better than the stalwarts. Its clearly hunger driven motivation. Both Kohli n Saha have that. Same for Ashwin n Umesh yadav. They know they have to perform well or face the axe. The rest take their places for granted or they have had enough of cricket."

65.1

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, slanted too wide across the right-hander

65.2

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, 2 runs, good driving again, right to the pitch of the full delivery and sends it along the ground through extra cover with an emphatic swing of the bat

65.3

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, another one slanted too wide outside off

ParryMelb: "Saha's patient innings justifies his long first name."

65.4

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, the line is again way too much outside off to interest the batsman

65.5

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, persisting with that widish line outside off, left alone

65.6

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, sticks to that wide line and the over ends with one more leave

End of over 66 (2 runs) India 171/5

    • V Kohli 56 (112b 5x4)
    • WP Saha 17 (52b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 18-4-48-1
    • NM Lyon 16-4-32-1

Sandeep: "A century in this match for Virat Kohli would send Laxman packing. On the other hand, a century here for Saha would remind Dhoni that he cannot stay in the test team purely based on his leadership."

Nitin: "For all the obsession of Indian selectors and Dhoni with Saha and Parthiv Patel, it remains a fact that Dinesh Karthik by far remains the best wicket-keeper batsman in India with a sound technique for Test Cricket. This was the guy who made 6 fifty plus scores including a century in his first 6 test matches as opener and that too in AWAY matches, 4 ofthem in SA & ENG and played a major part in Indian series victory in 2007 English tour."

66.1

Lyon to Saha, no run, tucked off the pads to backward square leg

66.2

Lyon to Saha, no run, makes him drive off the front foot, but the ball turns and takes the inner part of the bat, back to the bowler

66.3

Lyon to Saha, no run, comes across and defends the length ball bouncing around off

66.4

Lyon to Saha, no run, drives the full delivery to mid off

66.5

Lyon to Saha, no run, reaches out and smothers a flighted ball towards point

66.6

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

End of over 67 (maiden) India 171/5

    • WP Saha 17 (58b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 56 (112b 5x4)
    • NM Lyon 17-5-32-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 18-4-48-1
67.1

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, Hilfenhaus persists with that wide line angled across the right-hander outside off

67.2

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, two feet outside off on a length, left alone

Two short covers

67.3

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, has him reaching out to a pitched up delivery, he drives it to one of the two short covers

67.4

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, moving away with the angle from some way outside off, left alone

67.5

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, bit of bounce now but with that line outside off, no need to play

67.6

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, 1 run, back of a length now and that allows him to slap the widish one to the left of mid off

End of over 68 (1 run) India 172/5

    • V Kohli 57 (118b 5x4)
    • WP Saha 17 (58b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 19-4-49-1
    • NM Lyon 17-5-32-1
68.1

Lyon to Kohli, no run, goes back and across and turns it to short leg

68.2

Lyon to Kohli, no run, backs away and punches the length ball hard to extra cover

68.3

Lyon to Kohli, no run, tossed up ball smothered down the track

68.4

Lyon to Kohli, 1 run, gets forward and plays with the turn to midwicket

68.5

Lyon to Saha, SIX, Saha takes on Lyon again, slog-sweeps with the turn over midwicket from just outside off, and over the boundary

68.6

Lyon to Saha, 1 run, looks to play the cut but with the bounce Lyon is getting, he has to check the shot

End of over 69 (8 runs) India 180/5

    • WP Saha 24 (60b 1x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 58 (122b 5x4)
    • NM Lyon 18-5-40-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 19-4-49-1

Clarke brings himself on

69.1

Clarke to Saha, no run, fired in on middle and leg, pushed to short leg

69.2

Clarke to Saha, no run, defended off the front foot towards point

69.3

Clarke to Saha, no run, low full toss pushed to mid on

69.4

Clarke to Saha, no run, smothered off the front foot

69.5

Clarke to Saha, 1 run, drives hard down to sweeper cover

69.6

Clarke to Kohli, 1 run, worked square on the leg side

End of over 70 (2 runs) India 182/5

    • V Kohli 59 (123b 5x4)
    • WP Saha 25 (65b 1x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 2-1-2-0
    • NM Lyon 18-5-40-1

sri: "12 years ago when india were about to be swept clean 3-0 we saw a gem from VVS laxman at Sydney who would make magic for a decade that saw a surge in indian cricket. now the wheel has turned fully, I hope we are treated to something similar that will spark a revival for the future."

70.1

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

70.2

Lyon to Kohli, 1 run

70.3

Lyon to Saha, 1 bye, length ball turning towards leg, worked away square

70.4

Lyon to Kohli, no run, angled in full and goes down the leg side, neither batsman nor keeper managing anything on it

70.5

Lyon to Kohli, 1 run, goes forward and pushes a flighted ball to extra cover

70.6

Lyon to Saha, no run, quick single as he whips one down to mid on, the throw was the the keeper's but Saha was in

End of over 71 (3 runs) India 185/5

    • WP Saha 25 (67b 1x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 61 (127b 5x4)
    • NM Lyon 19-5-42-1
    • MJ Clarke 2-1-2-0
71.1

Clarke to Kohli, FOUR, short from Clarke, and Virat backs away to thump the pull through midwicket

71.2

Clarke to Kohli, no run

71.3

Clarke to Kohli, no run, whip-driven to extra cover

71.4

Clarke to Kohli, SIX, another short ball, another pull, this one goes all the way over the deep midwicket boundary

71.5

Clarke to Kohli, no run, defended off the front foot to mid on

71.6

Clarke to Kohli, no run, shortish outside off, slapped to extra cover

End of over 72 (10 runs) India 195/5

    • V Kohli 71 (133b 6x4 1x6)
    • WP Saha 25 (67b 1x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 3-1-12-0
    • NM Lyon 19-5-42-1
72.1

Lyon to Saha, 1 run, pushed towards point off the front foot and they go through with the single

72.2

Lyon to Kohli, FOUR, there is the whip-drive and this time he gets it past extra cover, that shot is entirely his own

72.3

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

72.4

Lyon to Kohli, no run, worked off the front foot down to mid on

72.5

Lyon to Kohli, no run, worked to midwicket

72.6

Lyon to Kohli, no run, goes for a forcing drive to a full delivery but straight to extra cover

End of over 73 (5 runs) India 200/5

    • V Kohli 75 (138b 7x4 1x6)
    • WP Saha 26 (68b 1x4 1x6)
    • NM Lyon 20-5-47-1
    • MJ Clarke 3-1-12-0
73.1

Clarke to Saha, 1 run, goes back and works to deep square leg off the pad

73.2

Clarke to Kohli, no run, getting a touch impatient, whip-drives forcefully, cannot find the gap

73.3

Clarke to Kohli, no run, again he tries to force it away, pushed to the bowler

73.4

Clarke to Kohli, no run, pushed away quietly this time

73.5

Clarke to Kohli, 1 run, driven off the front foot to sweeper cover

73.6

Clarke to Saha, 2 runs, paddles from middle stump fine down leg

End of over 74 (4 runs) India 204/5

    • WP Saha 29 (70b 1x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 76 (142b 7x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 4-1-16-0
    • NM Lyon 20-5-47-1

Lyon around the stumps

74.1

Lyon to Kohli, no run, tossed up ball defended off the front foot

74.2

Lyon to Kohli, no run, turned to short leg

74.3

Lyon to Kohli, no run, gets forward in defence again

74.4

Lyon to Kohli, no run, whipped off the pad to midwicket

74.5

Lyon to Kohli, no run, backs away and cuts hard, but backward point does well to stop it

74.6

Lyon to Kohli, 1 run, hit to deep square leg

End of over 75 (1 run) India 205/5

    • V Kohli 77 (148b 7x4 1x6)
    • WP Saha 29 (70b 1x4 1x6)
    • NM Lyon 21-5-48-1
    • MJ Clarke 4-1-16-0

optimistix: "Virat and Wriddhiman - thanks for showing some fight! Losing to a stronger opponent is fine, but caving in is unacceptable. The only silver lining to this series has been Virat's growth as a batsman."

Clarke ringing in the changes, here is Hussey

75.1

Hussey to Kohli, no run, left alone outside off

75.2

Hussey to Kohli, no run, length ball keeping low wide outside off, slapped away to short cover

75.3

Hussey to Kohli, 1 run, similar delivery, he waits a touch and guides it out to sweeper cover

75.4

Hussey to Saha, no run, defended off the front foot

75.5

Hussey to Saha, 3 runs, reaches out late to a very full delivery and runs it towards the third man boundary

75.6

Hussey to Kohli, 1 run, driven nicely off the front foot to mid off

End of over 76 (5 runs) India 210/5

    • V Kohli 79 (152b 7x4 1x6)
    • WP Saha 32 (72b 1x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 4-0-15-0
    • NM Lyon 21-5-48-1

utsav: "Will a century by Kohli salvage some respect for India, much like Laxman's did in 1999-00 tour?"

Kaushik: "Its heartening to see Saha's performance, first with the gloves, then with the bat. Will the selectors provide him some more chances?"

clarke from over the stumps

76.1

Clarke to Kohli, no run, turning away from middle and leg, defended off the front foot

76.2

Clarke to Kohli, 1 run, cut behind point to bring up a rare 100 stand in the series for India, shows how good this pitch really is, the way these two have carried on in this session

76.3

Clarke to Saha, 1 run, nudged behind square on the leg side

76.4

Clarke to Kohli, 1 run, pitching outside leg and turning in, worked square for a single

76.5

Clarke to Saha, no run, floated across the right hander who pushes to extra cover

76.6

Clarke to Saha, no run, misses the work off the pad

End of over 77 (3 runs) India 213/5

    • WP Saha 33 (75b 1x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 81 (155b 7x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 5-1-19-0
    • MEK Hussey 4-0-15-0

Jeetu: "If i remember correctly, even on his debut Saha stuck it out in the second innings against the likes of a fired up Steyn while everyone else got knocked over at the other end... Good to see him repeating that!"

77.1

Hussey to Kohli, no run, whipped from off stump but straight to mid on

77.2

Hussey to Kohli, 1 run, bit of width and cut away to sweeper cover

77.3

Hussey to Saha, no run, was that a chance? nope it missed the bat as Saha looked to dab it towards point, stayed low

77.4

Hussey to Saha, no run, defended on the off side

77.5

Hussey to Saha, no run, gets forward and smothers a pitched up delivery, Hussey not doing a bad job at all

77.6

Hussey to Saha, no run, played out quietly to mid on

End of over 78 (1 run) India 214/5

    • WP Saha 33 (79b 1x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 82 (157b 7x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 5-0-16-0
    • MJ Clarke 5-1-19-0
78.1

Clarke to Kohli, 2 runs, whipped through midwicket for two more

78.2

Clarke to Kohli, no run, makes some room and whip-drives but cannot beat extra cover

78.3

Clarke to Kohli, no run, hit on the pad as he pushes forward, pitching outside leg

78.4

Clarke to Kohli, 2 runs, slightly short and he pulls through midwicket for a couple

78.5

Clarke to Kohli, no run

78.6

Clarke to Kohli, no run, he has played this shot so many times today, but has almost always found extra cover, as he does again with the whip-drive

End of over 79 (4 runs) India 218/5

    • V Kohli 86 (163b 7x4 1x6)
    • WP Saha 33 (79b 1x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 6-1-23-0
    • MEK Hussey 5-0-16-0
79.1

Hussey to Saha, no run, angled in fullish towards middle and leg, pushed to mid on

79.2

Hussey to Saha, no run, shuffles across and works to midwicket

79.3

Hussey to Saha, 1 run, comes forward to drive for a run to sweeper cover

79.4

Hussey to Kohli, no run, pushed to short cover

79.5

Hussey to Kohli, no run, defended on the off side

79.6

Hussey to Kohli, 1 run, shuffles and works to deep square leg

End of over 80 (2 runs) India 220/5

    • V Kohli 87 (166b 7x4 1x6)
    • WP Saha 34 (82b 1x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 6-0-18-0
    • MJ Clarke 6-1-23-0

simran: "I get a feeling Kohli wants to get to his hundred before the new ball is due." It has been taken now, the second new ball

80.1

Harris to Kohli, no run, coming in a shade from a good length, defended off the front foot

80.2

Harris to Kohli, no run, bounce from a good length, he moves across and carefully plays it down

80.3

Harris to Kohli, no run, whips the full delivery angled in towards the pads, but straight to square leg

80.4

Harris to Kohli, no run, pitched up delivery driven off the front foot to mid off

80.5

Harris to Kohli, 2 runs, shortish length allows him to go back and work in front of square leg

80.6

Harris to Kohli, no run, takes a step out, sees the length ball dart away, and withdraws the bat late

End of over 81 (2 runs) India 222/5

    • V Kohli 89 (172b 7x4 1x6)
    • WP Saha 34 (82b 1x4 1x6)
    • RJ Harris 18-5-42-0
    • MEK Hussey 6-0-18-0
81.1

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run, moving away first up for Hilfenhaus from a good length, left alone

81.2

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run, opens the face to a pitched up ball and runs it to point

81.3

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run, left alone outside off

81.4

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run, getting it to shape away a shade, Saha lets it go again

81.5

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run, shifts the line closer towards off stump, slight away movement, solidly blocked

81.6

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run, pushes neatly off the front foot to extra cover

End of over 82 (maiden) India 222/5

    • WP Saha 34 (88b 1x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 89 (172b 7x4 1x6)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 20-5-49-1
    • RJ Harris 18-5-42-0
82.1

Harris to Kohli, no run, good length ball defended towards mid on

82.2

Harris to Kohli, no run, moving a long way down the leg side

82.3

Harris to Kohli, no run, misses out, hard the width outside off, but found point with the cut

82.4

Harris to Kohli, no run, takes a step out and allows this length ball to go past

82.5

Harris to Kohli, no run, almost gets into trouble, reaches out and pushes a pitched up delivery, the ball goes on the bounce to the diving short cover

82.6

Harris to Kohli, no run, lovely ball, holding its line from back of a length outside off, Virat pokes and is beaten

End of over 83 (maiden) India 222/5

    • V Kohli 89 (178b 7x4 1x6)
    • WP Saha 34 (88b 1x4 1x6)
    • RJ Harris 19-6-42-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 20-5-49-1
83.1

Hilfenhaus to Saha, no run, that wasn't far from off stump at all, brave leave from Saha, it kept pretty low too, hmm

83.2

Hilfenhaus to Saha, 1 run, tucked off the pad to fine leg

83.3

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, allows an away-going delivery to carry on outside off

83.4

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, right out of the middle of the bat as he comes forward and pushes to extra cover

83.5

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, 2 runs, does not get hold of the drive but still gets it past the man at extra cover, moves into the 90s now

83.6

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, beaten outside off stump as he has a waft at a widish delivery

End of over 84 (3 runs) India 225/5

    • V Kohli 91 (182b 7x4 1x6)
    • WP Saha 35 (90b 1x4 1x6)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 21-5-52-1
    • RJ Harris 19-6-42-0
84.1

Harris to Saha, no run, driven off the front foot to covers

84.2

Harris to Saha, no run, solid push to extra cover off a full ball

84.3

Harris to Saha, no run, hits the pads as Saha misses with the flick, going down leg easily

84.4

Harris to Saha, OUT, India won't go through a session without losing a wicket, Saha shoulders arms and Harris hits off, it was angled in on a length and it was very brave of Saha to make the decision to leave, turns out, it was the wrong one, he's battled briefly

WP Saha b Harris 35 (137m 94b 1x4 1x6) SR: 37.23

That wicket giving Australia a boost just before tea. There were a few signs that even the relentless Australia attack was flagging a bit in that session, given the heat and the solidity of Virat and Saha. India still 180 away from avoiding the follow-on though

Back for the final session

84.5

Harris to Ashwin, 2 runs, full delivery eased through cover for a couple

84.6

Harris to Ashwin, 1 run, fine pull, it was a pacy short delivery into the body, but Ashwin controlled the shot very well to deep square leg

End of over 85 (3 runs) India 228/6

    • R Ashwin 3 (2b)
    • V Kohli 91 (182b 7x4 1x6)
    • RJ Harris 20-6-45-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 21-5-52-1

Jason: "If India make over 300 - I wouldn't enforce the follow on. Better to hit a quick 150 more in a session - then give them 400+ to get in 4 or 5 sessions batting last."

85.1

Siddle to Ashwin, no run, eases another full delivery, this time straight to extra cover

85.2

Siddle to Ashwin, 1 run, whipped off the pad from middle and leg to deep square

85.3

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

85.4

Siddle to Kohli, no run, another one straightish some way outside off and he flags it through

85.5

Siddle to Kohli, no run, defended towards mid on, they think about the single briefly, no run there

85.6

Siddle to Kohli, no run, whew, how close was that, not very close, given the assured manner in which he let it go, inches from off stump, in reality

End of over 86 (1 run) India 229/6

    • V Kohli 91 (186b 7x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 4 (4b)
    • PM Siddle 12-1-42-3
    • RJ Harris 20-6-45-1
86.1

Harris to Ashwin, no run, pushed out toward point

86.2

Harris to Ashwin, no run, Ashwin straight-bats a full delivery, but Harris tumbles down in his followthrough to stop it

86.3

Harris to Ashwin, no run, moving away after pitching on a length, he goes back and pats it away

86.4

Harris to Ashwin, 1 run, moves a long way across and turns this one from middle down to fine leg

86.5

Harris to Kohli, no run, Australia appeal as one, loudly, for a long time, Kohli struck on the pad in front of leg stump, umpire Dharmasena unmoved, replays show the ball would have missed leg with the angle

86.6

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

End of over 87 (1 run) India 230/6

    • V Kohli 91 (188b 7x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 5 (8b)
    • RJ Harris 21-6-46-1
    • PM Siddle 12-1-42-3
87.1

Siddle to Ashwin, OUT, that is straight, that has got to be out, and Aleem Dar gives it right away, Ashwin had been shuffling across looking to work deliveries off middle on the leg side, this time he missed, the fullish ball crashed into the pad in front of middle and leg, more leg than middle, gone!

R Ashwin lbw b Siddle 5 (12m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

micgyver: "Even if India avoids the follow on,i don't think Clarke will enforce it.He will need to rest his bowlers in this heat."

87.2

Siddle to Khan, OUT, India continue to implode, Zaheer Khan shows scant regard for the toil the non-striker has put in for hours, shuffles about and flails at a harmless delivery outside off stump, thick edge through to his mate Haddin, Siddle has five and shows the ball to the Adelaide Oval crowd in appreciation of their applause

Z Khan c †Haddin b Siddle 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Is Virat going to be denied a century again by this Indian tail?

Mr G: "If I was Zaheer, I wouldn't want to be facing Kohli now in the dressing room."

87.3

Siddle to Sharma, no run, Ishant pats back a full delivery back to the charged-up siddle

87.4

Siddle to Sharma, no run, gets out of the way of the bouncer, searing stuff from Siddle, pounding India with relentless effort

87.5

Siddle to Sharma, no run, Ishant was backing away expecting the bouncer, but did well to shuffle across and defend the pitched up ball back down the track

87.6

Siddle to Sharma, no run, pinned to the crease, holds the bat out close to the body to thick-edge a full delivery towards slips

End of over 88 (wicket maiden) India 230/8

    • I Sharma 0 (4b)
    • V Kohli 91 (188b 7x4 1x6)
    • PM Siddle 13-2-42-5
    • RJ Harris 21-6-46-1

Akshay: "Zaheer has been doing this nonsense for ages now. Doesn't anybody give him a talking to in the dressing room?"

88.1

Harris to Kohli, FOUR, Virat takes it upon himself to score a few quick runs, front foot goes out, and he slaps the back of a length ball wide of the man at sweeper cover

88.2

Harris to Kohli, no run, pitched up and smashed away to sweeper cover, refuses the single

88.3

Harris to Kohli, 2 runs, gets two, pushes towards covers for a single, there is an overthrow that brings him back on strike

88.4

Harris to Kohli, no run, phew, beauty, too good for the batsman on 97, holds its line, bounces too, Virat is surprised as he pokes inside the line

88.5

Harris to Kohli, no run, pitched up delivery, offering no room, supreme control from the Australian attack, Virat can only pat it back to Harris

88.6

Harris to Kohli, 2 runs, moves to 99 with a whip down the track that Harris cannot stop, mid on gives chase

End of over 89 (8 runs) India 238/8

    • V Kohli 99 (194b 8x4 1x6)
    • I Sharma 0 (4b)
    • RJ Harris 22-6-54-1
    • PM Siddle 13-2-42-5

Whether he gets his century or not, this has been a fantastic effort from Kohli, having watched a legendary line-up wilt from the other end, time and again during this series

89.1

Siddle to Sharma, no run, keeps out the pitched up delivery from the crease, just about

89.2

Siddle to Sharma, 1 run, Ishant has no pretensions to being a stroke-maker, but he values his own wicket, an inside edge dribbles to fine leg

89.3

Siddle to Kohli, no run, solidly forward in defence to a good length delivery

Akshay: "There is this guy called Zak, Bowling skill he surely does not lack, But with the bat, He is a complete twat, Somebody needs to give him a whack."

89.4

Siddle to Kohli, no run, play and miss outside off, this one nipped back in after pitching outside off, Virat was swinging hard at the original line

89.5

Siddle to Kohli, no run, and now one that moves away, testing out the young batsman who is desperate to get that one run, Virat reaches out, and misses again

89.6

Siddle to Kohli, no run, oh dear, almost a run-out, Virat wants that single, he drops the ball in front of point and sets off, has to turn back quickly, a dive is required, direct hit would have tested him

End of over 90 (1 run) India 239/8

    • V Kohli 99 (198b 8x4 1x6)
    • I Sharma 1 (6b)
    • PM Siddle 14-2-43-5
    • RJ Harris 22-6-54-1
90.1

Harris to Sharma, no run, played out from the crease watchfully to covers

Some verbals between Virat and some Australian fielder during the changeover, Ponting steps into the breach to calm down matters

90.2

Harris to Sharma, no run, and now Ishant escapes a run out, he wants to give Virat the strike, but has to double back as the throw comes from covers

90.3

Harris to Sharma, no run, searing bouncer, Ishant did not have enough time to get out of the way, could have been hit, lucky that the ball missed

90.4

Harris to Sharma, no run, pushes the pitched up ball on the off side

90.5

Harris to Sharma, no run, almost gets him with the slower full delivery, Ishant bends the knee for the cover drive, and is beaten

90.6

Harris to Sharma, no run, withdraws from the way of a widish bouncer

End of over 91 (maiden) India 239/8

    • I Sharma 1 (12b)
    • V Kohli 99 (198b 8x4 1x6)
    • RJ Harris 23-7-54-1
    • PM Siddle 14-2-43-5
91.1

Siddle to Kohli, 2 runs, Virat Kohli gets his maiden Test hundred with a confident push through the covers, not too many profanities as expected, a couple of them of course, a leap in the air, lots of emotion, lots of hunger in those eyes as he soaks in the applause, kisses the India helmet

91.2

Siddle to Kohli, 1 run, turned towards mid on from a length

91.3

Siddle to Sharma, no run, pushed towards point

91.4

Siddle to Sharma, 3 runs, Ishant tries to get behind the line of the short ball, and it loops up over the slip cordon

91.5

Siddle to Kohli, no run, played out towards point

91.6

Siddle to Kohli, no run, worked from outside off to square leg

End of over 92 (6 runs) India 245/8

    • V Kohli 102 (202b 8x4 1x6)
    • I Sharma 4 (14b)
    • PM Siddle 15-2-49-5
    • RJ Harris 23-7-54-1
92.1

Harris to Sharma, FOUR, Ishant rarely drives, this time he does, goes through with the shot, and gets four behind point

92.2

Harris to Sharma, FOUR, goes for another drive, rarer from Ishant, thick edge this time flies past gully

92.3

Harris to Sharma, no run, well done, behind the line of the short ball, and keeps it down on the off side

Jack: "I think it sums up Indian cricket at the moment that Ishant continues to bat below Zaheer despite having much more resolve. I wonder how many totals have been cut short because of slogs from India's number 9?"

Around the stumps now

kannan: "Way to go, Kohli! More anger than elation at his hundred. I like that. He should bat number 3 in the 2nd innings."

92.4

Harris to Sharma, no run, bouncer angling across Ishant who hangs his bat out to defend as he hops, beaten

92.5

Harris to Sharma, no run, another short ball, down the leg side this time

92.6

Harris to Sharma, no run, sharp thick edge flies to Ponting on the bounce at second slip, and the former captain's palms are hurt with the take

End of over 93 (8 runs) India 253/8

    • I Sharma 12 (20b 2x4)
    • V Kohli 102 (202b 8x4 1x6)
    • RJ Harris 24-7-62-1
    • PM Siddle 15-2-49-5
93.1

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, FOUR, he's pulled well, and does so again, lines up the short delivery, he is half-forward when he plays that shot, the ball disappears through midwicket

93.2

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, defends a slower one down the track

93.3

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, checks the push to covers

93.4

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, 1 run, takes the single to widish mid on

93.5

Hilfenhaus to Sharma, 1 no ball, Ishant fends at another short ball, dies on its way to point off the bat handle

93.5

Hilfenhaus to Sharma, FOUR, gets some more runs, short and widish ball, he cuts it hard in the air over gully

93.6

Hilfenhaus to Sharma, OUT, the slower one gets Ishant, superb delivery, pitches on a length around off and foxes Ishant as he looks to defend, off stump is rattled

I Sharma b Hilfenhaus 16 (30m 23b 3x4 0x6) SR: 69.56

End of over 94 (10 runs) India 263/9

    • V Kohli 107 (206b 9x4 1x6)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 22-5-62-2
    • RJ Harris 24-7-62-1

Deepak: "Ishant Sharma will probably never get an international fifty, and he'll definitely never get an international hundred. His top score in Tests is 31, which is less than half of Zak's top score. However, if anything, Ishant has proved that, regardless of how poor of a batsman you are, you'll score runs by just not getting yourself out. Ishant's been the guy whose had important partnerships, Zak's been the guy to slog some meaningless runs when the match is already determined. Give me Ishant at no. 9 over Zak any day."

94.1

Harris to Kohli, no run, slams a pitched up delivery and it almost carries to deep mid off

94.2

Harris to Kohli, no run, carries down leg with the angle

Gautham: "Moral of the story : Give the younsters an extended run and they will come good sooner or later. Now that Virat has shown his worth, it's time to bring in Rohit and Pujara into the mix."

94.3

Harris to Kohli, FOUR, smack! he's throwing his bat around now, swings a full delivery from outside off stump to the midwicket boundary

94.4

Harris to Kohli, no run

94.5

Harris to Kohli, FOUR, glorious! down the track, picks up the length delivery and clatters it over extra cover

94.6

Harris to Kohli, 1 run, shuffles across, and deftly picks the gap between the two short midwickets

End of over 95 (9 runs) India 272/9

    • V Kohli 116 (212b 11x4 1x6)
    • UT Yadav 0 (0b)
    • RJ Harris 25-7-71-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 22-5-62-2
95.1

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, OUT, gone this time, looks to swing an in-swinging full toss on the leg side, the ball dips on him and strikes him in front of leg, Aleem Dar raises his finger even as Virat starts walking, replays show the ball would have swung down leg, Adelaide Oval gives him a standing ovation, he's come good on this tour, it's time to give the other youngsters their chance

V Kohli lbw b Hilfenhaus 116 (237m 213b 11x4 1x6) SR: 54.46

Peter Siddle leads Australia off the field. They won't enforce the follow-on it seems, with Clarke having asked for the heavy roller. Another top effort from this well-oiled attack, getting India for less than half of what their batsmen made on an excellent batting wicket.

VVS Laxman got his 167 in the third Test of that 1999-2000 tour of Australia, Rahul Dravid his 148 in the third Test of the 1996-97 tour of South Africa. After being denied in Perth, Virat finally gets his maiden hundred in the fourth Test of the 2011-12 tour. If you give youth a rope on a tour, give them a long one.

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