1st Test: Australia v India at Adelaide, Dec 9-13, 2014
Australia won by 48 runs
Played at Adelaide Oval
9,10,11,12,13 December 2014 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150

10.30 amThe two umpires shake hands and make their way out to the middle. David Warner bursts through the gate and jogs to the middle with his opening partner Chris Rogers trailing him. India are in a huddle and Kohli leads an animated team chat and away they bound... Three slips, gully and a short leg in place. Here comes Mohammed Shami, from around the wicket

10.17 am The teams are striding out to the middle, and line up together with black armbands on for the 63 seconds of applause to remember Phillip Hughes. And the national anthems as well. India's bowlers and fielders are getting through last-minute warm-ups. MSD's in his whites having a chat with Naman Ojha. Wonder how badly their nerves are jangling. Wonder what's going on in the Australian dressing room with David Warner and Chris Rogers...

Neil: "Most of Australia's successes in the past year or so have come when Warner has hit a big score at teh top of the order, hopefully for them his head is in the game today."

Siddharth: "On the Karn Sharma selection, gut feelings aside, I think purely from a cricketing point of view, wrist spinners have a better chance on Australian pitches than finger spinners. In any case, it's not as if Ashwin and/or Jadeja are in blazing form to warrant selection. Karn Sharma certainly wouldn't do any worse."

"What is the idea of playing Karn Sharma," the promise of a legspinner, Scott. "He has a mediocre bowling record in first class cricket compared to Ashwin or Jadeja. I think they feel that Ashwin and Jadeja haven't been batting well recently so they are hoping that Sharma can add some lower order runs." And he isn't a better batsman. Kohli did say he would go into this Test by trusting his gut, and this seems the first punt he's taken

Arpit: "I'm personally very excited to see how Aaron goes - can't remember the last time we had an "enforcer" in the Indian bowling line up. With the skidding aussie pitches - he may be a handful for the Aussie lineup. Cant wait""

Meanwhile in Sydney, Sean Abbot is playing for New South Wales as the Sheffield Shield resumes

Dave: "Hot day, belter of a track ... vulnerable Aussie batting line up? Rogers playing for his future, Watson returning a long spell, Clarke playing under an injury cloud, Marsh untested. All of these guys will be at least partly distracted by the Phil Hughes tragedy and, just as importantly in terms of form, are coming off a thrashing by Pakistan. Is it just me or are the Aussies not the absolute morals everyone is suggesting?"

"@Muthu, I don't see you mentioning that Karn is making his DEBUT today." I have the perfect way to compensate, Ram. Here are his first-class statistics: 34 matches, 66 wickets, with a best of 8 for 75, at an average of 28.

And with the formalities done, do jump into our pre-match analysis with Stuart McGill and Ajit Agarkar in Match Point

Chris: "The crowd would have cheered the first bouncer if it was Aussies bowling. I hope they don't boo the Indians."

Nintendo Jones: "Great toss to win. Pitch looks a belter, weather is perfect. Lets get this show on the road."

"The Australian team is....? Come on, match starts in 25 minutes. Get onto it!" They announced it yestarday, Nathan. We have it in our preview

10.00 am Looks a bat-first pitch, a little dry and might be conducive for reverse swing. Australia have won the toss and will bat "The wicket looks fantastic, I don;t think I've ever seen a ground that looked as good as this," Michael Clarke says. "Both teams are excited to start the Test. We're going to have to bat well this morning. We're ready to go, the boys are excited, the players, the public the media, all are excited to get on with the game. What's most important and what I know my little buddy would want is going out and playing cricket. I think the boys are fully fit and looking forward to another exciting summer. India are always a tough team to beat. Nice to come to Adelaide, my stats are irrelevant. I start on zero today"

"It's a pleasure for me, my first Test hundred was on this ground. Very special for me," Kohli says, "Great way to get onto the field. I knew Phillip, he was one of the guys I spoke to more than most. He asked for my bat in a home game in Jaipur and I wish I'd given it to him. We've got more days than expected to prepare, had a couple of games where the guys have done well. Couldn't wait to get onto the field. We've got the leggie playing today, Karn Sharma." Ishant, Shami, Aaron are the other bowlers

Cole: "I'm not too sure where your confidence regarding India's performance is coming from - of the 40 tests India have ever played in Australia, they have only ever won 5 of them. Given where the two sides are at right now, I can't see India adding to the tally."

Early signs are that India are going in with three quicks and a specialist spinner... which won't be R Ashwin: Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron, Mohammed Shami and Karn Sharma

"Looks from the early comments like we're heading for a very biased, Indian-centric commentary for this Test," Gav is testy this morning. "Who cares about the fortunes of some middling Indian batsmen? They're about to get crushed 4-0." Right from the Glenn McGrath school of predictions...

"Last time we had set high hopes on Pujara and Kohli, they failed miserabley ! I am having an intuition it would be someone else rising up to the occasion this time...Rahane and Vijay seem to be the GOTO men for me...still am not having enough confidence when I see this lineup on paper, certainly not in Aussie conditions and at Mitch's pace :(" You should be confident, Mohit Arora. After all, India are statistically Australia strongest nemesis

Meanwhile, there is the mildly significant news of Virat Kohli leading India out in Tests. He promised aggression in his pre-match presser and our experts here think his bat tends to be a lot more vocal when he captains.

"Karn Sharma twitter cap? Early morning jokes!!!" Apoorvagj has spotted my gaffe, although it might be my sense of humour bursting through me without my permission...

Abhilash Chakra: "Yes, waiting for Mitch's thunder bolts and Kohli, pujara reply as well." Speaking of the man with the mo, here's how he's been prepping for the Test

Let's start chugging down on some good old fashioned build-up. Sidharth Monga steps into the players' shoes. Dan Brettig focusses on the Australian captain and his summer ahead. And the latest that's blowing up on twitter, courtesy Harsha Bhogle, is that Karn Sharma has been given his Test cap

"India first time in Australia without the batting legends of VVS, Dravid and Tendulkar. Perfect test for the new generation of batsmen," booms Shrey

"As cricket gets over a very tough couple of weeks, another very tough test is about to begin. IMO, the first delivery cannot be sent down soon enough, make it a bouncer and then everyone can move on from the terrible incident that rocked us all," Jules echoes Ricky Ponting's musings. "The mindset of both teams will be interesting to see unfold. I doubt many of the players will ever enter a test match with as little preparation time and match practice as both of these sides have under the belt, ever again. It will be a sad and emotional day for many, but they have to get on with it. C'mon Aussies!!!!!!! "

9.25 am "See you out in the middle," Michael Clarke said to his little brother and I bet Hughesy's already waiting out there. We'd best not be late. He's 13th man, you know! Adelaide will sport '408' his Test cap on the outfield, the Australian team will have the number on their whites. There will be a 63 second-long applause from the teams and the crowd to start this Test. And after that it's anybody's guess what would transpire. Will the teams be ready?

0.1

Mohammed Shami to Rogers, no run, full and curls in at Rogers' off stump, who protects it with a straight bat

0.2

Mohammed Shami to Rogers, 2 runs, lots of inswing, in addition to the angle from around the wicket. Rogers leans forward, almost too far across, but pulls his leg back and clips it to fine leg

0.3

Mohammed Shami to Rogers, no run, absolutely no feet there, really should have been forward and perhaps might have hit this ball quite smartly through the off side as he had been hoping for. Instead he is stuck on the back foot and gets an inside edge to short leg

0.4

Mohammed Shami to Rogers, no run, good length ball targeting off stump. Defended well enough. Warner walks up for a chat as well

0.5

Mohammed Shami to Rogers, no run, cuts back in at 141 kph and catches Rogers midway through his shot. Exaggerated movement has Rogers in an awkward position. Back of a length delivery thuds into his thighs before he could play the flick. Too high for the lbw appeal

back over the wicket for the final ball

0.6

Mohammed Shami to Rogers, no run, fullish and mild shape into the batsman, who is happy to keep to his crease and clip to short leg

Sharif: "What a beautiful outfield. I'd love to dive on it all day long. "

End of over 1 (2 runs) Australia 2/0

    • CJL Rogers 2 (6b)
    • DA Warner 0 (0b)
    • Mohammed Shami 1-0-2-0

Varun Aaron will take the new ball, and it would seem he might also bowl around the wicket

"Disappointed that the first ball wasnt a shoulder high bouncer. Would send the message "we know whats happened, but we are still here to play - are you here too?" Incidentally i think this is the first time Ive wanted to be in Adelaide... " Perhaps Aaron will please you better, Tim. Three slips and a gully for Warner

1.1

Aaron to Warner, FOUR, pierces the covers and that's the first boundary of the tour. Lunges forward with intent and thumps the ball. Amazing forearm strength

1.2

Aaron to Warner, no run, full and tailing in on off stump. Ends up a low full toss which Warner digs out to mid-off

1.3

Aaron to Warner, no run, searches for the blockhole again, at 143 kph. That's what pleases Kohli about this attack. he's got bowlers who can bowl quick. This one has been punched towards mid-on

1.4

Aaron to Warner, (no ball) FOUR, width on offer from Aaron and Warner has scythed it behind point. And it would seem the bowler has overstepped as well.

1.4

Aaron to Warner, no run, 135kph, inside edge onto pad! Warner's eagerness to get onto the front foot has seen him mistime the stroke as Aaron changes his pace up.

1.5

Aaron to Warner, FOUR, full and wide, Warner flays it past gully. That makes it three fours in the over, although this was the least convincing one. He was reaching for it, it was uppish as well. Luckily it was in the gap between gully and point

1.6

Aaron to Warner, 1 run, back of a length and outside off, Warner taps the 143 kph delivery into the covers to retain strike

End of over 2 (14 runs) Australia 16/0

    • DA Warner 13 (7b 3x4)
    • CJL Rogers 2 (6b)
    • VR Aaron 1-0-14-0
    • Mohammed Shami 1-0-2-0

For those keeping count, no bouncers yet. Three fours for the bullish Warner. There is a man waiting at deep square leg though. Shami continues around the wicket

2.1

Mohammed Shami to Warner, FOUR, full and wide, if they're trying to tempt Warner, they're succeeding. Only problem is he is nailing them over point one after the other. Couple of bounces and trickles to the ropes

2.2

Mohammed Shami to Warner, FOUR, good length ball outside off, barely merited the treatment it deserved but Warner is in a mood today. Presses forward and taps it through the covers. Pure class

2.3

Mohammed Shami to Warner, no run, good length ball outside off, defended with an open face

Curtis : "Insane tactics from India, bowling right to Warners strengths!"

2.4

Mohammed Shami to Warner, no run, just back of a good length on off stump, defended stoutly

"@No bouncers yet. Its a bloody new ball!!!" Very fair point, Jas

2.5

Mohammed Shami to Warner, FOUR, laced through the covers, there is no stopping Warner today. That's his sixth four in 12 balls faced and it's a beauty. Picks up a good length ball, gets that booming stride forward and times it ominously well for India

Third slip comes out to cover

2.6

Mohammed Shami to Warner, 3 runs, good length ball on off stump, defended past a lazily diving mid-off. And it results in three. Australia rattling along, India playing catch-up. Poorly

End of over 3 (15 runs) Australia 31/0

    • DA Warner 28 (13b 6x4)
    • CJL Rogers 2 (6b)
    • Mohammed Shami 2-0-17-0
    • VR Aaron 1-0-14-0

Sud: "One thing that I do not understand and might need your views on, Al. Bowling round the wicket and into the pads and having three men in the slip? Does that seem right?" There isn't any swing on offer either. Looks like India are trying to conjure something

3.1

Aaron to Warner, no run, 145 kph, there it is and the crowd applaud the first bouncer of the Test. Warner was inching forward as well and has to duck his head into his armpits to avoid it

3.2

Aaron to Warner, (no ball) FOUR, two in a row from Aaron, but this one offers width outside off and Warner upper cuts it to the third man boundary. Poor line, and it is a no-ball a swell

3.2

Aaron to Warner, 2 runs, there's three men in the covers, but his taps and slices keep finding the gap. Waits on a shortish delivery, brings down a horizontal bat, watches it go past a fielder on his left and scurries back to retain strike

Rogers has only faced six balls so far!

3.3

Aaron to Warner, 1 wide, he has raw pace, but his radar often goes out of tune. This time he slips a full delivery too far outside off. Might be a bit of a harsh call, that wide though

3.3

Aaron to Warner, 1 run, moves back over the wicket and targets Warner's hips, clipped to deep square leg

"Warner seems to be inventing a new type of cricket where there is only one batsman who tries to hit as many boundaries as he can." Oh, it's been around, Luke.

3.4

Aaron to Rogers, no run, goes short again and almost squares Rogers up as he hops back in his crease and blocks with soft hands. Good line on middle

3.5

Aaron to Rogers, no run, back of a length on leg stump, Rogers seems a bit late on his flick and gets struck on the pads

3.6

Aaron to Rogers, no run, ripper to finish up the over, and India try a plea as well. It was back of a length and jagged away off the deck to leave Rogers groping in the off-stump channel. Had to play at it

End of over 4 (9 runs) Australia 40/0

    • CJL Rogers 2 (9b)
    • DA Warner 35 (17b 7x4)
    • VR Aaron 2-0-23-0
    • Mohammed Shami 2-0-17-0
4.1

Mohammed Shami to Warner, 1 run, goes shortish on leg stump, Warner swivels on his back foot and pulls to deep fine leg

4.2

Mohammed Shami to Rogers, 3 runs, beautifully done. Warner's cover drives seem immensely forceful, while Rogers simply extends his defence. Picks the gap and races across for three

4.3

Mohammed Shami to Warner, no run, big front foot stride and a solid block at a good length ball outside off, shades of Matthew Hayden

4.4

Mohammed Shami to Warner, 1 run

4.5

Mohammed Shami to Rogers, no run, back over the wicket and has Rogers in a bit of bother. Fuller delivery on the stumps makes the batsman play around it. Inside edge saves him from the leg-before

4.6

Mohammed Shami to Rogers, no run, 138kph, good length on the pads again, nudged towards midwicket

End of over 5 (5 runs) Australia 45/0

    • CJL Rogers 5 (12b)
    • DA Warner 37 (20b 7x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 3-0-22-0
    • VR Aaron 2-0-23-0

Tim: "the question has to be, if Warner got out next over, would we praise his current innings or consider it foolhardy? And still no bouncers?" Nope, there's been two from Aaron. Time for a change. Ishant Sharma brought into the attack, from around the wicket as well

5.1

I Sharma to Warner, no run, back of a length, with just a hint of straightening outside off. Warner is content to shoulder arms. Might be his first leave, or maybe he left a wide once before...

5.2

I Sharma to Warner, no run, back of a length and on the fifth stump, Warner gets back and across and blocks to point. Lovely channels from Ishant

5.3

I Sharma to Warner, no run, shortish and straight, tucked away to midwicket, be he can't quite beat Aaron to his left

Mayank Aggarwal: "Dont rule out Aaron so early into the game.. Its a big test for him so there might be some pressure on him and he might be nervous.. let him overcome this phase and u might see some rippers from India's "enforcer""

5.4

I Sharma to Warner, no run, beautiful length from Ishant, and he seems to be getting just a shade of away movement. Enough to make Warner defend from the crease

5.5

I Sharma to Warner, no run, strays down leg this time and Warner misses out on a glance. Not that he was particularly keen on it, with his bottom hand sliding off the handle

Srini: "Oh, Ishant bowling the last over of Powerplay!! Strategic move by Kohli "

5.6

I Sharma to Warner, no run, first maiden of the Test as Ishant lands a fuller ball on off stump and it is answered by a straight bat

End of over 6 (maiden) Australia 45/0

    • DA Warner 37 (26b 7x4)
    • CJL Rogers 5 (12b)
    • I Sharma 1-1-0-0
    • Mohammed Shami 3-0-22-0

Shyam Sundar: "How is Saha's performance so far? Better than the bowlers, I hope." Well, when you don't notice the keeper, he has to be doing a top job, right?

6.1

Mohammed Shami to Rogers, no run, back of a length and outside off, allowed through to the keeper. And the jinx strikes as Saha misjudges the pace off the deck and has to juggle his take

6.2

Mohammed Shami to Rogers, no run, 140kph, lots of carry for Shami as he probes the off stump corridor. Rogers isn't the kind of batsman to be tempted though

6.3

Mohammed Shami to Rogers, no run, fuller delivery outside off, Rogers inches forward and slices to gully

A different Tim: "@Tim, would depend on how he got out. If he chased a wide one and holed out to cover or edged behind there might be some criticism but if he just got knocked over by a great ball there wouldn't. Nothing he has done has been foolhardy. Just good positive batting to loose bowling. "

6.4

Mohammed Shami to Rogers, no run, fullish on middle and off with a touch of tail in, Rogers drives down the wrong line as he gets an inside edge to point

6.5

Mohammed Shami to Rogers, FOUR, top shot! It was a bit overpitched from Shami and Rogers pressed forward and delivered a punch that sees the ball trickle through to the straight boundary. Lovely to look at

6.6

Mohammed Shami to Rogers, no run, cut him in half with some nip back in! Good reply from the quick as he bowls a shorter length and induces uncertainty. Rogers plays a tentative flick and is beaten between bat and his hips

End of over 7 (4 runs) Australia 49/0

    • CJL Rogers 9 (18b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 37 (26b 7x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 4-0-26-0
    • I Sharma 1-1-0-0
7.1

I Sharma to Warner, 1 run, jumps across on off stump and clips a shortish ball to deep square leg to raise the Australian fifty. Adelaide offers generous applause as the two openers shake hands

Joe: "India missed a trick going in with only 4 bowlers on this Adelaide wicket! Guess they're fine with taking a draw on this flat pitch, as I can't see this attack take 20 wickets! Where's Umesh Yadav?"

7.2

I Sharma to Rogers, no run, moves over the wicket and gets Rogers' leading edge. It was a fuller delivery on leg stump and the batsman plays the line, but the angle works to beat him

7.3

I Sharma to Rogers, no run, rises up off his feet to guide a short ball outside off towards gully

7.4

I Sharma to Rogers, no run, stays back and blocks a shortish delivery on off stump

7.5

I Sharma to Rogers, OUT, Dhawan takes it in the slips, Rogers is gone! Teasing delivery that kept going away from the left-hander who had committed to the cover drive. A healthy outside edge flies straight at second slip at hip-height and he takes it reasonably well

CJL Rogers c Dhawan b I Sharma 9 (39m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 40.90

At Adelaide, Shane Watson strides out. Came back from injury during the South Africa series

7.6

I Sharma to Watson, no run, bouncer first up from Ishant! And the radar is online as well. Whistles past Watson's ears as he took his eyes off the ball and swayed away

End of over 8 (1 run) Australia 50/1

    • SR Watson 0 (1b)
    • DA Warner 38 (27b 7x4)
    • I Sharma 2-1-1-1
    • Mohammed Shami 4-0-26-0
8.1

Mohammed Shami to Warner, no run, fullish on off stump, but Warner is happy to keep to his crease and block down the pitch

8.2

Mohammed Shami to Warner, no run, dug in short and forces Warner to sink under it. Two bouncers in the last three balls and they were right over middle as well

8.3

Mohammed Shami to Warner, 1 wide, wide called from the umpire as Shami digs another one into the middle of the deck. Warner has plenty of time to see it and duck under

8.3

Mohammed Shami to Warner, 3 runs, good length ball on and around off stump, but Warner is somehow able to push it through extra cover despite a lack of footwork. Sheer timing, and a Rohit Sharma slide keeps it from reaching the boundary

Shantanu Agrawa: "Just as I was about to watch a youtube video of edges to slip (to satisfy my inner craving) Ishant bowls a beauty ! He is the key for India here. " There's a silly mid-on in place now

8.4

Mohammed Shami to Watson, no run, short of a length on off stump, Watson is pushed back to block

8.5

Mohammed Shami to Watson, no run, fullish delivery on off stump, but it straightened from the angle into him. Causes Watson to get an outside edge into the covers as he blocks

8.6

Mohammed Shami to Watson, no run, good length ball outside off, Watson is rock-solid behind it

End of over 9 (4 runs) Australia 54/1

    • SR Watson 0 (4b)
    • DA Warner 41 (30b 7x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 5-0-30-0
    • I Sharma 2-1-1-1

Chris: "Where's the criticism for a flat track here??? " But Adelaide was always flat..

9.1

I Sharma to Warner, no run, the around-the-wicket ploy continues. Ishant, however, slides it down leg stump and Warner misses out with a leg glance

Nik: "Just can not understand the logic of persistently bowling around the wicket to Warner. Fine, you tried and it didn't work. Now move on to plan B!" Think they're just desperate not to offer him too much room

9.2

I Sharma to Warner, no run, tucks him up on middle and leg, Warner misses the flick again

9.3

I Sharma to Warner, 1 run, full and on the pads, Warner will not miss a third time as he flicks to deep fine leg

9.4

I Sharma to Watson, FOUR, beautiful shot, when he does nail the shot after planting that front foot on off stump. Had he missed that, it would have been quite dicey but Watson's timing serves him well there

9.5

I Sharma to Watson, 1 run, good length ball lunges forward and blocks. Gets an inside edge towards deep fine leg

9.6

I Sharma to Warner, no run, slants a good length ball way down leg. Walks back looking down at the danger area

Jesse: "I remember being here in the exact same classroom as I am now one year ago reading cricinfo commentary under the table just like I am now! Time flies"

End of over 10 (6 runs) Australia 60/1

    • DA Warner 42 (34b 7x4)
    • SR Watson 5 (6b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 3-1-7-1
    • Mohammed Shami 5-0-30-0

"Here I was wondering why I couldn't sleep anymore at 5 in the morning.... Seems my internal clock is way too much in sync with Cricket... LOL..." Take a gulp, Harsha. Aaron's back

10.1

Aaron to Watson, no run, digs it in short and has Watson hopping. it's at 135 kph, but sliding a touch down leg which allows Watson to bend below it

10.2

Aaron to Watson, no run, fuller delivery outside off, the drive the bowler invited comes to happen and the outside edge falls short of gully. Kohli was the man diving to his right

10.3

Aaron to Watson, no run, shortish and outside off, Watson jumps back and punches to mid-off

10.4

Aaron to Watson, FOUR, short and wide, Watson stays leg side of it and cracks it behind point. Gorgeous stroke as he hits through the line and pockets a simple boundary

Nick: "Almost feels like damage limitation nine overs into the first test!"

10.5

Aaron to Watson, no run, teases the drive out of Watson again and this time it comes off the middle. Good work from Rohit Sharma at mid-off

10.6

Aaron to Watson, no run, good length ball a shade outside off, Watson lunges forward to block and the umpires call for drinks

Liam: "Yeah the pitch is flat but there's great bounce and carry here. There will be some turn come into it. There's a bit there for everyone."

Will Mac: "Second innings crucial for Rogers - if not, Jordan Silk and Joe Burns are raring to go"

End of over 11 (4 runs) Australia 64/1

    • SR Watson 9 (12b 2x4)
    • DA Warner 42 (34b 7x4)
    • VR Aaron 3-0-27-0
    • I Sharma 3-1-7-1
11.1

I Sharma to Warner, no run, good length ball on off stump, Warner gets a touch squared up to negotiate with the straightening and blocks

11.2

I Sharma to Warner, no run, shortish and outside off, Warner punches to point

11.3

I Sharma to Warner, no run, targets middle and Warner takes a late decision to play straight. He was set up for the flick and decided to adjust

11.4

I Sharma to Warner, no run

11.5

I Sharma to Warner, no run, 137kph, fullish on off stump, Warner presses forward to block

Umpire Marais Erasmus has a word with Ishant about the danger area. The bowler nods and gets back to his mark

11.6

I Sharma to Warner, no run, gets forward to a good length ball outside off and pushes into the covers. Aside from a couple of strays down leg, Ishant has been impressive with his line this morning

End of over 12 (maiden) Australia 64/1

    • DA Warner 42 (40b 7x4)
    • SR Watson 9 (12b 2x4)
    • I Sharma 4-2-7-1
    • VR Aaron 3-0-27-0

Danish Peerwani: "I agree with Liam. Bowling consistently at a good length in the off stump channel is bound to work."

12.1

Aaron to Watson, no run, fuller delivery on off stump, Watson works it to midwicket

12.2

Aaron to Watson, no run, 140kph, pins Watson to his crease with a shortish ball on off stump, defended

12.3

Aaron to Watson, no run, 144 kph, short and wide, Watson was primed to lift it over backward point but he is beaten for sheer pace.

12.4

Aaron to Watson, FOUR, not this time. It's 144 kph again and Watson leans forward to it and drums it through the covers. Giant front foot stride from Watson and a clean strike through the line

taron: "After a rocket start from Warner, he was happy to rein himself in as soon as the bowling improved and got tighter. Sign of a batsmen with good temperament! Didn't get carried away."

12.5

Aaron to Watson, no run, back of a length and a shade outside off, Watson hoists his bat high over his head. Much better line from Aaron

12.6

Aaron to Watson, no run, 143kph, fuller delivery on middle and off, Watson is forward to push to mid-on

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 68/1

    • SR Watson 13 (18b 3x4)
    • DA Warner 42 (40b 7x4)
    • VR Aaron 4-0-31-0
    • I Sharma 4-2-7-1

Niroop: "All the talk about India having genuine pace bowlers this time around. Guess what! They have been taken to cleaners so far, while consistent Ishant looks the most menacing.. #ConsistencyBeatsPace"

13.1

I Sharma to Warner, no run, probing line just outside off as Warner comes forward to block

13.2

I Sharma to Warner, no run, dug in short on off stump, Warner's spotted the 134kph delivery early and ducks under it

13.3

I Sharma to Warner, 3 runs, top work with his bottom hand from Warner as he stays back and whips it a shortish ball from outside off through midwicket. And he gets three from it

13.4

I Sharma to Watson, no run, too much angle that time as he bowls a good length ball that shapes into Watson and hits him on the pads. Misses a flick, no point in a leg before shout because it would have slid down

13.5

I Sharma to Watson, no run, huge, huge shout from Ishant. Pleads with umpire Erasmus as Watson is rapped on the pads. Hit in line with off stump as the good length ball jags back in sharply. Watson was looking to play around his front pad, that trademark weakness of his, but is struck a tad too high

13.6

I Sharma to Watson, no run, presses forward to block on off stump

End of over 14 (3 runs) Australia 71/1

    • SR Watson 13 (21b 3x4)
    • DA Warner 45 (43b 7x4)
    • I Sharma 5-2-10-1
    • VR Aaron 4-0-31-0

Saurabh: "All this talk about consistency topping speed based on 3 overs, is like a poor stock overtaking Google for a day. #patiencemydeargrasshoppers."

14.1

Aaron to Warner, FOUR, poor delivery, no point bowling short if it sits up to be pummeled through to the deep midwicket boundary. Pull shot way in front of square

14.2

Aaron to Warner, FOUR, keeps bowling short and another pull brings up Warner's fifty, off only 45 balls. Closes his eyes and looks up to the heavens. All he had to do was help it on its way as Aaron slides the ball down leg. Seemed to dig something out of his eyes as well

14.3

Aaron to Warner, no run, back of a length on off stump, blocked to mid-on

14.4

Aaron to Warner, 1 run, full on middle, Warner clips through midwicket

14.5

Aaron to Watson, no run, good length ball on off stump, carefully defended under his eyes

14.6

Aaron to Watson, no run, back of a length on off stump, blocked with authority again

End of over 15 (9 runs) Australia 80/1

    • SR Watson 13 (23b 3x4)
    • DA Warner 54 (47b 9x4)
    • VR Aaron 5-0-40-0
    • I Sharma 5-2-10-1

Sriram Krishnam: "Pitch looks flat? Wait till India bats."

Jack Smith: "I predict warner will make a century, and India will give up 500+ runs, looking at that only Ishant is menacing" A 63-ball ton?

15.1

I Sharma to Warner, no run, slips in a shortish delivery down leg as Warner misses a flick. The round-the-wicket ploy continues, in case anyone was wondering

"Al, can you ask Sid Monga (think he is in Adelaide now) to ask Duncan to send word through the 12th man to Kohli to ask Aaron to not bowl round the wicket to Warner? Please mate!" If Monga had that much pull, I'd be playing in Adelaide as well, Sud...

15.2

I Sharma to Warner, no run, shortish on off stump, clipped to mid-on

15.3

I Sharma to Warner, no run, good length ball a shade outside off, blocked

15.4

I Sharma to Warner, 1 run, waits on a shortish ball as he jumps across on off stump and whips to deep square leg. Clever use of the wrists to get the gaps

15.5

I Sharma to Watson, no run, hits Watson, as he goes for a pull and inside edges onto his stomach. A short ball directed at the body, but it doesn't rise up high enough. The batsman was through his shot too early though

15.6

I Sharma to Watson, no run, back of a good length on off stump, Watson's weight is on his front foot though as he blocks

End of over 16 (1 run) Australia 81/1

    • SR Watson 13 (25b 3x4)
    • DA Warner 55 (51b 9x4)
    • I Sharma 6-2-11-1
    • VR Aaron 5-0-40-0

Prasanna S: "@Jack - I wish your dream comes true, India won the Adelaide test in 2003 after conceding 500+ for Aus in the first innings (400 odd on the first day), things can only improve from that :)"

16.1

Aaron to Warner, FOUR, lofted over the off side as he picks up a fuller ball on off stump and smacks it to the long-off boundary. Doesn't matter if you have all the pace in the world when you overpitch

16.2

Aaron to Warner, no run, shortish and outside off, pushed towards mid-off

16.3

Aaron to Warner, no run, fuller delivery on off stump, Warner checks the drive he was itching to unleash through the off side

The shape of the ball is under scrutiny now. Doesn't seem to be much wrong with it though

16.4

Aaron to Warner, 1 run, not really all that short, but Warner is on the back foot and short-arm jabs it away to deep midwicket. Brilliantly strong bottom hand again

16.5

Aaron to Watson, no run, fullish and outside off, Watson pushes forward to drive to mid-off

16.6

Aaron to Watson, no run, full and curling back in on middle as Watson looks to flick. That pesky front leg is in the way though, but he manages to get an inside edge to save himself from Aaron's lbw shout

Prerak: "Is anyone else missing Bhuvi? Varun's "pace" and "bounce" is conceding over 8 an over. Not to mention our batting line up would go down till number 9 (considering the half century karn sharma scored in the practice match)"

End of over 17 (5 runs) Australia 86/1

    • SR Watson 13 (27b 3x4)
    • DA Warner 60 (55b 10x4)
    • VR Aaron 6-0-45-0
    • I Sharma 6-2-11-1

First sight of Karn Sharma in Test cricket. Slip in

17.1

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, starts off with a full toss, and Warner misses out. Looks to belt it over the leg-side but mistimes to mid-on

17.2

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, looped up on middle, Warner stays beside it and drives to point

short leg added now

17.3

KV Sharma to Warner, 1 run, nips down the track and ensures he has room to slice the flighted delivery through the covers

17.4

KV Sharma to Watson, no run, lovely flight and drift on middle, but Watson's broad blade is barely troubled

17.5

KV Sharma to Watson, no run, tries a charge and yorks himself. Karn has a shy at the batsman's end to force Watson back in his crease

17.6

KV Sharma to Watson, 1 run, second full toss of the over, this one low on leg stump as well as Watson comes down to clip it to deep square leg

End of over 18 (2 runs) Australia 88/1

    • SR Watson 14 (30b 3x4)
    • DA Warner 61 (58b 10x4)
    • KV Sharma 1-0-2-0
    • VR Aaron 6-0-45-0

Rahul: "Asking cricinfo commentator to send a message to his friend in ground, to ask the coach (no less!) to send a 12th man with the message to the captain, who will then pass it on to the bowler! Trust a die-hard Indian cricket fan to attempt the outrageous!"

18.1

Aaron to Watson, no run, fuller delivery outside off, Watson is forward and whips it to midwicket

18.2

Aaron to Watson, no run, shortish and outside off, punched to cover off the back foot

18.3

Aaron to Watson, OUT, Dhawan is on fire at second slip! Aaron finally gets one and it comes off a bit of an airy stroke from Watson. The front-foot is checked, it looks fine. This is a back of a length delivery cutting Watson for room, but he has premeditated a slice behind point and gets a nick which is well pouched by second slip moving to his left

SR Watson c Dhawan b Aaron 14 (53m 33b 3x4 0x6) SR: 42.42

Dwayne Schultz: "Fantastic to see Michael Clarke getting through the national anthem and coin toss this morning without re-injuring his hamstring." Speaking of the man...

18.4

Aaron to Clarke, no run, bouncer first up, at 144 kph. Clarke and Aaron square off in a staring match. Sailed right over middle and leg stump with the batsman bending under it

18.5

Aaron to Clarke, no run, shortish on off stump, Clarke defends solidly

18.6

Aaron to Clarke, no run, goes for another bouncer, but this slips a bit too far down leg to bother Clarke

End of over 19 (wicket maiden) Australia 88/2

    • MJ Clarke 0 (3b)
    • DA Warner 61 (58b 10x4)
    • VR Aaron 7-1-45-1
    • KV Sharma 1-0-2-0

sathish2888: "All of a sudden Indian slip fielding looks decent.. 2 - 0"

Rob: "Warner and Clarke - Best Buddies Reunite" And they have a pretty strong inspiration to pull out their best for this Test

19.1

KV Sharma to Warner, 2 runs, another full toss to start the over as Warner lunges forward and sweeps to deep square leg. That takes him to 63 not out, the crowd rises in applause, Warner throws his head up to the heavens and raises his bat

19.2

KV Sharma to Warner, 1 run, second full toss and Warner has swept him to deep square leg. Lucky to get away so far

Graham: "Heh - "Clarke and Aaron square off in a staring match" - cue the theme song When Two Tribes Go To War (Frankie Goes to HollyWood)"

19.3

KV Sharma to Clarke, no run, three balls, three full tosses and none of them have been dispatched. Whipped at mid-on

19.4

KV Sharma to Clarke, no run, tossed up and drifint on leg stump, Clarke is forward to block

19.5

KV Sharma to Clarke, no run, gets down the track, but has got a bit too close to the ball to take advantage. Jams it down to mid-on

19.6

KV Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, lovely stroke from Clarke as he glides down to the pitch of the ball and taps it to mid-off and gets off the mark

End of over 20 (4 runs) Australia 92/2

    • MJ Clarke 1 (7b)
    • DA Warner 64 (60b 10x4)
    • KV Sharma 2-0-6-0
    • VR Aaron 7-1-45-1
20.1

Aaron to Clarke, 2 runs, fuller delivery outside off, Clarke is forward and pushes it in front of point and cries "two". Two it is

Aleem: "That entry of Michael Clark into the ground, in slow mo gave me goospebumps than a 100 indian movies ever could.. not a good sign at all for India.."

20.2

Aaron to Clarke, 2 runs, 141kph, gloves a bouncer, and it goes uppishly towards fine leg. Clarke was caught in two minds between ducking and pulling and manages to get away with it

20.3

Aaron to Clarke, no run, 147kph, full and slid down leg, Clarke misses a flick. Pure pace from Aaron, with all of its side-effects

20.4

Aaron to Clarke, no run, back of a length on off stump, Clarke's usually fleet footwork are absent this time. Blocked with an inside edge

20.5

Aaron to Clarke, no run, shortish on middle, Clarke gets back and tucks to midwicket and cries "wait, wait" as Rahane gets around

20.6

Aaron to Clarke, 2 runs, 144kph, dug in short and Clarke has watched it all the way onto his bat, which pulls and keeps the ball down to deep square leg. Seemed to have ages to play that stroke

End of over 21 (6 runs) Australia 98/2

    • MJ Clarke 7 (13b)
    • DA Warner 64 (60b 10x4)
    • VR Aaron 8-1-51-1
    • KV Sharma 2-0-6-0

Ishant for a second spell before lunch. That's not going to help the over-rate, but India would love another wicket here. Warner and Clarke though look quite determined

21.1

I Sharma to Warner, no run, good length ball outside off, left alone off the front foot

21.2

I Sharma to Warner, 1 run, shortish on leg stump, picked away through midwicket

"I suggest that the commentator wait until he's had a chance to see Mitchell Johnson bowl before declaring what "pure pace" is. " 147 kph is 147 kph, Ben

21.3

I Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, good length ball on off stump, Clarke leans over it and clips through deep square leg

21.4

I Sharma to Warner, 1 run, jumps across on off stump and pulls the short ball on middle and off to deep square leg

Nathan: "If India are quick, they might just manage 24 overs before lunch. That's a tremendous effort."

21.5

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, fullish delivery outside off brings Clarke forward with a resolute straight bat

21.6

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, 132kph, back of a length on off stump, carefully defended. Ishant seems to be doing Bhuvi's work in this Test

End of over 22 (3 runs) Australia 101/2

    • MJ Clarke 8 (16b)
    • DA Warner 66 (63b 10x4)
    • I Sharma 7-2-14-1
    • VR Aaron 8-1-51-1

Karn gets a change of ends

22.1

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, good length ball cramps Warner on off stump as he bowls around the wicket. Defended

22.2

KV Sharma to Warner, FOUR, flighted on off stump, Warner uses his feet to try and get to the pitch and even if he didn't he goes for it. Seemed to want to belt it over mid-on, but slices it to the long-off boundary

22.3

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, sharp keeping from Saha as he manages to get behind a very full ball, too full for Warner's sweep

22.4

KV Sharma to Warner, FOUR, beautifully threaded through the covers as he nips down the track, reaches the pitch and doesn't have to worry about the turn from there on. Punches it through the covers and away it rolls

22.5

KV Sharma to Warner, 1 run, shortish and Warner stays back and tucks it behind square leg. Lovely footwork against splin

Brett: "Big Mitch makes Aaron look like a school kid bowling! Mitch has menace and fear , Aaron is just another kid trying to bowl too fast. #notapatchonmitch"

22.6

KV Sharma to Clarke, no run, tossed up on off stump to draw Clarke out of his crease. Tapped back at the bowler

End of over 23 (9 runs) Australia 110/2

    • MJ Clarke 8 (17b)
    • DA Warner 75 (68b 12x4)
    • KV Sharma 3-0-15-0
    • I Sharma 7-2-14-1

Possibly the last over before lunch. Someone did ping in saying India might do well to get to this mark before lunch

Todd: "To be fair, Aaron does have a lot of similarities to a young, breakaway called Mitchell Johnson. Johnson was a mad insane tearaway bowler early in his career with little control but plenty of speed. Once he got a bit older and learned control, he didn't make a half bad bowler, you may have heard of him a bit lately."

23.1

I Sharma to Warner, no run, good length ball outside off, Warner was almost lured into poking but pulled away at the final of final moments

23.2

I Sharma to Warner, no run, back of a length on off stump, blocked down the pitch

23.3

I Sharma to Warner, 1 run, leaps onto off stump to nudge a shortish ball to deep midwicket

23.4

I Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, pokes a shade away from the body against a shortish ball outside off. Gets an inside edge to deep square leg

23.5

I Sharma to Warner, no run, gets across on off stump to block off the back foot

23.6

I Sharma to Warner, 1 run, length ball on leg stump is clipped to deep square leg to finish the morning session. Warner glances at the heavens again as he pulls off his helmet and walks off with his captain patting his back

12.30 pm Australia's run rate is 4.7 to the over. David Warner is the reason for that. He got 77 off 73, the other batsmen have 32 off 73. India fed him with wide deliveries that he dispatched every time. The only bowler he did not dominate was Ishant Sharma, whose tight line and length outside off. Varun Aaron was quick, but wayward. Karn Sharma has struggled to pitch the ball. India firmly on the back foot. Join us again in about half an hour to see if there is any changes

Chandra: "Asking all the non-Indians here. Watching Warner bat and seeing how difficult it is to bowl to him, were you guys this helpless when you were bowling to Sehwag?"

Henry Porter: "Warner's test run total just went past that of the great Norm O'Neill in the list of Australian Test bats - in 8 fewer innings too."

Tim: "@ Brett (possibly Lee?) - Mitch has "menace and fear" - so what on earth is he doing playing cricket? This isnt war, and its not a boxing match. Its not even Ice Hockey. I would rather support a thousand quality medium pace bowlers than support one pace bowler for whom intimidation is stock and store. I thought that way before the Hughes incident, and I think that way even more now. Pace is fine, attack is also sort of fine, aggression and threats are not. "

End of over 24 (3 runs) Australia 113/2

    • DA Warner 77 (73b 12x4)
    • MJ Clarke 9 (18b)
    • I Sharma 8-2-17-1
    • KV Sharma 3-0-15-0

India gather into a huddle again. Talk about an initiation for Virat Kohli. He looks upbeat, jogs out as the first man from the huddle and gets the ball from the umpire. Looks like Mohammed Shami to start proceedings after the break, over the wicket. Change of tactic straight away then. David Warner and Michael Clarke strap in for another big session. Two slips and a gully in place

Rasik: "Is Ishant Sharma finally becoming the bowler he always threatened to become? Consistent, economical and a leader of the bowling unit? His last couple of tours he has been very impressive. He is there or there abouts most of the time. If he can think batsman out like Zaheer could at his peak, he could still become India's best asset overseas. Varun's pace is exciting, hope he doesn't go the Srinath-Zaheer-Munaf way and decide to concentrate on line and length. "

1.05 pm Adelaide has extended a wonderfully warm welcome to the batsmen and Australia's determination to cash-in is as apparent as their emotional state. The crowd rose in applause as Warner reached 63 and are firmly backing the home side. India's quicks were also appreciated when they tried a few bouncers. And with that, lets lead into the debate...

Matt: "Tim, "menace and fear" doesn't mean violence, nor does it mean they are doing anything wrong. Tennis players banging down serves at 250kph plus would also put fear in an opponent...should they stop playing tennis then? "

PP_500: "@Tim: well then why are the West Indies (perhaps rightly so) rated above economical and wicket-taking McGrath who is simply called a bowling machine? Let's face it, most commentators rate the bowlers that can intimidate and instil fear like the WI pace quartets or the Akram/Younis duo..."

24.1

Mohammed Shami to Warner, no run, good start, with a little shape away from the left-hander who had judged the line perfectly and leaves outside off

24.2

Mohammed Shami to Warner, no run, fuller delivery on off stump, Warner is careful with his push to mid-on

24.3

Mohammed Shami to Warner, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended

Tim: "Ah yes, but in tennis you dont hear one player saying to another "Get ready for a broken arm". Its far more about attitude than action, because aggression is an attitude."

24.4

Mohammed Shami to Warner, 1 run, outside edge, but it skews away through point. There's no one in the infield though. Good length ball lures a drive, a bit of an airy one as Shami gets the ball to move away again

24.5

Mohammed Shami to Clarke, no run, fuller delivery outside off brings Clarke forward and block into the covers

24.6

Mohammed Shami to Clarke, no run, leans forward to push to mid-on as Shami bowls full on off stump. Good start to the session for India.

klsau: "@PP_500 It's said that some people might reduce a bowler like McGrath to merely a bowling machine..Anyone would pick him over more 'menacing' bowlers like Shoaib Akhtar...Dennis Lilee will always be rated above Thompson..Malcolm Marshall,arguably the greatest didn't rely on only menace."

Jared : "@Tim : "Can you be certain? Johnny McEnroe hasn't very shy""

End of over 25 (1 run) Australia 114/2

    • MJ Clarke 9 (20b)
    • DA Warner 78 (77b 12x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 6-0-31-0
    • I Sharma 8-2-17-1
25.1

I Sharma to Warner, 1 leg bye, tries to pull off one leg, but it isn't all that short. Gets struck on the thigh pad and picks up a quick single

25.2

I Sharma to Clarke, 2 runs, neat flick from Clarke as he gets forward and clips a good length ball from outside off. Deep square leg has some work to do

25.3

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, fuller delivery outside off, Clarke lunges forward and shoulders arms. Can a leave be aggressive, yes it can.

25.4

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, not quite so authoritative this time from Clarke as Ishant gets a good length ball to dart back in and test the batsman's judgment outside off. Almost lured into a shot before pulling his bat away

25.5

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, fullish with the ball moving back in at Clarke, defended

25.6

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, good length ball on off stump, defended

End of over 26 (3 runs) Australia 117/2

    • MJ Clarke 11 (25b)
    • DA Warner 78 (78b 12x4)
    • I Sharma 9-2-19-1
    • Mohammed Shami 6-0-31-0

Shami continues over the wicket

26.1

Mohammed Shami to Warner, no run, good length ball on off stump, keeps Warner quiet

26.2

Mohammed Shami to Warner, 2 runs, goes short on leg stump, Warner lifts his front knee to pull towards fine leg in the deep. Not perfectly in control, but he gets a couple

26.3

Mohammed Shami to Warner, no run, back of a length on leg again, Warner jumps across to try a flick but misses

26.4

Mohammed Shami to Warner, 1 leg bye, picked away off his hips towards the leg side. Too many singles on offer, it would seem. And Shami might not be bowling to his field with such concentration on leg stump

26.5

Mohammed Shami to Clarke, no run, lures the edge, but it falls short of second slip! Good length ball outside off brings Clarke forward to poke, the hint of away movement foils his stroke, but it doesn't carry to Dhawan

26.6

Mohammed Shami to Clarke, FOUR, another skew off the outside edge! It was full on off stump and Clarke was looking to force it away with his bottom hand. Enjoys a lucky boundary through point even if he was looking elsewhere for his scoring area

End of over 27 (7 runs) Australia 124/2

    • MJ Clarke 15 (27b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 80 (82b 12x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 7-0-37-0
    • I Sharma 9-2-19-1

Shawn: "First time David's strike rate under 100?" He's flipped down a few gears since the second hour

27.1

I Sharma to Warner, 1 run, nudged to midwicket, who is up and yet gives away the single

27.2

I Sharma to Clarke, 3 runs, fullish on off stump, Clarke presents a straight face and gets enough on it to beat Rohit at mid-on. Big dive, but he can only get a couple of fingers on it

27.3

I Sharma to Warner, 1 run, jumps across on off stump and clips to the left of mid-on. That gap is leaking singles, especially with Ishant now moving back around the wicket

27.4

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, good length ball outside off, Clarke is happy to leave through to the keeper

27.5

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, back of a length and outside off, Clarke hoists his bat over his head

27.6

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, plonks that front foot towards the length ball outside off and leaves

End of over 28 (5 runs) Australia 129/2

    • MJ Clarke 18 (31b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 82 (84b 12x4)
    • I Sharma 10-2-24-1
    • Mohammed Shami 7-0-37-0

Alex: "India's fast bowlers have been pretty good for most of the day. One problem they've all shared is poor line. Perhaps in an attempt to attack the stumps, they've all been guilty of straying down leg-side."

28.1

Mohammed Shami to Warner, no run, short and wide outside off, Warner looks to forehand smash through extra cover. Looked to play it a bit too hard and so played too early and finds mid-off

28.2

Mohammed Shami to Warner, 1 run, there's the release ball, India have not been able to build any pressure on Warner. Waits on the fuller ball on leg stump and clipped to deep square leg

28.3

Mohammed Shami to Clarke, no run, fullish and outside off, pushed to mid-off

bks: "How is the crowd?? Like good or like last odi series?" Quite a solid attendance, it would seem

28.4

Mohammed Shami to Clarke, no run, beautiful stroke as he ventures forward to a good length ball that had some width outside off and slaps it into the covers

28.5

Mohammed Shami to Clarke, FOUR, full on off stump, thumped back down the ground and the timing is good enough to reach the boundary behind the bowler

28.6

Mohammed Shami to Clarke, no run, shortish and a shade outside off, Clarke looks to cut but he overestimates the width on offer

End of over 29 (5 runs) Australia 134/2

    • MJ Clarke 22 (35b 2x4)
    • DA Warner 83 (86b 12x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 8-0-42-0
    • I Sharma 10-2-24-1
29.1

I Sharma to Warner, 1 run, full on off stump, Warner pulls out a whip through deep midwicket

29.2

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, banged in short, but it slides a shade outside leg.

mancey: "Tough morning for the Indians, but if they can remove Warner, with Australia's fragile middle order it could be crisis averted"

29.3

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, full and outside off, leans forward and drives to mid-off

29.4

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, goes short and Clarke drags it from outside off towards midwicket

29.5

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, fullish on off stump, pushed down to mid-on

29.6

I Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, opts for another bouncer, which Clarke pulls from the front foot down to deep fine leg

Folks, have we got a treat for you. Stuart MacGill will be on commentary to give his insights whenever the debutant leggie Karn Sharma comes on to bowl

End of over 30 (2 runs) Australia 136/2

    • MJ Clarke 23 (40b 2x4)
    • DA Warner 84 (87b 12x4)
    • I Sharma 11-2-26-1
    • Mohammed Shami 8-0-42-0

So do send in everything you've ever wanted to ask and lets see if we can't decode the mystery of legspin bowling. For now, it's Shami

30.1

Mohammed Shami to Clarke, no run, back of a length on off stump, blocked down the pitch

30.2

Mohammed Shami to Clarke, no run, gets forward with a straight blade and punches the good length ball to mid-off

30.3

Mohammed Shami to Clarke, FOUR, short and wide and Clarke has cashed in with a beautiful slash through point. Shami strays badly and the Australian captain will not miss out. Terrible ball, top shot

30.4

Mohammed Shami to Clarke, no run, another outside edge, and it drops short of second slip again. Much better line from Shami as he gets the good length ball to straighten on fifth stump. Clarke pushes with his hands and looks back in alarm

30.5

Mohammed Shami to Clarke, FOUR, another short delivery that's been belted to the cover boundary. That time there wasn't much room but the Adelaide pitch provides true bounce for Clarke to stay back and hit through the line

30.6

Mohammed Shami to Clarke, no run, fuller delivery on off stump, pushed to mid-on

End of over 31 (8 runs) Australia 144/2

    • MJ Clarke 31 (46b 4x4)
    • DA Warner 84 (87b 12x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 9-0-50-0
    • I Sharma 11-2-26-1

Aaron returns

31.1

Aaron to Warner, no run, back of a length on off stump, blocked

31.2

Aaron to Warner, no run, full and a shade outside off, tapped down down the pitch

rajesh: "Why are catches not carrying to second slip? Are Indians guilty of standing too deep and close to each other AGAIN?" Not particularly. And the umpires are checking the ball's shape again. Kohli's chatting with the umps now. India do not look pleased with it, and a box of balls have been brought onto the field.

31.3

Aaron to Warner, 1 wide, digs in short, way too short that Warner barely needs to duck. Too short says the umpire and calls it a wide

31.3

Aaron to Warner, no run, full on off stump, pushed to the right of mid-off. Ishant manages to threaten enough to keep it to nothing

31.4

Aaron to Warner, no run, that's a terrific bouncer, and Warner has shows it back to it and ducks his head to get out of the way. Good, hard fast bowling

31.5

Aaron to Warner, FOUR, good length ball outside off, Warner keeps to the crease and cracks it in front of point. Efficiently done

31.6

Aaron to Warner, 1 run, strays on the pads and Warner has calmly put it away to deep fine leg to raise the 150 for Australia

End of over 32 (6 runs) Australia 150/2

    • DA Warner 89 (93b 13x4)
    • MJ Clarke 31 (46b 4x4)
    • VR Aaron 9-1-57-1
    • Mohammed Shami 9-0-50-0
32.1

Mohammed Shami to Warner, 1 run, jumps up to clip a shortish ball off middle stump to deep midwicket

James Jabber: "With the kind of thumping given by Warner, I'm surprised the ball lasted 31 overs"

32.2

Mohammed Shami to Clarke, no run, gets forward to tap a good length ball into the covers where Rahane flings himself to his right and keeps it to nothing. Beautiful work

32.3

Mohammed Shami to Clarke, no run, good length ball on off stump, defended

32.4

Mohammed Shami to Clarke, no run, goes a touch wide of the crease to a good length ball outside off. Clarke lines it up solidly though

32.5

Mohammed Shami to Clarke, 2 runs, waits for a shortish ball and clips it behind square leg, hits the gap perfectly to secure a couple

32.6

Mohammed Shami to Clarke, FOUR, whip-pull from way outside off. No trouble when the short ball barely rises towards the stomach and Clarke had ample time to show off some spectacular wristwork. Screams away to midwicket

End of over 33 (7 runs) Australia 157/2

    • MJ Clarke 37 (51b 5x4)
    • DA Warner 90 (94b 13x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 10-0-57-0
    • VR Aaron 9-1-57-1
33.1

Aaron to Warner, FOUR, fuller delivery outside off, Warner caresses it through the covers, sees the ball scurrying past the cover fielder and decides to stop running. Right off the middle

33.2

Aaron to Warner, no run, good length ball on off stump, defended

33.3

Aaron to Warner, 1 run, short and sliding down leg, swivels around and pulls to deep square leg

Harish: "If Indian bowling had an advert, there jingle would be "Form to the formless, Comebacks for the injured""

33.4

Aaron to Clarke, no run, width offered, but Clarke is happy to see it through to the keeper after getting across to it

33.5

Aaron to Clarke, no run, fuller delivery outside off, pushed to cover

33.6

Aaron to Clarke, no run, full and tailing in on the pads, the movement is enough to beat Clarke's flick

Rishi: "How is Ishant managing an economy of 2 while Shami and Varun are going at 6?" His line, consistently on and around off stump

End of over 34 (5 runs) Australia 162/2

    • MJ Clarke 37 (54b 5x4)
    • DA Warner 95 (97b 14x4)
    • VR Aaron 10-1-62-1
    • Mohammed Shami 10-0-57-0

Arvind: "I guess Karn sharma will be used a lot more once warner is on his way out." Kohli is not listening to you

34.1

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, tucked away to midwicket

34.2

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, tossed up outside off, he lunges for a slog sweep and misses. Impact outside off with him playing a shot

34.3

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, good length ball on and around off stump, defended

34.4

KV Sharma to Warner, 2 runs, jumps outside off to a shortish ball and pulls behind square leg for a couple.

34.5

KV Sharma to Warner, 1 run, loopy delivery outside off to bring Warner to poke outside off. Gets an outside edge behind point

34.6

KV Sharma to Clarke, no run, gets down the track and eases it to mid-off

End of over 35 (3 runs) Australia 165/2

    • MJ Clarke 37 (55b 5x4)
    • DA Warner 98 (102b 14x4)
    • KV Sharma 4-0-18-0
    • VR Aaron 10-1-62-1
35.1

Aaron to Warner, 1 run, banged in short and Warner has smacked it to deep midwicket. Top class pull.

35.2

Aaron to Clarke, no run, good length ball outside off, pushed to mid-off

Harry: "How do you bowl leg spin to an aggressive batsmen like David Warner? Without giving away to many runs. " The one thing that's very important is that you're always trying to get the batsman out, says MacGill. "You've got to have fielding positions set for the wicket taking delivery and a couple of fielders to stem the flow of runs"

35.3

Aaron to Clarke, no run, was that an edge?! Clarke shakes his head. Three different appeals from the bowler and it looks terribly close. Bit of shape away from outside off, very late movement beats the Australian captain. HotSpot has nothing

35.4

Aaron to Clarke, FOUR, flicked through to deep midwicket. Too full on middle and leg, beautifully timed

35.5

Aaron to Clarke, no run, good length ball on off stump, defended

Anshul: "Does McGill really think that playing a wrist spinner in australia is better than playing a finger spinner ? why is it so ?" Stuart says "A wrist spinner can get more work on the ball and thats the bottom line."

35.6

Aaron to Clarke, no run, full on middle and leg, worked to mid-on

End of over 36 (5 runs) Australia 170/2

    • MJ Clarke 41 (60b 6x4)
    • DA Warner 99 (103b 14x4)
    • VR Aaron 11-1-67-1
    • KV Sharma 4-0-18-0

Stuart would like Karn to bowl over the wicket, bowling around the wicket is a defensive ploy. Its turning enough and he's cutting an angle out

36.1

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, flighted on middle and leg, clipped to midwicket

36.2

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, flighted outside off, blocked

Stuart says, "He's cutting out caught at midwicket, caught bat-pad, bowled through the gate with this ploy"

36.3

KV Sharma to Warner, 1 run, tossed up outside off and he eases it through the covers and gets his fifth ton of the year. Leaps up and salutes the crowd and thrusts his bat up at the sky. Big hug from the captain.

Stuart says he's showing incredible patience, it's a run-a-ball hundred, This is Warner mark two

36.4

KV Sharma to Clarke, no run, flighted outside off, blocked

36.5

KV Sharma to Clarke, no run, flighted outside off, pushed into one of two covers

Stuart says, "Karn is bowling a bit quicker and flatter because Clarke is running down the track. Just because a player uses his feet well, doesn't mean you can't try and deceive them through the air. Its difficult, but you've got to try"

36.6

KV Sharma to Clarke, no run, flighted outside off, blocked

End of over 37 (1 run) Australia 171/2

    • MJ Clarke 41 (63b 6x4)
    • DA Warner 100 (106b 14x4)
    • KV Sharma 5-0-19-0
    • VR Aaron 11-1-67-1

Maws: "A question for Stuart "Do you think Karn is getting enough work on the ball with his ring finger? Looks to be he's more "rolling" the ball out of his hand"" Stuart says He reminds me very much of Mushtaq, whippy fast action, at the batsman. You see by the balls he';s bowling to David Warner he's turning the ball. I havent seen enough variation yet. He's been brought on at a very difficult time. I've heard he has a good googly and bowls it off the front of the hand. He's definitely got a lot of bowling to do

37.1

Aaron to Warner, 1 run, banged in short on middle, Warner has pulled it through to deep square leg. Cleanly struck

Will Mac: "MacGilla - what's the best ball you ever bowled (test, first class or club cricket)?" Stuart says My last match for NSW, I got Brad Hodge out bowled. My best ball in Tests was to Kallis at the SCG, got him out caught at the SCG. Always loved watching him bat, so it was good to get him

37.2

Aaron to Clarke, no run, good length ball with a bit of movement away outside off, beats Clarke's push

37.3

Aaron to Clarke, FOUR, good length ball outside off, Clarke is stuck in his crease and gets an inside edge that streaks away to the fine leg boundary

37.4

Aaron to Clarke, FOUR, flashes at a good length ball outside off, gets a thick outside off and it runs away between slip and gully

Stuart says, "An in-out field might be useful on an unfriendly pitch for a psinner. As a wristspinner you are there to take wickets. You have to look to take wickets. All the time"

37.5

Aaron to Clarke, no run

37.6

Aaron to Clarke, no run, good length ball outside off, pushed through the covers

End of over 38 (9 runs) Australia 180/2

    • MJ Clarke 49 (68b 8x4)
    • DA Warner 101 (107b 14x4)
    • VR Aaron 12-1-76-1
    • KV Sharma 5-0-19-0

Michael: "Question for Stuart MacGill: David Warner looks to have improved his play against spin quite a lot over the last couple of years, based on his performances in the UAE recently. What are a few things that he's doing now that may have lead to this improvement? How could Australia's other batsmen improve against spin ahead of tours to India, UAE, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka?" Stuart says He's always been quite good, apart from the one series. People were talking about in the papers and I think he started to worry about it. he's always had very fast feet and he's not afraid to hit over the top

38.1

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, good length ball on off stump, pushed back to mid-on

Stuart says, he appears to be bowling defensively to both batsman. He is definitely worth the selection, there is enough there to suggest he would make a breakthrough

38.2

KV Sharma to Warner, 1 run, full toss outside off, swept to deep fine leg

38.3

KV Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, flighted on middle as Clarke dances down and clips to long-on to go to fifty.

"All of the bowlers, to Warner have tried to stifle him and slow him down rather than get him out," says Stuart, "Not give him room outside off, because that's his strength, and in doing that they've overcompensated"

38.4

KV Sharma to Warner, FOUR, length ball outside off and Warner has slog swept him to the square leg boundary. Desperate cry of catch it

38.5

KV Sharma to Warner, 1 run, clipped to deep square leg

38.6

KV Sharma to Clarke, 3 runs, short and Clarke backs away and cuts towards the third man boundary. Aaron dives to keep it to three

Karn is definitely bowling flat, says Stuart "He looks like he's doing what he's told. he;s not going to the captain with ideas."

End of over 39 (10 runs) Australia 190/2

    • MJ Clarke 53 (70b 8x4)
    • DA Warner 107 (111b 15x4)
    • KV Sharma 6-0-29-0
    • VR Aaron 12-1-76-1
39.1

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, back of a leng hand outside off, left alone

Stuart says, "You can gorgive the occasiona full toss, and the wide one. I always judge the bowlers on their best balls and Karn's are promising but I think he's restricting himself by bowling around the wicket to Warner and flatter to Clarke"

39.2

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, short and wide outside off, cracked away to point

He's played 34 first-class games, with 60 odd wickets. And he has an eight for and taking that off, its 30 matches and 50 wickets Says Stuart So he's not looking to take wickets

39.3

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, good length ball outside off, defenede

39.4

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, back of a length and outside off, left alone

Sujan Uday: "Question to Stuart: Why do Indian spinners struggle to take wickets in the same Australian pitch where Shane Warne and Stuart MacGuill took lots of wickets? Are the pitches not spin-friendly or Indian lack the tricks?" Stuart says it's important on a true pitch, you need to get top spin, the ball needs to drop and you have to deceive the batsman through the air. And maybe the finger spinners use the the inconsistency the wicket more than Australia's spinners. That's a definite difference. Harbhajan got lots of top spin and I thought he would always succeed in Australia

39.5

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, good length ball outside off, beats him

39.6

I Sharma to Clarke, no run

End of over 40 (maiden) Australia 190/2

    • MJ Clarke 53 (76b 8x4)
    • DA Warner 107 (111b 15x4)
    • I Sharma 12-3-26-1
    • KV Sharma 6-0-29-0
40.1

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, tossed up outside off, defended to short cover

Stuart says, His pace to Warner is much better than Clarke, 81 kph

40.2

KV Sharma to Warner, 1 run, gets down the track and pushes to mid-off

Jeremy: "For Stuart: did you prefer bowling a spell with another spinner, or with the likes of Pigeon, Dizzy etc?"

40.3

KV Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, gets down the track and flicks to mid-on. Stuart says, that's 82 kph, mind you

40.4

KV Sharma to Warner, FOUR, flighted outside off and dips in outside off, Warner has slogged to midwicket. Seemed to be beaten by flight

The flight is better to the left-hander than he is to Clarke

So long as somebody was applying pressure, says Stuart no matter who was bowling

40.5

KV Sharma to Warner, 1 run, picked away through midwicket

Stuart says, the danger here is that he's going at 3-4 an over and he might be taken off without even trying bowling over the wicket

40.6

KV Sharma to Clarke, FOUR, beautifully done as Clarke dances down to a flatter ball and carves him straight over the top

End of over 41 (11 runs) Australia 201/2

    • MJ Clarke 58 (78b 9x4)
    • DA Warner 113 (115b 16x4)
    • KV Sharma 7-0-40-0
    • I Sharma 12-3-26-1
41.1

I Sharma to Warner, no run, fuller and outside off, driven strongly to mid-off

Lakshya Jain: "@Stuart McGill: What, in your opinion, is more important for a legspinner on this pitch? Flight, accuracy, or turn?" Stuart says, You've got to get revs on the ball and that affects flight and turn. If hypothetically, your role is to take wickets, if a slower bowler is just going to bowl dots, its far easier to bowl a finger spinner.

41.2

I Sharma to Warner, 1 run, worked away to deep midwicket, easily clipped as Ishant strays straight

41.3

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, good length ball on off stump, defended

41.4

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, lunges forward to a good length ball outside off and blocks

Jeevan: "Question to Stuart: According to you,Who was the best playing wrist spin in your time apart from Tendulkar?" Stuart says, Lara. He destroyed every spinner on the planet. You thought you could get him out, but he was too good. On the 03 tour of Australia, not only did I not think was I going to get Dravid out, I didn;t even have an inkling

41.5

I Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, short on middle, pulled to deep square leg

41.6

I Sharma to Warner, no run, good length ball on off stump, defended

End of over 42 (2 runs) Australia 203/2

    • DA Warner 114 (118b 16x4)
    • MJ Clarke 59 (81b 9x4)
    • I Sharma 13-3-28-1
    • KV Sharma 7-0-40-0

Stuart says There's been a lot of thought that the plans the Indian team has done. In that effect, Kohli has done a good job. They've been sticking at Plan A too long.

42.1

KV Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, that's the best ball he's bowled to Michael Clarke, says Stuart would like to see a lot more of that. Flight and dip outside off even as he runs at him and drives to mid-off

42.2

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, Stuart says I like him going over the wicket now, and now that he has he shouldn't be nervous of being hit over the top. This flighted ball was pushed back to him

42.3

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, tossed up outside off, blocked

42.4

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, defended on middle and off

Stuart says This would be a good opportunity for the captain to come up and say be brave, we'll get him through the gate or caught at slip. He hasn't been enticing a drive yet. We want him to go over the top

42.5

KV Sharma to Warner, 1 run, shortish on middle and leg, pulled away to deep square leg

42.6

KV Sharma to Clarke, no run, tossed up on off stump, brings Clarke out of his crease to block

End of over 43 (2 runs) Australia 205/2

    • MJ Clarke 60 (83b 9x4)
    • DA Warner 115 (122b 16x4)
    • KV Sharma 8-0-42-0
    • I Sharma 13-3-28-1

Brodie: "Stuart, just wondering you're opinion on Australia developing a new leg spinner, we had such great options 10 years ago with warnie yourself and also hoggie, do you think based ion the up and coming talent at the moment we have a leg spinner that could come in and be our next Warne/macgill?" Stuart says, the best legspinner in Australia at the moment is Fawad Ahmed. Moved from Pakistan to Australia. Got the most wickets in first-class cricket so far

43.1

I Sharma to Warner, 1 run, fullish on off stump, defended past mid-on

Prithvi: "Do you think picking a lone, inexperienced spinner to debut is a good idea when you have three out and out fast bowlers that cannot bowl long spells?" Stuart says," Not blaming him for that. His selection was good. You cannot not pick him if you're worried about the other quicks not doing the job. I'd just expect more from them. Ideally, we find quicks who can do the job"

43.2

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, goes short and slides it down leg, Clarke doesn't bother with it. Clarke's doing a lot of stretching now, that back its always a worry for him. He's calling for the physio. Looks to be grimacing quite a bit. Is he walking off, yes. Clarke is walking off the field., shaking his head. Looks to be a spasm.

Stuart says India's fast bowlers did not execute their plans very well at all. The plan was to not give Warner room by bowling around the wicket, and they didnt. The first sign came when he was leaving a short ball. Stuart explains Spasm, because his weight was on his back leg and he has to bend towards that side which pushed even more weight on it

Stuart says Smith would be a big wicket, India cannot afford to lose this opportunity.

43.3

I Sharma to Smith, no run, good length ball outside off, left alone

43.4

I Sharma to Smith, no run, back of a length and outside off, left alone

43.5

I Sharma to Smith, no run, fuller delivery outside off, brings him forward to block towards cover

43.6

I Sharma to Smith, no run, fuller delivery outside off, left alone carefully

End of over 44 (1 run) Australia 206/2

    • SPD Smith 0 (4b)
    • MJ Clarke 60 (84b 9x4)
    • I Sharma 14-3-29-1
    • KV Sharma 8-0-42-0

I'd like to see one more over from Karn, with Warner facing. Smith is more at home against spin. One more crack to see if he can bowl him through the gate, and then the quicks to get the new batsman out, Stuart says

44.1

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, flighted outside off, defended

44.2

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, flatter delivery on off stump, defended

44.3

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, goes back and works the ball with the turn to square leg

44.4

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, good length ball on off stump, defended

44.5

KV Sharma to Warner, 1 run, shortish on off stump, flicked away to deep midwicket

MacGill says I'd be making a bowling change. It's a little bit of inexperience and nerves. It's his first Test. He's proved to me that he could do what's required, so I feel a bit teased. What he's got going in his favour though is the over-rate

44.6

KV Sharma to Smith, no run, the batsman is down the wicket and blocks a flatter ball on leg stump

End of over 45 (1 run) Australia 207/2

    • SPD Smith 0 (5b)
    • DA Warner 117 (128b 16x4)
    • KV Sharma 9-0-43-0
    • I Sharma 14-3-29-1
45.1

I Sharma to Warner, 1 run, fuller delivery outside off, eased into the covers

On paper, there's still a lot of batting. Marsh, Haddin, Johnson, plenty of batting to come, MacGill says. They'll be looking to get to stumps, with four down max. On a drop in, you've got to make runs in the first innings because it will get slower. I thin it'd be important for Warner to be there at the end. Very very strong statement batting through day one. Not suggesting he goes into his shell, but continue as he's doing

45.2

I Sharma to Smith, no run, good length ball outside off, pushed into the covers

45.3

I Sharma to Smith, no run

45.4

I Sharma to Smith, FOUR, short and wide and it's been slapped away to deep point

45.5

I Sharma to Smith, no run, back of a length and outside off, left alone

45.6

I Sharma to Smith, 2 runs, fullish delivery with a bit of straightening outside off, gets Smith's edge and it flies past second slip.

End of over 46 (7 runs) Australia 214/2

    • SPD Smith 6 (10b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 118 (129b 16x4)
    • I Sharma 15-3-36-1
    • KV Sharma 9-0-43-0

With ten minutes to go to tea, Stuart MacGill has wandered away to prepare for Match Point

46.1

KV Sharma to Warner, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, tucked away to midwicket

46.2

KV Sharma to Smith, 1 run, roared down the pitch and loves the room available on this flighted ball. Hammers it to mid-off who does well to get a hand to it

46.3

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, flighted on off stump, defended

caroline shaw: "I love pup but I would not have allowed him to play. not ready. and to big a risk of screwing up his whole season."

46.4

KV Sharma to Warner, 1 run, tossed up on middle, worked away to the right of midwicket

46.5

KV Sharma to Smith, no run, nips down the track and almost yorks himself as he whips to mid-on

46.6

KV Sharma to Smith, no run, looped up outside off as he presses forward to block

End of over 47 (3 runs) Australia 217/2

    • SPD Smith 7 (13b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 120 (132b 16x4)
    • KV Sharma 10-0-46-0
    • I Sharma 15-3-36-1

Shami is back

47.1

Mohammed Shami to Warner, 2 runs, short and wide, Warner stands and delivers with a flay over mid-off. Had to reach out for it which might have robbed him of some of the timing

47.2

Mohammed Shami to Warner, 2 runs, shortish on middle and leg, clipped away through midwicket

47.3

Mohammed Shami to Warner, 1 run, slices a shortish ball outside off through point

Kapil: "And when playing in AUS, you cannot stick to a 4 bowler strategy at all. You need to get 20 wickets and with this Indian line up, it looks more defensive than aggressive. Now that Bhuvi is out, we need 4 fast bowlers as I don't think Aaron/Shami can bowl more than 16-17 overs a day. Umesh should've played ahead of Rohit"

sobhit: "nice to have active conversation with stuart McGill, thanks..." No problem. He'll be back as well, you know

47.4

Mohammed Shami to Smith, no run, shortish and outside off, stands up tall behind it and cracks to cover

47.5

Mohammed Shami to Smith, FOUR, gorgeous stroke! Confident stride forward and taps it through the covers. High front elbow, beautifully straight bat and the timing is amazing

47.6

Mohammed Shami to Smith, no run, short and wide, Smith cant hit the gap past point. Aaron pulls out a dive and saves the single

End of over 48 (9 runs) Australia 226/2

    • SPD Smith 11 (16b 2x4)
    • DA Warner 125 (135b 16x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 11-0-66-0
    • KV Sharma 10-0-46-0

Karthik: "Whilst the opportunity to converse with Stuart is welcome, am missing the banter and comments from fans across the world. Cant we keep the discussion with Stuart in a separate window, away from the Commentary Summary" Uh... we'll work on that

48.1

KV Sharma to Warner, FOUR, reverse sweep and he's found the gap as well. His timing today has been impeccable, his shot selection even more so. Saw the ball looped up and well outside off. Could well have cover driven it, but that would have hit the field. This did not

48.2

KV Sharma to Warner, no run, moves around the wicket and slides a length ball past his pads and into the keeper's gloves

Nishant: "Oh it is "Stuart" Mc Gill. As a kid, i used to love imitating his bowling action. I am a big believer of leg spinners being match winners in test matches"

48.3

KV Sharma to Warner, no run

48.4

KV Sharma to Warner, 1 run, stays back and works a good length ball away to deep square leg. Simple, correct and efficitnet wristwork

48.5

KV Sharma to Smith, 2 runs, beats him in flight as Smith danced down the track. Got a little drift and turn away, managed to pitch it before the batsman reached and has to have his hands on his head as he ball runs away through the covers

48.6

KV Sharma to Smith, no run, pushed through the covers

End of over 49 (7 runs) Australia 233/2

    • SPD Smith 13 (18b 2x4)
    • DA Warner 130 (139b 17x4)
    • KV Sharma 11-0-53-0
    • Mohammed Shami 11-0-66-0
49.1

Mohammed Shami to Warner, 1 run, fullish and outside off, Warner is forward with a push to the right of mid-off

49.2

Mohammed Shami to Smith, no run, gets into the back foot thump through the covers too early and gets an inside edge to the short ball outside off

David: "@ Karthik While the banter is all good and fun, the special commentary from Stuart MacGill should always be front page as it adds more techical knowledge to the broadcast. Why not put the 'banter' in the other window? It adds less value."

49.3

Mohammed Shami to Smith, no run, back of a length and ducking back towards off stump at 142 kph, defended

49.4

Mohammed Shami to Smith, no run, fuller and outside off, not bothered with

49.5

Mohammed Shami to Smith, no run, fuller delivery outside off, left alone

49.6

Mohammed Shami to Smith, FOUR, crisply struck through wide mid-on. Touch too full, touch too straight and classy stroke to take advantage. Ensured his front leg was nowhere impeding the flow of the bat

3.10 pm And for those people who are loathing my commentary right now and want more of MacGill, do tune into the Match Point. Another session for Australia as the only thing that went India's way was an unfortunate (although not altogether unforeseen) injury to Michael Clarke. Warner has been immovable, has hardly played a false stroke. And judging by that reverse sweep, he's feeling bullish again

End of over 50 (5 runs) Australia 238/2

    • SPD Smith 17 (23b 3x4)
    • DA Warner 131 (140b 17x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 12-0-71-0
    • KV Sharma 11-0-53-0
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