India tour of Australia, 2007/08 / Commentary

Border-Gavaskar Trophy - 3rd Test

Australia v India

India won by 72 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

5.2

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, off the mark straight away with a quick single

Australia 22/1   RT Ponting 1* (1b)

6.1

Singh to Ponting, 1 leg bye, pitches outside leg, staying over the for the right hander, a vain shout as the ball goes on to rap Ponting

6.3

Singh to Ponting, FOUR, width outside off, crashed on the up with a back-foot steer, the front leg rising up in the process, and the ball traces through cover

6.4

Singh to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting's surprised by the extra bounce this time, his fingers coming up off the bat as the ball catches his right hand in the act of fending down off the back foot

Australia 33/1   RT Ponting 6* (4b 1x4)

7.1

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, more encouraging outswing, trouble is that it bends down the leg side

Australia 34/1   RT Ponting 7* (5b 1x4)

8.1

Singh to Ponting, no run, makes a big gesture of leaving it as he strides forward and the ball jinks past him off the seam

8.2

Singh to Ponting, no run, strayed down leg and Dhoni does well to step to his left and take the ball

8.3

Singh to Ponting, 1 run, turned round off the legs through the 45

Australia 39/1   RT Ponting 8* (8b 1x4)

9.1

Pathan to Ponting, no run, shuttled down the channel of leg, the batsman leaves it be as it was a tidy enough length

9.2

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, pushed forward for a quick single

Australia 43/1   RT Ponting 9* (10b 1x4)

10.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, starts with a horrible wide down leg, but we'll allow him the loosener

10.2

Sharma to Ponting, 2 runs, this one is clipped away off the legs, just not found his line yet

10.3

Sharma to Ponting, 3 runs, finds the line this time, on off, but oh dear it's now the length, which is honesty isn't bad, but Ponting's shot is a good one and there's a bit of a misfield there by Singh

Australia 52/2   RT Ponting 14* (13b 1x4)

11.1

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, strayed on to leg, turned down through fine leg

Australia 53/2   RT Ponting 15* (14b 1x4)

12.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, oh, a huge appeal for one which pitches outside and Ponting is playing back in front of his stumps

12.2

Sharma to Ponting, 2 runs, strays on to the pads and Ponting tucks it away to midwicket

12.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, angles in naggingly at the right hander, who traps the ball under his bat with a defensive forward step

12.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, very full delivery, a yorker in fact, and it's pushed forward on the toes

12.5

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, full again, on leg, turned off the pads through square

Australia 56/2   RT Ponting 18* (19b 1x4)

13.2

Kumble to Ponting, no run, looped right up there on off and pressed over the ball in defence

13.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run, ripper, the ball pitching on middle and leg and ripping back past the outside edge, beating Ponting who sort-of popped the bat as he squared into it

13.4

Kumble to Ponting, FOUR, good shot in reply, a short one bouncing up on off and Ponting crashes it through the covers on the up

13.5

Kumble to Ponting, no run, on off, comes forward and defends with a push as he closes the face of the bat into short midwicket

13.6

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, worked into the on-side again

Australia 63/2   RT Ponting 23* (24b 2x4)

14.1

Sharma to Ponting, 1 no ball, an overstep, Ishant just getting a bit excited in his desire to help his team with a wicket

14.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, right up there, and pushed into the covers on the front foot

14.2

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, fullish delivery on leg, tucked off the front foot through to square and they turn down thoughts of a second

Australia 65/2   RT Ponting 24* (27b 2x4)

15.1

Kumble to Ponting, 1 leg bye, starts off with one flighted on leg stump and Ponting's away, turning it off the pads to midwicket for the first run of the day

Australia 66/2   RT Ponting 24* (28b 2x4)

16.1

Singh to Ponting, no run, back of a length, no deviation, Ponting gets in and shoulders arms

16.2

Singh to Ponting, no run, short of a length outside off, he gets across and punches to point

16.3

Singh to Ponting, no run, again, width and Ponting gets back and slices to point, 'NO' is the call

16.4

Singh to Ponting, no run, good length, getting him back and across and driving back to RP

16.5

Singh to Ponting, no run, full and well wide of leg stump, Ponting misses the glance and Dhoni takes

16.6

Singh to Ponting, FOUR, top shot, Ponting crunching a short and wide one off the back foot past point

Australia 72/2   RT Ponting 28* (34b 3x4)

17.4

Kumble to Ponting, no run, fuller one, drifting through the air, he gets forward and defends to silly point

17.5

Kumble to Ponting, FOUR, good shot, as Kumble errs in length and Ponting cuts though the covers

17.6

Kumble to Ponting, no run, well flighted, the leg break pitching on middle and spinning away, Ponting doesn't read it all that well and just defends in front of slip

Australia 79/2   RT Ponting 32* (37b 4x4)

19.1

Sharma to Ponting, 1 leg bye, short of a length, sliding down leg stump, turned in the air to midwicket

19.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, cracking delivery, coming back sharply from middle and off and catching Ponting well above the knee roll, in the inner thigh in fact, as he opts to shoulder arms .. no appeal from anyone, as it was sliding down and very, very high

Australia 84/2   RT Ponting 32* (39b 4x4)

21.1

Sharma to Ponting, (no ball) 1 run, sharp bounce again, coming into Ponting, who hops up and just tucks it wide of short leg ... Sharma is getting good carry this morning

21.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, back of a length, 134ks, good carry through after Ponting ignores it

Australia 87/2   RT Ponting 33* (41b 4x4)

22.6

Singh to Ponting, 1 run, banged in short, 139ks, Ponting pulls out to deep backward square leg, to Sehwag on the bounce

Australia 89/2   RT Ponting 34* (42b 4x4)

23.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, lovely ball, pitching full and sucking Ponting into a straight drive but the ball deviates away and beats the bat ... he was totally flummoxed on that occasion

23.2

Sharma to Ponting, 1 no ball, holds back the length and this time Ponting gets an inside-edge onto pad as he tries to drive off the back foot

23.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, ah yes, beaten again! Sharma tempts him with a short one, sitting up sharply, and Ponting chases it off the back foot and misses .. he's a mess, Ponting, reaching out for a pretty wide one

23.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, pitches fractionally fuller on middle and off, getting Ponting back in the crease to defend towards midwicket, hopping across to cover off stump

23.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, oh good shout! Nips back in off the seam, keeping low, and the uneven bounce catches Ponting on the hop, late on the stroke, rapped on the knee roll just in line of the stumps but Bowden says no, that would have gone over

23.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, great stuff, this one pitching back of a length outside off stump and again jagging back in, Ponting decides to dangerously not offer a shot and ball flicks the flap of the front pad, but thats not out either

23.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, full and a touch wide of off stump so Ponting can leave that one be

Australia 90/2   RT Ponting 34* (49b 4x4)

24.4

Singh to Ponting, no run, sharp one again, sliding across and he just gets bat out of the way

24.5

Singh to Ponting, FOUR, a gift, on the pads and he clips very well to fine leg to raise the 50 stand

24.6

Singh to Ponting, no run, back of a length outside off, Ponting gets across and pushes to point

Australia 95/2   RT Ponting 38* (52b 5x4)

25.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, nips back in off a length, catching Ponting very high on the thigh as he shoulders arms, Sharma starts to appeal but Bowden smiles and says hey, come one

25.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, much fuller this time, Ponting strides forward and drives to extra cover

25.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, hits a length and holds its line, Ponting judges well and shoulders arms

25.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, squared up this time, poking from the crease to another ball that straightens and edging along the ground to gully

Australia 96/2   RT Ponting 38* (56b 5x4)

26.5

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, short of a length on off stump,128ks, Ponting shuffles and flicks across the line to deep midwicket for a single

Australia 102/2   RT Ponting 39* (57b 5x4)

27.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good movement in, off a length, Ponting decides to not offer a shot and the ball jags in pretty close to off stump

27.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, thats a surprise one, a half-tracker with good lift that gets Ponting up on the toes, collecting it on the knuckles but well played down into the ground

27.3

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, too full on the pads, tucked to midwicket and he gets down the other end

Australia 103/2   RT Ponting 40* (60b 5x4)

28.1

Pathan to Ponting, no run, that nearly cuts him in half, hitting a lovely length, straightening, lifting, and going through Ponting's forward press, right though the gap between bat and pad

28.2

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, shorter one, on the stumps, he shuffles and works to deep square leg

Australia 104/2   RT Ponting 41* (62b 5x4)

29.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, back of a length, 134ks, jags in but Ponting leaves it be pretty well

29.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, straighter one, slides onto the pads, clips the thigh pad and goes to Jaffer at short leg, Sharma appeals half-heartedly

29.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, but thats a good shout! Pitches fuller, Ponting gets the front foot outside the line but doesn't offer a shot, kicking it away, the ball nips back in sharply, Bowden shakes the head but replays show it would have clipped the top of leg stump

29.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, slides well wide of leg stump, Dhoni collects

29.5

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, fuller ball, on middle and leg, a firm punch down past Tendulkar at mid-on

29.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, beaten again, as Ponting stands rooted to the crease and swishes one-handed to a ball that jags back off a short length, missing all ends up

Australia 108/2   RT Ponting 45* (68b 6x4)

31.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, back of a length outside off, Ponting gets back and across and drives to point

31.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, back of a length outside off, Ponting defends off the back foot

Australia 117/2   RT Ponting 45* (70b 6x4)

33.1

Sharma to Ponting, OUT, and he gets his man! Edged and gone, as Sharma gets Ponting to push forward and edge a simple catch to into Dravid's lap at first slip and boy, is he excited!

RT Ponting c Dravid b Sharma 45 (139m 71b 6x4 0x6) SR: 63.38

Australia 117/3   RT Ponting 45 (71b 6x4)
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