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

33.2

Sharma to Clarke, 1 no ball, excitement gets to him, he oversteps, its wide and Clarke leaves

33.2

Sharma to Clarke, FOUR, pitches wide, Clarke drives and gets off the mark with an edge through gully

33.3

Sharma to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off, 141ks, he gets up and leaves it be

33.4

Sharma to Clarke, no run, back of a length on the stumps, Clarke inches forward and defends back

33.5

Sharma to Clarke, no run, 133ks, hits the deck and the seam to catch Clarke in knots, shuffling across the stumps and rapped high above the thigh, falling over

33.6

Sharma to Clarke, no run, good length outside off, 137ks, inviting the drive but Clarke leaves

Australia 122/3   MJ Clarke 4* (6b 1x4)

34.3

Pathan to Clarke, no run, too short down leg stump, left alone and Rauf says one for the over

34.4

Pathan to Clarke, no run, back of a length on middle and off, Clarke gets nicely in line and defends

34.5

Pathan to Clarke, no run, good shape away from Clarke, off a length, and he shoulders arms

34.6

Pathan to Clarke, no run, back of a length again, off stump, Clarke gets behind the ball and defends

Australia 123/3   MJ Clarke 4* (10b 1x4)

35.4

Sharma to Clarke, no run, brings in back into Clarke off a length, there's a thick inside-edge as the ball runs wide of gully, Sharma falls down in his follow-through but gets up just fine

35.5

Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, back of a length on leg, Clarke gets up and tucks it to midwicket and the batsmen run a very good single, very positive from the two of them as Ganguly was slow at mid-on

Australia 129/3   MJ Clarke 5* (12b 1x4)

36.1

Singh to Clarke, no run, good length on middle and off, Clarke gets across and defends it back

36.2

Singh to Clarke, no run, short of a length, he plays it late and to point, where Ganguly actually stops it

36.3

Singh to Clarke, no run, short of a length, again Clarke gets tall and drives off the back foot to point

36.4

Singh to Clarke, no run, good length, Clarke comes forward and drives nicely but Sharma throws himself around at extra cover, saving a boundary

36.5

Singh to Clarke, no run, back of a length, he drives hard and this time Dravid dives at gully and saves runs

36.6

Singh to Clarke, 2 runs, shorter on the stumps, he gets across and chips it in the air, safely wide of midwicket for a double to end the over

Australia 131/3   MJ Clarke 7* (18b 1x4)

37.3

Kumble to Clarke, 1 run, attempted yorker ends up a low full toss, clipped to short fine leg for one

37.5

Kumble to Clarke, no run, nice drift on that one, spinning away from off stump, Clarke gets back and cuts well to the man at point

37.6

Kumble to Clarke, no run, tossed up on leg stump, turned to Jaffer at short leg

Australia 138/3   MJ Clarke 8* (21b 1x4)

38.4

Singh to Clarke, 1 run, full on middle and leg, not quite a yorker, well flicked by Clarke to the on-side

Australia 140/3   MJ Clarke 9* (22b 1x4)

39.1

Kumble to Clarke, no run, spins away from off stump, Clarke shoulders arms

39.2

Kumble to Clarke, no run, 87ks, spins away off a length and he defends at it

39.3

Kumble to Clarke, no run, looped up on middle and off, Clarke smothers the spin very well

39.4

Kumble to Clarke, 2 runs, short and wide, Clarke rocks back and cuts in the air to the left of Pathan at backward point, the ball bounces before him but he cannot stop runs

39.5

Kumble to Clarke, no run, flighted up on a good length, getting Clarke forward to play it back

39.6

Kumble to Clarke, no run, tossed up outside off stump and Clarke comes well forward to present a lovely compact front-foot defence to end the session

Australia 142/3   MJ Clarke 11* (28b 1x4)

40.2

Singh to Clarke, no run, 129ks, shaving away off a length under Clarke as he shoulders arms

40.3

Singh to Clarke, no run, nice attempted yorker, 128ks, Clarke shuffles and clips to midwicket

40.4

Singh to Clarke, no run, beaten, Clarke pushing down the wrong line, expecting the ball to come back in but it straightens and shaves past the outside edge of his bat, terrific line

40.5

Singh to Clarke, no run, this one's served up a touch wider, to try and get him driving, but Clarke is clever and doesn't fall for it, instead getting across and shouldering arms

40.6

Singh to Clarke, FOUR, lovely timing, all class as Clarke clips a full one off the toes, nimble of foot and firm of wrist, and with no protection out on the leg side thats four to him

Australia 147/3   MJ Clarke 15* (33b 2x4)

42.1

Singh to Clarke, no run, full on the pads, Clarke picks off the toes but straight to midwicket

42.2

Singh to Clarke, no run, and he's beaten immediately, pushing off the front foot as the ball straightens

42.3

Singh to Clarke, no run, fuller, drifting into off stump, Clarke drives to an athletic Sharma at extra cover

42.4

Singh to Clarke, no run, full, slants down leg and Clarke doesn't make good contact with the flick

42.5

Singh to Clarke, no run, back of a length outside off, left alone this time by Clarke

42.6

Singh to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off, 136ks, he gets back and leaves

Australia 151/3   MJ Clarke 15* (39b 2x4)

43.4

Kumble to Clarke, no run, faster one, 87ks, pushes Clarke onto the back foot and he defends

43.5

Kumble to Clarke, no run, uses his feet, Kumble keeps it flat and Clarke adjusts to defend watchfully

43.6

Kumble to Clarke, no run, shorter, flatter, getting Clarke driving off the back foot to short point

Australia 153/3   MJ Clarke 15* (42b 2x4)

44.4

Singh to Clarke, FOUR, a touch fuller, swinging in, and thats a gorgeous on-the-rise straight drive for four, all timing as the ball races away

44.5

Singh to Clarke, 1 run, pitches on a length and straightens, Clarke clips into the leg side for a single

Australia 159/3   MJ Clarke 20* (44b 3x4)

45.1

Kumble to Clarke, no run, wrong 'un, slides into the pads and Clarke plays to short leg

45.2

Kumble to Clarke, no run, a touch flatter, he gets back and cuts into the covers

45.3

Kumble to Clarke, no run, short and flat again, he gets back to cut but cant beat point

45.4

Kumble to Clarke, 1 run, this time he connects well and places it into the gap, making room to cut

45.6

Kumble to Clarke, no run, short and flat, spinning into him, Clarke gets back and defends

Australia 161/4   MJ Clarke 21* (49b 3x4)

46.4

Singh to Clarke, no run, short one outside off stump, Clarke gets back and leaves it be

46.5

Singh to Clarke, no run, sharp one, skidding into him off a short length, Clarke takes his eyes off it and gets an angled bat on it to keep it out to point, ball taking fingers, and suddenly he's surrounded by the entire team, chirping in his ear

46.6

Singh to Clarke, 1 wide, banged in too short and wide called, for the height

46.6

Singh to Clarke, no run, yorker to finish the over, 135ks, well picked and played by Clarke

Australia 167/4   MJ Clarke 21* (52b 3x4)

48.1

Singh to Clarke, no run, good length on middle and leg, Clarke shuffles and drives to mid-on

48.2

Singh to Clarke, no run, nagging line outside off stump, holding its line, Clarke gets a good stride in and shoulders arms, to calls of "aww, good line there, RP!" from Dhoni

48.3

Singh to Clarke, no run, a touch closer to the stumps and he uses his feet, driving to extra cover

48.4

Singh to Clarke, 2 runs, short with a bit of room, Clarke gets on the toes and plays a sweet drive

48.5

Singh to Clarke, 1 run, full on leg stump, 131ks, he shuffles and clips into the gap for one

Australia 170/4   MJ Clarke 24* (57b 3x4)

49.1

Kumble to Clarke, 1 run, flights up the leg break on off stump, Clarke pushes tentatively and responds excellently to Symonds' call as the ball runs wide of point

Australia 171/4   MJ Clarke 25* (58b 3x4)

50.1

Singh to Clarke, FOUR, low full toss, good use of the feet gets him driving four through the covers

50.2

Singh to Clarke, FOUR, another top shot, Clarke flicking off his pads out to deep backward square

50.3

Singh to Clarke, no run, full outside off stump, he gets forward and drives to extra cover

50.4

Singh to Clarke, no run, short outside off, good carry, 135ks and he leaves it be

50.5

Singh to Clarke, no run, back of a length outside off, 133ks, he gets forward and leaves again

50.6

Singh to Clarke, 3 runs, half-volley wide of the stumps, Clarke pushes past cover, Ganguly gives chase and gets there to keep them to three

Australia 188/5   MJ Clarke 36* (64b 5x4)

51.1

Kumble to Clarke, no run, looped up on middle and off, Clarke defends to silly point

51.2

Kumble to Clarke, no run, tossed up on off stump, Clarke gets forward and pushes to cover

51.3

Kumble to Clarke, 1 run, pitches outside leg, drifts in, Clarke turns it wide of midwicket for one

51.5

Kumble to Clarke, no run, full in length, middle and off, he gets really forward to play it back

51.6

Kumble to Clarke, no run, tossed up on middle and off and again Clarke gets well forward to block

Australia 190/5   MJ Clarke 37* (69b 5x4)

52.3

Sharma to Clarke, no run, short of a length and wide, 137ks, Clarke leaves that alone

52.4

Sharma to Clarke, no run, short of a length, this one shaping back in but Clarke comfortably leaves

52.5

Sharma to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off, this time Clarke defends off the back foot

52.6

Sharma to Clarke, no run, back of a length, touch wider, sits up nicely as Clarke shoulders arms

Australia 191/5   MJ Clarke 37* (73b 5x4)

53.3

Kumble to Clarke, no run, flighted up on a good length, 89ks, he comes out and defends

53.4

Kumble to Clarke, no run, tidy line, a straighter one, gets Clarke presenting a full face of the bat

53.5

Kumble to Clarke, no run, this is short and spinning away, Clarke rides the bounce and plays to point

53.6

Kumble to Clarke, no run, fuller one, drifting into the pads, Clarke adjusts and drives to midwicket

Australia 192/5   MJ Clarke 37* (77b 5x4)

54.2

Sharma to Clarke, 2 runs, short and wide, Clarke slashes into the gap at cover-point for one

54.3

Sharma to Clarke, no run, back of a length, coming in, Clarke drives off the front foot, away from his body and edges into the ground well in front of the slips

54.4

Sharma to Clarke, FOUR, awesome shot, just meeting the half-volley with a full face and timing it back past the stumps for four

54.5

Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, short and wide, Clarke drives in the air off the toes but there's no one at point and so he gets runs out to the deep, raising the 200 for Australia

Australia 200/5   MJ Clarke 44* (81b 6x4)

55.1

Kumble to Clarke, no run, drifts up on leg stump, Clarke gets well forward and defends

55.2

Kumble to Clarke, no run, tossed up on the stumps, he gets well forward and defends

55.3

Kumble to Clarke, no run, slower through the air, he gets well forward and defends

55.4

Kumble to Clarke, 2 runs, straighter one, middle and leg, Clarke tucks well into the gap on the on-side

55.5

Kumble to Clarke, 1 run, wrong 'un, middle and leg, Clarke gets across and turns it around the corner

Australia 204/5   MJ Clarke 47* (86b 6x4)

56.1

Pathan to Clarke, no run, angled pretty wide across Clarke, 127ks, easily left alone

56.2

Pathan to Clarke, FOUR, too wide and Clarke drives superbly through extra cover, that lovely boundary raising a well-made fifty, a cool innings under pressure to keep hopes of a win flickering

56.3

Pathan to Clarke, FOUR, even better, as he times this one straight back past the stumps for four more, a firm drive to a full delivery, with positive footwork

56.4

Pathan to Clarke, no run, another half-volley, Clarke drives but cannot beat that extra man at cover

56.5

Pathan to Clarke, no run, angled across him, 128ks, too wide and so Clarke just leaves

56.6

Pathan to Clarke, no run, quicker, 131ks, back of a length and angling away, Clarke judges it well and opts to shoulder arms to that delivery

Australia 216/5   MJ Clarke 55* (92b 8x4)

58.1

Pathan to Clarke, no run, nagging outside-the-off-stump line, a solid-looking Clarke leaves it be

58.2

Pathan to Clarke, no run, gets onto the front foot and pushes at a good-length delivery, getting an outside-edge that runs along the ground to Laxman at fourth slip

58.3

Pathan to Clarke, 1 run, fuller in length and its driven down the ground, Ganguly come across from mid-off and throws it back to Dhoni's end, almost taking out Gilchrist's head

Australia 219/5   MJ Clarke 56* (95b 8x4)

59.1

Kumble to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, Clarke shimmies down and pushes to mid-on

59.3

Kumble to Clarke, no run, flights up the leg break on off stump, Clarke defends to silly point

59.4

Kumble to Clarke, no run, faster one, 90ks, flat and pushing Clarke back onto the back foot

59.5

Kumble to Clarke, no run, flighted up on middle and leg, drifting down, he gets over it and defends

59.6

Kumble to Clarke, 1 run, quicker one, spinning outside off, he waits for it and dabs wide of gully

Australia 226/5   MJ Clarke 58* (100b 8x4)

60.1

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, tosses up the off break, spins down leg and its tucked to midwicket

60.2

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, flat one spins down leg, Clarke pulls out to Sharma at long leg

Australia 227/5   MJ Clarke 59* (102b 8x4)

61.1

Kumble to Clarke, no run, looped up on off stump, Clarke pushes forward and defends to silly point

61.2

Kumble to Clarke, no run, tight stuff, no room whatsoever, flighted up middle and off and its defended

61.3

Kumble to Clarke, no run, uses his feet, drives a full one back to Kumble, who fields and throws down the stumps at Clarke's end ... aggression from both ends

61.4

Kumble to Clarke, 1 run, slower through the air, good dip on that one, clipped off the toes to midwicket

Australia 228/6   MJ Clarke 60* (106b 8x4)

62.1

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, spins down leg stump, Clarke plays out in front of the pad and turns it fine

Australia 229/6   MJ Clarke 61* (107b 8x4)

63.1

Kumble to Clarke, 1 run, low full toss on middle and leg, Clarke uses his feet and drives to midwicket

63.6

Kumble to Clarke, 3 runs, extra bounce but its a tad wide outside off stump, so Clarke negotiates it well, steering wide of gully and slip and running well

Australia 234/7   MJ Clarke 65* (109b 8x4)

64.1

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, spins in, Clarke defends watchfully

64.2

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 leg bye, spins down leg stump, lobs up off the pad into the gap at short fine leg

Australia 235/7   MJ Clarke 65* (111b 8x4)

65.1

Kumble to Clarke, no run

65.2

Kumble to Clarke, no run, looped up full on middle and leg, he drives with an inside-edge to short leg

65.3

Kumble to Clarke, no run, flatter one on middle and leg, he gets forward and defends to silly point

65.4

Kumble to Clarke, no run, quicker one, very sharp bounce, Clarke comes forward and lets it go

65.5

Kumble to Clarke, 1 run, this one slides down leg, with good bounce, and he flicks around the corner

Australia 236/7   MJ Clarke 66* (116b 8x4)

66.1

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, tossed up on middle and off, defended

66.2

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, quicker one, slants in, he gets back and defends it in a hurry

66.3

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, quicker one, tossed up on middle and off, defended

66.4

Sehwag to Clarke, FOUR, too short and Clarke pounces on it, cutting hard into the gap in the cover

66.5

Sehwag to Clarke, 3 runs, quick and flat, a tad short, Clarke again gets back and punches into cover

Australia 243/7   MJ Clarke 73* (121b 9x4)

67.1

Kumble to Clarke, no run, flat on middle and off, Clarke gets back in the crease and drives to Kumble

67.2

Kumble to Clarke, no run, flat and much wider, this time he leaves it alone

67.3

Kumble to Clarke, FOUR, touch wide, ball spits off after he plays it late and well wide of Dravid at slip

67.4

Kumble to Clarke, no run, uses his feet, meeting a flighted one with a defensive to cover

67.5

Kumble to Clarke, 1 run, good shot, uses his feet and clips wide of mid-on for a single

Australia 248/7   MJ Clarke 78* (126b 10x4)

68.1

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, spins in from a short length, Clarke makes room and cuts past point

Australia 249/7   MJ Clarke 79* (127b 10x4)

69.1

Kumble to Clarke, no run, sharp bounce, and turn, 89ks outside off, Clarke leaves it be

69.2

Kumble to Clarke, 1 run, full on middle and leg, he shuffles and flicks out to deep midwicket

69.6

Kumble to Clarke, no run, good flight and dip, drifting into leg stump, defended to short leg

Australia 251/7   MJ Clarke 80* (130b 10x4)

70.2

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, 86ks, pushed through on middle and leg, Clarke defends it

70.3

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, tad slower, flighted fuller on off stump, he smothers the spin

70.4

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, sharp bounce and spin, angling down the pads, tucked wide of leg gully

Australia 253/7   MJ Clarke 81* (133b 10x4)

71.1

Kumble to Clarke, OUT, stumped! Kumble produces one that spins across Clarke, dancing down the pitch, there's turn and bounce to completely catch him down the river, and Dhoni pulls off the easiest of stumpings to end a fine innings of 81

MJ Clarke st †Dhoni b Kumble 81 (160m 134b 10x4 0x6) SR: 60.44

Australia 253/8   MJ Clarke 81 (134b 10x4)
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