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

0.1

Singh to Rogers, no run, starts with one down the channel, a touch of swing away, and Rogers leaves

0.2

Singh to Rogers, no run, made to play this one in line with off, defends on the front foot

0.3

Singh to Rogers, no run, good length but on leg, the batsman looks to try to work it to midwicket, but stops on the shot a touch

0.4

Singh to Rogers, no run, just outside off, pushed into midwicket and Jaques sets off but soon shuffles back into his crease

0.5

Singh to Rogers, 1 leg bye, turned off the legs to fine

0.6

Singh to Jaques, no run, the ball swings away a touch, and is left down the channel, as it's slightly fuller

Australia 1/0   RP Singh 1-1-0-0

2.1

Singh to Jaques, no run, good swing down the channel, just to say wide enough to leave

2.2

Singh to Jaques, no run, drags it down again down the channel, more of the testing swing, but once again Jaques leaves it well

2.3

Singh to Jaques, FOUR, ah yes, wider and shorter, Jaques stands tall and flays a back-foot cut on the up through backward point, that shot all intent

2.4

Singh to Jaques, no run, pushed on to the backfoot by one which climbs up from a relatively good length to force the defensive down

2.5

Singh to Jaques, 1 run, strays on to the legs there, and turned round through fine leg

2.6

Singh to Rogers, no run, left alone through off, the ball veering away from the right hander, who rocks on to the back foot, in position, but puts his hands down, not interested

Australia 12/0   RP Singh 2-1-5-0

4.1

Singh to Rogers, no run, right up there on off, and defended on the front foot

4.2

Singh to Rogers, FOUR, on middle, a touch short, turned off the toes on the front foot through midwicket where Ishant tries to tidy up

4.3

Singh to Rogers, FOUR, pitches outside off, moves away, climbs a bit and the batsman follows it, guiding it through point off the back foot on the rise

4.4

Singh to Rogers, no run, outside off, defended on the back foot

4.5

Singh to Rogers, 1 run, Rogers walks over his stumps, as he did in the first innings, and flicks one from off and middle back into square on the front foot

4.6

Singh to Jaques, no run, strays on to leg and worked easily to midwicket with a swish of the hands, oh, and the bat

Australia 21/0   RP Singh 3-1-14-0

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

6.2

Singh to Jaques, 1 run, turned away from the batsman, shortish too, and pushed into the covers

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

6.5

Singh to Jaques, no run, defended this time

6.6

Singh to Jaques, no run, strays down leg, rising delivery and the batsman tries to hook it round, is late on the shot and Dhoni makes an exaggerated dive to take it

Australia 33/1   RP Singh 4-1-20-0

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

8.4

Singh to Jaques, no run, Jaques is retrospectively furious with himself for having a full-blooded swing at a square drive away from his body, the ball short, wide and inviting, and nearly gets the edge through

8.5

Singh to Jaques, no run, defended more stoutly this time

8.6

Singh to Jaques, 1 wide, booming wide, swinging way away down off, Singh just losing control of it there

8.6

Singh to Jaques, 2 runs, straight, rising, and tucked round off the hips to midwicket

Australia 42/1   RP Singh 5-1-24-0

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   RP Singh 6-1-28-0

18.1

Singh to Hussey, no run, good length but a touch wide so Hussey can just leave that one for Dhoni

18.2

Singh to Hussey, no run, short of a length, comes in, Hussey gets across to off and defends to point

18.3

Singh to Hussey, no run, short of a length on the stumps, he gets across and defends it

18.4

Singh to Hussey, no run, short and sliding down leg stump, he misses and Dhoni collects

18.5

Singh to Hussey, no run, back of a length and a bit wide, Hussey again opts to let that one go

18.6

Singh to Hussey, no run, short of a length, middle and off, he gets across and taps it to midwicket

Australia 79/2   RP Singh 7-2-28-0

20.1

Singh to Hussey, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he gets across and leaves it be

20.2

Singh to Hussey, no run, fuller, much fuller, but wide enough for Hussey to again leave

20.3

Singh to Hussey, no run, extra bounce that time, as it comes into him, but he gets up and defends

20.4

Singh to Hussey, no run, good channel, hitting a length and seaming away, after Hussey leaves well

20.5

Singh to Hussey, no run, full and even wider, moving away, he has a look-see and leaves it be

20.6

Singh to Hussey, no run, sharp bounce again, this one coming in off a short length and going over the top of off as Hussey judges it well and shoulders arms .... oohs and aahs from the fielders

Australia 84/2   RP Singh 8-3-28-0

22.1

Singh to Hussey, no run, short of a length, good lift again, Hussey has a look and leaves it alone

22.2

Singh to Hussey, no run, good length and wide, 136ks, he strides in and leaves, nice shape

22.3

Singh to Hussey, no run, good length, hitting an off-stump line and he shoulders arms

22.4

Singh to Hussey, no run, short one slips well wide of leg stump, Hussey sizes it up to have a pull but opts out as the ball gets wider of him, Dhoni dives to his right and collects

22.5

Singh to Hussey, 1 run, smart change-up, a yorker swinging into leg stump, surprising Hussey who has to react instantly and roll the bat, just getting wood on it and edging to fine leg

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   RP Singh 9-3-30-0

24.1

Singh to Hussey, no run, full and a touch wide, he gets across and shoulders arms

24.2

Singh to Hussey, no run, full and wider, good shape away, he gets across and leaves off the front foot

24.3

Singh to Hussey, 1 run, short down leg stump, Hussey pulls out to deep fine leg

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   RP Singh 10-3-35-0

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   RP Singh 11-3-37-0

38.1

Singh to Hussey, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Hussey has a look and leaves it be

38.2

Singh to Hussey, no run, good length but too wide and Hussey can leave those alone all day

38.3

Singh to Hussey, 1 run, full toss outside off, slashed wide of backward point for a single to Jaffer

38.4

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

38.5

Singh to Hussey, no run, good channel there, tempting the drive but he gets up and leaves it be

38.6

Singh to Hussey, no run, fuller, just, rapping Hussey on the pads as he plays forward, the bat not coming into the frame, RP and the slips appeal but Rauf reckons that was outside the line of impact, as the batsman strode well forward

Australia 140/3   RP Singh 12-3-39-0

40.1

Singh to Hussey, 1 run, runs immediately, as Hussey tucks one slanting down leg into the gap

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   RP Singh 13-3-44-0

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   RP Singh 14-4-44-0

44.1

Singh to Hussey, no run, nagging outside-the-off channel, 133ks, Hussey shoulders arms

44.2

Singh to Hussey, no run, straighter one, sliding down, 129ks, on-driven to the fielder

44.3

Singh to Hussey, 1 run, short of a length on middle and leg, he shuffles and works into the gap

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

44.6

Singh to Hussey, OUT, and thats given! Last ball of the over, RP gets Hussey playing forward, missing the line, and the ball hits him on the knee roll just about in line with middle stump, Asad Rauf has a think and then decides thats out

MEK Hussey lbw b Singh 46 (165m 113b 5x4 0x6) SR: 40.70

Australia 159/4   RP Singh 15-4-50-1

46.1

Singh to Symonds, FOUR, power, as Symonds jams bat down an attempted yorker and gets four as the ball speeds away past mid-off, some strength he has!

46.2

Singh to Symonds, no run, short of a length on off stump, Symonds gets tall and defends it down

46.3

Singh to Symonds, 1 run, short outside leg, Symonds tucks off the hips into the gap at short fine leg

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   RP Singh 16-4-56-1

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

48.6

Singh to Symonds, no run, oh dangerous leave, as the ball jags in and continues moving past off stump after Symonds gets half-forward and shoulders arms, Dhoni has some diving to do

Australia 170/4   RP Singh 17-4-59-1

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   RP Singh 18-4-70-1

80.1

Singh to Clark, no run, decent ball, 129ks, short and Clark misses the pull shot

80.2

Singh to Clark, SIX, wow, thats a shot! Clark gets a short one and pulls, not in control, and the top-edge sails over deep backward square leg for half a dozen

80.3

Singh to Clark, 1 run, back of a length, straightens from middle and off, driven into the covers

80.4

Singh to Johnson, no run, good shape off the seam, lifting outside off as Johnson withdraws the bat

80.5

Singh to Johnson, no run, good length, again shaping away outside off as Johnson leaves

80.6

Singh to Johnson, no run, slides down leg stump, clips him outside the line, Rauf shakes the head

Australia 314/8   RP Singh 19-4-77-1

82.1

Singh to Clark, FOUR, short of a length and a firm back-foot punch gets Clark four, top shot

82.2

Singh to Clark, no run, short of a length outside leg, he hops and defends to midwicket

82.3

Singh to Clark, FOUR, too short outside leg and its duly tonked through square leg for four!

82.4

Singh to Clark, 1 run, top-edge! Clark pulls and the ball flies over Dhoni, who runs to fine leg and fields

82.5

Singh to Johnson, no run, back of a length on off stump, and impeccable back-foot defence on view now

82.6

Singh to Johnson, no run, full on off stump, swinging in, he stands his ground and on-drives to mid-on

Australia 324/8   RP Singh 20-4-86-1

84.1

Singh to Johnson, no run, edged and dropped! Johnson chases one, gets a thick outside-edge, it flies to the left of Dravid at first slip, clutching with one hand and he lets it out

84.2

Singh to Johnson, no run, beaten, Johnson driving hard at a full one and failing to make contact

84.3

Singh to Johnson, 1 run, tapped wide of midwicket for one, getting Tait on strike

84.4

Singh to Tait, no run, full toss outside off stump, the yorker gone wrong, defended to cover

84.5

Singh to Tait, no run, short of a length, 134ks, angling away and thats well left

84.6

Singh to Tait, no run, good delivery, on the stumps and Tait gets back to keep it out

Australia 327/9   RP Singh 21-4-87-1

86.1

Singh to Johnson, 2 runs, short of a length on middle and leg, worked wide of short fine leg, he wants two and Ganguly cant prevent it, despite a decent throw back to RP

86.2

Singh to Johnson, 1 run, well played Johnson, steering one wide of backward point to raise a maiden Test fifty, a classy innings under immense pressure and the WACA applauds

86.3

Singh to Tait, FOUR, short one, Tait takes evasive action and just edges wide of gully and the slips to get off the mark

86.4

Singh to Tait, no run, short of a length on middle and leg, Tait makes room and pokes to point

86.5

Singh to Tait, 1 wide, too short and wide outside off stump, Tait leaves and wide called for height

86.5

Singh to Tait, OUT, all over, as RP finally nails a yorker to beat bat and cannon into middle and off! India have achieved a great Test victory, beating Australia by 72 runs!

SW Tait b Singh 4 (15m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Australia 340/10   RP Singh 21.5-4-95-2
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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