India tour of Australia, 3rd Test: Australia v India at Perth, Jan 16-19, 2008
India won by 72 runs
16,17,18,19 January 2008 (5-day match)
  • Overs 0-50

Right, it's Jaques and Rogers batting together for the first time, RP Singh to bowl.

0.1

Singh to Jaques, 2 runs, Jaques is away immediately, taking the ball from middle, letting it pitch, then pushing it easily through midwicket

0.2

Singh to Jaques, no run, waits, and defends forward on the front foot

0.3

Singh to Jaques, no run, gentle swing away down the off-side, the batsman letting the ball go through on a good regulation length

0.4

Singh to Jaques, no run, good length, up there in front of off, defended on the front foot

0.5

Singh to Jaques, no run, on off, left alone a rising delivery shortish, on its way through

0.6

Singh to Jaques, no run, oh, just past him, excellent delivery from Singh, pushing him on to the back foot, squaring him up outside off and just failing to take the edge

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

    • PA Jaques 2 (6b)
    • CJL Rogers 0 (0b)
    • RP Singh 1-0-2-0

Well, drum roll, as Rogers prepares to face his first ball in Test cricket, although he's played more than 100 first-class matches. It will be Pathan who has the pleasure

1.1

Pathan to Rogers, no run, a thick edge to start with, the ball whirring away from him, and the ball squirting to the gully

Rogers is a left-hander, by the way, nicknamed Buck

Big vocal local support in today for Rogers at his home ground

1.2

Pathan to Rogers, no run, lets the ball through the channel this time, the length too good to think about playing

1.3

Pathan to Rogers, no run, fuller delivery, and on off this time, curve away again, Rogers this time sends a leading edge towards the covers

A nervy time for Rogers, standing in Matthew Hayden's massive boots, and this is his chance at long last

1.4

Pathan to Rogers, no run, comes forward and clips towards midwicket

1.5

Pathan to Rogers, no run, lets this one through to the keeper, more lip-licking curl from Pathan

1.6

Pathan to Rogers, no run, makes him play this time, the ball aiming towards off and with the familiar swing, Rogers defends sturdily on the front foot and he now has his first over of Test cricket under his belt.

The next challenge will be getting off the mark.

End of over 2 (maiden) Australia 2/0

    • CJL Rogers 0 (6b)
    • PA Jaques 2 (6b)
    • IK Pathan 1-1-0-0
    • RP Singh 1-0-2-0

Singh again

2.1

Singh to Jaques, no run, right up there in front of off, defended forward solidly

2.2

Singh to Jaques, no run, a touch shorter, Jaques comes forward, looking to drive through mid-off, but stops onthe shot, opting to defend instead

2.3

Singh to Jaques, no run, rising up at 141.9kph on off, the batsman jumps up to defend back down off the back foot

2.4

Singh to Jaques, 2 runs, outside off, Jaques drives away from his body through the covers, his bottom hand flying up off the bat and there's hesitation about coming back for he second from Jaques, but when they decide to they make it home easily

2.5

Singh to Jaques, no run, Singh bungs in a bouncer, testing the track, but it's easily left outside off

2.6

Singh to Jaques, FOUR, width outside off, you can't bowl there to him etc, and he smashes an authoritative cut through point and on to the rope

End of over 3 (6 runs) Australia 8/0

    • PA Jaques 8 (12b 1x4)
    • CJL Rogers 0 (6b)
    • RP Singh 2-0-8-0
    • IK Pathan 1-1-0-0
3.1

Pathan to Rogers, FOUR, width outside off, Rogers comes out of his crease, and nails a square drive through the covers

That will come as a big relief, great timing there

3.2

Pathan to Rogers, no run, comes out to look to play the same shot, it's a touch fuller, so he leaves it

3.3

Pathan to Rogers, OUT, angles towards leg, good length, Rogers moves across his stumps, bends over the ball to play on the front foot, looking to turn it to midwicket, and is rapped on the front leg

CJL Rogers lbw b Pathan 4 (14m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

Can of worms time as this statement will no doubt be, he was pretty unlucky with that call, I reckon it was just veering past the leg stump. Ponting now, where's Harbhajan when you want him? On the bench...

A leg slip in for him

3.4

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, excellent whippy delivery, tight up there, and somehow Ponting manages to squeeze out to the leg side

3.5

Pathan to Jaques, OUT, quality delivery, no doubt about that one, pitching it up, swinging it out, and Jaques strides out to attempt the cover drive, his feet nowhere near the pitch, and a thick edge flies into second slip's hands

PA Jaques c Laxman b Pathan 8 (17m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 61.53

Two big, big wickets in three balls and I can just see the headline on our homepage now - Pathan double-strike rocks Australia

3.6

Pathan to Hussey, no run, more testing swing away from (yet another) left hander, but it's wide enough to leave

Massive over for India that one, and the Jaques-Rogers opening partnership fails first up, with both batsmen now gone.

End of over 4 (5 runs) Australia 13/2

    • MEK Hussey 0 (1b)
    • RT Ponting 1 (1b)
    • IK Pathan 2-1-5-2
    • RP Singh 2-0-8-0
4.1

Singh to Ponting, 1 run, swung on to leg, turned off the hips through fine leg

4.2

Singh to Hussey, no run, outside off, swung well and rising through at head-height to Dhoni, 141kph

4.3

Singh to Hussey, no run, shuffles more of the same down the channel, but Hussey isn't tempted

4.4

Singh to Hussey, no run, bangs in short outside off, moving away, Hussey's eyes light up when he sees the shortness, he goes for the hook, but pulls out at the last second

4.5

Singh to Hussey, no run, Singh slings down a bouncer right over the sticks, Hussey does well to duck

Could be a cocktail, that, the Singh sling

4.6

Singh to Hussey, no run, more of the short stuff, this one just outside off, and he can leave it. So he does

End of over 5 (1 run) Australia 14/2

    • MEK Hussey 0 (6b)
    • RT Ponting 2 (2b)
    • RP Singh 3-0-9-0
    • IK Pathan 2-1-5-2
5.1

Pathan to Ponting, no run, low full toss on middle that Ponting plays a bit awkwardly, almost having to reach in the end to tuck it into midwicket

5.2

Pathan to Ponting, no run, great delivery... to a left hander... Ponting lets it veer down leg, at a good length

Ponting's batting out of his crease already. Cheeky

5.3

Pathan to Ponting, no run, a deliberate one down leg this time, tighter and Ponting is ever so close to getting some bat on it

5.4

Pathan to Ponting, no run, well bowled on off this time, Ponting forced to defend late on the front foot, the edge crashing down and just missing the stumps

5.5

Pathan to Ponting, no run, comes forward to defend on the front foot

5.6

Pathan to Ponting, no run, down leg, Ponting leaves it alone

End of over 6 (maiden) Australia 14/2

    • RT Ponting 2 (8b)
    • MEK Hussey 0 (6b)
    • IK Pathan 3-2-5-2
    • RP Singh 3-0-9-0
6.1

Singh to Hussey, no run, three slips and a gully waiting for an edge that doesn't come from the drive into the covers

6.2

Singh to Hussey, OUT, but the edge comes this time! Good line just outside off and Hussey is drawn into the drive, having swished at a few, and the edge goes through quickly to Dhoni off a big cover drive

MEK Hussey c †Dhoni b Singh 0 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Almost a repeat of the Jaques dismissal. India are on fire here and it's good to see. It's not the first time this series that Australia's top order has been in trouble, and Hussey's first Test duck will not help

Michael Clarke comes to the crease now, three slips, a gully, short point ready for him

6.3

Singh to Clarke, FOUR, a big appeal for lbw, but turned down as the ball pitches on middle and veers away from him late, Clarke pressing down a would-be forward defensive and the edge squirts wide of the slips

6.4

Singh to Clarke, no run, swing down leg, Clarke's drawn forward, looking to do something that's not clear, and the ball races down the leg-side

6.5

Singh to Clarke, no run

End of over 7 (4 runs) Australia 18/3

    • MJ Clarke 4 (3b 1x4)
    • RT Ponting 2 (8b)
    • RP Singh 3.5-0-13-1
    • IK Pathan 3-2-5-2
7.1

Pathan to Ponting, no run, comes out forward, looking to turn the ball from outside off to midwicket

There's two fielders around the short leg area

7.2

Pathan to Ponting, FOUR, width outside off, and too short as well, Ponting reaches out away from his body to play a cover drive down on one knee

7.3

Pathan to Ponting, no run, tries to tempt him into an edgy cover drive again, this one just a touch straighter, and it holds its line on the way through

7.4

Pathan to Ponting, no run, a play and a miss down leg this time, a good-length delivery this one

7.5

Pathan to Ponting, no run, swinging down leg, Ponting comes out to try to on-drive, but is too late on the shot and it hits his pads

7.6

Pathan to Ponting, no run, forced Ponting into a lunge this time, the captain reaching out at a stretch to tamely drive into the covers, the ball too wide really and he did well to control it along the ground

So that's lunch after an excellent morning on day two at the WACA where Australia are in some trouble, with three down already in their early response to India's 330. India's bowlers have deserved their victims, drawing them regularly into drives, although Rogers may have been unlucky with his lbw. So then join Jamie Alter for the afternoon session, which promises plenty more action on a pacy track.

While it's lunch I've got a few links for you which may help, please and/or entertain. Just a thought... There's oodles to see on Cricinfo, it's an absolute beast of a site, so check it out if you've never really explored fully.

End of over 8 (4 runs) Australia 22/3

    • RT Ponting 6 (14b 1x4)
    • MJ Clarke 4 (3b 1x4)
    • IK Pathan 4-2-9-2
    • RP Singh 3.5-0-13-1

Hi everyone, its Jamie here to take hold of matters after lunch. The first session started decently for India, who batted well a little over half an hour, before a collapse gave Australia some momentum ... but that was curbed by an excellent start from India's new-ball pair. Let's see if they can continue their positive start.

If you're not able to follow the game in front of a computer, you can read every word I type on your cell phones, right here . RP Singh has the ball now.

8.1

Singh to Clarke, 1 run, starts off with one swinging down leg stump and Clarke clips to fine leg

Australia trail by 307 runs. Two slips, a leg gully, forward short leg.

8.2

Singh to Ponting, no run, hits a length on about leg stump and Ponting defends to Jaffer, up close

Jaffer goes away and a short midwicket comes in

8.3

Singh to Ponting, no run, good length, as the ball swings away and stops on Ponting, who has to check his forward drive to short extra cover

8.4

Singh to Ponting, no run, this one swings back in late from the stumps, pretty late, and thumps Ponting on the front pad as he gets a full stride in, they appeal but Bowden shakes his head, positive that the ball was too high over the stumps ... I'd like to see a replay on that

8.5

Singh to Ponting, FOUR, thats a top shot, as he counters the swing with good use of the feet and on-drives past mid-on, the bat turning in his gloves

8.6

Singh to Ponting, no run, short of a length, going away, Ponting gets across to cover off and defends

Height was the factor in the appeal for leg before against Ponting. And swing down past leg stump. Hot Spot had a huge mark in the middle of the bat, so yes, there was bat involved. A good call from Bowden.

End of over 9 (5 runs) Australia 27/3

    • RT Ponting 10 (19b 2x4)
    • MJ Clarke 5 (4b 1x4)
    • RP Singh 5-0-18-1
    • IK Pathan 4-2-9-2

Here's Pathan.

9.1

Pathan to Clarke, no run, good length, movement back in, Clarke gets forward and defends

9.2

Pathan to Clarke, 2 runs, thats a better shot, as he uses the feet and drives into the circle

9.3

Pathan to Clarke, no run, short of a length, sits up but he plays that down well in front of midwicket

9.4

Pathan to Clarke, no run, good length and shape away as Clarke plants forward and leaves

9.5

Pathan to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length, moving back in, Clarke plays it late and with soft hands, dropping it in front of cover and calling for a very cool single, well run

9.6

Pathan to Ponting, no run, dangerous leave, as Ponting plants pad out and shoulders arms to a good-length ball that angles across and goes not very far from off stump

Pathan sure is moving the ball today.

End of over 10 (3 runs) Australia 30/3

    • RT Ponting 10 (20b 2x4)
    • MJ Clarke 8 (9b 1x4)
    • IK Pathan 5-2-12-2
    • RP Singh 5-0-18-1
10.1

Singh to Clarke, 3 runs, pitches on the stumps and swing back in, allowing Clarke to shuffle across and turn it past square leg for easy runs

Kumble brings Ganguly in near short midwicket, at about a silly mid-on

10.2

Singh to Ponting, no run, bouncer over leg stump, and Ponting ducks under it with few hassles

10.3

Singh to Ponting, 2 runs, too full on the pads and its clipped past midwicket for a couple

RP Singh not utilizing his swing factor well in the second session

There's deep fine leg and deep square leg out for a false shot

10.4

Singh to Ponting, 2 runs, nice shot, as he gets tall and punches a short one off the back foot past cover and point, with Sehwag giving chase and keeping them to two

10.5

Singh to Ponting, no run, 136ks, on a length, leg stump, and he shuffles to defend it back

10.6

Singh to Ponting, 1 run, short of a length and he hops back to gently nudge past cover for one

Matty V of Perth does the weather work, so we don't have to. Hang on, that sounds like an ad. Anyway: "Official temperature has just passed 40C (104F). Must be hard out in the field today. Cooler change of 30C expected tomorrow."

End of over 11 (8 runs) Australia 38/3

    • RT Ponting 15 (25b 2x4)
    • MJ Clarke 11 (10b 1x4)
    • RP Singh 6-0-26-1
    • IK Pathan 5-2-12-2
11.1

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, 137ks, too short and Ponting pulls out to deep backward square, making sure to keep it pretty decently close to the ground

11.2

Pathan to Clarke, no run, 133ks, short and wide and Clarke plays a wild slash at it, beaten as the ball curves back in

11.3

Pathan to Clarke, no run, short of a length, straightening again, and he taps it to square leg as Ponting firmly yells out 'NO!' to him

11.4

Pathan to Clarke, no run, short again, 132.3ks, sits up well but he also rises with the movement and plays it down at his feet

11.5

Pathan to Clarke, no run, much fuller and wide, so Clarke strides forward and leaves it alone

11.6

Pathan to Clarke, no run, that one pitches just outside off stump and swings back in late, coming close to off as Clarke pads forward and shoulders arms

End of over 12 (1 run) Australia 39/3

    • MJ Clarke 11 (15b 1x4)
    • RT Ponting 16 (26b 2x4)
    • IK Pathan 6-2-13-2
    • RP Singh 6-0-26-1
12.1

Singh to Ponting, no run, 135.2ks, good length on the stumps, he shuffles and plays it back

12.2

Singh to Ponting, no run, short outside off and Ponting hurriedly pushes to mid-off off the back foot

Pretty hot day out there

12.3

Singh to Ponting, no run, short of a length, straightening after pitching, played to point off the back foot

12.4

Singh to Ponting, 3 runs, quicker one, 140ks, but the line's wrong, short and wide and Ponting gets back to push it past cover and point for three

12.5

Singh to Clarke, no run, better length, fuller on middle and off and Clarke whips it to midwicket

RP needs to use his movement better, not pitch short

12.6

Singh to Clarke, no run, back of a length and going away, Clarke gets well forward and leaves

End of over 13 (3 runs) Australia 42/3

    • MJ Clarke 11 (17b 1x4)
    • RT Ponting 19 (30b 2x4)
    • RP Singh 7-0-29-1
    • IK Pathan 6-2-13-2
13.1

Pathan to Ponting, no run, good length outside off, angling away from Ponting as he leaves it be

13.2

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, strays outside leg stump, Ponting tucks it off the hips to deep fine leg

13.3

Pathan to Clarke, no run, back of a length but the line's wrong, pitching on leg stump, Clarke gets across and rolls the wrists nicely but he cant beat square leg

13.4

Pathan to Clarke, no run, much fuller, luring Clarke into a false drive but the outside-edge doesn't quite carry to Kumble at gully ... but thats the area these two need to hit

13.5

Pathan to Clarke, no run, pitches outside leg stump this time and Clarke turns to midwicket

13.6

Pathan to Clarke, no run, short of a length on middle and off, he gets up and defends to midwicket

End of over 14 (1 run) Australia 43/3

    • MJ Clarke 11 (21b 1x4)
    • RT Ponting 20 (32b 2x4)
    • IK Pathan 7-2-14-2
    • RP Singh 7-0-29-1

These two look to be settling down slighly. Kumble calls on Ishant Sharma. There's swing on offer on this track. Three slips for Ponting.

14.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, starts off with a shortish one, nice bounce, and Ponting pokes it to point

14.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, 140.7ks, a good length outside off, sucking Ponting into a poor attempt at a pull shot, missing the ball by a whisker

Deep square leg goes back immediately

14.3

Sharma to Ponting, OUT, and thats an immaculate length from Sharma to hand Ponting another poor score! There was movement and bounce after the ball landed in a good channel, sucking Ponting forward then back as he hangs the bat out and a regulation outside-edge is snapped up by Dravid at third slip! Australia are in trouble! That was Dravid's 164th catch in Tests ...

RT Ponting c Dravid b Sharma 20 (50m 35b 2x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

"Don't be surprised if he gets a few wickets here in Perth" .... said Ian Chappell as Ishant was running in for that ball. Thats Sharma's first wicket in the Tests and what a time to get it. Here's Symonds.

14.4

Sharma to Symonds, 1 wide, he's welcomed by one that hits the surface and kicks off, and wide is called

14.4

Sharma to Symonds, no run, back of a length, 138.3ks, good carry again as Symonds leaves

Extra pace and bounce from Sharma doing the trick

14.5

Sharma to Symonds, no run, good length this time, bringing Symonds' bat down in a hurry as he defends

14.6

Sharma to Symonds, no run, good length on middle stump, he gets forward and defends

Good first over from Ishant Sharma. 4 for 44. Tough times.

End of over 15 (1 run) Australia 44/4

    • A Symonds 0 (3b)
    • MJ Clarke 11 (21b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 1-0-1-1
    • IK Pathan 7-2-14-2
15.1

Pathan to Clarke, no run, short of a length on middle and off, he gets tall and defends it back

15.2

Pathan to Clarke, no run, fuller this time, and Clarke reaches out to drive to mid-off

15.3

Pathan to Clarke, no run, bouncer over the stumps, forcing Clarke to duck low and let it sail over

15.4

Pathan to Clarke, 1 run, back of a length outside off, 132.7ks, pushed to extra cover for one

15.5

Pathan to Symonds, 1 run, hits a good length and comes in back, Symonds counters with a push past Pathan's left hand and RP runs across from mid-off to field

Two slips and a gully, square leg for Pathan

15.6

Pathan to Clarke, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, Clarke gets up and defends to cover

End of over 16 (3 runs) Australia 47/4

    • MJ Clarke 13 (26b 1x4)
    • A Symonds 1 (4b)
    • IK Pathan 8-2-17-2
    • I Sharma 1-0-1-1
16.1

Sharma to Clarke, no run, full and moving into leg stump, he shuffles and drives straight to mid-on

16.2

Sharma to Clarke, no run, full again, with some swing, and Clarke flicks it to midwicket this time

16.3

Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, straighter one, Clarke nudges wide of midwicket, where Ganguly's slowness of movement allows him a single ... he didn't keep his eyes on the ball and fumbled the collection, the ball slipping out of his fingers

16.4

Sharma to Symonds, no run, short of a good length and Symonds hops to defend, the thick outside-edge dropping safely in front of second slip

16.5

Sharma to Symonds, 2 runs, this one's full and encouraging the drive, but Symonds nearly drags onto his stumps with a thick inside-edge to fine leg ... some good running raises the 50

16.6

Sharma to Symonds, no run, short one slides over leg stump, Symonds ducks and Dhoni collects

With that, its drinks at the WACA, on a scorcher.

End of over 17 (3 runs) Australia 50/4

    • A Symonds 3 (7b)
    • MJ Clarke 14 (29b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 2-0-4-1
    • IK Pathan 8-2-17-2
17.1

Pathan to Clarke, FOUR, too full on the pads, Clarke clips past Jaffer at midwicket, he runs hard but as he dives to stop his back foot slides over the ropes so Rauf signals four

17.2

Pathan to Clarke, FOUR, short of a length outside off, he gets back and opens the face, steering into the gap wide of a diving gully for more runs

17.3

Pathan to Clarke, 1 run, good length this time, Clarke strides into the shot and pushes past point

17.4

Pathan to Symonds, no run, full on middle and leg, Symonds clips nicely and Ganguly times his dive well at mid-on to save runs, that was struck wonderfully

17.5

Pathan to Symonds, 2 runs, and Tendulkar drops it at first slip! Symonds flashes a cut at one cramping him for room and Tendulkar spills a simple chance in front of his face, reacting late and letting it slip in and out of his palms, as it traveled very hard at him

17.6

Pathan to Symonds, no run, back of a length outside off, he gets across and leaves it be

He was in the air and not balanced, so he was unable to hold the catch. Symonds gets a life.

End of over 18 (11 runs) Australia 61/4

    • A Symonds 5 (10b)
    • MJ Clarke 23 (32b 3x4)
    • IK Pathan 9-2-28-2
    • I Sharma 2-0-4-1
18.1

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

18.2

Sharma to Clarke, OUT, edged and taken! Sharma pitches on a good length and gets Clarke to push forward, with minimal foot movement, and a regulation outside-edge is held by Dhoni!

MJ Clarke c †Dhoni b Sharma 23 (58m 34b 3x4 0x6) SR: 67.64

Sharma's all smiles, as he should be, celebrating with his senior team-mates. How crucial has he been in the last 15 minutes? Just 19, without a wicket in the other Test he played in Sydney this tour, and now he has two in quick time. Game on. Here's Adam Gilchrist, who knows this ground well. Devastating batsman.

18.3

Sharma to Gilchrist, no run, short of a length and angling away, Gilchrist has a look and leaves

Australia trail by 269 runs

18.4

Sharma to Gilchrist, no run, slides down leg stump, Gilchrist misses the nudge and Dhoni takes

18.5

Sharma to Gilchrist, no run, fuller length, moving after pitching on off stump, defended to midwicket

18.6

Sharma to Gilchrist, 1 run, very full, searching for the yorker, Gilchrist uses his feet well and jams it out towards mid-off, immediately calling for the single

Another good over from the rookie. Australia are 5 for 62.

End of over 19 (1 run) Australia 62/5

    • AC Gilchrist 1 (4b)
    • A Symonds 5 (10b)
    • I Sharma 3-0-5-2
    • IK Pathan 9-2-28-2
19.1

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, beaten! Lovely swing, late through the air, and Gilchrist pushes at it

19.2

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, back of a length on off stump, Gilchrist gets in line and defends to cover

19.3

Pathan to Gilchrist, FOUR, thats a low full toss as he searches for swing, and duly pushed past cover

19.4

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, back of a length, moving in, he checks the line and defends to cover

19.5

Pathan to Gilchrist, FOUR, too straight and he pushes sweetly past mid-on, the ball simply flies away

19.6

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, hits a good length and starts to deviate, but Gilchrist is too good, right over it and defending watchfully to cover

Its been a while since Gilchrist got a hundred. He's due.

End of over 20 (8 runs) Australia 70/5

    • AC Gilchrist 9 (10b 2x4)
    • A Symonds 5 (10b)
    • IK Pathan 10-2-36-2
    • I Sharma 3-0-5-2
20.1

Sharma to Symonds, no run, short of a length, moving and drawing a thick edge along the ground to gully

20.2

Sharma to Symonds, 2 runs, too full and straight, moving in, Symonds turns it wide of midwicket

20.3

Sharma to Symonds, 4 runs, too full again and rightfully clipped past midwicket, Pathan runs hard to stop it just inside the ropes but the batsmen run harder, four in fact

20.4

Sharma to Symonds, no run, shorter outside off stump, he gets a look-see and leaves it alone

20.5

Sharma to Symonds, no run, full on off stump, Symonds squirts a drive to Kumble at gully

20.6

Sharma to Symonds, no run, good length, comes in after pitching as Symonds gets forward and leaves

End of over 21 (6 runs) Australia 76/5

    • A Symonds 11 (16b)
    • AC Gilchrist 9 (10b 2x4)
    • I Sharma 4-0-11-2
    • IK Pathan 10-2-36-2

Change of bowling: RP replaces Pathan

21.1

Singh to Gilchrist, FOUR, a touch too short and Gilchrist duly swats it away past midwicket for four

21.2

Singh to Gilchrist, 1 wide, bouncer over middle and leg, Gilchrist thinks about pulling but pulls out as the ball sails high over his right shoulder and a wide is called

21.2

Singh to Gilchrist, 1 run, banged in short on the stumps, Gilchrist mistimes his hook but the top-edge doesn't carry to Pathan at fine leg, bouncing short ... maybe he should be in closer

Hold-up in play. Not sure why. Some gloves are off. Drinks come in as the players wait. An action-packed last half an hour. Kumble may think about bringing himself on. Or perhaps Ganguly for some slow-medium stuff? India have the momentum. We are ready for play again. Symonds on strike.

21.3

Singh to Symonds, 1 run, full length, straightening as Symonds plonks forward and gets a touch of bat on it as the ball then rolls into the covers

21.4

Singh to Gilchrist, 3 runs, good length again, before it can move away Gilchrist eases forward and pushes wide of cover and point, calling for the runs, Ganguly gives chase

21.5

Singh to Symonds, no run, back of a length on leg stump, hint of swing, Symonds shuffles across and taps it in front of square leg

21.6

Singh to Symonds, no run, overpitched on leg stump and a decent stop by Jaffer at midwicket saves runs

End of over 22 (10 runs) Australia 86/5

    • A Symonds 12 (19b)
    • AC Gilchrist 17 (13b 3x4)
    • RP Singh 8-0-39-1
    • I Sharma 4-0-11-2

Time for spin, I reckon.

22.1

Sharma to Gilchrist, no run, decent shout, as this one nips back in after pitching just outside off stump, catching Gilchrist pretty high above the flap and so that cannot be given out

22.2

Sharma to Gilchrist, no run, full and wide, Gilchrist crunches a hard slash and thats well stopped at point

22.3

Sharma to Gilchrist, no run, oh ho ho, now he goes cutting and misses, the ball sneaking just under bat

But he won't hold around, as we've seen over the last decade or so.

22.4

Sharma to Gilchrist, no run, shorter one, nipping back in from off stump and cramping Gilchrist for room a he cuts again, the ball drops onto his pad before rolling away

22.5

Sharma to Gilchrist, 1 run, pitches outside leg stump, he shuffles and works it to square leg

22.6

Sharma to Symonds, 2 runs, too full on the pads and he clips it wide of midwicket for a couple

End of over 23 (3 runs) Australia 89/5

    • A Symonds 14 (20b)
    • AC Gilchrist 18 (18b 3x4)
    • I Sharma 5-0-14-2
    • RP Singh 8-0-39-1
23.1

Singh to Gilchrist, no run, good length outside off stump, gentle swing, he comes forward and defends

23.2

Singh to Gilchrist, 1 run, fuller length, coming in and drawing an inside-edge to fine leg as Gilchrist gently pushes at it

23.3

Singh to Symonds, no run, full and wide, Symonds gets across and thumps a drive to extra cover

23.4

Singh to Symonds, no run, back of a length, going away, Symonds gets in and shoulders arms

23.5

Singh to Symonds, no run, thats well bowled, a zooming yorker catching Symonds by surprise, he jams bat down just in time and the ball then spins away - like an offspinner, literally - and narrowly misses hitting leg stump

"Thats a great offspinner," says Andrew McGlashan, here in the office.

23.6

Singh to Symonds, 1 run, short ball on leg, he gets up and plays it to the vacant short leg region

End of over 24 (2 runs) Australia 91/5

    • A Symonds 15 (24b)
    • AC Gilchrist 19 (20b 3x4)
    • RP Singh 9-0-41-1
    • I Sharma 5-0-14-2

Another drinks break, its that hot. Sharma continues. Three slips and a gully.

24.1

Sharma to Symonds, no run, back of a length, curving back in from outside off as Symonds leaves

24.2

Sharma to Symonds, no run, short of a length, decent channel that, he gets up and leaves it be

"Its bloody hot out there," chirps Ravi Shastri from Start's commentary box.

24.3

Sharma to Symonds, FOUR, top shot, all power, as Symonds plays a devastating back-foot straight drive to a fullish ball, and the ball scorches to long-off

24.4

Sharma to Symonds, 1 run, slants down leg stump, Symonds flicks it to midwicket for one

24.5

Sharma to Gilchrist, no run, angled across at a nice height, squaring him up but since he played with soft hands the outside-edge doesn't carry to Dravid at third slip

24.6

Sharma to Gilchrist, FOUR, just a gently push past mid-off, to a full ball, and thats Gilchrist at his lazy best

End of over 25 (9 runs) Australia 100/5

    • AC Gilchrist 23 (22b 4x4)
    • A Symonds 20 (28b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 6-0-23-2
    • RP Singh 9-0-41-1

RP Singh will continue.

25.1

Singh to Symonds, FOUR, full outside leg stump, Symonds plays a leg glance just wide of a diving Dhoni, it was a good effort to get there but the ball evaded him, was a lot of bat on it

25.2

Singh to Symonds, no run, oh thats close! Symonds is in position to play the cut as the ball was gaining on him and he nearly chops onto his stumps

That wasn't even that wide a ball

25.3

Singh to Symonds, no run, the reply is a bouncer over middle and leg and he ducks low with ease

25.4

Singh to Symonds, no run, 133.8ks, good ball, swinging in late after pitching full on middle stump, but there's a thick piece of bat on that so nobody appeals

25.5

Singh to Symonds, FOUR, full on off stump as RP again looks for swing, and Symonds walks into a meaty straight drive past the stumps, all touch that shot

RP moves around the stumps

25.6

Singh to Symonds, 3 runs, full ball, Symonds drives to extra cover where Sharma commits a cardinal sin, not getting behind the ball and allowing free runs

End of over 26 (11 runs) Australia 111/5

    • A Symonds 31 (34b 3x4)
    • AC Gilchrist 23 (22b 4x4)
    • RP Singh 10-0-52-1
    • I Sharma 6-0-23-2

A good stand, 50 from 46 balls, and these two are attacking.

26.1

Sharma to Symonds, FOUR, too full again, and he drives handsomely though the covers for four

Tendulkar looks down at his feet. He dropped Symonds when he was on hardly anything.

26.2

Sharma to Symonds, FOUR, short of a length, he gets over it and drops an angled bat on it, Kumble mistimes his dive at gully and so Symonds gets four more with no third man in place

26.3

Sharma to Symonds, no run, short one over leg stump, Symonds just ducks under it

Thats 68 runs in the last ten overs. Woof.

26.4

Sharma to Symonds, 3 runs, good length outside off, Symonds just defends off the front foot, "wait there, Gil" is the call before some bad bounce at gully undoes Kumble and there are runs on offer

26.5

Sharma to Gilchrist, no run, back of a length, coming in from outside off, Gilchrist check the line, making sure to get across to off, and pushes to mid-off

26.6

Sharma to Gilchrist, no run, sees a short one outside leg stump and goes for a short-arm jab but doesn't time it well at all, the ball bobs up momentarily before falling outside leg

End of over 27 (11 runs) Australia 122/5

    • AC Gilchrist 23 (24b 4x4)
    • A Symonds 42 (38b 5x4)
    • I Sharma 7-0-34-2
    • RP Singh 10-0-52-1

First signs of spin as Kumble brings himself on. A flurry of boundaries getting Australia back in the game. Kumble on 599 Test wickets. Slip and bat-pad in.

27.1

Kumble to Symonds, no run, quick and flat on off stump, Symonds gets pack and pushes to cover

27.2

Kumble to Symonds, no run, flighted up full on off stump, drifts in and he drives hard to cover

27.3

Kumble to Symonds, no run, that one doesn't spin, as Symonds picks it and plants forward, shouldering arms to it, good carry to Dhoni behind the stumps

27.4

Kumble to Symonds, no run, fuller on the stumps, he gets forward and defends to midwicket

27.5

Kumble to Symonds, FOUR, a pick-up shot, as he lofts one off the pads over mid-on, scattering seagulls

27.6

Kumble to Symonds, SIX, massive! Symonds shows his form, simply planting the front leg forward and clouting six wide of the sight screen, also raising a rapid half-century, well played

End of over 28 (10 runs) Australia 132/5

    • A Symonds 52 (44b 6x4 1x6)
    • AC Gilchrist 23 (24b 4x4)
    • A Kumble 1-0-10-0
    • I Sharma 7-0-34-2

Irfan Pathan gets another spell

28.1

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, good length outside off stump, Gilchrist gets forward and defends to cover

28.2

Pathan to Gilchrist, 1 run, banged in short outside off stump, Gilchrist plays an impetuous pull shot, mistimed up in the air for an eternity, but Sharma as mid-on reacts very late and runs backwards and cannot get there in time .... India need to take even half-chances

28.3

Pathan to Symonds, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump, he gets up and defends it away

28.4

Pathan to Gilchrist, FOUR, bang, thats four! Gilchrist pulls from outside off stump and sends the ball flying past midwicket with immense timing

28.5

Pathan to Gilchrist, 1 run, short and wide and this time he cuts wide of point for one

They are not refraining from their shots

28.6

Pathan to Symonds, 2 runs, likes the width and chops into the gap behind point for another easy two

Australia are known for this attitude, and its always refreshing to see. These two are changing the complexion of the game. The last five overs yielded 50 runs.

End of over 29 (9 runs) Australia 141/5

    • A Symonds 55 (46b 6x4 1x6)
    • AC Gilchrist 29 (28b 5x4)
    • IK Pathan 11-2-45-2
    • A Kumble 1-0-10-0
29.1

Kumble to Gilchrist, no run, flighted up outside off stump, he gets in and drives to cover-point

29.2

Kumble to Gilchrist, 1 run, a low full toss on middle and off, he whips it towards midwicket

Field is scattered, so singles on offer

29.3

Kumble to Symonds, 1 run, flat, pitching on leg and spinning in, Symonds flicks one to midwicket

29.4

Kumble to Gilchrist, no run, flighted up on a length, he gets back and across and defends

29.5

Kumble to Gilchrist, FOUR, deft touch, as he gets a wink of width and dabs it late, and wide, of slip

29.6

Kumble to Gilchrist, no run, flatter trajectory, short on off stump, he gets up and pushes to point

They're scoring at near five an over ...

End of over 30 (6 runs) Australia 147/5

    • AC Gilchrist 34 (33b 6x4)
    • A Symonds 56 (47b 6x4 1x6)
    • A Kumble 2-0-16-0
    • IK Pathan 11-2-45-2

Probably the last over before tea.

30.1

Pathan to Symonds, no run, 123.6ks, full and very wide, he almost has a go but leaves it be

30.2

Pathan to Symonds, 1 wide, thats a poor delivery, even wide of off stump and called wide, rightfully

30.2

Pathan to Symonds, no run, again, too full and wide but this time he bludgeons a drive, with too much bottom hand, to Sharma at mid-off

30.3

Pathan to Symonds, no run, sharp delivery, sitting up off a length and carrying well to Dhoni, after Symonds gets a look in and shoulders arms

30.4

Pathan to Symonds, no run, good length on middle and off, he plonks forward and pushes to cover

30.5

Pathan to Symonds, no run, too full and wide, 128.2ks, he sees it pitch and says no thanks

30.6

Pathan to Symonds, no run, back of a length, angled away, Symonds leaves and thats tea on day two

A marvelous counter-attack from Symonds and Gilchrist. India just lost the plot once Tendulkar dropped Symonds on 3. Australia are still playing catch-up, but these two are looking dangerous. Do come back and join me, Jamie Alter, for the final session in about 20 minutes. Catch you soon!

End of over 31 (1 run) Australia 148/5

    • A Symonds 56 (53b 6x4 1x6)
    • AC Gilchrist 34 (33b 6x4)
    • IK Pathan 12-2-46-2
    • A Kumble 2-0-16-0

Welcome back. Jamie here. Jenny may come in for the final hour. If this session is anything like the first two, grab a cold one or whatever you like and sit down. If you're not able to follow the game in front of a computer, you can read every word I type on your cell phones, right here .

Kumble has the ball.

31.1

Kumble to Gilchrist, no run, flighted up on off stump, Gilchrist gets back and defends

31.2

Kumble to Gilchrist, no run, flighted up on leg stump, he gets back and taps it to leg

31.3

Kumble to Gilchrist, 1 run, works this one to midwicket as it spins down leg stump

Just a slip in place

31.4

Kumble to Symonds, no run, fizzed up outside off stump, he plants the front leg out and leaves

31.5

Kumble to Symonds, no run, flighted up on middle and leg, defended to midwicket

31.6

Kumble to Symonds, no run, a touch fuller outside off stump, Symonds comes forward and defends

End of over 32 (1 run) Australia 149/5

    • A Symonds 56 (56b 6x4 1x6)
    • AC Gilchrist 35 (36b 6x4)
    • A Kumble 3-0-17-0
    • IK Pathan 12-2-46-2

Pathan will continue

32.1

Pathan to Gilchrist, 1 run, a touch full and Gilchrist drives a single down to mid-off, who's deep

32.2

Pathan to Symonds, no run, 132.3ks, slants away off a short length, Symonds lets it go

32.3

Pathan to Symonds, 2 runs, comes onto the front foot and drives an easy couple through the covers, some ambling fielding in the deep doesn't do much to raise spirits

32.4

Pathan to Symonds, no run, short of a length and going across Symonds, who again opts to leave

32.5

Pathan to Symonds, FOUR, thats nothing but a very, very wide full toss which Symonds slaps over gully

So the boundaries continue to come to Symonds

32.6

Pathan to Symonds, no run, full and very wide again, this time he just leaves it alone

End of over 33 (7 runs) Australia 156/5

    • A Symonds 62 (61b 7x4 1x6)
    • AC Gilchrist 36 (37b 6x4)
    • IK Pathan 13-2-53-2
    • A Kumble 3-0-17-0
33.1

Kumble to Gilchrist, no run, thats a good shout, as the ball spins in after pitching outside off stump but Gilchrist has a taken a firm stride across ... that hit in line but its a question of height .... a very good appeal

33.2

Kumble to Gilchrist, no run, flatter on on middle and leg, shuffles and works it to midwicket

33.3

Kumble to Gilchrist, 1 run, and again, he gets across and defends to the on-side, wide of the fielder

33.4

Kumble to Symonds, no run, flatter one, middle and leg, he comes forward and defends

33.5

Kumble to Symonds, no run, comes forward and defends it again, quite watchfully

33.6

Kumble to Symonds, 1 run, too much room and he gets up to cut wide of point for a single

End of over 34 (2 runs) Australia 158/5

    • A Symonds 63 (64b 7x4 1x6)
    • AC Gilchrist 37 (40b 6x4)
    • A Kumble 4-0-19-0
    • IK Pathan 13-2-53-2
34.1

Pathan to Symonds, 1 run, comes forward and steers a wide one through point for one more

34.2

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he has a look and leaves it alone

34.3

Pathan to Gilchrist, 1 run, short and wide, and slapped away over point for a single

34.4

Pathan to Symonds, no run, full to be driven and he does so, but the cover fielder dives and intercepts

34.5

Pathan to Symonds, no run, too full once more and Symonds fails to beat Sharma at mid-off now

34.6

Pathan to Symonds, no run, similar length, he comes onto the front foot and drives to Ganguly at cover

Three well-timed shots, all to the fielders

End of over 35 (2 runs) Australia 160/5

    • A Symonds 64 (68b 7x4 1x6)
    • AC Gilchrist 38 (42b 6x4)
    • IK Pathan 14-2-55-2
    • A Kumble 4-0-19-0

Short leg in place

35.1

Kumble to Gilchrist, no run, flighted up on off stump, he defends back to Kumble

35.2

Kumble to Gilchrist, 1 run, flighted down leg stump, he gets down and sweeps to fine leg

And thats the 100-run stand in quick time, just 102 balls

35.3

Kumble to Symonds, 2 runs, now Symonds gets low to delicately paddle one from leg stump into the gap

35.4

Kumble to Symonds, OUT, wicket No. 600 for Anil Kumble! He fires in a shorter, faster one just outside off stump, Symonds is hurried and cramped into his cut shot, gets a thick outside-edge into Dhoni's gloves, he fails to snap it up but Dravid is sharp at slip, moving to his right and holding the ball after it balloons up in the air, much to India's relief and Kumble's satisfaction! They appeal and appeal and finally Asad Rauf lifts the finger, and Kumble explodes in celebration

A Symonds c Dravid b Kumble 66 (103m 70b 7x4 1x6) SR: 94.28

A big wicket for India, and what a man to get it - take a bow, Kumble. Thats 600 Test wickets for him. And Dravid moves to third in the list of highest catchers, with 165.

35.5

Kumble to Lee, 1 no ball, oversteps in excitement, perhaps, and Lee defends it back

35.5

Kumble to Lee, no run, quicker one, middle and leg, Lee lunges forward to defend

35.6

Kumble to Lee, 1 run, flatter one, middle and leg, Lee turns it wide and sprints off

Australia lose Symonds for a supreme innings. Gilchrist still there. Lee can bat. Australia behind by 165.

End of over 36 (5 runs) Australia 165/6

    • B Lee 1 (3b)
    • AC Gilchrist 39 (44b 6x4)
    • A Kumble 5-0-24-1
    • IK Pathan 14-2-55-2
36.1

Pathan to Lee, no run, good length on middle and off, he gets across and defends to midwicket

36.2

Pathan to Lee, 1 wide, sharp bouncer over off stump, he just gets the head out of the way in time

36.2

Pathan to Lee, no run, good length there, hurries him into a shot and he gets an inside-edge

36.3

Pathan to Lee, no run, fuller just outside off stump, Lee comes forward and drives to cover

36.4

Pathan to Lee, no run, full again, looking for the yorker, and Lee drives it to extra cover

36.5

Pathan to Lee, no run, shorter one, spitting up and getting Lee hopping, he takes his eyes off it but plays it down safely off the arm guard ... Pathan has a word and smiles at Lee

36.6

Pathan to Lee, 3 runs, full on middle and leg, Lee clips firmly past Tendulkar at midwicket for three

End of over 37 (4 runs) Australia 169/6

    • B Lee 4 (9b)
    • AC Gilchrist 39 (44b 6x4)
    • IK Pathan 15-2-59-2
    • A Kumble 5-0-24-1
37.1

Kumble to Lee, no run, full on middle and off, he lunges forward and defends

37.2

Kumble to Lee, no run, tossed up on the stumps, he plods forward and defends

37.3

Kumble to Lee, no run, tossed up again, getting Lee forward and he blocks

37.4

Kumble to Lee, no run, tossed up on middle and off, defended

37.5

Kumble to Lee, 1 run, flighted up on middle and leg, he turns it via an inside-edge past Jaffer

37.6

Kumble to Gilchrist, 1 leg bye, spins and bounces and catches him high above the knee roll, leg stump, then rolls wide of slip

End of over 38 (2 runs) Australia 171/6

    • AC Gilchrist 39 (45b 6x4)
    • B Lee 5 (14b)
    • A Kumble 6-0-25-1
    • IK Pathan 15-2-59-2
38.1

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, hits a good length outside off, left alone

38.2

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, gets the ball to bend back in to the left hander, Gilchrist gets his bat down and plays it down to the off side

38.3

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, adjusts the length to outside the off stump, this one moves away as it leaves the batsman

38.4

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, gets this one to land closer to off stump, Gilchrist tightens his defense and plays it back to the bowler

38.5

Pathan to Gilchrist, 1 run, fuller in length and swinging away, Gilchrist pushes to mid-off and sets off quickly, makes it in time

38.6

Pathan to Lee, no run, aims for that inswinging yorker, gets it to land in line with middle and leg and Lee does well enough to dig it out

End of over 39 (1 run) Australia 172/6

    • B Lee 5 (15b)
    • AC Gilchrist 40 (50b 6x4)
    • IK Pathan 16-2-60-2
    • A Kumble 6-0-25-1
39.1

Kumble to Gilchrist, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, gets down and sweeps to fine leg

39.2

Kumble to Lee, no run, Appeal: that one turns and bounces sharply, beats the outside edge by a whisker and Dhoni appeals and so does Kumble, Rauf shakes his head

39.3

Kumble to Lee, no run, full outside off and driven uppishly to the off side

two slips and a silly point now

39.4

Kumble to Lee, no run, gets it to turn outside off, defended to the off side

39.5

Kumble to Lee, no run, pitches on middle and gets turn again, defended back to the bowler

39.6

Kumble to Lee, no run, gets turn again and Lee defends back to the bowler on the walk

End of over 40 (1 run) Australia 173/6

    • B Lee 5 (20b)
    • AC Gilchrist 41 (51b 6x4)
    • A Kumble 7-0-26-1
    • IK Pathan 16-2-60-2
40.1

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, good length outside off, Gilchrist drives with too much bottom hand, to cover

40.2

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, short and wide, should've been slapped away but he finds point instead

40.3

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, full outside off stump, he has a mighty drive and inside-edges to Dhoni, but the ball dies well in front of him so alls well

40.4

Pathan to Gilchrist, 1 run, wide again and Gilchrist connects well, slicing out to deep point for one

40.5

Pathan to Lee, 2 runs, full on leg stump, Lee clips off the pads out to deep square leg

40.6

Pathan to Lee, no run, full one, 129ks, on leg stump, worked to Tendulkar at midwicket

End of over 41 (3 runs) Australia 176/6

    • B Lee 7 (22b)
    • AC Gilchrist 42 (55b 6x4)
    • IK Pathan 17-2-63-2
    • A Kumble 7-0-26-1

Right, Gilchrist facing Kumble. He's on 42.

41.1

Kumble to Gilchrist, no run, flatter one, spinning back in from middle stump, watchfully defended

41.2

Kumble to Gilchrist, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, he uses his feet and drives to extra cover

41.3

Kumble to Lee, 2 runs, flighted up on a length, Lee comes out and drives in the air wide of cover

41.4

Kumble to Lee, no run, quicker, 92ks, spins across Lee who hurries to get bat down on it

41.5

Kumble to Lee, no run, another good leg break, forcing Lee back in his crease and thats defended

41.6

Kumble to Lee, 1 no ball, slower through the air, dipping on leg stump, tucked to short leg

41.6

Kumble to Lee, no run, quicker and flatter, off stump, Lee defends to Sehwag at gully

End of over 42 (4 runs) Australia 180/6

    • B Lee 9 (27b)
    • AC Gilchrist 43 (57b 6x4)
    • A Kumble 8-0-30-1
    • IK Pathan 17-2-63-2

Pathan makes way for RP. Australia 6 for 180. Gilchrist nearing fifty .

42.1

Singh to Gilchrist, FOUR, generous half-volley outside off stump, Gilchrist drives to Sharma at mid-off, who makes another hash of a fielding effort ... real schoolboy lapse that

42.2

Singh to Gilchrist, FOUR, well played, Gilchrist! Thats his fifty, courtesy an aerial smash over mid-off, excellent innings under pressure from the veteran

42.3

Singh to Gilchrist, FOUR, and thats three in a row! Gilchrist gets width and cuts late and hard, into the gap at gully

Point comes square, long-off comes into place

42.4

Singh to Gilchrist, OUT, and thats taken! RP slips in a good lifter, bending his back a bit more than usual, and Gilchrist is undone as he tries to defend, Dhoni taking the edge high to his right, the other direction

AC Gilchrist c †Dhoni b Singh 55 (116m 61b 9x4 0x6) SR: 90.16

An entertaining innings is cut short. It was a good ball and there's little you can do when you get those. But thanks to that 55, Australia are in a far better position that about two hours ago. India are into the tail.

42.5

Singh to Johnson, no run, shapes back in off a length as Johnson leaves it be, Dhoni collects

42.6

Singh to Johnson, no run, beaten, as RP pushes one fuller past Johnson's bat, the ball narrowly missing clipping off stump

India can breath a bit after getting Gilchrist for a brisk 55.

End of over 43 (12 runs) Australia 192/7

    • MG Johnson 0 (2b)
    • B Lee 9 (27b)
    • RP Singh 11-0-64-2
    • A Kumble 8-0-30-1

Two slips, bat-pad, a silly mid-off

43.1

Kumble to Lee, no run, flighted up on a length, drawing Lee well forward to defend

43.2

Kumble to Lee, no run, leg break spins across Lee, who covers off stump and leaves

43.3

Kumble to Lee, 1 run, full, flat down leg, he gets low and semi-pirouettes as he sweeps past Jaffer

43.4

Kumble to Johnson, no run, flighted outside leg stump, spins away as Johnson gets a firm defence in

43.5

Kumble to Johnson, no run, full on off stump, driven back to Kumble who fields easily

43.6

Kumble to Johnson, no run, quicker one bounces into him but he's tall, and plays it down to leg slip

End of over 44 (1 run) Australia 193/7

    • MG Johnson 0 (5b)
    • B Lee 10 (30b)
    • A Kumble 9-0-31-1
    • RP Singh 11-0-64-2
44.1

Singh to Lee, no run, angles across him off a short length and he's beaten trying to dab it away

44.2

Singh to Lee, no run, again he gets across and chases it, only to be beaten second time round

44.3

Singh to Lee, no run, good length and Lee gets low to drive to extra cover off the front foot

44.4

Singh to Lee, no run, hits a length and reverse-swings back into Lee, who's hurried into defending

44.5

Singh to Lee, no run, back of a length again, this time straightening, and Lee gets back to defend

RP changes the angle by coming around the stumps

44.6

Singh to Lee, no run, and Lee's beaten again, chasing a wide one with no footwork

End of over 45 (maiden) Australia 193/7

    • B Lee 10 (36b)
    • MG Johnson 0 (5b)
    • RP Singh 12-1-64-2
    • A Kumble 9-0-31-1

Johnson's no mug with the bat. He's a decent tail-end batsman.

45.1

Kumble to Johnson, no run, flighted up on off stump, Johnson comes forward and defends well

45.2

Kumble to Johnson, 1 run, full on middle and leg, worked wide of midwicket for a sharp single

Lee back on strike. He's got runs in international cricket.

45.3

Kumble to Lee, no run, full and fast, spinning into leg stump sharply, thats the flipper, there's noise and Asad Rauf gets it right, hearing a thick piece of wood on that so he turns down the pleading appeal

45.4

Kumble to Lee, no run, flighted up outside off stump, he gets forward and defends

45.5

Kumble to Lee, no run, flighted up outside off stump, he gets forward and defends

45.6

Kumble to Lee, 1 run, slips down leg stump, Lee swivels on his knees and pulls out to Sharma at deep fine leg, keeping hold of the strike

End of over 46 (2 runs) Australia 195/7

    • B Lee 11 (40b)
    • MG Johnson 1 (7b)
    • A Kumble 10-0-33-1
    • RP Singh 12-1-64-2
46.1

Singh to Lee, no run, yet another swing and a miss, as Lee gets across to off and chases one

46.2

Singh to Lee, no run, slides down leg stump, he can't connect and Dhoni collects

46.3

Singh to Lee, OUT, edged and gone! RP's decision to come around the stumps to Lee works, as he pushes at one away from his body, Dhoni dives forward to his right and holds a good low catch

B Lee c †Dhoni b Singh 11 (48m 43b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.58

RP chips away further at the tail. Australia trail by 135. Here's Stuart Clark.

46.4

Singh to Clark, no run, beaten outside off stump, he stands and pushes and doesn't connect

46.5

Singh to Clark, no run, back of a length, Clark gets back and punches to point

46.6

Singh to Clark, OUT, another one goes fishing, this time its an easy catch for Dhoni as Clark under-edges a short and wide one to leave Australia nine down for 195

SR Clark c †Dhoni b Singh 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The last time Australia were bowled out for under 200 in a Test was at Sydney in October 2005, during the Super Series against the World XI. Last man comes out.

End of over 47 (wicket maiden) Australia 195/9

    • MG Johnson 1 (7b)
    • RP Singh 13-2-64-4
    • A Kumble 10-0-33-1
47.1

Kumble to Johnson, 1 run, fast one outside off stump, Tait gets back and across to defend

47.2

Kumble to Tait, no run, thats a sharp flipper, forcing him back and bat comes down just in time

47.3

Kumble to Tait, no run, quick again, good length too, he hurries to get forward and defend

47.4

Kumble to Tait, FOUR, thats a good old-fashioned slog, Tait using his feet and driving just wide of mid-on for four, to some cheer as the 200 comes up

47.5

Kumble to Tait, no run, flipper again, but catching him on the hop outside leg stump

47.6

Kumble to Tait, FOUR, good strike, as Tait slogs Kumble over midwicket to raise his best Test score

End of over 48 (9 runs) Australia 204/9

    • SW Tait 8 (5b 2x4)
    • MG Johnson 2 (8b)
    • A Kumble 11-0-42-1
    • RP Singh 13-2-64-4
48.1

Singh to Johnson, no run, full and wide, 132.4ks, Johnson drives and connects with hot air

48.2

Singh to Johnson, 4 byes, slides down leg stump, Dhoni doesn't stop it cleanly and thats down for four

48.3

Singh to Johnson, no run, back of a length, sliding in from middle stump, worked to midwicket

48.4

Singh to Johnson, no run, beaten, as this one shapes away from Johnson, who intends on leaving and just manages to pull bat out of the way

48.5

Singh to Johnson, FOUR, nice drive, Johnson drilling a half-volley back past RP's extended fingers

48.6

Singh to Johnson, no run, pulls that one from outside off stump but cant beat Sehwag at midwicket

End of over 49 (8 runs) Australia 212/9

    • MG Johnson 6 (14b 1x4)
    • SW Tait 8 (5b 2x4)
    • RP Singh 14-2-68-4
    • A Kumble 11-0-42-1
49.1

Kumble to Tait, no run, flipper again, quick too, getting him back to defend to silly point

49.2

Kumble to Tait, no run, fuller one, middle and leg, he gets forward and defends

49.3

Kumble to Tait, no run, drifts into leg stump, Tait shuffles and flicks to midwicket

49.4

Kumble to Tait, no run, full on leg again, this time he goes inside-out hard to extra cover

49.5

Kumble to Tait, no run, slower one, flighted up on off stump, Tait pushes and inside-edges past leg

49.6

Kumble to Tait, OUT, and he shuts down the innings with a simple return catch, looping up one, looks like the wrong 'un, ballooning up off the inside-edge as Tait lunges forward

SW Tait c & b Kumble 8 (10m 11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

Australia are dismissed for 212, which means India lead by 118 runs. There's exactly an hour left today, with 22 overs to be bowled when the innings starts, but it looks like Australia won't get more than 12 in, I feel.

Neither do I, thanks Jamie, it's Jenny again. Just watching a replay of the Tait dismissal, where his new pads, all in one mould it looks like, helped the ball balloon back to the bowler. I'm sure Martin Williamson has told me of similar pads from ages ago which were soon given up with for the same reason. One second, I will acquire the anecdote. He's gone AWOL, ah well, it's time for the second innings. Hang on!

End of over 50 (wicket maiden) Australia 212/10

    • MG Johnson 6 (14b 1x4)
    • A Kumble 12-1-42-2
    • RP Singh 14-2-68-4
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