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

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

End of over 51 (11 runs) Australia 188/5
MJ Clarke    36* (64b 5x4)      RP Singh    18-4-70-1
AC Gilchrist    0* (2b)      A Kumble    10-1-39-1

51.1

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

"Thats the length," offer Dhoni

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

51.4

Kumble to Gilchrist, 1 run, quicker one, 91ks, slides down leg and he tucks to short fine leg

51.5

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

Dhoni's enjoying this. "Brett Lee in next," he says.

51.6

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

End of over 52 (2 runs) Australia 190/5
MJ Clarke    37* (69b 5x4)      A Kumble    11-1-41-1
AC Gilchrist    1* (3b)      RP Singh    18-4-70-1

Ishant Sharma gets another spell.

52.1

Sharma to Gilchrist, no run, short ball well down leg stump, Dhoni takes as Gilchrist ignores it

52.2

Sharma to Gilchrist, 1 run, back of a length, angling in from outside leg, tucked out to Ganguly in the deep

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

End of over 53 (1 run) Australia 191/5
MJ Clarke    37* (73b 5x4)      I Sharma    13-0-42-1
AC Gilchrist    2* (5b)      A Kumble    11-1-41-1

Tons of emails flooding my inbox regarding decisions against Symonds and Hussey. Plenty of people angry, many more saying Symonds has no right to feel aggrieved given the times he's been reprieved all series.

53.1

Kumble to Gilchrist, no run, flighted on middle and off, defended watchfully

53.2

Kumble to Gilchrist, 1 run, pitches outside leg, Gilchrist shuffles and nudges off the pads

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

And that will be drinks. Time to sort out the inbox!

End of over 54 (1 run) Australia 192/5
MJ Clarke    37* (77b 5x4)      A Kumble    12-1-42-1
AC Gilchrist    3* (7b)      I Sharma    13-0-42-1

Sharma has the ball

54.1

Sharma to Gilchrist, 1 run, drifts outside leg stump, Gilchrist again works it out to Ganguly on the ropes

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

54.6

Sharma to Gilchrist, 1 no ball, oversteps, pitches on a length and Gilchrist tucks to midwicket

54.6

Sharma to Gilchrist, no run, back of a length on off stump, he gets forward and pushes to point

Plenty of wide open spaces in the field, with men back in the deep

End of over 55 (9 runs) Australia 201/5
AC Gilchrist    4* (10b)      I Sharma    14-0-51-1
MJ Clarke    44* (81b 6x4)      A Kumble    12-1-42-1

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

55.6

Kumble to Gilchrist, FOUR, loose delivery, spins down leg and Gilchrist duly sweeps down to fine leg

End of over 56 (7 runs) Australia 208/5
AC Gilchrist    8* (11b 1x4)      A Kumble    13-1-49-1
MJ Clarke    47* (86b 6x4)      I Sharma    14-0-51-1

Irfan Pathan replaces Sharma. Slip and a gully in place

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

Kumble puts in an extra slip, a man comes up to square leg, wide cover

56.4

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

Laxman is standing at a sort of fourth slip

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

A couple of gorgeous boundaries to Clarke in the over

End of over 57 (8 runs) Australia 216/5
MJ Clarke    55* (92b 8x4)      IK Pathan    12-2-41-2
AC Gilchrist    8* (11b 1x4)      A Kumble    13-1-49-1

Field is spread, deep backward square leg, deep midwicket

57.1

Kumble to Gilchrist, no run, tossed up full on middle and leg, Gilchrist gets forward and suffocates it

57.2

Kumble to Gilchrist, no run, looped up on leg stump, spins in and Gilchrist mistimes the flick

57.3

Kumble to Gilchrist, no run, flatter and shorter, 86ks, a mistimed short-arm jab chips back to Kumble

57.4

Kumble to Gilchrist, no run, gives it some air this time, Gilchrist drives to the man at mid-off

57.5

Kumble to Gilchrist, no run, close! Tossed up down leg stump, Gilchrist tries to sweep, ball clips pad, then gloves, and spins perilously close to the stumps before rolling to Dravid at slip

57.6

Kumble to Gilchrist, 2 runs, tucks one off the pads, out to the deep, coming back for the second Clarke is just home as a good, flat throw comes back to Kumble from Pathan, its referred but thats not out

End of over 58 (2 runs) Australia 218/5
AC Gilchrist    10* (17b 1x4)      A Kumble    14-1-51-1
MJ Clarke    55* (92b 8x4)      IK Pathan    12-2-41-2

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

58.4

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, back of a length on the stumps, 134ks, he gets behind the line to block

58.5

Pathan to Gilchrist, FOUR, fine shot, a pull from outside off stump to a short one, a hopeless dive in the deep from Ganguly cannot prevent four

58.6

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, fuller outside off and thats a flowing drive to the man at mid-off

End of over 59 (5 runs) Australia 223/5
AC Gilchrist    14* (20b 2x4)      IK Pathan    13-2-46-2
MJ Clarke    56* (95b 8x4)      A Kumble    14-1-51-1

Australia need 190 to win. Plenty of time to do so.

59.1

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

Top-class running, putting the pressure on the fielders

59.2

Kumble to Gilchrist, 1 run, tossed up outside leg stump, easy pickings for a single to fine leg

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

End of over 60 (3 runs) Australia 226/5
MJ Clarke    58* (100b 8x4)      A Kumble    15-1-54-1
AC Gilchrist    15* (21b 2x4)      IK Pathan    13-2-46-2

A change, as Kumble introduces Sehwag half an hour before tea.

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

Thats the 50-run association in good time

60.3

Sehwag to Gilchrist, OUT, and the change works brilliantly! Sehwag tosses it up outside leg stump, Gilchrist plays a most ugly sweep, the ball turns sharply and knocks back leg stump!

AC Gilchrist b Sehwag 15 (51m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 68.18

That ball spun a lot. Sehwag is mobbed. That ball was too full to sweep. What an inspired change from Kumble. It took just three balls to get rid of the dangerous Gilchrist and snap a threatening partnership. India are now four wickets away from a famous away victory. Here's Brett Lee. The tail is exposed.

60.4

Sehwag to Lee, no run, tossed up generously on middle and off, Lee plods forward and defends

60.5

Sehwag to Lee, no run, flatter one, down leg stump, Lee tucks it to forward short leg

60.6

Sehwag to Lee, no run, tosses it up on middle and off, Lee gets well forward and asphyxiates the spin

That wicket has hurt Australia immensely. Full credit to Kumble for the change.

End of over 61 (1 run) Australia 227/6
B Lee    0* (3b)      V Sehwag    1-0-1-1
MJ Clarke    59* (102b 8x4)      A Kumble    15-1-54-1

61.1

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

There's a slip, silly point and deep 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

61.5

Kumble to Lee, no run, lovely delivery, the wrong 'un, pitching outside off stump, bouncing and surprising Lee, who gets back in the crease and nearly edges it

61.6

Kumble to Lee, no run, orthodox topspin on that one, but Lee gets well forward and defends

End of over 62 (1 run) Australia 228/6
B Lee    0* (5b)      A Kumble    16-1-55-1
MJ Clarke    60* (106b 8x4)      V Sehwag    1-0-1-1

62.1

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

62.2

Sehwag to Lee, OUT, he's got another! Lee drives off the front foot, gets a thick inside-edge onto the pad and Laxman, at silly point, holds a sharp low catch to send Lee on his way!

B Lee c Laxman b Sehwag 0 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Sehwag celebrates, running towards his team-mates, totally immersed in the moment. A second wicket in just his second over and India are loving it. Out comes Mitchell Johnson.

62.3

Sehwag to Johnson, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, Johnson defends well to silly point

Thats 95 catches for Laxman in Tests.

62.4

Sehwag to Johnson, no run, tossed up on off stump, he gets onto the front foot and drives to cover

Three men hovering around the bat

62.5

Sehwag to Johnson, no run, he opts to leave this one, as it spins sharply across off stump

62.6

Sehwag to Johnson, no run, fuller, flatter, and Johnson drives hard back to Sehwag

Successful second over for the part-timer.

End of over 63 (1 run) Australia 229/7
MG Johnson    0* (4b)      V Sehwag    2-0-2-2
MJ Clarke    61* (107b 8x4)      A Kumble    16-1-55-1

63.1

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

63.2

Kumble to Johnson, no run, looped up on leg stump, Johnson turns it past forward short leg

63.3

Kumble to Johnson, no run, looped up full on off stump, Johnson gets a firm stride in and drives to cover

63.4

Kumble to Johnson, no run, slides down leg stump, Dhoni collects and whips off the bails

63.5

Kumble to Johnson, 1 run, pitches outside leg, Johnson turns it between short leg and leg gully

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

End of over 64 (5 runs) Australia 234/7
MJ Clarke    65* (109b 8x4)      A Kumble    17-1-60-1
MG Johnson    1* (8b)      V Sehwag    2-0-2-2

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

64.3

Sehwag to Johnson, no run

64.4

Sehwag to Johnson, no run

64.5

Sehwag to Johnson, no run

64.6

Sehwag to Johnson, no run

End of over 65 (1 run, maiden) Australia 235/7
MG Johnson    1* (12b)      V Sehwag    3-1-2-2
MJ Clarke    65* (111b 8x4)      A Kumble    17-1-60-1

65.1

Kumble to Clarke, no run

Sorry for the loss in commentary. Connection went.

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

65.6

Kumble to Johnson, no run, a tad quicker, with good loop, he gets forward and leaves, Dhoni whips off the bails

End of over 66 (1 run) Australia 236/7
MG Johnson    1* (13b)      A Kumble    18-1-61-1
MJ Clarke    66* (116b 8x4)      V Sehwag    3-1-2-2

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

Four men around the bat for the last ball of the session

66.6

Sehwag to Johnson, no run, sharp turn and bounce outside off, Johnson leaves confidently, and thats it

That will be tea on day four. India's session once again. They need just three wickets. Clarke stands firm. Do join me, Jamie Alter, for the final session in about 20 minutes.

End of over 67 (7 runs) Australia 243/7
MG Johnson    1* (14b)      V Sehwag    4-1-9-2
MJ Clarke    73* (121b 9x4)      A Kumble    18-1-61-1

Welcome back. That break flew by. Hardly time to get a cup of coffee. Engrossing cricket today as well. Clarke back on strike, facing Kumble after tea.

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

That false shot brings in a second 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

67.6

Kumble to Johnson, no run, well flighted on off stump, Johnson gets bat and pad together in defence

End of over 68 (5 runs) Australia 248/7
MG Johnson    1* (15b)      A Kumble    19-1-66-1
MJ Clarke    78* (126b 10x4)      V Sehwag    4-1-9-2

68.1

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

Two slips, silly point

68.2

Sehwag to Johnson, no run, tossed up, nice drift on that one, Johnson gets forward and blocks

68.3

Sehwag to Johnson, no run, turn and bounce, outside off stump, Johnson leaves it be

68.4

Sehwag to Johnson, no run, goes across him and again opts to shoulder arms

68.5

Sehwag to Johnson, no run, there's the straighter one, drawing a forward press from Johnson

Sehwag moves around the stumps

68.6

Sehwag to Johnson, no run, quicker ball, touch too short, Johnson drives off the back foot to RP at cover

End of over 69 (1 run) Australia 249/7
MG Johnson    1* (20b)      V Sehwag    5-1-10-2
MJ Clarke    79* (127b 10x4)      A Kumble    19-1-66-1

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

Thats the 250 up

69.3

Kumble to Johnson, no run, flat on middle and off, forcing Johnson back in his crease, defending

69.4

Kumble to Johnson, no run, fizzed up, the topspinner luring him forward on the press and beating bat

69.5

Kumble to Johnson, 1 run, touch too short, Johnson shuffles and nudges wide of midwicket

69.6

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

End of over 70 (2 runs) Australia 251/7
MJ Clarke    80* (130b 10x4)      A Kumble    20-1-68-1
MG Johnson    2* (23b)      V Sehwag    5-1-10-2

70.1

Sehwag to Johnson, 1 run, tossed up wide of leg stump, giving Johnson an easy single past midwicket

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

70.5

Sehwag to Johnson, no run, pushed across Johnson, who can easily leave that one alone

70.6

Sehwag to Johnson, no run, spins across from leg stump, drawing a leading-edge just short of silly point

End of over 71 (2 runs) Australia 253/7
MG Johnson    3* (26b)      V Sehwag    6-1-12-2
MJ Clarke    81* (133b 10x4)      A Kumble    20-1-68-1

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

Clarke throws away a deserved hundred and with that goes Australia's shot at a record 17th consecutive win. Smart piece of bowling, responding to Dhoni's chirp that Clarke was looking to come down the track. In comes Stuart Clark.

71.2

Kumble to Clark, no run, full outside off stump, pushed into the covers off the front foot

71.3

Kumble to Clark, 1 run, there's the flipper, well played off the back foot wide of short leg

71.4

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

71.5

Kumble to Johnson, no run, fuller and flatter on middle and leg, Johnson smothers the spin

71.6

Kumble to Johnson, no run, slides down leg stump, he gets forward and plays it back watchfully

End of over 72 (1 run) Australia 254/8
MG Johnson    3* (29b)      A Kumble    21-1-69-2
SR Clark    1* (2b)      V Sehwag    6-1-12-2

72.1

Sehwag to Clark, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, spins down and Clark tucks wide of leg gully

72.2

Sehwag to Johnson, no run, tossed up wide of off stump, he gets forward and shoulders arms

72.3

Sehwag to Johnson, no run, tossed up on the stumps, he plonks the pad forward and leaves

72.4

Sehwag to Johnson, no run, goes for a massive slog-sweep across the line and misses completely

72.5

Sehwag to Johnson, no run, tossed up on middle and off, another confident leave as it spins past

72.6

Sehwag to Johnson, 2 runs, fraction short and he whips it out to deep midwicket for a couple

End of over 73 (3 runs) Australia 257/8
MG Johnson    5* (34b)      V Sehwag    7-1-15-2
SR Clark    2* (3b)      A Kumble    21-1-69-2

73.1

Kumble to Clark, no run, straighter one, flighted up on middle and leg, Clark drives it back

73.2

Kumble to Clark, no run, flatter, 84ks, Clark gets back and across and defends to Kumble

73.3

Kumble to Clark, no run, looks like the wrong 'un, Clark striding forward and surviving via the inside-edge

73.4

Kumble to Clark, no run, spins down leg stump, tucked to the man under the helmet at short leg

73.5

Kumble to Clark, no run, looped up invitingly on off stump, Clark drives back to Kumble

73.6

Kumble to Clark, no run, close call! Clark plods forward to one that pitches just outside off and spins in, rapped high on the pad, they all go up, but Bowden reckons it was too high

End of over 74 (maiden) Australia 257/8
SR Clark    2* (9b)      A Kumble    22-2-69-2
MG Johnson    5* (34b)      V Sehwag    7-1-15-2

Kumble calls Ganguly in closer in the deep

74.1

Sehwag to Johnson, no run, tossed up on off stump, defended off the front foot

74.2

Sehwag to Johnson, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, he defends and the inside-edge drops just short of the two men up close on the off-side, to Sehwag's frustration

74.3

Sehwag to Johnson, SIX, shot! Johnson gives him the charge, smoking that handsomely over mid-on

74.4

Sehwag to Johnson, 1 run, gets down onto one knee again and sweeps out to deep midwicket

74.5

Sehwag to Clark, no run, lobbed up down leg stump, worked off the pads wide of short leg

74.6

Sehwag to Clark, 2 runs, gets down and sweeps with the spin, past square leg, for a couple

End of over 75 (9 runs) Australia 266/8
SR Clark    4* (11b)      V Sehwag    8-1-24-2
MG Johnson    12* (38b 1x6)      A Kumble    22-2-69-2

Ishant Sharma comes back into the attack

75.1

Sharma to Johnson, no run, full and just wide of the stumps, too quick for Johnson, who is beaten

75.2

Sharma to Johnson, no run, good shape across him, at a lively pace, and beats him as he fishes at it

75.3

Sharma to Johnson, no run, back of a length, angled across, 133ks, this time its wide so he leaves

75.4

Sharma to Johnson, 1 run, short of a length, pitching on leg and coming in, tucked wide of square leg

75.5

Sharma to Clark, FOUR, banged in short, Clark takes it from outside off and hammers over midwicket

75.6

Sharma to Clark, 2 runs, and again, another pull, this time mistimed, but wide of midwicket, out to Jaffer doing duty in the deep

End of over 76 (7 runs) Australia 273/8
SR Clark    10* (13b 1x4)      I Sharma    15-0-58-1
MG Johnson    13* (42b 1x6)      V Sehwag    8-1-24-2

76.1

Kumble to Johnson, FOUR, flighted outside off stump, he reaches out and slogs over midwicket, thats a powerful shot from Johnson, hitting with the turn

76.2

Kumble to Johnson, (no ball) FOUR, oversteps, Johnson short-arm jabs from off stump into the gap at short fine leg

76.2

Kumble to Johnson, 1 run, thats a loose one, flighted full outside leg, swiped out to deep square leg

76.3

Kumble to Clark, 1 run, too full on the pads, Clark clips well through midwicket for one

76.4

Kumble to Johnson, FOUR, shouts of catch it as Johnson goes slog-sweeping, but no one's stopping that, a handsome smack over midwicket

76.5

Kumble to Johnson, 1 no ball, bowled ... off a no-ball! Johnson swings, ball pegs back leg stump, but Kumble has overstepped, and he is furious

76.5

Kumble to Johnson, 1 run, flighted full on leg stump, again he sweeps out to deep midwicket

Field is spread now

76.6

Kumble to Clark, no run, quicker one, slides down leg and Clark defends hesitantly

That over went for 17

End of over 77 (17 runs) Australia 290/8
SR Clark    11* (15b 1x4)      A Kumble    23-2-86-2
MG Johnson    27* (48b 3x4 1x6)      I Sharma    15-0-58-1

77.1

Sharma to Johnson, no run, back of a length on off stump, Johnson gets across and defends

77.2

Sharma to Johnson, no run, fuller one, touch wide, he leaves that one be

77.3

Sharma to Johnson, no run, angled across him, 138ks, he shoulders arms, as its wide

77.4

Sharma to Johnson, 1 run, short outside leg stump, he hops up and dabs it in front of midwicket

77.5

Sharma to Clark, no run, edged and it doesn't carry, Clark pushing away from his body and the thick edge falls short of Dravid at first slip

77.6

Sharma to Clark, no run, beaten, driving expansively and connecting with nothing but air

End of over 78 (1 run) Australia 291/8
SR Clark    11* (17b 1x4)      I Sharma    16-0-59-1
MG Johnson    28* (52b 3x4 1x6)      A Kumble    23-2-86-2

78.1

Kumble to Johnson, no run, looped up full on middle and leg, Johnson defends patiently

78.2

Kumble to Johnson, FOUR, dropped and its four to boot! Johnson slogs up in the air over mid-on, Sehwag steadies himself in the deep at wide long-on, backpedaling, he takes it above his head but falls over, the ball spilling out and trickling over the ropes

78.3

Kumble to Johnson, 1 run, another slog, miscued via the top-edge over cover, and the sweeper, Tendulkar, doesn't get there in time ... Kumble is livid

78.4

Kumble to Clark, no run, flipper, sliding down leg stump, Clark defends to short leg

78.5

Kumble to Clark, 1 run, flighted on the stumps, Clark slogs out to deep midwicket for one

78.6

Kumble to Johnson, SIX, oh he's slapped the pants off that one! Johnson nearly slams this out of the ground, kneeling down and clearing the leg and slogging over mid-on! What a shot!

End of over 79 (12 runs) Australia 303/8
MG Johnson    39* (56b 4x4 2x6)      A Kumble    24-2-98-2
SR Clark    12* (19b 1x4)      I Sharma    16-0-59-1

Effortless partnership of 50

79.1

Sharma to Clark, no run, short of a length, sits up and surprises him but he plays it down to gully

79.2

Sharma to Clark, no run, whoops, a slow full toss slips out of the hand and wobbles past the bat, Clark completely not picking that one

79.3

Sharma to Clark, (no ball) 1 run, another one drops short, as Clark miscues a hook shot between Dhoni and the man running in from fine leg, but its a no ball anyways!

79.3

Sharma to Johnson, 1 run, short of a length outside leg, calmly nudged into the gap at short fine leg

This is some exhibition of batting from Johnson, aided well by Clark

79.4

Sharma to Clark, 1 run, banged in short, Clark pulls from outside off out to Sehwag in the deep

79.5

Sharma to Johnson, no run, short of a length, angling across, he drives from the crease and inside-edges back onto the boot

79.6

Sharma to Johnson, no run, short one slips wide of leg stump, he misses and Dhoni collects

A fine tail-end stand between Johnson and Clark.

End of over 80 (4 runs) Australia 307/8
MG Johnson    40* (59b 4x4 2x6)      I Sharma    17-0-63-1
SR Clark    14* (23b 1x4)      A Kumble    24-2-98-2

The new ball is due and its been taken. RP Singh has responsibility. Two slips in place.

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

All positive shots from Clark

Australia need 99 to pull off a miracle

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

End of over 81 (7 runs) Australia 314/8
MG Johnson    40* (62b 4x4 2x6)      RP Singh    19-4-77-1
SR Clark    21* (26b 1x4 1x6)      I Sharma    17-0-63-1

These two have added 61 in good time. Irfan Pathan has the ball now. Point, cover, mid-off.

81.1

Pathan to Clark, 1 run, full and swinging in from middle, bat comes down in time and Clark gets one just past midwicket

81.2

Pathan to Johnson, no run, lovely shape away, moving outside off and Johnson withdraws the bat

81.3

Pathan to Johnson, no run, touch full and he stands and drives a good shot to mid-off

81.4

Pathan to Johnson, no run, 126ks, shaping away but its pretty wide so Johnson leaves

81.5

Pathan to Johnson, no run, back of a length outside off, he tries to withdraws the bat and he gets an outside-edge along the ground to gully

81.6

Pathan to Johnson, no run, another good-looking drive off the front foot to mid-off

End of over 82 (1 run) Australia 315/8
MG Johnson    40* (67b 4x4 2x6)      IK Pathan    14-2-47-2
SR Clark    22* (27b 1x4 1x6)      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!

India are coming apart at the seams. This is brilliant batting. What a Test match!

82.4

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

Three slips in place now

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

End of over 83 (9 runs) Australia 324/8
MG Johnson    40* (69b 4x4 2x6)      RP Singh    20-4-86-1
SR Clark    31* (31b 3x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    14-2-47-2

Lovely buzz around the crowd. The fans are alive. Every shot cheered on by the home supporters.

83.1

Pathan to Clark, no run, short of a length on middle and off, Clark gets up in anticipation and defends

83.2

Pathan to Clark, no run, too short, though it comes back in, and he comfortably drives to point

83.3

Pathan to Clark, 1 run, back of a length, leg stump, and he works into the gap at midwicket

These two have raised hopes of a win.

83.4

Pathan to Johnson, no run, short of a length on off stump, he gets behind the line and defends

83.5

Pathan to Johnson, 1 run, full, some movement, Johnson drives and inside-edges to fine leg

Edgbaston, circa 2005, anyone?

83.6

Pathan to Clark, OUT, edged and gone, as Clark flashes at a wide one and nicks through to an ecstatic Dhoni, moving to his right, and India breathe a sigh of relief!

SR Clark c †Dhoni b Pathan 32 (55m 35b 3x4 1x6) SR: 91.42

Pathan celebrates but what a partnership between these two. Clark defied the attack as it turned lackluster. India one wicket away from victory. The last man, Shaun Tait, comes out.

End of over 84 (2 runs) Australia 326/9
     IK Pathan    15-2-49-3
MG Johnson    41* (71b 4x4 2x6)      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

You have to see the mood to believe it. Crowd buzzing. Both Indian and Australian.

84.4

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

Three slips, gully, short leg on

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

End of over 85 (1 run) Australia 327/9
SW Tait    0* (3b)      RP Singh    21-4-87-1
MG Johnson    42* (74b 4x4 2x6)      IK Pathan    15-2-49-3

Back to Johnson. He's batted excellently. Pathan runs in, the crowd alive. Dressing rooms on their feet.

85.1

Pathan to Johnson, no run, hits a length and shapes the other way, as a leaden-footed Johnson feels for it, away from his body, and then stops on the shot

85.2

Pathan to Johnson, no run, swing and a miss, a good old eyes-shut slog across the line, beaten by swing

85.3

Pathan to Johnson, FOUR, lovely golf shot, a tee-off to one in the slot, hit through the line, down the track

85.4

Pathan to Johnson, 1 run, stands his ground and drives in the air, to the man at long-off

There's swing, if you hit the right areas. Tait takes guard, leg stump. The field is up.

85.5

Pathan to Tait, no run, stands and pokes at one going across him, edging along the ground to the right of Dravid at third slip

85.6

Pathan to Tait, no run, goes across him off a shorter length and he withdraws the bat in time

End of over 86 (5 runs) Australia 332/9
SW Tait    0* (5b)      IK Pathan    16-2-54-3
MG Johnson    47* (78b 5x4 2x6)      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

RP changes the angle by shifting around the stumps. Packed slip cordon.

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

Fantastic scenes at the WACA, as the Indians get into a raucous huddle, the national flag waving high above spirited shoulders. What a fantastic advertisement for Test cricket this match has been. India beat the favourites inside four days, one to rank as one of their most memorable overseas.

India become the first side to beat Australia in Australia for over four years, since their win in Adelaide in 2003. And the first to beat Australia in Perth for ten years.

Where to begin? Whew. Its been a gripping, emotional four days of cricket from both sides, sessions swinging one way, then the other, but not once has the quality of cricket been anything but endearing. Some great batting, some exceptional bowling, some stunners held and some gone begging. India can feel very proud of this win, coming here as underdogs and expected by many to struggle on what was labeled a fiery Perth pitch.

But as at Trent Bridge and Johannesburg, their seamers excelled and set up this victory. Not to forget the contributions from VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and a few cameos here and there. Sehwag's two wickets today, Irfan Pathan's stellar performance, coming into the side and scoring 74 runs, starting off twice at the dying stages of the day, and five wickets. RP Singh's first-innings bowling, the excellent display from young Ishant Sharma. All helped in halting Australia's quest for a record 17th consecutive win. Like India did in 2001.

The visitors have come back into the series to make it 2-1 going to Adelaide. Australia did well in bursts, and you know they'll come back hard in the fourth and final Test. They were hurt by a slow over-rate and a couple hard decisions today. There were good performances from Mitchell Johnson and Stuart Clark, especially, while Brett Lee was, as always, consistent. The team was let down by the batting, especially in the first innings. Michael Clarke played a good innings today.

Over for the post-match presentation. Ricky Ponting is disappointed but takes heart from "a terrific Test match". He blames the batting and praises India's bowling. He's a bit surprised how the pitch played. Believes there was just enough assistance but maintains his batsmen didn't step up. He backs the decision to play four pace bowlers, despite the flop that Shaun Tait was. Doesn't comment much on the events of the week leading in to this Test, but feels Matthew Hayden could come back for Adelaide.

Now its Anil Kumble, the winning captain. Praises the boys "for a brilliant effort when no one gave us a chance". Appreciates how well the team did under pressure before and during this Test, singling out the batting and the decision to bring on Sehwag today. Thanks his young bowling attack, who performed "with intensity" and controlled their swing, and is glad it was a team effort. Is confident of winning in Adelaide, and says India will go there with all the confidence.

The Man-of-the-Match is deservedly Pathan. A great comeback match for him in Australia, and he's all smiles, just glad he got a chance here. Is pleased with the way he bowled here, and is happy the runs helped. Credits hard work for his return to the side, admits he lost his way with the ball last year, and believes its all coming together well. The mental strength is key, he says, calling himself "a bowler who can bat". Good man, that Pathan.

So that brings us to the end of a fantastic Test. India achieve a back-to-the-wall victory to come back from a tough loss in Sydney.

Thanks for tuning in again and I hope you enjoyed this match as much as I did. Do join us for the fourth Test, starting in Adelaide on January 24 at 10:30 local, 00:00 GMT. On behalf of my co-commentator for the first three days, Jenny Thompson, and all of us at Cricinfo, this is Jamie Alter signing off. Goodbye for now!

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Series Results
Australia v India at Adelaide - Jan 24-28, 2008
Match drawn
Australia v India at Perth - Jan 16-19, 2008
India won by 72 runs
Australia v India at Sydney - Jan 2-6, 2008
Australia won by 122 runs
Australia v India at Melbourne - Dec 26-29, 2007
Australia won by 337 runs
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