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

11.29am Wow, I spot... a cricket ball. We have cricket! It's been tossed up by Umpire Buck--- sorry, I mean Billy Bowden, and he's joined by Asid Rauf. The Australians are huddled round in a, well, huddle, having a motivational and tactical chat. Big cheers as they entered the field, and big cheers now for the Indian openers Wasim Jaffer and Virender Sehwag. It will be Brett Lee to open, let's go.

11.25am Let's clear this up, Taylor was obviously referring to the fact he made his home debut in Sydney, we know this, was just our little joke. Uday made me smile on this: "Duh! He debuted in Eastern Australia against the West Indies, while Rogers is debuting in Western Australia against the East Indies..." Thanks, Uday. Anyway, nuff nonsense, we're very close to getting underway and I, for one, can't wait. And in fact, I'm not alone as nearly three-quarters of our readers are just interested in the cricket, check the poll down the left-hand side.

11.20am Some very trumpety trumping going on out there, very ceremonial indeed, to welcome the teams as they walk out for their anthems. While you're all singing to the air in your living rooms or at your desks, it's time to consider Dan Broadbridge's question: "How many helmets will Tait destroy today? My money is on three." I wouldn't bet against that, actually, Tait has been on fire this season, reckoning he's bowling the fastest of his career. He was a bit disappointed the speed gun wasn't out for his last visit here, the Twenty20 against New Zealand, because he - and Adam Gilchrist who had a pretty good view of it - thought that was the fastest he's ever bowled. Defensive armoury to the fore.

11.15am Millions writing in to correct the comment that Jaques isn't in his thirties. Well spotted, I was just testing, honest. I'm sure you'll agree, though, that he seems to have been around forever, when in fact he's only the splendid age of 28.

11.10am Here's a nice touch, it was Justin Langer who gave Chris Rogers his cap. "Pretty excited at the moment, pretty nervous. I might wear it to bed tonight!" he says, he being Rogers and not Langer. In fact, Langer told me (ahem) the other week that he was a bit emotional watching Phil Jaques open instead of him against Sri Lanka, but is happy that he's not all over the papers with the pressure on him these days. Fair enough. "I'm really going to enjoy the experience," adds Rogers, with a smile.

"I'm a bit like Rogers," recalls Mark Taylor, the former Australia captain, looking nothing like him. "I debuted in Sydney, against West Indies." So nothing like him again then. Bless him.

11.00amIndia have won the toss and will bat. The wicket looks nice and hard and there's some grass in it, so there will be something for the fast bowlers first up. Forecast hot today and tomorrow, bring it on.

"We're looking forward to putting on a good show," says Ricky Ponting, with no mention of anything other than cricket. And finally he admits that his thoughts are on the 17-win record.

So India have indeed dropped one spinner and will go with three pace bowlers, with Irfan brought in. Their captain Anil Kumble, of course, offers their spin option but Harbhajan has been left out on a fast track.

The Oracle is back. "Australia to bat by stumps and match over before the weekend," he reckons, with no need for me to tell you his nationality.

10.30am Just heard a pretty strong rumour that Sehwag is indeed in for Yuvraj Singh and that there's a pace change, too, with Irfan Pathan coming in for Harbhajan Singh. So India too seem to have gone with the fast bowlers option (with Anil Kumble the lone spinner). This from my Oracle, so it's sounding pretty good, and not to say plausible.

10.25am local time Hello everyone. Cricket. That's what's back on the agenda, so thanks for tuning in to coverage of the third Test from Perth. It seems like ages since that Sydney Test, when Australia snuck away with victory and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy by taking a 2-0 lead in the four-Test bout. India can still level the series, however, but a rampant Australia's sights are firmly on winning this Test at the WACA, which would mean a record 17 wins in a row.

To help them achieve that aim, they've called up Shaun Tait to make it four pace bowlers in the attack, leaving out Brad Hogg, meaning a lack of specialist spinner in a home Test for the first time in 16 years. The last time they went in without one at home was at this ground and against this opposition.

It's also a debut for opening batsman Chris Rogers, who's been wheeled in to replace the hamstrung Matthew Hayden. Rogers is playing on his home ground and has a chance to make history, of course. Australia will have one of the most inexperienced opening pairs, in Rogers and Phil Jaques, but both of these players have vast state experience - they are both in their thirties.

And what about India? Well, they're expected to call in Virender Sehwag to the batting rescue, but they've not yet named their 11. We'll let you know as soon as we have it.

The pitch, in case you've been to the moon recently, is expected to be lightning, pacy and all such synonyms of 'fast'. We'll take a quick pitch check (no pun intended) shortly.

Your commentators today will be me Jenny Thompson and Jamie Alter, who will be joining us shortly. More updates when we have them but meantime, you may want to read this, this and/or this ... if you've not done so already. Or, while we're on the subject of links, now may be a good time to please my uber-boss and tell you what he told me, namely to "have a look at our brand new features homepage which combines the existing columns and departments of the website with in-depth features, interviews and delightful vignettes." Click here to explore.

0.1

Lee to Jaffer, 1 run, wild cheers roar in Lee who starts on leg, the ball getting up a touch, and shunted back down off the hips, defensively, and they shuffle through

So it will be Lee to open up, back bowling again already today.

0.1

Lee to Jaffer, 1 run, a wide down off, starting wide, the swing carrying it wider, and the ball pitches helplessly on a testing length, devoid of its partner, testing line

0.2

Lee to Sehwag, no run, defended tidily first up

Michael Clarke, by the way, is at first slip, as Hayden would normally be

0.2

Lee to Sehwag, no run, down off again, shoulders arms this time

0.3

Lee to Sehwag, 4 leg byes, strayed down leg, on a decentish length, the batsman gamely chasing after it with his bat, is a bit too late on it, but the ball brushes his left thigh and runs on

0.3

Lee to Sehwag, 4 leg byes, shoulders arms again, this one immacutely judged as the ball nips back in off the seam from just outside off, and goes on slightly above off stick

0.4

Lee to Sehwag, FOUR, short one, outside off this time, and it's driven on the up and off the back foot through the covers, Rogers chases after it, and slides into the rope while connecting with it

Quite unusual to see a cricketer in glasses, Dan Vettori does of course

0.4

Lee to Sehwag, FOUR, the batsman watches this one go harmlessly down the channel, keeping his beady on it all the way through to Gilchrist

0.5

Lee to Sehwag, no run, beat the outside edge on a good length, pushed at it with a straight drive, no foot movement and didn't get behind it

0.6

Lee to Sehwag, no run, another similar one, also on the back foot

End of over 1 (9 runs) India 9/0
V Sehwag    4* (5b 1x4)      B Lee    1-0-5-0
W Jaffer    1* (1b)     

To confirm, it was Langer and not Michael Slater who presented the Baggy Green. Mitchell Johnson now to open up. He's been working on his seam positioning with Troy Cooley, so let's see what comes out.

1.1

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, well, he seam-positioned that one all the way down leg, short, and the batsman shapes to tuck it off his hips, but mis-times it

1.2

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, good length outside off, defended on the front foot

Bat-pad in by the way, and three slips

1.3

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, through to the keeper, left alone

A stiff breeze out there, not getting into a Fremantle Doctor debate, though

1.4

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, a bit of nip away from the batsman, and good rise, the pitch looking fairly sharp early on. It's left on the back foot

1.5

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, short ball, and straight, defended back down on the back foot

1.6

Johnson to Jaffer, 2 runs, pitched up and well driven through the covers where Rogers sets off in successful pursuit

The opening bowlers, then, just looking for their rhythm, India doing well to take advantage of all run-scoring opportunities so far

End of over 2 (2 runs) India 11/0
W Jaffer    3* (7b)      MG Johnson    1-0-2-0
V Sehwag    4* (5b 1x4)      B Lee    1-0-5-0

2.1

Lee to Sehwag, 2 runs, a thick inside edge squeezed out through the off-side, fairly full delivery

2.2

Lee to Sehwag, no run, good hard cut off the back foot to a wiseish delivery, straight to the fielder, though

2.3

Lee to Sehwag, no run, ooh, that one beat him just outside his edge - terrific delivery

Like a dose of salts, like a kipper, etc

2.4

Lee to Sehwag, no run, slightly shorter, tried to cut this one but was under it - the pitch is looking pretty bouncy, as predicted

2.5

Lee to Sehwag, no run, tidy length, on off, nipped back off the seam at a regulation height, towards leg and defended on the front foot

2.6

Lee to Sehwag, 1 no ball, no-ball called, veered away off the seam this time, and tried to play at it

2.6

Lee to Sehwag, no run, moved back in off the seam, too quick for him and he chops down an inside edge that evaded the sticks

End of over 3 (3 runs) India 14/0
V Sehwag    6* (12b 1x4)      B Lee    2-0-8-0
W Jaffer    3* (7b)      MG Johnson    1-0-2-0

Over the wicket, by the way

3.1

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, 145.7kph, defended on the front foot

3.2

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, good delivery, just across the right hander, who judges well in shouldering arms

3.3

Johnson to Jaffer, 1 run, turned off the legs at 149.3kph, so a touch quicker, pushed into midwicket

3.4

Johnson to Sehwag, 1 run, turned off the legs into the on-side once more

3.5

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, left alone outside off, this one at 149.2kph

3.6

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, shapes for the cover drive, but takes the outside edge controlled down to gully with a hard flash, this one touching 150kph

For those of you who didn't pick it up, it's Rogers in the glasses; he was the fielder to whom I had just referred

End of over 4 (2 runs) India 16/0
W Jaffer    4* (12b)      MG Johnson    2-0-4-0
V Sehwag    7* (13b 1x4)      B Lee    2-0-8-0

4.1

Lee to Sehwag, FOUR, Lee hits 150.1kph but is a touch wide, and that's laced right out of the middle through backward point

4.2

Lee to Sehwag, 1 no ball, beaten again, up there inducing the drive, but no-ball called

4.2

Lee to Sehwag, no run, on middle, short, at the ribcage, tucked down off the hips

4.3

Lee to Sehwag, 5 wides, a huge bouncer veers down leg and Gilchrist can't get anywhere near it, and it runs on its way. Five wides, ouch

4.3

Lee to Sehwag, no run, draws him into a play-and-miss again, the batsman stepping out into the off-side to drive

4.4

Lee to Sehwag, no run, beats him once again, a horrible non-shot outside off, trying to chop down a cut, not at all moving his feet. Yuk

4.5

Lee to Sehwag, FOUR, but that's a really attractive shot, a cover-drive to bring up India's highest opening partnership this series, beating their previous best of 26

Thanks to Sajan Nair, your unsung scorer for the day, for that stat (ie he does the scoring bit, we add the comments)

4.6

Lee to Sehwag, no run, defended on the front foot

Change of bowling now, and, no, it's not the man all you Tait-ites have been clamouring for, it's Stuart Clark to replace Mitchell Johnson. He will be operating to a 6-3 field

End of over 5 (14 runs) India 30/0
V Sehwag    15* (20b 3x4)      B Lee    3-0-22-0
W Jaffer    4* (12b)      MG Johnson    2-0-4-0

5.1

Clark to Jaffer, 1 run, well bowled, a hint of swing away carries the ball to the off-stump line, and squashed down on the front foot with an inside edge

5.2

Clark to Sehwag, no run, defended on the front foot, well bowled again

5.3

Clark to Sehwag, no run, nipped back in from just outside off, a touch of bounce, and tucked down off the hips with a jump

5.4

Clark to Sehwag, no run, defended on the back foot

"Why would you have two of the world's best midwicket and cover fielders fielding in the slips?" chunters Dan Roesler, referring to Symonds and Clarke

5.5

Clark to Sehwag, no run, driven on the front foot to cover

Hayden's on the balcony, sipping tea and reading the paper. Not a bad life, eh. He has, however, spoken of how much he rues not playing this match, it's the first he's missed in ages

5.6

Clark to Sehwag, no run, a back-foot drive into the covers, looks to attack and for the single, but pulls out

End of over 6 (1 run) India 31/0
V Sehwag    15* (25b 3x4)      SR Clark    1-0-1-0
W Jaffer    5* (13b)      B Lee    3-0-22-0

6.1

Lee to Jaffer, no run, a sharp one, rising up quickly and defended down on the back foot

6.2

Lee to Jaffer, no run, pushed through a decent ball down off, but it was easily left alone

6.3

Lee to Jaffer, 2 runs, up there on off, not much wrong with the delivery, but a good shot on the front foot pushes the ball through mid-on out towards the rope where it's hunted down

Just a mere push did the job there, it was all timing

6.4

Lee to Jaffer, no run, well played, waited for the one which spat up on off, and fended down on the rise

6.5

Lee to Jaffer, 1 no ball, an overstep, pushed to mid-off

6.5

Lee to Jaffer, no run, harmless one down the off-side channel

Three slips, a gully, point, mid-off, regulation field there

6.6

Lee to Jaffer, no run, defended down on the back foot this time to round off another testing over by Lee

Marcel Ratner! has an answer! "They are the best behind the bat catchers, too. You wouldn't put Jaques in slip! Or Johnson or Clark!"

End of over 7 (3 runs) India 34/0
W Jaffer    7* (20b)      B Lee    4-0-25-0
V Sehwag    15* (25b 3x4)      SR Clark    1-0-1-0

7.1

Clark to Sehwag, no run, 137.1kph, pushed at it with an on-drive, misses it, and the ball raps him on the pad

7.2

Clark to Sehwag, no run, 134kph this time, left alone outside off, the ball skulking down the channel like a chided schoolboy

7.3

Clark to Sehwag, no run, 134kph this time, the ball bouncing up testingly from an off-stump line, defended back down on the back foot

7.4

Clark to Sehwag, FOUR, a leg-stump half-volley and that's a perfect example of how to despatch a droolsome clip off the legs through midwicket. That scorched away

7.5

Clark to Sehwag, no run, ah, a genuine nick doesn't carry to the space between second and third slip, Sehwag pressing away from his body with no footwork

7.6

Clark to Sehwag, no run, beaten him again, 136.9kph, the batsman offering a wan press outside off stump

Mixed bag from Sehwag so far, loads of plays-and-misses and then some scorching shots - when he connects, he connects and he's helped India to a relatively solid start, at a fair lick, too. Johnson back into the attack now

End of over 8 (4 runs) India 38/0
V Sehwag    19* (31b 4x4)      SR Clark    2-0-5-0
W Jaffer    7* (20b)      B Lee    4-0-25-0

8.1

Johnson to Jaffer, FOUR, on off, pushed off the legs with a good clip in front of midwicket

8.2

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, defended back down off the back foot, that one 143.9kph

8.3

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, pushed across the right hander, wide enough to leave, so he does

8.4

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, defended on the back foot this time, tidy line from Johnson

8.5

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, a lick of swing back in to the right hander, who waits, and defends into the on-side from off

8.6

Johnson to Jaffer, FOUR, cracking shot, Jaffer just leans into a press which plinks the ball through mid-off. He hardly touched it, and it travelled

Great start for India, a more-than-healthy run-rate, bouncing in fact

End of over 9 (8 runs) India 46/0
W Jaffer    15* (26b 2x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-12-0
V Sehwag    19* (31b 4x4)      SR Clark    2-0-5-0

9.1

Clark to Sehwag, no run, 132kph, the ball shortish on off, shaped to pull, but didn't get anywhere near the shot

9.2

Clark to Sehwag, FOUR, a big booming drive results in a big booming edge through an empty fourth slip to bring up the 50

Clap up the fifty, everyone

9.3

Clark to Sehwag, no run, the bowler pushes that one through outside off

9.4

Clark to Sehwag, no run, all sorts went on there, Clark nearly finding his way through as the ball crashes down off the back thigh, just millimetres outside the off stump

So close

9.5

Clark to Sehwag, no run, outside off, controlled down to gully

9.6

Clark to Sehwag, no run, well-directed bouncer, straight, and the batsman ducks under, periscopically

Well, this is entertainment. Good stuff from both teams, but India are on top in the very early exchanges here

End of over 10 (4 runs) India 50/0
V Sehwag    23* (37b 5x4)      SR Clark    3-0-9-0
W Jaffer    15* (26b 2x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-12-0

Plenty of you clamouring for Tait. Patience, my children. But if you're keen for him, just imagine how hungry he will be by the time he comes on...

10.1

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, defended on the back foot this time

10.2

Johnson to Jaffer, 1 run, pushed into midwicket from outside off

A second gully coming in now from leg, leaving two out there, to pad out the off-side cordons

10.3

Johnson to Sehwag, 1 run, nudged away for a nice'n'easy single, jogged through

10.4

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, defended down on the back foot from outside off

The cameraman pans in on Tait, guessing he's a Tait-ite, too

10.5

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, played well off the front foot towards midwicket, cheers for the shot, but cheers from the other seciotn for a great stop

10.6

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, curled back in invitingly from outside off, the batsman shoulders arms, however

End of over 11 (2 runs) India 52/0
W Jaffer    16* (31b 2x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-14-0
V Sehwag    24* (38b 5x4)      SR Clark    3-0-9-0

11.1

Clark to Sehwag, no run, right up there on off, and defended back down

11.2

Clark to Sehwag, no run, outside off and a boom-boom Afridi would have been proud off, a huge whoosh outside off, no footwork again, the ball nibbling away from the outside edge, not connecting with bat at all

11.3

Clark to Sehwag, no run, left alone outside off once more

11.4

Clark to Sehwag, no run, pushed into short cover outside off

11.5

Clark to Sehwag, no run, ducks under a straight bouncer this time

11.6

Clark to Sehwag, FOUR, good swing outside off, and there's a crashing cover drive to savour, the ball is at the rope a split-second after being hit

"Is the Oracle still sticking with the prediction of Australia batting before stumps today?" asks the curiously monikered Aussie Nandu. "I am," says he, who I think I will rename the Optimist. It's drinks, folks. "Perhaps the captain and vice-captain should have a Tait-a-Tait," groans Bernie Bourke. Awful. This from Simon R. "I think Tait-er is better than Tait-ite. How long before he gets called Spud?" Oh dear. Back to the cricket. Please.

End of over 12 (4 runs) India 56/0
V Sehwag    28* (44b 6x4)      SR Clark    4-0-13-0
W Jaffer    16* (31b 2x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-14-0

12.1

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, pushes far enough across the right hander for him to leave comfortably

12.2

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, left alone outside off now

Two slips, a gully, two men at midwicket. Pretty defensive field out there

12.3

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, more leaving outside off

12.4

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, on leg, played down off the shins into the on-side

12.5

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, very full delivery, pitching on the line where the stumps are pitched, outside off, so it's left alone

12.6

Johnson to Jaffer, no run, defended on the front foot this time

End of over 13 (maiden) India 56/0
W Jaffer    16* (37b 2x4)      MG Johnson    5-1-14-0
V Sehwag    28* (44b 6x4)      SR Clark    4-0-13-0

13.1

Clark to Sehwag, no run, oh, drove away from the body, no footwork, and the ball nearly clipped the inside edge on its way through

13.2

Clark to Sehwag, no run, defended down easily off the back foot

13.3

Clark to Sehwag, no run, up there, on off, pushed towards the covers, and the batsmen quickly decide not to run with a bark of "No, no, no"

13.4

Clark to Sehwag, 1 run, tucked off the legs his side of midwicket, the fielder skipping five yards to pick it up

13.5

Clark to Jaffer, no run, left alone through to the keeper

13.6

Clark to Jaffer, no run, crashes into the arm guard and cannons up and over to where leg-slip would be, Gilchrist harries round and takes a great catch on the forward slide, away from his body, but to no avail

Boos from the crowd, we'll have none of that. Australia were quite reticent about going up for that appeal, mind

End of over 14 (1 run) India 57/0
W Jaffer    16* (39b 2x4)      SR Clark    5-0-14-0
V Sehwag    29* (48b 6x4)      MG Johnson    5-1-14-0

14.1

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, left alone outside off

14.2

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, left alone outside leg, just for a change

14.3

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, short ball left alone

14.4

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, pacy one through outside off

14.5

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, on middle-and-leg, rises up, fended back down

14.6

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, outside off, played down off the back foot into the covers

So this pitch, then, it's pacy that's for sure, and the balls have been too quick on occasion for the batsmen. But perhaps it's not as speed-of-lightning as it was expected to be.

End of over 15 (maiden) India 57/0
V Sehwag    29* (54b 6x4)      MG Johnson    6-2-14-0
W Jaffer    16* (39b 2x4)      SR Clark    5-0-14-0

15.1

Clark to Jaffer, no run, curved away from the right hander, who let it go through

15.2

Clark to Jaffer, no run, huge shout for lbw, and Clark walks back with head bowed after it was turned down, for height reasons after crashing towards leg

Another good decision from Umpire Rauf

15.3

Clark to Jaffer, no run, left alone on its way through

15.4

Clark to Jaffer, no run, cracker, so unlcuky not to take the outside edge after offering a fuller one that moves away from the batsman, Jaffer not moving forward to it

15.5

Clark to Jaffer, no run, banged in outside off, the ball moving away from the right hander on the rise

15.6

Clark to Jaffer, no run, short ball, defended back down off the back foot

End of over 16 (maiden) India 57/0
W Jaffer    16* (45b 2x4)      SR Clark    6-1-14-0
V Sehwag    29* (54b 6x4)      MG Johnson    6-2-14-0

16.1

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, outside off, goes for a drive away from the body, doesn't connect

16.2

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, outside off, pushed down off the back foot

16.3

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, right up there and defended on the front foot

16.4

Johnson to Sehwag, OUT, he's gone! Sehwag trying to cut off the back foot, gets the outside edge off a quicker one, at 148.6kph to be exact, and Gilchrist does the rest

V Sehwag c †Gilchrist b Johnson 29 (80m 58b 6x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

A shame Sehwag's gone, he's always good for some entertainment, but he has at least shown his typical aggression and given India something of a platform. Rahul Dravid to the crease now, to try to push on. He's got bogged down at times this series, so let's see what he can offer today

16.5

Johnson to Dravid, no run, down leg, Dravid makes a half-motion of chasing it round, then stops on the shot

Three slips by the way

16.6

Johnson to Dravid, no run, strides forward but leaves the ball through

End of over 17 (wicket maiden) India 57/1
R Dravid    0* (2b)      MG Johnson    7-3-14-1
W Jaffer    16* (45b 2x4)      SR Clark    6-1-14-0

17.1

Clark to Jaffer, no run, errant ball on leg, driven out to short midwicket, picked up well

17.2

Clark to Jaffer, no run, pushed down off the back foot in a defensive manner

17.3

Clark to Jaffer, no run, defended down on the back foot this time, well watched

17.4

Clark to Jaffer, no run, straight ball, through on off

17.5

Clark to Jaffer, no run, pushed on the front foot, the ball flying down, but safe, towards gully to bring up his 22nd dot ball in a row, went for the front-foot drive and didn't get it right

17.6

Clark to Jaffer, no run, naughty swing away, left alone, though, well judged

End of over 18 (maiden) India 57/1
W Jaffer    16* (51b 2x4)      SR Clark    7-2-14-0
R Dravid    0* (2b)      MG Johnson    7-3-14-1

18.1

Johnson to Dravid, no run, outside off, defended on the front foot

18.2

Johnson to Dravid, 2 runs, pushed across the right hander, pressed down through the gully

18.3

Johnson to Dravid, no run, on off, pushed down off the back foot, into the on-side

18.4

Johnson to Dravid, no run, well bowled, and well played, the ball going through outside off, around hip height, the batsman swaying himself and his hands out of the way well

18.5

Johnson to Dravid, no run, left alone

18.6

Johnson to Dravid, no run, and again

End of over 19 (2 runs) India 59/1
R Dravid    2* (8b)      MG Johnson    8-3-16-1
W Jaffer    16* (51b 2x4)      SR Clark    7-2-14-0

19.1

Lee to Jaffer, no run, defended first up as Lee comes back into the attack

19.2

Lee to Jaffer, OUT, gets the edge! Australia are right back in this already, and once again Lee has got Jaffer, driving away from his body

W Jaffer c †Gilchrist b Lee 16 (94m 53b 2x4 0x6) SR: 30.18

So, the end of a rather stodgy innings from Jaffer, who never really looked comfortable

The Oracle starts singing "Here we go, here we go". What is he like? Big, bigger, biggest cheers for the new batsman. Any guesses? Don't answer that.

19.3

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, very well left, good judgment, as that one was up there inviting the drive outside off

19.4

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, well left again, thought about going for it, the ball outside off, but decided against it at the last second, withdrawing the bat

19.5

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, up there, dug out towards mid-on

19.6

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, good delivery, yorker on off, trapped down with a sturdy bat

Good over that, bringing Australia right back into the morning with a wicket maiden. Still no Tait. And lo! Here he comes.

End of over 20 (wicket maiden) India 59/2
SR Tendulkar    0* (4b)      B Lee    5-1-25-1
R Dravid    2* (8b)      MG Johnson    8-3-16-1

Three slips in

20.1

Tait to Dravid, no run, and after all that anticipation, he strays down leg, encouraging pace though at 150.8kph

Dravid had to jump out of the way of that one

20.2

Tait to Dravid, no run, up there outside off, pushed into the covers where Rogers tidies up well

20.3

Tait to Dravid, no run, outside off, ripped wide down the channel, left alone

20.4

Tait to Dravid, no run, defended down well off the back foot in line with off

20.5

Tait to Dravid, no run, outside off, 149.2kph, defended back down on the back foot into the covers

20.6

Tait to Dravid, no run, ripped down leg this time, Tait just struggling with his radar to begin with

End of over 21 (maiden) India 59/2
R Dravid    2* (14b)      SW Tait    1-1-0-0
SR Tendulkar    0* (4b)      B Lee    5-1-25-1

21.1

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, left alone outside off this time

21.2

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, fired down the channel, pushed up there, shouldered arms to this one

21.3

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, well bowled again, a touch of room again, and although I'm not a professional lipreader I can tell you Lee says "Ooh" as the batsman pushes at it and just fails to graze an inside edge through

21.4

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, right up there on off, Tendulkar flicks well off his pads behind square to get off the mark

21.5

Lee to Dravid, no run, lets out a tennis player-style grunt with the force of pushing down the channel

21.6

Lee to Dravid, no run, well bowled, encourages Dravid to push forward away from his body and nearly catches the edge again

End of over 22 (1 run) India 60/2
R Dravid    2* (16b)      B Lee    6-1-26-1
SR Tendulkar    1* (8b)      SW Tait    1-1-0-0

22.1

Tait to Tendulkar, 2 runs, on off, played well off the legs to midwicket

22.2

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 no ball, an overstep as Tait hurries the ball onto the bat that's left defensively in the air, the ball just dropping down off the face

22.2

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, pushed through the off-side

22.3

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, ripped down the off-side this time, at 154.7kph, the fastest delivery of the match note you

22.4

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, pushed into the off-side, coversish, but they decide not to take the second

22.5

Tait to Tendulkar, FOUR, oh, a four but that will encourage Tait nonetheless, a would-be cover drive flashed edgily through gully

22.6

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 run, on off, driven to mid-on where Johnson does the fielding work

End of over 23 (8 runs) India 68/2
SR Tendulkar    8* (15b 1x4)      SW Tait    2-1-8-0
R Dravid    2* (16b)      B Lee    6-1-26-1

23.1

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, 148kph, bang on target, Tendulkar sways out of the way on the back foot

23.2

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, nipped back from outside off, a tidy line, but the batsman chooses to leave it alone

23.3

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 no ball, pushed into the covers, and an overstep

Slow over-rate this morning

23.3

Lee to Tendulkar, FOUR, outside off, flashed hard over the gully, a deliberate aerial shot which races away

23.4

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, through outside off at just under 150kph

23.5

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, outside off, a hint of swing away from the batsman, who leans into a cover drive

23.6

Lee to Dravid, no run, outside off, on one knee, and swipes the ball to gully

That's lunch on the first morning of the third Test where India have lost two wickets after an encouraging opening partnership between the re-called Sehwag and Jaffer. The pace of the run rate and the pitch have both been entertaining, not so the over-rate which is fairly sluggish. Thanks for joining me this morning, it will be Jamie Alter to take you through the afternoon session.

End of over 24 (6 runs) India 74/2
R Dravid    2* (17b)      B Lee    7-1-32-1
SR Tendulkar    13* (21b 2x4)      SW Tait    2-1-8-0

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Lets get back to the cricket, shall we? Here's Shaun Tait to bowl.

24.1

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 run, good start, right up there on off stump and Tendulkar defends to extra cover and sprints off

24.2

Tait to Dravid, no run, good length on off stump, Dravid gets in line and defends to the fielder

24.3

Tait to Dravid, 1 run, thats a much straighter delivery, allowing Dravid time to shuffle and clip it just wide of the man doing duty at midwicket

24.4

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, full outside off stump, searching for movement, and Tendulkar leaves

24.5

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, full again, a touch closer to the stumps, good pace, and this time Tendulkar gets onto the front foot and defends, the ball just stopping on him

24.6

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, sharp delivery, back of a good length, but Tendulkar's right back and over it, nicely running it to point to end the over, thats top-notch defence from the little master

End of over 25 (2 runs) India 76/2
SR Tendulkar    14* (25b 2x4)      SW Tait    3-1-10-0
R Dravid    3* (19b)      B Lee    7-1-32-1

This surface hasn't really been the red-hot fire bed people ranted and raved about. Lee now.

25.1

Lee to Dravid, no run, sharp one, lifting quickly off a shortish length to get Dravid hopping on the back foot and the ball raps his knuckles, though he did well to take the bottom hand off the handle and keep the ball down to the slips

25.2

Lee to Dravid, no run, short of a length and lifting away outside off stump, Dravid sways away

25.3

Lee to Dravid, no run, another one simply kicks up from outside off and has Dravid arching the back out of harm's way .. Asad Rauf says Lee bhai, thats two for the over

25.4

Lee to Dravid, no run, now its a full delivery outside off, getting Dravid firmly forward in a drive to cover

25.5

Lee to Dravid, no run, just holds back the length a touch, gets it to seam away and Dravid comes well forward before shouldering arms to that one

25.6

Lee to Dravid, FOUR, good delivery, hitting an awkward length and moving away a fraction, but Dravid's up to the task and drops the soft hands on it, turning the face of the bat to edge it away all along the ground safely between gully and the slips for his first boundary today

End of over 26 (4 runs) India 80/2
R Dravid    7* (25b 1x4)      B Lee    8-1-36-1
SR Tendulkar    14* (25b 2x4)      SW Tait    3-1-10-0

26.1

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, good length on off, coming into middle and leg, Tendulkar defends well

Two slip, backward point, and a leg slip in place for Tendulkar

26.2

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, back of a good length just outside off, he gets in line and defends to point, and thats a firm call - as only the little man can - of 'NO' to his partner

26.3

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 wide, sharp bouncer outside off stump, gets Tendulkar moving across the stumps to hook, but the ball sails way over his head as he pulls out and wide is the call

26.3

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, good length delivery, hint of movement into Tendulkar, who gets across and defends it to the leg side, just slightly turning the wrists, solid technique that

26.4

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, top length from Tait, just getting Tendulkar back and across to defend it back

26.5

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, thats not going to get you wickets, as Tait bowls a slow delivery well down leg

26.6

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length delivery outside off stump, Tendulkar rides the bounce nicely and pokes it to Symonds fielding at point

End of over 27 (1 run) India 81/2
SR Tendulkar    14* (31b 2x4)      SW Tait    4-1-11-0
R Dravid    7* (25b 1x4)      B Lee    8-1-36-1

27.1

Lee to Dravid, 4 runs, too full and straight, Dravid clips that nicely off the pads into the onside, Jacques from square leg runs hard and dives on the ropes, just hauling it back in, but Tendulkar and Dravid have run four anyways

27.2

Lee to Dravid, no run, oh Clarke's dropped it! Dravid goes fishing way outside off stump, gets a thick outside edge, very late into the shot as the ball comes onto him quickly, but Pup drops it at first slip, squeezing at it as he moves to his left and spills a sitter!

Clarke tried juggling it but couldn't take it on the second and third attempts. Thats a stoke of luck for Dravid.

27.3

Lee to Dravid, no run, good length ball on off stump, played back to Lee

27.4

Lee to Dravid, no run, good length and seaming away outside off, Dravid lets it go

Lee didn't look to pleased at Clarke's effort

27.5

Lee to Dravid, no run, short of a length on middle and off, Dravid hops up and keeps it down to leg

27.6

Lee to Dravid, no run, beaten! Lee pitches on a sweet length and gets Dravid feeling for it, simply lured out of his zone, and the ball skims past the outside edge of his bat

This time, Lee turns on his heels and collects his cap from the umpire

End of over 28 (4 runs) India 85/2
R Dravid    11* (31b 1x4)      B Lee    9-1-40-1
SR Tendulkar    14* (31b 2x4)      SW Tait    4-1-11-0

28.1

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, full on middle and off, Tendulkar turns that wide to Symonds at midwicket

28.2

Tait to Tendulkar, FOUR, slashed away for four! Tendulkar sees a short and wide one and deliberately flashes hard at it, getting a thick outside edge safely over the slips

He purposefully opened the face of the bat there, wasn't a faulty shot

28.3

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length on off stump, Tendulkar gets up nicely and defends it down

28.4

Tait to Tendulkar, 2 runs, just back of a drivable length outside off but Tendulkar comes forward and pushes on the up to point, who dives over it and allows two easy runs

28.5

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 run, strays onto the pads and he flicks it away for one out to fine leg

28.6

Tait to Dravid, no run, short of a length on off, Dravid hustles into his shot and taps it to cover

End of over 29 (7 runs) India 92/2
R Dravid    11* (32b 1x4)      SW Tait    5-1-18-0
SR Tendulkar    21* (36b 3x4)      B Lee    9-1-40-1

29.1

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, full delivery on off stump, he gets forward and pushes to the onside, judging the run well and calling for it

Peter Della Penna emails in: "Just about the only easier first slip catch I've ever seen go down is Warne giving Pietersen a life at The Oval." Ouch.

29.2

Lee to Dravid, no run, full on off stump, 145ks, he gets well forward and drives it back

29.3

Lee to Dravid, no run, short of a length this time, and he gets back to check the shot to point

29.4

Lee to Dravid, no run, fuller delivery, 141ks, he gets to the pitch and drives to extra cover

29.5

Lee to Dravid, no run, full and wide outside off stump, wide enough for Dravid to let that one go by

29.6

Lee to Dravid, no run, shorter one outside off, gets Dravid jumping and playing it with an angled bat, safely into the ground in front of the man doing duty at point

End of over 30 (1 run) India 93/2
R Dravid    11* (37b 1x4)      B Lee    10-1-41-1
SR Tendulkar    22* (37b 3x4)      SW Tait    5-1-18-0

30.1

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length on off stump, Tendulkar tries to sway back and drop the hands but the ball clips his forearm before Gilchrist takes the ball and semi-appeals but Billy Bowden knew there was no bat on it and shakes his head

30.2

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, short and wide, outside off, and Tendulkar calmly lets it go on through to Gilchrist

30.3

Tait to Tendulkar, FOUR, 145ks but short and wide and Tendulkar cracks that away through backward point, getting nice and tall and transferring the weight, top shot

30.4

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 run, 143ks but full on the pads and he twirls it out to deep backward square

30.5

Tait to Dravid, no run, 142.2ks, full and very, very wide outside off, Dravid wants nothing to do

30.6

Tait to Dravid, FOUR, 140ks, a rank half-volley, Dravid eases onto the front foot and caresses that through extra cover to raise the 100 for India

End of over 31 (9 runs) India 102/2
R Dravid    15* (39b 2x4)      SW Tait    6-1-27-0
SR Tendulkar    27* (41b 4x4)      B Lee    10-1-41-1

Srini, on email:"Brilliant! Clarke's better off standing at point and pulling out some miraculous catches. He cant handle sitters! Time for Dravid to do a Symonds and score a hundred this time around!"

31.1

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, good length but a touch wide, Tendulkar gets over it and runs wide of point

31.2

Lee to Dravid, 1 run, short of length on off stump, 143ks, Dravid gets up and taps to cover, calling well for the run and Tendulkar responds

31.3

Lee to Tendulkar, FOUR, oh thats some shot! Lee steams in and bangs one in at 144.8ks and Tendulkar initially thinks about ducking, so he gets very low and arches his back, but then at the nth second he opens the face and steers that, off the middle of the bat, over Gilchrist for four ... bravado!

31.4

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, short again, this time he lets it go on by to Gilchrist

31.5

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length outside off, 143.4ks, thats a nice back-foot punch to point

"I once saw David Hussey bring up his century playing a shot almost identical to that Tendulkar four," chips in Brydon Coverdale, our Cricinfo colleague in Victoria, "though admittedly that was in a club game and not facing Brett Lee."

31.6

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length outside off, Tendulkar frees his arms and cuts hard into the ground and Hussey intercepts at backward point

End of over 32 (6 runs) India 108/2
SR Tendulkar    32* (46b 5x4)      B Lee    11-1-47-1
R Dravid    16* (40b 2x4)      SW Tait    6-1-27-0

32.1

Johnson to Dravid, FOUR, good stoke! Slower ball, 137ks and very full and Dravid presents a full face of the bat and times it perfectly back past the stumps for four

32.2

Johnson to Dravid, no run, short of a length outside leg stump, Dravid turns it to square leg

32.3

Johnson to Dravid, no run, good length delivery, angled across Dravid at a decent pace and he leaves

32.4

Johnson to Dravid, no run, short and a wee bit wide, he cuts it late and Symonds dives at gully very well

It's going to be a tad boring... if Australian team is going to appeal only when they know the batsman is really out!" says Homer Simpson

32.5

Johnson to Dravid, FOUR, another positive stroke, as Dravid leans into a full delivery and threads the gap at cover, he's middling some of these shots well is Dravid

32.6

Johnson to Dravid, no run, full outside leg stump, Dravid shapes to flick but the ball clips his back leg

End of over 33 (8 runs) India 116/2
R Dravid    24* (46b 4x4)      MG Johnson    9-3-24-1
SR Tendulkar    32* (46b 5x4)      B Lee    11-1-47-1

Double-change in the bowling, as Ponting calls back Clark

33.1

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, short delivery outside off stump and he shoulders arms on that occasion

33.2

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length again, just 126.6ks, again well left alone

33.3

Clark to Tendulkar, 1 run, 130.7ks, too straight on the stumps, Tendulkar turns it just wide of midwicket for a sharp single

33.4

Clark to Dravid, no run, short of a length on off stump, 130.3ks, Dravid gets up and defends

33.5

Clark to Dravid, no run, thats a probing length outside off stump, getting Dravid well forward and then he holds back the bat out of line to let the ball swing away to Gilchrist

33.6

Clark to Dravid, no run, full on middle and off, he comes well onto the front foot and defends

End of over 34 (1 run) India 117/2
R Dravid    24* (49b 4x4)      SR Clark    8-2-15-0
SR Tendulkar    33* (49b 5x4)      MG Johnson    9-3-24-1

Tendulkar's looked good today. Not many streaky shots and he's come out full of intent after lunch.

34.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, good length, pushed across him and he shoulders arms

34.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, 140.3ks, pushed across him a touch wider but he again leaves

34.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, seams across Tendulkar, who has a good look-see before leaving

34.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, once again, he pushes it across him on a very full length, same result too

34.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, now he changes the length, holding it back to force Tendulkar into a very late and feeble cut shot, the ball climbs and skims over the top edge of his bat as he produces a nothing shot from the crease

34.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, back he goes, pitching full and he gets forward to leave it alone

End of over 35 (maiden) India 117/2
SR Tendulkar    33* (55b 5x4)      MG Johnson    10-4-24-1
R Dravid    24* (49b 4x4)      SR Clark    8-2-15-0

35.1

Clark to Dravid, no run, 131.9ks, full on middle and off, Dravid plants the front leg forward and plays all across it, turning it towards Jaques at square leg

35.2

Clark to Dravid, 2 runs, this one's a tad straighter and angling into the pads and he clips it wide of Jaques, calling for two immediately

35.3

Clark to Dravid, no run, 129.7ks, good length on middle and off, he defends down the track

35.4

Clark to Dravid, no run, good length but pretty wide, so he comes onto the front foot and leaves

Taking a cue, here's Jason Monserrate: The pitch was a batting beauty when Jaffer and Sehwag were at the crease, but got difficult when Dravid came out (as usual). It seems the pitch is easing out into a batting beauty again. Go Dravid!"

35.5

Clark to Dravid, no run, good length outside off stump, Dravid comes forward and has to keep the shot back as the ball comes onto him, and does so well to point

35.6

Clark to Dravid, no run, full and wide, seaming away and Dravid shoulders arms to it

End of over 36 (2 runs) India 119/2
R Dravid    26* (55b 4x4)      SR Clark    9-2-17-0
SR Tendulkar    33* (55b 5x4)      MG Johnson    10-4-24-1

36.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, 1 run, 142ks, sits up outside leg stump and Tendulkar gets up on one leg to swat it away past square leg for a single

36.2

Johnson to Dravid, no run, short of a length and angling across Dravid, who gets tall and watches it go

36.3

Johnson to Dravid, no run, good length and going across him, he again is calm just leaving it be

36.4

Johnson to Dravid, no run, this one kicks up off the surface and Dravid gets tall as well, dropping it safely in front of point

36.5

Johnson to Dravid, no run, good change-up delivery from Johnson, pitching very full and sucking Dravid into a loose drive off the front foot, the ball beating his bat

36.6

Johnson to Dravid, no run, now its short of a length and Dravid prefers to shoulder arms, as drinks are called for. Just enough time to get a cup of coffee.

By the way, entries are now open for Cricinfo Fantasy League. Play now, like I do all the time, and see how well you fare. I'm at six in our office pool, which isn't saying much. Here's Clark after the drinks break.

End of over 37 (1 run) India 120/2
R Dravid    26* (60b 4x4)      MG Johnson    11-4-25-1
SR Tendulkar    34* (56b 5x4)      SR Clark    9-2-17-0

37.1

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, full and a tad wide outside off stump, Tendulkar opts to leave it be

37.2

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, much fuller on off stump, touch of swing, and its driven to point

There's nice carry through to the 'keeper today, incidentally

37.3

Clark to Tendulkar, FOUR, slides onto the pads, 128ks, and Tendulkar flicks it away into the gap for another boundary ... he makes a living playing that shot

37.4

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, there's a better length, off stumpish, and Tendulkar gets well forward to block

37.5

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, banged in short, Tendulkar arches the back and then decides to leave it be

37.6

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, changes it full now, striving for away movement, but Tendulkar leaves

End of over 38 (4 runs) India 124/2
SR Tendulkar    38* (62b 6x4)      SR Clark    10-2-21-0
R Dravid    26* (60b 4x4)      MG Johnson    11-4-25-1

Contrary to some email questions, Dravid is not looking like a corpse in pads.

38.1

Johnson to Dravid, no run, good length, a touch wide though, and he leaves it be for Gilchrist

38.2

Johnson to Dravid, 1 leg bye, strays down leg stump and Dravid clips down to fine leg for a single ... nope, its off the pads apparently

38.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, sees the width, cracks it off the back foot but cant beat Symonds at point

38.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, thats rubbish, very very wide of off stump and he watches it go

38.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, full on middle and off, 141ks, Tendulkar shuffles across and flicks it to midwicket, itching for the single

38.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length outside leg stump, tries to tuck but ball clips thigh pad

End of over 39 (1 run, maiden) India 125/2
SR Tendulkar    38* (66b 6x4)      MG Johnson    12-5-25-1
R Dravid    26* (62b 4x4)      SR Clark    10-2-21-0

39.1

Clark to Dravid, no run, good length, moving away outside off stump and bringing Dravid onto the front foot ... though he again prefers to judge it and shoulder arms

39.2

Clark to Dravid, no run, good length but closer to the stumps, Dravid defends with an inside-edge

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39.3

Clark to Dravid, no run, short of a length just outside off, sits up and he rides the bounce to defend

39.4

Clark to Dravid, no run, good length, 128ks, no room to work with and he taps back to Clark

39.5

Clark to Dravid, no run, very full, with movement through the air, getting Dravid forward on the drive but he can only poke it to cover-point

39.6

Clark to Dravid, no run, top line, just back of drivable length, Dravid comes well forward to defend

Clark's accurate, Johnson's a bit here and there.

End of over 40 (maiden) India 125/2
R Dravid    26* (68b 4x4)      SR Clark    11-3-21-0
SR Tendulkar    38* (66b 6x4)      MG Johnson    12-5-25-1

"Why doesn't Ponting give Michael Clarke a bowl?The Indians are bound to collapse like nine pins against him," says Manasvi, a feedbacker on email.

40.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, good delivery, hitting a short length and zipping across Tendulkar, who makes sure to cover off stump and come forward before twirling the bat out of harm's way

40.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, short ball, 142ks, a touch wide and Tendulkar hustles to defend

40.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length, seaming away from off stump, he watches it go by

40.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, 1 run, strays onto the pads, Tendulkar hops up and gets the faintest bit of bat on it and works it into the yawning gap behind square leg

40.5

Johnson to Dravid, no run, good delivery, pacy and bouncing away outside off stump, luring Dravid into a leaden-footed poke at it and he narrowly misses getting a nick on that one

40.6

Johnson to Dravid, no run, sharp again, a good length and seaming away from Dravid, who's hurried into his defensive but plays it with soft hands along the ground to Hussey at gully

End of over 41 (1 run) India 126/2
R Dravid    26* (70b 4x4)      MG Johnson    13-5-26-1
SR Tendulkar    39* (70b 6x4)      SR Clark    11-3-21-0

Time for a change, says Ponting, tossing the ball to Symonds. Dibbly-dobblers, it seems.

41.1

Symonds to Tendulkar, no run, short ball to start off with, outside off stump, and Tendulkar leaves

Two slips in place

41.2

Symonds to Tendulkar, FOUR, short and wide, just where he likes 'em, and he duly places it between gully and backward point and even third man cant get there in time

41.3

Symonds to Tendulkar, no run, better line, good length and drawing him forward to defend it back

41.4

Symonds to Tendulkar, 1 run, short one on middle and off, 117ks, surprises him but he does well to get over it and keep it down to square leg

41.5

Symonds to Dravid, no run, good length, up there on middle and off, and Dravid defends it back

41.6

Symonds to Dravid, no run, good length outside off, gets him forward and he pushes to point

End of over 42 (5 runs) India 131/2
R Dravid    26* (72b 4x4)      A Symonds    1-0-5-0
SR Tendulkar    44* (74b 7x4)      MG Johnson    13-5-26-1

42.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, short, good angle across him, run down to gully off the back foot

42.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, good ball, short, 142ks, he hops up and plays it to cover, sprinting down the other and the there's a loose return to the stumps so Dravid's safe, and there's an overthrow

42.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, 4 leg byes, angles down the leg stump, ball clips the pads and runs away, the attempted inswinger didn't go Johnson's way

42.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, good length outside off stump, he gets forward and plays a good-looking drive to extra cover

42.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, full on off stump, hint of reverse-swing, he gets forward and drives to mid-off

42.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, full again, in the spot to be driven but Tendulkar's slow into the shot and survives with an inside-edge onto the back leg

End of over 43 (6 runs) India 137/2
SR Tendulkar    46* (80b 7x4)      MG Johnson    14-5-28-1
R Dravid    26* (72b 4x4)      A Symonds    1-0-5-0

43.1

Symonds to Dravid, 1 run, short ball angled in from middle and off, Dravid gets across and whips that through backward square off the hips

43.2

Symonds to Tendulkar, 1 run, slower ball, angled into the pads, he shuffles and tucks it to midwicket

43.3

Symonds to Dravid, 1 run, thats fuller on middle and leg and he expertly nudges it around the corner

43.4

Symonds to Tendulkar, no run, good length on middle and off, he shuffles across and plays it to midwicket

43.5

Symonds to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length and wide outside off stump and he prefers to leave it be

43.6

Symonds to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length down leg stump, comes in but Tendulkar hops well outside the line before Symonds lets out a loud appeal ... cant give those out, sorry .. it was high too

KP responds to an earlier comment: "Manasvi commented on why Ponting doesn't bowl Clarke, 1)because he is only a part-time bowler, and 2) it isn't a deteriorating day five pitch 3) Ponting has more sense than that on day one of an excellent batting track."

End of over 44 (3 runs) India 140/2
SR Tendulkar    47* (84b 7x4)      A Symonds    2-0-8-0
R Dravid    28* (74b 4x4)      MG Johnson    14-5-28-1

Shaun Tait comes back for a spell

44.1

Tait to Dravid, no run, back of a length, on the stumps, Dravid gets back and defends

44.2

Tait to Dravid, no run, 144.6ks, short and rising just outside off, Dravid gets tall and taps it down

44.3

Tait to Dravid, 1 no ball, much fuller outside off, Dravid gets forward and pushes into the covers

44.3

Tait to Dravid, FOUR, another full delivery and this time Dravid gets to the pitch and times it well through extra cover for a boundary after a while

44.4

Tait to Dravid, 1 run, short of a length down leg stump, he tucks it around the corner

44.5

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 run, short of a length outside off, he gets over it and cuts nicely past backward point

44.6

Tait to Dravid, no run, short of a length but Dravid doesn't bother playing the last ball of the over

End of over 45 (7 runs) India 147/2
R Dravid    33* (80b 5x4)      SW Tait    7-1-34-0
SR Tendulkar    48* (85b 7x4)      A Symonds    2-0-8-0

45.1

Symonds to Tendulkar, no run, good length outside off stump, he comes forward and drives to cover

45.2

Symonds to Tendulkar, no run, and again, he gets full forward and drives to extra cover

45.3

Symonds to Tendulkar, 1 run, too full down the pads and he nonchalantly flicks it to deep fine leg

45.4

Symonds to Dravid, 1 run, short of a length on middle and off, he turns it into the gap at short fine leg

Tendulkar on 49 ...

45.5

Symonds to Tendulkar, no run, decent shout, as Tendulkar gets a forward to turn it away but misses the line and the ball raps him high on the knee roll, Symonds belts out an appeal but the umpire is unmoved ... Symonds continues appealing and replays show the ball would've clipped the bails ... marginal call

45.6

Symonds to Tendulkar, no run, full outside off and he drives towards extra cover

End of over 46 (2 runs) India 149/2
SR Tendulkar    49* (90b 7x4)      A Symonds    3-0-10-0
R Dravid    34* (81b 5x4)      SW Tait    7-1-34-0

46.1

Tait to Dravid, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he gets in line and drives to cover

46.2

Tait to Dravid, 1 run, short of a length outside off, sits up nicely and he gets over it well, simply dropping it in front of point and sprinting through, to raise the 150

46.3

Tait to Tendulkar, FOUR, and there's his fifty in aggressive style, again upper-cutting a short and wide one over the slips for four, one bounce and over third man

46.4

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length and a touch wide, he gets across to cover off stump and leaves

46.5

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length on off stump, he gets behind the ball and defends back

46.6

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, 146.6ks, short and moving into him and he sways out of the way

Tendulkar is the first batsman to score fifty scores of more than 50 away from home in Tests.

End of over 47 (5 runs) India 154/2
SR Tendulkar    53* (94b 8x4)      SW Tait    8-1-39-0
R Dravid    35* (83b 5x4)      A Symonds    3-0-10-0

47.1

Symonds to Dravid, FOUR, drifts onto middle leg stump and Dravid helps it along the way with a deft nudge, which Symonds doesn't like one bit, but thats a touch shot

47.2

Symonds to Dravid, no run, good length outside off, he comes well forward and defends to cover

47.3

Symonds to Dravid, no run, straighter one on middle and off, he again reaches out and taps it back

47.4

Symonds to Dravid, no run, short of a length outside off, hint of away swing, Dravid shoulders arms

47.5

Symonds to Dravid, no run, short of a length again, he prefers to just let it go again, cool as ever

Ponting puts himself in at silly mid-on

47.6

Symonds to Dravid, 2 runs, thats full and wide, and Dravid square-drives through the gap and out to the sweeper to raise the 100-run partnership, to generous applause from the crowd

End of over 48 (6 runs) India 160/2
R Dravid    41* (89b 6x4)      A Symonds    4-0-16-0
SR Tendulkar    53* (94b 8x4)      SW Tait    8-1-39-0

Folks, we're about ten minutes away from the tea interval.

48.1

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 run, short just outside off stump, he hops up and turns it to midwicket for a sharp single, thats well played and well run

48.2

Tait to Dravid, no run, short outside off again, Dravid rides the bounce and plays it to point

48.3

Tait to Dravid, 1 run, short but straying down leg stump, Dravid turns it off the hips for an easy one

Tait has been pretty average, frankly speaking. All over the place.

48.4

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, bouncer, Tendulkar ducks and the ball doesn't carry to Gilchrist

48.5

Tait to Tendulkar, 2 runs, banged in short outside off stump, Tendulkar goes for the pull and though he doesn't play it with any great timing, he makes sure its down into the ground and gap so he gets a comfortable couple

48.6

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, 146.2ks, banged in short again but this time he leaves it alone

End of over 49 (4 runs) India 164/2
SR Tendulkar    56* (98b 8x4)      SW Tait    9-1-43-0
R Dravid    42* (91b 6x4)      A Symonds    4-0-16-0

49.1

Symonds to Dravid, no run, full on middle and off, Dravid shuffles and drives to Ponting at silly mid-on

49.2

Symonds to Dravid, FOUR, thats a loose one, just sliding too far down leg stump and Dravid makes sure to cash in, deftly tucking into the gap at short fine leg

49.3

Symonds to Dravid, no run, good length outside off stump, bringing him well forward to defend to cover

49.4

Symonds to Dravid, FOUR, nice drive, Dravid coming well forward to a juicy half-volley and beating a diving mid-off for four, and thats his half-century, well played too

49.5

Symonds to Dravid, 1 run, this is short and he swivels to pull out to Tait at deep backward square leg

49.6

Symonds to Tendulkar, no run, good length outside off stump and Tendulkar drives to extra cover

This is the 16th time Tendulkar and Dravid have shared a 100-run partnership in Tests. They have now equalled the existing record held by Haynes and Greenidge, and Hayden and Langer.

End of over 50 (9 runs) India 173/2
SR Tendulkar    56* (99b 8x4)      A Symonds    5-0-25-0
R Dravid    51* (96b 8x4)      SW Tait    9-1-43-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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