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

10.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, starts with a horrible wide down leg, but we'll allow him the loosener

10.2

Sharma to Ponting, 2 runs, this one is clipped away off the legs, just not found his line yet

10.3

Sharma to Ponting, 3 runs, finds the line this time, on off, but oh dear it's now the length, which is honesty isn't bad, but Ponting's shot is a good one and there's a bit of a misfield there by Singh

10.4

Sharma to Hussey, no run, shunted past the left hander, Ishant staying over the wicket, and wide down the channel, allowing the batsman to leave it

10.5

Sharma to Hussey, no run, more of the same, really

10.6

Sharma to Hussey, no run, and again... Ishant then takes his cap

Australia 52/2   I Sharma 1-0-5-0

12.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, oh, a huge appeal for one which pitches outside and Ponting is playing back in front of his stumps

12.2

Sharma to Ponting, 2 runs, strays on to the pads and Ponting tucks it away to midwicket

12.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, angles in naggingly at the right hander, who traps the ball under his bat with a defensive forward step

12.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, very full delivery, a yorker in fact, and it's pushed forward on the toes

12.5

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, full again, on leg, turned off the pads through square

12.6

Sharma to Hussey, 1 leg bye, stays over for the left hander, angles it back in but starts too wide and it's turned off the legs down to fine leg

Australia 57/2   I Sharma 2-0-8-0

14.1

Sharma to Ponting, 1 no ball, an overstep, Ishant just getting a bit excited in his desire to help his team with a wicket

14.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, right up there, and pushed into the covers on the front foot

14.2

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, fullish delivery on leg, tucked off the front foot through to square and they turn down thoughts of a second

14.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, stays over for the left hander, that one slightly closer than his previous offerings, but it's well left all the same on the front foot

14.4

Sharma to Hussey, no run, bustled past him again, this one angling vaguely wide and jumping on further away from the batsman, who chooses to leave with caution

14.5

Sharma to Hussey, no run, round the wicket this time, but still fails to make the batsman play, down the corridor

14.6

Sharma to Hussey, no run, again, that one goes through to the keeper and it's easily left

Australia 65/2   I Sharma 3-0-10-0

19.1

Sharma to Ponting, 1 leg bye, short of a length, sliding down leg stump, turned in the air to midwicket

19.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, short of a length, pitching outside leg and going across, well defended

19.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, back of a length, good shape away from Hussey, who leaves very well too

19.4

Sharma to Hussey, 1 no ball, pitches fuller outside leg, Sharma overstepping, Hussey turns to midwicket

19.4

Sharma to Hussey, no run, and thats an edge that doesn't carry, Hussey poking at a good delivery going across the body but the ball dies in front of Laxman at second slip

19.5

Sharma to Hussey, 3 runs, full outside leg stump, Hussey waits and turns through the gap at square leg and midwicket for a well-run triple

19.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, cracking delivery, coming back sharply from middle and off and catching Ponting well above the knee roll, in the inner thigh in fact, as he opts to shoulder arms .. no appeal from anyone, as it was sliding down and very, very high

Australia 84/2   I Sharma 4-0-14-0

21.1

Sharma to Ponting, (no ball) 1 run, sharp bounce again, coming into Ponting, who hops up and just tucks it wide of short leg ... Sharma is getting good carry this morning

21.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, lovely angle across Hussey, 142ks, and he leaves it be wisely

21.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, good stuff, seaming across Hussey off an irritating length and he leaves

21.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, back of a length, 138ks, comes across from leg and he gets tall to keep it down

21.4

Sharma to Hussey, no run, a touch fuller, good angle though, and Hussey plays it to cover

21.5

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, too short on leg stump, tucks up Hussey but he gets aerial and short-arm jabs into the gap at square leg with ease

21.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, back of a length, 134ks, good carry through after Ponting ignores it

Australia 87/2   I Sharma 5-0-17-0

23.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, lovely ball, pitching full and sucking Ponting into a straight drive but the ball deviates away and beats the bat ... he was totally flummoxed on that occasion

23.2

Sharma to Ponting, 1 no ball, holds back the length and this time Ponting gets an inside-edge onto pad as he tries to drive off the back foot

23.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, ah yes, beaten again! Sharma tempts him with a short one, sitting up sharply, and Ponting chases it off the back foot and misses .. he's a mess, Ponting, reaching out for a pretty wide one

23.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, pitches fractionally fuller on middle and off, getting Ponting back in the crease to defend towards midwicket, hopping across to cover off stump

23.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, oh good shout! Nips back in off the seam, keeping low, and the uneven bounce catches Ponting on the hop, late on the stroke, rapped on the knee roll just in line of the stumps but Bowden says no, that would have gone over

23.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, great stuff, this one pitching back of a length outside off stump and again jagging back in, Ponting decides to dangerously not offer a shot and ball flicks the flap of the front pad, but thats not out either

23.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, full and a touch wide of off stump so Ponting can leave that one be

Australia 90/2   I Sharma 6-0-18-0

25.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, good length, moving away from Hussey, caught on the crease, and he just gets some bat on it to run the ball to point

25.2

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, pitches outside leg and allows him a single, worked off the pads

25.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, nips back in off a length, catching Ponting very high on the thigh as he shoulders arms, Sharma starts to appeal but Bowden smiles and says hey, come one

25.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, much fuller this time, Ponting strides forward and drives to extra cover

25.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, hits a length and holds its line, Ponting judges well and shoulders arms

25.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, squared up this time, poking from the crease to another ball that straightens and edging along the ground to gully

Australia 96/2   I Sharma 7-0-19-0

27.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good movement in, off a length, Ponting decides to not offer a shot and the ball jags in pretty close to off stump

27.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, thats a surprise one, a half-tracker with good lift that gets Ponting up on the toes, collecting it on the knuckles but well played down into the ground

27.3

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, too full on the pads, tucked to midwicket and he gets down the other end

27.4

Sharma to Hussey, no run, good length outside off stump, 136ks, comes back in to catch him on the front leg but theres a bit of wood on that so no appeal

27.5

Sharma to Hussey, no run, fuller in length, goes away from Hussey, who shoulders arms

27.6

Sharma to Hussey, no run, back of a length, 134ks, pitches on leg and shapes to off, he gets over it and defends to round of the over ... and Bowden calls for drinks

Australia 103/2   I Sharma 8-0-20-0

29.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, back of a length, 134ks, jags in but Ponting leaves it be pretty well

29.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, straighter one, slides onto the pads, clips the thigh pad and goes to Jaffer at short leg, Sharma appeals half-heartedly

29.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, but thats a good shout! Pitches fuller, Ponting gets the front foot outside the line but doesn't offer a shot, kicking it away, the ball nips back in sharply, Bowden shakes the head but replays show it would have clipped the top of leg stump

29.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, slides well wide of leg stump, Dhoni collects

29.5

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, fuller ball, on middle and leg, a firm punch down past Tendulkar at mid-on

29.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, beaten again, as Ponting stands rooted to the crease and swishes one-handed to a ball that jags back off a short length, missing all ends up

Australia 108/2   I Sharma 9-0-24-0

31.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, fuller length on middle and leg, Hussey defends it on the leg side

31.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, back of a length on middle and leg, he gets across and defends

31.3

Sharma to Hussey, 5 wides, banged in very short, slides down leg and even Dhoni cannot get there

31.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, fuller in length, well outside off, he gets forward and shoulders arms

31.4

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, short one again, he rides the bounce well and turns it to the on-side, and thats some excellent running between the wickets

31.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, back of a length outside off, Ponting gets back and across and drives to point

31.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, back of a length outside off, Ponting defends off the back foot

Australia 117/2   I Sharma 10-0-30-0

33.1

Sharma to Ponting, OUT, and he gets his man! Edged and gone, as Sharma gets Ponting to push forward and edge a simple catch to into Dravid's lap at first slip and boy, is he excited!

RT Ponting c Dravid b Sharma 45 (139m 71b 6x4 0x6) SR: 63.38

33.2

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

33.2

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

33.3

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

33.4

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

33.5

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

33.6

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

Australia 122/3   I Sharma 11-0-35-1

35.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, slides down leg stump, wide of the pads and Dhoni does the taking

35.2

Sharma to Hussey, FOUR, thats a lovely drive, just meeting the fuller one and driving on the up past Ganguly in the covers, excellent timing from Hussey

35.3

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, he gets behind and drives to mid-off for one

35.4

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

35.5

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

35.6

Sharma to Hussey, no run, short of a length, pitching on leg and going across, defended off the back foot

Australia 129/3   I Sharma 12-0-41-1

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

Australia 191/5   I Sharma 13-0-42-1

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

Australia 201/5   I Sharma 14-0-51-1

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

Australia 273/8   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

Australia 291/8   I Sharma 16-0-59-1

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

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

Australia 307/8   I Sharma 17-0-63-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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