India tour of Australia, 1st Test: Australia v India at Melbourne, Dec 26-29, 2011
Australia won by 122 runs
26,27,28,29 December 2011 (5-day match)
  Australia 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal EJM Cowan c †Dhoni b Ashwin 68 294 177 7 0 38.41
67.1 Ashwin has a wicket. Cowan's supreme vigil comes to an end, and Australia are slipping down a familiar slope now. Cowan's been eager to cut Ashwin all day, and hasn't quite figured his drift and variety. This one again, was much too close to the body to cut, but he went for it, and thick-edged it into Dhoni's gloves. Very good take, that. Definite sound, but was there an edge? Oh dear ... Cowan didn't look happy with the decision. HotSpot didn't light up. 214/6
View dismissal DA Warner c †Dhoni b Yadav 37 59 49 4 1 75.51
13.1 didn't take long coming, that wicket, after the break. Yadav's sent Warner on his way. This was a set-up, and Warner couldn't resist. Square leg went back, suggesting there could be a bumper round the corner. It came immediately, it was quite pacy, it wasn't outside off like the last time, and Warner couldn't quite slot the hook away. He was cramped for room, but still went for it with hard hands. It lobbed off the glove to the leg side, and Dhoni took it easy. 46/1
View dismissal SE Marsh c Kohli b Yadav 0 11 6 0 0 0.00
15.1 Yadav's got another! Wickets are coming like London buses suddenly. What a soft dismissal, that. Yadav put it up on a really good length. Full and just wide of off stump, no movement, Marsh walks into a feeble drive without bothering to keep it down. Did it come on slower than he thought? His feet were nowhere as he went for it. Simple catch straight into Kohli's hands at gully. 46/2
View dismissal RT Ponting c Laxman b Yadav 62 148 94 6 0 65.95
48.3 Ishant will have a smile. Dravid will have a smile. Ponting won't. They were the three men involved in the Perth downing of Ponting, circa 2008. Two names change on the card this time, but the manner of dismissal is astoundingly similar. Back of a length again, Yadav gets it to rear up menacingly again and leap away, and this time it thumps high on Ponting's bat as he hops across. The edge loops to Laxman's right in the slips, and he holds well. Ponting's 100 drought continues, and Yadav's showing he belongs in Test cricket. 159/3
View dismissal MJ Clarke* b Khan 31 57 68 5 0 45.58
64.2 it was coming. Zaheer's among the best old-ball bowlers in the world, and he was working to a plan here. The last one went away, this one kept coming in from wider of the stumps. Clarke thought he had width, and went for the cut, but the deviation meant he got an inside edge onto the stumps. 205/4
View dismissal MEK Hussey c †Dhoni b Khan 0 2 1 0 0 0.00
64.3 Hussey gets another blob! He's been bumped out. I don't think he edged that. There's no UDRS. Utter brute of a delivery from Zaheer, bounded up from a length and snorted past Hussey who was on the hop trying to get out of harm's way. He did, too. The ball brushed his sleeve on the way to Dhoni. India went up in appeal, so did Erasmus' finger. 205/5
View dismissal BJ Haddin c Sehwag b Khan 27 119 70 1 0 38.57
90.6 a gem from Zaheer and Haddin's gone. Inswing, away seam, inswing, away seam and now a full, tempting half-volley outside off gets the outside edge. Haddin pushes away from the body again as he leans across to drive and the ball kisses the edge low and hurtles towards Sehwag in the gully at shin-ankle height. He takes it without a fuss. Haddin asks Sehwag if it was a clean catch, and gets a reply in the affirmative. The umpire checks if it was a no-ball, and the replays confirm Zaheer didn't overstep. 286/7
View dismissal PM Siddle c †Dhoni b Khan 41 131 99 4 0 41.41
96.1 ah Zaheer. He's owned Siddle with one of those that went away from a length. He's done this often today, but this time he starts it from middle and off. Siddle just had to play at that, and the edge was almost inevitable as it went away. Zaheer's protracted follow through ends in a walk, with the arms raised to his sides, even as Dhoni completes the catch. 291/8
JL Pattinson not out 18 86 54 2 0 33.33
View dismissal BW Hilfenhaus c Kohli b Ashwin 19 46 32 3 0 59.37
105.4 didn't take long for Ashwin to tempt Hilfy and send him on his way. Tossed up invitingly outside off, it wobbled over the eye line, came down gently and was asking to be muscled across the line. Hilfenhaus obliged, dragging it from wide of off stump towards long-on. It barely travelled three-fourths of the way to the boundary, and Kohli settles under it easily. 318/9
View dismissal NM Lyon b Ashwin 6 15 11 1 0 54.54
109.6 Ashwin's bowled Lyon round the legs and Australia are bowled out. Quite a strange dismissal. It was fired in full on off stump, Lyon got drastically across and looked to sweep. He missed, and Ashwin pegged back off stump. All out for 333, triple Nelson ends the innings. 333/10
Extras (lb 21, w 2, nb 1) 24
  Total (all out; 110 overs; 488 mins) 333 (3.02 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets Z Khan 31 6 77 4 2.48 149 10 0 (1nb, 1w)
64.2 to Clarke, it was coming. Zaheer's among the best old-ball bowlers in the world, and he was working to a plan here. The last one went away, this one kept coming in from wider of the stumps. Clarke thought he had width, and went for the cut, but the deviation meant he got an inside edge onto the stumps. 205/4
64.3 to Hussey, Hussey gets another blob! He's been bumped out. I don't think he edged that. There's no UDRS. Utter brute of a delivery from Zaheer, bounded up from a length and snorted past Hussey who was on the hop trying to get out of harm's way. He did, too. The ball brushed his sleeve on the way to Dhoni. India went up in appeal, so did Erasmus' finger. 205/5
90.6 to Haddin, a gem from Zaheer and Haddin's gone. Inswing, away seam, inswing, away seam and now a full, tempting half-volley outside off gets the outside edge. Haddin pushes away from the body again as he leans across to drive and the ball kisses the edge low and hurtles towards Sehwag in the gully at shin-ankle height. He takes it without a fuss. Haddin asks Sehwag if it was a clean catch, and gets a reply in the affirmative. The umpire checks if it was a no-ball, and the replays confirm Zaheer didn't overstep. 286/7
96.1 to Siddle, ah Zaheer. He's owned Siddle with one of those that went away from a length. He's done this often today, but this time he starts it from middle and off. Siddle just had to play at that, and the edge was almost inevitable as it went away. Zaheer's protracted follow through ends in a walk, with the arms raised to his sides, even as Dhoni completes the catch. 291/8
  I Sharma 24 7 48 0 2.00 115 5 0
View wickets UT Yadav 26 5 106 3 4.07 113 14 1 (1w)
13.1 to Warner, didn't take long coming, that wicket, after the break. Yadav's sent Warner on his way. This was a set-up, and Warner couldn't resist. Square leg went back, suggesting there could be a bumper round the corner. It came immediately, it was quite pacy, it wasn't outside off like the last time, and Warner couldn't quite slot the hook away. He was cramped for room, but still went for it with hard hands. It lobbed off the glove to the leg side, and Dhoni took it easy. 46/1
15.1 to Marsh, Yadav's got another! Wickets are coming like London buses suddenly. What a soft dismissal, that. Yadav put it up on a really good length. Full and just wide of off stump, no movement, Marsh walks into a feeble drive without bothering to keep it down. Did it come on slower than he thought? His feet were nowhere as he went for it. Simple catch straight into Kohli's hands at gully. 46/2
48.3 to Ponting, Ishant will have a smile. Dravid will have a smile. Ponting won't. They were the three men involved in the Perth downing of Ponting, circa 2008. Two names change on the card this time, but the manner of dismissal is astoundingly similar. Back of a length again, Yadav gets it to rear up menacingly again and leap away, and this time it thumps high on Ponting's bat as he hops across. The edge loops to Laxman's right in the slips, and he holds well. Ponting's 100 drought continues, and Yadav's showing he belongs in Test cricket. 159/3
View wickets R Ashwin 29 3 81 3 2.79 122 4 0
67.1 to Cowan, Ashwin has a wicket. Cowan's supreme vigil comes to an end, and Australia are slipping down a familiar slope now. Cowan's been eager to cut Ashwin all day, and hasn't quite figured his drift and variety. This one again, was much too close to the body to cut, but he went for it, and thick-edged it into Dhoni's gloves. Very good take, that. Definite sound, but was there an edge? Oh dear ... Cowan didn't look happy with the decision. HotSpot didn't light up. 214/6
105.4 to Hilfenhaus, didn't take long for Ashwin to tempt Hilfy and send him on his way. Tossed up invitingly outside off, it wobbled over the eye line, came down gently and was asking to be muscled across the line. Hilfenhaus obliged, dragging it from wide of off stump towards long-on. It barely travelled three-fourths of the way to the boundary, and Kohli settles under it easily. 318/9
109.6 to Lyon, Ashwin's bowled Lyon round the legs and Australia are bowled out. Quite a strange dismissal. It was fired in full on off stump, Lyon got drastically across and looked to sweep. He missed, and Ashwin pegged back off stump. All out for 333, triple Nelson ends the innings. 333/10
  India 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal G Gambhir c †Haddin b Hilfenhaus 3 35 23 0 0 13.04
7.5 heat at one end, the wicket comes at the other. Gambhir once again perishes to an indiscretion outside the off stump. Top bowling from Hilfenhaus, but aided by an average shot too. Short of a length, at least a foot and a half outside off stump to start with. The ball then seamed away, and Gambhir had a good enough sight at it, to leave if he wanted to. He chose not to, and fiddled to produce a faint edge through to the keeper. Aus have a wicket. 22/1
View dismissal V Sehwag b Pattinson 67 127 83 7 0 80.72
28.2 a very good spell of fast bowling in the last 20 minutes of so has produced a wicket. The trouble was at the other end, with Dravid, but Sehwag is the man who has gone. He's livid with himself. It was on a length and a touch wide of off stump, Sehwag went for the blazing cover drive, as always all hands and no feet. The ball seamed in marginally, the inside edge was taken, and it crashed into the stumps. 97/2
View dismissal R Dravid b Hilfenhaus 68 249 187 6 0 36.36
65.2 he's bowled 'em! what a ball to get early in the morning, as straight as you can get, fullish length, bang on off stump, straightens enough to sneak past Dravid's push and rattles the off stump, just the start Australia wanted, so they have got the two big wickets in consecutive overs now, first Tendulkar, now Dravid, whose front foot did not come as forward as he would have liked 214/4
View dismissal SR Tendulkar b Siddle 73 151 98 8 1 74.48
64.3 Siddle's done it! Is this a no-ball? No! Tendulkar's been bowled through the gate, still on 99. Top length that, at blistering pace. Tendulkar got on the front foot, but he wasn't going to reach the length of the ball. That swerved in late, was it reverse? Sachin tried to punch through the off side, but he was playing down the wrong line. The ball thundered through to rattle the off stump. Sachin wasn't in the best position for that drive, in hindsight. 214/3
View dismissal I Sharma c †Haddin b Hilfenhaus 11 106 69 0 0 15.94
87.2 Hilfenhaus has five, his first one in Tests, he holds his arms aloft and smiles widely, Ishant goes for an uncharacteristic big drive at the pitched up ball and gets a big edge through to Haddin, who has been busy this morning, superb spell from Hilfenhaus today, been too good for the Indians 254/8
View dismissal VVS Laxman c †Haddin b Siddle 2 30 22 0 0 9.09
72.4 there's the edge, and Laxman is gone, the fuller length working perfectly for Australia this morning, pitched up just outside off, Laxman comes forward, not exactly fully, and there is enough away shape there to take the edge, the ball is dying on Haddin, but he tumbles forward to complete a fine take, India in trouble, big time 221/5
View dismissal V Kohli c †Haddin b Hilfenhaus 11 28 21 1 0 52.38
79.2 they won't need the new ball for Virat, he is gone, all the batsmen have fallen today to the pitched up ball which moves away slightly, Kohli is forward in defence, but the movement has done him, and the outside edge is snapped up easily by Haddin 238/6
View dismissal MS Dhoni*† c Hussey b Hilfenhaus 6 13 8 0 0 75.00
81.4 oh well, that was on the cards, Dhoni has a go, and gives gully catching practice, Hilfenhaus shifted the angle to just outside off stump, the length was not as full, Dhoni went after it anyway, not too hard though, and the edge looped slowly straight to gully, Hilfenhaus has his fourth 245/7
View dismissal R Ashwin c †Haddin b Siddle 31 57 35 3 1 88.57
94.1 there is the last wicket, Siddle ends it the way it started for Australia in the morning with a pitched up away-moving delivery, Ashwin is not fully forward and feathers it through to Haddin 282/10
View dismissal Z Khan b Pattinson 4 7 6 1 0 66.66
88.6 another one goes! and this after the Australia lower order squeezed out a considerable amount of runs, Zaheer withdraws to the leg side, exposes all three stumps, and has a wild heave, misses predictably, and the off stump is rattled, incredibly poor stuff from India 259/9
UT Yadav not out 2 22 16 0 0 12.50
Extras (w 1, nb 3) 4
  Total (all out; 94.1 overs; 417 mins) 282 (2.99 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets JL Pattinson 23 6 55 2 2.39 110 4 1 (1w)
28.2 to Sehwag, a very good spell of fast bowling in the last 20 minutes of so has produced a wicket. The trouble was at the other end, with Dravid, but Sehwag is the man who has gone. He's livid with himself. It was on a length and a touch wide of off stump, Sehwag went for the blazing cover drive, as always all hands and no feet. The ball seamed in marginally, the inside edge was taken, and it crashed into the stumps. 97/2
88.6 to Khan, another one goes! and this after the Australia lower order squeezed out a considerable amount of runs, Zaheer withdraws to the leg side, exposes all three stumps, and has a wild heave, misses predictably, and the off stump is rattled, incredibly poor stuff from India 259/9
View wickets BW Hilfenhaus 26 5 75 5 2.88 117 8 0 (1nb)
7.5 to Gambhir, heat at one end, the wicket comes at the other. Gambhir once again perishes to an indiscretion outside the off stump. Top bowling from Hilfenhaus, but aided by an average shot too. Short of a length, at least a foot and a half outside off stump to start with. The ball then seamed away, and Gambhir had a good enough sight at it, to leave if he wanted to. He chose not to, and fiddled to produce a faint edge through to the keeper. Aus have a wicket. 22/1
65.2 to Dravid, he's bowled 'em! what a ball to get early in the morning, as straight as you can get, fullish length, bang on off stump, straightens enough to sneak past Dravid's push and rattles the off stump, just the start Australia wanted, so they have got the two big wickets in consecutive overs now, first Tendulkar, now Dravid, whose front foot did not come as forward as he would have liked 214/4
79.2 to Kohli, they won't need the new ball for Virat, he is gone, all the batsmen have fallen today to the pitched up ball which moves away slightly, Kohli is forward in defence, but the movement has done him, and the outside edge is snapped up easily by Haddin 238/6
81.4 to Dhoni, oh well, that was on the cards, Dhoni has a go, and gives gully catching practice, Hilfenhaus shifted the angle to just outside off stump, the length was not as full, Dhoni went after it anyway, not too hard though, and the edge looped slowly straight to gully, Hilfenhaus has his fourth 245/7
87.2 to Sharma, Hilfenhaus has five, his first one in Tests, he holds his arms aloft and smiles widely, Ishant goes for an uncharacteristic big drive at the pitched up ball and gets a big edge through to Haddin, who has been busy this morning, superb spell from Hilfenhaus today, been too good for the Indians 254/8
View wickets PM Siddle 21.1 2 63 3 2.97 101 7 1 (2nb)
64.3 to Tendulkar, Siddle's done it! Is this a no-ball? No! Tendulkar's been bowled through the gate, still on 99. Top length that, at blistering pace. Tendulkar got on the front foot, but he wasn't going to reach the length of the ball. That swerved in late, was it reverse? Sachin tried to punch through the off side, but he was playing down the wrong line. The ball thundered through to rattle the off stump. Sachin wasn't in the best position for that drive, in hindsight. 214/3
72.4 to Laxman, there's the edge, and Laxman is gone, the fuller length working perfectly for Australia this morning, pitched up just outside off, Laxman comes forward, not exactly fully, and there is enough away shape there to take the edge, the ball is dying on Haddin, but he tumbles forward to complete a fine take, India in trouble, big time 221/5
94.1 to Ashwin, there is the last wicket, Siddle ends it the way it started for Australia in the morning with a pitched up away-moving delivery, Ashwin is not fully forward and feathers it through to Haddin 282/10
  NM Lyon 17 2 66 0 3.88 65 6 0
  MEK Hussey 5 0 15 0 3.00 19 1 0
  DA Warner 2 0 8 0 4.00 6 0 0
  Australia 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal DA Warner b Yadav 5 28 27 0 0 18.51
7.1 poor stroke from Warner has him playing on, he was hanging in the crease, looking to smash this angled length delivery past point, but went too hard at the ball and ended up inside-edging it on to the stumps, he was getting a bit impatient with the lack of runs and went eagerly after the ball as soon as he saw some width 13/1
View dismissal EJM Cowan lbw b Yadav 8 33 17 1 0 47.05
7.4 oh dear, Cowan is gone padding up, Umesh has two in the over, he hasn't been getting the ball to do much and probably that is why Cowan decided to shoulder arms seeing the ball going across him, but it seemed to come back in a shade and rapped him on the front pad in line with middle and off, the umpire raised the finger right away and Cowan departs shaking his head, yikes, ball tracker shows the ball would have just missed the off stump, but he wasn't offering a stroke and umpires are usually pretty severe with that 16/2
View dismissal SE Marsh b Yadav 3 25 11 0 0 27.27
11.3 oh well, another one plays on, Umesh has rattled 'em up, this one was dragged just a touch wider outside off and bowled much fuller as well, Marsh went after it, just like Warner had, and managed to inside-edge it to disturb the bails 24/3
View dismissal RT Ponting c Sehwag b Khan 60 151 97 3 0 61.85
40.2 Zaheer strikes for India, slipping a full delivery further away from Ponting, who decides to have a drive at it, and gully snaps up the thick edge, Zaheer roars, Ponting departs for his second 60 of the match, and India sneak back 142/5
View dismissal MJ Clarke* b Sharma 1 6 4 0 0 25.00
12.5 Ishant has gone through Clarke, what a ball to get the Australia captain, Ishant exults, he angles it on a good length, Clarke is drawn forward to defend, but the ball moves in, not too much (that has been the order of the day), enough to take the inside edge and disturb the bails 27/4
View dismissal MEK Hussey c †Dhoni b Khan 89 227 151 9 0 58.94
66.5 outstanding delivery it needed to get Michael Hussey, and Zaheer has produced it, he lets out his roar, Hussey had left quite superbly through his innings, but even he had to play at this, just short of a length, finding some bounce, and just enough away shape, just enough for Hussey to get a feather on it, Dhoni takes it happily, India need one more 197/9
View dismissal BJ Haddin c Laxman b Khan 6 11 14 0 0 42.85
42.5 outside edge and taken, Zaheer has his arms aloft, Laxman has gobbled up the feeble poke from Haddin, the angle from around the stumps has done it for Haddin, he was in the crease as this one held its line from a length, it was a long way outside off and he could have let it be, but he had a waft at it and it popped straight to Laxman 148/6
View dismissal PM Siddle c †Dhoni b Yadav 4 29 22 0 0 18.18
50.6 another outside edge flies towards Dravid at first slip, but this time Dhoni settles matters with a superb diving take to his right, don't think the ball would have carried to Dravid, excellent judgment from Dhoni, and he did not mess up the execution, on second thoughts, looks like it would have carried to Dravid 163/7
View dismissal NM Lyon lbw b Ashwin 0 9 11 0 0 0.00
53.6 Ashwin has struck, umpire Erasmus thinks that is going to hit leg stump, it was the flighted carrom ball, pitched on a length, Lyon was playing off the back foot and was caught on the pad, have to wait for replays to see if it was taking leg, yes, replays show Erasmus was spot-on 166/8
JL Pattinson not out 37 97 81 4 0 45.67
View dismissal BW Hilfenhaus c Laxman b Sharma 14 45 29 2 0 48.27
76.3 that's the end of that then, but after the last pair has added 43, Ishant pitches it up for the drive, Hilfenhaus goes for it, a touch feebly, and Laxman does not drop the sharp outside edge at second slip 240/10
Extras (b 5, lb 2, w 1, nb 5) 13
  Total (all out; 76.3 overs; 335 mins) 240 (3.13 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets Z Khan 20 4 53 3 2.65 95 4 0 (3nb, 1w)
40.2 to Ponting, Zaheer strikes for India, slipping a full delivery further away from Ponting, who decides to have a drive at it, and gully snaps up the thick edge, Zaheer roars, Ponting departs for his second 60 of the match, and India sneak back 142/5
42.5 to Haddin, outside edge and taken, Zaheer has his arms aloft, Laxman has gobbled up the feeble poke from Haddin, the angle from around the stumps has done it for Haddin, he was in the crease as this one held its line from a length, it was a long way outside off and he could have let it be, but he had a waft at it and it popped straight to Laxman 148/6
66.5 to Hussey, outstanding delivery it needed to get Michael Hussey, and Zaheer has produced it, he lets out his roar, Hussey had left quite superbly through his innings, but even he had to play at this, just short of a length, finding some bounce, and just enough away shape, just enough for Hussey to get a feather on it, Dhoni takes it happily, India need one more 197/9
View wickets UT Yadav 20 4 70 4 3.50 88 9 0
7.1 to Warner, poor stroke from Warner has him playing on, he was hanging in the crease, looking to smash this angled length delivery past point, but went too hard at the ball and ended up inside-edging it on to the stumps, he was getting a bit impatient with the lack of runs and went eagerly after the ball as soon as he saw some width 13/1
7.4 to Cowan, oh dear, Cowan is gone padding up, Umesh has two in the over, he hasn't been getting the ball to do much and probably that is why Cowan decided to shoulder arms seeing the ball going across him, but it seemed to come back in a shade and rapped him on the front pad in line with middle and off, the umpire raised the finger right away and Cowan departs shaking his head, yikes, ball tracker shows the ball would have just missed the off stump, but he wasn't offering a stroke and umpires are usually pretty severe with that 16/2
11.3 to Marsh, oh well, another one plays on, Umesh has rattled 'em up, this one was dragged just a touch wider outside off and bowled much fuller as well, Marsh went after it, just like Warner had, and managed to inside-edge it to disturb the bails 24/3
50.6 to Siddle, another outside edge flies towards Dravid at first slip, but this time Dhoni settles matters with a superb diving take to his right, don't think the ball would have carried to Dravid, excellent judgment from Dhoni, and he did not mess up the execution, on second thoughts, looks like it would have carried to Dravid 163/7
View wickets I Sharma 12.3 0 43 2 3.44 53 3 0 (2nb)
12.5 to Clarke, Ishant has gone through Clarke, what a ball to get the Australia captain, Ishant exults, he angles it on a good length, Clarke is drawn forward to defend, but the ball moves in, not too much (that has been the order of the day), enough to take the inside edge and disturb the bails 27/4
76.3 to Hilfenhaus, that's the end of that then, but after the last pair has added 43, Ishant pitches it up for the drive, Hilfenhaus goes for it, a touch feebly, and Laxman does not drop the sharp outside edge at second slip 240/10
View wicket R Ashwin 22 4 60 1 2.72 96 3 0
53.6 to Lyon, Ashwin has struck, umpire Erasmus thinks that is going to hit leg stump, it was the flighted carrom ball, pitched on a length, Lyon was playing off the back foot and was caught on the pad, have to wait for replays to see if it was taking leg, yes, replays show Erasmus was spot-on 166/8
  V Sehwag 2 0 7 0 3.50 6 0 0
  India 2nd innings (target: 292 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal G Gambhir c Ponting b Siddle 13 52 46 1 0 28.26
12.1 outside edge and gone, Gautam's problems outside off continue, Siddle letting it rip from just short of a good length, finding bounce, the angle and away movement taking it away from the left-hander, but importantly, making him play, would have taken a very good leave to let it go, but he ended up jerking his hands slightly to the left to poke at it, the edge loops to second slip 39/2
View dismissal V Sehwag c Hussey b Hilfenhaus 7 28 12 1 0 58.33
5.6 they have the big wicket, and India's chase has been dealt a potentially crippling blow, Sehwag goes after the short and widish delivery, and smacks it straight to Hussey at gully, could have gone anywhere but found the man, wasn't in a great position for the shot though, ended up playing it with one leg in the air, Hussey holds on to the screamer and celebrates 17/1
View dismissal R Dravid b Pattinson 10 59 29 1 0 34.48
18.6 cleaned him up! Australia move well and truly in front with the wicket of Dravid, who left a big gap between bat and pad to let the ball sneak in, Pattinson is besieged by his team-mates, it was angled in fullish and moved in further, Dravid was caught in the crease and ended up pushing way outside the line 58/3
View dismissal SR Tendulkar c Hussey b Siddle 32 73 46 4 0 69.56
26.1 that is the end for India, folks, Sachin has looked positive throughout his stay, and that is what consumes him now, he reaches out to drive this pitched up widish delivery that moves away a touch, and gully accepts the thick edge, Siddle is overjoyed, Australia are dominant, and India face a stiff defeat 81/6
View dismissal VVS Laxman c Cowan b Pattinson 1 22 14 0 0 7.14
22.6 and then he had to fall on one of his favourite shots, flicked straight to square leg, Laxman was making an effort to get the front foot across with all those deliveries moving away from him outside off, he is not comfortable doing that, this one was speared in full for the pads, good change-up from Pattinson, Laxman was always going to flick, he rarely holds back on that stroke, but with the position that he was in, the stroke went a lot finer, and square leg was around, they check for the no-ball call, looked very close, seemed to be just about okay initially, but on a closer look, that could have gone either way 68/4
View dismissal V Kohli lbw b Hilfenhaus 0 3 1 0 0 0.00
23.3 it's falling apart for the Indians, Australia are rolling them over, Virat departs now, caught in front, front foot moving across a long way, the bat had to do a lot of work in coming around it, it even brushed the pad on its way down, and the length ball had already nipped in to strike him in front of middle, Virat looked rather cross with the decision, wonder why 69/5
View dismissal MS Dhoni*† b Pattinson 23 88 44 0 1 52.27
42.2 inside edged on to the stumps, not for the first time in the match, and Pattinson has one more, Dhoni stays rooted to the crease, looks to pick up this pitched up ball from outside off and heave it over midwicket, manages only an inside edge that disturbs the bails 142/9
View dismissal R Ashwin c Cowan b Siddle 30 38 35 5 0 85.71
34.6 this time he is gone, Siddle has his man with the short ball, Ashwin moved across to fend it on the leg side, it popped up high in the air off the glove, and Cowan strolled to his right to take the dolly 117/7
View dismissal Z Khan c Cowan b Pattinson 13 28 22 1 1 59.09
40.5 got him this time, Pattinson is pretty pumped up at getting Zaheer, who tried to have another swing, then saw this one had followed him down leg, tried to shovel it fine, but managed a thick inside edge that popped up to short leg off thigh pad 141/8
I Sharma not out 6 33 14 0 0 42.85
View dismissal UT Yadav c Warner b Lyon 21 26 25 2 1 84.00
47.5 he goes for another big one, but this time he hasn't got enough on the shot, and Warner takes a leaping, scrambling catch at long on just inside the rope, running to his right, throws the ball in the air and Australia celebrate 169/10
Extras (lb 10, w 2, nb 1) 13
  Total (all out; 47.5 overs; 228 mins) 169 (3.53 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets JL Pattinson 15 2 53 4 3.53 64 4 1 (1nb, 1w)
18.6 to Dravid, cleaned him up! Australia move well and truly in front with the wicket of Dravid, who left a big gap between bat and pad to let the ball sneak in, Pattinson is besieged by his team-mates, it was angled in fullish and moved in further, Dravid was caught in the crease and ended up pushing way outside the line 58/3
22.6 to Laxman, and then he had to fall on one of his favourite shots, flicked straight to square leg, Laxman was making an effort to get the front foot across with all those deliveries moving away from him outside off, he is not comfortable doing that, this one was speared in full for the pads, good change-up from Pattinson, Laxman was always going to flick, he rarely holds back on that stroke, but with the position that he was in, the stroke went a lot finer, and square leg was around, they check for the no-ball call, looked very close, seemed to be just about okay initially, but on a closer look, that could have gone either way 68/4
40.5 to Khan, got him this time, Pattinson is pretty pumped up at getting Zaheer, who tried to have another swing, then saw this one had followed him down leg, tried to shovel it fine, but managed a thick inside edge that popped up to short leg off thigh pad 141/8
42.2 to Dhoni, inside edged on to the stumps, not for the first time in the match, and Pattinson has one more, Dhoni stays rooted to the crease, looks to pick up this pitched up ball from outside off and heave it over midwicket, manages only an inside edge that disturbs the bails 142/9
View wickets BW Hilfenhaus 18 4 39 2 2.16 87 2 1 (1w)
5.6 to Sehwag, they have the big wicket, and India's chase has been dealt a potentially crippling blow, Sehwag goes after the short and widish delivery, and smacks it straight to Hussey at gully, could have gone anywhere but found the man, wasn't in a great position for the shot though, ended up playing it with one leg in the air, Hussey holds on to the screamer and celebrates 17/1
23.3 to Kohli, it's falling apart for the Indians, Australia are rolling them over, Virat departs now, caught in front, front foot moving across a long way, the bat had to do a lot of work in coming around it, it even brushed the pad on its way down, and the length ball had already nipped in to strike him in front of middle, Virat looked rather cross with the decision, wonder why 69/5
View wickets PM Siddle 9 1 42 3 4.66 38 7 0
12.1 to Gambhir, outside edge and gone, Gautam's problems outside off continue, Siddle letting it rip from just short of a good length, finding bounce, the angle and away movement taking it away from the left-hander, but importantly, making him play, would have taken a very good leave to let it go, but he ended up jerking his hands slightly to the left to poke at it, the edge loops to second slip 39/2
26.1 to Tendulkar, that is the end for India, folks, Sachin has looked positive throughout his stay, and that is what consumes him now, he reaches out to drive this pitched up widish delivery that moves away a touch, and gully accepts the thick edge, Siddle is overjoyed, Australia are dominant, and India face a stiff defeat 81/6
34.6 to Ashwin, this time he is gone, Siddle has his man with the short ball, Ashwin moved across to fend it on the leg side, it popped up high in the air off the glove, and Cowan strolled to his right to take the dolly 117/7
View wicket NM Lyon 5.5 0 25 1 4.28 24 2 1
47.5 to Yadav, he goes for another big one, but this time he hasn't got enough on the shot, and Warner takes a leaping, scrambling catch at long on just inside the rope, running to his right, throws the ball in the air and Australia celebrate 169/10

Match details


Toss - Australia, who chose to bat
Series - Australia led the 4-match series 1-0
Test debut - EJM Cowan (Australia)
Player of the match - JL Pattinson (Australia)
Umpires - M Erasmus (South Africa) and IJ Gould (England)
TV umpire - PR Reiffel
Match referee - RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire - AJ Barrow
Close of play
  • Mon, 26 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 277/6 (BJ Haddin 21*, PM Siddle 34*, 89 ov)
  • Tue, 27 Dec - day 2 - India 1st innings 214/3 (R Dravid 68*, I Sharma 0*, 65 ov)
  • Wed, 28 Dec - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 179/8 (MEK Hussey 79*, JL Pattinson 3*, 60 ov)
  • Thu, 29 Dec - day 4 - India 2nd innings 169 (47.5 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


Day 4
Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
    • Australia 1st innings
    • Rain: Australia - 46/0 in 13.0 overs (EJM Cowan 7, DA Warner 37)
    • Australia: 50 runs in 16.3 overs (99 balls), Extras 2
    • Rain: Australia - 68/2 in 23.5 overs (EJM Cowan 14, RT Ponting 15)
    • Lunch: Australia - 68/2 in 23.5 overs (EJM Cowan 14, RT Ponting 15)
    • Rain: Australia - 68/2 in 23.5 overs (EJM Cowan 14, RT Ponting 15)
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 75 balls (EJM Cowan 21, RT Ponting 32, Ex 0)
    • Australia: 100 runs in 28.2 overs (170 balls), Extras 3
    • RT Ponting: 50 off 67 balls (6 x 4)
    • Drinks: Australia - 138/2 in 38.0 overs (EJM Cowan 44, RT Ponting 52)
    • 3rd Wicket: 100 runs in 162 balls (EJM Cowan 42, RT Ponting 55, Ex 3)
    • EJM Cowan: 50 off 120 balls (6 x 4)
    • Australia: 150 runs in 43.1 overs (259 balls), Extras 5
    • Tea: Australia - 170/3 in 53.0 overs (EJM Cowan 58, MJ Clarke 7)
    • Australia: 200 runs in 60.4 overs (364 balls), Extras 9
    • Drinks: Australia - 217/6 in 70.0 overs (BJ Haddin 6, PM Siddle 3)
    • New Ball Taken: Australia 244/6 after 80.1 overs (BJ Haddin 15, PM Siddle 16)
    • Australia: 250 runs in 81.2 overs (489 balls), Extras 16
    • 7th Wicket: 50 runs in 117 balls (BJ Haddin 14, PM Siddle 26, Ex 10)
    • End Of Day: Australia - 277/6 in 89.0 overs (BJ Haddin 21, PM Siddle 34)
    • Crowd: 70,068
    • Australia: 300 runs in 98.5 overs (594 balls), Extras 24
    • Drinks: Australia - 311/8 in 102.0 overs (JL Pattinson 7, BW Hilfenhaus 14)
    • Innings Break: Australia - 333/10 in 110.0 overs (JL Pattinson 18)
    • India 1st innings
    • Lunch: India - 6/0 in 3.0 overs (G Gambhir 2, V Sehwag 4)
    • India: 50 runs in 14.4 overs (89 balls), Extras 1
    • Drinks: India - 57/1 in 17.0 overs (V Sehwag 41, R Dravid 12)
    • V Sehwag: 50 off 59 balls (5 x 4)
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 70 balls (V Sehwag 33, R Dravid 20, Ex 0)
    • Tea: India - 99/2 in 30.0 overs (R Dravid 25, SR Tendulkar 2)
    • India: 100 runs in 30.1 overs (182 balls), Extras 2
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 79 balls (R Dravid 15, SR Tendulkar 35, Ex 0)
    • India: 150 runs in 42.2 overs (255 balls), Extras 2
    • Drinks: India - 167/2 in 48.0 overs (R Dravid 48, SR Tendulkar 47)
    • R Dravid: 50 off 137 balls (5 x 4)
    • SR Tendulkar: 50 off 55 balls (6 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • 3rd Wicket: 100 runs in 169 balls (R Dravid 39, SR Tendulkar 61, Ex 0)
    • India: 200 runs in 56.6 overs (343 balls), Extras 2
    • End Of Day: India - 214/3 in 65.0 overs (R Dravid 68, I Sharma 0)
    • Crowd: 52,858
    • Drinks: India - 238/6 in 79.2 overs (I Sharma 11)
    • New Ball Taken: India 243/6 after 81.1 overs (I Sharma 11, MS Dhoni 4)
    • India: 250 runs in 86.1 overs (520 balls), Extras 4
    • Lunch: India - 282/10 in 94.1 overs (UT Yadav 2)
    • Australia 2nd innings
    • Drinks: Australia - 27/4 in 12.5 overs (RT Ponting 9)
    • Australia: 50 runs in 16.5 overs (101 balls), Extras 1
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 70 balls (RT Ponting 22, MEK Hussey 28, Ex 1)
    • Tea: Australia - 81/4 in 26.0 overs (RT Ponting 33, MEK Hussey 29)
    • Australia: 100 runs in 31.1 overs (188 balls), Extras 3
    • RT Ponting: 50 off 84 balls (3 x 4)
    • MEK Hussey: 50 off 73 balls (5 x 4)
    • 5th Wicket: 100 runs in 144 balls (RT Ponting 42, MEK Hussey 54, Ex 4)
    • Drinks: Australia - 142/5 in 40.2 overs (MEK Hussey 59)
    • Australia: 150 runs in 44.4 overs (271 balls), Extras 7
    • End Of Day: Australia - 179/8 in 60.0 overs (MEK Hussey 79, JL Pattinson 3)
    • Crowd: 40,556
    • Australia: 200 runs in 67.6 overs (412 balls), Extras 12
    • Drinks: Australia - 229/9 in 74.0 overs (JL Pattinson 34, BW Hilfenhaus 6)
    • Innings Break: Australia - 240/10 in 76.3 overs (JL Pattinson 37)
    • India 2nd innings
    • Lunch: India - 24/1 in 9.0 overs (G Gambhir 6, R Dravid 5)
    • India: 50 runs in 14.4 overs (88 balls), Extras 10
    • Drinks: India - 68/3 in 22.0 overs (SR Tendulkar 27, VVS Laxman 1)
    • India: 100 runs in 30.6 overs (186 balls), Extras 10
    • Tea: India - 117/6 in 33.0 overs (MS Dhoni 14, R Ashwin 30)
    • India: 150 runs in 44.1 overs (266 balls), Extras 13
    • Drinks: India - 163/9 in 47.0 overs (I Sharma 6, UT Yadav 15)
    • Crowd: 25,865 (aggregate 189,347)
 
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