India tour of Ireland, England and Scotland, 2007 / Commentary

Pataudi Trophy - 3rd Test

England v India

Match drawn

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

79.6

Collingwood to Laxman, no run, and it's too wide to make him play, but Collingwood has done his job

India 276/4   VVS Laxman 0* (1b)

81.1

Collingwood to Laxman, no run, nice shape, but it's only medium pace and very wide

81.2

Collingwood to Laxman, 2 runs, Laxman opens his account, but nearly spooned a catch to short cover as he reaches out for the ball without much footwork, deep cover prevents a boundary

81.3

Collingwood to Laxman, no run, not interested in this one, left alone

81.4

Collingwood to Laxman, no run, still swinging for Collingwood, left alone, and surely the new ball is a better bet

81.5

Collingwood to Laxman, no run, too wide to tempt Laxman, who is getting a few friendly sighters here

81.6

Collingwood to Laxman, no run, clever bowling, sends down the inswinger which takes the pad but is going well down the leg side

India 283/4   VVS Laxman 2* (7b)

83.3

Anderson to Laxman, no run, decent line, but Laxman didn't have to play

83.4

Anderson to Laxman, no run, like this morning, Anderson not making the batsman play enough while the ball is new

83.5

Anderson to Laxman, 1 run, brings his line straighter and Laxman tucks the ball off his hip through midwicket

India 286/4   VVS Laxman 3* (10b)

84.1

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, defended into the covers, Panesar prevents any runs from cover point (he's not exactly Jonty Rhodes, but did his job)

84.2

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, played from the crease, out to cover point

84.3

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, tries the bouncer, but it loops harmlessly past Laxman without the batsman having to do too much

84.4

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, another short one, goes over leg stump as Laxman takes the ducking route this time...is Sidebottom setting him up for a full one?

84.5

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, pushed across the right hander, comfortable leave

84.6

Sidebottom to Laxman, 1 run, on leg stump and clipped out to deep square-leg

India 291/4   VVS Laxman 4* (16b)

85.1

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, sends his first ball very wide, they must make the batsman play

85.2

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, that's better, closer to Laxman but he can still shoulder arms

85.3

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, back of a length and Laxman defends at the top of the bounce

85.4

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, left alone, this is a waste of the new ball if the batsman get watch it go by

85.5

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, what a beauty, pitches on off stump, hits the seam and straightens on Laxman who is squared-up and nearly gets the edge...close call

85.6

Tremlett to Laxman, 1 wide, then follows it up with a wide, not what England needed

85.6

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, generally a poor over, apart from that one beauty, as Tremlett did make Laxman play five deliveries

India 292/4   VVS Laxman 4* (22b)

86.3

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, Panesar prevents a single this time as Laxman defends to the covers

86.4

Sidebottom to Laxman, 2 runs, typical Laxman, leans into the drive as Sidebottom goes too full and picks up a couple past mid-off

86.5

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, fires in a bouncer, Laxman goes underneath it...there hasn't been as much pace in the surface as England would have wanted

86.6

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, comes round the wicket, Laxman defends into the covers

India 297/4   VVS Laxman 6* (26b)

87.2

Tremlett to Laxman, 2 runs, not convincing from Laxman, tries to turn it through midwicket and gets a leading edge through the covers as India reach 300

87.3

Tremlett to Laxman, FOUR, Tremlett goes too straight and is picked off through mid-on, Vaughan is attacking so no fielder there and the ball trickles into the boundary

87.4

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, defended on the bounce to short leg

87.5

Tremlett to Laxman, FOUR, short ball which Laxman fends down into the slip cordon, Pietersen dives over it and Laxman collects four runs which take him to 5000 in his career

87.6

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, clipped off the pads and well fielded by Cook at short leg to prevent any runs

India 308/4   VVS Laxman 16* (31b 2x4)

89.1

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, short of a length, Laxman defends towards mid off

89.2

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, solid from Laxmam, out into the covers...maybe Vaughan should bring a man up on the off side

89.3

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, comfortably onto the back foot for Laxman, expect a tempter outside off before the over is finished

89.4

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, there it is, but Laxman isn't interest and lets it go...two balls left

89.5

Tremlett to Laxman, 4 runs, tries for the yorker, doesn't quite hit the mark and Laxman goes through mid-on...the ball looks like it will go for four, but pulls up short and Panesar has to chase all the way to the boundary

89.6

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, decent finish from Tremlett, made Laxman play and Vaughan fields at mid-on

India 316/4   VVS Laxman 20* (37b 2x4)

90.3

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, Sidebottom hits a good length on off stump, Laxman waits in his crease and defends towards the leg side on the back foot

90.4

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, fuller length on middle and off stump, Laxman takes half a stride forward and blocks

90.5

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, over-pitched on middle and leg stump with a hint of swing into the right-hander, Laxman leans across and flicks to square leg

90.6

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, good length delivery on off stump to end the over, Laxman leans forward and defends to point

India 317/4   VVS Laxman 20* (41b 2x4)

91.2

Anderson to Laxman, no run, fuller length on middle and leg stump, flicked off the pads to Panesar at square leg

91.3

Anderson to Laxman, FOUR, Anderson strays on to middle and leg stump, Laxman leans across his stumps and flicks past Panesar to the square-leg boundary

91.4

Anderson to Laxman, no run, Laxman tries to flick once more but Anderson's line is much straighter this time, he doesn't make contact

91.5

Anderson to Laxman, no run, good length ball on off and middle stump, Laxman defends off the back foot towards the bowler

91.6

Anderson to Laxman, no run, fuller length on off and middle stump, Laxman defends to Pietersen who is the man at squareish midwicket

India 322/4   VVS Laxman 24* (46b 3x4)

93.1

Anderson to Laxman, no run, short of a length on off stump, Laxman waits in his crease and pushes the ball towards cover point off the back foot

93.2

Anderson to Laxman, no run, fuller length on middle stump angling into Laxman who leans across and flicks to square leg

93.3

Anderson to Laxman, 4 runs, too straight from Anderson, Laxman leans forward and drives into the gap at midwicket, Vaughan gives chase and scoops the ball to Panesar just inside the boundary, the batsmen have plenty of time to run four

93.4

Anderson to Laxman, no run, Anderson replies with the bouncer, Laxman half ducks, half sways out of the way

93.5

Anderson to Laxman, FOUR, the ball rises sharply on Laxman outside the off stump, Laxman is caught by surprise and plays an uncontrolled cut, the ball flies over gully for four more

93.6

Anderson to Laxman, no run, short of a length on off stump, Laxman moves on to the back foot and defends towards cover

India 330/4   VVS Laxman 32* (52b 4x4)

95.1

Anderson to Laxman, no run, good length delivery pitches outside off stump and angles into Laxman who once again decides to defend on the back foot

95.2

Anderson to Laxman, FOUR, superb timing, Laxman waits on the back foot for a good-length ball to come to him, he merely pushed that, almost a defensive shot, but found the gap at cover and the ball races over the practice pitches to the boundary

95.3

Anderson to Laxman, no run, fuller length on off stump, Laxman defends on the back foot

95.4

Anderson to Laxman, no run, this time he gets on to the front foot and defends a full-length ball on off stump towards point

95.5

Anderson to Laxman, no run, Anderson digs it in short but the line is outside off stump and Laxman comfortably lets it pass

95.6

Anderson to Laxman, 1 run, on middle stump angling towards leg, a touch too straight and that's all Laxman needs to flick if off his pads through square leg

India 339/4   VVS Laxman 37* (58b 5x4)

96.1

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, beaten, Sidebottom cringes as another one passes the outside edge, he pitched that on a good length and seamed it away from Laxman who tried to defend it on the front foot

96.2

Sidebottom to Laxman, FOUR, this time he pitches on leg and middle stump, Laxman moves across and flicks the ball late into the gap at midwicket, he's timed that superbly too

96.3

Sidebottom to Laxman, FOUR, dropped, and it's Prior again, Laxman prods hard at one that is angling across him and gets a thick edge, the ball flies at a comfortable height towards Strauss who is waiting at first slip, the ball is nearly in his hands when Prior dives to his right and gloves the ball away, the ball runs down to the boundary as well

96.4

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, left alone outside the off stump

96.5

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, fuller delivery angling across Laxman and this time he lets it go rather than push at it

96.6

Sidebottom to Laxman, 1 run, on middle and leg stump, Laxman moves across his stumps and flicks to deep backward square leg

India 348/4   VVS Laxman 46* (64b 7x4)

97.1

Tremlett to Laxman, FOUR, too short and Laxman swivels and pulls almost effortlessly to the midwicket boundary

97.2

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, fuller length on off stump, defended on the back foot

97.3

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, defended towards the off side on the front foot

97.4

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, Tremlett pitches outside off stump and seams the ball away from the right-hander off the pitch, Laxman lets the ball go

97.5

Tremlett to Laxman, 1 run, Laxman turns a good length ball off his pads towards Sidebottom at fine leg

India 353/4   VVS Laxman 51* (69b 8x4)

98.1

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, full delivery pitches on off stump and angles away from Laxman who defends from his crease towards point

98.2

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, Sidebottom bowls it full on off stump, Laxman gets behind the line and defends to the off side

98.3

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, full length and the line is straight on off and middle stump, defended back to the bowler

98.4

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, Sidebottom bangs one short down leg side, Laxman doesn't play a shot at it

98.5

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, good length ball swings back into Laxman from off stump, he gets behind the line and defends back to Sidebottom

98.6

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, short of a length delivery pitches outside off stump and angles further away from Laxman who lets it go

India 353/4   VVS Laxman 51* (75b 8x4)

99.5

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, Laxman lets one go outside the off stump

99.6

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, quick delivery, 85 mph, it pitches outside off stump and bounces sharply on Laxman who lifts his bat out of the way

India 354/4   VVS Laxman 51* (77b 8x4)

101.1

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, shrt of a length outside the off stump, Laxman stands tall and punches it straight to the fielder at cover

101.2

Tremlett to Laxman, OUT, Prior's caught it, Tremlett bowled it short of a length outside the off stump and got it to seam away from Laxman who stood on the back foot and tried to hit it through the off side, he got a thick edge on that and Prior took the easiest of catches

VVS Laxman c †Prior b Tremlett 51 (101m 79b 8x4 0x6) SR: 64.55

India 354/5   VVS Laxman 51 (79b 8x4)
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