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

101.3

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, good length delivery on off stump, it bounces a bit more than Dhoni thought it would and he ended up defending awkwardly off the back foot

101.4

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, once more Dhoni is late on the back-foot defence and the ball rolls past his stumps towards Prior

101.5

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run

101.6

Tremlett to Dhoni, FOUR, slightly wide outside the off stump and Dhoni gets off the mark by cutting it through point for four

India 358/5   MS Dhoni 4* (4b 1x4)

103.1

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, short and wide, seams away even further from Dhoni and Prior jumps across to take it (cleanly) in front of first slip

103.2

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, closer to Dhoni, but still not enough to bring a shot

103.3

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, that's the spot, Tremlett hits his back-of-a-length area and Dhoni takes a blow on his arm as he ties to drop his gloves, the ball falls into the slip area

103.4

Tremlett to Dhoni, 1 no ball, a beauty, seams away from Dhoni who prods at it, but didn't take the edge and a good job, too, as it was a no-ball

103.4

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, a touch wider and Dhoni lets it go through

103.5

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, comes onto the front foot and guides the ball to gully

103.6

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, finishes a testing over with one that nips back into Dhoni, who covers up with a straight bat

India 363/5   MS Dhoni 4* (11b 1x4)

105.1

Tremlett to Dhoni, FOUR, India trading in boundaries at the moment, Dhoni rides the extra bounce and guides the ball through the gully area and down to third man

105.2

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, opts to let this one sail past off stump

105.3

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, pitches up on off stump, Dhoni drives to short extra-cover

105.4

Tremlett to Dhoni, 2 runs, typical Dhoni as he launches into an expansive drive, goes high in the air over point and falls safely, pulling up short of the rope...Dhoni doesn't want to hang around here

105.5

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, puts his shots away as Tremlett pulls his line tighter

105.6

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, bounces and seams away from Dhoni and it's left through to Prior

India 373/5   MS Dhoni 10* (17b 2x4)

106.3

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, pushed into the covers and both batsmen scamper for a quick single, the throw hits the non-striker's stumps and Vaughan completes a sharp piece of backing up to prevent any overthrows

India 375/5   MS Dhoni 11* (18b 2x4)

107.1

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni's elaborate back lift, plenty of swishes, comes to nothing as he leaves alone outside off stump

107.2

Tremlett to Dhoni, FOUR, this one brings plenty, overpitched from Tremlett and he powers into an uncompromising cover drive which races to the boundary

107.3

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, touch slower from Tremlett, on middle and dug out to cover

107.4

Tremlett to Dhoni, 1 run, flicked off the hip down to long leg

India 380/5   MS Dhoni 16* (22b 3x4)

108.1

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, goes after a wide delivery, takes the bottom of the bat and lands short of Ian Bell at gully who reacts well to awkward bounce to bring off the save

108.2

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, driven up to mid-off, Dhoni is threatening to cut loose

108.3

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, banged in, drifts down the leg side and Dhoni goes for the pull, close to taking the glove as Prior brings off a fine take...that will boost his confidence

108.4

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, an inswinger is tucked off the pads for a single

India 385/5   MS Dhoni 17* (26b 3x4)

109.1

Panesar to Dhoni, FOUR, poor start, full toss and Dhoni latches on with a thumping, agricultural, drive through mid-on

109.2

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, comes forward and defends into the covers

109.3

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, Panesar not tossing it up too much at the moment, defended with bat and pad together

109.4

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, very full, dug out back down the pitch

109.5

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, angling towards leg stump (sorry, should have said Panesar is round the wicket) and Dhoni defends

109.6

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, completes the over with another block, not much threat from Monty's first over but Dhoni won't sit back for too long

India 393/5   MS Dhoni 21* (32b 4x4)

110.2

Anderson to Dhoni, 3 runs, more impressive timing from Dhoni, played off the back foot past mid-off and he makes it back for three even though he dropped his bat mid-run and still had time to pick it up again

110.6

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, banged in very short, and quite wide too, but Dhoni restrains himself on this occasion

India 398/5   MS Dhoni 24* (34b 4x4)

111.2

Panesar to Dhoni, 1 run, driven out to deep cover with the spin, although there isn't much

India 402/5   MS Dhoni 25* (35b 4x4)

112.1

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, comes into Dhoni, taken on the pad and a loud appeal is met with a shake of the head form Bucknor, and he's spot on as it's going down the leg

112.2

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, worked with the hint of inswing through midwicket

India 407/5   MS Dhoni 26* (37b 4x4)

113.1

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, stays over the wicket, nudged into the leg side...will Dhoni open up now the tail is in?

113.2

Panesar to Dhoni, 1 run, not yet, as he works into the leg side

India 418/6   MS Dhoni 27* (39b 4x4)

114.1

Anderson to Dhoni, FOUR, short and wide, help yourself and Dhoni does so with a perfectly placed cut through the covers...it's so well timed that deep point can't stop it

114.2

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, lets this one pass by the off stump, if England snare another before lunch it will have been a decent session

114.3

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, worked off leg stump out to deep square-leg, Anderson gets three balls at Kumble

India 423/6   MS Dhoni 32* (42b 5x4)

116.1

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, worked towards square leg, Anderson can now target Kumble again

India 429/6   MS Dhoni 33* (43b 5x4)

117.1

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, full-length delivery on leg, Dhoni looks to attack, coming forward but is too late on the shot

117.2

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, prods a forward defence this time

117.3

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, pitches on leg, forcing Dhoni to defend on the front foot, but it's not convincing and an inside edge skews worryingly down

117.4

Panesar to Dhoni, 1 run, a more orthodox shot this time, pushing forward for a quick single

India 430/6   MS Dhoni 34* (47b 5x4)

118.1

Anderson to Dhoni, 2 runs, outside off, cutting into the right hander who makes room to cut it back out to point

118.2

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, in to the right hander off the seam again, but he waits to ease the ball back out to point

118.6

Anderson to Dhoni, FOUR, Anderson loses his line, straying on to leg and Dhoni doesn't miss out, turning the ball off his legs behind square. A lovely shot

India 438/6   MS Dhoni 41* (50b 6x4)

120.1

Tremlett to Dhoni, 1 run, lets go gently on one which sails down on off, where the ball's eased out for a quick single

India 439/6   MS Dhoni 42* (51b 6x4)

121.1

Panesar to Dhoni, 1 run, width outside off and whipped off the back foot behind point

India 444/6   MS Dhoni 43* (52b 6x4)

122.1

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, Tremlett's line is wrong again, this one steepling down leg

122.2

Tremlett to Dhoni, 1 run, pitched up, slower, wide and invited the drive through cover

India 449/6   MS Dhoni 44* (54b 6x4)

123.1

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, defended on the front foot

123.2

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, on leg, tried to rush to square but didn't time it at all

123.3

Panesar to Dhoni, 1 run, similar ball, but better timing allows the single to square and brings up India's 450

India 450/6   MS Dhoni 45* (57b 6x4)

124.1

Tremlett to Dhoni, 2 runs, on leg, and moved away through the 45. Tremlett still struggling

124.2

Tremlett to Dhoni, 1 run, width outside off now, Dhoni cuts out to deep point and moves closer to his fifty

124.5

Tremlett to Dhoni, 1 run, outside off, almost crouching-crabbed* away through gully

India 455/6   MS Dhoni 49* (60b 6x4)

125.1

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, on leg, rushed to square but without being properly timed

125.2

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, driven forward to mid-off, Dhoni still looking for his half-century, but will have to wait

125.3

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, worked forward again, but has to settle for no run

125.4

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, pushed through on leg, Dhoni working it back out to the on-side. Still no fifty

125.5

Panesar to Dhoni, FOUR, but it's there now - a quick drive through mid-on. His half-century, a fine one and ever-entertaining, has come up from 65 balls, his sixth Test fifty

125.6

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, thinks about working it to square, but doesn't risk the single

India 459/6   MS Dhoni 53* (66b 7x4)

126.5

Tremlett to Dhoni, 1 run, switches the ball from off through midwicket for an easy single

India 465/6   MS Dhoni 54* (67b 7x4)

127.1

Panesar to Dhoni, SIX, splendid shot, driven right over the top wide of long-on - hitting against the spin

127.2

Panesar to Dhoni, 2 runs, worked out to point

127.3

Panesar to Dhoni, SIX, down the track and shouldered straight over long-on for a smashing shot

127.4

Panesar to Dhoni, 1 run, defended on the front foot

India 480/6   MS Dhoni 69* (71b 7x4 2x6)

128.1

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, tries to hook one which sails over middle, deviating late, but lightly, on its way over

128.2

Tremlett to Dhoni, 1 run, outside off, worked over the ball easily, down through gully

128.4

Tremlett to Dhoni, 2 runs, what is that shot?! Goes to hit a forehand winner of a pull - leaping in the air to boot - that goes high, but evades all three men out on the hook

128.5

Tremlett to Dhoni, FOUR, cut away, more orthodoxly this time

128.6

Tremlett to Dhoni, FOUR, short, outside off, licence to print runs, Dhoni hits the key marked 4, as he cuts away through cover. A rocket

India 492/6   MS Dhoni 80* (76b 9x4 2x6)

130.1

Pietersen to Dhoni, no run, that would have been a one-day wide down leg. As it is, it's a Test dot

130.2

Pietersen to Dhoni, no run, on off, defended forward

130.3

Pietersen to Dhoni, SIX, Dhoni doesn't really mess around, stepping down and muscling that one right over lond0on into the middle tier

130.4

Pietersen to Dhoni, SIX, short and crashed again - this one pulled up and over square, off a top-edge

130.5

Pietersen to Dhoni, OUT, doesn't work this time and he holes out to Cook at deep square. He couldn't resist standing up and trying to deliver a scoop but doesn't get enough under it, Cook taking a good catch, low

MS Dhoni c Cook b Pietersen 92 (120m 81b 9x4 4x6) SR: 113.58

India 508/7   MS Dhoni 92 (81b 9x4 4x6)
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Aug 13, 2007

Sachin Tendulkar with his medal, England v India, 3rd Test, The Oval, 5th day, August 13, 2007

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Commentator Michael Atherton sits on the npower stage on day five, England v India, third Test, The Oval

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