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

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

100.1

Lewry to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, on the off stump line, driven to extra cover

100.2

Lewry to Laxman, no run, kicks up from the good length, on the middle and leg, worked to square leg

100.3

Lewry to Laxman, no run, good delivery. Lands on the off stump line and goes with the angle and also, bounces a bit, Laxman has a waft but manages to pull out at the last minute

100.4

Lewry to Laxman, no run, fuller, just outside off, driven to mid off

100.5

Lewry to Laxman, no run, short of length, outside off, punched to cover

100.6

Lewry to Laxman, no run, Laxman in a spot of bother. Banged in short, on the middle and it came in, Laxman shaped to pull but is surprised at the extra bounce and by the inward movement and just about manages to jab it away

End of over 101 (1 run) Indians 305/3
VVS Laxman    51* (89b 7x4)      JD Lewry    20-6-52-0
Yuvraj Singh    8* (35b 1x4)     

101.1

Kirtley to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full and outside off, keeps a tad low, Yuvraj drives but connects with the bottom half of the bat and it rolls over to the off side

101.2

Kirtley to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full and closer to the off stump and Yuvraj offers the full face of the bat in defense

101.3

Kirtley to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, slipping on to the legs, flicked away to fine leg

101.4

Kirtley to Laxman, no run, fab delivery. Full and on the off stump line, moves away late and Laxman pushes inside the line. To his credit, he doesn't chase the delivery

101.5

Kirtley to Laxman, FOUR, skids on towards the off stump, Laxman pushes at it, gets an outside edge and it rolls past the second slip

101.6

Kirtley to Laxman, no run, short of length, outside the off stump, holds its line, pushed to cover

End of over 102 (5 runs) Indians 310/3
VVS Laxman    55* (92b 8x4)      RJ Kirtley    24-7-69-0
Yuvraj Singh    9* (38b 1x4)     

102.1

Lewry to Yuvraj Singh, no run, good length delivery, in the channel outside the off stump, bit of away shape and Yuvraj leaves it through to the keeper

102.2

Lewry to Yuvraj Singh, no run, another one that shaped away from the left-hander, Yuvraj shoulders arms and the ball sails through to the keeper

102.3

Lewry to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, clipped away from the stumps to the square leg region, this time the ball was much straighter

102.4

Lewry to Laxman, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Laxman stays back and defends it down on the leg side

102.5

Lewry to Laxman, no run, angled across the right-hander and Laxman leaves it through to the keeper

102.6

Lewry to Laxman, no run, beauty! pitched close to the off stump line and this one held its line, Laxman has a poke at it and the ball zips past the outside edge, another good over from Lewry comes to an end

End of over 103 (1 run) Indians 311/3
VVS Laxman    55* (95b 8x4)      JD Lewry    21-6-53-0
Yuvraj Singh    10* (41b 1x4)     

103.1

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full and on the off and middle, jabbed away to the off side

103.2

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, no run, pushes across Yuvraj who shoulders arms

103.3

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, no run, lands on a length, on the middle and off, turned to the on side

103.4

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, no run, outside off stump this timel Yuvraj lets that one sail past him.

103.5

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, no run, pushes it further away from Yuvraj who doesn't offer a stroke

103.6

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, no run, And again.

End of over 104 (maiden) Indians 311/3
Yuvraj Singh    10* (47b 1x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    14-3-29-1
VVS Laxman    55* (95b 8x4)     

104.1

Hopkinson to Laxman, no run, runs in off a short run up and sends one on a length outside off, pushed to cover. Resembles Greg Blewett a bit in his bowling action

104.2

Hopkinson to Laxman, no run

104.3

Hopkinson to Laxman, no run, on a length, outside off stump, punches to point

104.4

Hopkinson to Laxman, 1 run, short and outside off, Laxman swats it away past mid off

104.5

Hopkinson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, better. Fuller and on and around the off stump, Yuvraj leans forward, opens the bat-face, pushes it out to point

104.6

Hopkinson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, too full this time and is driven to mid off. An opportunity missed there. Had he got his placement right it would have been a four

End of over 105 (1 run) Indians 312/3
Yuvraj Singh    10* (49b 1x4)      CD Hopkinson    1-0-1-0
VVS Laxman    56* (99b 8x4)     

105.1

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run, well outside the off stump, moves away, left alone

105.2

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run, closer to the off stump this time, left alone again

105.3

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run

105.4

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run, on the leg and middle, worked to midwicekt

105.5

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run, banged in short and climbs over the left shoulder, Laxman goes for a hook and doesn't get a touch.

105.6

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run

End of over 106 (maiden) Indians 312/3
VVS Laxman    56* (105b 8x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    15-4-29-1
Yuvraj Singh    10* (49b 1x4)     

106.1

Hopkinson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fullish, on the middle and leg, turned to square leg

106.2

Hopkinson to Yuvraj Singh, 3 runs, from wide of the crease, on a length around of, Yuvraj stands tall to punch it down the track, past mid off

106.3

Hopkinson to Laxman, no run, full and on the off stump line, defended on the front foot

106.4

Hopkinson to Laxman, no run, on the middle and off stump, defended back down the track

106.5

Hopkinson to Laxman, 2 runs, drifts on to leg and middle, glances away to right of fine leg

106.6

Hopkinson to Laxman, no run, on the off stump line, fullish, driven to mid off

End of over 107 (5 runs) Indians 317/3
VVS Laxman    58* (109b 8x4)      CD Hopkinson    2-0-6-0
Yuvraj Singh    13* (51b 1x4)     

107.1

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, lands on a length, on the middle and off, swings in a touch, Yuvraj waits for the swing to play out before tucking it behind square leg

107.2

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on the middle and off, goes on straight, Yuvraj gets behind the line to defend back down the track. Cries of encouragement from the slip cordon.

107.3

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full and just outside off, Yuvraj leans across to defend. Again the slip fielders clear their throat

107.4

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full and on the middle and off, driven back to the bowler

107.5

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, no run, slower one, outside the off stump, pushed to point

107.6

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, classy extra-cover drive. Overpitched outside off and Yuvraj went down on his knee to drive it elegantly through cover region

End of over 108 (6 runs) Indians 323/3
Yuvraj Singh    19* (57b 2x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    16-4-35-1
VVS Laxman    58* (109b 8x4)     

108.1

Hopkinson to Laxman, FOUR, bangs it in short and Laxman plays a spanking pull shot through midwicket .

108.2

Hopkinson to Laxman, no run, full and on the off and middle, driven to mid off

108.3

Hopkinson to Laxman, no run, overpitched outside off, driven to cover

108.4

Hopkinson to Laxman, FOUR, fullish and on the middle and Laxman leans forward and caresses it through wide mid on . Classy

108.5

Hopkinson to Laxman, no run

108.6

Hopkinson to Laxman, no run, on the off stump line, square driven to point

End of over 109 (8 runs) Indians 331/3
VVS Laxman    66* (115b 10x4)      CD Hopkinson    3-0-14-0
Yuvraj Singh    19* (57b 2x4)     

109.1

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, short of length, outside the off stump, Yuvraj cuts it deliberately over backward point

109.2

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, no run, length-delivery, outside off stump, Yuvi wants to punch it on the up but ends up mistiming it to mid off

109.3

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, no run, angling away from Yuvraj who lets it go through to the 'keeper

109.4

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, no run, bouncer outside off stump, Yuvraj thinks about cutting but lets it fly past him.

109.5

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, no run, well outside the off stump, left alone

109.6

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, no run, lands on a length, on the off stump line, comes in a touch and Yuvraj jabs at it to the on side

End of over 110 (4 runs) Indians 335/3
Yuvraj Singh    23* (63b 3x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    17-4-39-1
VVS Laxman    66* (115b 10x4)     

Saqlain Mushtaq comes on to have a bowl. This is going to be fun. Yuvraj is not too hot against quality spin. Slip and short-leg in

110.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run, spins in from outside off, pushed to the on side

110.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, 1 run, goes back to whip a slightly short of length delivery past square leg. Almost a mix-up. Yuvraj came back for second, Laxman screams at him to get back and he does so in time.

110.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Yuvraj Singh, no run, from round the stump, outside off stump, left alone

110.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full and on the off stump line, driven back to the bowler

110.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on the middle and leg, pushed to the on side

110.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Yuvraj Singh, no run, from round-arm action comes a slider on the off stump, Yuvraj plays it late and manages to dab it away to silly-point

End of over 111 (1 run) Indians 336/3
Yuvraj Singh    23* (67b 3x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    20-4-48-1
VVS Laxman    67* (117b 10x4)     

111.1

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run

111.2

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run, lands on a length, outside off stump, goes away a touch, pushed to the off side

111.3

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run, fullish and swinging away, left alone

111.4

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, 2 runs, full and on the middle, driven to mid on

111.5

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run, slightly short ,on the off stump line, Laxman was almost through with his pull shot, has to wait for the ball to arrive and he then laps it past square leg

111.6

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run, on the off stump line, on a length, Lax stays back to push it to off side

End of over 112 (2 runs) Indians 338/3
VVS Laxman    69* (123b 10x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    18-4-41-1
Yuvraj Singh    23* (67b 3x4)     

112.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Yuvraj Singh, no run, slides in on the off stump, defended on the front foot. Silly point and slip in place

112.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Yuvraj Singh, no run

112.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on the middle and off, Yuvraj leans forward to stab it away to the on side

112.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Yuvraj Singh, no run, again with that round-arm action, on the middle and leg, worked to the on side

112.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, lands on a length, on the middle, goes on straight, turned to the on side

112.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, 1 run, turns to the pads, Laxman goes back to whip it to long leg

End of over 113 (2 runs) Indians 340/3
VVS Laxman    70* (124b 10x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    21-4-50-1
Yuvraj Singh    24* (72b 3x4)     

113.1

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, 3 runs, drifting on to the pad, Laxman flicks it to fine leg

113.2

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short of length, outside the off stump and Yuvraj pulls it over midwicket. Not executed well and ends up lobbing it over midwicket

113.3

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, 1 run, on the middle line, worked past square leg

113.4

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, no run, good delivery, bends in from around off stump and thuds into the thigh pad

113.5

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, no run, nice. swings in to Yuvraj who quickly gets his front foot from the line, brings his bat down in time to defend

113.6

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short at the body, Yuvraj pulls - doesn't quite get hold of it - and the ball rolls over to long leg

End of over 114 (6 runs) Indians 346/3
Yuvraj Singh    26* (76b 3x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    19-4-47-1
VVS Laxman    74* (126b 10x4)     

114.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Yuvraj Singh, no run, floated in from round the stumps, driven to mid on

114.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, slightly short, on the off stump line, Yuvraj goes back and across to whip it to deep midwicket

114.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run, full and on the off stump line, not much turn, driven to mid on

114.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run, floats in on the off stump line, goes on straight, Laxman goes back, works it to on side

114.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, 1 run, flatter and shorter, Laxman goes back to whip it to long leg

114.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Yuvraj Singh, no run, bit more air, on the middle, and spins a touch, Yuvraj drives back to the bowler.

End of over 115 (2 runs) Indians 348/3
Yuvraj Singh    27* (79b 3x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    22-4-52-1
VVS Laxman    75* (129b 10x4)     

115.1

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run, beaten Full and it swings away late, Laxman is drawn forward , a touch late in doing so, and is beaten as he tries to defend. VEry good delivery. More of the same and we could have a contest

115.2

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run, nope, he sends this one well outside off and Laxman doesn't need to play at it

115.3

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run, Quite similar to the second delivery. He needs to get that closer

115.4

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run, on the off stump line, not much movement and Laxman turns it to the on side

115.5

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run, and this one swings waywardly down the leg side

115.6

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run, And now shifts to well outside off.

End of over 116 (maiden) Indians 348/3
VVS Laxman    75* (135b 10x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    20-5-47-1
Yuvraj Singh    27* (79b 3x4)     

116.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on the off stump line, Yuvraj waits on the back foot to guide to backward point

116.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Yuvraj Singh, no run, stays back to punch it to Saqlain

116.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, from a round-arm action, full and outside off and Yuvraj stretches forward to cream it through extra cover

116.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on the off stump line, slightly slow in the air, defended on the front foot

116.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Yuvraj Singh, no run, drifts in on the middle, spins a bit, worked to the on side

116.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Yuvraj Singh, no run, floated on the middle and leg, Yuvraj shapes to sweep but doesn't connect and it bobs away off the pad

End of over 117 (4 runs) Indians 352/3
Yuvraj Singh    31* (85b 4x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    23-4-56-1
VVS Laxman    75* (135b 10x4)     

117.1

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run, swings well outside off. He is getting nice movement but is quite wayward

117.2

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run, short of length, outside off, pushed to point. That's the danger, since he is not controlling his swing he might resort to bowling short of length and would be completely ineffective

117.3

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run, on the off stump line, defended on the front foot.

117.4

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, no run, on the off stump line, Laxman goes back to play it quietly into covers

117.5

Martin-Jenkins to Laxman, 1 run, short of length, outside off, Laxman stands tall to punch it to extra cover

117.6

Martin-Jenkins to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full and he gets some swing but this one is down the drain, down the leg side

End of over 118 (1 run) Indians 353/3
Yuvraj Singh    31* (86b 4x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    21-5-48-1
VVS Laxman    76* (140b 10x4)     

118.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, FOUR, flighted up, on the leg stump line and Laxman whips it powerfully to deep midwicket but is misfielded there and he gets a boundary

118.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run, leans forward to defend a delivery spinning in from outside off

118.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run, slower in the air, outside off, Laxman backs away to guide to backward point

118.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run, fuller, on the off and middle, worked to midwicket

118.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run, quicker, on the middle and leg, turned to the on side

118.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run, flighted delivery, outside off stump and Laxman drives past a diving Saqlain to mid off

Match State: Lunch - Day 2 . It was a quiet session. The ball swung around a bit in the morning and both the batsmen chose caution over bravado. The bowling was better compared to yesterday. They had wasted by bowling too many short ones and when they were full, they were wide off the mark. Not so much today. Saqlain came on late and is yet to really settle down. Join us for the post-lunch session.

End of over 119 (4 runs) Indians 357/3
VVS Laxman    80* (146b 11x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    24-4-60-1
Yuvraj Singh    31* (86b 4x4)     

119.1

Rayner to Yuvraj Singh, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side. slip and silly point in place

Some of you have wondered why the Indian team is called Indians and not India. That's the tradition of tour games. Indians, Bangladeshis, Australians etc

119.2

Rayner to Yuvraj Singh, no run

119.3

Rayner to Yuvraj Singh, no run, floated in from round the stumps, defended on the off side.

119.4

Rayner to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, And he is gone! Yuvraj falls to spin. Rayner flights that offbreak and Yuvraj charges out to have a wild heave and is beaten in the flight. He misses it completely and is stumped

Yuvraj Singh st †Hodd b Rayner 31 (119m 90b 4x4 0x6) SR: 34.44

119.5

Rayner to Dhoni, no run, tossed-up, outside off, driven to cover

119.6

Rayner to Dhoni, 2 runs, comes down the track to square drive through cover

End of over 120 (2 runs) Indians 359/4
MS Dhoni    2* (2b)      OP Rayner    3-0-16-1
VVS Laxman    80* (146b 11x4)     

120.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run, spins down the leg side, Laxman fails to get a tickle

120.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, 1 run, on the middle and leg, whipped to long leg

120.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Dhoni, 1 run, doosra that lands outside leg stump, Dhoni waits for it land and grip before working it cautiously to square leg

120.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run, spins in from outside off and Laxman goes back to drive to mid on

120.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, 2 runs, on the middle and leg, flicked to long leg

120.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run, flighted outside off stump, driven to mid off

End of over 121 (4 runs) Indians 363/4
VVS Laxman    83* (151b 11x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    25-4-64-1
MS Dhoni    3* (3b)     

Rayner has a long chat with Saqlain. Not a bad guy to talk about off spin.

121.1

Rayner to Dhoni, no run, flighted delivery on the off and middle, driven back to the bowler

121.2

Rayner to Dhoni, no run, on the middle line,, Dhoni comes down the track to drive to mid on

121.3

Rayner to Dhoni, no run, real quick one, on the middle and leg, Dhoni is hurried on to his defensive stroke

121.4

Rayner to Dhoni, no run, sensing that Dhoni wants to charge out, drags back the length even as he pushes that one through, dhoni defends

121.5

Rayner to Dhoni, 2 runs, As expected Dhoni charges out but Rayner had slowed up the delivery with a bit of loopy flight and Dhoni got a leading edge to his heave and it lobbed over cover

121.6

Rayner to Dhoni, no run

End of over 122 (2 runs) Indians 365/4
MS Dhoni    5* (9b)      OP Rayner    4-0-18-1
VVS Laxman    83* (151b 11x4)     

slip and silly-point in

122.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run, outside off stump, doesn't turn in, turned to square leg

122.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, 1 run, spins in from the off stump, Lax goes back to work it behind square for a single. Dhoni v Saqi. Should be fun.

122.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Dhoni, no run, lovely doosra from the champion bowler. Dhoni is beaten comprehensively. Floats in outside off stump and theb breaks away even as Dhoni lunges at it defenisively. Sooper dooper doosra

122.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Dhoni, no run, conventional off break, defended on the front foot

122.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Dhoni, no run, fires it in quickly, short of length, outside off, punched on the back foot to point

122.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Dhoni, no run, slower in the air, turns in from the off stump, defended on the front foot

End of over 123 (1 run) Indians 366/4
MS Dhoni    5* (13b)      Saqlain Mushtaq    26-4-65-1
VVS Laxman    84* (153b 11x4)     

123.1

Rayner to Laxman, 1 run, on the middle and leg, Laxman goes back to turn it behind square leg for a single

slip and short-leg in

123.2

Rayner to Dhoni, no run, leans forward to defend a length-delivery to the on side. Gets his bat way in front of his pad

123.3

Rayner to Dhoni, no run, leans forward again to defend.

123.4

Rayner to Dhoni, OUT, doosra does Dhoni in! Released with a strange grip almost like a outswinger. It drifted in on the leg stump line and Dhoni shaped to paddle it but it broke back in to rap him in front of the middle. Rayner must have learned his trade from Saqi.

MS Dhoni lbw b Rayner 5 (12m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 31.25

123.5

Rayner to Kumble, 2 wides, slips down the leg side this time

123.5

Rayner to Laxman, no run

123.6

Rayner to Laxman, no run, defended on the front foot

End of over 124 (3 runs) Indians 369/5
VVS Laxman    85* (156b 11x4)      OP Rayner    5-0-21-2
A Kumble    0* (0b)     

slip, silly-point and short-leg crowd Kumble

124.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Kumble, 1 run, lands outside off stump, goes on straight, Kumble plays it off the track and pushes it to backward point

124.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run, leans forward to a delivery spinning in from outside off and drives to mid on

124.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, 2 runs, goes back this time to whip a spinning delivery, a touch uppishly but goes wide of the diving midwicket fielder

124.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run, on the off stump line, Laxman leans forward to drive to mid on

124.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run, doosra that landed on the off stump and broke back in, Laxman picks it and pushes to the off side

124.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run, on the middle, flicked to square leg

End of over 125 (3 runs) Indians 372/5
VVS Laxman    87* (161b 11x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    27-4-68-1
A Kumble    1* (1b)     

125.1

Rayner to Kumble, 1 run

125.2

Rayner to Laxman, no run, slips down the leg side, Lax fails to connect with his sweep

125.3

Rayner to Laxman, no run, leans forward to defend

125.4

Rayner to Laxman, no run, on the middle and leg, Laxman, on 87, defends to the on side

125.5

Rayner to Laxman, 1 run, spins in from off stump, slightly short and that allows Laxman to go back and turn it with the spin

125.6

Rayner to Kumble, no run, on the leg stump line, padded away

End of over 126 (2 runs) Indians 374/5
A Kumble    2* (3b)      OP Rayner    6-0-23-2
VVS Laxman    88* (165b 11x4)     

126.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, 1 run, spins from off stump line, Laxman goes back to turn it to the leg side

126.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Kumble, OUT, Saqi takes out Kumble. It landed on a length, just outside off stump and kicked up. Kumble stabbed at it and is done in by the extra bounce. It takes the shoulder of the bat and pops up to the slip. The spinners are burying the Indians in the post-lunch session. Monty Panesar must be watching eagerly

A Kumble c Montgomerie b Saqlain Mushtaq 2 (9m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

One slip and a gully, short-leg and silly point

126.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Sreesanth, no run, doosra down the leg side, left alone

126.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Sreesanth, no run, another one that kicks up alarmingly. Bounces from the middle line and hits Sreesanth on the chest as he lunges forward to block

126.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Sreesanth, no run, lands outside off, hurries on straight and Sreesanth is beaten as he tries to punch away

126.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Sreesanth, no run, comes down the track but Saqi drags back the length and he pushes it out to mid on

End of over 127 (1 run) Indians 375/6
S Sreesanth    0* (4b)      Saqlain Mushtaq    28-4-69-2
VVS Laxman    89* (166b 11x4)     

127.1

Rayner to Laxman, no run, spins in from outside off, Laxman leans forward to defend

127.2

Rayner to Laxman, no run, shout for lbw as Laxman fails to connect with his sweep shot but it was outside off

127.3

Rayner to Laxman, 1 run, slightly short, spins in from outside off, turned to square leg

127.4

Rayner to Sreesanth, no run, turns in and Sreesanth goes right back to work it to short-leg

127.5

Rayner to Sreesanth, 1 run, turns down the leg side, lapped around the corner

127.6

Rayner to Laxman, FOUR, Short and Laxman is quick to latch on to it. He jumps back to pull it over midwicket.

End of over 128 (6 runs) Indians 381/6
VVS Laxman    94* (170b 12x4)      OP Rayner    7-0-29-2
S Sreesanth    1* (6b)     

128.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Sreesanth, no run, doosra on the middle line, broke away from Sreesanth who defends with soft hands

128.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Sreesanth, no run, fires in quickly and outside off, Sreesanth is beaten by the pace

128.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Sreesanth, no run, The spider is spinning its web. Doosra this time and Sreesanth pushes at it and gets a leading edge to the off side

128.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Sreesanth, no run, shout for lbw as a full delivery hurries to crash into the front boot but the point of impact was just outside off

128.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Sreesanth, 2 runs, flat and quick, outside off, dabbed away through backward point

128.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Sreesanth, no run, slower in the air, lands outside off and Sreesanth stretches fully forward to defend. Well played there.

End of over 129 (2 runs) Indians 383/6
S Sreesanth    3* (12b)      Saqlain Mushtaq    29-4-71-2
VVS Laxman    94* (170b 12x4)     

129.1

Rayner to Laxman, no run, turns in from outside off, Laxman goes back to push it back to the bowler

129.2

Rayner to Laxman, no run, full and on the leg and middle line, flicked to square leg

129.3

Rayner to Laxman, 1 run, goes right back to a flatter delivery to wrist it away behind square leg. Moves to 95.

129.4

Rayner to Sreesanth, no run, flighted on the leg stump line and Sreesanth sweeps but can't beat the backward square leg fielder

129.5

Rayner to Sreesanth, FOUR, turns in from outside off with a bit of bounce but there was width on offer and Sreesanth went back, waited before cutting it through backward point

129.6

Rayner to Sreesanth, no run, tossed-up, outside off, driven back to the bowler

End of over 130 (5 runs) Indians 388/6
S Sreesanth    7* (15b 1x4)      OP Rayner    8-0-34-2
VVS Laxman    95* (173b 12x4)     

130.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run, on the middle line, full, Laxman leans forward to turn it to square leg

130.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run, flighted full and driven to mid on .

130.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run, bit more air, on the middle and leg line and spins down leg side. Saqi appeals but for what I can't fathom. No one else joins him.

130.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, no run

130.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Laxman, OUT, Saqlain decieves Laxman with a peach of a doosra. It floated in on the off and middle, landed on a length and Laxman went forward to defend. Suddenly, much to his horror, the ball kicked up alarmingly even as it deviated away, took the shoulder of the bat and went to slip. A very good innings from Laxman comes to an end. The pitch is increasingly aiding spin. Saqi is loving it.

VVS Laxman c Montgomerie b Saqlain Mushtaq 95 (234m 178b 12x4 0x6) SR: 53.37

The Indians have declared at the fall of Laxman's wicket. Four wickets went down in the post-lunch session as Saqlain and Rayner ripped across their off breaks and doosras to devastating effect. Yuvraj fell swiping wildly at a offbreak, Dhoni was swallowed by a doosra, Kumble was seen off by a offbreak that jumped and Laxman was knocked off by a deadly combo of doosra and extra bounce.

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Jul 9, 2007

Sreesanth in action against Sussex as the Indians prepare for the first Test, Sussex v Indians, Tour match, Hove, July 9, 2007

Sreesanth in action against Sussex as the Indians prepare for the first Test

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Jul 9, 2007

Andrew Hodd walks off after completing his century against the Indians, Sussex v Indians, Tour match, Hove, July 9, 2007

Andrew Hodd walks off after completing his century against the Indians

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