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

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Hello and a warm welcome to India's first tour game against Sussex. I am Sriram Veera and will be bringing you all the live action over the next four days.

Toss India won the toss and have promptly decided to go for some batting practice.

Sussex team: MH Yardy, JD Lewry, AJ Hodd, MA Thornely, CJ Liddle, RR Montgomerie, RSC Martin-Jenkins, RJ Kirtley, CD Hopkinson, Saqlain Mushtaq, CD Nash, OP Rayner

Today's weather Mainly dry with sunny spells. Moderate westerly wind.

Dinesh Karthik and Wasim Jaffer are out in the middle.

0.1

Lewry to Karthik, no run, A bouncer to welcome the Indians to England. Landed around the off stump and leapt away with the angle. Karthik dropped his wrists, got his bat away from the line and swayed away. Welcome to England gentlemen.

0.2

Lewry to Karthik, no run, Fuller, lands outside the off stump and goes away again. Karthik leans towards the line, covers the off stump and shoulders arms

0.3

Lewry to Karthik, no run, And again. Although this time, the ball was pushed further across off stump and again Karthik had nothing to do with it.

0.4

Lewry to Karthik, no run, Shortish and outside off, Karthik chooses to leave it all alone. Quiet start so far.

0.5

Lewry to Karthik, no run, around the off stump, again with the angle, Karthik gets behind the line to defend

0.6

Lewry to Karthik, no run, pushed across fuller and outside off, Karthik lunges forward, covers the off stump before shouldering arms

End of over 1 (maiden) Indians 0/0
KD Karthik    0* (6b)      JD Lewry    1-1-0-0
W Jaffer    0* (0b)     

Indian team: Rahul Dravid (capt), , , MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, VVS Laxman, Dinesh Karthik, , Sreesanth, , Gautam Gambhir, RP Singh, Wasim Jaffer, Anil Kumble, Ranadeb Bose

1.1

Kirtley to Jaffer, no run, Starts off with a full-pitched one, around the off stump and Jaffer leans forward to push it away to the off side

1.2

Kirtley to Jaffer, no run, some swing away. Full and leaving Jaffer who lets it sail past him

1.3

Kirtley to Jaffer, 1 leg bye, drifts in towards the pad, bit of late inswing and Jaffer shapes to flick but falls over a touch while leaning forward and the ball thuds into the pad

1.4

Kirtley to Karthik, 4 byes, Posthumous swing. The ball landed outside the off stump, seamed in and Karthik left it alone. Then the ball suddenly veered away from the surprised 'keeper. Hmm....

1.5

Kirtley to Karthik, no run

1.6

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, full in length, outside the off stump, shapes away. Karthik lunges forward and shoulders arm again

End of over 2 (5 runs, maiden) Indians 5/0
KD Karthik    0* (9b)      RJ Kirtley    1-1-0-0
W Jaffer    0* (3b)      JD Lewry    1-1-0-0

2.1

Lewry to Jaffer, no run, First aggressive stroke of the day. A square cut. Short in length, outside the off stump and Jaffer, who likes to hang on his back foot, cut it but straight to point

2.2

Lewry to Jaffer, no run, fuller, but further away from off stump and Jaffer doesn't fiddle around with it.

2.3

Lewry to Jaffer, no run, closer to the off stump, fullish and Jaffer shuffles back and lets it go by

2.4

Lewry to Jaffer, no run, And again. Typical English stuff. Keep it around the off stump and wait for a fatal mistake. Jaffer resists the urge to drive again.

2.5

Lewry to Jaffer, no run, deja-vu at Hove.

2.6

Lewry to Jaffer, no run, Hmm.. slightly short in length, well outside the off stump, Jaffer goes back and tries to pull. He got out in this fashion in South Africa in a Test. This time he ends up swatting it to mid off. Dangerous stroke; trying to fetch it from outside off.

End of over 3 (maiden) Indians 5/0
W Jaffer    0* (9b)      JD Lewry    2-2-0-0
KD Karthik    0* (9b)      RJ Kirtley    1-1-0-0

3.1

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, It's Karthik's time to let a length-delivery go past him to the 'keeper

3.2

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, straighter, fuller, on the off and middle, Karthik gets forward, to the pitch, and dead-bats it to the off side

3.3

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, Kirtley shifts the line back to the corridor outside off, not much movement, left alone

3.4

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, full in length, again outside the off stump and shapes away a touch. Karthik had shouldered arms and the ball carried well into the 'keeper's gloves. Cries of encouragement from the slip fielders. Doesn't take much to impress that lot.

3.5

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, They continue to ping that outside-off line. Karthik continues to leave them. Let's see who wins the battle of patience.

3.6

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, No surprise where that one went. In the corridor of temptation but Karthik is not flirting. He just got married two months back.

End of over 4 (maiden) Indians 5/0
KD Karthik    0* (15b)      RJ Kirtley    2-2-0-0
W Jaffer    0* (9b)      JD Lewry    2-2-0-0

4.1

Lewry to Jaffer, no run, The left-arm seamer Lewry angles the delivery away from Jaffer who doesn't bother to play a shot.

4.2

Lewry to Jaffer, no run, Another one that sails past the off stump. Lewry, so far atleast, has not got the ball to bend back in.

4.3

Lewry to Jaffer, no run, short of length, outside off stump, punched to point

4.4

Lewry to Jaffer, no run, full in length, slanted across and Jaffer leaves it all alone. Hmm..

4.5

Lewry to Jaffer, no run, Jaffer is more patient than me. Leaves yet another delivery in the zone.

4.6

Lewry to Jaffer, no run, It slants away again. Jaffer shoulders arm again. Slips scream in delight again. You would have thought, Jaffer had nicked one.

End of over 5 (maiden) Indians 5/0
W Jaffer    0* (15b)      JD Lewry    3-3-0-0
KD Karthik    0* (15b)      RJ Kirtley    2-2-0-0

5.1

Kirtley to Karthik, 3 runs, Drum rolls .... First runs off the bat. Full and on the legs, Karthik leans forward to flick it through midwicket

5.2

Kirtley to Jaffer, no run

5.3

Kirtley to Jaffer, no run, some movement there. It landed on a length, outside the off stump and cut back in. Jaffer shoulders arms and must have had his heart in his mouth as the ball nipped back in to almost shave the off stump. He had perished in a similar fashion before in the first Test against Bangladesh. Mortaza had dismissed him for a first-ball duck.

5.4

Kirtley to Jaffer, no run, leans forward this time, gets behind the line of a delivery just outside off stump and defends to the off side

5.5

Kirtley to Jaffer, no run, lands slightly outside the off stump and Jaffer shuffles to cover the off stump, makes sure there is no dangerous surprise for him from the bowler this time before shouldering arms

5.6

Kirtley to Jaffer, no run, full and on the stumps, Jaffer flicks it to square leg

End of over 6 (3 runs) Indians 8/0
W Jaffer    0* (20b)      RJ Kirtley    3-2-3-0
KD Karthik    3* (16b)      JD Lewry    3-3-0-0

6.1

Lewry to Karthik, FOUR, The first four of the day. The second scoring shot of the English tour. Short and wide, Karthik went back, stretched his bat out and carved it over point.

6.2

Lewry to Karthik, FOUR, Another one. Classy square drive. Fuller this time and just outside off stump, Karthik leant forward, head over the ball, opened the bat-face and placed it through cover point. All timing.

6.3

Lewry to Karthik, no run, corrects his length this time. On a good length, slanting away from Karthik who lets it go this time.

6.4

Lewry to Karthik, no run, even better. Some bounce this time. It landed on a length, on the off stump line and moved away with bounce. Karthik was quick to drop his wrists, get his bat from the line and lets it go past him

6.5

Lewry to Karthik, no run

6.6

Lewry to Karthik, no run, Lewry continues to take them away. Left alone again.

End of over 7 (8 runs) Indians 16/0
KD Karthik    11* (22b 2x4)      JD Lewry    4-3-8-0
W Jaffer    0* (20b)      RJ Kirtley    3-2-3-0

7.1

Kirtley to Jaffer, 1 run, Jaffer is off the mark. Off the 21st delivery he faced. He leant forward to a length-delivery, pushed towards cover with soft hands and ran with the stroke. Thornely swooped in and had a direct hit at non-striker's end but Jaffer was in.

7.2

Kirtley to Karthik, no run

7.3

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, closer to the off stump, Karthik gets close to the line before leaving it fly past him

7.4

Kirtley to Karthik, FOUR, Caressed away. Full-pitched, outside off and Karthik leant forward to time it throug the vacant mid-off region. Again pure timing. It was not a drive, just a mere push.

7.5

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, gets into trouble while trying to drive. It landed on a length, outside the off stump and cut back in a touch. Karthik moved forward and tried to drive but the movement beat him and he got an inside-edge on to his pad

7.6

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, short of length, outside the off stump, goes on straight this time and Karthik pushes it out to backward point

End of over 8 (5 runs) Indians 21/0
KD Karthik    15* (27b 3x4)      RJ Kirtley    4-2-8-0
W Jaffer    1* (21b)      JD Lewry    4-3-8-0

8.1

Lewry to Jaffer, no run, Full in length, outside the off stump, pushed to point

8.2

Lewry to Jaffer, no run, fuller, straighter, on the off and middle, Jaffer defends on the front foot. As always, one gets the impression that he was slightly late in leaning forward. That might be exploited by the Test bowlers

8.3

Lewry to Jaffer, no run

8.4

Lewry to Jaffer, no run, Short of length, going outside off stump but, again, Jaffer goes for a pull shot and ends up inside-edging it on to the pad. Hmm....

8.5

Lewry to Jaffer, no run, length-delivery buzzing through the off stump corridor and Jaffer doesn't offer a stroke

8.6

Lewry to Jaffer, no run, Fuller this time, the ball landed past the batting crease, but it was outside the off stump and Jaffer decides to show caution and shoulders arms

End of over 9 (maiden) Indians 21/0
W Jaffer    1* (27b)      JD Lewry    5-4-8-0
KD Karthik    15* (27b 3x4)      RJ Kirtley    4-2-8-0

9.1

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, leans forward to a full-pitched delivery around the off stump and drives to cover

Three slips and a gully

9.2

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, Good bounce there. Kicked up from just short of length, around the off stump and held its line. Karthik got on his toes, on top of the bounce and punched it down in front of him

9.3

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, Here comes the boucer. It was outside off and Karthik decides to sway away from the threat.

9.4

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, fullish, on the middle and leg, Karthik plays a good-looking flick shot straight to midwicket. He must be feeling that he missed out there. A yard to left or right of that man would have fetched him four.

9.5

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, hits the deck short of length and it leaps up, almost shoulder-high, outside off stump, Karthik tried to get on top of the bounce, realised the ball was steadily climbing and chose to sway away from it at the last minute. Good delivery.

9.6

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, Kirtley chips in with another bouncer. This one is on the middle and Karthik opts to duck under rather than sway away as a result

End of over 10 (maiden) Indians 21/0
KD Karthik    15* (33b 3x4)      RJ Kirtley    5-3-8-0
W Jaffer    1* (27b)      JD Lewry    5-4-8-0

The son of Christopher Martin-Jenkins comes on to bowl. Two slips in place.

10.1

Martin-Jenkins to Jaffer, no run, Gentle seam-up stuff, on the off stump and defended away

10.2

Martin-Jenkins to Jaffer, no run, lands on a length, outside off stump, goes away a touch, Jaffer lets it go past him.

10.3

Martin-Jenkins to Jaffer, no run, fuller, closer to that off stump and Jaffer opens the bat-face and guides to point

10.4

Martin-Jenkins to Jaffer, 3 runs, short of length this time and Jaffer goes back, stands tall and punches it elegantly through extra cover.

10.5

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, full and hint of movement away, Karthik gets on to the front foot and decides to let the 'keeper come into play

10.6

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, In the zone outside off stump, Karthik leaves it

End of over 11 (3 runs) Indians 24/0
KD Karthik    15* (35b 3x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    1-0-3-0
W Jaffer    4* (31b)      RJ Kirtley    5-3-8-0

11.1

Kirtley to Jaffer, no run, short of length and again there is a bit of bounce on offer. Jaffer stays back and withdraws his bat from the line

11.1

Kirtley to Jaffer, no run, on the middle and off, defended to the on side

11.2

Kirtley to Jaffer, no run, fuller this time and Jaffer leans forward and watches it sail right into the 'keeper's gloves

11.3

Kirtley to Jaffer, no run, full-pitched, right in the slot, on the middle and off, Jaffer drives straight back at the bowler who swoops down to make the stop

11.4

Kirtley to Jaffer, no run, full in length, lands on the off stump, shapes in a touch, Jaffer just keeps his front foot a little forward, leans his upper body over and defends to the off side

11.5

Kirtley to Jaffer, 1 bye, dug in short. Bumper. It climbs over Jaffer who ducks and almost climbs over the jumping Hodd, the 'keeper, who manages to palm it over him.

11.6

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, back to regular programming. Full and outside off, left alone by the batsman

End of over 12 (1 run, maiden) Indians 25/0
KD Karthik    15* (36b 3x4)      RJ Kirtley    6-4-8-0
W Jaffer    4* (36b)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    1-0-3-0

12.1

Martin-Jenkins to Jaffer, FOUR, Crack. Short in length, outside the off stump, Jaffer goes back and across and punches it through point.

12.2

Martin-Jenkins to Jaffer, no run, a tad fuller this time, around the off stump, Jaffer drives to cover

12.3

Martin-Jenkins to Jaffer, 2 runs, full and on the middle, gentle pace, Jaffer leans forward, whips it from the stumps through midwicket

12.4

Martin-Jenkins to Jaffer, no run, on a length, on the off stump, goes on straight, Jaffer hangs on the back foot and defends to the off side

12.5

Martin-Jenkins to Jaffer, 1 run, drifts towards the hips, tucked away past square leg

12.6

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run

End of over 13 (7 runs) Indians 32/0
KD Karthik    15* (37b 3x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    2-0-10-0
W Jaffer    11* (41b 1x4)      RJ Kirtley    6-4-8-0

13.1

Liddle to Jaffer, 1 run, another left-arm seamer. He hits the short of length, on the leg and middle and it climbs at the shoulder of Jaffer who swivels to pull it away weakly behind square leg

13.2

Liddle to Karthik, no run, on a length, landed just outside leg stump and moved in with the angle. Karthik is caught in his crease, tries to wrist it away to the on side, misses and is struck on the thigh pad.

13.3

Liddle to Karthik, no run, similar line and length, Karthik gets bat to ball this time and pushes it to the on side

13.4

Liddle to Karthik, no run, short-pitched stuff, lands outside leg and stays in that region, Karthik has no problem in staying away from that line

13.5

Liddle to Karthik, 1 run, full and on the legs, flicked away to Saqlain Mushtaq - can't wait to see him bowl - at long leg

13.6

Liddle to Jaffer, no run, good bouncer. It landed on the leg stump and moved in towards middle. Jaffer shaped to pull but was beaten by the extra bounce and was also cramped by the line. The ball buzzed past the flashing blade.

End of over 14 (2 runs) Indians 34/0
W Jaffer    12* (43b 1x4)      CJ Liddle    1-0-2-0
KD Karthik    16* (41b 3x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    2-0-10-0

14.1

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, gentle stuff on the off stump, tapped to point

14.2

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run

14.3

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, leans fully forward to a length-delivery outside off stump and defends to cover

14.4

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, again fullish, again outside off stump, again Karthik leans forward and yeah defends to cover.

14.5

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, bouncer. Climbs slowly, outside off stump - Jenkins is a gentle mediumpacer - swayed away

14.6

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, 1 run, on the hips, clipped past square leg

End of over 15 (1 run) Indians 35/0
KD Karthik    17* (47b 3x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    3-0-11-0
W Jaffer    12* (43b 1x4)      CJ Liddle    1-0-2-0

15.1

Liddle to Karthik, no run, another bouncer and Karthik goes down under

15.2

Liddle to Karthik, no run, short of length, around the off stump, Karthik goes back, gets behind the line to defend

15.3

Liddle to Karthik, 1 run, on the hips, Karthik shuffles inside the line, tucks it to square leg

A short-leg has moved in.

15.4

Liddle to Jaffer, no run, Full and on the off and middle, Jaffer hangs on the back foot to defend it down the track.

Karthik looks pretty upset that he has not been served drinks yet. Signalling to his dressing room.

15.5

Liddle to Jaffer, no run, beaten. Fullish, outside off stump, Jaffer is glued on to his crease, has a lame poke at it without leaning forward - that tendency is going to cost him dear in the Tests- and is beaten. He need to push forward more.

Camera pans to the stands. A old lady is knitting a sweater while the gentleman next to her is doing cross words.

15.6

Liddle to Jaffer, no run

End of over 16 (1 run) Indians 36/0
W Jaffer    12* (46b 1x4)      CJ Liddle    2-0-3-0
KD Karthik    18* (50b 3x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    3-0-11-0

16.1

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, 1 run

16.2

Martin-Jenkins to Jaffer, OUT, And Jaffer is gone. Full in length, outside off stump, Jaffer leans forward, a touch late in doing so, and he ends up stabbing at it, The ball moves away and carries a bit of outside edge to the 'keeper. First man down for India.

W Jaffer c †Hodd b Martin-Jenkins 12 (66m 47b 1x4 0x6) SR: 25.53

16.3

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, A bouncer to welcome Gambhir to England. He ducks under .

16.4

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, in the corridor outside off stump, left alone

16.5

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, leans forward to a length-delivery and defends

16.6

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, fullish, outside off stump, Gambhir drives to mid off

End of over 17 (1 run) Indians 37/1
G Gambhir    0* (4b)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    4-0-12-1
KD Karthik    19* (51b 3x4)      CJ Liddle    2-0-3-0

17.1

Liddle to Karthik, no run, Liddle continues to bowl his bouncer. On the leg stump line and Karthik goes under

17.2

Liddle to Karthik, no run, full-pitched outside off stump, Karthik eases it to cover

17.3

Liddle to Karthik, no run, slightly short of length, angling across Karthik who covers his off stump to leave it

17.4

Liddle to Karthik, 1 run, short of length again, on the middle and leg, tucked to the on side

17.5

Liddle to Gambhir, no run

17.6

Liddle to Gambhir, 3 runs, short of length, outside the off stump, holds its line, Gambhir hangs his bat out, away from his body - that's his weak spot- pushes it to third man

End of over 18 (4 runs) Indians 41/1
G Gambhir    3* (6b)      CJ Liddle    3-0-7-0
KD Karthik    20* (55b 3x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    4-0-12-1

18.1

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, full and just outside the off stump, Gambhir shuffles across, raises his arms and lets the ball go past him

18.2

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, fuller, much fuller, and well outside the off stump but Gambhir, who usually loves to drive, lets that one alone. Two slips waiting for a mistake.

18.3

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, closer to the off stump, on a length and again Jaffer lets that one go past him

Saqlain Mushtaq is warming up.

18.4

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, full in length and pushed across Gambhir who doesn't offer a stroke

18.5

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, there comes the drive. Mis-timed though. Full and outside off and Gambhir is slightly late in getting forward and the ball rolls towards mid off

18.6

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, on the middle, on a length, Gambhir stays back to push it away to the off side

End of over 19 (maiden) Indians 41/1
G Gambhir    3* (12b)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    5-1-12-1
KD Karthik    20* (55b 3x4)      CJ Liddle    3-0-7-0

19.1

Liddle to Karthik, no run, Yet another bouncer from Liddle. Karthik continues to duck. The umpire has a chat with the bowler. No, he is not bored with the bouncers but tells Liddle to get off the danger area.

19.2

Liddle to Karthik, no run, another bouncer. THis one is pushed across - he usually hurls it on the leg and middle region, Karthik who sways away

19.3

Liddle to Karthik, no run

19.4

Liddle to Karthik, no run, full and well outside the off stump, left alone

19.5

Liddle to Karthik, no run, on a length, around middle and off, defended on the back foot

19.6

Liddle to Karthik, no run

End of over 20 (maiden) Indians 41/1
KD Karthik    20* (61b 3x4)      CJ Liddle    4-1-7-0
G Gambhir    3* (12b)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    5-1-12-1

20.1

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, 1 run, full and on the legs, tickled past square leg

20.2

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, full in length, outside the off stump and moves away, Karthik leans across and lets it go past him

20.3

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, lovely delivery. Full and on the middle and off, Karthik shapes to turn it to the on side but the ball swings away late and he gets a leading edge to point

20.4

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, shifts it back to outside off stump, holds its line, Karthik leans forward to push it to cover

20.5

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, bouncer on the off stump line, Karthik sways away.

20.6

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, 1 run, on the middle and leg, on a length, Karthik shuffles inside the line, clips it behind square leg

End of over 21 (2 runs) Indians 43/1
KD Karthik    21* (66b 3x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    6-1-14-1
G Gambhir    4* (13b)      CJ Liddle    4-1-7-0

Saqi has beefed up a bit. He used to be a slim fella.

21.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, no run, flighted delivery and Karthik comes down the track rightaway, drives to midwicket

slip, short-leg and short midwicket in place

21.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, 1 run, on the middle and leg, swept away for a single

slip, silly-point and short cover in place

21.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Gambhir, no run, floated across, on the leg and middle, fullish, driven back to the bowler. Gambhir likes to attack the spinners.

21.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Gambhir, no run, nice. Just dragged back the length a touch, on the off stump line, Gambhir leans forward, shapes to drive and checks his shot a touch

21.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Gambhir, no run, slightly short, turns away, Gambhir cuts weakly to point

21.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Gambhir, no run, on the off stump line, Gambhir leans forward to dead-bat to silly point

End of over 22 (1 run) Indians 44/1
G Gambhir    4* (17b)      Saqlain Mushtaq    1-0-1-0
KD Karthik    22* (68b 3x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    6-1-14-1

Two slips and short-leg in place.

22.1

Liddle to Karthik, no run, Another first-ball bouncer from Liddle. Again Karthik sways away nicely from it.

22.2

Liddle to Karthik, no run, fuller, outside the off stump, Karthik plants his front foot out, gets close to the line and lets it go through to the 'keeper

22.3

Liddle to Karthik, 1 run, climbs up from short of length, on the middle and leg, at the left shoulder, Karthik jabs at it and gets it close on to the off side

22.4

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, full and outside the off stump, left alone. Gambhir has been patient so far. He knows the value of this knock. Jaffer has failed here. May be if he gets a big one, selectors might play him in the Test.

22.5

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, goes back to short delivery and defends to the off side

22.6

Liddle to Gambhir, FOUR, fuller, outside the off stump, no movement, and Gambhir eases forward, drives on the up through cover

End of over 23 (5 runs) Indians 49/1
G Gambhir    8* (20b 1x4)      CJ Liddle    5-1-12-0
KD Karthik    23* (71b 3x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    1-0-1-0

23.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, 1 run, floated on the middle, full, Karthik leans forward, wrists it past square leg

23.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Gambhir, no run

23.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Gambhir, no run, leans forward to a fullish delivery and defends to silly point

23.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Gambhir, no run, slower in the air, outside off stump, draws Gambhir forward and he drives to cover

23.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Gambhir, no run, quicker, on the off stump line, Gambhir drives to short cover

23.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Gambhir, no run, drifts down the leg side nicely but fails to turn in and Gambhir lets it go through to the 'keeper

End of over 24 (1 run) Indians 50/1
G Gambhir    8* (25b 1x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    2-0-2-0
KD Karthik    24* (72b 3x4)      CJ Liddle    5-1-12-0

24.1

Liddle to Karthik, no run, Liddle continues with his quirky trait. Another first-ball bouncer. It is Karthik again who sways away from the line

24.2

Liddle to Karthik, no run, Hmm... Bouncer again. Karthik sways away.

Quite a decend turn out today. Camera pans to couple of ladies sipping pimms.

24.3

Liddle to Karthik, 2 runs, short of length, around the off stump line, Karthik is quick to get into position and forces it through cover

24.4

Liddle to Karthik, 1 run, tip and run. Gets behind a length-delivery on the off stump line, places it towards cover point and runs with the stroke.

24.5

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, You guessed this delivery. surely? Yeah, another bouncer. Gambhir ducks under.

24.6

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, And again. Liddle continues to pepper away.

End of over 25 (3 runs) Indians 53/1
G Gambhir    8* (27b 1x4)      CJ Liddle    6-1-15-0
KD Karthik    27* (76b 3x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    2-0-2-0

25.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, no run, slow through the air, spins in from outside off stump, Karthik leans forward to push it to cover

25.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, no run, slightly short, outside off, cut to point

25.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, no run

25.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, no run, beamer! that slipped out his hand. Karthik manages to swat it away with a bit of inside edge to the on side.

25.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

25.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, no run, beaten Full and outside off, Karthik tries to open the bat-face and guide to point. The bat hits the ground and the ball goes through the 'keeper

End of over 26 (maiden) Indians 53/1
KD Karthik    27* (82b 3x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    3-1-2-0
G Gambhir    8* (27b 1x4)      CJ Liddle    6-1-15-0

26.1

Liddle to Gambhir, 2 runs, fullish, on the middle and leg, Gambhir leans forward, drives to left of mid off

26.2

Liddle to Gambhir, no run

26.3

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, in the zone outside off stump, Gambhir will shuffle across, lets it go past him

26.4

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, fullish, on the middle and leg, Gambhir shapes to flick but shuts the bat-face too early and gets a leading edge to the off side

26.5

Liddle to Gambhir, 2 runs, drifts on to the legs, flicked away to fine leg

26.6

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, on a length, in the temptation zone outside off, Gambhir shuffles back, sees that the ball is not coming in and decides to leave it alone

End of over 27 (4 runs) Indians 57/1
G Gambhir    12* (33b 1x4)      CJ Liddle    7-1-19-0
KD Karthik    27* (82b 3x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    3-1-2-0

27.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, FOUR, Crack. Flighted one outside the off stump, Karthik goes down on his knee and slog-sweeps it over midwicket. Taking the attack to the bowler.

27.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, no run, leans forward, pushes to the off side

27.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, no run, charges down the track, reaches the pitch, drives to mid off

27.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, no run, lands on middle and leg, slides on straight, KArthik is on the back foot, quickly gets the bat around the pad to push to short-leg

27.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, no run, good delivery. Teasing flight, outside off stump, turns in and Karthik lunges forward in defense. The ball spins in, gets the inside-edge, goes on to the pad and bobs up but doesn't carry to short-leg

27.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, no run, full, pretty full, outside off stump, Karthik shapes to drive but ends up jabbing it away to off side

End of over 28 (4 runs) Indians 61/1
KD Karthik    31* (88b 4x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    4-1-6-0
G Gambhir    12* (33b 1x4)      CJ Liddle    7-1-19-0

28.1

Liddle to Gambhir, FOUR, Short of length, outside the off stump, Gambhir moves towards the line, punches it on the up through cover point

28.2

Liddle to Gambhir, no run

28.3

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, full and outside off stump, left alone

28.4

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, short and outside off, cut straight to point

28.5

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, for a change, he bowls a bouncer in the fifth delivery. Gambhir ducks under again. Two slips and a short leg in place

28.6

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, better bouncer. Well-directed. Landed outside off and came in touch, Gambhir hops up, the ball comes in, and he sways away just in time.

The umpire has another word with the bowler for running on to the danger area

End of over 29 (4 runs) Indians 65/1
G Gambhir    16* (39b 2x4)      CJ Liddle    8-1-23-0
KD Karthik    31* (88b 4x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    4-1-6-0

Slip, silly-point and short-leg in place . No man in cover.

29.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, no run, quickish, on the off stump, patted to the off side .

29.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, 1 run, slower, on the off stump line, not much turn, Karthik pushes it to the vacant cover region for a single

29.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Gambhir, 1 run, from round the stumps, comes in with the arm, with a bit of extra bounce, Gambhir shuffles from the line, punches it to point

29.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, 2 runs, floated on the middle and leg, Karthik waits for the turn before flicking it past square leg

29.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, no run, outside off stump, Karthik leans forward to drive to the off side

29.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Karthik, no run, flighted one, slow through the air, on the middle, goes on straight and Karthik leans forward, head over the ball and defends.

That's lunch. Indians are 69 for 1. Jaffer was the only batsman to fall. Typical Jaffer dismissal too; he was slightly late in leaning forward and ended up nicking one behind. Karthik looked pretty solid out there and Gambhir has been patient. Solid start by the Indians.

End of over 30 (4 runs) Indians 69/1
KD Karthik    34* (93b 4x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    5-1-10-0
G Gambhir    17* (40b 2x4)      CJ Liddle    8-1-23-0

30.1

Kirtley to Gambhir, no run, A bouncer to start off the post-lunch proceedings. Gambhir ducks under. Two slips waiting.

30.2

Kirtley to Gambhir, 1 run, lands on a length, on the middle and leg, Gambhir waits for it to arrive before wristing it to square leg

30.3

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, lands on a good length, just outside off and shapes in a touch. Karthik lunges slightly and is beaten by the inward movement. He gets an inside-edge and the ball thuds in to the pad

30.4

Kirtley to Karthik, 1 run, fuller, on the middle and leg, Karthik leans forward to flick it away behind square leg

30.5

Kirtley to Gambhir, no run, full in length, on the off stump line, keeps a tad low, Gambhir pushes at it

30.6

Kirtley to Gambhir, no run, full and straight, Gambhir eases it into mid on

End of over 31 (2 runs) Indians 71/1
G Gambhir    18* (44b 2x4)      RJ Kirtley    7-4-10-0
KD Karthik    35* (95b 4x4)     

Two slips and a gully in place.

31.1

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, fullish, on the off stump line, Karthik is quick to get on to the front foot, head over the ball and defends

31.2

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, lovely delivery. lands on a length, just outside the off stump, and moves away. Karthik is beaten as he pushes forward in defense. he ends up pushing inside the line.

31.3

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, Again. Probing line and length, just outside off and late movement away, Karthik's bat comes through inside the line. The good thing for him that he didn't let the bat hang out and just went through the line

31.4

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, outside the off stump, full in length, left alone

31.5

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, 1 run, fullish, on the middle and leg, flicked away behind square leg

31.6

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, nice teasing line outside the off stump. Full in length egging Gambhir to push at it but the Delhi batsman resists the urge.

End of over 32 (1 run) Indians 72/1
G Gambhir    18* (45b 2x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    7-1-15-1
KD Karthik    36* (100b 4x4)     

32.1

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, hits the right length and the right area. Just outside off and Karthik quickly gets on to the front foot to defend

32.2

Kirtley to Karthik, 1 run, full and straight, on the off and middle, Karthik stays back, works it to midwicket region

32.3

Kirtley to Gambhir, no run, better stuff from the bowlers post lunch. Full and just outside off, Gambhir covers the line and shoulders arms

32.4

Kirtley to Gambhir, no run, slipping down the leg side, Gambhir tries to flick but can't connect

32.5

Kirtley to Gambhir, no run, on the off and middle, on a length, Gambhir leans forward, opens the bat-face, guides to point

32.6

Kirtley to Gambhir, no run, drags back the length a touch but keeps it in the right line outside off stump, Gambhir shuffles across and lets it go past the off stump

End of over 33 (1 run) Indians 73/1
G Gambhir    18* (49b 2x4)      RJ Kirtley    8-4-11-0
KD Karthik    37* (102b 4x4)     

33.1

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, continues with the teasing line outside off stump, left alone

33.2

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, leans forward to a length-delivery around the off stump and drives to cover

33.3

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, FOUR, edged but went wide of second slip. It landed on a length, just outside the off stump and held its line. Karthik stabs at it and edges past second slip

Third slip moves in now.

33.4

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, Similar line and length but Karthik doesn't go fishing this time

33.5

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, fullish, on the middle and off, Karthik gets right behind the line to defend to the off side. Good stuff from the bowlers so far in the second session. Asking a few questions to the Indians.

33.6

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, in the zone again and Karthik shoulders arms

End of over 34 (4 runs) Indians 77/1
KD Karthik    41* (108b 5x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    8-1-19-1
G Gambhir    18* (49b 2x4)     

34.1

Kirtley to Gambhir, 2 runs, on the leg and middle, at the hips, Gambhir stays back, tucks it in front of square leg

34.2

Kirtley to Gambhir, FOUR, slashed away. Full and outside off, Gambhir leans forward and carves it away through backward point. Jaffer could be getting a little restless in the dressing room.

34.3

Kirtley to Gambhir, 1 run, bouncer on the middle and leg, Gambhir is hurried on to his pull shot, but adjusts to swat it away to the on side

34.4

Kirtley to Karthik, FOUR, full and on the middle and leg, Karthik whips it through wide mid on. Saqi dives at mid on but can't stop. Deep square leg fielder gives pursuit, dives but can't stop

34.5

Kirtley to Karthik, 1 run, another one on the legs, another whip but this time straight to deep square leg

34.6

Kirtley to Gambhir, no run, ends the over with a bouncer, Gambhir ducks under.

End of over 35 (12 runs) Indians 89/1
G Gambhir    25* (53b 3x4)      RJ Kirtley    9-4-23-0
KD Karthik    46* (110b 6x4)     

35.1

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, full and straight, homing in on the off stump, Karthik gets solidly behind the line to defend

35.2

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run

35.3

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, another bouncer. Goes over the middle and leg, and Karthik ducks under

35.4

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, 1 run, better delivery,. Fuller and on the middle and off, hint of movement away. Karthik leans forward, sees the movement and opens the bat-face at the last minute and drives inside-out to mid off

35.5

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, pushed across Gambhir who lets it go past him

35.6

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, full and on the middle, Gambhir leans forward, gets his bat around his front pad to defend to the on side

End of over 36 (1 run) Indians 90/1
G Gambhir    25* (55b 3x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    9-1-20-1
KD Karthik    47* (114b 6x4)     

36.1

Kirtley to Karthik, FOUR, shot. Fullish and on the middle and leg, Karthik leans forward fully and drives authoritatively through the vacant mid-on region. Smooth. That's his fifty. A good start to the tour.

36.2

Kirtley to Karthik, FOUR, carved away. The bowler tries to correct the length but ends up pitching it short and Karthik goes back and across to cut it over point.

36.3

Kirtley to Karthik, no run

36.4

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, fullish, around the off stump, Karthik leans forward to drive to cover

36.5

Kirtley to Karthik, no run, length-delivery around the off stump line, Karthik stays where he is, gets behind the line to push it away to the off side

36.6

Kirtley to Karthik, FOUR, Third four of the over. Full and outside off, Karthik leans forward, opens the bat-face and square-drives past point. He continues to be aggressive.

End of over 37 (12 runs) Indians 102/1
KD Karthik    59* (120b 9x4)      RJ Kirtley    10-4-35-0
G Gambhir    25* (55b 3x4)     

37.1

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, 1 run, full-pitched outside off stump, Gambhir eases it to cover

37.2

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, 2 runs, full and on the middle and off line, Karthik leans forward, works it through midwicket

37.3

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, slipping down the leg side, Karthik places his front foot across, a touch too across and can't connect with his flick shot

37.4

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, on a length, around the off stump line, Karthik gets forward to defend to the off side

37.5

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, slightly short in length, on the off stump line, goes on straight, Karthik gets forward, taps it to the off side

37.6

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, on the middle and off, Karthik turns it to the midwicket region

End of over 38 (3 runs) Indians 105/1
KD Karthik    61* (125b 9x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    10-1-23-1
G Gambhir    26* (56b 3x4)     

38.1

Liddle to Gambhir, FOUR, short and wide, Gambhir cuts it away without any fuss.

38.2

Liddle to Gambhir, 1 run, length-delivery on the off stump line, tapped close to the extra cover and they run with the stroke. The two have run really well.

38.3

Liddle to Karthik, no run, short of length, on the leg and middle, straightens a touch and Karthik is cramped for room. He tries to stab at it, misses and the ball bounds off the thigh pad to gully. The bowler appeals for a lbw decsiion, gully fielder appeals for catch. The umpire turns deaf.

38.4

Liddle to Karthik, no run

38.5

Liddle to Karthik, no run, gets forward, pushes a length-delivery to the off side

38.6

Liddle to Karthik, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

Match State: Drinks

End of over 39 (5 runs) Indians 110/1
KD Karthik    61* (129b 9x4)      CJ Liddle    9-1-28-0
G Gambhir    31* (58b 4x4)     

That's drinks. First drinks of the day. They didn't take a break in the first session. Two fat kids are tucking into icecream.

39.1

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, its a bouncer to resume proceedings after the break. Gambhir, as he has done the whole day, ducks under.

39.2

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, a slower one to follow it up. On the off stump line and Gambhir picks it, leans forward to push it to cover

39.3

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, back to regular programming. In the region outside off, left alone

39.4

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, beaten In the similar zone outside off, Gambhir leans forward and has a poke at it.

39.5

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, same line again but Gambhir is alert to the trap and shoulders arms

39.6

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, short of length, climbs up outside off, Gambhir stands tall, pushes it to cover point

End of over 40 (maiden) Indians 110/1
G Gambhir    31* (64b 4x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    11-2-23-1
KD Karthik    61* (129b 9x4)     

40.1

Liddle to Karthik, no run, lands on a length, around middle and off, moves away with the angle, Karthik goes back and across, gets behind the line to defend to the off side.

40.2

Liddle to Karthik, 1 leg bye, good delivery. Kicks up from short of length, on the middle and leg and Karthik is caught on the shuffle and it thuds into the thigh pad and rolls over to the off side. The batsmen are quick to realise the possibility of a single and rush across.

40.3

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, short and outside off, Gambhir cuts but straight to point. An opportunity missed.

40.4

Liddle to Gambhir, 1 wide, Liddle reverts to his favourite delivery. A bouncer. Gambhir does what he is trying to do in this game. Ducks. Gambhir was out pulling in South Africa when he dragged to the stumps.

40.4

Liddle to Gambhir, no run

40.5

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, fuller, around the off stump, Gambhir gets close to the line, defends to cover

40.6

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, better delivery. Fullish, on the middle and off and it moves towards middle, Gambhir is bit late in getting the bat down, as if he expected the ball would move out but manages to keep it out

End of over 41 (2 runs) Indians 112/1
G Gambhir    31* (68b 4x4)      CJ Liddle    10-1-29-0
KD Karthik    61* (131b 9x4)     

Three slips and a gully in place

41.1

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, draws Karthik forward with a full-pitched delivery outside off and he taps it to cover

41.2

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, lands on a length, outside the off stump, goes on straight, Karthik leans across to defend on the front foot

41.3

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, And again. Karthik is playing a patient game. Nothing like a ton before the first Test.

41.4

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, 1 leg bye, full in length, on the middle and leg, moves down leg side , Karthik shuffles inside the line and tries to flick but misses. The ball strikes the pad before rolling away to square leg

41.5

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run

41.6

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, 1 run, on the hips and Gambhir has no problem in clipping it away to long leg.

End of over 42 (2 runs) Indians 114/1
G Gambhir    32* (70b 4x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    12-2-24-1
KD Karthik    61* (135b 9x4)     

42.1

Liddle to Gambhir, 2 runs, errs on line and length. Too full, too much on the legs, flicked away to fine leg.

42.2

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, better delivery. Homing in on the off stump line, Gambhir leans forward, opens the bat-face, guides to backward point

42.3

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, shifts the line to outside off but Gambhir is watchful and lets it sail past him

42.4

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, good bounce. Kicks up from a length but it was well outside the off stump and Gambhir shoulders arms. Good carry to the 'keeper.

42.5

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, Again a touch outside off stump and Gambhir continues to exude caution. Lets it go past him.

42.6

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, Here comes another Liddle bouncer and Gambhir goes down under again.

End of over 43 (2 runs) Indians 116/1
G Gambhir    34* (76b 4x4)      CJ Liddle    11-1-31-0
KD Karthik    61* (135b 9x4)     

43.1

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, 1 bye, more posthumous swing. It was a bouncer and Karthik ducked. The ball passed the batsman and suddenly started to swing away from the 'keeper who ended up palming it over

43.2

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, no run, fuller, on the middle and off line, driven to the on side

43.3

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, 2 runs, short of length, around the off stump, Gambhir plays it with soft hands towards cover point and the two rush off for a quick single. There is a overthrow and Gambhir comes back for the bonus run

43.4

Martin-Jenkins to Gambhir, 3 runs, fuller and on the off stump line, Gambhir is a touch late in getting forward and he wanted to drive through cover and it goes squarer through point

43.5

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run, lands on a length, outside off and moves away, left alone

43.6

Martin-Jenkins to Karthik, no run

End of over 44 (6 runs) Indians 122/1
KD Karthik    61* (138b 9x4)      RSC Martin-Jenkins    13-2-29-1
G Gambhir    39* (79b 4x4)     

44.1

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, close to the off stump and it remains outside off, Gambhir covers the off stump and lets it go by

44.2

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, It landed short of length, outside off and moves away harmlessly from Gambhir who doesn't offer a stroke.

44.3

Liddle to Gambhir, 1 run, full and straight on the middle and that's good enough for Gambhir to bring his wrists into play and he flicks it away behind square leg

44.4

Liddle to Karthik, no run, lands on a length, moves away, Karthik pushes it out to the off side

44.5

Liddle to Karthik, no run, better delivery. Fullish on the off stump line, Karthik stabs at it and gets a inside-edge

44.6

Liddle to Karthik, 1 run

End of over 45 (2 runs) Indians 124/1
KD Karthik    62* (141b 9x4)      CJ Liddle    12-1-33-0
G Gambhir    40* (82b 4x4)     

45.1

Lewry to Karthik, no run, full and outside off, holds its line but its still well outside the off stump and Karthik shoulders arms

45.2

Lewry to Karthik, FOUR, bad delivery. Short and wide and Karthik jumps at it to unfurl a fierce square cut past point

45.3

Lewry to Karthik, 1 run, slightly short in length, on the middle and leg, Karthik lifts his left leg in the air - nataraja style- and pulls it away to fine leg.

45.4

Lewry to Gambhir, 1 run, drifts on to the pads, flicked away to fine leg for a single

Two slips in place

45.5

Lewry to Karthik, 1 run, again very good understanding between the two batsmen. On a length, around off stump, Karthik leans forward, pats it close on the off side. One look at his partner and they are off

45.6

Lewry to Gambhir, no run, on the off stump line, fullish, Gambhir shuffles across to defend

End of over 46 (7 runs) Indians 131/1
G Gambhir    41* (84b 4x4)      JD Lewry    6-4-15-0
KD Karthik    68* (145b 10x4)     

46.1

Liddle to Karthik, no run, fullish and well outside the off stump, Karthik is not going to play that. All day they have bowled such deliveries. Either well outside off or too short.

46.2

Liddle to Karthik, 1 run, on the middle and leg, tucked to square leg for a single

Two slips and a gully in.

46.3

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, Slightly short and outside off, Gambhir gets across, cuts but straight to point

46.4

Liddle to Gambhir, no run, another harmless Liddle bouncer. You know what Gambhir did. Don't you.

46.5

Liddle to Gambhir, 1 run, on the off stump line, full, Gambhir leans forward, drops it in close on the off stump and again excellent understanding between the two. One look and they take the quick single

46.6

Liddle to Karthik, no run, fullish and outside the off stump, left alone

End of over 47 (2 runs) Indians 133/1
KD Karthik    69* (148b 10x4)      CJ Liddle    13-1-35-0
G Gambhir    42* (87b 4x4)     

47.1

Lewry to Gambhir, 3 runs, overpitched on the legs and Gambhir makes him pay for it. He shuffles inside the line to flick it away powerfully past square leg

47.2

Lewry to Karthik, no run, on the middle and leg, Karthik flicks it away to square leg

A little kid saunters into the outfield! A older boy comes rushing after him, lifts him and carries him over the ropes. Saqlain finds it pretty amusing. On a related aside, can we have Saqi bowling please?

47.3

Lewry to Karthik, no run

47.4

Lewry to Karthik, no run, on the middle and leg, worked to midwicket region

47.5

Lewry to Karthik, no run, full and well outside off, left alone

47.6

Lewry to Karthik, no run, leans forward to a fullish delivery around off, pushes it out to cover.

End of over 48 (3 runs) Indians 136/1
KD Karthik    69* (153b 10x4)      JD Lewry    7-4-18-0
G Gambhir    45* (88b 4x4)     

Saqlain is warming up. Real serious stuff. On the ground and doing stretches. Will the captain take the hint?

48.1

Liddle to Gambhir, 1 run, homing in on the off stump line, Gambhir stays back, drops it close on the off side and again they rush across for a quick single. 100 of the partnership up. So will we see Gambhir and Karthik opening in the first Test?

48.2

Liddle to Karthik, 1 run, goes back and across, gets behind a length-delivery on the off stump and punches it to extra cover

48.3

Liddle to Gambhir, 3 runs, here comes the Gambhir pull. Mistimed though. Slightly short in length and just outside off stump and Gambhir goes for his favourite pull shot. He has been quite restrained with that stroke today.

48.4

Liddle to Karthik, no run, pushes across Karthik who doesn't fiddle with it .

48.5

Liddle to Karthik, no run, on the middle, Karthik shuffles inside the line, works it to square leg. The man is standing to the right of the umpire.

48.6

Liddle to Karthik, no run, full and outside off, left alone

End of over 49 (5 runs) Indians 141/1
KD Karthik    70* (157b 10x4)      CJ Liddle    14-1-40-0
G Gambhir    49* (90b 4x4)     

49.1

Lewry to Gambhir, 2 runs, full and on the middle and leg, Gambhir plants his front foot across and gets his bat around that pad to flick it past square leg. Fifty up for Gambhir.

49.2

Lewry to Gambhir, FOUR, lucky boundary; edged over slips. Banged in short, it climbs at the throat and Gambhir jabs at it, gets the edge over the first slip. Gambhir looks stunned at the delivery while the bowler is pretty dejected.

49.3

Lewry to Gambhir, no run

49.4

Lewry to Gambhir, no run, full-toss, hint of inswing, driven to mid on

49.5

Lewry to Gambhir, no run, on the off and middle, Gambhir works it to the on side

49.6

Lewry to Gambhir, 1 run, on a length, around middle and leg, Gambhir tickles it away to fine leg

End of over 50 (7 runs) Indians 148/1
G Gambhir    56* (96b 5x4)      JD Lewry    8-4-25-0
KD Karthik    70* (157b 10x4)     
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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Photos

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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