Border-Gavaskar Trophy - 2nd Test

India v Australia

India won by 7 wickets

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

Hello and a warm welcome to the final Test match between India and Australia. Can these two teams produce an encore? Is it even possible to do so?

We have a couple of stats for you.

# India last won a Test in Bangalore in 1995, when they beat New Zealand. They have played seven Tests since and lost four. Overall, India have won only four of the 18 Tests at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, while Australia have won two out of four at this venue.

# In the last year Rahul Dravid has been dismissed by left-arm seamers five times. Chanaka Welegedera took him out thrice and Bollinger got his wicket twice.

# Sachin Tendulkar needs 27 runs to take his world-record tally to 14,000.

Interesting discussion going on in the Neo Cricket studio between Venky Prasad and Tom Moody. Prasad reckons there won't be much reverse swing on offer in Bangalore. And Moody agrees. Both reckon if that happens, it would be interesting to see how the bowlers perform. In the last Test, Zaheer Khan and co exploited the reverse swing to create damage. What would happen this test? Well, that's what that discussion was about. Now over to the pitch.

Pitch Report by Ravi Shastri: "Pitch is bald. There is hardly any grass. There is quite a bit of moisture because of the rain earlier in the week. The pitch will be two-paced in the first session. It will best to bat on the day 2. India won't mind if they had to bat second as they can bat fourth. Australia would love to bat first. The pitch will get quicker later and it will be best to bat on day 2."

While we wait for the start, you can look back to that drama at the high noon when Laxman and Ishant took India home. Click to read the bulletin by Brydon Coverdale.

Toss Ricky Ponting has won the toss and chosen to bat. "It's little bit tacky this morning. It's overcast and the ball would move around but I would rather bat first than bat last. We just have to bounce back as strong as possible and try to win this game. Peter George replaces Doug Bollinger."

MS Dhoni: "This toss the bowlers won't mind too much with me losing! The forecast is for cloudy throughout the day; hopefully the moisture will remain and help the bowlers. We can't think about the first Test , not past nor future. Just concentrate on this game. M Vijay in for Gambhir, Pujara for Laxman and Sreesanth for Ishant."

The start is still about 30 minutes away. Let's Rewind to 1969 Australia's greatest challenge. In 1969-70 Australia won their series in India in what was a battle between spinners and batsmen ... but it was played against a background of widespread violence. Martin Wiliamson looks back.

"...Within minutes stands were on fire and bottles and seats being thrown at the fielders, striking two of them. The match drifted towards its conclusion against a backdrop of chanting, and the smoke billowing across the outfield got so thick the scorers were unable to see. When one of them - Jehangir Irani - marched to the middle to protest, Lawry, wanting to get the match done and dusted, suggested brusquely he move somewhere he could make out what was happening. "I reckon I can clean up the tail in this smoke," fast bowler Alan Connolly joked.

Fielders remained close to the middle, although the aim of some of the crowd was good. At one point as fast bowler Garth McKenzie ran in he was stopped in his tracks as large stone fell in front of him. In a rather surreal atmosphere police, at times no more than 40 yards from the square, ringed the action. To their credit, India could have gone off but chose to remain." To know more do read the Rewind by Martin .

So, Cheteshwar Pujara aka Chintu finally makes his debut. To read more about him have a look at this piece by Nagraj Gollapudi. Everything you need to know about Pujara is there. But only if i get the link right! All sorted out. Dive into that link now!

The umpires walk out there. On! as my former-colleague Kanishkaa Bala would have said. Hero, btw, is in England for higher studies. He is devouring all aspects of journalism apparently. Anyway back to cricket. Here we go.

0.1

Khan to Watson, no run, Three slips in place. One gully. Fine start from Zaheer. He goes for the yorker! Watson digs it out to the on side. It's not quite a yorker, lands short of the crease and Watson jabs it away

0.2

Khan to Watson, 3 runs, pushes this well outside off and Watson leans across to push it through covers. Slow outfield. It has been raining every evening for a while now. Well it didn't rain yesterday, though.

Three slips and gully for Katich.

0.3

Khan to Katich, no run, Outswinger and Katich covers his off stump before shouldering arms

0.4

Khan to Katich, no run, Edged to third slip. Full. very full, around that off stump and it curved away late. Katich edges the drive and the ball rolls to the third slip. There is some movement there

0.5

Khan to Katich, no run, on the middle stump line, worked to square-leg

0.6

Khan to Katich, no run, leans forward and across and pushes the length delivery to covers.

This is Sriram Veera, your commentator for now. Gopi is on the scoring duty. Sanjay will help him out later. And I hope to draft in Nitin for some commentary later on.

End of over 1 (3 runs) Australia 3/0
SM Katich    0* (4b)      Z Khan    1-0-3-0
SR Watson    3* (2b)     

Sreesanth adjusts his head band. Reminds me of Rumesh Ratnayake

1.1

Sreesanth to Watson, no run, a low full toss, looking for some swing there, tapped to square-leg

1.2

Sreesanth to Watson, FOUR, Sweet! He leaned forward to crash a full-pitched delivery through extra covers. It was full and outside off.

1.3

Sreesanth to Watson, FOUR, Fine strike again! It was another overpitched delivery, and Watto drives it to left of the bowler. Perhaps too full. He is looking for some movement.

1.4

Sreesanth to Watson, no run, This one is on the length and Watson drives to mid-off.

1.5

Sreesanth to Watson, no run, Good delivery this. It curves away a touch, on the off and middle line, from a length and Watson pushes it out to the off side

1.6

Sreesanth to Watson, no run, length delivery that straightens on the middle and off line and Watson comes forward to push it out to the off side. The slip cordon liked that delivery.

End of over 2 (8 runs) Australia 11/0
SR Watson    11* (8b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    1-0-8-0
SM Katich    0* (4b)      Z Khan    1-0-3-0

D Ramapriya: "Nice to see the excellent Pujara making his debut along with Dravid who he'll ultimately take the shoes of (Pujara is 6 months younger than Dravid was on his debut)"

2.1

Khan to Katich, 1 run, leans forward to whip the full delivery from around off stump line to right of mid-on where Pragyan Ojha makes a tumbling stop. Laxman would have approved that!

2.2

Khan to Watson, no run, Loud shout for lbw.It landed around the leg stump line and moved towards off. There seemed an inside nick. And it might have missed off too.

2.3

Khan to Watson, 1 run, another good delivery. This one is fuller and straightens on the leg stump line .. rolls away of the pad

2.4

Khan to Katich, no run, leans forward to push the length delivery to the off side

2.5

Khan to Katich, no run, fine probing delivery in the zone outside off and Katich stabs in thin air. The ball rushes past the edge

2.6

Khan to Katich, no run, beaten again. It's going to be that kind of a morning. Overcast conditions and all that jazz. This one shapes away from the off stump and Katich pushes inside the line.

End of over 3 (2 runs) Australia 13/0
SM Katich    1* (8b)      Z Khan    2-0-5-0
SR Watson    12* (10b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    1-0-8-0

3.1

Sreesanth to Watson, no run, good delivery in the channel outside off and Watson covers his off stump before shouldering arms

3.2

Sreesanth to Watson, no run, lovely delivery this: it lands on a length around middle and cuts away towards off, Watson does pretty well to cover for the movement and pushes it out to covers

3.3

Sreesanth to Watson, 1 run, fuller, straighter on the middle, Watson drives to right of Tendulkar at mid-on. Watson was looking for the second but kills the thought as Tendulkar had stopped the ball and was ready with the throw

3.4

Sreesanth to Katich, no run, lands this outside off and Dhoni collects.

3.5

Sreesanth to Katich, 1 run, fullish, around the off stump, driven straight to Tendulkar who makes a nice mess of it! And gives away a run.

3.6

Sreesanth to Watson, no run, length delivery on the off and middle line and Watson gets forward, bat and pad close together as he defends.

End of over 4 (2 runs) Australia 15/0
SR Watson    13* (14b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    2-0-10-0
SM Katich    2* (10b)      Z Khan    2-0-5-0

4.1

Khan to Katich, no run, lands on a length around off stump and Katich leans forward to defend to the off side.

4.2

Khan to Katich, no run, gets forward to play it as close to the body as possible.

4.3

Khan to Katich, no run, homing in on the off stump and Katich defends on the front foot

4.4

Khan to Katich, no run, on the middle and off line, Katich shuffles across to ease it towards mid-on

4.5

Khan to Katich, 1 run, gets across to push it to right of mid-on for a single. He almost wrists the straight drive.

4.6

Khan to Watson, no run, full in length around the off stump line and Watson gets forward confidently, a nice positive stride across, and drives to Pujara at covers

End of over 5 (1 run) Australia 16/0
SR Watson    13* (15b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-0-6-0
SM Katich    3* (15b)      S Sreesanth    2-0-10-0

5.1

Sreesanth to Katich, no run, in the zone outside off stump and Katich pushes it to Zaheer at point

5.2

Sreesanth to Katich, no run, bangs it in short and Katich ducks. The ball loops down to Dhoni who collects it around waist-high

5.3

Sreesanth to Katich, no run, fullish, looking for some swing - there isn't much- driven out to mid-off

5.4

Sreesanth to Katich, 1 run, this one slants away from Katich who pushes it to cover point for a single.

5.5

Sreesanth to Watson, FOUR, full delivery on the middle and leg, it doesn't swing out, it remains straight and Watson flicks it away to deep square-leg region where Zaheer tries to stop it with his boot and only manages to kick it beyond the boundary.

5.6

Sreesanth to Watson, no run, fine delivery. This one landed on a length around off and shaped away ever so late. Watson was squared-up as he pushed out at it and the ball rushed past the edge

There hasn't been any alarming lateral movement. Just about a bit here and there. Watson has looked the more confident of the two batsmen; not only in offense but in defense as well.

End of over 6 (5 runs) Australia 21/0
SR Watson    17* (17b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    3-0-15-0
SM Katich    4* (19b)      Z Khan    3-0-6-0

6.1

Khan to Katich, no run, flicks a full delivery to midwicket where Pujaraa makes a diving stop and sports a big smile!

6.2

Khan to Katich, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

6.3

Khan to Katich, no run, around the off stump line, on a length, pushed out to mid-off

6.4

Khan to Katich, no run, the short delivery outside off stump, Katich watches it sail into Dhoni's gloves

6.5

Khan to Katich, no run, Three slips and gully in. This one cuts in towards the off stump and Katich defends it out to the off side

6.6

Khan to Katich, no run, some extra bounce on that occasion. Katich takes out the bottom-hand of the handle and jabs it out to the off side

Narayan: ""Watson has looked the more confident of the two batsmen" - thats because Khan hasnt bowled to Watson as much!"

End of over 7 (maiden) Australia 21/0
SM Katich    4* (25b)      Z Khan    4-1-6-0
SR Watson    17* (17b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    3-0-15-0

Pragyan Ojha to bowl. Always good to check out early if there is some spin. There might be some grip because of the moisture.

7.1

Ojha to Watson, no run, on the middle stump line, on driven to mid-on

7.2

Ojha to Watson, no run, on the middle and leg line, pushed out to midwicket

7.3

Ojha to Watson, no run, slip and silly cover/point watch Watson defend on the front foot

7.4

Ojha to Watson, no run, flighted full on the middle and off line, driven back to the bowler

7.5

Ojha to Watson, no run, around the middle and off line, fullish, driven to mid-off

Paul: "Simon Katich needs to up his scoring rates - but I'll accept a slow century! "

7.6

Ojha to Watson, no run, puts his front foot out and then brings his bat around the pad to push this to mid-on.

End of over 8 (maiden) Australia 21/0
SR Watson    17* (23b 3x4)      PP Ojha    1-1-0-0
SM Katich    4* (25b)      Z Khan    4-1-6-0

8.1

Khan to Katich, no run, around the off stump line, defended to the off side

Peyush Dixit: "Zaheer did what Indian fast bowlers, with an exception of Agarkar, have been doing in outfield since ages; kicking ball beyond the boundary." Ha! but you forget Kapil Dev. Outstanding boundary rider. Venky Prasad was pretty safe out there.

8.2

Khan to Katich, no run, probing delivery straightening outside off stump and katich hangs his bat out , away from the body and the ball rolls to gully. Zaheer has look at Katich

8.3

Khan to Katich, no run, shuffles across and gets close to the line of the outside-off delivery and plays it pretty close to the body

8.4

Khan to Katich, FOUR, tries to catch Katich lbw with a full delivery on the middle stump line and Katich holds his balance and flicks it slightly uppishly but through the square-leg region. There is a fielder around midwicket

8.5

Khan to Katich, no run, fullish, just outside off stump and Katich pushes it out to the off side

8.6

Khan to Katich, no run, full in length just outside off stump and Katich drives to mid-off

Vikram Raj: "except that Venky Prasad was never a "fast" bowler." Oh well.

End of over 9 (4 runs) Australia 25/0
SM Katich    8* (31b 1x4)      Z Khan    5-1-10-0
SR Watson    17* (23b 3x4)      PP Ojha    1-1-0-0

9.1

Ojha to Watson, no run, Fab delivery As you would expect with some moisture, the ball grips on the surface. This one came in from round the stumps, gripped and turned right across the forward defensive prod

9.2

Ojha to Watson, no run, stretches forward to defend the flighted delivery

9.3

Ojha to Watson, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

9.4

Ojha to Watson, FOUR, Whack! Good delivery actually; it was flighted on a length outside off and Watto lifts it over mid-on. If he had tried to swing across the line to say around midwicket, he might have got a top-edge on that. He went straighter, over mid-on

9.5

Ojha to Watson, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

9.6

Ojha to Watson, 1 run, pushes this to mid-on for a single

Jim: "Watson is really putting pressure on Dhoni's bowling options with these fast starts." In fact Dhoni said: ""You cannot give too many runs with the new ball."

End of over 10 (5 runs) Australia 30/0
SR Watson    22* (29b 4x4)      PP Ojha    2-1-5-0
SM Katich    8* (31b 1x4)      Z Khan    5-1-10-0

10.1

Khan to Watson, FOUR, Crash! Watto moves forward quickly and drives the length delivery past the non-striker. Hit ona bent forward knee. Neatly done. "Terrific stuff. terrific stuff," coos SMGavaskar on air.

10.2

Khan to Watson, 1 run, from round the stumps now. Watson gets forward to work it to square-leg region

10.3

Khan to Katich, no run, fullish around middle and off line, Katich shuffles across to push this to mid-on

10.4

Khan to Katich, 1 run, length delivery around the off stump, tapped close towards say short extra cover and off they go

10.5

Khan to Watson, FOUR, from round the stumps, on a length and just outside off, Watson plays his fav front-foot chop to thirdman. He was on the front foot, waited for the ball to come to him, opened the bat-face and chopped it past gully. Very nicely done.

10.6

Khan to Watson, FOUR, And lot more flashier this time. It was outside off and Watson flashes it to right of gully this time. The previous one was steered to left of that fielder. This one has been cracked hard to the right of him

End of over 11 (14 runs) Australia 44/0
SR Watson    35* (33b 7x4)      Z Khan    6-1-24-0
SM Katich    9* (33b 1x4)      PP Ojha    2-1-5-0

11.1

Ojha to Katich, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

11.2

Ojha to Katich, no run, almost carries to backward short-leg. It was on the middle and off line, Katich went for the flick and ended up dragging it to right of Raina but just short of the lunging fielder. FWIW, Raina stands too tall for that position. He needs to crouch a bit more

11.3

Ojha to Katich, FOUR, reaches outside off, picks the ball and swings it over square-leg. Drag n whack!

11.4

Ojha to Katich, no run, gets behind the line of this one and defends

11.5

Ojha to Katich, 1 run, gets forward to flick it uppishly for a single

11.6

Ojha to Watson, no run, full and on the leg stump line, worked to midwicket

End of over 12 (5 runs) Australia 49/0
SR Watson    35* (34b 7x4)      PP Ojha    3-1-10-0
SM Katich    14* (38b 2x4)      Z Khan    6-1-24-0

12.1

Sreesanth to Katich, no run, Two slips and a gully watch Katich leave a delivery in the zone outside off stump.

12.2

Sreesanth to Katich, no run, fullish, around the off stump line, driven out to Vijay at cover

12.3

Sreesanth to Katich, no run, on a length, around the off stump line, Katich goes across to defend it back down the track

12.4

Sreesanth to Katich, no run, shuffles across to push the length delivery to cover

VIshal G: "I'd agree with you about the boundary fielding if any other player, bowler or otherwise, were involved. In Zaheer's case, I am willing to make an exception. I'd rather have him punt a ball from mid-off to fine leg for a boundary than have him dive and injure himself. Imagine the bowling situation, then..."

12.5

Sreesanth to Katich, 1 leg bye, good delivery. It landed on a length around middle and straightened. Katich had shuffled across and ended up stabbing it to the on side. It went of the thigh pad actually. Watson calls for a quick single and makes it across in time to beat a throw from Pujara. 50 up for Aus. Good solid start.

Zaheer has a word with Sreesanth who nods

12.6

Sreesanth to Watson, FOUR, Imperious! lands this short of length and Watson pulls it through midwicket. Crunchy pull!

End of over 13 (5 runs) Australia 54/0
SR Watson    39* (35b 8x4)      S Sreesanth    4-0-19-0
SM Katich    14* (43b 2x4)      PP Ojha    3-1-10-0

Harbhajan to bowl

13.1

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, FOUR, Welcome sir. Katich stretches across to crash it through cover point. He leaned forward and across to square drive that

13.2

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, slip, silly cover and short extra cover watch this ball turn and bounce into Dhoni's gloves.

13.3

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, on the off stump line, squeezed out to backward point

13.4

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, 2 runs, lands on the middle and off and spins, Katich waits on the back foot, allows the ball to turn before guiding it through gully. Zaheer ambles after it from backward point

13.5

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, on the off stump lune, squeezed out to backward point

13.6

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, on the off stump line, guided to backward point

Drinks break. Over to Nitin who will take up the commentary when the game resumes.

End of over 14 (6 runs) Australia 60/0
SM Katich    20* (49b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-6-0
SR Watson    39* (35b 8x4)      S Sreesanth    4-0-19-0

Sreesanth now to Watson.

Thanks Sriram Veera. Good intense hour that; Seam for Zaheer, swing for Sreesanth, turn and bounce for both Ojha and Harbhajan. But Australia have played positively and played well, just one big appeal in that hour and even that involved an inside edge as the fielders hoped for an lbw. Good noisy crowd in Bangalore adds to the atmosphere.

Hilarious comment from @ChennaiIPL on Twitter: "India's bowlers need an alarm clock, that is the only way they will take early wickets." Oh well!

14.1

Sreesanth to Watson, 1 run, short and a little outside off, Watson stays back and cuts to deep point. India have cover there, Watson has already managed to push the field back

Two slips for Katich.

14.2

Sreesanth to Katich, no run, angling across from leg towards the corridor, Katich does his shuffle and ends up in line with the short ball. Jabbed to the off side

14.3

Sreesanth to Katich, no run, huge appeal, Gould takes a good while thinking about it and then shakes his head. Sreesanth landed that half on leg stump, and half outside the mat, smacks Katich's pads in front of leg and middle as he shuffles across. Hmm, tight call that. The ball was crashing into the stumps, the replays suggest exactly half the ball was in the mat

14.4

Sreesanth to Katich, no run, on the pads again, turned away to the leg side

Katich smartly adjusts his stance. He is starting from well outside leg now so that the shuffle brings him to leg and middle instead of off and outside off.

14.5

Sreesanth to Katich, 2 runs, fuller on middle and leg, Katich reaches uncertainly and gets some inside edge away to deep square leg

14.6

Sreesanth to Katich, no run, good bouncer to finish off and in line with Katich's body as he shuffles into it. He wasn't expecting it and ducked under it at the last moment as it whistled past his head

End of over 15 (3 runs) Australia 63/0
SM Katich    22* (54b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    5-0-22-0
SR Watson    40* (36b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-6-0

Harbhajan now with slip, leg slip and short leg. And a short midwicket.

15.1

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, fullish off break on off stump turning in, worked with the spin to short midwicket

15.2

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, 1 run, shorter outside off, Watson stays in the crease, waits for the spin and plays to the off side

Round the wicket to Katich.

15.3

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, back of a length outside off, turning away, played watchfully to the off side by Katich

15.4

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, 1 run, draws him out with flight on middle and leg, Katich plays softly to the off side and they make a belated decision to take a tight single. Pujara shied from covers and missed, but Watson made his ground

15.5

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, on middle and leg, Watson looks to nurdle around the corner but can't beat leg slip

15.6

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, 1 run, full on off and swept with the turn to deep square leg.

Arun Lal on air made a pertinent point a while back. Harbhajan has not bowled a single doosra in the first Test or today. I don't remember seeing any in Sri Lanka either. In fact, even on the final day in Eden Gardens against South Africa, it was the straighter ones that troubled the left handers like Prince and Duminy, not the doosra.

End of over 16 (3 runs) Australia 66/0
SR Watson    42* (40b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-9-0
SM Katich    23* (56b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    5-0-22-0

Sree to continue. Two slips to Watto.

16.1

Sreesanth to Watson, no run, back of a length on off stump, Watson stays back and defends with the full face

Ashwath: "Chinnaswamy is missing Kumble big time!We remember the test against Pakistan where he almost routed the Pak bastmen, only for bad light to stop India from winning!" Jumbo was in the nets yesterday. We miss him too!

16.2

Sreesanth to Watson, no run, good stuff, fuller on off stump, searching for movement and getting it to curve away nicely. Watson spots it and lets it go

16.3

Sreesanth to Watson, no run, full on the stumps, opens the face and runs it to the off side

16.4

Sreesanth to Watson, no run, another huge lbw appeal, but Gould had no doubts here and says not out early. It cut in from off stump, had Watson in trouble as he eased half forward and rapped him high on the front pad. Was it the height? We will wait for replays.

Sree is looking good in this spell.

16.5

Sreesanth to Watson, 2 runs, opens the face outside off and picks a quick couple behind backward point

16.6

Sreesanth to Watson, 1 no ball, Well, Sree is in for Ishant and seems to have picked up something from him. Big no-ball. Hmm, will Sree also play a match-winning innings on day five?

16.6

Sreesanth to Watson, no run, good stuff this, bustles in and lands it on a length around off stump and it hurries through as it holds its line. Watson plays it off the inside half towards midwicket

Swing away and then some of these in duckers. Sree is a handful currently, but Aus are handling him well. We still await replays on that lbw appeal.

End of over 17 (3 runs) Australia 69/0
SR Watson    44* (47b 8x4)      S Sreesanth    6-0-25-0
SM Katich    23* (56b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-9-0

17.1

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, ripper from Bhajji, drifts in towards off from wide of the crease and breaks away sharply with bounce as Katich plays inside the line. Fended uncertainly there,

17.2

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, 1 run, fuller on the pads and worked off the toes towards midwicket for one

Asst. editor George Binoy: "I have never seen Harbhajan turn the ball so much on day one."

17.3

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, 1 run, drifts in from outside off and Watto turns it with the spin towards midwicket for one

17.4

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, tossed up outside off, Katich shuffles across and looks to drive through the off side

17.5

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, sharper and quicker, flatter, but gets turn from middle across the face of Katich's bat. Played off the outside half behind square on the off side

17.6

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, full outside off, Katich is drawn forward but he lets it go

End of over 18 (2 runs) Australia 71/0
SM Katich    24* (61b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-11-0
SR Watson    45* (48b 8x4)      S Sreesanth    6-0-25-0

Sree bustles in again.

18.1

Sreesanth to Watson, no run, another one that holds it line and comes in with the angle from outside off. Watto comes forward and defends to the leg side

18.2

Sreesanth to Watson, 1 run, too short and Watson is in position early. Pulled along the carpet to Vijay at deep square leg

18.3

Sreesanth to Katich, no run, bouncer, too short for anything. Katich gets under it

18.4

Sreesanth to Katich, no run, does something different there, Sree delivers from very wide of the crease and gets some late swing after it angles across Katich. He should not try too many things here.

18.5

Sreesanth to Katich, no run, on a length on middle and off, a little bit of extra bounce. Katich stays back and works it to the leg side. Vijay cuts it off and they decide against a single

Round the wicket now.

18.6

Sreesanth to Katich, no run, short ball angled into Katich's body. He stayed back and played it to the leg side

End of over 19 (1 run) Australia 72/0
SM Katich    24* (65b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    7-0-26-0
SR Watson    46* (50b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-11-0

Harbhajan continues.

19.1

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, turns in from outside off, Watto reaches out and smothers the spin

19.2

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, drifts down the leg with the spin as Watto looks to whip off the backfoot. Misses and Dhoni collects

19.3

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, 1 run, swept hard from outside off, along the ground to deep midwicket for one

Two slips.

19.4

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, tossed up well outside leg and turning into the batsman. Padded away

19.5

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, full on middle and leg, driven with the spin to cover

19.6

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, sharp turn and bounce from off stump, Katich lets it go after coming forward.

Good passage of play this. Australia are doing well against some purposeful bowling.

End of over 20 (1 run) Australia 73/0
SM Katich    24* (68b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-12-0
SR Watson    47* (53b 8x4)      S Sreesanth    7-0-26-0

Vijay: "Apart from the bowling,another worrying factor for India is Dravid's average of 21.69 in 5 matches on his home ground" Ojha replaces Sree. Slip and silly mid off.

20.1

Ojha to Watson, no run, tossed up on middle and off, Watson reaches out and plays to the leg side

20.2

Ojha to Watson, no run, doesn't quite reach the pitch this time, but covers the turn and plays it off the outside half towards point

20.3

Ojha to Watson, no run, over-pitched on middle and off, punched back to the bowler.

20.4

Ojha to Watson, FOUR, Fifty to Watson, he is having a dream tour is this man. Goes for the sweep and sends it packing towards the midwicket fence for four more. Well played

20.5

Ojha to Watson, no run, Full on leg, driven with intent down the track, Ojha non-chalantly sticks out the right boot to stop it

20.6

Ojha to Watson, no run, on a length around middle and off, Watson defends with the turn to the off side

End of over 21 (4 runs) Australia 77/0
SR Watson    51* (59b 9x4)      PP Ojha    4-1-14-0
SM Katich    24* (68b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-12-0

Ashwath again: "Shane Watson just loves India. From IPL 1 till now he s done phenomally well while playing on Indian turf. Infact he continues the tradition of Aussie opener dominance in India. Matt Hayden 2001 onwards."

21.1

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, draws Katich into the drive to the offside. Played into the covers

21.2

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, holds it back a touch and lands it on off stump, Katich does not reach the pitch and opens the face to play it to the off side

21.3

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, holds it back again, on a length around leg and middle. Defended down the track

21.4

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, flighted on leg stump, Katich shuffles across and then adjusts with the front leg to cover the flight and defend

21.5

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, FOUR, well played, quick feet from Katich who trots out of the crease, reaches the flight on leg stump and whip-drives it between the bowler and mid on for four

21.6

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, chips out again, Harbhajan sees him and holds it back. Katich is forced to defend to the off side with the spin

End of over 22 (4 runs) Australia 81/0
SM Katich    28* (74b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-16-0
SR Watson    51* (59b 9x4)      PP Ojha    4-1-14-0

22.1

Ojha to Watson, no run, speared in from wide of the crease to the leg stump. Defended by Watto down the pitch

Slip, silly point and an extra cover fielder close in

22.2

Ojha to Watson, no run, tossed up on off and driven powerfully, Raina at short extra cover leaps away to his left and saves a certain four

22.3

Ojha to Watson, 1 run, full on the pads and punched down to long on for one

James: "Do you think that Watson is a long time opener, or do you reckon he will be moved back down the order at some stage?" Well, he is doing very well for himself and they don't really need his bowling. So far so good.

22.4

Ojha to Katich, FOUR, Katich trots out again, this is superb footwork and reminds me of Sangakkara. Gets to the pitch as Ojha drifted that outside off and drilled it through the covers along the ground

22.5

Ojha to Katich, no run, well bowled, holds it back and breaks it back into Katich as he comes forward. Muted appeal, more out of habit than anything else

22.6

Ojha to Katich, 1 run, hmm, works it off the pads, a little uppish but safely between short leg and leg slip

End of over 23 (6 runs) Australia 87/0
SM Katich    33* (77b 5x4)      PP Ojha    5-1-20-0
SR Watson    52* (62b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-16-0

23.1

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, FOUR, poor ball, good shot and forgettable fielding. Harbhana drops it very short, Katich rocks back and cuts hard, and Zaheer at point makes almost no effort to stretch to his right and stop it

23.2

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, better length, draws Katich forward into the defensive prod to the off side

Two slips, short point and short cover. The off side is loaded.

23.3

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, short on middle and off line, Katich goes back in the crease to defend

23.4

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, full on middle and leg, Katich reaches out and got a healthy inside edge. Even otherwise, that appeal was a little over optimistic

23.5

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, full on middle and off, driven out to the off side

23.6

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, 1 run, well bowled and expertly played. Drifts in and turns away, Katich watches the trajectory like a hawk and opens the face to pick a single square through the packed off side cordon

End of over 24 (5 runs) Australia 92/0
SM Katich    38* (83b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-21-0
SR Watson    52* (62b 9x4)      PP Ojha    5-1-20-0

Adil looks into the future in response to James: "Responding to James' question, I think we might just see Watson going down the order in the future when ponting and hussey retire, it wont be easy replacing them.. watson can then use his experience as an opener."

24.1

Ojha to Katich, no run, has Dhono dropped another one? Slips down the leg side and Katich may have got a thin edge as it drifted towards Dhoni who did not collect cleanly

24.2

Ojha to Katich, 1 run, straighter and Katich whips it across the line to the square leg region

24.3

Ojha to Watson, no run, turn there, tries to rip it across Watto's defense, but he has the line covered

24.4

Ojha to Watson, 1 run, on the leg stump line and driven down towards long on for an easy single

24.5

Ojha to Katich, no run, Katich ships out, but can't reach the pitch and defends to the off side

24.6

Ojha to Katich, no run, pushes this wider outside off, Katich puts a pad out and keeps it away

End of over 25 (2 runs) Australia 94/0
SM Katich    39* (87b 6x4)      PP Ojha    6-1-22-0
SR Watson    53* (64b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-21-0

Shahab is forlorn over Dhoni's dismal toss luck: "Is there any point in cricket rule which states that non-captain may attend the toss? India seriously in need to exploit the loophole, if there is any."

25.1

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, tossed up outside off, Watson reaches across and defends with the spin to the leg side

25.2

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, sharp spin from off, across Watson who clips it along behind square

25.3

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, 1 run, fuller on off and swept with authority behind square for one

25.4

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, shorter outside off, Katich goes back and stands tall to defend to the off side

25.5

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, sharp bounce, Katich sees it break away from off stump and lets it go. They have done well have the Aussie openers, to keep the good ones away

25.6

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, again, bit of extra bounce from off and middle. Katich takes the bottom hand off as it spits up. Defended safely

End of over 26 (1 run) Australia 95/0
SM Katich    39* (90b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-22-0
SR Watson    54* (67b 9x4)      PP Ojha    6-1-22-0

Waqas: "Lets not forget that Katich is going to retire pretty soon. If Watson continues to play as an opener, what about Phil Jacques and Phil Hughes?" Two Phils filling their boots eh? Last over of the morning session coming up

26.1

Ojha to Watson, no run, spin from off stump, away from Watson who lets it go.

26.2

Ojha to Watson, no run, over-pitched on off stump and driven powerfully towards cover where Raina prowls and comes sup with the ball

26.3

Ojha to Watson, no run, shortens the length, Watson comes forward and defends

26.4

Ojha to Watson, no run, outside off this time and Watson reaches out to play it towards the covers

26.5

Ojha to Watson, no run, on middle and leg, and worked off the pads towards mid on

26.6

Ojha to Watson, no run, holds it back and gets some extra spin from middle towards off stump, Watson plays it softly off the outside half behind square and they think of a single. But none is taken. Australia go into lunch without loss. Great start for the visitors.

Matt: "re Waqas: Katich retire soon? Recently announced in the ICC Test Team of the Year; averages 53 over the last two years; still fielding well. He's got no reason to even think about retiring."

Stewart: "All this talk of Watson dropping down the order is madness ! He has been the form batsman of the last 12 months for Australia and is on fire again in these two Tests. He wasn't my pick as opener either but it would be crazy in the extreme to fiddle with something that is working this well. He has made runs against all teams in all types of conditions and countries. He has earned the right to bat anywhere he wants and he has said he was to keep opening. Cased closed."

Intense session there, and India will be disappointed they could not make breakthroughs, since they actually bowled pretty well. Sreesanth, for me, was the pick of the bowlers, and he had both batsmen in trouble on a couple of occasions. Spin is on offer and we will see more of that in the second session, and with the ball getting older, Zaheer may also have a greater say. It won't be easy though - Watto and Katich have sized up the conditions well and should settle in for big ones. Sriram Veera will bring you the action after lunch. Meanwhile, Peter English's updated bulletin is up here.

End of over 27 (maiden) Australia 95/0
SR Watson    54* (73b 9x4)      PP Ojha    7-2-22-0
SM Katich    39* (90b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-22-0

Thanks Nitin. This is Veera here.

Rahul: "Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the 3rd test against Lanka became only the third Indian skipper after Lala Amarnath and Sunil Gavaskar to lose 8 consequtive tosses." Thanks for that. I didn't know about Lala's toss record.

Time then to tell a Lala story. This one is from that social and cricket historian Ram Guha: " Lala was always (in Mushtaq Ali's wonderful words) 'quick to love and quick to fight.' For all his success in international cricket, Mohinder (Lala's son) has remained in awe of his father. When he and his brother Surinder played for Delhi at Ferozeshah Kotla, the Lala seldom failed to be at the ground. As one of the brothers got out, the father, thoughtfully puffing at his pipe, would follow him into the dressing room. After the Lala would re-emerge, wild rumours would begin circulating among the crowd. 'Tumne suna kya hua? Lalaji ne ek thappad mara bete ko!' (Did you hear what happened? The Lala slapped his son for that bad shot.) Of such flimsy evidence are cricket tales spun, but the boys' devotion to their father was real.

When Mohinder finally played a Test at Lord's, he was sought out by the great Denis Compton. 'Did you know', Compton told Mohinder, 'that I played against your father in 1946, and he bowled me for a duck'. 'Yes', replied the son, 'I have often heard about that'. As the writer Robin Marlar observed, this exchange tells us a great deal about all three men - Compton's generosity, the Lala's pride and his son's devotion.

There is another delightful tale from that 1946 England tour which illustrates the elder Amarnath's pride in his craft. In the match against Somerset, the Lala bowled a series of probing maiden overs to one of the fiercest hitters then in the game, Harold Gimblett. At length the exasperated Gimblett asked the Lala: 'Don't you ever bowl a half volley'. 'Oh yes', replied Amarnath, 'I bowled one in 1940'. "

27.1

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, from round the stumps, on the middle and off, straightening, Katich doesn't get his front foot across and eases it back to the bowler

27.2

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, Catch it was the cry. Did it go off bat and then off the boot? It was a defensive poke and it did land on the boot but also landed on the ground before it went towards the lunging silly cover fielder

27.3

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, FOUR, Slasher! It was floated full outside off stump and Katich uses his bottom-hand to slash it through gully

27.4

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, leans forward to tap this to the on side

27.5

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, OUT, Harbhajan roars! Catch no 198 for Rahul. It was the off break just outside off stump, Katich was fresh from that slashed four and perhaps thought he could cut this one to right of backward point for another boundary. Mistake. The ball flew of the outside edge and Rahul swallowed it with his bucket hands at first slip. Katich falls short of 50 but together with Watson, he has given a solid platform. Enter Ricky

SM Katich c Dravid b Harbhajan Singh 43 (124m 95b 7x4 0x6) SR: 45.26

27.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, Four men around the bat and Ricky pushes this to short midwicket

End of over 28 (4 runs) Australia 99/1
RT Ponting    0* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-26-1
SR Watson    54* (73b 9x4)      PP Ojha    7-2-22-0

28.1

Ojha to Watson, no run, just outside the off stump and Watson pushes it to short cover

28.2

Ojha to Watson, no run, takes a good positive stride forward and across before he defends

28.3

Ojha to Watson, no run, straighter on the off stump line and Watson taps it to the off side

28.4

Ojha to Watson, no run, gets back to cut but Tendulkar makes a tumbling stop at backward point. The crowd roar, Tendulkar smiles

28.5

Ojha to Watson, no run, leans forward to defend this to the off side. Slip, silly point and short extra cover in

28.6

Ojha to Watson, no run, stretches well forward to smother any turn

End of over 29 (maiden) Australia 99/1
SR Watson    54* (79b 9x4)      PP Ojha    8-3-22-0
RT Ponting    0* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-26-1

Shashank: "aww...1 short of 100 partnership...thats sad..I wonder how many 100 partnership Australia have for the 1st wicket. "

29.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, FOUR, Ah! Nice. He backed away a touch and punched the off break from short of length through cover point. There were no fielders out there and he made his own room there.

slip, short-leg and backward short-leg in. There is a backward point in now

29.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, leans forward to drive to mid-off

29.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, on the middle and off line, pushed past the non-striker and Harbhajan gets across to stop and ends up bumping into and holding on to WAtson! Both have a laugh about it

29.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, leans well forward to tap this to the on side

29.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, gets well back to turn this off break to short-leg

29.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, turns in to the middle and off line, Ponting gets forward, gets his bat in front of the pad to nudge it to short-leg

Brad Hinds: "There were understandable reservations about Watson opening the batting 12 months ago, but he has grown into the role splendidly. I don't see the viability of any argument that tries to suggest otherwise. He has proven his talent, versatility and adaptability to any role under any circumstances, as evidenced especially through the role he played in the first test match in Mohali."

End of over 30 (4 runs) Australia 103/1
RT Ponting    4* (7b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-0-30-1
SR Watson    54* (79b 9x4)      PP Ojha    8-3-22-0

30.1

Ojha to Watson, 1 run, slip and silly cover point watch Watson get forward and on drive this flighted delivery to long-on for a single.

Long on and deep midwicket move into the 30-yard circle for Ponting. slip, silly cover-point and short extra cover in

30.2

Ojha to Ponting, no run, fab delivery Can't say good stuff about that shot though. He lunged forward, stretched his bat well away from the body and went for the cover drive and was comprehensively beaten

30.3

Ojha to Ponting, no run, this time he strives to play as close to the body and pushes the ball to the off

30.4

Ojha to Ponting, no run, leas forward to tap the flighted delivery to the off side

30.5

Ojha to Ponting, no run, around the off stump line, on a length, Ponting gets forward to defend

30.6

Ojha to Ponting, no run, fuller and that allows Ponting to defend it easily. He didn't have to get really forward, he could play it from his crease

End of over 31 (1 run) Australia 104/1
RT Ponting    4* (12b 1x4)      PP Ojha    9-3-23-0
SR Watson    55* (80b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-0-30-1

Ponting and Watson have a chat

31.1

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, from round the stumps to Watson who presses back to turn it to the leg side

31.2

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, 1 run, quicker, on the middle and leg line, clipped to deep backward square-leg

31.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, stays back to defend this off break. Harbhajan is bowling from round the stumps

31.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, slip, short-leg, backward short-leg and short midwicket in. on the off stump line, no silly point and Ponting shapes to defend to the off. The offspinner is looking for an bat-and-pad edge and wants Ponting to play to the off

31.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, presses right back to turn this off break between short-leg and backward short-leg

31.6

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, toppie on the middle stump line, Watson is right back to defend to the leg side

End of over 32 (2 runs) Australia 106/1
SR Watson    56* (83b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    10-0-32-1
RT Ponting    5* (15b 1x4)      PP Ojha    9-3-23-0

32.1

Ojha to Ponting, no run, on the middle and off line, slow through the air, dabbed to the on side

32.2

Ojha to Ponting, no run, the off-side is packed and Ponting goes for the cover drive but can't clear the field.

32.3

Ojha to Ponting, FOUR, And this time he breaks free with a fabulicious shot. He glided forward, waited on the front foot, opened the bat-face and stretched well forward to drive it to left of cover. Fab strike

32.4

Ojha to Ponting, 1 run, on the middle stump line and Ponting gets the bat around the front pad and works this to midwicket for a single.

32.5

Ojha to Watson, no run, on the middle and off line, tapped back to the bowler

32.6

Ojha to Watson, no run, lands outside off stump on a length, left alone

End of over 33 (5 runs) Australia 111/1
SR Watson    56* (85b 9x4)      PP Ojha    10-3-28-0
RT Ponting    10* (19b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    10-0-32-1

33.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, around the off stump line, from round the stumps, pushed to mid-off

33.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, on the middle stump line, nudged to short-leg

33.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, turns into the middle stump, looking for the lbw, Ponting brings his bat around the pad in time. Slightly awkward to play that defensive poke

33.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, Much better this time; gets the bat in front of the pad and works the ball through midwicket

33.5

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, 1 run, Watson leans forward to whip the flighted full delivery on middle stump line to deep midwicket

33.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, around the off stump line, backs away to cut to backward point

End of over 34 (2 runs) Australia 113/1
RT Ponting    11* (24b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    11-0-34-1
SR Watson    57* (86b 9x4)      PP Ojha    10-3-28-0

Girish: "We see a lot of attacking batsman doing well in test matches these days, sehwag's been doing well from a while, and now its watson." Attacking openers have done well for a long time now. Victor Trumper, Michael slater, Gordon Greenidge

34.1

Ojha to Watson, no run, leans well forward to defend to the off side

34.2

Ojha to Watson, OUT, Gloved! Or may be from the shoulder of the bat. Sharp catch from MSDhoni. It was a touch quicker, landed on a length around middle and off and turned. Watson leaned forward for the defensive poke but it bounced and turned to catch his gloves. Dhoni does well to adjust quickly and grabs it. Watson falls after giving a good start.

SR Watson c †Dhoni b Ojha 57 (149m 88b 9x4 0x6) SR: 64.77

"In India things can meander for a while, without anything happening, before suddenly the action starts," Matthew Hayden once said.

34.3

Ojha to Clarke, no run, stutters out to the front foot and pushes the full delivery n the middle stump to the on side

34.4

Ojha to Clarke, no run, leans forward to nudge it to the on side

Ah! it went off the shoulder of the bat .. that Watto dismissal

34.5

Ojha to Clarke, no run, skips down the track to ease it back to the bowler

34.6

Ojha to Clarke, 1 run, flighted delivery on the stumps and Clarke stabs it to backward square-leg region

End of over 35 (1 run) Australia 114/2
MJ Clarke    1* (4b)      PP Ojha    11-3-29-1
RT Ponting    11* (24b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    11-0-34-1

35.1

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, from round the stumps, Clarke goes right back and plays it very late

35.2

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, quicker, turns into the middle stump, dabbed to backward short-leg

35.3

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, the one that goes on with the arm .. just outside the off stump, Clarke goes back and covers the off stump with his right leg and shoulders arms

35.4

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 1 run, moves down the track to whip this slower delivery to deep midwicket fielder

35.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, full in length on the middle stump, eased towards deep midwicket. They have that fielder for both batsmen

35.6

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, quickish, Clarke presses back to keep it out from his pads. He has been constantly looking to get forward and Harbhajan has been striving to push him back. Game on

End of over 36 (2 runs) Australia 116/2
MJ Clarke    2* (9b)      Harbhajan Singh    12-0-36-1
RT Ponting    12* (25b 2x4)      PP Ojha    11-3-29-1

36.1

Ojha to Ponting, no run, brings his bat around at an angle but manages to get it around the pad and taps the ball to the on side

36.2

Ojha to Ponting, 1 run, slower, tossed up on a length outside off and Ponting reaches out to push it to covers for a single

36.3

Ojha to Clarke, 1 run, moves down the track, eases it towards mid-on and rushes for a quick single. Sehwag was the fielder but he couldn't prevent that single

36.4

Ojha to Ponting, no run, lands outside off stump, left alone

36.5

Ojha to Ponting, no run, tosses this up, invites the drive with a short cover point and short extra cover in and Ponting lets Dhoni take it

36.6

Ojha to Ponting, no run, gets back to push this quicker delivery to the off side

End of over 37 (2 runs) Australia 118/2
RT Ponting    13* (30b 2x4)      PP Ojha    12-3-31-1
MJ Clarke    3* (10b)      Harbhajan Singh    12-0-36-1

37.1

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 1 run, goes back to push the quickish delivery to covers for a single

37.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, leans well forward to push the flighted delivery to vacant covers for a single

37.3

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 1 run, from round the stumps, on the pads, deflected past the lunging backward short-leg fielder

37.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, on the off and middle line, tapped to short midwicket

Pretty decent crowd in. Lots of noise.

37.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, on the leg and middle line, tapped to short-leg

37.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, stays well back to tap this to short-leg as well

End of over 38 (3 runs) Australia 121/2
RT Ponting    14* (34b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    13-0-39-1
MJ Clarke    5* (12b)      PP Ojha    12-3-31-1

38.1

Ojha to Clarke, no run, leans well forward to tap it to the on side of the pitch

38.2

Ojha to Clarke, no run, moves down the track to defend

38.3

Ojha to Clarke, no run, takes couple of steps down the track and almost yorks himself; jabs it to short mdiwicket

38.4

Ojha to Clarke, no run, moves couple of steps down the track to defend to the off side

38.5

Ojha to Clarke, 1 run, gets down the track again and drives to right of mid-off for a single

38.6

Ojha to Ponting, no run, on the leg stump line, tapped past the short-leg fielder. Ponting thinks about a single but is sent back as it didn't roll too far away from the fielder

End of over 39 (1 run) Australia 122/2
RT Ponting    14* (35b 2x4)      PP Ojha    13-3-32-1
MJ Clarke    6* (17b)      Harbhajan Singh    13-0-39-1

39.1

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, FOUR, Crunched! Fine shot. It was short in length and quickish, Clarke pressed back in hurry to crash that outside-off delivery to cover point boundary. There was a deepish point but he couldn't cut it off

39.2

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 1 run, leans well forward to on drive this fuller delivery for a single

39.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, slower, on the middle and off line, nudged to short-leg

39.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, slightly awkwardly played sweep shot. He lunged out and dragged it across from the off stump line. Harbhajan holds his head.

39.5

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 1 run, He moved back and played the off break very late. He ended up jabbing it past the lunging short-leg fielder

39.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, fuller, quicker, Ponting gets forward to defend.

End of over 40 (7 runs) Australia 129/2
RT Ponting    15* (38b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    14-0-46-1
MJ Clarke    12* (20b 1x4)      PP Ojha    13-3-32-1

40.1

Ojha to Clarke, no run, goes well back to defend this to short-leg

40.2

Ojha to Clarke, no run, moves down the track and pushes it towards mid-on and Ponting responds to Clarke's push for the single. Clark quickly changes his mind as he sees Raina charge out and screams out a NO

40.3

Ojha to Clarke, 1 run, works this towards square-leg for a single

40.4

Ojha to Ponting, no run, around the off stump, on a length, pushed to cover

40.5

Ojha to Ponting, no run, flighted delivery on a length outside off, eased to cover

40.6

Ojha to Ponting, no run, quicker, just outside off, Ponting pushes it out to the off side of the pitch

End of over 41 (1 run) Australia 130/2
RT Ponting    15* (41b 2x4)      PP Ojha    14-3-33-1
MJ Clarke    13* (23b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    14-0-46-1

Tushar: "Amazing crowd at Bengaluru!! So much cheering for a Test!! Best part is, no vuvuzela or DJ nonsense! Good ol' noisy fan-frenzied atmosphere! I'm lovin' it!"

Sreesanth is warming-up.

41.1

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, from round the stumps and Clarke goes down the track to defend

41.2

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 1 run, sashays down the track and eases the flighted delivery to deep mid-on for a single

41.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, leans across to drive to left of mid-off for a single

41.4

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, OUT, That typical Harbhajan mode of dismissal. A batsman lunges forward. The ball turns and it goes off bat and pad to a close-in fielder. This one too was similar. Clarke leaned forward to defend; the ball dipped and turned, got the inside edge, fell on the pad and popped up towards backward short-leg. Raina dived forward to grab it with both hands. Good catch. It was dying on him.Clarke is gone, Australia wobbling a touch.

MJ Clarke c Raina b Harbhajan Singh 14 (26m 26b 1x4 0x6) SR: 53.84

Sam: "Damn...that was a huge wicket. Hussey really needs to dig in here. Ponting looks very determined today."

41.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, Edged but it doesn't carry to silly point. It was on the off-stump line and Hussey edged his defensive poke and Pujara dived to his right at silly cover-point but he couldn't reach it

41.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, leans forward to ease this past Pujara

End of over 42 (2 runs) Australia 132/3
MEK Hussey    0* (2b)      Harbhajan Singh    15-0-48-2
RT Ponting    16* (42b 2x4)      PP Ojha    14-3-33-1

42.1

Ojha to Ponting, no run, leans well forward to defend to the off side

42.2

Ojha to Ponting, no run, leans well forward to defend to the off

Adam Gilchrist is in attendance today! The crowd give a huge roar after seeing him on the big screen. And Gilly smiles

42.3

Ojha to Ponting, no run, just outside the off stump and defended to the off side

42.4

Ojha to Ponting, no run, flighted full around the off stump line, tapped to the off side

42.5

Ojha to Ponting, no run, on the middle stump line, Ricky gets forward to defend

42.6

Ojha to Ponting, 1 run, gets down on his knee to sweep this one for a single

End of over 43 (1 run) Australia 133/3
RT Ponting    17* (48b 2x4)      PP Ojha    15-3-34-1
MEK Hussey    0* (2b)      Harbhajan Singh    15-0-48-2

43.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, from round the stumps, on the pads, tickled to backward short-leg

43.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, on the off stump line, from round the stumps, pushed back to the bowler

43.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, Ponting says 'c'mon; to himself just before leaning forward to defend

43.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, on the off stump line, nudged away to the off side

43.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, straightens on the off stump line, Ponting gets well forward to defend

Harbhajan moves over the wicket now

43.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, FOUR, ALmost holed out at deep backward square-leg Zaheer Khan simply didn't pick it. He was too late in moving. Harbhajan isn't amused. Zaheer has been pretty poor in the field right from the start. This was a slightly short one, Ponting went back to pull but top-edged it. Zaheer should have started to move at this point but he froze. He then moved but by then he couldn't reach it.

Over to Nitin Sundar.

End of over 44 (4 runs) Australia 137/3
RT Ponting    21* (54b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    16-0-52-2
MEK Hussey    0* (2b)      PP Ojha    15-3-34-1

Thanks Sriram Veera. Well well, Zaheer to bowl now. Can he compensate for that effort?

44.1

Khan to Hussey, no run, length ball outside off, hint of shape away from Hussey who comes forward and pushes to covers

44.2

Khan to Hussey, 1 run, on the pads, Hussey taps it softly towards mid on and takes a quick single

He did not seem to pick that top edge at all, did Zaheer. Moved very slowly to his left and then did not dive.

Two slips to Ponting from over the wicket.

44.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, Angles across from leg stumo, not much movement. Ponting comes forward and defends to the off side

44.4

Khan to Ponting, no run, fuller, he is searching for reverse, gets a bit of shape away from leg stump, but Ponting covers the line well and defends to the off side

44.5

Khan to Ponting, FOUR, full and wide outside off, Ponting leans out anh looks for the cover drive, thick outside edge flies through the vacant gully region for four.

44.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, the most minor indications of reverse are beginning to appear here. That curled away from leg stump as Ponting shaped to play straight and he had to make a quick adjustment to get bat on ball along off stump line

End of over 45 (5 runs) Australia 142/3
RT Ponting    25* (58b 4x4)      Z Khan    7-1-29-0
MEK Hussey    1* (4b)      Harbhajan Singh    16-0-52-2

45.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, on the pads and Hussey turns it round the corner for one

Back to Bhajji v Punter.

45.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, tossed up on off and middle, Ponting reaches out and smothers the spin

45.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, on middle and leg, reaches out and flicks with the spin to midwicket

45.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, tossed up on the pads and worked with the spin to short leg

45.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, moves to outside off, Ponting reaches out confidently and drives down the track back to Harbhajan

45.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, flight on middle and this time Ponting works it wide of mid on for a single

End of over 46 (2 runs) Australia 144/3
RT Ponting    26* (63b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    17-0-54-2
MEK Hussey    2* (5b)      Z Khan    7-1-29-0

Veera is away, but the Lala anecdotes are not going to stop. Dadda: "If the stories on Lala Amarnath are not yet over - here is another one..apparently when the great English umpire Frank Chester invited little Jimmy Amarnath as a small boy to sit on his lap during a social event, Lala responded by saying "The son never sits on the English umpire" - that's 3 puns rolled into one!" Staggered slips now for Zaheer.

46.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, pitches up on off stump and angling across, Ponting reaches out and punches to mid on

46.2

Khan to Ponting, FOUR, the search for reverse continues, but for now Ponting has it covered. Punched confidently from off stump line as it hinted at curling away. Harbhajan dives across to his right at mid off and lets it go through

Round the wicket now.

46.3

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, back of a length outside off and angling in, Ponting stays back and works it off the hips to square leg

46.4

Khan to Hussey, FOUR, expertly pulled. Zaheer stays over the wicket for Hussey and tests him with a bouncer angled into the body. Hussey spotted the length early, was in position in a trice and pulled it with assurance along the ground for four

Ravi Shastri notes on air that both these men made 100s the last time India and Aus played here, in 2008.

46.5

Khan to Hussey, 1 run, full on off stump and Hussey plays it into the covers and takes off for a quick single

46.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, back of a length from wide of the crease, Ponting gets behind the line and defends down the pitch

End of over 47 (10 runs) Australia 154/3
RT Ponting    31* (67b 5x4)      Z Khan    8-1-39-0
MEK Hussey    7* (7b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    17-0-54-2

47.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, served up full on off and middle, Hussey reaches out and opens the face to drive into the covers

SRP: "We want Veera back. He was taking wickets for India." Sorry mate, but Veera will hopefully strike again in his third spell. After tea.

47.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, plays this one square on the off side for another single

47.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 2 runs, hmm, extra spin from off stump, away from Hussey who reaches out and prods it behind square on the off side for a couple

47.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, looped generously outside off and Hussey drives easily into the covers for one more. Too many singles says Shastri on air.

47.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, short and straightening into Ponting from off stump, he works it with the spin off the backfoot for yet another single

47.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, again Hussey deftly opens the face and runs it behind point for a single

Harbhajan is yet to bowl a maiden today.

End of over 48 (7 runs) Australia 161/3
MEK Hussey    12* (11b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    18-0-61-2
RT Ponting    33* (69b 5x4)      Z Khan    8-1-39-0

48.1

Khan to Hussey, no run, tight lines, Zaheer keeps it on middle and off back of a length. Hussey stays in the crease and defends to the off side

48.2

Khan to Hussey, 1 run, the sucker ball, pitched well up outside off inviting the drive and Hussey gets an inside edge into his boots. Hmm, could have easily shattered the stumps that.

48.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, back of a length outside off, Ponting comes forward with authority and defends with the full face.

Not much reverse for Zaheer in this over.

48.4

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, this one angled in and straightened outside off, Ponting loosened the grip and played softly towards point for one

48.5

Khan to Hussey, 1 run, this one is well outside off and Hussey drives it out to mid off. Poor timing, but good for a single

48.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, that came in with the angle from wide of the crease, but Ponting's big stride had it covered. Played to the off side

End of over 49 (3 runs) Australia 164/3
RT Ponting    34* (72b 5x4)      Z Khan    9-1-42-0
MEK Hussey    14* (14b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    18-0-61-2

Ever since Zaheer failed to react early to that top-edge, Australia have looked far more assured. Phil, ever the India fan, feels the pain and asks Zaheer to "Reverse dreadful fielding before reverse swing". Ojha comes on round the wicket.

49.1

Ojha to Hussey, 1 run, landed back of a length outside off, Hussey goes back and plays into the off side for another single

Slip and short leg for Ponting.

49.2

Ojha to Ponting, no run, whoa, landed wide outside off, but not too short. Ponting went for the cut and missed by inches as it went into Dhoni's gloves

49.3

Ojha to Ponting, no run, fuller outside off and he lets it go this time.

49.4

Ojha to Ponting, 1 run, fuller, Ponting reaches out and feels for it. Played softly to the left of point and they take a tight single. Hussey made it happen

49.5

Ojha to Hussey, 1 run, another single for Hussey, stays back and redirects a short ball outside off into the covers

Concsious effort this from Hussey, to not get stuck. He struggled to turn things over in Mohali.

49.6

Ojha to Ponting, no run, full on middle and off, Ponting strides forward and smothers the turn

End of over 50 (3 runs) Australia 167/3
RT Ponting    35* (76b 5x4)      PP Ojha    16-3-37-1
MEK Hussey    16* (16b 1x4)      Z Khan    9-1-42-0
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India v Australia at Bangalore - Oct 9-13, 2010
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