Border-Gavaskar Trophy - 1st Test

India v Australia

India won by 8 wickets

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

We are ready to go now. The huddles are done, David Warner, nursing a broken thumb, has come out to bat along with Ed Cowan. Debutant Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 276th Test player for India, has got the new ball in hand. Two slips and a gully in place

I will quote Sunil Gavaskar from the Tiger Pataudi lecture two days ago before we get the series started: "But just like Tiger did, let there be a bit of fun element as well in the game. When a batsman scores a fifty or a hundred or a bowler picks up a wicket, let there be a little smile. A little bit of a smile makes a huge difference. It makes the television viewers and everybody feel great, and the youngsters will like to take up the game as well."

9.20am We are in Chennai, considered by many the cricketing capital of conflict of interest. Dan Brettig, though, proves this is not a local phenomenon. Step forward, Mike McKenna

9.15am Indian fans still haven't got over the choice of Ashwin, harbhajan and Jadeja over Ojha, who was clearly India's best bowler against England. Says Ankit Kumar: "Ofcourse it all makes sense! Drop Ojha because clearly the Aussies love playing left arm slow. Just ask Herath. Once again, Dhoni shows us his perceptive captaincy skills. I may or may not be sarcastic here."

And not to mention, Ajinkya Rahane still can't get a game

And one final word on why it is not condescending to call the women cricketers "girls". Says Matt Francis: "I've almost never heard the phrase "Well done Men" in the context of sport. We always talk about "our boys" or say "well down boys", so it's perfectly natural, comparable and without a hint of condescension to say "well done girls". It would be condescending to do otherwise."

Who needs an excuse, then, to listen to yet another Tarantino soundtrack?

9.10am "Please stop calling female sportswomen (and athletes) "girls". It is condescending. They are women." Lisa, we say "well done boys" too. I am sure nobody meant to condescend, not in this space

Karthik Nagaraj: "Great decision to go with Bhuvi instead of a 3rd spinner...although I would have dropped Ashwin."

"How do you even pronounce a name like Bhuvneshwar? I'll stick to calling him B." Jason Smith, let's go with Bhuvi

Himanshu: "Ridiculous!!! You cannot let your best bowler sit out. If Dhoni wanted to play Jadeja, then it makes sense to have non performer Ashwin sit out."

John Teague: "@Lisa I don't know what your definition of "woman" is but some really are girls by law. For example, Holly Ferling is 17 so she couldn't go to the pub or vote in Australia at her age. Besides, in life (and sports), we typically say someone at or under the age of 24 is a "kid" anyway in terms of maturity and that applies to the men's team too."

9am All set for the toss. Blazers all around. Good to see. "We're definitely going to bat first," says Michael Clarke with a grin that goes for ear to ear after Australia have won the toss. He also says they couldn't have had practised enough to prepare for a pitch this dry.

MS Dhoni says the toss won't have a big impact on the game because it will begin to turn on day one. Huge call from India. They have preferred Ravindra Jadeja to Ajinkya Rahane again, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Pragyan Ojha. Whisper it, but Ojha was India's best bowler in the series against England, which doesn't say much. So two debuts today. Bhuvneshwar to go with Henriques. If I am not mistaken, Ishant Sharma has handed him his cap

8.55am Even as we talk about Harbhajan's 100th Test, Moises Henriques gets his first cap, from Steve Rixon. Toss in five minutes

"Speak for yourself on the 'lesser excitement'. I'm very excited! Always an eventful series. Remember last series in India (short series) when Smith could have run out Oija to snatch the win?" Nathan, remember the last series when Australia thrashed India some 25-0?

theminthemin: "Excited? You're kidding aren't you? I've been counting the hours since the last T20I match 9 days ago. C'mon 9 days without cricket? It's still officially summer. All I can say is thanks to the Aussie girls"

8.50am The pitch is dry. Looks flat. There are brown spots on the pitch, which are even dryer and will help turn. No wonder Harbhajan was told yesterday itself that he was going to play

Which means Harbhajan plays his 100th Test today. Only the 10th player to do so. To some, he is the worst bowler to have taken 400 wickets. To some, he is a fighter you want on your side and not on the other. We will let his former captain, Rahul Dravid, pay the definitive tribute

Condolences, meanwhile, to another former captain of Harbhajan's. Sourav Ganguly lost his father yesterday

8.40m First morning of a fresh series. Excitement all around. Not as much, admittedly, as on the first mornings of other series between India and Australia. With the hope that it will soon gain all the excitement, we welcome you to our live coverage. Toss in 20 minutes

0.1

Kumar to Cowan, no run, Cowan plays at the first ball, which is a bit uncharacteristic. Length ball, on off, knee-high bounce. The knee was bent, mind you. Defended to off

0.2

Kumar to Cowan, 2 runs, full, on the pads, flicked away to get the first runs of the series

0.3

Kumar to Cowan, no run, wide length ball, left alone

0.4

Kumar to Cowan, no run, Cowan is forward to defend. He doesn't have to bother about scary bounce. Not as yet at any rate

0.5

Kumar to Cowan, no run, another forward-defensive

0.6

Kumar to Cowan, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the back foot

End of over 1 (2 runs) Australia 2/0
EJM Cowan    2* (6b)      B Kumar    1-0-2-0
DA Warner    0* (0b)     

No spinner to open the bowling. Ishant Sharma shares the new ball

1.1

Sharma to Warner, no run, length ball, on off, no movement. Defended off the back foot

Already divuts on the pitch from Buvi's footmarks. "Bhuvi's making divuts in the brown, C'mon, Aussie, c'mon"

1.2

Sharma to Warner, no run, short of a length, on the pads, defended

1.3

Sharma to Warner, 1 leg bye, appeal for lbw but this is clearly pitched outside leg. Ishant is just excited he has beaten the bat

Lara-Jane Gunther (on behalf of Bailey): "As we embark on what is to be a battle of spin versus those who can't spin, I am curious to hear some views as to what Australian cricket associations can do to fostr the development of spinners in the true sense of the word (ie real rippers of the ball) rather than just tame slow bowlers who have a minute difference between a toppie and an offie (or leggie as the case may be)" I like the "on behalf of Bailey"

1.4

Sharma to Cowan, no run, well forward to defend a shortish delivery. No disconcerting bounce on offer. Gets a single in the covers

1.5

Sharma to Cowan, no run, well defended off the front foot

Sasi: "I heard Laxman Sivaramakrishnan saying that Ojha was trying a different action to get closer to the stumps but wasnt completely at ease with it during the Irani trophy match..if that is the case..I would prefer him taking his time to settle in with it and then get him..don't want him to be confused.."

1.6

Sharma to Cowan, no run, short of a length, just outside off, hits the outside half of the bat as Cowan defends

End of over 2 (1 run, maiden) Australia 3/0
EJM Cowan    2* (9b)      I Sharma    1-1-0-0
DA Warner    0* (3b)      B Kumar    1-0-2-0

2.1

Kumar to Warner, no run, that's cut him in two. More a strange shot than a great delivery. Short of a length, Warner looks to to cut but there is no room. Beaten

2.2

Kumar to Warner, 1 run, looks to pull this one, but doesn't make a solid connection. Gets a single to midwicket, though

2.3

Kumar to Cowan, FOUR, pulled off the front foot. Bhuvi's gentle pace and lack of bounce makes it it possible. Gets four for it

2.4

Kumar to Cowan, no run, fuller, on off, defended back to him

2.5

Kumar to Cowan, no run, short of a length, on the pads, defended off the front foot

2.6

Kumar to Cowan, no run, defended off the front foot again

End of over 3 (5 runs) Australia 8/0
EJM Cowan    6* (13b 1x4)      B Kumar    2-0-7-0
DA Warner    1* (5b)      I Sharma    1-1-0-0

Waiting for spinners already. I am sure we will see one within the next five overs

3.1

Sharma to Warner, no run, length ball, on off, defended off the front foot, with an open face

3.2

Sharma to Warner, FOUR, short of a length, 132ks, on the pads, shovelled away off the hip and over square leg. No swing, no seam, no bounce so far

3.3

Sharma to Warner, no run, short of a length, on the pads, defended to leg

Lakey (on behalf of John Howard): "@Lara-Jane Gunther - maybe we should make it mandatory for all pencils in Australian schools to have big concrete knobs on the end of them, so to strengthen the wrists of our children so they can rip and turn the thing in a ways Warnie couldn't even dream of?"

3.4

Sharma to Warner, 1 leg bye, a freebie on the pads, but Warner doesn't get bat to this, and will have to do with just a leg-bye as Dhoni makes a diving save

3.5

Sharma to Cowan, FOUR, length ball, on the pads, nicely clipped away - and there is no fine leg or long leg in place

3.6

Sharma to Cowan, FOUR, too easy so far. Length ball, on off, Cowan can plant the front foot down, and meet it with a straight bat to send it between the bowler and mid-off. How Watson will be hoping he was opening too

End of over 4 (13 runs) Australia 21/0
EJM Cowan    14* (15b 3x4)      I Sharma    2-1-12-0
DA Warner    5* (9b 1x4)      B Kumar    2-0-7-0

4.1

Kumar to Warner, no run, well bowled. On a length, on off, swinging in a little, cramping the attempted drive. Played to cover

Meety: "So I see that Sharma is bowling low 130ks, I really must of been dreaming when Sharma bowled a spell at the MCG where he was topping 150k v Ponting!!!!"

4.2

Kumar to Warner, no run, looks to blast this with the back foot rooted. The ball holds its line a little. Didn't quite nip back, but was enough to get the inside edge

4.3

Kumar to Warner, FOUR, another inside edge. Warner not watching out for that straightening, and is playing for the angle, and the back foot is not coming across. This inside edge goes for four, though, as the fine leg is way too square

4.4

Kumar to Warner, FOUR, no holding of the line this time, and Warne cashes in on the width, back-cutting it for four through backward point

4.5

Kumar to Warner, no run, length ball, on off, angling away, and Warner finally lets one through

4.6

Kumar to Warner, no run, fuller, closer to to off, driven, but can't beat mid-off

End of over 5 (8 runs) Australia 29/0
DA Warner    13* (15b 3x4)      B Kumar    3-0-15-0
EJM Cowan    14* (15b 3x4)      I Sharma    2-1-12-0

Twenty-two minutes into the series. We already have spin. Thanks Ishant, we will take it from here. Harbhajan, playing in his 100th Test, is on. Slip, gully, short leg in

5.1

Harbhajan Singh to Cowan, no run, slow, short, wide, but he can't beat cover-point with the cut

5.2

Harbhajan Singh to Cowan, 1 run, goes back to a length ball. No pace off the pitch, worked away for a single

5.3

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, fuller, makes Warner press forward, on off, defended to cover

5.4

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, short of a length, Warner goes deep into the crease to pull, the ball turns away, and hits the cue of the bat. All safe for Warner, though

5.5

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, 3 runs, goes deep into the crease and punches this length ball through midwicket for three runs

5.6

Harbhajan Singh to Cowan, 1 run, stays back for a length ball again, works it into the leg side for a single

End of over 6 (5 runs) Australia 34/0
EJM Cowan    16* (18b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-5-0
DA Warner    16* (18b 3x4)      B Kumar    3-0-15-0

Dhoni is standing up to the stumps now

6.1

Kumar to Cowan, no run, short of a length, angling away, left alone

6.2

Kumar to Cowan, no run, fuller, just outside off, Cowan looks to drive, but gets an inside edge. Again some straightening of the line

6.3

Kumar to Cowan, no run, short of a length, on off, pushed off the back foot, to mid-off

6.4

Kumar to Cowan, no run, pushes forward to defend this length ball to mid-off

6.5

Kumar to Cowan, no run, short of a length, 129ks, Cowan is well forward to defend it. They have clearly made that adjustment to low bounce

6.6

Kumar to Cowan, no run, again on the front foot to defend a delivery that is pitched short of a length

End of over 7 (maiden) Australia 34/0
EJM Cowan    16* (24b 3x4)      B Kumar    4-1-15-0
DA Warner    16* (18b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-5-0

7.1

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, huge shout for lbw. Warner is caught back to a length ball. He looked dead but got a late inside edge. Good call from the ump, Marais Erasmus

7.2

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, 2 runs, flighted, on the pads, worked away through midwicket

7.3

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, full again, but flat, and is defended off the front foot

7.4

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, 3 leg byes, fired into the pads, gets three leg-byes

Jim Roberts: "So thats going to be 85 overs of spin today, if the Aussies aren't bowled out by then! Sid, my heartfelt sympathy to ur fingers. Pls convey it to all the other guys who r gonna be on duty today! Keep an ice pack handy so that u can dip it into that, just incase they start to smoke, when jadeja finishes his 15th over!"

Harbhajan goes over the wicket. That might take the lbw out of the equation

7.5

Harbhajan Singh to Cowan, FOUR, full, wide outside leg, Cowan goes down, and sweeps it fine. Fine leg is way too square

Just one slip and a short leg

7.6

Harbhajan Singh to Cowan, no run, short, fast, punched away, but can't beat point

End of over 8 (9 runs) Australia 43/0
EJM Cowan    20* (26b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-11-0
DA Warner    18* (22b 3x4)      B Kumar    4-1-15-0

"Don't know which team is in a ODI mood?" Chandra, both I'd wager

Ashwin now to bowl his first Test over in front of his home crowd. A slip and a short leg in

8.1

Ashwin to Warner, no run, short, wide, cut away, and he finds backward-point

8.2

Ashwin to Warner, no run, fuller, just outside off, left alone as it holds its line

8.3

Ashwin to Warner, no run, dropped by Sehwag at first slip. He is wearing sunglasses, which is not to say these can't be corrective lenses. This ball dips on Warner, outside off, almost steered away to slip. Sehewag is caught in two minds, whether to go with fingers facing down or reverse-cup. Spills it. he dropped Cook in the series against England in what was a pivotal piece of action in Mumbai. Off Ashwin, that too

8.4

Ashwin to Warner, 3 runs, short, wide, cut away. Not timed well, but gets the placement right

8.5

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, defended off the front foot

8.6

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, another sedate defensive to end an eventful over

End of over 9 (3 runs) Australia 46/0
EJM Cowan    20* (28b 4x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-3-0
DA Warner    21* (26b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-11-0

Goes back round the stumps

9.1

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, gets some dip on this, gets an inside edge onto the pad too, but it flies straight of short leg

9.2

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, presses forward to smother the turn on this one

9.3

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, the topspinner. Warner is looking to force this square, but it swerves in, and hits the inside edge

9.4

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, down the wicket to drive this to mid-on. The crowd cheers because the ball has gone to mid-on

9.5

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, defended to mid-off

9.6

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, FOUR, short, wide. Harbhajan has bowled at least one such delivery every over. So far not much seems to have changed on that front. And Warner accepts it gleefully

End of over 10 (4 runs) Australia 50/0
DA Warner    25* (32b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-15-0
EJM Cowan    20* (28b 4x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-3-0

I am wondering what Bhuvneshwar and Ishant will do for the rest of the match?

10.1

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, full, on off, defended back to Ashwin

10.2

Ashwin to Cowan, 1 run, on the pads, Ashwin keeps bowling the loose ball too. Worked away for an easy single

10.3

Ashwin to Warner, 2 runs, well bowled. Warner is riding his luck here. Looks to cut this after it has pitched on off. The ball doesn't turn, hits the inside edge, but Warner survives again as it misses the stumps

10.4

Ashwin to Warner, no run, whipped away to short midwicket

10.5

Ashwin to Warner, no run, half-volley on the pads, whipped away again, but he finds short midwicket again

10.6

Ashwin to Warner, no run, lovely bowling. This time Dhoni fails to make a really really difficult stumping. Nicely tossed up, inviting Warner to drive big, but the ball dips and he is nowhere close to the pitch of the ball. The ball turns and bounces away. Warner has dragged his back foot out, but Dhoni can't collect the ball as it hits him between the chest and shoulders. Too much bounce there for him to make the stumping

End of over 11 (3 runs) Australia 53/0
DA Warner    27* (36b 4x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-6-0
EJM Cowan    21* (30b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-15-0

11.1

Harbhajan Singh to Cowan, no run, defended to off

11.2

Harbhajan Singh to Cowan, no run, flat, on a length, outside off, left alone

11.3

Harbhajan Singh to Cowan, no run, tossed up outside off, 86ks, defended to cover

11.4

Harbhajan Singh to Cowan, no run, full, flatter, 90ks, defended to cover

11.5

Harbhajan Singh to Cowan, 1 run, worked away off the pads for a single to deep square leg

NP: "Viru, it's slip, not sleep."

11.6

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, turn and bounce from short of a length, but from outside leg. Seems to have hit Warner on the injured thumb. He looks in pain

End of over 12 (1 run) Australia 54/0
DA Warner    27* (37b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-16-0
EJM Cowan    22* (35b 4x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-6-0

Mark: "I imagine that the Aussie batsmen have come out aggressively because they want to get as many runs on the board as they can before the pitch starts crumbling and there are nice big foot marks for the spinners to pitch into. They know the spinners will get them out eventually, just want to get as many runs on the board as they can before it happens."

12.1

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, tossed up on off, defended to off

12.2

Ashwin to Cowan, 1 run, full, on off, misfielded by Kohli at short cover, allows them the single

12.3

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, flat, outside off, Warner continues to stay back and play his shots, chopping it past slip for a single

12.4

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, shimmies down the track to defend this back to Ashwin. Not quite to the pitch of the ball there

12.5

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, flighted on off, needs to keep bowling there. Defended with an open face

jeed: "Wow. 3 chances in 2 overs ? Can someone bring back the real Ashwin plz?"

12.6

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, full, middle and off, flicked away to short midwicket

End of over 13 (2 runs) Australia 56/0
EJM Cowan    23* (40b 4x4)      R Ashwin    3-0-8-0
DA Warner    28* (38b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-16-0

13.1

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, length ball, on off, defended to cover

13.2

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, fuller, still quick, 90ks, defended back to him

13.3

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, 1 run, down the wicket, and mid-off is already two-thirds back to the fence. Gets a single

James: "Thanks for the incite Mark!"

13.4

Harbhajan Singh to Cowan, SIX, shot. Top shot. Down the wicket, not quite to the pitch of the ball, but he gets enough rooom to swing the arms, and goes straight over his head

13.5

Harbhajan Singh to Cowan, no run, defended to cover this time

13.6

Harbhajan Singh to Cowan, no run, full and fast, hits the outside half of the bat

End of over 14 (7 runs) Australia 63/0
EJM Cowan    29* (43b 4x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-23-0
DA Warner    29* (41b 4x4)      R Ashwin    3-0-8-0

14.1

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, short of a length, easily punched away to deepish point for a single

14.2

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, left alone outside off

14.3

Ashwin to Cowan, OUT, Ashwin gets the wicket finally. Cowan is gone. Lovely dismissal on all counts. Tossed up, dips on him, Cowan wants to hit another six, not near the ball at all. The ball turns and bounces, Dhoni collects it in front of his chest, and nonchalantly stumps him

EJM Cowan st †Dhoni b Ashwin 29 (55m 45b 4x4 1x6) SR: 64.44

Phil Hughes comes in now

14.4

Ashwin to Hughes, 1 run, looks to cut this shortish delivery, gets a bottom edge that bounces into the pitch and lobs over Sehwag at slip

14.5

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, pushed wide of mid-off for a single

14.6

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, stays back to a full ball. Is squared up, but defends well off the back foot

End of over 15 (3 runs) Australia 66/1
PJ Hughes    1* (2b)      R Ashwin    4-0-11-1
DA Warner    31* (43b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-23-0

TheGenuineTailender: "Somehow the NSP will justify Cowan's extended inclusion based on his scoring rate alone in this innings. He can't score runs when going slowly and he can't do it quickly either. But he did hit a six!"

15.1

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, dip for Harbhajan, and he is caught back but defends okay

15.2

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, appeal for lbw as this doesn't turn at all, but seems to be headed down leg

15.3

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, defended to cover

15.4

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, down the wicket, pushed to mid-on

15.5

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, back in the crease to defend a full ball. Warner is taking too many liberties with staying back. Needs to watch out for the lbw

15.6

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, defended back to him off the front foot

End of over 16 (maiden) Australia 66/1
DA Warner    31* (49b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-1-23-0
PJ Hughes    1* (2b)      R Ashwin    4-0-11-1

16.1

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, full, on the pads, defended to leg

16.2

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to cover

16.3

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, short of a length, on the pads, turning away to off, defended off the back foot

16.4

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, flighted outside off, turning away, left alone

16.5

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, flighted outside off, defended

16.6

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, stays back to defend

End of over 17 (maiden) Australia 66/1
PJ Hughes    1* (8b)      R Ashwin    5-1-11-1
DA Warner    31* (49b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-1-23-0

17.1

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, 1 run, down the wicket, not quite to the pitch of it, but gets a single off the inside half of the bat

17.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hughes, no run, short of a length, on off, pushed back to the bowler

17.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hughes, no run, tossed up on off, gets some dip, defended well off the front foot

Silly point comes in

17.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hughes, 2 runs, short of a length, on the pads, short-arm-pulled away

17.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hughes, 3 runs, short, wide, he rocks back to flash at it, gets it wide of slip. Jadeja gives quick chase

17.6

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, down the wicket, right to the pitch of the ball, pushed to mid-on

Adrian Meredith: "Ed Cowan reminds us of a bygone era in the 1980s, after everyone retired in a heap and everyone else went off to South Africa and got themselves banned, back in the day when greats like Greg Ritchie, Dirk Welham and Wayne Phillips were "the best we've got" and New Zealand were beating us in our own backyard."

End of over 18 (6 runs) Australia 72/1
DA Warner    32* (51b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-1-29-0
PJ Hughes    6* (12b)      R Ashwin    5-1-11-1

18.1

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, short and wide, seems the carrom ball, but started too wide, and is left alone

18.2

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, fuller, on off, defended off the front foot

18.3

Ashwin to Hughes, OUT, bowled'im. Ashwin gets another. Hughes has played on. This is short, turning away giving him the room, but he doesn't play the proper cut. Just pushes at it with his arms, and gets an inside edge onto the leg stump. Had he played the proper full-blooded cut, he would have got four for this. Ashwin won't mind it, though. He has bowled some superb deliveries earlier, which have not got him wickets

PJ Hughes b Ashwin 6 (14m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

John: "More to the point, GenuineTailender. Who are they to fly over to India to replace Cowan? Just remember, he hasn't played a Test match since the New Years Test in Sydney. Cut the guy some slack!!!"

Time for some Watto now. Slip, backward short leg, short leg in

18.4

Ashwin to Watson, no run, flighted outside off, defended to cover

Morgan: "I wonder what all the Ed Cowan haters will say about Phil Hughes now?"

18.5

Ashwin to Watson, no run, quicker, into the pads, defended to leg

18.6

Ashwin to Watson, no run, flighted outside off, defended back to him

End of over 19 (wicket maiden) Australia 72/2
SR Watson    0* (3b)      R Ashwin    6-2-11-2
DA Warner    32* (51b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-1-29-0

Mayur Dave: "Was that controversy over selecting Ashwin pre-match I was reading?"

Meanwhile Ishant Sharma comes back. Reverse so early?

19.1

Sharma to Warner, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, worked away for a single

"Watto gets his wish to open anyway #mootpoint" MG, they have given him an opening bowler too

19.2

Sharma to Watson, FOUR, Watto, welcome to India. Short and wide, and he cuts it away in front of square. Something tells me this might be the last over of pace for a while

19.3

Sharma to Watson, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched away off the back foot

Steve Smith: "Does Australia really need four opening batsmen in the one side???"

19.4

Sharma to Watson, no run, Jadeja keeps scoring runs in the field. Short and wide again, cut away again, but Jadeja makes a diving save at point

19.5

Sharma to Watson, no run, fuller, on off, solid front-foot defensive from Watson

19.6

Sharma to Watson, no run, short of a length, 137ks, seaming in a little, hits the inside half of the bat

End of over 20 (5 runs) Australia 77/2
SR Watson    4* (8b 1x4)      I Sharma    3-1-17-0
DA Warner    33* (52b 4x4)      R Ashwin    6-2-11-2

"Watson has a weakness against left-arm-spin, Dhoni should bring on Ohja..." Oh wait, James

20.1

Ashwin to Warner, 3 runs, short, wide, cut away, and Bhajji proves he is at least a better fielder than Ashwin, as he chases, slides and keeps it inside

Dale: "@Steve Smith Coming onto cricinfo to push your case for selection ay Steve?"

20.2

Ashwin to Watson, no run, flighted outside off, some drift away, comes back in to beat the inside edge but he has got well outside the line

Silly point comes in after that push and that drift

20.3

Ashwin to Watson, no run, short of a length, stays back to defend

20.4

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, worked away to leg for a single

20.5

Ashwin to Warner, no run, tossed up, middle and leg, holds its line, defended back to him

20.6

Ashwin to Warner, no run, short, but not wide, and gets some extra bounce too. Warner manages to keep it down, but can't beat point

End of over 21 (4 runs) Australia 81/2
DA Warner    36* (55b 4x4)      R Ashwin    7-2-15-2
SR Watson    5* (11b 1x4)      I Sharma    3-1-17-0

Chris Rogers: "@Steve Smith, actually I think we should have 5 openers in there"

Ravindra Jadeja into the attack now

21.1

Jadeja to Watson, 1 run, full, into the pads, worked away past short leg

21.2

Jadeja to Warner, 1 run, down the wicket to push this wide of mid-on for one

21.3

Jadeja to Watson, no run, appeal for bat before wicket. They are appealing for pad-first, but it didn't even hit the pad

21.4

Jadeja to Watson, no run, fired into the pads, defended to leg

21.5

Jadeja to Watson, 2 runs, fired into the pads, nudged away past short fine leg

21.6

Jadeja to Watson, no run, slightly slower, middle and leg, defended off the back foot

End of over 22 (4 runs) Australia 85/2
SR Watson    8* (16b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-4-0
DA Warner    37* (56b 4x4)      R Ashwin    7-2-15-2

simon katich: "@Chris Rogers: I was hoping I would be the 5th one"

Over the stumps

22.1

Ashwin to Warner, no run, full, on off, driven back to him

22.2

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, nearly bowled him around the legs. Flighted well outside leg, Warner looks to sweep, is beaten by turn and bounce, but is lucky to have got some touch from the back of the bat

22.3

Ashwin to Watson, no run, stays back to defend a length ball

22.4

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, down the wicket, wide of mid-on, gets a single

22.5

Ashwin to Warner, no run, full, on the pads, defended

22.6

Ashwin to Warner, 2 runs, flighted on the pads, worked away past short midwicket for a couple

End of over 23 (4 runs) Australia 89/2
DA Warner    40* (60b 4x4)      R Ashwin    8-2-19-2
SR Watson    9* (18b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-4-0

NSP: "@ Katto and Chris Rogers, sorry, too old fellas." - NSP, for those not familiar with jargon, means national selection panel

23.1

Jadeja to Watson, no run, short of a length, flat, defended

23.2

Jadeja to Watson, no run, defended off the back foot

23.3

Jadeja to Watson, no run, presses forward to defend

23.4

Jadeja to Watson, no run, short of a length, punched away to short cover

23.5

Jadeja to Watson, no run, full and fast, on the pads, no bat involved

Jason: "@"Simon Katich" You weren't even an opener anyway, you fell in to the position as there was no one else. You didn't even open in domestic cricket""

23.6

Jadeja to Watson, no run, defended off the front foot

End of over 24 (maiden) Australia 89/2
SR Watson    9* (24b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    2-1-4-0
DA Warner    40* (60b 4x4)      R Ashwin    8-2-19-2

Mark: "I find it amusing that so many people seem upset that there are so many "openers" in the lineup, yet nobody ever complained about Hussey batting down the order. He was an opener before making the test team."

24.1

Ashwin to Warner, no run, short, widish, cut away in front of square

24.2

Ashwin to Warner, no run, goes back deep into the crease to defend a length ball

Wasim Jaffer: "@Katich: Let's catch up later in the day mate!"

24.3

Ashwin to Warner, no run, and goes back again. That can be dangerous. This time, though, it is headed down leg

24.4

Ashwin to Warner, no run, slightly shortish, and this time he is forward to defend

24.5

Ashwin to Warner, no run, flighted on off, defended off the front foot

24.6

Ashwin to Warner, FOUR, full, but too far down leg, and Warner gets enough bat on this sweep to get four

End of over 25 (4 runs) Australia 93/2
DA Warner    44* (66b 5x4)      R Ashwin    9-2-23-2
SR Watson    9* (24b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    2-1-4-0

25.1

Jadeja to Watson, no run, short and wide, punched away to deepish extra cover. Misses out on that freebie

25.2

Jadeja to Watson, no run, stays back to defend a straight delivery

25.3

Jadeja to Watson, no run, flighted, middle and leg, defended back

25.4

Jadeja to Watson, no run, into the pads again, defended again

25.5

Jadeja to Watson, no run, flighted on off, defended off the front foot

25.6

Jadeja to Watson, no run, full again, on the pads, blocked back to him

End of over 26 (maiden) Australia 93/2
SR Watson    9* (30b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    3-2-4-0
DA Warner    44* (66b 5x4)      R Ashwin    9-2-23-2

Paul : "That's because unlike all the other hack openers writing in, Hussey was a deadset legend, and an automatic choice in any Australian team of the decade. One of the greatest all-round players we've ever produced."

26.1

Ashwin to Warner, no run, length ball, on off, turning away, left alone

26.2

Ashwin to Warner, no run, flighted on off, turning towards slip, defended

26.3

Ashwin to Warner, no run, leading edge but eludes Ashwin's dive. Nicely flighted, and gets dip, which works again, but the lob is a little too wide for him

26.4

Ashwin to Warner, no run, flatter, quicker, defended off the back foot

26.5

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, tossed up on off, pushed past short cover for a single

26.6

Ashwin to Watson, no run, flighted outside off, defended to silly point

End of over 27 (1 run) Australia 94/2
SR Watson    9* (31b 1x4)      R Ashwin    10-2-24-2
DA Warner    45* (71b 5x4)      RA Jadeja    3-2-4-0

27.1

Jadeja to Warner, no run, turn for Jadeja from outside off, but Warner defends well off the back foot

27.2

Jadeja to Warner, 1 run, down the wicket to push this wide of mid-off for a single

27.3

Jadeja to Watson, FOUR, short, into the pads, and Watson will keep putting these away seven days of the week, twenty-four hours a day

27.4

Jadeja to Watson, 1 run, this one is fuller, turns away, hits the outside half of the bat

27.5

Jadeja to Warner, 1 run, short, on off, punched away for a single

"Anyone know how many times the first wicket of a series has fallen to a stumping?" Navin Pinto, I am sure it might have happened before but it is strange

27.6

Jadeja to Watson, no run, full, on the pads, defended to leg

End of over 28 (7 runs) Australia 101/2
SR Watson    14* (34b 2x4)      RA Jadeja    4-2-11-0
DA Warner    47* (74b 5x4)      R Ashwin    10-2-24-2

28.1

Ashwin to Warner, no run, flighted on the pads, defended to leg

28.2

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, worked away for a single

28.3

Ashwin to Watson, FOUR, down the wicket, right to the pitch of the ball, and lofts him over mid-on superbly

28.4

Ashwin to Watson, no run, shorter, into the pads, but he can't beat square leg with the punch

28.5

Ashwin to Watson, no run, slower, but still short, tries to work it away, but can't beat square leg

28.6

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, down the wicket to work this wide of mid-on for a single

End of over 29 (6 runs) Australia 107/2
SR Watson    19* (38b 3x4)      R Ashwin    11-2-30-2
DA Warner    48* (76b 5x4)      RA Jadeja    4-2-11-0

Harbhajan Singh comes back

29.1

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, worked away for a single

29.2

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, 2 runs, short of a length, turning away, worked fine for a couple. That brings up the fifty for Warner. Reminds me of a sledge I will write about in detail just after lunch

29.3

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, 1 run, pushed wide of cover for one

29.4

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended off the back foot

29.5

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, defended off the back foot again

Mike: "@Navin Pinto, I can remember it happening in NZ Pak match, I think it was the first test in Hamilton on their last tour, Tim McTintosh was the first out, stumped. Hopefully Cowan's international career doesn't follow his!"

29.6

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, 1 run, short, wide, cut away to deep point for a single

End of over 30 (5 runs) Australia 112/2
SR Watson    21* (42b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-1-34-0
DA Warner    51* (78b 5x4)      R Ashwin    11-2-30-2

jb: "Thumbing Boy ThumBs up with a 50 :)"

30.1

Jadeja to Watson, no run, flat, full, defended

Blitz: "Thumbs up to Warner on his 50!"

30.2

Jadeja to Watson, no run, short of a length, into the pads, defended

30.3

Jadeja to Watson, 2 runs, quick into the pads, worked away nicely

30.4

Jadeja to Watson, no run, stays back for a full ball, but he defends it well

30.5

Jadeja to Watson, no run, flighted outside off, defended off the front foot

30.6

Jadeja to Watson, no run, full and quick, and he blocks it off the front foot

End of over 31 (2 runs) Australia 114/2
SR Watson    23* (48b 3x4)      RA Jadeja    5-2-13-0
DA Warner    51* (78b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-1-34-0

Think we will get two more overs before lunch

31.1

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended

31.2

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, flighted, on off, defended back to him

31.3

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, 2 runs, nicely bowled. Clearly there is more action on this. This one dips on Warner, who is not close to the pitch of the ball, but the thick edge flies wide of slip

31.4

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, 1 run, full, on off, nearly a yorker, gets a single between point and cover-point

31.5

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, short, turning in, pulled into the back of Vijay, the local boy. He shows no pain, is back on his feet immediately. The crowd likes it

31.6

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, 1 run, flighted on off, hits the outside half of the defensive bat as this doesn't turn

End of over 32 (4 runs) Australia 118/2
SR Watson    24* (50b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-1-38-0
DA Warner    54* (82b 5x4)      RA Jadeja    5-2-13-0

32.1

Jadeja to Watson, 2 runs, another outside edge but it is soft and wide of slip

Booowled: "The first opener to be stumped happened in the 2nd ever Test Match - Aus -v- Eng 1877. A. Shaw, st Blackham b Spofforth(!) for 1. Although it was the second wicket to fall. Jupp went for a duck in the first over."

32.2

Jadeja to Watson, no run, flighted outside off, defended off the front foot

32.3

Jadeja to Watson, no run, full, middle and leg, defended to short leg

32.4

Jadeja to Watson, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, defended back to him

32.5

Jadeja to Watson, 2 runs, full, into the pads, clipped away for another couple

Josh: "Phil Jaques was stumped by Dhoni in the first test in 2007/08"

32.6

Jadeja to Watson, no run, short of a length, defended off the back foot. A lot of dust flies every time they move back into the crease

End of over 33 (4 runs) Australia 122/2
SR Watson    28* (56b 3x4)      RA Jadeja    6-2-17-0
DA Warner    54* (82b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-1-38-0

We'll get a 34th in before lunch

33.1

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the back foot

33.2

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, flighted outside off, defended off the front foot

33.3

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, tossed up outside off, slight dip, Warner moves forward and defends

Andrew Schulz: "More dribble from Adrian Meredith. Ritchie and Phillips were both very good Test batsmen, Phillips ruined through having to keep wicket."

33.4

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, FOUR, and the mandatory short and wide delivery, it is cut away, past the diving Tendulkar at backward-point

Lionel: "I believe Marvan Atapattu got stumped against India as the first wicket. But then Sanath and Roshan had the biggest partnership ever!!!.... I might be wrong"

33.5

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, tossed up outside off, left alone

charlie: "Stumped off Spofforth? Wow so was Blackham keeping up to the stumps, or did he throw them down when batsman wandered out of crease I wonder?"

33.6

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, another leave to bring in the lunch break

11.33pm Lunch then. Australia won't mind this session at all. Back to the anecdote from Perth last year. When Warner was smattering Indian bowlers all over the WACA Ground, they got all worked up and began to sledge him and began to tell him they will see how he does in India. Warner's response was something to the tune of: "We'll see. We might lose, but my batting average will only improve, unlike your batsmen." He has done better than his average in this innings. Can he go on to make this count too? We will see you at around 12.10pm

I'll leave you with this true story from Mark: "@charlie. I remember it well. He was up to the stumps and was goading Demon telling him his Mother could face this rubbish and he would go back when he sent down some heat. Fine day it was too."

End of over 34 (4 runs) Australia 126/2
DA Warner    58* (88b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    10-1-42-0
SR Watson    28* (56b 3x4)      RA Jadeja    6-2-17-0

12.10pm Welcome back. Ashwin will start the session. Rahane is on the field. Not sure who is off

BT: "Meanwhile, Ponting just out to the hook at the WACA for 76 in a low scoring match. Next highest score is 36 (and it's the 3rd innings). Bring him back I say!"

34.1

Ashwin to Watson, no run, full, on off, defended back to the bowler

34.2

Ashwin to Watson, no run, pushes at an offbreak, gets an inside edge onto the pad, but it falls straight of short leg

34.3

Ashwin to Watson, no run, short of a length, pushed to leg

34.4

Ashwin to Watson, OUT, and Ashwin strikes soon after lunch. Done in by the low bounce. Short of a length, outside off, he is going back but this skids through. It would have hit the stumps for sure, but might or might not have hit him just outside the line of off. The replays are not entirely conclusive, but it looks more outside the line than in

SR Watson lbw b Ashwin 28 (53m 60b 3x4 0x6) SR: 46.66

Michael Clarke walks in. Two forward short legs for him

34.5

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, Clarke down the wicket right away, defends to off

34.6

Ashwin to Clarke, 1 run, down the wicket, pushed to mid-on with soft hands, and gets a single

End of over 35 (1 run) Australia 127/3
MJ Clarke    1* (2b)      R Ashwin    12-2-31-3
DA Warner    58* (88b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    10-1-42-0

Harbhajan Singh to continue. A slip, a short leg, a short midwicket

35.1

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, flighted, turning in, defended to short midwicket

35.2

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 2 runs, long hop, Clarke pulls it away wide of deep square for a couple

35.3

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, down the wicket, to its pitch, pushes this to short midwicket

35.4

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 1 run, full, middle and leg, mid-on is too deep to deny them the single

35.5

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, 1 run, Warner plays a loose shot, but continues being lucky. Down the wicket, nowhere near the pitch of the ball, and swipes at it, but the thick edge doesn't reach the man at point

35.6

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, leaves the crease again, but this time he hits it a little too hard to mid-on to be taking the single

End of over 36 (4 runs) Australia 131/3
MJ Clarke    4* (7b)      Harbhajan Singh    11-1-46-0
DA Warner    59* (89b 6x4)      R Ashwin    12-2-31-3

jeed: "Matching up the two offies from indian side, Ashwin is beating Bhajji in all department. More overs,more maidens,less runs,more wickets, more dot balls, less economy and less boundaries conceded."

36.1

Ashwin to Warner, no run, length ball, on off, holds its line, doesn't turn much, hits the inside half of the bat again

36.2

Ashwin to Warner, no run, defended more solidly this time

36.3

Ashwin to Warner, no run, stays back to a full and fast delivery. Defends

36.4

Ashwin to Warner, OUT, Warner has played with fire far too often and for far too long. Continues staying back to fullish deliveries. He has been misjudging the length too often to have carried on with this innings. Goes back deep into the crease. The trajectory is flat all right, but the length is much fuller. He is late in bringing the bat down, and is caught dead in front

DA Warner lbw b Ashwin 59 (133m 93b 6x4 0x6) SR: 63.44

Matthew Wade is the new man in

36.5

Ashwin to Wade, 2 runs, and another Australian stays back to a full ball, and is nearly gone lbw too. The bat comes down just about at the last instant, and gets a couple to fine leg

36.6

Ashwin to Wade, no run, turn and bounce as Ashwin slows this down. Wade rises with it, and defends it and keeps it down

End of over 37 (2 runs) Australia 133/4
MS Wade    2* (2b)      R Ashwin    13-2-33-4
MJ Clarke    4* (7b)      Harbhajan Singh    11-1-46-0

37.1

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, flatter delivery, Clarke stays back to defend

37.2

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length, turning down the leg side, worked away after moving across and inside the line

"Don't worry, Hussey will be striding to the crease now. The customary Clarke-Hussey rescue job will get us over the line." Oh well, Luke

37.3

Harbhajan Singh to Wade, no run, full, drifting in, defended back to him

37.4

Harbhajan Singh to Wade, no run, short of a length, but this drifts in too. Punched to mid-off

Alan: "Where is M.Hussey when clarke needs him?"

37.5

Harbhajan Singh to Wade, no run, flighted on off again, defended back to him

37.6

Harbhajan Singh to Wade, no run, fuller, on off, nice loop, defended off the front foot again

End of over 38 (1 run) Australia 134/4
MS Wade    2* (6b)      Harbhajan Singh    12-1-47-0
MJ Clarke    5* (9b)      R Ashwin    13-2-33-4

Nayan: "As Ashvin strikes.. It's Remind the Anil Kumble's bowling against Auses in 2nd Test, Border-Gavaskar Series, 2004. Jumbo cleaned up the middle and lower order, grabbing 7-48 ."

38.1

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, leaves the crease, doesn't quite reach the pitch of the ball, gets an inside edge onto the pad, but there is no silly point

38.2

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, stays back to face a length ball. Not pretty but keeps it out

38.3

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, drift and dip, but Clarke looks to pad it away. but the ball hits the glove on the way back. However, it doesn't carry to either short leg or short midwicket

38.4

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, very full, hit back to Ashwin

38.5

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, flighted this time, defended

38.6

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, another flighted offbreak from just outside off. Defended

Only one carrom ball from Ashwin so far, I think. He has concentrated on the offbreak mostly

End of over 39 (maiden) Australia 134/4
MJ Clarke    5* (15b)      R Ashwin    14-3-33-4
MS Wade    2* (6b)      Harbhajan Singh    12-1-47-0

39.1

Harbhajan Singh to Wade, no run, slightly short, Wade goes back to punch it, but can't beat point

39.2

Harbhajan Singh to Wade, no run, flighted, straighter, defended back to Harbhajan

39.3

Harbhajan Singh to Wade, no run, flighted outside off, leaves it alone

39.4

Harbhajan Singh to Wade, no run, short of a length, stays back, shuffles across, but somehow keeps it out. Wade - like Warner - needs to watch out for the lbw

39.5

Harbhajan Singh to Wade, 1 run, full, he is still caught on the crease, but gets a single to backward point

39.6

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, nudged away for a single

End of over 40 (2 runs) Australia 136/4
MJ Clarke    6* (16b)      Harbhajan Singh    13-1-49-0
MS Wade    3* (11b)      R Ashwin    14-3-33-4

Slip, short leg, short mid-off, short mid-on, and short midwicket. What a field

40.1

Ashwin to Clarke, 1 run, flighted outside off, played with the turn to leg

A slip, a gully, a silly point

40.2

Ashwin to Wade, 1 run, punched away past point for a single

40.3

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, full, on off, defended to leg

40.4

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, tossed up wide outside off, defended after leaving the crease

Clarke is surrounded here. What a test for him

40.5

Ashwin to Clarke, 1 run, quicker, flatter, Clarke stays back to defend. This single takes him past Bradman's tally of 6996

40.6

Ashwin to Wade, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched away, but doesn't find a gap

End of over 41 (3 runs) Australia 139/4
MS Wade    4* (13b)      R Ashwin    15-3-36-4
MJ Clarke    8* (20b)      Harbhajan Singh    13-1-49-0

41.1

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, down the wicket, defends to cover

A slip, a short leg, a short midwicket for Harbhajan

41.2

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, FOUR, Harbhajan releases the pressure. Short and wide, Clarke is right back to cut it in front of point. That's 7000 Test runs

41.3

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, down the wicket, defends it back to Harbhajan

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41.4

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, stays back to defend a length ball

41.5

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 2 runs, down the wicket, Harbhajan tosses this wide, Clarke is almost stranded, but he kicks away at it. Strangely he has got two runs for this. Even if it did touch the bat after the pad, Clarke wasn't playing a shot here

41.6

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, defended back to him

End of over 42 (6 runs) Australia 145/4
MJ Clarke    14* (26b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    14-1-55-0
MS Wade    4* (13b)      R Ashwin    15-3-36-4

42.1

Ashwin to Wade, no run, quick and full outside off, left alone

42.2

Ashwin to Wade, no run, slower through the air, in that channel just outside off, Wade presses forward and defends

42.3

Ashwin to Wade, no run, fuller, flatter, straighter, kept out

42.4

Ashwin to Wade, 1 run, into the pads, worked away for an easy single. Ashwin has hardly bowled these easy deliveries since lunch

42.5

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, down the wicket, defends

42.6

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, flighted well outside off, he can leave this alone

End of over 43 (1 run) Australia 146/4
MJ Clarke    14* (28b 1x4)      R Ashwin    16-3-37-4
MS Wade    5* (17b)      Harbhajan Singh    14-1-55-0

Jadeja back into the attack. over the stumps to the left-hand batsman

43.1

Jadeja to Wade, no run, this one doesn't turn, slides through, and beats the outside edge

43.2

Jadeja to Wade, no run, short of a length, on off, defended

43.3

Jadeja to Wade, 1 run, down the wicket, gets a single off the outside half of the bat

Tim: "Congratulations to Ashwin. His efforts today have brought his career bowling average below Nathan Lyon to now have the best record of all the spinners playing this game."

43.4

Jadeja to Clarke, no run, full and flat, on the pads, defended to mid-on

43.5

Jadeja to Clarke, no run, length ball, on off, defended to short cover

43.6

Jadeja to Clarke, no run, leaves the crease but gets too close to the pitch of the ball, and plays this to midwicket

End of over 44 (1 run) Australia 147/4
MJ Clarke    14* (31b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    7-2-18-0
MS Wade    6* (20b)      R Ashwin    16-3-37-4

44.1

Ashwin to Wade, no run, slightly short of a length, Wade goes back to punch, but into the shin pads of silly point

44.2

Ashwin to Wade, no run, flighted, middle and leg, defended back to him

44.3

Ashwin to Wade, FOUR, short of a length, superb shot. The first over since lunch where Ashwin has bowled two loose balls. He has punched this superbly between cover and mid-off

44.4

Ashwin to Wade, no run, fuller, gets the outside edge as Wade turns the face of the bat, but it dies before reaching slip

44.5

Ashwin to Wade, no run, turn and bounce. Rising towards the chest from short of a length. Wade drops the bottom hand, and rides it well

44.6

Ashwin to Wade, 1 run, stays back to this length ball, moves across too, but gets the bat down in time, and takes the single

End of over 45 (5 runs) Australia 152/4
MS Wade    11* (26b 1x4)      R Ashwin    17-3-42-4
MJ Clarke    14* (31b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    7-2-18-0

45.1

Jadeja to Wade, no run, full outside off, defended off the front foot

Farhan Sadat: "@Tim, Really? All the spinners? Have you seen Saeed Ajmal's record?"

45.2

Jadeja to Wade, no run, down the wicket to defend this

Jadeja has moved back over the stumps

45.3

Jadeja to Wade, 1 run, full outside off, pushed between point and cover for one

45.4

Jadeja to Clarke, no run, flat, into the pads, defended

45.5

Jadeja to Clarke, no run, down the track again, plays this to midwicket, doesn't let it turn

45.6

Jadeja to Clarke, no run, full and flat and straight, defended to short leg

End of over 46 (1 run) Australia 153/4
MJ Clarke    14* (34b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    8-2-19-0
MS Wade    12* (29b 1x4)      R Ashwin    17-3-42-4

Vivek Nair: "@Farhan: You skipped the text "Playing In This Game""

46.1

Ashwin to Wade, no run, flighted on off, defended back to him

46.2

Ashwin to Wade, no run, turns from middle and off, hits the outside half of the bat

46.3

Ashwin to Wade, no run, full, on off, blocked back to him

46.4

Ashwin to Wade, no run, full, middle and leg, defended back to him

46.5

Ashwin to Wade, no run, another push back to Ashwin

46.6

Ashwin to Wade, OUT, all five for Ashwin so far. Tossed up on middle and leg, straightens after that. Wade plays down the wrong line altogether, and is hit in front. That's pretty adjacent, although Wade doesn't seem happy when walking back

MS Wade lbw b Ashwin 12 (33m 35b 1x4 0x6) SR: 34.28

Ashwin has bowled much better today than he did against England. The pitch is helping all right, but he has focussed more on bowling offbreaks

End of over 47 (wicket maiden) Australia 153/5
     R Ashwin    18-4-42-5
MJ Clarke    14* (34b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    8-2-19-0

47.1

Jadeja to Clarke, no run, defended off the front foot

47.2

Jadeja to Clarke, 1 run, leaves the crease, gets a thick outside edge for a single

Moises Henriques, with the moustache, is the new batsman in

47.3

Jadeja to Henriques, no run, defended off the front foot

Slip, silly point and short leg in

47.4

Jadeja to Henriques, no run, another defensive off the front foot

47.5

Jadeja to Henriques, 1 run, flat, into the pads, worked into the leg side

47.6

Jadeja to Clarke, no run, defended to short midwicket

End of over 48 (2 runs) Australia 155/5
MJ Clarke    15* (37b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    9-2-21-0
MC Henriques    1* (3b)      R Ashwin    18-4-42-5

48.1

Ashwin to Henriques, no run, tossed up outside off, turning in towards the off stump, defended off the front foot

48.2

Ashwin to Henriques, no run, dip on this one, Henriques makes a belated move back into the crease, and defends

48.3

Ashwin to Henriques, no run, fuller, flatter, into the pads, but can't find a gap on the leg side

48.4

Ashwin to Henriques, no run, short, but Henriques can't cut this because it is bouncing high towards Dhoni's shoulders

Jordan: "Given his clean shaven state, perhaps he should be called Mo-less Henriques."

48.5

Ashwin to Henriques, 1 run, driven down to deepish mid-on for one

Round the stumps goes Ashwin

48.6

Ashwin to Clarke, FOUR, runs down the pitch to turn this into a full toss, and drives it through extra cover for four

End of over 49 (5 runs) Australia 160/5
MJ Clarke    19* (38b 2x4)      R Ashwin    19-4-47-5
MC Henriques    2* (8b)      RA Jadeja    9-2-21-0

49.1

Jadeja to Henriques, no run, length ball, into the pads, defended

49.2

Jadeja to Henriques, no run, smothers the turn with a forward-defensive

49.3

Jadeja to Henriques, no run, pushed to silly point

49.4

Jadeja to Henriques, no run, fired into the pads, defended to leg

49.5

Jadeja to Henriques, no run, flighted outside off, left alone

49.6

Jadeja to Henriques, 2 runs, short, on off, punched away, wide of cover, where Bhuvneshwar misfields to allow a second

End of over 50 (2 runs) Australia 162/5
MC Henriques    4* (14b)      RA Jadeja    10-2-23-0
MJ Clarke    19* (38b 2x4)      R Ashwin    19-4-47-5
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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Feb 26, 2013

Sachin Tendulkar and Cheteshwar Pujara took India home, India v Australia, 1st Test, Chennai, 5th day, February 26, 2013

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Virender Sehwag was dismissed for 19 by Nathan Lyon

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