Border-Gavaskar Trophy - 3rd Test

India v Australia

India won by 6 wickets

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

Buhvneshwar Kumar to bowl the first ball with two slips and a gully in

Out walk Ed Cowan and Dave Warner. The latter is wearing a sleeveless sweater so it seems it is pretty pleasant there. Umpire Kettleborough, who turns 40 today, takes the field too. Watch out Rich, that Tendulkar is only a few months younger. Now that's a sight I want to see: a player older than an umpire

8.55am Right then. Only five minutes to go. Another reminder on the Rahul Dravid contest: a chance to meet Rahul Dravid in person and discuss cricket with him. Here it is - we are not kidding

8.35am Big moment for Shikhar Dhawan, who gets his Test cap from Sachin Tendulkar

8.30am Michael Clarke has won the toss and Australia will bat first. The break has helped the, says Clarke. They need to score heavily, he says. Haddin replaces Wade, Smith in for Watson, Maxwell makes way for Lyon, and Starc takes Pattinson's place

MS Dhoni sees a "different" Mohali wicket, which for the first time will assist spinners. In 2008, Amit Mishra took a five-for on debut here, so not quite right, MS. The big news is, Harbhajan Singh has been left out of his home Test after he kept Pragyan Ojha out of his home Test

8.20am Mark: "@Jeremy - I think a low of 15 for the Aussie top 6 is probably a bit hopeful."

CricketisMyPassion: "@Jeremy: Thats a bit unfair to top six. Unless you are predicting Pup will bat at 7!"

8.15am The pitch is dry with dry grass, but there will be moisture from the rain yesterday. Matthew Hayden says this is a hard and a flat pitch, and opening batsmen will be delighted to see it. They are epxecting skiddly bounce, but it surely has less grass than a usual Mohali wicket. Toss in 15 minutes

Jeremy from Melbourne: "You said "A high of 28 degress and a low of 15 expected". It sounds like you're talking about the predicted scores for the top six Aussie batsmen"

8.10am Still 96% humidity in Mohali. A high of 28 degress and a low of 15 expected. I can't see a cloud on the horizon

8am on day two Fourteenth March has become the 15th, and we are in nice and early hoping for the early start to make up for part of the lost time yesterday. It's bright and sunny, and cloudless in Mohali. So we are hoping for the toss in 30 minutes

1pm It has been called off. First day is gone. Amid all feedback suggesting this has been Australia's best day of the tour, I take your leave. A reminder that the remaining four days will start at 9am. Toss tomorrow - if everything goes right - at 8.30am. So long then

12.30pm AM has turned to PM. No signs of play any time soon

"I'm having to amuse myself by imagining the game. Currently Smith is bowling to Dhoni, its not going well." James, you remember Steve Smith's past experience of Mohali? Those overthrows when a direct hit could have won Australia the Test. And he was a substitute

Aditya Iyer is at the ground. He says: "Properly drizzling again, soundtrack here has changed from Midnight Rain to Radiohead's Treefingers (listen to it and you'll know why). Though wish it could have been the previous song from their Kid A album, How To Disappear Completely. The rain or me."

11.55am Not looking good in Mohali. Just though I'd let you know. That inspection at noon is inconsequential now because it has rained more since 11.30am

"Looking at Sid's leniency towards a 'rest day' I bet you'd never bet for an indoor test venue :)" Over my dead body, Saugat

11.30am More drizzle. Becoming more and more unlikely to see any play today. Dark clouds approaching too. Just sip some good old mint tea and have tikkis (not to be mistaken with more widely known tikkas). Listen to some good old tune, go for Midnight Rain or from closer to the hills in India, Morni

"Ahh Sid... You've got me there! If only we could all be like you travelling the world watching cricket in exotic locations whilst sampling the finest beverages the world has to offer - and getting paid bucketloads doing it. Unfortunately for those like me, who slog for a living, keeping in touch with the cricket scores relieves me from a bit of sanity which the Rest Day used to offer. A bit like trying to find a pub open on Good Friday if you get my point..." Gocfe, I agree with you mostly, but not quite with "bucketloads"

Wippa: "That was a very good session of cricket for the aussies, if we can keep this up we have a chance"

Matt: "Raining here too in Perth. That makes two important matches that have been held up. WA vs Qld could decide a Shield Finalist. Oh well. It's been a long hot summer here so I suppose we should be glad for the rain....."

11.20am The Australian team has arrived at the ground. We have a word from Kettleborough, who inspected the ground at 11. Lunch will be taken at 11.30am, the scheduled time. There will be another inspection at noon. The ground is draining well, but it keeps drizzling every now and then, and they can't take the covers off off the square. So a recap of the news: Lunch will be taken at 11.30am, and the next inspection is scheduled at noon

"Sid, why do guys still type? You can convert your speech to text. There is an app for that!" SK, show me an app that will spell Thirimanne, Bhuvneshwar, Tagenarine (oh he could be playing even before Shiv retires) and Sangakkara

"" Let's go back to the days when teams used to travel by ship?" Sid, do you want us to listen to radio commentaries again? I remember once listening to Urdu commentary of a Pak-NZ Test in NZ. Munir Hussain was describing the beautiful sea and suddenly said " ..aur bowled kar diya " ( bowled him ).. lovely old days.." Anees, I won't mind it. I feel cricket is over-analysed today, and taken far too seriously

11.15am "Hi there Sid... Talking about giving your fingers a break... Don't tell me you're an advocate for the Rest Day - I used to hate the Rest Day!" Gocfe, I'd love the Rest Day. Especially when I am on tour. You are in a lovely new country, you are covering good cricket, and nothing like a day off in between. In fact, there should be no cricket tour shorter than two months with at least three to four tour matches in quaint little grounds the host country has to offer. Let's go back to the days when teams used to travel by ship

"Anurag got the point.. Rather than pulling the legs of Pope in between a high tense cricket match, it 'd be appreciable to keep the viewers interested during these kind of delays.. I curse You to get an assignment from your director and you fail in tat miserably.." Sathish, let's not get to the pope or homework jokes. Thankfully a new pope has been elected. Let's leave homework jokes at that. Enough mocking has been done over the last three days

11.05am "I have to say I'm disappointed in you Sidharth! You're getting lazy. Any other commentator and we'd have had every details of THAT VVS-Rahul special day covered in these 1 and a half hour. And of course, some Kiwi fans lamenting."

Oh yes, Anurag Acharya, today is the day for that. I remember enjoying doing a piece on that Dravid innings last year, but it is not available online. Why don't you guys show us some love and buy Timeless Steel?

No word yet on how well the mopping-up is going in Mohali. You will have to wait for the next update. But the good news is that the sun peeped out to say hello just before 11am

10.40am Just hearing that the Australian team is leaving the hotel. No more rain yet, and the ground staff is working hard. Says Palswinder: "Good news guys. I am 20 kms away from stadium and sun is shining here between clouds. And it seems there will be no more rain till night."

"What do you prefer Sidharth, an exciting day of cricket moving at fast pace, albeit a heavy work load on your fingers, or an occasional day of rain where you can relax a bit longer?" Murali, I would prefer to have six-day Tests with the same number of total overs. So 75 overs a day, a five-hour day, over six days. I know it takes out the endurance test a bit, but my fingers - which have begun to look like Test wicketkeepers' - will love it

10.15am "There goes my hopes of a Test cricket nirvana. It all started 14 hours ago with WI vs ZIM, continued with ENG vs NZ and rain plays spoil sport here. Well I do have three more days to look forward to." Steve, it's too bad about the rain. Just to recap that it has stopped raining, and if it doesn't rain for another hour or so, we should be pretty close to the toss. However, more rain is forecast during the day.

"Could you guys confirm the situation in regards to naming of the final XI and the rain? Is it 10 minutes before the toss? If so, how does the announcement of the toss work? Just trying to see how likely Aus are to try and pull a fast one." Adrian, no XIs named yet. And you are not required to name your XI until the time you walk out for the toss. I sure would love to see a fast one. That will give us something to talk about. Until then, let's wait

9.30am Good news. It has stopped raining, and the ground staff has started working on the covers, but it could take as many as two hours to get the ground ready for play

A minimum of two hours, says Richard Kettleborough. And the umpires fear there is more rain in the air. Not looking good at all. Not for late sleepers: all the remaining days will start at 9am, half an hour earlier than usual

9.25am As we wait for the rain to stop, here's a little something you could read. Michael Hussey - I know most of us feel he should be in Mohali - is Talking Cricket

9.10am Matthew Wade is unfit, and Glenn Maxwell is out. The rest of the line-up is easy to figure. Meanwhile, it continues to rain in Mohali. And we are not making any more jokes about homework. I suppose Twitter has done enough of that over the last three days

The Australian team is still at the hotel, I presume India are too

9am This is not an assignment joke. This is serious. Go here, write down what in your opinion makes Rahul Dravid special, and you could spend a day with Dravid. It's better than waiting for rain to stop

Gareth: "I'm not usually one to be serious when sending in my feedback, but this really is a joke. They should have been disciplined back of house. Instead, just after recovering from the 'rotation policy' saga, Australia is once again the laughing stock of the cricketing world. I'd never be embarrassed if the Aussies get beaten when giving their all, but I am embarrassed when the management team project our side as a bunch of novices!"

8.50 All right. Doesn't look good in Mohali. It has been raining since 4am. It is not the crazy rain that will have its say and blow away. This is that persistent - and pleasant when cricket is not on - pitter-patter from the hills. We might be a while before we get going. A lovely day to put that kettle on, play some rain music, and make some nice aloo parathas, which you get the best of in Punjab

"Nice to see the inevitable flood of 'three things' jokes has gotten off to a cracking start." Matt Francis, I had resolved to not beat that dead horse, but the rain pissed down and pissed me off

"What happens if just before the start of play, Starc or Siddle step on a cricket ball while practising in the field and can't play. Will Pattinson be allowed by in, or will it be 1 fast bowler and 3 spinners?" McEnroe, I quite like where this is going. Australia see nice and overcast and humid conditions, make up a few eleventh-hour injuries, and suspend that ban on M Johnson and J Pattinson to the next Test and win the toss and take seven wickets in the first session

8.40am Mohali was asked for three reasons as to why it should host Test cricket. Mohali missed the deadline, and it is raining there now. Welcome to our coverage of the third Test of this Border-Gavaskar Trophy. I am expecting the toss - scheduled to take place in 20 minutes - to be delayed

0.1

Kumar to Cowan, no run, slight shape back in first up. Cowan defends off the front foot, gets a soft inside edge onto the pad

0.2

Kumar to Cowan, 1 run, full outside off, pushed wide of cover for one

"Games played at the Mohali remind us of a warzone. Not because of the nearby airforce base or the heat of the competition, but the eerie silence in the stands. This stadium has always seen the "best" turnout in India for test matches!"

Sriram, two things at play here: there is no cover from the sun, and the bureaucratic people up there do love themselves free passes. For the Aussies, Chandigarh is a bit like Canberra, the administrative capital of two states

0.3

Kumar to Warner, no run, shout for lbw as this hits him in front of leg, but it is pitched outside leg

0.4

Kumar to Warner, FOUR, Warner will like this immediately. Just pushes forward and meets a length ball on the up. The pace off the pitch helps him time it much better than he has been doing, and he gets four through mid-off

0.5

Kumar to Warner, FOUR, he drives with an open face now. More forceful, and through cover for four this time

"Not a few months.. it is one month and 9 days :)" Srivats, I stand corrected

0.6

Kumar to Warner, no run, short of a length, straight, defended

End of over 1 (9 runs) Australia 9/0
DA Warner    8* (4b 2x4)      B Kumar    1-0-9-0
EJM Cowan    1* (2b)     

Ishant Sharma in his 50th Test. No specialist bowler with as much experience has ended up with stats as bad as his

1.1

Sharma to Cowan, no run, short of a length, stump to stump, defended back

1.2

Sharma to Cowan, no run, short of a length, on off, angling away, Cowan presses forward and leaves it alone

1.3

Sharma to Cowan, no run, fuller, wider, 136ks, left alone

1.4

Sharma to Cowan, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, 134ks, defended off the front foot

1.5

Sharma to Cowan, no run, short of a length, on off, angles away, left alone, bounces in front of Dhoni

BeCautious: "This is easily the flattest pitch that we've seen in this series. Good luck getting 20 wickets. Neither team has the firepower to do it.."

1.6

Sharma to Cowan, no run, on a length, on off, left alone to angle away

End of over 2 (maiden) Australia 9/0
EJM Cowan    1* (8b)      I Sharma    1-1-0-0
DA Warner    8* (4b 2x4)      B Kumar    1-0-9-0

Rob Noah: "Are both openers still in? Looks to be a good day for Australia.."

2.1

Kumar to Warner, 1 run, already we have a deep point. Warner rocks back to punch this shortish delivery through square-cover. The fielder sweeps

Is this the earliest deep point placed for a batsman whose name is not Sehwag?

2.2

Kumar to Cowan, no run, short of a length, middle and off, defended

GK: "India may not have the strike bowlers to take 20 wickets on this surface, but Australia definitely have the batsmen to throw away 20 wickets!"

2.3

Kumar to Cowan, 2 runs, Cowan presses forward to defend a shoritsh ball. A misfield by debutant Dhawan, at cover, allows them the couple

2.4

Kumar to Cowan, no run, short of a length, just outside off, left alone

Mark: "@BeCautious - It might be flat at the moment, but there are plenty of cracks already. I imagine it will start breaking up. Bit of inconsistent bounce. Sloppy batting. Plenty of wickets will fall."

2.5

Kumar to Cowan, 1 run, short of a length, middle and leg, tucked away to leg

2.6

Kumar to Warner, 1 run, punched away to deep point for one

Arun: "Going back to "player older than umpire", in Simon Taufel's debut match, as many as 8 Australian players were older than him !!"

End of over 3 (5 runs) Australia 14/0
DA Warner    10* (6b 2x4)      B Kumar    2-0-14-0
EJM Cowan    4* (12b)      I Sharma    1-1-0-0

bhuvan: "There's absolutely no one at the ground!! What an unsettling sight? Why does Mohali get matches despite consistently having the worst spectator attendances for years?"

3.1

Sharma to Warner, no run, length ball, driven on the up, straight to mid-off

James: "Old WG might've been older than some of the umpires back in the day?"

Sharma goes round the stumps

3.2

Sharma to Warner, no run, short of a length, angling in, punched to cover

Anil: "Rob Noah, did you think it is McG-Gillespie duo operating for India?"

3.3

Sharma to Warner, no run, slightly fuller, Warner moves forward to defend

3.4

Sharma to Warner, FOUR, Warner on a roll. He likes this skiddy bounce and the ball coming on. He can hit through the line, which he has done this time, driving on the up and through the gap between mid-off and cover

Nathan: "In Billy Bowdwn's debut test match, as many as 50 spinning deliveries were straighter than his index finger..."

3.5

Sharma to Warner, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

"Sid, is it the usual sparsely attended Mohali Test Match crowd? Why oh why does Mohali always get a Ind-Oz Test when the locals clearly don't support it?" SanjayN, just distribute free passes and see the difference. Also, on a serious note, put a roof above their heads. It's not reasonable to expect them to come to a stadium with no cover; this is not quite Wellington, you see

3.6

Sharma to Warner, no run, length ball, on off, angling in, defended off the front foot

End of over 4 (4 runs) Australia 18/0
DA Warner    14* (12b 3x4)      I Sharma    2-1-4-0
EJM Cowan    4* (12b)      B Kumar    2-0-14-0

BK goes round the stumps too

4.1

Kumar to Cowan, 1 no ball, wide length ball, left alone. Oversteps massively

Vaughan: "George Coulthard is a definite - umpired his first test at 22 in 1879, then played one when he was 25!"

4.1

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

shaugn tomlinson: "I wouldn't pay to see australia play cricket either"

4.2

Kumar to Cowan, no run, full and wide, left alone

Mark: "From what I can see on TV, the crowd would be lucky to be in the 100's. I looks like it is mostly just the support staff."

4.3

Kumar to Cowan, no run, full, just outside off, defended off the front foot

Justin: "If we were making a movie about Australia's test team it'll be A good day to Die Hard. Not sure if there will be enough action though."

4.4

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

"So easy to blame the spectators. Do you know how tough it is for them in Mohali?" Asim, we are blaming Team Mohali, if you will, which includes the administrators and spectators both

4.5

Kumar to Cowan, 1 run, short of a length, on off, holds its line, defended to point, a little wide of that man

4.6

Kumar to Warner, no run, looks to drive one outside off, gets a thick edge onto the pad

End of over 5 (2 runs) Australia 20/0
DA Warner    14* (13b 3x4)      B Kumar    3-0-16-0
EJM Cowan    5* (18b)      I Sharma    2-1-4-0

bobagorof: "Even Shane Watson didn't want to see the Australian's play..."

5.1

Sharma to Cowan, no run, full and wide, Dhoni has to do the rest

Maltz: "Indians better enjoy this while they can, they are still 8-0 in overseas tests with SA next for 3. I wonder if 11-0 will be some kind of record."

5.2

Sharma to Cowan, no run, another leave outside off

SCB: "@Justin: Les Miserables would be more appropriate or rather Hangover - III if they lose this third test as well!"

5.3

Sharma to Cowan, no run, full, swinging in, defended solidly off the front foot

"I wonder if Clarkey is padded up to come in next ?" Glen, from what I hear, he might well be

5.4

Sharma to Cowan, 1 no ball, front-foot defensive. Another no-ball from India

Amit Y: "If I was running BCCI and had the ridiculous amount of money they have, would have got all stadiums in India covered, full air conditioned + a individual fan for each specator and a individual tv (with internet, to read cricinfo commentory) in front seat.... Dont just sit on the money BCCI ... Do something with it..."

5.4

Sharma to Cowan, no run, short of a length, moving in a little, defended to leg

Ash: "I fully support spectators for not going to Stadiums. I have seen matches from stadiums in India and the seats and other facilities in Indian stadiums for spectators are so bad that it better to sit at home and watch it on TV for free. BCCI does not case for spectators. I hope this comment gets published."

5.5

Sharma to Cowan, no run, short, Cowan wants to pull, the ball skids through and hits the thigh pad

Rohan Jain: "Relax people, spectators will come soon. Let them finish their heavy breakfast of Aloo Parantha and Lassi! It takes time to get yourself to move after such a meal"

5.6

Sharma to Cowan, no run, length ball outside off, defended off the front foot

End of over 6 (1 run) Australia 21/0
EJM Cowan    5* (25b)      I Sharma    3-1-5-0
DA Warner    14* (13b 3x4)      B Kumar    3-0-16-0

zain: "@ Amit: You forgot complimentary lassi and Aloo ke parathe..."

6.1

Kumar to Warner, no run, on a length, shaping in from round the stumps, hits the inside half of the bat

Justin: "@SCB: Haha. Fair call. It certainly won't be Oz: The Great and Powerful!"

6.2

Kumar to Warner, no run, wide length ball, Dhoni earns a bit of his match fee

Anupam: "Very soon I am going to be at the stadium, at least one spectator is assured"

6.3

Kumar to Warner, no run, length ball, widish, pushed to cover

Gigster: "The Indians really need to get back into the game with Australia already winning the first 3 sessions of the match."

6.4

Kumar to Warner, 1 run, driven on the up, and we have a deep point in place

Roy : "I think no spectators rocked up because they couldn't bear the thought of watching Phil Hughes try too play spin!"

6.5

Kumar to Cowan, no run, fullish, outside off, Cowan strides forward to defend

Jai: "Agree with you Ash. I traveled from Banglore to Hyderabad to watch the second test match. The facilities for the spectators in the stadium are near pathetic. Even for drinking water, there was a huge crowd in front of the dispensers. A group of poor Australians tried their best to wrestle out thirsty Indians and gave up at the end. !"

6.6

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

End of over 7 (1 run) Australia 22/0
EJM Cowan    5* (27b)      B Kumar    4-0-17-0
DA Warner    15* (17b 3x4)      I Sharma    3-1-5-0

Ishant back over the stumps

7.1

Sharma to Warner, FOUR, that's interesting. He sees a length ball and throws his arms at it. He has not timed this at all, not even close to it, but it flies off the inside half of the bat for four back over his head

7.2

Sharma to Warner, no run, stays back to defend a length ball

7.3

Sharma to Warner, no run, short of a length, on off, he defends off the front foot

Gday: "It's not often you see the opening bowlers with higher test averages then the opening batsmen....."

7.4

Sharma to Warner, no run, push-drives a length ball on the up. Nicely timed, but can't beat cover

"My prediction. Phil Hughes to make a 150 from no.4 Oh - by the way - Hi my name is Mark and I am alcoholic."

7.5

Sharma to Warner, no run, slower ball, wide full toss, can't quite reach it well, and mis-hits it to cover

7.6

Sharma to Warner, 1 run, short of a length, middle and leg, dabbed into the leg side for a quick single

End of over 8 (5 runs) Australia 27/0
DA Warner    20* (23b 4x4)      I Sharma    4-1-10-0
EJM Cowan    5* (27b)      B Kumar    4-0-17-0

Rakesh: "BCCI should take a lesson from Mohali and start thinking to provide the good basic facilities otherwise all the stadiums will lack the spectators. We spectators shouldn't go to stadiums unless the facilities provided..."

8.1

Kumar to Warner, no run, wide length ball, it bounces in front of Dhoni

8.2

Kumar to Warner, no run, appeal for lbw as this one seams back from outside off, but the angle from round the stumps and the seam movement are taking it down the leg side

8.3

Kumar to Warner, (no ball) FOUR, another no-ball. Warner again gets an inside edge, not for the first time in this series I can tell you. Warner jabs at one that is a bit too close to him, but this inside edge avoids the stumps and gets him four runs to fine leg

8.3

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

8.4

Kumar to Warner, no run, length ball outside off, pushed to cover

8.5

Kumar to Warner, 1 run, slower ball, on the pads, clipped away for one

Mark: "@Alcoholic Mark - I can actually see that happening if the spinners fail to get any spin, given that India has only 2 mediocre quicks."

8.6

Kumar to Cowan, no run, full, into the pads, kept out by Cowan

End of over 9 (6 runs) Australia 33/0
EJM Cowan    5* (28b)      B Kumar    5-0-23-0
DA Warner    25* (29b 5x4)      I Sharma    4-1-10-0

Spin has arrived. We have been expecting it. R Ashwin to bowl. A slip and a short leg

9.1

Ashwin to Warner, no run, offbreak, good start, on a length outside off, turns away to beat the drive

vishnuchari: "Why is there always an excuse for indian residents? Just admit that it is a joke no one is turning up!"

9.2

Ashwin to Warner, no run, slower through the air, tossed up high, middle and leg. Defended

9.3

Ashwin to Warner, 2 runs, Warner is beaten in the flight. Good start from Ashwin. Warner charges, the ball dips on him, he is not close to the ball, and it hits the outside half of the bat, and goes past point

9.4

Ashwin to Warner, no run, flatter, on off, on a length, defended back to him

Ryan: "Even if there is no spin, Hughes has looked so poor against the spinners that he will probably still fall cheaply"

9.5

Ashwin to Warner, no run, quick offbreak. On off. Warner has to play because the new ball can skid on straight too. Beaten by the turn

9.6

Ashwin to Warner, no run, more turn for Aswhin, and Warner keeps driving and missing. A superb first over from Ashwin

End of over 10 (2 runs) Australia 35/0
DA Warner    27* (35b 5x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-2-0
EJM Cowan    5* (28b)      B Kumar    5-0-23-0

Peter Moschou: "I blame the poor crowds on Steve Smith"

Bhuvneshwar goes back over the wicket

10.1

Kumar to Cowan, no run, length ball, angling across, left alone

Christopher : "Read somewhere that the Persians used to debate ideas in twice. Once when sober the other when drunk.And they end up deciding if it is a good idea if it sounded good in both the debates. Looks like I and Alcoholic Mark feel the same, given the situation India might be pushed to. Mediocre quicks? seems legit."

10.2

Kumar to Cowan, no run, full, middle and leg, driven to mid-on

Gav: "Sounds like the scoring rate is flying along at a run per spectator..."

10.3

Kumar to Cowan, no run, length ball, on off, defended off the front foot

10.4

Kumar to Cowan, no run, length ball, on off, pushed to cover, Warner wants one but Cowan sends him back. Actually Cowan called him and then sent him back. All safe, though

10.5

Kumar to Cowan, FOUR, length ball, on off, Cowan plonks the front foot down and defends, and gets a solid thick outside edge that goes past point for four. This doesn't look like an outfield that has taken enough rain to wash one day out

10.6

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

End of over 11 (4 runs) Australia 39/0
EJM Cowan    9* (34b 1x4)      B Kumar    6-0-27-0
DA Warner    27* (35b 5x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-2-0

Nitpicker: "@Mark: mediocre quicks? that's not true. They are fast spinners!"

11.1

Ashwin to Warner, no run, short of a length, on off, punched to cover

Take out the support staff, and there are more Aussies in the stands than Indians

11.2

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

Short leg moves to silly point

11.3

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

11.4

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, slightly straighter and higher and slower. A bit too full, though, and is worked into the leg side for one

Tom: "Come on guys, all these jokes about the crowd are just empty..."

11.5

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended off the back foot

11.6

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

End of over 12 (1 run) Australia 40/0
EJM Cowan    9* (36b 1x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-3-0
DA Warner    28* (39b 5x4)      B Kumar    6-0-27-0

Mark: "@Nitpicker - Would you accept mediocre fast spinners that don't turn the ball?"

Ishant Sharma gets a change of ends. To bowl from round the stumps

12.1

Sharma to Warner, 1 run, length ball, angling in, hits the inside half of the bat, goes for a single to long leg

12.2

Sharma to Cowan, no run, walks down the wicket, almost halfway down the track to defend a length ball

12.3

Sharma to Cowan, 1 run, length ball outside off, another big movement forward to push this wide of point for one

12.4

Sharma to Warner, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, tucked away to long leg

Timmuh: "The crowd haven't been able to turn up. They are in detention for failing to complete their homework."

12.5

Sharma to Cowan, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended back to him

No slip now

12.6

Sharma to Cowan, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended from the crease

End of over 13 (3 runs) Australia 43/0
EJM Cowan    10* (40b 1x4)      I Sharma    5-1-13-0
DA Warner    30* (41b 5x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-3-0

Amit Choudhary: "Ishant's record isn't that bad, 6 years of cricket,50 test matches 138 wickets, At this rate he will easily break Murali's record of 800 wickets in another 36 years and 300 test matches"

13.1

Ashwin to Warner, no run, finally Warner leaves one alone. Length ball a bit too wide

13.2

Ashwin to Warner, no run, this is closer to off, and he moves forward to defend. No turn on this one

13.3

Ashwin to Warner, no run, on a length, flat, no turn, defended to cover-point

13.4

Ashwin to Warner, no run, slightly short, Warner is looking to work this to leg, but it turns away a bit, and he aborts the intent and defends

13.5

Ashwin to Warner, no run, flat length ball, defended off the back foot

13.6

Ashwin to Warner, no run, tossed up on off, defended to cover

End of over 14 (maiden) Australia 43/0
DA Warner    30* (47b 5x4)      R Ashwin    3-1-3-0
EJM Cowan    10* (40b 1x4)      I Sharma    5-1-13-0

"What does it cost to attend a test match in India - and do any Indian commentators believe the price is too high? Could that be the problem with low attendance?" Jeremy from Melbourne, it's not too costly, but the inconveniences at the stadium make TV a much better option. And TV it is that earns the administrators all the bucks, so that's all they are concerned about

14.1

Sharma to Cowan, no run, length ball, on off, defended off the front foot

"More chance of a spinfex rolling across the outfield than a streaker here today" Luke, what about a wicket falling? Doesn't look that likely either

Ishant goes over the stumps

14.2

Sharma to Cowan, no run, length ball, on off, angling away, no need to play at it

14.3

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

14.4

Sharma to Cowan, no run, full and straight now, makes him play, which he does defensively

14.5

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

14.6

Sharma to Cowan, no run, length ball outside off, some extra bounce, but Cowan is not playing at those

End of over 15 (maiden) Australia 43/0
EJM Cowan    10* (46b 1x4)      I Sharma    6-2-13-0
DA Warner    30* (47b 5x4)      R Ashwin    3-1-3-0

15.1

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, lovely shot. Ashwin overpitches slightly, and he drives it past cover. Ashwin bowling with a sweeper too

15.2

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, slower through the air, gets a some drift in, and some dip. Cowan defends from the crease

15.3

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, full, flat, on off, blocked back to him

Julian: "But a big crowd makes watching the match on tv that much better, one of the reasons I love watching the tests played in India!"

15.4

Ashwin to Cowan, 1 run, slower, much slower, but a little short, and he goes back and dabs it for one

Joan: "Even though TV is the big earner, the "product" is much more exciting to watch if there is a big crowd showing passion and involvement."

Over the wicket. I can bet Warner won't sweep any time soon

15.5

Ashwin to Warner, no run, flat length ball, defended in front of off

Joan: "Even though TV is the big earner, the "product" is much more exciting to watch if there is a big crowd showing passion and involvement."

15.6

Ashwin to Warner, no run, tossed up on the pads, another forward-defensive

End of over 16 (2 runs) Australia 45/0
DA Warner    31* (50b 5x4)      R Ashwin    4-1-5-0
EJM Cowan    11* (49b 1x4)      I Sharma    6-2-13-0

"I was under the impression that you had to buy tickets for all 5 days as opposed to individual days, not allowed to take in mobile phones, not allowed to take in bottles of water. That in and of itself would be enough for me to consider not going." Mishaal, all true except for the five-day bit. That happens only at certain venues, and those venues too seem to have learned

16.1

Sharma to Cowan, 1 run, short, chest high, 135ks, pulled away to deep backward square

16.2

Sharma to Warner, 1 run, tucked away off the hip for one

16.3

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

16.4

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

Himanshu Gupta: "Rafael vs. Roger was full packed."

16.5

Sharma to Cowan, no run, length ball outside off, Dhoni does the rest

16.6

Sharma to Cowan, 1 run, short of a length, on off, drops and runs, gets a single to cover

Time for a drink

End of over 17 (3 runs) Australia 48/0
EJM Cowan    13* (54b 1x4)      I Sharma    7-2-16-0
DA Warner    32* (51b 5x4)      R Ashwin    4-1-5-0

Tony Dimov: "People - don't fool yourselves. Watch the stands fill up when Steven J. Smith turns up, just wait and see."

17.1

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, tossed up, middle and leg, turning towards off, defended off the front foot

Ashwin is continuing over the stumps, and short leg has moved to silly point

17.2

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, flat outside off, left alone

17.3

Ashwin to Cowan, 4 leg byes, tossed up slow, very slow, 77ks, but outside leg, and he has nicely glanced it fine for four. That outfield is damn quick. Erroneously called leg-byes, I think

17.4

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

17.5

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, presses forward to smother the turn

17.6

Ashwin to Cowan, 1 run, tossed up high, driven wide of mid-off for a single

End of over 18 (5 runs) Australia 53/0
EJM Cowan    14* (60b 1x4)      R Ashwin    5-1-6-0
DA Warner    32* (51b 5x4)      I Sharma    7-2-16-0

Brad: "Australia is playing way too slow. they only managed 52 runs in two days.."

18.1

Sharma to Cowan, FOUR, short, wide, cut away, between deep point and third man. This pitch is flat, and the outfield quick

"Ravi Jadeja bowling to Steve Smith in a test match- this will be one of my all time favorite cricket moments.." Cris, you have no idea how much the thought gnaws at my soul

18.2

Sharma to Cowan, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

Strop: "@Tony...Steven who? Is he the half-time entertainment or something?"

18.3

Sharma to Cowan, no run, length ball, on off, defended off the front foot

18.4

Sharma to Cowan, no run, fuller, just outside off, Cowan looks to drive, but it hits the inside half of the bat

isaac: "U r so funny Tony. There are more people in Watson's backyard"

18.5

Sharma to Cowan, no run, short of a length, just outside off, shoulders arms to that

Hitesh: "@Brad...Australia is playing much better...haven't lost a single wkt in two days!"

18.6

Sharma to Cowan, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended off the back foot, and a loud call of "no" echoes in the empty stands

End of over 19 (4 runs) Australia 57/0
EJM Cowan    18* (66b 2x4)      I Sharma    8-2-20-0
DA Warner    32* (51b 5x4)      R Ashwin    5-1-6-0

jude: "@Brad India should be fined for the over rate! and too bad they did not take any wickets in 2 days :)"

19.1

Ashwin to Warner, no run, short, turning from outside leg, punched down to mid-off

Seb: "Someone in my office asked who Steve Smith is. I said "Mate, how can you not have heard of him? he's only the 27th highest run scorer in the shield this season at a stunning avg of 37. Picks himself really""

19.2

Ashwin to Warner, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, left alone to turn away

19.3

Ashwin to Warner, no run, another leave as this pitches in front of the stumps and turns away

19.4

Ashwin to Warner, no run, a little fuller, and this time Warner defends

Back round the stumps now

19.5

Ashwin to Warner, FOUR, what a superb shot. Down the wicket to get right to the pitch of the ball and drills it back over Ashwin's head. Flat hit

Rob: "Not sure Smith will be required given the openers have carried their bats for the better part of four sessions..."

19.6

Ashwin to Warner, no run, very slow through the air, 74ks, Warner waits and waits and defends

End of over 20 (4 runs) Australia 61/0
DA Warner    36* (57b 6x4)      R Ashwin    6-1-10-0
EJM Cowan    18* (66b 2x4)      I Sharma    8-2-20-0

Parii: "its a treat for trollers as the two 'most-hated-players of the respective sides are playing in a game at the same time , India-SIR ravindra jadeja and Aus-Steve smith :D"

20.1

Sharma to Cowan, no run, length ball, on off, defended off the front foot

Luke : "Smith fielded well in the big bash. That warrant a test recall."

20.2

Sharma to Cowan, no run, short of a length, outside off, no movement, left alone

Rob Noah: "My pregnant wife is just about ready for delivery, if it happens today, the child will be named Steven J. Smith. Whether its a boy or a girl."

20.3

Sharma to Cowan, no run, length ball, on off, angling away, another leave

20.4

Sharma to Cowan, no run, strides forward to defend a length ball in front of off

20.5

Sharma to Cowan, no run, short of a length, pitched outside leg, Cowan misses out on the flick

Matt: "@seb, an average of 37 in Shield cricket is pretty good these days. Pitches are prepared to get results regularly in 4 days so you can't compare the numbers against Test match averages built on some very placid strips in various places around the world (I'm looking at you Galle). Apart from a certain ex Australian captain, hardly anyone consistently averages over 40 in Shield cricket these days."

20.6

Sharma to Cowan, no run, and out of the blue, some discomfort for the batsmen. Short of a length, middle and leg, and the ball seams away to beat the edge. That hasn't happened often

End of over 21 (maiden) Australia 61/0
EJM Cowan    18* (72b 2x4)      I Sharma    9-3-20-0
DA Warner    36* (57b 6x4)      R Ashwin    6-1-10-0

Ajay: "@Rob.. does the 'J' in Steven J. Smith stand for Jadeja?"

21.1

Ashwin to Warner, 1 leg bye, shortish, into the pads, they will get a leg-bye even though the ball bounces to beat the bat

Waseem Sarwar: "@Rob Noah, tell your child when he/she grows up that uncle Waseem prayed for him/her to delay his/her arrival for a single more day."

21.2

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, this is short and wide, but the cut can't beat point

Vaughan: "To everyone having a crack at Smith, he has had consecutive reasonable (that will do in the current climate) shield seasons, has improved his technique and is a good player of spin. He may have the 32nd most runs (only played 5 games), but look at the list. Save for maybe Chris Rogers (we've got plenty of openers, so he is irrelevant to this argument), there isn't anyone above him in that list who is more deserving of a tour spot. Mark Joe Burns down as a future test player though"

21.3

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, tossed up outside off, he moves forward to smother the turn

21.4

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, slower through the air, 77ks, on off, defended solidly

21.5

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, and he finds the man at point with the cut again

Campbell: "Ponting is averaging 80 in Shield cricket this season with a double hundred, maybe should come out of retirement and get a recall"

21.6

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, nice slow offbreak, makes him come forward and defend

End of over 22 (1 run, maiden) Australia 62/0
EJM Cowan    18* (77b 2x4)      R Ashwin    7-2-10-0
DA Warner    36* (58b 6x4)      I Sharma    9-3-20-0

douggie: "To the Aussies bagging Steve Smith for his selection: unfortunately the joke is on you (us). There really isn't much better playing sheffield shield at the moment. Smith's career average of just under 42 looks good against the competition. I suppose next you will bag Phil Hughes - ahem - the sheffield shield's leading run scorer when he was selected earlier this summer?"

Sharma goes round the wicket

22.1

Sharma to Warner, no run, short of a length, almost a shooter, wide enough to not play at

John: "If noone is averaging over 40 in the Shield these days it may be because noone is good enough. Remember that Ponting was seriously struggling at Test level by the time he retired and he's now head and shoulders above those other Shield batsmen."

22.2

Sharma to Warner, no run, defended solidly off the front foot

Kew: "Learnings from Day 2. Mohali crowd = poor, outfield = quick, Steven J Smith = bloody legend."

22.3

Sharma to Warner, no run, wide length ball, Dhoni does more gathering

22.4

Sharma to Warner, no run, short of a length, wide, left alone again

"Thanks guys so much for your support. And if it's twins, then both shall be named Steven J. Smith and I myself will consider changing my name to same by deed poll." Rob Noah, I think Ravindra Jadeja might be a good bet if you do get twins

22.5

Sharma to Warner, no run, full outside off, pushed to cover

Murray: "Steve Smith is a seriously good player and I dare any last wicket Indian to run on his arm again !"

22.6

Sharma to Warner, no run, another leave outside off to end the maiden

End of over 23 (maiden) Australia 62/0
DA Warner    36* (64b 6x4)      I Sharma    10-4-20-0
EJM Cowan    18* (77b 2x4)      R Ashwin    7-2-10-0

23.1

Ashwin to Cowan, 1 run, pushed to the left of Ojha at mid-off for one. Which reminds me, Ojha hasn't got a bowl yet

23.2

Ashwin to Warner, no run, full, into the pads, misses on the flick to leg

23.3

Ashwin to Warner, no run, flighted on off, slight dip, smothered back to him

23.4

Ashwin to Warner, no run, flatter, and allows Warner to go back in defence

23.5

Ashwin to Warner, no run, tossed up wide, Warner is not interested in it

Shri: "Just wait,after this match Ishant will be averaging 40.00 as well !!!!"

23.6

Ashwin to Warner, no run, flighted outside off, respectfully played out

End of over 24 (1 run) Australia 63/0
DA Warner    36* (69b 6x4)      R Ashwin    8-2-11-0
EJM Cowan    19* (78b 2x4)      I Sharma    10-4-20-0

"Only in India can you be surprised that the second spinner hasn't had a bowl yet before the 25th over in the first innings!" Haych, here is Ojha

24.1

Ojha to Cowan, no run, tossed up on off, defended back to him

A slip and a short leg in

24.2

Ojha to Cowan, FOUR, and he bowls short second ball. Cowan rocks back and punches him through cover for four

Greg: "I've never heard so much hatred for two players who haven't done anything in the match so far."

24.3

Ojha to Cowan, no run, fuller, closer to off, defended off the front foot

24.4

Ojha to Cowan, FOUR, fuller still, Cowan goes back to face it. The ball skids, stays low, but Cowan nicely nudges it fine, the bat coming down in time

24.5

Ojha to Cowan, no run, slight dip, on off, defended to cover

24.6

Ojha to Cowan, 1 run, down the wicket to push this to deepish mid-off for a single

End of over 25 (9 runs) Australia 72/0
EJM Cowan    28* (84b 4x4)      PP Ojha    1-0-9-0
DA Warner    36* (69b 6x4)      R Ashwin    8-2-11-0

Gary (a happy englishman in Oz): "The question is has MS Dhoni compared Smith to Bradman yet?"

25.1

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, defended to leg

25.2

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, goes back to defend a length ball

25.3

Ashwin to Cowan, 1 run, risky single, but they have picked on the slower fielder, Ojha. Driven powerfully and straight to mid-off, but he is already down the wicket and beats the throw easily

Three jets flying over the ground

25.4

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

25.5

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

25.6

Ashwin to Warner, no run, full, on off, defended to cover

End of over 26 (1 run) Australia 73/0
DA Warner    36* (72b 6x4)      R Ashwin    9-2-12-0
EJM Cowan    29* (87b 4x4)      PP Ojha    1-0-9-0

26.1

Ojha to Cowan, 1 run, full, flat, middle and leg, worked away for an easy single

Strop: "@Gary, no but Alastair Cook probably has."

26.2

Ojha to Warner, 4 byes, fired down the leg side for byes

"3 jets - one for each spectator" Luke, all we are missing is the mandatory dog

26.3

Ojha to Warner, no run, short of a length outside off, defended well

26.4

Ojha to Warner, no run, length ball, into the pads, driven to short midwicket

26.5

Ojha to Warner, 1 run, pitched up on off, driven between cover and mid-off for one

26.6

Ojha to Cowan, 1 run, into the pads again, and worked away for an easy single

End of over 27 (7 runs) Australia 80/0
EJM Cowan    31* (89b 4x4)      PP Ojha    2-0-12-0
DA Warner    37* (76b 6x4)      R Ashwin    9-2-12-0

27.1

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, tossed up outside off, driven into the shin pad of silly point, and it deflects to cover

27.2

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, length ball, offbreak, goes back to defend

vijay: "The three jets missed their assignments and are flying back home.."

27.3

Ashwin to Cowan, 1 run, tossed up outside off, defended to cover

27.4

Ashwin to Warner, no run, extra turn and bounce, but it has started outside off, and has been left alone

27.5

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, punched away to deep cover

27.6

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, flighted, on off, driven to mid-off

End of over 28 (2 runs) Australia 82/0
EJM Cowan    32* (93b 4x4)      R Ashwin    10-2-14-0
DA Warner    38* (78b 6x4)      PP Ojha    2-0-12-0

Ed: "Cowan in the nervous 30's..." Ojha gets a backward short leg too

28.1

Ojha to Warner, no run, fired in into the pads, left alone

28.2

Ojha to Warner, no run, tossed up on off, defended back to him

Shannon: "The Shield Stats shouldn't be relied on so rigidly. Jason Krezja averages 80.66 this season... and that's with the bat."

28.3

Ojha to Warner, 1 run, shimmies down to drive this wide of mid-on for one

28.4

Ojha to Cowan, 2 runs, nicely played. Full, on the pads, and he has deflected this wide of backward short leg

28.5

Ojha to Cowan, no run, flat length ball, middle and leg, kept out

28.6

Ojha to Cowan, no run, fired down the leg side again, and beats Cowan's flick

End of over 29 (3 runs) Australia 85/0
EJM Cowan    34* (96b 4x4)      PP Ojha    3-0-15-0
DA Warner    39* (81b 6x4)      R Ashwin    10-2-14-0

Ravindra Jadeja to bowl now. Long-on, deep midwicket and deep square leg in place, but he has three catchers too

29.1

Jadeja to Warner, no run, driven to mid-off

29.2

Jadeja to Warner, no run, slower through the air, defended back to him

29.3

Jadeja to Warner, FOUR, Jadeja pulls this short, and Warner rocks back quickly to punch this between mid-off and cover

29.4

Jadeja to Warner, 1 run, full, into the pads, clipped away for one

Mid-on comes up for Cowan

29.5

Jadeja to Cowan, no run, down the wicket to drive this to mid-on

29.6

Jadeja to Cowan, no run, short of a length, a bit of turn back in, defended from the crease

End of over 30 (5 runs) Australia 90/0
EJM Cowan    34* (98b 4x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-5-0
DA Warner    44* (85b 7x4)      PP Ojha    3-0-15-0

Hitesh: "With Jadeja in action, the stadium will be at least 50% occupied in next couple of minutes. For remaining 50%, we will have to wait for Smith to join the party"

30.1

Ojha to Warner, no run, down the wicket, but can't beat short midwicket with the drive

Guru: "Jadeja has three outfield fielders, three catchers. And three spectators TOO."

30.2

Ojha to Warner, no run, flat length ball, Warner defends off the back foot. "This is good," says Dhoni

30.3

Ojha to Warner, no run, slight shimmy down the wicket to defend

30.4

Ojha to Warner, no run, driven against the turn, but driven well, to mid-off

30.5

Ojha to Warner, no run, down the wicket to drive again, but this time he does so back to Ojha

30.6

Ojha to Warner, no run, he leaves the crease, and finds mid-on with this push

End of over 31 (maiden) Australia 90/0
DA Warner    44* (91b 7x4)      PP Ojha    4-1-15-0
EJM Cowan    34* (98b 4x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-5-0

"Can't remember the last time two slow-left armers bowled to two left-hand openers..." Rob, maybe Ray Price and some other part-timer to Gayle and Powell? Oh wait, Gayle doesn't bat long in Tests no more

31.1

Jadeja to Cowan, 1 run, pushed wide of cover for one

31.2

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

31.3

Jadeja to Warner, no run, Warner leaves the crease again, drives powerfully, but straight to short cover

31.4

Jadeja to Warner, 2 runs, short, flat, pushed wide of deep point for two

barbs: "We need more Jadeja, Smith and crowd based jokes, there haven't been enough"

31.5

Jadeja to Warner, no run, and driven to short cover again

31.6

Jadeja to Warner, no run, some dip for him, which gives him the time to turn the ball. Warner gets a bit of an inside edge, but is safe

End of over 32 (3 runs) Australia 93/0
DA Warner    46* (96b 7x4)      RA Jadeja    2-0-8-0
EJM Cowan    35* (99b 4x4)      PP Ojha    4-1-15-0

Jack: "The real reason for the lack of crowds is because the fans are asked at the gates to write down 3 points on how Australia can win. No one's able to answer and are being turned away."

32.1

Ojha to Cowan, no run, flighted outside off, left alone

32.2

Ojha to Cowan, no run, full, into the pads, defended to short leg

32.3

Ojha to Cowan, FOUR, edged past slip. Short of a length, he goes back to cut, but this is not short enough. However, the edge is healthy, and flies past Kohli at slip

32.4

Ojha to Cowan, no run, driven to mid-on

32.5

Ojha to Cowan, no run, stays back to defend a length ball

32.6

Ojha to Cowan, 1 run, length ball, middle and off, played with turn, past short leg

End of over 33 (5 runs) Australia 98/0
EJM Cowan    40* (105b 5x4)      PP Ojha    5-1-20-0
DA Warner    46* (96b 7x4)      RA Jadeja    2-0-8-0

33.1

Jadeja to Cowan, no run, on a length outside off, turning in, defended off the front foot

33.2

Jadeja to Cowan, no run, down the wicket, drives, but straight to mid-off

33.3

Jadeja to Cowan, no run, goes back to defend a shortish delivery

33.4

Jadeja to Cowan, no run, tossed up on off, defended solidly to cover

33.5

Jadeja to Cowan, 2 runs, driven wide of mid-off. Bhuvneshwar Kumar chases and dives, but can only take half the sting off it. Hundred runs for the opening partnership. That's a turnaround for Australia

33.6

Jadeja to Cowan, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended off the back foot

End of over 34 (2 runs) Australia 100/0
EJM Cowan    42* (111b 5x4)      RA Jadeja    3-0-10-0
DA Warner    46* (96b 7x4)      PP Ojha    5-1-20-0

Ashwin comes back

Dave: "Cowan is catching up - has anyone checked if Warner is still breathing?"

34.1

Ashwin to Warner, 2 runs, short, wide, cut away, to the right of deep point for two

34.2

Ashwin to Warner, no run, sharp turn and bounce. But a bit too short, and is left alone

34.3

Ashwin to Warner, no run, short again, but Warner finds short cover with this one

34.4

Ashwin to Warner, no run, looks to go back and cut, but this is not short enough. He keeps it out safely, though

34.5

Ashwin to Warner, no run, tossed up, slow, just outside off, left alone

Both Clarke and Hughes are padded up

34.6

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, flat length ball, pushed to deep point for one

End of over 35 (3 runs) Australia 103/0
DA Warner    49* (102b 7x4)      R Ashwin    11-2-17-0
EJM Cowan    42* (111b 5x4)      RA Jadeja    3-0-10-0

Jadeja goes round the stumps

35.1

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

35.2

Jadeja to Warner, no run, tossed up on off, defended back to him

35.3

Jadeja to Warner, 1 run, another inside edge for Warner, but this brings up his fifty. He pushes at one outside off, but the ball turns in a little to take the edge towards fine leg

35.4

Jadeja to Cowan, 1 run, down the wicket to push this to mid-on, and they scamper through for a single on Pujara's arm

35.5

Jadeja to Warner, FOUR, between the keeper and the slip. Full, outside off, overpitched, and Warner drives. Gets a healthy edge that flies between Dhoni and Kohli. This is a half chance all right, but Kohli has not reacted at all

35.6

Jadeja to Warner, no run, length ball, stays back to defend

11.30am That's lunch then. What a start for Australia. Cowan walks back with an arm around Warner's shoulder. This is their first 100-run stand of the series without Clarke's help. A flat pitch on offer, but could help spinners later on. Australia openers will look to capitalise on this start when we come back in 40 minutes or so

Meanwhile here's a chance to meet Rahul Dravid in person and discuss cricket with him. A day with Dravid - it rarely gets bigger than this

End of over 36 (6 runs) Australia 109/0
DA Warner    54* (107b 8x4)      RA Jadeja    4-0-16-0
EJM Cowan    43* (112b 5x4)      R Ashwin    11-2-17-0

Welcome back. Warner walks out in his sleeveless sweater and baggy green. Cowan is in just a half-sleeved shirt but also a helmet. India are through with their huddle. Kohli continues at slip. Ashwin to continue with the ball

36.1

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, appeal for lbw first ball, but Kettleborough is not interested. Not enough turn for my liking. This is full, doesn't turn, beats the inside edge, but it is headed down leg

36.2

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, offbreak this time, and solidly defended

A slip and a silly point in

36.3

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, tossed up wide, Cowan refuses to be teased into a drive

36.4

Ashwin to Cowan, 2 runs, short, too short, flicked away from outside off, into vast open spaces on the on side

36.5

Ashwin to Cowan, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, worked away for an easy single

36.6

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, flatter, seems like a toppie, Warner is quick to go back and cover it and turn it to leg for one

End of over 37 (4 runs) Australia 113/0
DA Warner    55* (108b 8x4)      R Ashwin    12-2-21-0
EJM Cowan    46* (117b 5x4)      RA Jadeja    4-0-16-0

Lingy: "Where's everybody getting this "Steve J Smith" thing from? He's actually SPD Smith - Steven Peter Devereux Smith... someone's made an honest mistake but got a helluva lot of people confused."

Jadeja to continue round the stumps

37.1

Jadeja to Warner, no run, full, on off, defended back to him

37.2

Jadeja to Warner, no run, short of a length, angling away, defended off the back foot

37.3

Jadeja to Warner, no run, tossed up on off, driven back to him

37.4

Jadeja to Warner, no run, solid front-foot defensive

37.5

Jadeja to Warner, 1 run, down the wicket to drive this to long-on for one

37.6

Jadeja to Cowan, no run, down the wicket to push this back to Jadeja

End of over 38 (1 run) Australia 114/0
EJM Cowan    46* (118b 5x4)      RA Jadeja    5-0-17-0
DA Warner    56* (113b 8x4)      R Ashwin    12-2-21-0

38.1

Ashwin to Warner, no run, short, Warner goes back to cut, but the ball stays low, and he has to dig this out in front of his ankles

Maltz: "@lingy, steve J smith is an american football player"

38.2

Ashwin to Warner, no run, stays back to defend a regulation offbreak

38.3

Ashwin to Warner, no run, full, flat, middle and leg, defended to mid-on

Ramesh: "Is there any first innings declared for no loss of wickets??????"

38.4

Ashwin to Warner, no run, on target, flighted, on a length, on off, defended solidly

38.5

Ashwin to Warner, no run, and he zones in on that length again with his offbreaks. Defended solidly again

38.6

Ashwin to Warner, no run, slightly shorter, lets him go back in defence

End of over 39 (maiden) Australia 114/0
DA Warner    56* (119b 8x4)      R Ashwin    13-3-21-0
EJM Cowan    46* (118b 5x4)      RA Jadeja    5-0-17-0

39.1

Jadeja to Cowan, FOUR, lovely shot. Down the wicket, to the pitch of the ball, flicks this between the diving short midwicket and mid-on. Brings up his fifty. He has fought hard so far in the series, but the runs have arrived today

39.2

Jadeja to Cowan, 1 run, fullish outside off, pushed wide of cover for one

39.3

Jadeja to Warner, no run, strides forward to defend a length ball

39.4

Jadeja to Warner, no run, length ball, on off, holds its line, defended from the crease

Paolo: "This is why everyone is so frustrated with Cowan. He is a grinder and does it well. please bat like this every innings ED. Over and Out"

39.5

Jadeja to Warner, 1 run, leaves the crease, drives a length ball to long-on for one

39.6

Jadeja to Cowan, no run, quicker, flatter, short of a length, Cowan rocks back to defend

End of over 40 (6 runs) Australia 120/0
EJM Cowan    51* (121b 6x4)      RA Jadeja    6-0-23-0
DA Warner    57* (122b 8x4)      R Ashwin    13-3-21-0

40.1

Ashwin to Warner, no run, full, middle and leg, defended to short midwicket

40.2

Ashwin to Warner, no run, slightly shorter, and he goes back to defend

Mark: "Both batsmen in the baggy green now. I don't think I've seen that in at least 20 years."

40.3

Ashwin to Warner, no run, full, middle and leg, turning towards off, defended solidly

40.4

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, slower, higher, but a little overpitched, and is driven to long-off for one

Henry Porter: "Milestones approaching: highest test scores for Warner & Cowan, outside Australia, are 59 & 55, respectively."

40.5

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, full, nearly a yorker, kept out

40.6

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, sharp offbreak. There is dip and drift on this, he has to play at it, and is beaten by the swift break away from him

End of over 41 (1 run) Australia 121/0
EJM Cowan    51* (123b 6x4)      R Ashwin    14-3-22-0
DA Warner    58* (126b 8x4)      RA Jadeja    6-0-23-0

41.1

Jadeja to Warner, 1 run, leaves the crease to drive this to long-on for one

41.2

Jadeja to Cowan, no run, flat, short of a length, defended outside off

41.3

Jadeja to Cowan, no run, down the wicket to kick this away

41.4

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

41.5

Jadeja to Cowan, 2 runs, worked away off the pads for a couple. This is quick and flat

41.6

Jadeja to Cowan, no run, flat length ball, defended off the back foot

End of over 42 (3 runs) Australia 124/0
EJM Cowan    53* (128b 6x4)      RA Jadeja    7-0-26-0
DA Warner    59* (127b 8x4)      R Ashwin    14-3-22-0

42.1

Ashwin to Warner, no run, length ball, no turn, in front of off, Warner has to defend swiftly

42.2

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, flighted on off, making him drive, which Warner does, taking a single to long-off. That's Warner's highest Test score outside Australia

42.3

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, topspinner, Cowan is nearly done in on the back-foot shot. The bat comes down just in the nick of time

42.4

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, tossed up on the pads, defended to leg

"Is Ashwin bowling really tight lines and lengths, or is he just being shown a lot of respect by the batsmen?" Sundar, he has bowled really well today

42.5

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, full, into the pads, defended to leg

42.6

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, another front-foot defensive

End of over 43 (1 run) Australia 125/0
EJM Cowan    53* (132b 6x4)      R Ashwin    15-3-23-0
DA Warner    60* (129b 8x4)      RA Jadeja    7-0-26-0

Okakaboka: "steve J smith would probably bat and bowl better than spc, woops, I mean spd Smith! he can field sometimes though."

43.1

Jadeja to Warner, 2 runs, flat length ball outside off, opens the face a little and places it wide of slip for a couple

43.2

Jadeja to Warner, no run, down the wicket, drives, but straight to mid-off

43.3

Jadeja to Warner, no run, stays back to defend a length ball

43.4

Jadeja to Warner, 2 runs, flat, shortish, nicely leans back to place this wide of deep point for another couple

Boll: "As Michael Clarke has done for the Aussies, by looking like he`s batting on a different pitch, Ashwin is doing (once again) for India today - wonderful spell of bowling."

43.5

Jadeja to Warner, 1 run, on a length, slight turn back in, the inside edge goes for a single through square leg

43.6

Jadeja to Cowan, no run, on a length, outside off, defended

End of over 44 (5 runs) Australia 130/0
EJM Cowan    53* (133b 6x4)      RA Jadeja    8-0-31-0
DA Warner    65* (134b 8x4)      R Ashwin    15-3-23-0

44.1

Ashwin to Warner, no run, danger... danger. Fullish, on off, no turn, and he goes back to defend. Oohs and aahs all around

44.2

Ashwin to Warner, FOUR, first rank poor ball from Ashwin today. A full toss on the pads, and Warner flicks this to the left of short midwicket

44.3

Ashwin to Warner, no run, flight and some dip for Ashwin. Warner is watchful in defence in front of middle and leg

44.4

Ashwin to Warner, no run, slow again, on off, dipping a little, defended to cover

Ozdog: "@Sundar - I dont think Warner or Cowan would respect Ashwins bowling if he was bowling rubbish"

44.5

Ashwin to Warner, no run, full, middle and off, defended back to him

44.6

Ashwin to Warner, no run, high back lift, the ball doesn't turn, the fielders are excited, but the bat comes down in time again

End of over 45 (4 runs) Australia 134/0
DA Warner    69* (140b 9x4)      R Ashwin    16-3-27-0
EJM Cowan    53* (133b 6x4)      RA Jadeja    8-0-31-0

45.1

Jadeja to Cowan, no run, flat length ball, defended from the crease

45.2

Jadeja to Cowan, no run, stretches forward to defend this outside off

45.3

Jadeja to Cowan, no run, stays back to keep out a length ball

45.4

Jadeja to Cowan, no run, down the wicket, drives this powerfully, but finds mid-off

45.5

Jadeja to Cowan, 1 run, on the pads, worked away for a peaceful single

"...and a nice little jinx there as well. Or does that mean the double jinx is coming?" Boll, even if it does come, it seems Australia don't need Clarke much this time around

45.6

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

End of over 46 (1 run) Australia 135/0
DA Warner    69* (141b 9x4)      RA Jadeja    9-0-32-0
EJM Cowan    54* (138b 6x4)      R Ashwin    16-3-27-0

46.1

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, full, on off, dug out to cover

46.2

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, overpitched, on the pads, but he finds short midwicket

46.3

Ashwin to Cowan, 1 run, "How do you define a violent single ?" Suva, this is a voilent single. He is down the wicket, hits the ball hard to mid-off, sees it is Ishant Sharma fielding there and runs like hell to make the run

46.4

Ashwin to Warner, no run, huge inside edge on this lbw appeal. This one turned away a little after pitching middle and leg, and had everything going for it except for a bit of wood

46.5

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, misfielded at point by Jadeja to allow the single

46.6

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, length ball, on off, he goes back to defend

End of over 47 (2 runs) Australia 137/0
EJM Cowan    55* (142b 6x4)      R Ashwin    17-3-29-0
DA Warner    70* (143b 9x4)      RA Jadeja    9-0-32-0

47.1

Jadeja to Warner, no run, length ball, on off, angling away, defended

47.2

Jadeja to Warner, 1 run, another misfield. This time by Vijay at short cover. Allows them the single

47.3

Jadeja to Cowan, 1 run, that's a grubber, and pretty straight too. Cowan, though, gets the bat down in time, and takes the single that brings up his best score outside of Australia

47.4

Jadeja to Warner, no run, tossed up on off, defended to mid-off

47.5

Jadeja to Warner, OUT, Jadeja strikes for India. This selection from Dhoni and co keeps on working. Warner wants to leave the crease in defence, but for some reason restrains his forward movement. Consequently he is not quite to the pitch of the ball, which bounces a little extra, hits the inside edge and then the top of the pad to lob up for an easy catch for Dhoni to run down the pitch and take

DA Warner c †Dhoni b Jadeja 71 (186m 147b 9x4 0x6) SR: 48.29

Michael Clarke, only for the second time in Tests, walks in at No. 3

47.6

Jadeja to Clarke, OUT, Jadeja is on a hat-trick. And he has comprehensively beaten Clarke with his last two balls. That is as comprehensive as they come. Clarke is again unsure with his forward movement, Jadeja rips across one big offbreak, which lands on off, short of his reach, and turns across the bat. Clarke has been dragged outside the crease too. And Dhoni is super quick with the stumping

MJ Clarke st †Dhoni b Jadeja 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 48 (2 runs) Australia 139/2
     RA Jadeja    10-0-34-2
EJM Cowan    56* (143b 6x4)      R Ashwin    17-3-29-0

Australia's No. 3 against spin: last 40 balls, 0 runs, five wickets

48.1

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, defended

48.2

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, short of a length, on off, stays back to defend

48.3

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, tossed up on off, really full, defended back

48.4

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

48.5

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, slow, high, middle and leg, defended back to him

48.6

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, flat length ball, defended off the back foot

Says Vishal D: "Clarke has been stumped 8 times in Tests, 5 times v India" I remember Ojha got him similarly in the Bangalore Test in 2010

End of over 49 (maiden) Australia 139/2
EJM Cowan    56* (149b 6x4)      R Ashwin    18-4-29-0
PJ Hughes    0* (0b)      RA Jadeja    10-0-34-2

If they had asked Jadeja who do you want to bowl the hat-trick ball to, he would ave said Hughes 1000 times over. And here it is with men around the bat everywhere

49.1

Jadeja to Hughes, no run, kept out, but very tentatively. Length ball, straight, defended

49.2

Jadeja to Hughes, no run, full, on off, defended solidly

49.3

Jadeja to Hughes, no run, flighted on middle and off, defended to mid-on

49.4

Jadeja to Hughes, no run, flatter, short of a length, defended off the back foot

49.5

Jadeja to Hughes, no run, overpitched, flicked to mid-on

Mich: "Ed Cowan must now step up and do the right thing for his country... and protect Phil Hughes from the strike."

49.6

Jadeja to Hughes, no run, full, middle and leg, defended off the back foot

End of over 50 (maiden) Australia 139/2
PJ Hughes    0* (6b)      RA Jadeja    11-1-34-2
EJM Cowan    56* (149b 6x4)      R Ashwin    18-4-29-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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Mar 18, 2013

MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja congratulate one another on steering India home to victory, India v Australia, 3rd Test, Mohali, 5th day, March 18, 2013

MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja congratulate one another on steering India home to victory

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MS Dhoni pulls to the leg side, India v Australia, 3rd Test, Mohali, 5th day, March 18, 2013

MS Dhoni pulls to the leg side

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