Australia tour of India, 2008/09 / Commentary

Border-Gavaskar Trophy - 1st Test

India v Australia

Match drawn

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

0.4

Khan to Ponting, no run, full and angled across Ponting, who strides in uneasily and leaves

0.5

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, there's the nervous shuffle forward, to a full delivery, but Ponting nudge this one into the covers and gets off the mark

Australia 1/1   RT Ponting 1* (2b)

1.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, on a length, straightens and lifts and Ponting shoulders arms

1.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, short of a length, played to short leg, who fields it sharply

1.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, there's an outswinger, moving away, and he leaves it be

1.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, full and on the stumps, Ponting gets a massive stride forward and the ball hits him just outside the line of impact, Ishant asks the question but Koerzten shakes his head, fair call that

1.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, there's good movement and carry, hitting a fullish length and gaining on Ponting, who gets his fornt foot in firmly and shoulders arms

1.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, short of a length, lovely seam and carry, Ponting leaves

Australia 1/1   RT Ponting 1* (8b)

2.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, pitches outside leg, no movement, Ponting shuffles and ends up playing it with one hand off the bat down in front of short leg

2.4

Khan to Ponting, no run, oh thats a good ball, and a brave leave, Ponting opting to push his front leg forward and leave a ball that pitches full and then straightens, very close to the top of off stump

2.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, more tentative front-foot poking by Ponting, thrusting forward and then doing well to get his top hand off the bat as that ball sits up a touch more than expected

2.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, and this one moves away off a wider length, so Ponting leaves it be

Australia 2/1   RT Ponting 1* (12b)

4.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, on the stumps, no movement, Ponting defends back to Zaheer

4.2

Khan to Ponting, no run, puts his front foot out and leaves it be as the ball swings away

4.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, back of a length, good ball, getting Ponting pushing at it and the ball runs along the ground to gully, where Kumble falls down and stops it

4.4

Khan to Ponting, no run, full ball, shaping away from Ponting as he strides in and leaves

4.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, fractionally fuller, Ponting drives straight, Zaheer does the fielding and then gives Ponting a long hard stare but the Australian captain has walked away already

4.6

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, pitches full outside leg stump, Ponting tries to flick it away but gets a leading edge along the ground into the covers and runs a single

Australia 3/1   RT Ponting 2* (18b)

5.1

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, perhaps a touch too full and Ponting drives with a flourish, top shot, beating a diving Zaheer at mid-off and thats the first four of the day

5.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, now he gets up and runs a shorter one to Kumble at gully, and after the local hero fields it well the crowd goes up in cheer ... this is Kumble's last Test here

5.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, and again, forces him back onto the toes and he defends to cover

5.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, back of a length again, getting Ponting back and defending to point

5.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, full now, pitching just outside off stump and moving back in as Ponting decides to stride forward and leave very late, lovely to watch

5.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, another leave to a good ball, which does not swing this time

Australia 7/1   RT Ponting 6* (24b 1x4)

6.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, Zaheer comes round the wicket, curves in to the right hander and Ponting gets forward and defends

6.6

Khan to Ponting, 1 leg bye, angles that across the right hander, he shuffles across his stumps and nudges it off his pads to the on side

Australia 10/1   RT Ponting 6* (26b 1x4)

7.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good ball, good shout! Ishant pitches on a length and straightens, Ponting gets a firm stride in and cops the ball on the front flap, a pretty good lengthy step forward, Ishant asks the question but the line and height was in question

7.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, full outside off, just, and he shoulders arms to that one

7.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, there's some lift now, sitting up sharply at height and Ponting sways his head back just in time, the ball misses kissing his nose by not much

7.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, firm front-foot defensive push to a fuller one, mid-off fields

7.5

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, a touch too short and Ponting gets onto the pull in a flash, just pulling it down into the gap between midwicket and square leg and does enough to beat the fielder running around from deep backward square

7.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, sits up again, short of a length and Ponting has to take his top hand off the bat in time, ends up playing it down to cover, well bowled as that one jagged into his chest

Australia 14/1   RT Ponting 10* (32b 2x4)

8.3

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, fuller one, he strides forward and defends, runs along past gully

Australia 16/1   RT Ponting 11* (33b 2x4)

9.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good length, good movement, bad decision by Ponting not to offer a shot after getting well forward, but he is let off as the ball struck him marginally outside the line of off stump, even though Ishant roared out an appeal

9.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, dug in short, Ponting cannot connect on the pull, the ball balloons up and drops safely outside off stump, aggressive intent from both batsman and bowler

9.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, back of a length now, straightening off the seam, Ponting knows where off stump is and shoulders arms ... this is what Test cricket is about

9.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good stuff again, Ishant landing it on a length, Ponting striding forward on the drive but the ball stops on him and he mistimes the shot

9.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, and again! There's pace and swing from Ishant, hitting the right length and jagging the ball back in, from off to leg, catching Ponting back in his crease but the ball is carrying on down and the height is an issue for the umpire ... excellent spell, though

9.6

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, a touch too straight and Ponting tucks that into the gap at square leg

Australia 25/1   RT Ponting 12* (39b 2x4)

10.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, on a length, going across, Ponting leaves off the front foot

10.2

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, on a length, middle and leg, turned towards midwicket

Australia 26/1   RT Ponting 13* (41b 2x4)

11.1

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, good run! Ponting comes forward and defends the ball to cover and sets off for the run as a lazy fielder struggles to come in from point

11.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, hello there, whats he doing? Ponting gets back and thinks about pulling this one, but it holds its line and goes on straight and he has to take a hand off the bat in time, I think he thought the length was on but then the ball beat him

11.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, much better, Ponting leaving a good-length ball off the front foot

11.5

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, top shot, superbly executed, Ponting gets forward and then waits before getting on top of the ball, which was not full at all, and punches through the covers

11.6

Sharma to Ponting, 2 runs, too straight and he tucks it off the pads, shuffling, and runs hard

Australia 34/1   RT Ponting 20* (46b 3x4)

13.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good length but too wide and Ponting strides well in and shoulders arms

13.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, another good leave, coming well forward, and shouldering arms

13.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, back of a length, shapes back in, Ponting gets back and defends

13.4

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, and again, another positive stride in, getting over the good-length ball and gently nudging it towards cover and point for a smart single

13.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, short of a length, pacy delivery, Ponting has a look and leaves it be

Australia 36/1   RT Ponting 21* (51b 3x4)

15.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, back of a length, Ponting waits on the back foot and defends to point

15.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, fuller length, shaping back in, Ponting in forward with a lengthy stride and shoulders arms again, rather confidently

15.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, the length is there for Ponting to hit off the back foot but his feet don't move and he chases it, one-handed, beaten by the lack of bounce, and even Dhoni has to take it off the awkward bounce

15.4

Sharma to Ponting, 3 runs, thats just too short and wide and Ponting mistimes the back-foot slap past Harbhajan at cover, not hit nearly as well as he would've liked but its into the gap

15.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, nope, he will not, as he defends a good-length ball back to Ishant

Australia 40/1   RT Ponting 24* (56b 3x4)

16.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, FOUR, wrong line, flat and too short and sliding down leg stump and Ponting eases that around the corner for four, Tendulkar runs down to the ropes and brings it back

16.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, better delivery, on a length outside off and Ponting defends

16.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, looped up, good dip too, Ponting gets over it and defends well

Australia 45/1   RT Ponting 28* (59b 4x4)

17.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run, well bowled, drifting it into the stumps and Ponting gets forward to defend

17.4

Kumble to Ponting, no run, a touch quicker, he gets forward and drives it to point

17.5

Kumble to Ponting, 2 runs, thats flat but down leg, stays low too and Ponting manages to get bat on it, tickling it down to fine leg and thats also Australia's 50 up on the board

17.6

Kumble to Ponting, no run, good ball to end the over, straighter one on middle and leg and Ponting drops his head and defends it back to India's captain

Australia 50/1   RT Ponting 30* (63b 4x4)

19.1

Kumble to Ponting, no run, flat outside off stump, Ponting defends to the man at point

19.2

Kumble to Ponting, no run, there's the drifter, forcing Ponting back and staying low, he gets bat on ball in time and defends to short leg this time

19.3

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, floated up on off stump and he drives to Ganguly at cover

Australia 51/1   RT Ponting 31* (66b 4x4)

20.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, flat on off stump, no turn, Ponting waits and turns it to short leg

20.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, FOUR, top shot, Harbhajan tosses it up this time and Ponting uses his feet, simply clipping it past Ganguly at mid-on for four, lovely to watch, but no so much the lack of effort from Ganguly

20.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, tosses it up again on a length and he defends this time

20.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, too flat, down leg, turned past short leg for an easy single

Australia 56/1   RT Ponting 36* (70b 5x4)

21.1

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, wrong line, down the pads and another easy single for Ponting

Australia 57/1   RT Ponting 37* (71b 5x4)

22.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, tossed up on off stump, he comes well forward and defends

22.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, pushed through fast on the stumps, whipped to midwicket

22.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, slower ball, but down leg, Ponting is already on the front foot and then waits, tucking the ball past short leg for a single

Australia 60/1   RT Ponting 38* (74b 5x4)

23.4

Kumble to Ponting, 2 runs, another looping full ball on the stops allows Ponting two to leg

23.5

Kumble to Ponting, no run, uses his feet and drives this one down to mid-on

23.6

Kumble to Ponting, no run, quicker ball, hint of turn, he opens the face and defends to point

Australia 64/1   RT Ponting 40* (77b 5x4)

24.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, slower ball, slides down leg stump, turned to short leg

Australia 66/1   RT Ponting 41* (78b 5x4)

25.1

Kumble to Ponting, no run, comes out and clips it to mid-on, but cant beat him

25.2

Kumble to Ponting, 4 leg byes, quick and useless ball, well outside leg stump, Ponting goes for the paddle and Koertzen signals leg byes, four of them, Kumble continues to struggle

25.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run, flat on leg stump again and Ponting flicks it to midwicket

25.4

Kumble to Ponting, no run, there's a good line, sucking Ponting forward and he defends

25.5

Kumble to Ponting, no run, middle and off, floating, Ponting comes forward and drives to mid-on

25.6

Kumble to Ponting, no run, slides into leg stump, Ponting plays it confidently down the track

Australia 70/1   RT Ponting 41* (84b 5x4)

28.1

Kumble to Ponting, no run, short, very short, but Ponting cant pierce the man at cover

28.2

Kumble to Ponting, 2 runs, fuller now and he eases forward to push the ball past cover

28.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run, some drift from middle stump, Ponting gets over it and defends

28.4

Kumble to Ponting, no run, half-volley on leg stump, clipped straight to Ishant at midwicket

28.5

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, flatter ball, he shuffles and works it to Tendulkar in the deep

Australia 78/1   RT Ponting 44* (89b 5x4)

29.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, good length, going across from leg, Ponting lunges forward and ends up playing it back to Zaheer, though methinks he had deep midwicket on his mind

29.4

Khan to Ponting, no run, good length again, going away, and he defends to cover

29.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, shoulders arms to a fuller delivery seaming away from him

29.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, closer to off stump, he comes forward and runs it to gully

Australia 80/1   RT Ponting 44* (93b 5x4)

30.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run, slower through the air, Ponting doesn't move his feet and reaches out to mistime the drive back to Kumble

30.4

Kumble to Ponting, no run, again on off stump, he defends it back to India's captain

30.5

Kumble to Ponting, no run, now thats a ripper, and finally, some turn! This one spits and kicks, turning off the seam from leg stump to skim past Ponting's bat after he's squared up, and Dhoni leaps up as well ... Kumble liked that one!

30.6

Kumble to Ponting, no run, full on off stump and he gets forward to defend

Australia 81/1   RT Ponting 44* (97b 5x4)

31.4

Khan to Ponting, FOUR, a gift on Ponting's legs, Ponting, sort of falling over, turns it to behind square for four, past Sehwag in the deep

31.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, straighter this time, and defended back

31.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, angling across Ponting, who looks for the drive, but ball stops on him and he checks his shot, and plays it along to ground to mid-off

Australia 86/1   RT Ponting 48* (100b 6x4)

33.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, on a length outside off stump, pushed to cover

33.2

Khan to Ponting, no run, angled across Ponting, wide enough for Ponting to not have anything to do with it

33.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, this one was an offcutter, pitched on leg and cut away, Ponting defends comfortably

33.4

Khan to Ponting, FOUR, wide, on the length, Ponting is waiting for it. Big front foot down, waits for it to come on, and hits it through covers to reach his second half-century in India

33.5

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, on the stumps, worked to wide of mid-on, Ganguly makes a tumbling save but cannot save the single

Australia 93/1   RT Ponting 53* (105b 7x4)

34.1

Kumble to Ponting, no run, full on the stumps, turning away, Ponting gets his front foot down and defends

34.2

Kumble to Ponting, no run, short and wide, cut away to covers

34.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run, fuller still, driven back to the bowler

34.4

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, full outside off, Ponting opens the face to point, and takes a sharp single. He is picking Ganguly

Australia 94/1   RT Ponting 54* (109b 7x4)

35.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, straight on a length, hit to mid-off, looks for a single, but changes his mind

35.2

Khan to Ponting, no run, back of a length, pushed to cover

35.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, straight half-volley, but it was a tad slower, and hence Ponting had to check his shot

35.4

Khan to Ponting, no run, angling across, on a lnegth, Ponting defneds with an open face to covers

35.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, wide, angling across, Ponting leaves it alone

35.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, slower again, moving away from ponting, who is equal to it, and defneds the ball to mid-off

Australia 94/1   RT Ponting 54* (115b 7x4)

36.5

Kumble to Ponting, no run, gentle half-volley, Ponting hits it straight, but Kumble fields it

36.6

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, on the pads, and helped away to fine-leg for a single

Australia 98/1   RT Ponting 55* (117b 7x4)

37.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, loopy delivery on the off stump, Ponting gets his foot right down and defends

37.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, flatter doosra outside off stump, defended to cover

37.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, loopier this time, turning in, and Ponting defends it back

37.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, full on the stumps, defended it to short midwicket

37.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, on the legs, Ponting waits for it to turn, and sweeps it fine

Australia 99/1   RT Ponting 56* (122b 7x4)

38.1

Kumble to Ponting, no run, full outside off stump, inviting the drive, Ponting realises he is not to the pitch of it, and checks the shot

38.2

Kumble to Ponting, no run, on the stumps, defended it back

38.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run, flatter on the stumps, all he can do is defend

38.4

Kumble to Ponting, no run, wider again, and driven to covers to Harbhajan who is there to stop the single

38.5

Kumble to Ponting, no run, flatter, outside off, Ponting looks to cut, but realises it is not short enough

38.6

Kumble to Ponting, no run, almost a yorker, and Ponting plays it back to the bowler

Australia 99/1   RT Ponting 56* (128b 7x4)

39.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, full outside off stump, Ponting is on the front foot and defends it back to bowler

39.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, full again, whipped away towards midwicket, but Laxman does the fielding at short midwicket

39.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, topspinner this time, but Ponting moves quickly to defend it

39.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, FOUR, Mighty! On the legs this time, Ponting slogsweeps it high towards midwicket. He has equalled his best score in India

Australia 104/1   RT Ponting 60* (132b 8x4)

40.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run

40.4

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, straighter this time, Ponting turns it around the pad for a single

Australia 106/1   RT Ponting 61* (134b 8x4)

41.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, outside leg, and played it behind square

41.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, full outside off stump, and driven to widish mid-off for an easy single

Australia 109/1   RT Ponting 63* (136b 8x4)

43.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, flat on the pads and effortlessly clipped through midwicket

Australia 115/1   RT Ponting 64* (137b 8x4)

44.2

Kumble to Ponting, no run, flighted on middle and off and Ponting plays it back

44.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run, thats a very, very ambitious appeal from Kumble, who bowls it full and outside leg stump, hitting Ponting's pad as he shapes to paddle it but cannot connect

44.4

Kumble to Ponting, 2 runs, still he feeds him on his pads and Ponting turns it out to deep midwicket, where Tendulkar covers plenty of ground, collects, and returns an excellent throw on top of the stumps, which Kumble applauds

44.5

Kumble to Ponting, no run, full on the toes, and he clips it right to midwicket

44.6

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, slower ball, out the back of the hand, turned towards leg for one

Australia 128/1   RT Ponting 67* (142b 8x4)

45.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, full and flat on the stumps, uses his feet and drives to midwicket

45.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, straightens after pitching, Ponting lunges forward and leaves

45.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, slower, tossed up, he gets across and on-drives a sharp single

Australia 129/1   RT Ponting 68* (145b 8x4)

46.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, gets back and mistimes an attempted back-foot cut to a short one, instead dragging it down into the ground in front of point

46.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, fullish outside off stump and he shoulders arms with a huge stride, there's that low carry to Dhoni on view again

46.3

Sharma to Ponting, 2 runs, short, wide and slapped off the back foot through square, but Sehwag is out at deep point to mop up

46.4

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, now thats better placed! Identical rubbish ball from Ishant and Ponting frees the arms, rocks back, and drives it past cover for four

46.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, better length and some swing, but wide enough for him to leave

46.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good ball, hitting a length and shaping back in but Ponting is forward and knows where his stumps are, he shoulders arms and Dhoni takes

Australia 135/1   RT Ponting 74* (151b 9x4)

47.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, slower ball, middle and leg, he waits and turns it fine

47.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 2 runs, drags it short, no turn, Ponting gets back and punches past point

47.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, decent delivery, straightens and squares up Ponting, defending

47.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, gets forward, back leg moving, and he defends it back

47.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, overpitched and he drives expansively to mid-off to keep strike

Australia 139/1   RT Ponting 77* (156b 9x4)

48.1

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, good ball, getting Ponting onto the front foot and pushing uppishly towards extra cover, where Harbhajan fields

48.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, slower ball, pitching wide and going away, Ponting gets his back leg across and thinks about cutting it away, but resists as the ball deviates

48.5

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, oh thats fortuitous! Ponting lunges forward and defends, the ball sort of stops on him and takes a thick inside edge narrowly past leg stump and escapes for four

48.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, wide again, pitching short and lifting, Ponting leaves it be

Australia 145/1   RT Ponting 82* (160b 10x4)

49.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, pushed in quick, a good line too, forcing Ponting back to defend

49.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, FOUR, and he responds with a smashing pick-up shot, using his feet and playing with the turn, hitting it high over midwicket, raising Australia's 150

49.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, slower, generously tossed up outside off, he on-drives a single

Australia 151/1   RT Ponting 87* (163b 11x4)

50.1

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, comes forward and leans into a square-drive, picking the gap

50.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, short and wide, sits up and Ponting hits it to the man at cover

50.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good length, searching for swing, but he gets in and leaves it be

50.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, too wide from Ishant and Ponting covers off stump and leaves

50.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, sits up off a length but wide enough for Ponting to leave again

Australia 153/1   RT Ponting 88* (168b 11x4)

51.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, change of pace, straightens after pitching, Ponting defends to leg

51.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, FOUR, ah, too full and wide and Ponting executes a classic cover drive

Australia 158/1   RT Ponting 92* (170b 12x4)

52.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, short one, well directed but Ponting gets forward and then turns his head away, dropping the hands, to allow it pass ... he took his eyes off it but all is well

52.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, gets forward, then waits and defends a length ball to point

Australia 159/1   RT Ponting 92* (172b 12x4)

53.3

Kumble to Ponting, 2 runs, easy runs, tossed up outside leg and its turned away for two

53.4

Kumble to Ponting, no run, googly this time, middle and off, he goes back and defends

53.5

Kumble to Ponting, no run, touch short and Ponting gets tall to punch it to extra cover

53.6

Kumble to Ponting, no run, flighted up on leg stump, he comes well forward and pats it back

Australia 162/1   RT Ponting 94* (176b 12x4)

55.1

Kumble to Ponting, no run, tossed up on middle stump and Ponting on-drives to the fielder

55.2

Kumble to Ponting, no run, legbreak, he gets forward and defends towards point this time

55.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run, straighter one, middle and off, again he confidently defends

55.4

Kumble to Ponting, no run, no room on offer, very straight, defended to silly point

55.5

Kumble to Ponting, no run, too short, he gets up and punches to cover, Hussey sets off for the single but Ponting firmly sends him back

55.6

Kumble to Ponting, no run, uses his feet in an attempt to on-drive a single but mid-on runs hard

Australia 166/2   RT Ponting 94* (182b 12x4)

57.1

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, slow, short, outside off, cut away to sweeper cover for an easy single

57.4

Kumble to Ponting, FOUR, over-pitched, Ponting takes one step down the track, is right down to the pitch of the ball, and drives it straighter off mid-off

57.5

Kumble to Ponting, 3 runs, He has done it. Slower ball, wide, and guided away towards point to reach his first century in India. While taking the third run, he starts the celebration, holding the bat up in the air, punches the air with the bat in hand. What a moment, the celebrations go for longer than usual, deservedly so

Australia 175/2   RT Ponting 102* (185b 13x4)

58.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, wide outside off, Ponting lunges, and leaves it alone. The ball bounces twice on the way to Dhoni

58.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, wide again, and left alone

58.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, full, on the off stump, and defended back

58.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, another wide delivery, left alone again, and it bounces well short of Dhoni again

58.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, off target again, and Ponting is happy to lunge and leave it

58.6

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, he must be tired of leaving them alone, cuts this wide delivery, and gets a single to the sweeper

Australia 176/2   RT Ponting 103* (191b 13x4)

59.1

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, full, no the legs, and turned away for a single

Australia 177/2   RT Ponting 104* (192b 13x4)

60.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, again hiding the ball as he runs in, looking for the away movement, but there isn't much of it. Ponting drives it straight to mid-off

Australia 183/2   RT Ponting 104* (193b 13x4)

61.6

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, slower, straighter, no sharp turn, Ponting takes an easy single to short leg

Australia 185/2   RT Ponting 105* (194b 13x4)

62.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, good length and he gets forward, driving towards midwicket

62.2

Khan to Ponting, no run, full again, he gets across and on-drives to midwicket

62.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, fullish, angled across Ponting, who shoulders arms

62.4

Khan to Ponting, 1 no ball, and he oversteps before delivering a reverse-swinging delivery that raps Ponting flush on the front pad as he decides to not offer a shot ... the ball came back in plenty but it was a no ball

62.4

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, good length, wrong line and he waits and tucks it to fine leg

Australia 187/2   RT Ponting 106* (199b 13x4)

64.1

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, wrong line and Ponting turns it off the pads to deep midwicket

64.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, fuller length outside off, low bounce, Ponting shoulders arms

64.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, another leave off the front foot from Ponting, Zaheer bowling too wide

Australia 190/2   RT Ponting 107* (202b 13x4)

65.2

Kumble to Ponting, 2 runs, driven to wide of deep mid-off, two is the immediate call, and they get it. Kumble is not happy

65.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run, faster, at 90k, and oiutside off, left alone by Ponting

65.4

Kumble to Ponting, no run, fuller, slower, and Ponting plays it back to Kumble

65.5

Kumble to Ponting, no run, shorter, Ponting looks to turn it towards midwicket, but find out it he is late on the shot, and just defends

65.6

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, full, on the leg-stump line, Ponting drops it towards shortleg with soft hands, and hurries through for a single

Australia 194/2   RT Ponting 110* (207b 13x4)

66.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, Dhoni is up to the stumps, it keeps him back in the crease, can't negate the swing, a tentative poke follows to a delivery that straightened after pitching

66.2

Khan to Ponting, no run, fuller, coming in, from round the stumps, Ponting plants front foot down, and just gets an inside edge ontp the pad

66.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, a bit shorter, Ponting plants the front foot across to defend it back to the bowler

66.4

Khan to Ponting, no run, on the stumps this time, but Ponting is quick to play it down to mid-on

66.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, straight on the leg-stump line, Ponting just pats it down

66.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, angling across, played to short cover

Australia 194/2   RT Ponting 110* (213b 13x4)

67.6

Kumble to Ponting, no run, full and stright, and Ponting defends it

Australia 201/2   RT Ponting 110* (214b 13x4)

69.1

Kumble to Ponting, no run, short of length, Ponting looks for the cut, but this one doesn't sp[in. Ponting is cramped, but manages to protect his stump

69.2

Kumble to Ponting, no run, Is that a catch? Kumble is excited about what he thinks is a return catch, but the umpires don't agree. Dipping, almost a yorker, and lobs back to Kumble. Umpire Koertzen thinks it's a bump ball, and there is enough doubt.

69.3

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, shorter, cut away to sweeper cover

69.5

Kumble to Ponting, 2 runs, wider, floated, and driven away from his body, towards extra cover

69.6

Kumble to Ponting, no run, arm-ball again, Ponting is cramped too, but the pitch is too slow to hurry him into doing anything injudicious

Australia 205/2   RT Ponting 113* (219b 13x4)

70.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, well tossed up but wide, and Ponting nudges it to point

Australia 207/2   RT Ponting 114* (220b 13x4)

71.1

Kumble to Ponting, no run, looped up, the wrong 'un, Ponting gets back and defends it

71.2

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, floater, Ponting gets forward and pushes a single to extra cover

Australia 212/2   RT Ponting 115* (222b 13x4)

72.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, looped up generously and Ponting clips from off stump to mid-on

72.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, doosra, but wrong line and its defended to short leg

Australia 214/2   RT Ponting 116* (224b 13x4)

73.2

Kumble to Ponting, no run, flat ball, middle and leg, defended watchfully by Ponting

73.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run, straighter one, he gets back and defends it down the track

73.4

Kumble to Ponting, no run, there's a shout! Kumble slips in a quicker one, looks to be the slider, Ponting sees the short length and tries to pull and gets struck high on the inner thigh, to the naked eye it appears in front of off stump but Koertzen shakes his head ... replays suggest it was high, nevertheless Kumble is livid

73.5

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, back of a length and Ponting punches a single to extra cover

Australia 216/2   RT Ponting 117* (228b 13x4)

74.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, tossed up a tad, slower one, Ponting defends it back

74.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, slow again, but down leg and its tucked around the corner

Australia 217/2   RT Ponting 118* (230b 13x4)

75.1

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, down leg stump and he turns it past short leg for a single

75.4

Kumble to Ponting, no run, slides away from Ponting, striding forward and shouldering arms

75.5

Kumble to Ponting, no run, hint of turn, Ponting gets back in his crease and defends

75.6

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, straightens after pitching, from leg, but Ponting shuffles nicely and turns the ball wide of short leg and into the gap for a single to retain strike

Australia 220/2   RT Ponting 120* (234b 13x4)

76.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, and he bowls it flat on leg stump, giving Ponting a single

76.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, and he bowls it full on the pads, easily turned for a single

Australia 222/2   RT Ponting 121* (236b 13x4)

77.2

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, slow ball, some turn outside off, Ponting leaves it be

77.3

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, no turn now, a touch short, Ponting pushes off the back foot to cover

77.4

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, tossed up, inviting the drive, and Ponting plays it back to Sehwag

77.5

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, there's a low full toss and Ponting drives it down the ground for one

Australia 224/2   RT Ponting 122* (240b 13x4)

78.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, still the wrong line, so he turns this towards square leg for one

78.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, flat on the pads, turned towards midwicket for a single

78.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, OUT, and Ponting goes lbw! Thats the ninth time he's fallen to Harbhajan in Tests, but perhaps it hit him outside the line ... Harbhajan tosses it up outside off stump, Ponting goes down to sweep, getting his front leg across, but the ball stays low and hits the pad, and after a long thought Asad Rauf gives it out ... I'll need to see replays of that

RT Ponting lbw b Harbhajan Singh 123 (331m 243b 13x4 0x6) SR: 50.61

Australia 226/3   RT Ponting 123 (243b 13x4)
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Oct 13, 2008

Anil Kumble and Ricky Ponting at the presentation ceremony, India v Australia, 1st Test, Bangalore, 5th day, October 13, 2008

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Oct 13, 2008

Anil Kumble walks back to the pavilion after his final Test in his hometown Bangalore, India v Australia, 1st Test, Bangalore, 5th day, October 13, 2008

Anil Kumble walks back to the pavilion after his final Test in his hometown Bangalore

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