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

65.5

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, flat this time, beats Harbhajan, big shout just sliding down with the angle

65.6

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, well kept Haddin, full, flat and wide, Harbhajan looks to paddle, but misses, and Haddin is there to collect it

India 195/6   Harbhajan Singh 0* (2b)

67.1

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, swept away fine and uppishly, it was down the leg side, and got the treatment

67.2

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, fuller, sliding down the leg, beats Harbhajan, and an ambitious enquiry from Clarke

67.3

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, loopier, and played back to the bowler

67.4

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, fired into the pads again, but played back to Clarke

67.5

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, another flat one down the leg side, Harbhajan looks to paddle, Haddin gets some body to it, and it slows down and doesn't reach the boundary

67.6

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, full, around the off stump, Harbhajan looks for a drive, but doesn't connect properly

India 201/6   Harbhajan Singh 6* (8b 1x4)

68.2

White to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, flighted, outside off, Harbhajan clobbers it across the line, over the infield, towards midwicket

68.3

White to Harbhajan Singh, no run, straighter this time, Harbhajan plays it with soft hands

68.4

White to Harbhajan Singh, no run, wide outside off stump, Harbhajan thinks of going for the drive, but pulls out

68.5

White to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, flat, on the pads, turned away fine by Harbhajan, looks for two but Ganguly refuses

India 207/6   Harbhajan Singh 11* (12b 2x4)

69.1

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, full, flat, and played back to Clarke

69.2

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, flighted this time, Harbhajan plays for turn, but there isn't any. He is safe, though, as it is sliding down

69.3

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, straighter this time, around off, making him play. he does play back to Clarke

69.4

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, quicker again, but down the leg side, stays low and Harbhajan misses out on the offering

69.5

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, fuller angling in, and defended away into the leg side

69.6

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, into the pads again, this won't harm Harbhajan

India 207/6   Harbhajan Singh 11* (18b 2x4)

70.2

White to Harbhajan Singh, no run, fell short just outside off, Harbhajan looks to drive, but this one hold up, and is looped towards Ponting at cover, but falls short

70.3

White to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, it is fuller this time, Harbhajan manages to drive this time to sweper cover

70.6

White to Harbhajan Singh, no run, on the stumps, and played back to the bowler

India 210/6   Harbhajan Singh 12* (21b 2x4)

71.3

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, flighted just outside off, and played away to covers

71.4

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, on the pads and turned away for a single

71.6

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, overpitched, outside off, cover-driven, to sweeper

India 214/6   Harbhajan Singh 14* (24b 2x4)

72.1

White to Harbhajan Singh, no run, flighted, Harbhajan goes for a big drive, but this one doesn't turn enough, and takes the inside half of the bat

72.2

White to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, overpitched, nice juicy, drive-me delivery, Harbhajan does that and also hits wide of the sweeper cover, Lee

72.3

White to Harbhajan Singh, no run, shorter, flatter, straighter, and played back to the bowler

72.4

White to Harbhajan Singh, 1 leg bye, outside leg, going away with the angle, beats Haddin too

India 217/6   Harbhajan Singh 16* (28b 2x4)

73.3

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, flatter, fuller, and played away with an open face

73.4

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, a bit fuller, and driven away to sweeper cover

73.6

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, angling down the leg side, and hits Harbhajan on the pads

India 221/6   Harbhajan Singh 17* (31b 2x4)

74.5

White to Harbhajan Singh, no run, toppie, going down the leg, and a needless shout for a bat-pad ensues too

74.6

White to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, wide and short, and Harbhajan cuts it away with ease

India 223/6   Harbhajan Singh 18* (33b 2x4)

75.1

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, short, and Harbhajan walks into the loosener and pulls it away, square of the backward square leg

75.2

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, wide of the off stump, and left alone

75.3

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, wide again, straightening too, and Harbhajan has nothing to do with it

75.4

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, wide again, Johnson not getting his radar right

75.5

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, wide still, but it's closer to off stump and Harbhajan is made to play at it because of the angle from round the stumps

75.6

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, this one is wide down the leg side, Harbhajan goes for the pull, but it's too wide for him

India 225/6   Harbhajan Singh 20* (39b 2x4)

76.2

White to Harbhajan Singh, no run, full, straight, and hit back to the bowler

76.3

White to Harbhajan Singh, no run, full, and patted back down the pitch

76.4

White to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, wide down the leg side again by White, and Harbhajan goes for the paddle again

76.5

White to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, wide, short, cut away, Harbhajan is batting sensibly, and he is also getting fed loose balls

India 229/6   Harbhajan Singh 23* (43b 2x4)

77.1

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, angled across Harbhajan, on a length, and played into the covers easily

India 232/6   Harbhajan Singh 24* (44b 2x4)

79.1

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, good length outside off stump, he gets forward and defends

79.2

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, 1 leg bye, short down leg stump, Harbhajan pulls meekly and the ball balloons up off his gloves to short fine leg, where there is no one, and Haddin runs after it

India 234/7   Harbhajan Singh 24* (46b 2x4)

80.1

White to Harbhajan Singh, no run, this one kicked a bit, from a good length, but Harbhajan negotiates it with soft hands

80.2

White to Harbhajan Singh, no run, straighter one again, beats Harbhajan, and the ball goes off the pad to Hayden at slip

80.3

White to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, wide and overpitched, driven away square

India 235/7   Harbhajan Singh 25* (49b 2x4)

81.1

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, gets it to straighten from round the stumps, and gets the edge from Harbhajan, but it's safely through the gap between slip and gully

81.4

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, gets it to hold its line again, but Harbhajan is quick to see it and open his face to the drivable delivery, and finds the gap between thirdman and the sweeper in the deep

81.5

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, this one is bowled from a wide angle, and then straightening, but it's too wide

81.6

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, short, on the stumps, Harbhajan goes for the short-arm pull, but can't find the gap in the on-side field

India 239/7   Harbhajan Singh 28* (53b 2x4)

82.3

White to Harbhajan Singh, no run, sliding down the leg in the air, and then breaks away after pitching, Harbhajan plays it back to him

82.4

White to Harbhajan Singh, no run, too full again, on the off, and defended easily

82.5

White to Harbhajan Singh, no run, short and Harbhajan looks for the cut, but it's too close, and hence there isn't enough power in the shot

82.6

White to Harbhajan Singh, 4 byes, bonus runs, short and wide down the leg side, Harbhajan tries to get a touch, Haddin tries to reach it, and both fail, as it goes uninterrupted for four byes

India 244/7   Harbhajan Singh 28* (57b 2x4)

83.3

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, angled in too much, down the leg side it goes

83.4

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, short, just outside off, and angling in, beat Harbhajan's bat and hits him in the thigh

83.5

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, wide, full, Harbhajan goes for the drive, but misses

83.6

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, short outside off, and Harbhajan steers it through to thirdman, and retains strike

India 246/7   Harbhajan Singh 29* (61b 2x4)

84.1

Lee to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, swinging in, full, and Harbhajan gets the bat down in time. Ball goes off the inside half of the bat to square leg

India 247/7   Harbhajan Singh 30* (62b 2x4)

85.1

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, just short of length, holding its line, and Harbhajan is back behind the line and defending

85.2

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, fuller, on the stumps, Harbhajan is on front foot to defend

85.3

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, short, angled into the stumps, Harbhajan covers the stumps, and plays it back to the bowler

85.4

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, slower, 125.3ks, fuller, and Harbhajan opens his face to glide it down to thirdman

85.6

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, this one is short, gets a bit big, but Harbhajan gets on the top of the bounce and guides it through the gap between gully and point. It's a proper batsman's shot

India 251/7   Harbhajan Singh 33* (67b 2x4)

86.2

Lee to Harbhajan Singh, no run, fuller, straighter, keeping low too, but Harbhajan gets down in time to defend it

86.3

Lee to Harbhajan Singh, 4 byes, quick bouncer, the speedometer must be lying, 136ks, this one flew after pitching over Harbhajan, over a leaping Haddin

86.4

Lee to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, fuller, into the pads, played away towards a three-quarter midwicket

India 257/7   Harbhajan Singh 34* (70b 2x4)

87.1

Johnson to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, just short of length, on the stumps, and Harbhajan plays it to wide of mid-on for a single

India 258/7   Harbhajan Singh 35* (71b 2x4)

88.1

Lee to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, nice Bhajji, this was short and it sat up, Harbhajan rocked back and pulled it over midwicket

88.2

Lee to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, this will irk Lee more, this was a better bouncer, head high, but cheeky Bhajji gets a top edge, straight over keeper. In the V, Bhajji will tell Binga

88.3

Lee to Harbhajan Singh, no run, just good length now, and played back to Lee

88.4

Lee to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, angling in to the pads, on good length, and Harbhajan turns it away to backward square leg

India 273/7   Harbhajan Singh 44* (75b 4x4)

89.1

Clark to Harbhajan Singh, no run, walks down the track, but this one is accurate, and is defended towards covers

89.2

Clark to Harbhajan Singh, no run, good bowling, within the stumps, on a length, can't leave it, can't work it away

89.3

Clark to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, audacious Bhaj, walks down the track again, and makes the length drivable, and turns it to wide of mid-on

89.4

Clark to Harbhajan Singh, no run, this one stayed low, around the off-stump line, and Harbhajan plays it back to the bowler

89.5

Clark to Harbhajan Singh, no run, just outside off, on a a length, and Harbhajan plays it to mid-off

89.6

Clark to Harbhajan Singh, 4 byes, down the legs, it stays low too, and it's a nightmare for Haddin. This makes it 23 byes in the innings

India 279/7   Harbhajan Singh 46* (81b 4x4)

90.5

Lee to Harbhajan Singh, no run, another shooter, goes under Harbhajan's bat, but is too wide to trouble him

90.6

Lee to Harbhajan Singh, no run, angling into the pads, Harbhajan looks to turn his wrists over it, and it goes uppishly towards Hussey at midwicket, but bounces well short

India 280/7   Harbhajan Singh 46* (83b 4x4)

91.5

Clark to Harbhajan Singh, no run, full, and solid forward defensive by Harbhajan

91.6

Clark to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, what a way to get to 50! Walk down the track to Clark as if he is a nets bowler, and flat-bat it straight past him for four. Singh, really, is king. What an applause for Bhaj

India 286/7   Harbhajan Singh 50* (85b 5x4)

93.1

Clark to Harbhajan Singh, no run, rare play and miss, just outside the off stump, plays a nothing shot and plays over the ball

93.2

Clark to Harbhajan Singh, no run, slower ball, 115ks, just outside off, no trouble picking it for Harbhajan

93.3

Clark to Harbhajan Singh, no run, nice yorker, Harbhajan keeps it out, and it lobs off after the bounce to Clark

93.4

Clark to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, length ball, just outside off, and steered away for a single

India 291/7   Harbhajan Singh 51* (89b 5x4)

94.1

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, full, onto the pads, and defended

94.2

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, down the pads again, and padded away

94.3

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, outside off, left alone, this one went straight, but wasn't close to stumps

94.4

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, just shorter, outside off, and pushed into the covers

India 298/7   Harbhajan Singh 52* (93b 5x4)

95.1

Watson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, pitched up delivery, but slower, and Harbhajan is early into the shot, but the mid-off is too deep to catch it

95.2

Watson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, just short of a length, Harbhajan goes back and across, and presents the full face of the bat

95.3

Watson to Harbhajan Singh, 1 bye, Haddin must be cursing the pitch, slower ball, wide, left alone by Harbhajan, it bounces well in front of Haddin and then off-breaks. Nothing the poor keeper can do about it

India 299/7   Harbhajan Singh 52* (96b 5x4)

96.1

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, full, straight, Harbhajan looks to drive it over covers, but it goes straight on, and gets the inside edge

96.3

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, that's a yorker, Harbhajan is late in coming down, but manages to keep it out

96.4

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, slower, on the pads, and played to short midwicket

96.5

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, flatter, but the same line and the same shot

96.6

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, fuller, and played back to the bowler

India 309/7   Harbhajan Singh 53* (101b 5x4)

97.3

Watson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, just short of a length, on the off-stump line, and defended into the covers

97.4

Watson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, Watson nearly gets him there, short, on off stump, Harbhajan goes for the cut, and misses; it was too close to cut

97.5

Watson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, trying to bounce again, and it's too short, and Harbhajan ducks comfortably

97.6

Watson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, fuller, within stumps, and Harbhajan defends watchfully

India 310/7   Harbhajan Singh 53* (105b 5x4)

98.5

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, no run, off-stump line, length delivery, and played back

98.6

Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, fuller this time, and Harbhajan clears his front leg to place it to sweeper cover

India 312/7   Harbhajan Singh 54* (107b 5x4)

99.1

Watson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, better length from Watson, this was fuller, and beat Harbhajan's defence, but going down the legs

99.2

Watson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, walks down the track again, Watson shortens his length, and Harbhajan manages to play it towards short midwicket

99.3

Watson to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, finally Watson strikes, this was short, and had some extra bounce, it gave Harbhajan some width, and he freed his arm, but the extra bounce took the thin top edge. Top knock from Harbhajan, the top score in this innings

Harbhajan Singh c †Haddin b Watson 54 (146m 110b 5x4 0x6) SR: 49.09

India 312/8   Harbhajan Singh 54 (110b 5x4)
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