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

77.4

Johnson to Khan, no run, fullish ball, Zaheer comes on the front foot and defends it

77.5

Johnson to Khan, no run, beaten by a full one that stays low outside off stump

77.6

Johnson to Khan, 1 leg bye, beats him with one thats slides down and raps his pads, but leg stump was visible when Zaheer got stuck in his crease, and it was high too

India 233/7   Z Khan 0* (3b)

78.1

White to Khan, no run, quicker one slides into the pads, worked to Katich at short leg

78.2

White to Khan, no run, slowly tossed up wide outside off, stays low, cuts and misses

78.3

White to Khan, no run, beaten by a sharp ripper, pitching around off stump and the leg break fizzes away from Zaheer's forward prod, sits up and surprises Haddin as well

78.4

White to Khan, no run, flat and short, he gets tall and defends it down safely

78.5

White to Khan, no run, tossed up on leg stump, Zaheer thrusts forward and defends, no bat on that one but the ball balloons up to Katich at short leg, who appeals

78.6

White to Khan, no run, slow on leg stump, defended to short leg

India 233/7   Z Khan 0* (9b)

79.3

Johnson to Khan, no run, fuller length, zoning into the stumps, jammed to point

79.4

Johnson to Khan, no run, beaten this time on a flirt outside off stump, the ball straightens and skims past the outside edge of Zaheer's bat

79.5

Johnson to Khan, no run, zips past the bat again, good stuff from Johnson here

79.6

Johnson to Khan, no run, short of a length on off stump and he defends it

India 234/7   Z Khan 0* (13b)

80.4

White to Khan, no run, down the leg side again, White may have been tidy when it comes to figures, but he hasn't played the batsmen play enough

80.5

White to Khan, no run, flighted outside off, and defended away to cover

80.6

White to Khan, no run, another straighter one, but going down the leg again

India 235/7   Z Khan 0* (16b)

81.2

Johnson to Khan, no run, and again, just on a length, and then holding its line. This one beats Zaheer who is forced to play at it because of the angle

81.3

Johnson to Khan, 1 run, dug in short, into the ribs, and Zaheer gets off the mark with a single turned around the corner

India 237/7   Z Khan 1* (18b)

82.1

White to Khan, no run, full, flighted, but down the leg side, Zaheer pads it out

82.2

White to Khan, 1 run, full, on stumps, Zaheer hangs out his bat in front of the pad, and gets an inside edge through to short fine leg

India 240/7   Z Khan 2* (20b)

83.1

Johnson to Khan, no run, angled in, on the stumps, played back to the bowler

83.2

Johnson to Khan, 1 run, wide outside off, and Zaheer opens his face to the thirdman

India 245/7   Z Khan 3* (22b)

84.2

Lee to Khan, no run, there's in swing again, it's full, drivable, and Zaheer drives it straight to mid-off

84.3

Lee to Khan, no run, wide outside off, played with an open face to Hussey at point

84.4

Lee to Khan, no run, full, fast, looking for swing, but it's too wide, Zaheer goes for the shot, but misses

84.5

Lee to Khan, no run, dug in short, there isn't much bounce there, and it heads down the leg side as well

84.6

Lee to Khan, no run, short just outside the off stump, Zaheer goes for a semi-cut-semi-punch, but doesn't connect properly, as the ball limps back to Lee

India 247/7   Z Khan 3* (27b)

85.5

Johnson to Khan, 1 run, sharper pace this time, 142.5ks, and shorter too, Zaheer manages to guide it through the gap between slip and gully again

India 249/7   Z Khan 4* (28b)

86.1

Lee to Khan, 1 run, short, just outside off, and Zaheer guides it through to thirdman again

86.5

Lee to Khan, no run, short, doesn't rise as much, Zaheer looks to play outside the line of off stump, and misses

86.6

Lee to Khan, no run, full, just outside off stump, driven away towards the covers by Zaheer

India 257/7   Z Khan 5* (31b)

87.2

Johnson to Khan, no run, full, on the pads, and Zaheer looks to turn it into the onside field, but finds a fielder

87.3

Johnson to Khan, no run, just short of length again, but no movement, and Zaheer plays it watchfully

87.4

Johnson to Khan, FOUR, that will make a top-order batsman proud, short of length, angling away, and Zaheer punches it through the gap between gully and point

87.5

Johnson to Khan, no run, that boundary didn't please Johnson who bowls a nasty bouncer, well directed, at the throat, but Zaheer manages to fend it without damage

87.6

Johnson to Khan, 2 runs, now Zaheer retorts, this one was fuller, and he drives it through extra cover where the sweeper, Michael Clarke, prevents the boundary

India 264/7   Z Khan 11* (36b 1x4)

88.5

Lee to Khan, no run, attempted bouncer again, this one doesn't rise either, and Zaheer plays it towards point

88.6

Lee to Khan, no run, on a length, around off stump, Zaheer defends with an open face

India 273/7   Z Khan 11* (38b 1x4)

90.1

Lee to Khan, no run, full on off stump, and Zaheer defends solidly

90.2

Lee to Khan, no run, on the stumps, slower, 119ks, and played back to the bowler

90.3

Lee to Khan, no run, full, on the stumps, and Zaheer plays it back to the bowler

90.4

Lee to Khan, 1 run, angled into the pads, and guided away to the fine leg

India 280/7   Z Khan 12* (42b 1x4)

91.1

Clark to Khan, no run, first swinging delivery with the new ball, it's full, swings in, and raps Zaheer on the pads, but it was swinging too much perhaps. Good call, Rauf

91.2

Clark to Khan, no run, just outside off, and Zaheer looks to bludgeon it through the covers, but hits straight to mid-off

91.3

Clark to Khan, no run, slower ball, 117.9ks, and played with an open face into the covers

91.4

Clark to Khan, 1 no ball, short, rising delivery, Zaheer almost chops it onto the stumps, but it wouldn't have mattered, as Clark had overstepped

91.4

Clark to Khan, 1 run, just outside off, and Zaheer opens the face to steer it to thirdman

India 282/7   Z Khan 13* (47b 1x4)

92.1

Lee to Khan, no run, bouncer attempted, but it's too high and wide

92.2

Lee to Khan, no run, on the stumps, length ball, and played away with an open face

92.3

Lee to Khan, no run, slower ball, almost a yorker, and Zaheer keeps it out

92.4

Lee to Khan, FOUR, full, drivable length, just outside off, and lofted over the covers by Zaheer. White gives a valiant chase, but he was in contact with the ball when he slid into the boundary rope. The third umpire takes his time, before ruling it a boundary

92.5

Lee to Khan, no run, nice comeback delivery, just on the length, just outside off, straightening a bit, but Zaheer defends solidly

92.6

Lee to Khan, no run, another wasted bouncer, it's too short and too high for Zaheer to even think before ducking

India 290/7   Z Khan 17* (53b 2x4)

93.5

Clark to Khan, 2 runs, finally, a tailender hoick, and it still gets him two. It was a length ball, and Zaheer fancied freeing his arm, hitting towards square leg

93.6

Clark to Khan, FOUR, a fulltoss on the pads, Zaheer clears the front pad, and hits it between backward square leg and midwicket, this must be hurting Australia

India 297/7   Z Khan 23* (55b 3x4)

94.5

Clarke to Khan, no run, full, wide, and a big stride to smother any spin

94.6

Clarke to Khan, no run, down the legs again, and padded away

India 298/7   Z Khan 23* (57b 3x4)

95.4

Watson to Khan, no run, full and wide, and played straight down to mid-off

95.5

Watson to Khan, FOUR, What a shot! looking for a bouncer, but it sits up wide of off stump, and Zaheer upper-cuts it in front of square

95.6

Watson to Khan, FOUR, Zaheer is on fire, this is a length ball, Zaheer is down on a knee, and slogs it straight down the ground

India 307/7   Z Khan 31* (60b 5x4)

96.2

Clarke to Khan, 1 run, into the pads, and played delicately in front of the pad, to fine leg

India 309/7   Z Khan 32* (61b 5x4)

97.1

Watson to Khan, no run, attempted bouncer again, but again it stays low, waist high, and is played down to short midwicket

97.2

Watson to Khan, 1 run, again tires a bouncer, at 134.7, Zaheer bends the knee a little, and plays it from in front of his, and steers it to thirdman

India 310/7   Z Khan 33* (63b 5x4)

98.1

Clarke to Khan, no run, flighted, just outside off, Zaheer goes for the drive and misses

98.2

Clarke to Khan, no run, straighter, fuller, and played back to the bowler

98.3

Clarke to Khan, no run, angled, onto the pads again, and padded away easily

98.4

Clarke to Khan, 1 run, down the legs, and helped away towards fine leg

India 311/7   Z Khan 34* (67b 5x4)

100.1

Clarke to Khan, 1 run, nice, inviting fulltoss, and Zaheer plays it to sweeper cover

India 313/8   Z Khan 35* (68b 5x4)

101.1

Lee to Khan, no run, very good shout for lbw first ball! Lee starts off full and fast, yorker into Zaheer's pads, going down leg stump but a very strong appeal from the bowler, ball thuds into Zaheer's toes and runs down to fine leg, there's confusion between the batsmen but Zaheer scrambles back inside in time

101.2

Lee to Khan, no run, beaten this time, full and staying low, he drives and misses

101.3

Lee to Khan, FOUR, handy runs, courtesy a thick outside edge, a soft-handed dab at one outside off stump and with just one slip the ball runs away quickly and beats a diving fielder down on the ropes, Zaheer continues to prosper

101.4

Lee to Khan, no run, drives at a wide one and misses, more awkward bounce on view

101.5

Lee to Khan, 1 leg bye, slides down the pads, plenty of swing, smartly tucked off the pads towards square leg and they call for the single

India 318/8   Z Khan 39* (73b 6x4)

102.1

Johnson to Khan, 1 run, full ball outside off and thats steered down to Clark at third man, Zaheer wants two but Kumble says no

India 319/8   Z Khan 40* (74b 6x4)

103.1

Lee to Khan, no run, beaten again, Lee pitching full outside off stump and somehow missing the bat after Zaheer goes fishing wildly

103.2

Lee to Khan, no run, better, much like he played yesterday, using his feet to get to the pitch and presenting a straight bat to play the ball toward cover

103.3

Lee to Khan, no run, and again some positive footwork from Zaheer, meeting the full ball with a textbook drive to the man at cover

103.4

Lee to Khan, no run, full again, a tad slower, and driven well to cover again

103.5

Lee to Khan, FOUR, now he connects perfectly with what he's been practicing the last three balls, Lee again overpitches, slightly wider, and Zaheer square-drives superbly into the gap

103.6

Lee to Khan, no run, another classy front-foot square-drive but straight to Hussey

India 323/8   Z Khan 44* (80b 7x4)

104.5

Johnson to Khan, no run, good length ball seams away and he leaves it be off the front foot, tucking the bat behind his pads as the ball dart off the pitch

104.6

Johnson to Khan, no run, slower ball beats him outside off stump, low bounce too

India 324/8   Z Khan 44* (82b 7x4)

105.5

Lee to Khan, no run, just short of a length, wide outside off stump, Zaheer doesn't flirt with it

105.6

Lee to Khan, no run, closer to off stump this time, on a length, forcing Zaheer to play at it, getting it to straighten just a touch, and beats Zaheer

India 325/8   Z Khan 44* (84b 7x4)

106.3

Johnson to Khan, no run, lovely bowling, accurate, starting just around off stump, on a length, and moving away slightly to beat the poking bat

106.4

Johnson to Khan, no run, missed out on a single there, this was a length ball on the pads, but Zaheer got his front pad across too much

106.5

Johnson to Khan, no run, draws him into the drive again, fuller, a touch wider, and then beating Zaheer's bat

106.6

Johnson to Khan, 1 leg bye, the ball is angled in, but sharply, and beats the bat, but there is an easy leg-bye to be taken

India 327/8   Z Khan 44* (88b 7x4)

107.1

Lee to Khan, no run, slower ball, just outside the off stump, and beats Zaheer again

107.2

Lee to Khan, no run, on a length, outside off, Zaheer looks to play at it, but withdraws at the very last moment

107.3

Lee to Khan, no run, just outside the off, leaving the batsman, and played and missed again

107.4

Lee to Khan, no run, this was fuller, and closer to off stump, Zaheer could get his foot closer to the line, and played with the middle of the bat, into the covers

107.5

Lee to Khan, no run, there you go, thrown a bit wider, and Zaheer goes for a slog, foot nowhere near, and luckily for him, misses it completely

107.6

Lee to Khan, no run, that's better, closer to off, length ball, and a middle-of-the-bat defence

India 327/8   Z Khan 44* (94b 7x4)

108.2

Johnson to Khan, no run, angling in again, and played straight back to bowler

108.3

Johnson to Khan, 1 run, full, wide, and driven away to sweeper cover

India 329/8   Z Khan 45* (96b 7x4)

109.1

Lee to Khan, no run, short outside off stump, and left alone comfortably

109.2

Lee to Khan, 2 runs, steps out, Lee bowls a slower one, Zaheer adjusts too, and flicks it towards backward square leg

109.3

Lee to Khan, no run, fuller, faster, and Zaheer plays it with an open face; off the outside half of the bat it goes towards Ponting at second slip, but all along the ground

109.4

Lee to Khan, 1 run, big appeal, full, inswinging yorker, but missing the leg easily

109.6

Lee to Khan, 1 run, more frustration for Lee, just outside off, holding its line, takes Zaheer's edge, but it's played with soft hands, and goes all along the ground between second slip and gully

India 339/8   Z Khan 49* (101b 7x4)

110.1

Johnson to Khan, no run, that one got a bit big on Zaheer, angling into his chest, but played down well, and Zaheer is anxious for a quick run, his 50th, but Kumble sends him back

110.2

Johnson to Khan, no run, fuller, outside off, and holding its line, Zaheer hangs his bat out, and misses it by a fair bit

110.3

Johnson to Khan, no run, on the stumps, length ball, angling in, and defended with an open face towards the point region

110.4

Johnson to Khan, no run, another wide delivery, another poke, another miss. Story of the morning

110.5

Johnson to Khan, 2 runs, that's it, Zak gets to a fifty, angling into the pads, and turned away towards backward square leg. What a reception, the whole dressing room stands up and applaud, Kumble gives him a hug. What rescue job, only his second Test half-century, his highest score, 75, against Bangladesh

110.6

Johnson to Khan, no run, wide, getting wider, and left alone

India 341/8   Z Khan 51* (107b 7x4)

111.2

Watson to Khan, no run, slower ball, 111.9ks, but too full, and played back easily

111.3

Watson to Khan, no run, some inwards movement, seaming from a length, but going down the pads, and won't trouble Zaheer

111.4

Watson to Khan, 1 run, and again, getting the movement from a length, but too much into pads, and Zaheer takes an easy single to backward square leg

India 343/8   Z Khan 52* (110b 7x4)

112.1

Johnson to Khan, 1 leg bye, angled in, hitting Zaheer on the pad, and running down towards square leg, Zaheer is not looking to farm the strike there, as he initiates the single

India 344/9   Z Khan 52* (111b 7x4)

114.1

Johnson to Khan, 1 run, another quick single off the first ball of the over, angled into the pads and turned away to midwicket

114.6

Johnson to Khan, no run, Zaheer steps down, length ball, and played back to the bowler

India 351/9   Z Khan 53* (113b 7x4)

116.1

Clarke to Khan, no run, flat, on the stumps, Zaheer has a big stride down, and defends in front of his pad

116.2

Clarke to Khan, no run, angling down the pads again, Zaheer gets a big front foot down, and pads it away

116.3

Clarke to Khan, 2 runs, angling down the leg again, and Zaheer gets his front foot across, and sweepes it to fine of fine leg

116.4

Clarke to Khan, no run, full, on the off, defended

116.5

Clarke to Khan, 1 run, straying on to the leg again, and helped away for another single

India 358/9   Z Khan 56* (118b 7x4)

117.1

Watson to Khan, no run, full on the stumps, and solid defence, just to rub some more salt

117.2

Watson to Khan, 1 run, short, outside off, and steered away to thirdman

117.6

Watson to Khan, no run, length delivery, outside off, and played straight back

India 360/9   Z Khan 57* (121b 7x4)
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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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