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

1.1

Clark to Sehwag, no run, on the mark, back of a length on leg and Sehwag defends it

1.2

Clark to Sehwag, no run, similar length and Sehwag stands deep to defend it back

1.3

Clark to Sehwag, no run, makes him play another, bowling it on the stumps, Sehwag gets onto his toes and pats the ball back to Clark, very tidy start this

1.4

Clark to Sehwag, FOUR, there's a shot, Sehwag back onto his toes and pushing a short of a length ball into the gap at extra cover, Johnson gives chase and dives near the ropes but ends up escorting the ball across

1.5

Clark to Sehwag, no run, a nothing shot that, Sehwag's feet rooted as he flashes at a full one and gets beaten, wobbly seam position from Clark that time

1.6

Clark to Sehwag, no run, ah, an inside-edge onto his back leg as Sehwag doesn't move and pokes at another back of a length ball

India 10/0   V Sehwag 4* (6b 1x4)

3.1

Clark to Sehwag, no run, gentle seam-up stuff, leg stump, defended to midwicket

3.2

Clark to Sehwag, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, Sehwag transfers his weight and pushes the ball into the covers and calls for the single even as a sprightly Clarke swoops in, then he realises he's struggling and sticks out the bat, but Clarke misses the stumps, then shows his anger at himself for missing an underarm throw

India 11/0   V Sehwag 5* (8b 1x4)

4.1

Lee to Sehwag, no run, eases forward and square-drives a length ball on the up but cannot beat Clarke positioned at cover-point ... Ponting runs across and has a word with the fielder

4.2

Lee to Sehwag, 2 runs, bowls it full in the slot, 141ks, and Sehwag pushes it over Lee's head, a chip shot of sorts, and it drops safely between mid-off and mid-on

4.3

Lee to Sehwag, 1 run, this time he drives straight between the stumps and Gambhir, not timed that well, Johnson gives chase from mid-on and slides to save runs

4.6

Lee to Sehwag, no run, good length ball straightens after pitching wide, Sehwag gets in with not a lot of footwork and decides to shoulder arms

India 19/0   V Sehwag 8* (12b 1x4)

5.3

Clark to Sehwag, FOUR, full on leg stump, a gimme, and Sehwag whips that through a diving midwicket for four to get the crowd cheering

5.4

Clark to Sehwag, no run, change of pace, middle and off, Sehwag defends with a straight bat

5.5

Clark to Sehwag, no run, slides into leg stump, catches Sehwag on the back foot, stuck to his crease, raps him on the flap and they ask the question, looks to the naked eye as if its too high and umpire Asad Rauf thinks the same

5.6

Clark to Sehwag, no run, overpitches on leg stump, Sehwag plays it to midwicket

India 24/0   V Sehwag 12* (16b 2x4)

6.3

Lee to Sehwag, 1 run, short of a length, down the pads, turned off the hips to fine leg

India 26/0   V Sehwag 13* (17b 2x4)

7.1

Clark to Sehwag, no run, comes forward and defends a length ball along the ground to point

7.2

Clark to Sehwag, no run, on middle and leg, Sehwag tries to whip it away but the length is not on for that shot and he ends up half-heartedly playing it to midwicket

7.3

Clark to Sehwag, FOUR, good shot, not that wide from Clark but Sehwag gets on top of it and carves it smack past point for four more

7.4

Clark to Sehwag, no run, better length and he defends off the front foot to cover

7.5

Clark to Sehwag, no run, full on the toes, he clips but straight to deep midwicket

7.6

Clark to Sehwag, FOUR, lovely shot, just riding the bounce of a short ball on leg stump and tucking it off the hips and with no fine leg in place that will be four to Sehwag

India 35/0   V Sehwag 21* (23b 4x4)

8.2

Lee to Sehwag, no run, slower ball, off stump, and Sehwag defends it to cover-point

8.3

Lee to Sehwag, no run, onto the front foot, opens the face and guides the ball to Hussey

8.4

Lee to Sehwag, no run, whoa, Nellie! Thats is a shooter from Lee, a slow ball that stays very low and Sehwag doesn't pick it as he shuffles across, had that been on the stumps he was a goner, instead it carries on past leg stump

8.5

Lee to Sehwag, no run, back of a length and he gets up to defend this one properly

8.6

Lee to Sehwag, 2 runs, uppish but safe, Lee holds back the length and Sehwag punches that off the toes in the air to the left of cover, the ball travels fast but the fielder is quick too

India 38/0   V Sehwag 23* (28b 4x4)

10.1

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, on the dime, forcing Sehwag to go back and defend

10.2

Johnson to Sehwag, 1 run, short this time, cramping Sehwag for room, he gets tall and chops the ball towards point this time

India 39/0   V Sehwag 24* (30b 4x4)

11.1

Clark to Sehwag, no run, over-pitched, hit sweetly straight down the ground, but the mid-on is deep and Sehwag can't get it past him

11.2

Clark to Sehwag, 1 run, swinging in, but a bit too full, enough time for Sehwag to turn his wrists over it towards midwicket where Ponting misfields to allow the single

India 40/0   V Sehwag 25* (32b 4x4)

12.1

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, angling across, staying low, Sehwag slashes, but plays over it, and the ball is through to Haddin on second bounce, who does well to collect it cleanly

12.2

Johnson to Sehwag, 1 run, dug in short, but doesn't get high enough, Sehwag gets on top of the bounce and plays it off his hip towards fineleg

12.5

Johnson to Sehwag, 1 run, shortish, wide, punched away off the front foot, but there is a sweeper cover in place

India 47/0   V Sehwag 27* (35b 4x4)

13.1

Clark to Sehwag, no run, but this is fuller, driving length, Sehwag drives but can't find the gap in the covers

13.2

Clark to Sehwag, no run, lovely leg-cutter, just outside off, very close to outside edge, but the edge is out of question because Haddin acknowledges it didn't carry in the first place

13.3

Clark to Sehwag, FOUR, smart batting follows smart bowling, deft touch to open the face of the bat, and guide it from off-stump line to gap between slip and gully

13.4

Clark to Sehwag, no run, fuller and driven straight to deepish mid-off

13.5

Clark to Sehwag, 1 run, soft hands again, fullish on the off stump, and Sehwag just taps the ball in front of him and runs. Good co-ordination between the batsmen

India 56/0   V Sehwag 32* (40b 5x4)

14.1

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, this one got a bit big on Sehwag, just short of a length, and rised up chest-high, but Sehwag does well to get in line and keep it down

14.2

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, yorker tried, meets Sehwag's open face, and goes towards gully. Well bowled, well played

14.3

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, accurate, drivable, but just outside off stump, Sehwag defends it into the covers

14.4

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, almost played on, looks to open the face of the bat for that same gap between slips and gully, but this is very close to off stump, it's under edged and bounces over the stumps

14.5

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, full, in Sehwag's zone, he looks to bludgeon it, but can't pierce the field; mid-off does the fielding

14.6

Johnson to Sehwag, 1 run, dug in short, but this one doesn't rise up enough, and Sehwag plays it off his hip towards square leg

India 57/0   V Sehwag 33* (46b 5x4)

15.1

Watson to Sehwag, no run, first ball from Watson is sharp and accurate, Sehwag defends with an open face, and looks for a sharp single, but is sent back by Gambhir

15.2

Watson to Sehwag, no run, a bit wider, coming in a touch, Sehwag looks for the square-drive, but can't get past Hussey at point

15.3

Watson to Sehwag, no run, angling down the leg side, Sehwag looks for a glance, but misses it

15.4

Watson to Sehwag, 1 run, down the legs again, easy pickings, as it is flicked away towards backward square leg

India 58/0   V Sehwag 34* (50b 5x4)

16.1

Johnson to Sehwag, FOUR, lovely shot, this one was in the slot, full and on the pads, Sehwag flicks it in front of square, between mid-on and midwicket

16.2

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, almost played on again, Sehwag looks to run it down to thirdman again, this is too close to off stump again, and the under edge bounces over stumps again. Deja vu from two overs ago, but a bit closer this time

16.3

Johnson to Sehwag, 1 run, wide, angling away, driven with an open face to sweeper cover

16.6

Johnson to Sehwag, FOUR, Phew! this one didn't deserve to go for a four, this was pretty accurate, maybe just outside off, on a length, Sehwag opens the face at the last moment and finds the gap between the two gullies

India 68/0   V Sehwag 43* (54b 7x4)

18.1

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, well-directed short ball gets Sehwag tall and on the toes, defending it down off his chest

18.2

Johnson to Sehwag, 1 run, back of a length and angled away through gully down to White at third man for a single

India 69/0   V Sehwag 44* (56b 7x4)

20.1

Johnson to Sehwag, 1 run, too short on the stumps, Sehwag transfers the weight and laps the ball down to deep backward square leg

20.6

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, top shot, no runs, Sehwag getting on top of one and driving hard but straight to the man at cover, and thats the over

India 72/1   V Sehwag 45* (58b 7x4)

22.1

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, full and swinging down the pads, real wide, Haddin takes

22.2

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, decent length, some angle, Sehwag defends to point

22.3

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, slightly fuller, gets forward and drives to the man at cover

22.4

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, beaten, no footwork from Sehwag, driving loosely at one bowled from wide of the crease, it pitches and straightens and beats the bat

22.5

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, short of a length, comes in with the angle, Sehwag anticipates it and waits on the back foot, getting tall to defend it back

22.6

Johnson to Sehwag, OUT, oh thats a silly shot! Johnson bowls it full and wide, perhaps a touch slower, Sehwag stands rooted to his feet and reaches out for it, chopping it off the outer edge straight into the bucket hands of Hayden at slip, talk about throwing it away

V Sehwag c Hayden b Johnson 45 (115m 64b 7x4 0x6) SR: 70.31

India 76/2   V Sehwag 45 (64b 7x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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