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

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

10.3

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, length ball on middle and leg, Gambhir turns it away to leg

10.4

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, slides down leg stump, kisses his thigh pad, Haddin takes

10.5

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, short of a length on middle and leg, turned wide of midwicket

10.6

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, fuller, just, and Gambhir plays it to midwicket

India 39/0   MG Johnson 1-0-1-0

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

12.3

Johnson to Gambhir, FOUR, Shot! Angling in to the legs, Gambhir just turns his wrist over it, times it sweetly, and finds the gap between three men on the leg side

12.4

Johnson to Gambhir, 1 run, fuller and driven to just wide of mid-off

12.5

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

12.6

Johnson to Gambhir, FOUR, lovely hands! Fuller than good length, wide outside off, and Gambhir just opens the face to guide it between slips and gully

India 51/0   MG Johnson 2-0-12-0

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   MG Johnson 3-0-13-0

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

16.4

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir looks to walk down the pitch, this one keeps low and beats his bat. Lucky for Gambhir that it was not straight, and was wide of off

16.5

Johnson to Gambhir, 1 run, angling in to the pads, and worked away towards fine leg

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   MG Johnson 4-0-23-0

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

18.3

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, on the mark, a good length, Gambhir's feet start working well on his first delivery and he defends positively

18.4

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, pacier delivery, short and angling away and he leaves

18.5

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, swings down sharply and past leg stump, 144ks, Gambhir cant touch it and Haddin pulls off a great dive to his right, really acrobatic stuff that

18.6

Johnson to Gambhir, 1 run, straighter one, clipped out to White at deep midwicket

India 70/0   MG Johnson 5-0-25-0

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

20.2

Johnson to Dravid, no run, back of a length on middle and off, much tidier, defended

20.3

Johnson to Dravid, no run, hello there! That one stays very low, pitching on a length and scooting under Dravid's bat as he feels for it outside off stump, dribbling then to Haddin

20.4

Johnson to Dravid, no run, fuller and wider and he can leave that alone all day

20.5

Johnson to Dravid, 1 run, edged but it doesn't carry to Hayden at first slip! More low bounce and Dravid drives hard at the full delivery, away from his body, and gets a bottom edge that flies along the ground, Hayden sticks his right hand out and does well to save runs, Sehwag calls for the single to get on strike last ball

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   MG Johnson 6-0-27-0

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   MG Johnson 7-1-27-1

24.1

Johnson to Dravid, no run, angled in, accurate on the off-stump line, and defended

24.2

Johnson to Dravid, no run, looking for fullness for swing, but this ends up a fulltoss, and is played straight back to the bowler

24.3

Johnson to Dravid, no run, nice accuracy, pitching outside off on a length, and going on with the angle, Dravid defends with an open face

24.4

Johnson to Dravid, no run, Tendulkar is lucky this time, yes no, no, Dravid played it softly into the gap between cover and extra cover, set off instantly, and then seeing Clarke was onto it in a flash, sent Tendulkar back, who had given up, but the throw went just over the stumps

24.5

Johnson to Dravid, no run, bouncer, but misdirected down the legs, and left alone

24.6

Johnson to Dravid, no run, fuller on the off stump, and defended into the covers

India 81/2   MG Johnson 8-2-27-1

26.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, overpitched outside off, almost a yorker, and played towards point

26.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, on the target, staying low, Tendulkar gets his bat down just in time; he'll have to be careful about these

26.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, on target again, on a length, within the stumps, and played back to the bowler

26.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, FOUR, a touch wide, on the length, Tendulkar stands tall, opens the face and punches it through the covers. What a shot!

26.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, got him? No. slower ball, on a length, stops and kicks, Tendulkar adjusts a bit, soft hands, and open face, the ball loops towards White at short cover, who dives but can't reach it before it bounces

26.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, fuller, on off, played with an open face to White at short cover again

India 90/2   MG Johnson 9-2-31-1

28.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, good ball, pitching on a length, Tendulkar tries to work it away to leg but gets a leading edge that pops up and stays in the air before dying in the covers

28.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, full and wide, inviting the drive, but he leaves it be

28.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, FOUR, gets onto the toes, drives at the wide one and slashes it to the left of a diving Hussey at gully and thats four to Tendulkar, uppish but safe in the end

28.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, OUT, and Tendulkar just chips the ball to White at short cover! Johnson rolls his fingers over a slower one, pitching it full just outside off and Tendulkar is deceived into pushing the ball to the man brought in to that position the over before after he drove four through the covers, a massive wicket and the Chinnaswamy goes silent

SR Tendulkar c White b Johnson 13 (26m 18b 3x4 0x6) SR: 72.22

28.5

Johnson to Laxman, no run, short and outside leg stump, Hadding moves around to take

28.6

Johnson to Laxman, no run, full outside off, stays low and Laxman leaves it be

India 94/3   MG Johnson 10-2-35-2

30.1

Johnson to Dravid, no run, outside off, angling away, and stays low again, Dravid gets down and plays it towards slips

30.2

Johnson to Dravid, no run, fuller this time, Dravid's front foot is down, and defends towards the covers

30.3

Johnson to Dravid, no run, wide, angling away, and it's easy this time for Dravid this time

30.4

Johnson to Dravid, FOUR, idea shot, a touch slower, a touch low, Dravid opens the face, gets outside edge, but it bounces well in front and wide of Haddin, and goes between Hayden and Haddin

30.5

Johnson to Dravid, 1 run, length ball, low, on the stumps, Dravid gets down in time again, and guides it to wide of midwicket

30.6

Johnson to Laxman, no run, full, angling away, and played into the covers

India 104/3   MG Johnson 11-2-40-2

32.1

Johnson to Dravid, no run, on the length, straightening a bit, but going down the leg side, Dravid looks for the flick, but misses

32.2

Johnson to Dravid, no run, a touch slower again, 123.5ks, Dravid stretches forward, and defends in front of his body

32.3

Johnson to Dravid, 1 bye, short, down the legs, bounces well in front of Haddin, who saves the boundary, but fumbles and gives away a single

32.4

Johnson to Laxman, no run, wide outside off, left alone, it bounces again halfway through to Haddin who gets his gloves to it

32.5

Johnson to Laxman, no run, better this time, making Laxman play, around the off-stump line, and Laxman defends it towards covers

32.6

Johnson to Laxman, OUT, Well done Mitch! on the off stump, fuller than good length, seaming away a touch, Laxman is tentative, pokes at it, and edges it to Haddin, who gets it on the full this time. Laxman is gone for a 12-ball duck, and Johnson is proving very difficult with the variable bounce

VVS Laxman c †Haddin b Johnson 0 (24m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

India 106/4   MG Johnson 12-3-40-3

34.1

Johnson to Dravid, no run, full, on the pads, and played back to the bowler

34.2

Johnson to Dravid, no run, away movement again, full, inviting the drive, and beating Dravid's outside edge. It stays low too

34.3

Johnson to Dravid, 2 runs, on a length, on the pads, and whipped away to square of fine leg, and they run urgently for the couple

34.4

Johnson to Dravid, no run, wide of leg stump, and Dravid can't reach it, even as he wants to flick it away

34.5

Johnson to Dravid, no run, on the stumps, on a length, Dravid is on the crease, and defends it into the leg side

34.6

Johnson to Dravid, no run, full, wide, and Dravid defends with an angled bat

India 109/4   MG Johnson 13-3-42-3

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   MG Johnson 14-3-44-3

77.1

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

77.2

Johnson to Ganguly, no run, on the off stump, on a length, and Ganguly looks to steer it away, but can't get it finer of point

77.3

Johnson to Ganguly, OUT, and he's given him! Johnson gets Ganguly with one that pitches outside off stump and comes back in to rap the front flap, it looks to be marginally outside and Asad Rauf has a thought before adjudging it out ... the break in play has done Ganguly in

SC Ganguly lbw b Johnson 47 (193m 115b 3x4 0x6) SR: 40.86

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   MG Johnson 15-3-45-4

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

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   MG Johnson 16-4-45-4

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

81.2

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

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   MG Johnson 17-4-49-4

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

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   MG Johnson 18-4-51-4

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

85.5

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

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   MG Johnson 19-4-55-4

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

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   MG Johnson 20-4-62-4

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

102.2

Johnson to Kumble, no run, back of a length and he gets onto the toes, driving to point

102.3

Johnson to Kumble, no run, full ball and Kumble gets down and drives hard at that one, that looks very proper like for the cameras, footwork in place and all, except there's one problem - he's missed the ball

102.4

Johnson to Kumble, no run, outside the off stump and he leaves this one alone

102.5

Johnson to Kumble, no run, on the stumps and defended to towards midwicket

102.6

Johnson to Kumble, no run, marginally over pitched, Kumble square-drives to point

India 319/8   MG Johnson 21-4-63-4

104.1

Johnson to Kumble, no run, pitches outside leg and raps the pad, no appeal

104.2

Johnson to Kumble, no run, wide outside off stump, staying very low, Kumble goes to cut and cannot make contact, beaten by the wobbling ball

104.3

Johnson to Kumble, no run, full and wide, Kumble drives hard and gets an under edge that skids through low to Haddin on the bounce, who pulls off a very good stop behind the stumps

104.4

Johnson to Kumble, 1 run, good shot, getting tall to ride the bounce and play it off the back foot into the gap at square leg for a single to get off the mark

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   MG Johnson 22-4-64-4

106.1

Johnson to Kumble, no run, wide, angling away too, Kumble looks for a square drive, but misses again

106.2

Johnson to Kumble, 1 run, fuller, closer to off stump, driven away with an open face towards thirdman

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   MG Johnson 23-4-65-4

108.1

Johnson to Kumble, 1 leg bye, just short of length, into Kumble's hip, and an easy run

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

108.4

Johnson to Kumble, no run, angling away, and frustratingly for Australia, played and missed again

108.5

Johnson to Kumble, no run, widish, fullish, Kumble goes for drive again, and plays over it

108.6

Johnson to Kumble, no run, straighter, length ball, and Kumble defends it solidly

India 329/8   MG Johnson 24-4-66-4

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   MG Johnson 25-4-68-4

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

112.2

Johnson to Sharma, no run, starts wide of off stump, just fuller than good length, this one keeps low, beats Ishant, and bounces well in front of Haddin who collects it eventually in front of his chest

112.3

Johnson to Sharma, no run, same length, but this time the bounce is true, and Ishant withdraws from the shot

112.4

Johnson to Sharma, no run, fuller, but wastes one more delivery by bowling it well wide

112.5

Johnson to Sharma, no run, but still bowling wide of off stump, and Ishant lets it go

112.6

Johnson to Sharma, 1 run, on the stumps, the first time Johnson has made Ishant play, and he does it pretty well, turning it to wide of square leg, and taking a single. Zaheer clearly trusts his No. 11, as he has taken a single off the last ball

India 345/9   MG Johnson 26-4-69-4

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

114.2

Johnson to Sharma, no run, another wasted delivery, short, and way down the leg side

114.3

Johnson to Sharma, no run, waste of effort again, wide, short, rising, but the only player troubled is Haddin because of the extra bounce; Ishant doesn't even bother to play

114.4

Johnson to Sharma, no run, wide again, left alone, ordinary bowling, that said, he might bowl one on target and get his man next ball

114.5

Johnson to Sharma, 1 leg bye, angled into the hip, and looks to play into the leg side, but misses and gets a single off the pad

114.6

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

India 351/9   MG Johnson 27-4-70-4
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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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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

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