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

0.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, swing first up, 144ks, pitching outside leg and carrying on down sharply, forcing Haddin to dive across and collect the ball neatly

0.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, another neat take from Haddin after Lee pitches full outside leg stump and Gambhir cannot make contact with the bat

0.3

Lee to Gambhir, 4 byes, first runs as Lee sprays his third ball in a row down the leg side, this one very wide and it beats a tumbling Haddin as well

0.4

Lee to Gambhir, no run, four in a row, outside leg stump, Gambhir cant connect

0.5

Lee to Gambhir, 2 runs, oh, full this time on middle and off and Gambhir drives, bat turning in his hand, and squirting the ball past midwicket for the first runs off the bat

0.6

Lee to Gambhir, no run, nips back in off a length, quick delivery, Gambhir shapes to tuck if off the hips but takes it in the midriff

India 6/0   B Lee 1-0-2-0

2.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, good length on off stump, Gambhir comes forward and tries a tip-and-run to the off side but Lee hurtles in and Sehwag sends him back

2.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, tight line, a length ball on middle and off and he defends it

2.3

Lee to Gambhir, no run, good length, pushed across outside off, Gambhir leaves well

2.4

Lee to Gambhir, no run, good length again, angling away, and he leaves it be

2.5

Lee to Gambhir, no run, pitches on leg, Gambhir turns it straight to midwicket

2.6

Lee to Gambhir, no run, tidy stuff from Lee, not giving Gambhir any room, thats a length ball on leg stump and again he shuffles and works it straight to midwicket

India 10/0   B Lee 2-1-2-0

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

4.4

Lee to Gambhir, no run, gets forward and dabs a length ball to Clarke at cover-point

4.5

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, full outside leg stump and turned past square leg for one

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   B Lee 3-1-6-0

6.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, short ball gets Gambhir onto his toes, defending it back to Lee

6.2

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, a tad fuller, he stretches forward and drives sluggishly towards mid-off, Johnson runs and underarms it but misses the stumps and collides with Gambhir

6.3

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

6.4

Lee to Gambhir, no run, back of a length, going away, he leaves it be watchfully

6.5

Lee to Gambhir, 1 no ball, oversteps, bowls it short on leg stump, Gambhir shuffles and works the ball to midwicket

6.5

Lee to Gambhir, no run, fuller, pitches wide and comes in, he gets in and leaves it be

6.6

Lee to Gambhir, no run, lunges at this one and inside-edges towards the leg side

India 27/0   B Lee 4-1-9-0

8.1

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, another risky single, Gambhir forward and nudging into the off side, Lee sprints across, picks the ball up and throws it back to the nonstriker's end but misses

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   B Lee 5-1-12-0

19.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, attempted yorker from around the stumps, no real swing, Gambhir uses his feet and works the ball with the angle to midwicket

19.2

Lee to Gambhir, OUT, and he's nailed him second ball! A quick delivery, and very accurate, good length and swinging in from just outside off, good angle there from Lee, Gambhir shapes to work it away towards leg but is early into the shot, the ball straightens and traps him in front and Lee knows he's got his man ... and early success for Australia on day three and India lose their first wicket

G Gambhir lbw b Lee 21 (96m 61b 3x4 0x6) SR: 34.42

19.3

Lee to Dravid, no run, now he moves over the stumps, bowls it on a length, Dravid gets forward and drives to cover

19.4

Lee to Dravid, no run, back of a length, too wide, and Dravid shoulders arms

19.5

Lee to Dravid, no run, fuller length, Lee searching for swing, there's but a hint of wobble off the pitch and Dravid plants his front foot out and shoulders arms

19.6

Lee to Dravid, no run, bit of room there and he pushes it to backward point

India 70/1   B Lee 6-2-12-1

21.1

Lee to Dravid, no run, good length and he gets forward and defends positively

21.2

Lee to Dravid, no run, beaten on the push, a gap between bat and pad as Dravid presses forward and gets undone by the low bounce, the ball doesn't carry to Haddin again

21.3

Lee to Dravid, no run, another edge but it doesn't carry to Haddin! Dravid pushes at one and gets the outer edge but the ball dies in front of a diving Haddin, lucky so far for Dravid

21.4

Lee to Dravid, no run, full, inviting the drive, too wide and Dravid shoulders arms

21.5

Lee to Dravid, FOUR, there's a positive shot now, Dravid eases forward and drives perfectly between the covers for his first boundary, gets a good stride in and takes toll of the fractionally overpitched delivery, the home crowd loves it

21.6

Lee to Dravid, no run, good comeback, length ball pitches and straightens, Dravid has to adjust and gets right over it in positive defence

India 76/1   B Lee 7-2-16-1

23.1

Lee to Dravid, 1 run, on the pads, up gets Dravid, tucking it away for one to fine leg

23.2

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length outside off, low bounce, steered to point

23.3

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, stays low again after pitching outside off, Tendulkar feels for it and gets beaten, again the ball doesn't carry to Haddin behind the stumps

23.4

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, good length ball, gets Tendulkar forward and pushing at it, the outer edge skims across the turf to backward point, who misfields but recovers well

23.5

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length on off stump and defended to point

23.6

Lee to Tendulkar, FOUR, ah, shot, gets some room and cracks it through point

India 81/2   B Lee 8-2-21-1

25.1

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, wide, swinging away, Tendulkar covers the off stump with front pad, and then lets the ball go

25.2

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, another wide one, and swinging away, and Tendulkar lets that one go too

25.3

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, fuller, on the pads, Tendulkar whips it away to backward square leg for a single

25.4

Lee to Dravid, FOUR, wide, overpitched, Dravid goes for the drive, opens the face at the last moment, and gets it just wide of Hayden at slip

25.5

Lee to Dravid, no run, length ball, but wide, and left alone

25.6

Lee to Dravid, no run, on the off stump, fullish, Dravid is on front foot and defends it to cover; there is a short extra cover for an uppish drive waiting there

India 86/2   B Lee 9-2-26-1

27.1

Lee to Dravid, no run, big inswinger, and big shout from Lee alone, but Dravid got an edge on the way to the pad

27.2

Lee to Dravid, no run, full, just outside off, and defended to covers

27.3

Lee to Dravid, no run, wider, Dravid has his front foot down, looks to play for a brief moment, and then pulls out. It would have been a nothing shot had he played it

27.4

Lee to Dravid, no run, shorter, wider, and Dravid looks for the gap between slip and gully, opens his face, but can't pierce the field

27.5

Lee to Dravid, no run, full, fast, swinging away, 146ks, and defended straight back

27.6

Lee to Dravid, no run, wide, swinging away, and left alone

India 90/2   B Lee 10-3-26-1

29.1

Lee to Dravid, no run, short on the stumps, a slower one, Dravid gets onto the toes and tries to turn it towards square leg, but the ball drops near his heels

29.2

Lee to Dravid, no run, full and wide and he has no need to play at that one

29.3

Lee to Dravid, no run, short one now, Dravid right behind in in tight defence

29.4

Lee to Dravid, no run, short into the ribs, Dravid rides the bounce and plays it down with one hand off the chest towards the gap behind square leg

29.5

Lee to Dravid, 1 run, awkward bounce, sharp and into the ribs, Dravid defends gently and the ball takes the handle of the bat as he removes his fingers, then the ball clips away into the gap behind square and Laxman initiates the single

29.6

Lee to Laxman, 4 leg byes, massive appeal from Lee as this one raps Laxman on the front flap as he attempts to turn it around the corner, its delivered with the angle and pitches on a length, looks like it was going on down past leg stump, beats Haddin too and runs down towards the boundary as Asad Rauf walks away and signals leg byes and Lee is not amused

India 99/3   B Lee 11-3-27-1

50.1

Lee to Ganguly, no run, full just around off stump and he drives to mid-off

50.2

Lee to Ganguly, 1 run, wide again and driven with an open face to sweeper-cover

50.3

Lee to Dhoni, no run, good length ball, swinging in, Dhoni inches forward and pushes the ball back an energetic Lee in his follow through

50.4

Lee to Dhoni, no run, too wide outside off stump and Dhoni leaves off the front foot

50.5

Lee to Dhoni, no run, fullish length and Dhoni drives it towards cover-point

50.6

Lee to Dhoni, no run, slower ball, full and wide, stays low after Dhoni leaves

India 156/5   B Lee 12-3-28-1

52.1

Lee to Dhoni, no run, positive firm front-foot drive to a full one, mid-off fields

52.2

Lee to Dhoni, no run, full and swinging in, Dhoni jams it to midwicket just in time

52.3

Lee to Dhoni, no run, full and wide, inviting the drive, but Dhoni shoulders arms

52.4

Lee to Dhoni, no run, good length on off stump and he pushes it to cover

52.5

Lee to Dhoni, no run, short delivery, 129.3ks, directed to the body and swinging in massively after pitching, Dhoni arches his back and allows it to pass over the stumps

52.6

Lee to Dhoni, 1 bye, movement there, pitching short and deviating away from outside off stump, Dhoni has a poke at it and misses, and Haddin cannot collect either, so byes

India 159/5   B Lee 13-4-28-1

54.1

Lee to Dhoni, no run, dug in, but this one didn't rise as much as expected, and beat Dhoni's pull

54.2

Lee to Dhoni, no run, straight and quick, and Dhoni defends it watchfully

54.3

Lee to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, coming in, Dhoni helps it down towards the two short midwickets

54.4

Lee to Dhoni, no run, slower ball, 113.5ks, but again a bit too full, as Dhoni has enough time to check his stroke and play it towards point

54.5

Lee to Dhoni, no run, bowled from wide of the crease, sharp movement in, but Dhoni has it covered, and plays it towards mid-on

54.6

Lee to Dhoni, no run, nice, gets this one to hold its line, from the same spot, and Dhoni sees it coming and doesn't play at it

India 160/5   B Lee 14-5-28-1

56.1

Lee to Dhoni, no run, bouncer from wide of the crease, but angled down too much, and Dhoni ducks out of the way easily

56.2

Lee to Dhoni, 1 run, that's high into the ribs, Dhoni is on his toes, and turns it down to fine leg

56.3

Lee to Ganguly, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, Ganguly drops and runs, Hussey is sharp, but Ganguly is in the way of the throw. Smart running

56.4

Lee to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, slower ball, but misdirected again, down the pads, deceives Dhoni, but still concedes a leg-bye

56.5

Lee to Ganguly, 1 run, well played Ganguly, this was dug in short, was quick, and stayed low, and was headed for the off stump. Ganguly gets his bat down in time, what's more he drops and runs a sharp single

56.6

Lee to Dhoni, no run, a very short bouncer, it's well directed but ends up a bit oo high, Dhoni sways out of the way and sees it into Haddin's gloves

India 174/5   B Lee 15-5-31-1

58.1

Lee to Ganguly, no run, another bouncer, but too short, and Ganguly ducks in easily

58.2

Lee to Ganguly, no run, fuller this time, around off stump, Ganguly opens the face but can't find the gap

58.3

Lee to Ganguly, no run, wide, angling away, and left alone without trouble

58.4

Lee to Ganguly, no run, on the off-stump line, a touch slower, and played towards point

58.5

Lee to Ganguly, no run, attempted bouncer again, this one doesn't rise high enough, but is too wide to make Ganguly fend

58.6

Lee to Ganguly, 1 run, angling away from off stump, opens the face of the bat to place it to sweeper cover

India 176/5   B Lee 16-5-32-1

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

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   B Lee 17-5-33-1

86.1

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

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

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   B Lee 18-5-35-1

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

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   B Lee 19-5-44-1

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

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   B Lee 20-5-45-1

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   B Lee 21-5-49-1

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

101.6

Lee to Kumble, no run, drives at a full one and gets an inside-edge onto his pads

India 318/8   B Lee 22-5-53-1

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   B Lee 23-5-57-1

105.1

Lee to Kumble, no run, on the stumps, fullish delivery, and played with an angled band towards short midwicket

105.2

Lee to Kumble, no run, dug in short, but doesn't get great bounce, played in front of his waist by Kumble, who is on his toes

105.3

Lee to Kumble, no run, fuller, trying to draw Kumble into a drive outside off, but Kumble resists

105.4

Lee to Kumble, 1 run, full, almost overpitched, just outside off, and hit away towards sweeper cover

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   B Lee 24-5-58-1

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   B Lee 25-6-58-1

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

109.5

Lee to Kumble, 4 leg byes, another inswinging yorker, even further down the legs, Kumble gets a part of pad to it on the way

109.6

Lee to Kumble, (no ball) 1 run, length ball, just outside off, and Kumble launches into a square-drive, but there is protection in the deep

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   B Lee 26-6-64-1
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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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