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

53.1

Clarke to Dhoni, no run, flighted, almost a fulltoss, Dhoni hits it hard, but straight to mid-off

53.2

Clarke to Dhoni, 1 run, driving length again, Dhoni opens the face this time, and plays to sweeper cover

53.3

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, shortish and wide, looks to cut, but this one stays low

53.4

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, fuller, and played straight back to the bowler

53.5

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, Ganguly steps down this time, but gets too close to the pitch of the ball, and while he gets the power into it, doesn't get any elevation, and plays straight to mid-on

53.6

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, nothing shot this, looks to late-cut a fullish delivery, with a slip waiting, and is beaten

India 160/5   MJ Clarke 1-0-1-0

55.1

Clarke to Ganguly, 4 byes, extra bounce for Clarke, bowled flatter, hit a crack, and exploded. Haddin has no chance

55.2

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, full, almost yorker, and defended

55.3

Clarke to Ganguly, FOUR, top shot, steps down, right to pitch of the ball, and flat-batted straight. Mid-off has no chance

55.4

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, full, on the pads, and worked away to the leg side

55.5

Clarke to Dhoni, no run, full, on the off stump, and defended with a big stride in

55.6

Clarke to Dhoni, 1 run, on the pads, worked away towards square leg; it isn't hit hard, so Dhoni looks for the second, but Ganguly turns it down

India 170/5   MJ Clarke 2-0-7-0

57.1

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, wide, full, and left alone

57.2

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, wide and full again, Ganguly thinks he can place it, and place it he does to sweeper cover

57.3

Clarke to Dhoni, no run, flatter, straighter, Dhoni leaps out of the crease and pads it away

57.4

Clarke to Dhoni, no run, flat and down the leg side, well done by Haddin to collect it

57.5

Clarke to Dhoni, no run, flighted, around the off-stump line, and played into the covers

57.6

Clarke to Dhoni, no run, angled into the pads, and played safely to the leg

India 175/5   MJ Clarke 3-0-8-0

59.1

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, fulltoss, placed away just to left of sweeper cover, but Johnson does well to keep them down to one

59.2

Clarke to Dhoni, 1 run, full-pitched, Dhoni gets stuck into it, but can't place it, just wide of mid-off, and a single

59.3

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, full, on the pads, and defended it to leg

59.4

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, full, outside off, turning in, Ganguly is down to the pitch and defends

59.5

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, starighter and played back to the bowler

59.6

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, a touch shorter, Ganguly looks to force it through the off side, but it's not short enough, Ganguly doesn't quite get the timing

India 178/5   MJ Clarke 4-0-10-0

61.1

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, wide and full, and left alone

61.2

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, wide, full, and padded away

61.3

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, even fuller, on the stumps, and played back to the bowler

61.4

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, extra flight, wide, full, and driven away to sweeper cover

61.5

Clarke to Dhoni, no run, full again, driven away to mid-off, no run

61.6

Clarke to Dhoni, no run, on the stumps, no room to drive, but Dhoni gets his leg out of the way, and defends

India 181/5   MJ Clarke 5-0-11-0

63.1

Clarke to Ganguly, 2 runs, missed out on it, it was very short, but stayed low a bit, Ganguly pulls it, not cleanly, and gets two to midwicket

63.2

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, sharp single, drops and runs

63.3

Clarke to Dhoni, 1 run, another sharp single, just dropped towards point, and the batsmen are alert

63.4

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, fulltoss, played down straight along the ground and down the ground

63.5

Clarke to Dhoni, no run, full, just outside off, and played gently to short cover

63.6

Clarke to Dhoni, no run, a possible sharp single turned down, Dhoni had played it softly towards midwicket, but Ganguly thought there was danger in this one

India 189/5   MJ Clarke 6-0-16-0

65.1

Clarke to Dhoni, no run, flatter, nito the pads, Dhoni leaps out and pads it away

65.2

Clarke to Dhoni, no run, on the stumps, full, and defended with an open face

65.3

Clarke to Dhoni, no run, almost a yorker, fired into the pads

65.4

Clarke to Dhoni, OUT, Pup has done an Indian again, this one is slower, on the stumps, and turns away just enough to beat the slightly open face of Dhoni's bat, and take the off stump. What a player, Clarke, fails with the bat, and contributes with the ball

MS Dhoni b Clarke 9 (65m 51b 0x4 0x6) SR: 17.64

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   MJ Clarke 7-1-16-1

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   MJ Clarke 8-1-22-1

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   MJ Clarke 9-2-22-1

71.1

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, fullish, and wide, but Ganguly looks to cut, but can't beat the point

71.2

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, tight single there, Harbhajan was slow to react, perhaps not expecting a tight single second ball of the over. He just got hime in the end, direct hit would have had him

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

71.5

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, fulltoss, played down the ground for an easy single

71.6

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

India 214/6   MJ Clarke 10-2-26-1

73.1

Clarke to Ganguly, no run, flat outside off, cut away to point again

73.2

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, arm ball, Ganguly sees it's wide, and plays it just to the left of point and goes through for a quick single

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

73.5

Clarke to Ganguly, 1 run, lovely-looking shot, only for a single. overpitched and driven away

73.6

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

India 221/6   MJ Clarke 11-2-29-1

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

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   MJ Clarke 12-2-30-1

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

96.2

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

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   MJ Clarke 13-2-32-1

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

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   MJ Clarke 14-2-34-1

100.1

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

100.2

Clarke to Kumble, no run, angling down the pads, no spin, and easily padded away

100.3

Clarke to Kumble, no run, this one was straighter, Kumble got a big stride to pad it off

100.4

Clarke to Kumble, no run, into the pads again, and defends it without trouble

100.5

Clarke to Kumble, no run, quicker this time, but going down the legs again

100.6

Clarke to Kumble, no run, better line, just outside off, and played with an open face

India 313/8   MJ Clarke 15-2-35-1

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

116.6

Clarke to Sharma, no run, angled down the leg side again, and Ishant has not trouble keeping it out

India 358/9   MJ Clarke 16-2-38-1

118.1

Clarke to Sharma, no run, full, but angling down the leg side, played one bounce to the short leg

118.2

Clarke to Sharma, no run, full, outside off, Ishant hits it towards point

118.3

Clarke to Sharma, no run, full, straight, front foot is down, and played back to the bowler

118.4

Clarke to Sharma, no run, that one ripped, spinning of a length, but it's too good for Ishant to edge

118.5

Clarke to Sharma, no run, fired into the pads again, and kept out by Ishant

118.6

Clarke to Sharma, OUT, Clarke does it again! throws it up this time, Ishant goes for the drive, it pitches in front of off, and doesn't spin, and Ishant plays outside the line, and it's all over

I Sharma b Clarke 6 (33m 31b 1x4 0x6) SR: 19.35

India 360/10   MJ Clarke 17-3-38-2
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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