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

100 overs up. Australia 292 for 5. Hussey in command. Haddin finding his feet. How about a bowling change? Humid conditions. Plenty of kites flying low at the ground.

100.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, poor ball, sliding out of Ishant's hands and going way outside leg stump, wobbling off the seam and rolling to Dhoni behind the stumps

100.2

Sharma to Hussey, 1 leg bye, outside leg stump, tucked off the pads for a single, leg byes it is

100.3

Sharma to Haddin, no run, gets some room and mistimes the cut towards gully

100.4

Sharma to Haddin, no run, back of a length, Haddin gets onto the toes and drives it back

100.5

Sharma to Haddin, no run, oh ho ho, Haddin goes for a booming drive now and gets a thick outside edge that flies to Kumble at gully on the bounce, plucky, plucky ...

100.6

Sharma to Haddin, 1 run, full and this time he driver much better, Ganguly fumbles at extra cover

Time for the first drinks of day two

End of over 101 (2 runs) Australia 294/5
BJ Haddin    6* (26b)      I Sharma    22-7-52-2
MEK Hussey    74* (145b 9x4)      Z Khan    23-4-72-2

101.1

Khan to Haddin, FOUR, Top shot! from round the wicket, on the pads, and clipped away to midwicket boundary

101.2

Khan to Haddin, no run, better line, more towards off, and defended

101.3

Khan to Haddin, no run, starts outside off, holds it line a bit, and defended by Haddin

101.4

Khan to Haddin, no run, fuller, angling in, and played off the inside half of the bat, towards mid-on

101.5

Khan to Haddin, no run, angling in, and then holding its line after pitching, defended back to the bowler

101.6

Khan to Haddin, no run, angling in again, short of length, and Haddin looks to turn it to square leg for a single, but decides against it

Sorry folks, it's drinks now, as opposed to an over before

End of over 102 (4 runs) Australia 298/5
BJ Haddin    10* (32b 1x4)      Z Khan    24-4-76-2
MEK Hussey    74* (145b 9x4)      I Sharma    22-7-52-2

102.1

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, on a length, on the pads, all Hussey needs to do is drop and run, there are singles available all over the leg-side field

102.2

Sharma to Haddin, no run, lovely bowling, starting just outside off stump, drawing Haddin into the shot, and then getting it to hold its line, unlucky not to get the edge there

102.3

Sharma to Haddin, no run, that was wild from Haddin, this was wide, moving away, and Haddin goes for drive, and misses it

102.4

Sharma to Haddin, no run, that's on a length, starting wide of off stump, Haddin lets it go, but the ball cuts back, but not enough

102.5

Sharma to Haddin, no run, quick on the stumps, and defended back

102.6

Sharma to Haddin, no run, fuller, drivable length. Drive goes Haddin, but finds Harbhajan at cover

End of over 103 (1 run) Australia 299/5
BJ Haddin    10* (37b 1x4)      I Sharma    23-7-53-2
MEK Hussey    75* (146b 9x4)      Z Khan    24-4-76-2

Finally, there is spin, after 13.4 overs of pace. It's Captain Kumble to Hustler Hussey

103.1

Kumble to Hussey, no run, full, outside off, Hussey looks for the cover-drive but finds Harbhajan in the covers

103.2

Kumble to Hussey, no run, over-pitched, outside off, defended

103.3

Kumble to Hussey, 1 run, slower and loopier, Hussey waits for it, opens the face towards point, and runs. Two is the call, because Ganguly is the fielder, but they are wise enough to not risk the old man's arm

103.4

Kumble to Haddin, no run, fullish, Haddin gets too close to the pitch, and hits it towards mid-on

103.5

Kumble to Haddin, no run, another yorker, and defended back to the bowler

103.6

Kumble to Haddin, no run, quicker, flatter, shorter, but Haddin is equal to it and defends it back to Kumble

End of over 104 (1 run) Australia 300/5
BJ Haddin    10* (40b 1x4)      A Kumble    28-4-85-0
MEK Hussey    76* (149b 9x4)      I Sharma    23-7-53-2

Spin from both ends now, Harbhajan replaces Ishant. One slip and one silly point

104.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, full, turning away, played just to the right of Zaheer at mid-off, and they pinch the single

104.2

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, off-stump line, and defended back

104.3

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, shorter, looking for the topspinner, but Haddin pats it back

104.4

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, 1 run, hit straight to Ganguly at mid-off, and they pinch a single again. This was close, but Haddin would have in, even if he had hit

104.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, on the pads, and turned away easily

104.6

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, on the stumps, staying a touch low, played gently to short leg

End of over 105 (3 runs) Australia 303/5
BJ Haddin    11* (44b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    26-6-74-1
MEK Hussey    78* (151b 9x4)      A Kumble    28-4-85-0

One thing is sure: Aussies are targetting a few Indian fielders. Ganguly is one of them, every time the ball goes that way, they are looking for an extra run

105.1

Kumble to Hussey, no run, full, almost a yorker, played to mid-off

105.2

Kumble to Hussey, no run, on the pads, full, and defended back to bowler

105.3

Kumble to Hussey, no run, googly, read well by Hussey, and played gently

105.4

Kumble to Hussey, no run, over-pitched this time, but Hussey just plays it back to Kumble

105.5

Kumble to Hussey, no run, another googly, but too full, and whipped away towards midwicket, where Tendulkar prevents the single

105.6

Kumble to Hussey, FOUR, Shot! over-pitched, gently gets his foot to the pitch, opens the face a bit, and drives it between mid-off and extra cover. What finesse. Real Mr Cricket!

End of over 106 (4 runs) Australia 307/5
MEK Hussey    82* (157b 10x4)      A Kumble    29-4-89-0
BJ Haddin    11* (44b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    26-6-74-1

106.1

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, fullish, and played to mid-on

106.2

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, looks to drive, but hits straight to mid-off

106.3

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, outside off, turning in, and defended into covers

106.4

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, flatter, and played to midwicket

106.5

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, flighted a bit more, only meets the straight bat of Haddin

106.6

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, 1 run, another quick single, it's Ishant this time. Just a tap towards point, and off they went. Ishant was slow to start

End of over 107 (1 run) Australia 308/5
BJ Haddin    12* (50b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    27-6-75-1
MEK Hussey    82* (157b 10x4)      A Kumble    29-4-89-0

107.1

Kumble to Haddin, FOUR, lofted over mid-on, smart shot. It wasn't a bad delivery, but Haddin hit through the line, and up and over

107.2

Kumble to Haddin, no run, an obvious change in grip to bowl the quicker one, Haddin defends it back

107.3

Kumble to Haddin, no run, flighted, turning away, and played back

107.4

Kumble to Haddin, no run, out of the front of the hand again, staying low too, gets and underside edge, but Haddin is safe

107.5

Kumble to Haddin, no run, another front-of-the-hand, seam-up delivery, and hit straight to mid-off

107.6

Kumble to Haddin, no run, Kumble has become a medium-pacer. Another seam-up delivery, Haddin defends it towards square leg, without major trouble

End of over 108 (4 runs) Australia 312/5
BJ Haddin    16* (56b 2x4)      A Kumble    30-4-93-0
MEK Hussey    82* (157b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    27-6-75-1

108.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, full on the stumps, defended easily

108.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, starts leg, spins away, and defended

108.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, quick single again, just wide of mid-off again

108.4

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, full, straight, and is defended back

108.5

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, another flighted delivery just outside off, and played towards short leg

108.6

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, nearly there, Haddin looks to defend with an angled bat, and plays it uppishly towards Laxman at shortish midwicket. But it doesn't carry

End of over 109 (1 run) Australia 313/5
BJ Haddin    16* (59b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    28-6-76-1
MEK Hussey    83* (160b 10x4)      A Kumble    30-4-93-0

109.1

Kumble to Hussey, no run, defended with an open face

109.2

Kumble to Hussey, no run, looking for a quick single, but Zaheer is quick at mid-on

109.3

Kumble to Hussey, 1 run, googly, and Hussey just opens the face with soft hands and gets an easy single

109.4

Kumble to Haddin, no run, full, straight, and Haddind efends easily

PS Sidhu emails: "Maybe India should consider sending Yuvraj in wearing a Ganguly mask. Then they can effect a run out!"

109.5

Kumble to Haddin, no run, this one si slower, and goes straight with the arm, but the pitch is too slow to cause Haddin any trouble

109.6

Kumble to Haddin, no run, flatter, on the legs, and defended to short leg

Mark from Chicago: "Kumble's average just went from 29.47 to 29.48. Surely he can't be termed great if once it hits 30."

End of over 110 (1 run) Australia 314/5
BJ Haddin    16* (62b 2x4)      A Kumble    31-4-94-0
MEK Hussey    84* (163b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    28-6-76-1

110.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, just short of length, and Hussey rocks back to cut it to wide of point

110.2

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, fuller and slower this time, and Haddin defends confidently

110.3

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, a touch shorter, and Haddin has enough time to defend it off the back foot

110.4

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, topspinner this time, but can't breach Haddin's defence

110.5

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, fuller offbreak, and played with the turn into the leg side

110.6

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, fastish offbreak, and driven to mid-off. It's hit too hard to take a single

End of over 111 (1 run) Australia 315/5
BJ Haddin    16* (67b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    29-6-77-1
MEK Hussey    85* (164b 10x4)      A Kumble    31-4-94-0

111.1

Kumble to Hussey, 1 run, flighted up outside off stump and Hussey drives to cover

111.2

Kumble to Haddin, 1 no ball, oversteps, the ball is full and Haddin defends it back

111.2

Kumble to Haddin, no run, overpitched, Haddin thumps the drive to mid-off

111.3

Kumble to Haddin, 1 run, slides down the pads and he tucks it away to deep square leg

111.4

Kumble to Hussey, 1 run, full outside leg, easily clipped out to fine leg for one

111.5

Kumble to Haddin, 2 runs, quicker, flatter, on off stump, Haddin is cramped for room but still manages to open the face of the bat and guide it towards gully, smart late cut there

111.6

Kumble to Haddin, no run, overpitched on off stump and defended to cover

End of over 112 (6 runs) Australia 321/5
BJ Haddin    19* (72b 2x4)      A Kumble    32-4-100-0
MEK Hussey    87* (166b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    29-6-77-1

112.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, full outside leg stump, turned towards deep square leg

112.2

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, tossed up gently on middle and off, defended back

112.3

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, fuller and flatter, Haddin onto the front foot, driving to mid-off

112.4

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, pushed through slow, leg stump, back he goes, turning it away

112.5

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, 1 run, quicker but wrong line and he turns it past square leg

112.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, quicker one, pitches just outside leg stump, Hussey thrusts forward and defends, ball raps the flap and excited an animated Harbhajan but Rauf is unmoved

End of over 113 (2 runs) Australia 323/5
MEK Hussey    88* (168b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    30-6-79-1
BJ Haddin    20* (76b 2x4)      A Kumble    32-4-100-0

Meanwhile, Sunil Gavaskar, on Neo, narrates how Allan Border came to be known as ghaslet [kerosene] in Mumbai. Why? Just like kerosene smell, AB was difficult to remove from the crease.

113.1

Kumble to Haddin, no run, slider, leg stump, defended to Gambhir at short leg

113.2

Kumble to Haddin, 1 run, quicker slider, short, back he goes and punches it to cover

Kumble goes around the stumps

113.3

Kumble to Hussey, no run, zips it into the rough outside off stump, turns in but too wide and Hussey gets across and leaves it be for Dhoni

113.4

Kumble to Hussey, no run, and again, just too wide and Hussey leaves it be

113.5

Kumble to Hussey, 1 run, too full and he comes forward, steering it to gully for a single

A solid partnership, this. Hussey nearing his ninth Test hundred.

113.6

Kumble to Haddin, no run, looped up full, driven off the front foot back to Kumble

End of over 114 (2 runs) Australia 325/5
BJ Haddin    21* (79b 2x4)      A Kumble    33-4-102-0
MEK Hussey    89* (171b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    30-6-79-1

114.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, slow delivery on middle and off, watchfully defended back

114.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, angled across Hussey, who holds back his bat and leaves

114.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, pitches outside leg, spins in, back goes Hussey, shuffling and turning it away for another easy single, it all comes so easy to this man

Harbhajan moves around the stumps

114.4

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, and he beats Haddin with the angle, pushing the ball across him as he feels for it and misses, an alert Dhoni collects

114.5

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, good length, spinning back in and he defends it back

114.6

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, goes on with the arm, Haddin goes deep and defends

End of over 115 (1 run) Australia 326/5
BJ Haddin    21* (82b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    31-6-80-1
MEK Hussey    90* (174b 10x4)      A Kumble    33-4-102-0

Good crowd in. Humid out there. Hard batting surface. Hussey on 90.

115.1

Kumble to Hussey, no run, looped up from around the stumps, Hussey drives off the front foot

115.2

Kumble to Hussey, 1 run, gets forward and drives this one towards extra cover

115.3

Kumble to Haddin, no run, again, well driven and Zaheer runs in from mid-off

115.4

Kumble to Haddin, no run, more loop and dip, Haddin defends to short leg this time

115.5

Kumble to Haddin, no run, fuller length, he comes forward and defends it solidly

115.6

Kumble to Haddin, no run, quicker one, goes on, Haddin hustles to punch it back

End of over 116 (1 run) Australia 327/5
BJ Haddin    21* (86b 2x4)      A Kumble    34-4-103-0
MEK Hussey    91* (176b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    31-6-80-1

116.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, tossed up on middle and leg and Hussey defends

116.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, fuller and flatter, he uses his feet and drives to Ganguly at mid-on

116.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, faster one, holds back the length, lands outside leg stump and takes the inside-edge past square leg

116.4

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, 1 run, tosses it up outside leg, Haddin goes back and turns it away

116.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, outside leg, Hussey goes for the sweep but cant get bat on it

This is negative bowling. As an offspinner you cant always be bowling flat on leg stump.

116.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, and again, a quicker one is defended back by Hussey

End of over 117 (2 runs) Australia 329/5
MEK Hussey    92* (181b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    32-6-82-1
BJ Haddin    22* (87b 2x4)      A Kumble    34-4-103-0

Sehwag gets the ball. At least he spins the ball.

117.1

Sehwag to Haddin, no run, tossed up on leg stump, Haddin goes back and drives

117.2

Sehwag to Haddin, no run, looped up outside off, Haddin comes forward and tries to defend, the ball lobs up off his pads, short leg comes in

117.3

Sehwag to Haddin, no run, quicker one, stays low and Haddin manages to defend

117.4

Sehwag to Haddin, FOUR, too short, spins in but Haddin gets back and punches that sweetly off the back foot past the man at cover and the ball wins the race

117.5

Sehwag to Haddin, no run, tosses it up, Haddin smothers the spin by stretching forward

117.6

Sehwag to Haddin, no run, overpitches, Haddin skips down and drives to Laxman at cover

That will be lunch on day two in Bangalore. Australia 333 for 5. Hussey on 92, Haddin on 26, and they've added 74. Just the one wicket for India in the morning, Ishant - the pick of the bowlers - removing Watson for not much. Since then it has been the two H's for Australia.

Do join me, Jamie Alter, in about 40 minutes for the second session. Bye for now.

End of over 118 (4 runs) Australia 333/5
BJ Haddin    26* (93b 3x4)      V Sehwag    5-0-10-0
MEK Hussey    92* (181b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    32-6-82-1

Welcome back, and I hope you've all had a chance to get a bite or drink, or at least get some work done if you're at the office. We are just about to start the second session.

The players make their way out to the center. Ishant has the ball in his hands. Hussey to face, on 92.

118.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, pitches on leg, goes on and Hussey pushes the ball to cover

118.2

Sharma to Hussey, 3 runs, now thats full outside leg stump and Hussey picks it off his pads and runs back for the third as midwicket and deep square leg run after the ball

118.3

Sharma to Haddin, no run, a wild one-handed slash from Haddin, looking to hit the wide one but the deviation and low bounce undo him on that occasion

118.4

Sharma to Haddin, no run, still room on offer and Haddin chops it along the ground to gully

118.5

Sharma to Haddin, no run, good length there, on about middle and off and Haddin defends

118.6

Sharma to Haddin, 1 run, touch too full, Haddin onto the front foot quickly with a drive to mid-off

End of over 119 (4 runs) Australia 337/5
BJ Haddin    27* (97b 3x4)      I Sharma    24-7-57-2
MEK Hussey    95* (183b 10x4)      V Sehwag    5-0-10-0

Harbhajan Singh changes ends. He has 1 for 82 so far. Crowd cheers. Field is spread.

119.1

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, 1 run, gently lobbed up outside off stump and Haddin reaches forward and nudges a single into the covers, running down to the other end with ease

A slip and silly point in place. Over the stumps comes Harbhajan.

119.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, lands it on a length, outside leg, and Hussey pats it back

119.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, pushes it across, slower through the air, driven to cover

119.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, and again, tosses it up gently, this time Hussey dabs one square

119.5

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, 1 run, flatter, drifting down leg, easily turned out to deep square leg

119.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, flat, pitching outside leg, spins in, he works it back to Harbhajan

End of over 120 (3 runs) Australia 340/5
MEK Hussey    96* (187b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    33-6-85-1
BJ Haddin    29* (99b 3x4)      I Sharma    24-7-57-2

Smart rotating of the strike between Hussey and Haddin.

120.1

Sharma to Haddin, no run, there to be driven but he mistimes the shot to the man at cover

120.2

Sharma to Haddin, FOUR, intentional shot with no third man in place, Haddin getting room to free his hands and steer the short and wide delivery over the slips for four, positive intent

120.3

Sharma to Haddin, no run, back of a length, much tighter, and Haddin defends it back

120.4

Sharma to Haddin, 1 leg bye, plenty of movement, jagging down sharply past the stumps after hitting a crack, Dhoni dives and gets a hand to it, saving runs, leg byes are signaled, well stopped there because the bounce was poor

120.5

Sharma to Hussey, FOUR, ah, lucky for Hussey, and thats his ninth Test hundred! A stellar effort, coming up with a fortuitous thick inside edge back past leg stump, shaping to drive the ball through the covers but surviving with his heart in his mouth

This is Hussey's second hundred outside Australia, and first such against strong opposition: he had scored one in Bangladesh before this. His first Test innings in India yields a century. Also, whenever Hussey has scored a hundred, Australia have won.

120.6

Sharma to Hussey, no run, good length delivery outside off and Hussey lets it go

End of over 121 (9 runs) Australia 349/5
MEK Hussey    100* (189b 11x4)      I Sharma    25-7-65-2
BJ Haddin    33* (103b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    33-6-85-1

121.1

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, flat on the stumps, Haddin goes back and defends to short leg

121.2

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, skips down, Harbhajan fires it in, Haddin turns it to Gambhir at short leg, who picks and throws it back onto the base of the stumps, but Haddin is just in

121.3

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, slower this time but rather flat and he turns it to Gambhir again

121.4

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, slows the pace, landing it on a length and forces him to defend

121.5

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, full ball this time, Haddin drives along the ground to mid-off

121.6

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, slider, turns in a fair amount and catches Haddin high on the front pad as he brings the bat down late, it is heading down leg stump and Koertzen starts shaking his head even as Harbhajan and Dhoni start appealing

End of over 122 (maiden) Australia 349/5
BJ Haddin    33* (109b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    34-7-85-1
MEK Hussey    100* (189b 11x4)      I Sharma    25-7-65-2

122.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, worked across Hussey a tad too wide and he watches it pass

122.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, slower one yet still angled across, and Hussey shoulders arms

122.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, shorter one this time and he gets in line to defend it back

122.4

Sharma to Hussey, no run, fuller and wider, staying low for Dhoni after Hussey leaves

122.5

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, outside leg, straightens, and he turns it to midwicket

Dhoni must not be liking this. He dropped Hussey on 1 yesterday.

122.6

Sharma to Haddin, OUT, slower ball bamboozles Haddin! Ishant rolls his fingers across this one, pitching on a good length and Haddin is into the shot a day too early and tries to half-drive but finds Laxman stationed at short cover

BJ Haddin c Laxman b Sharma 33 (126m 110b 4x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

Good piece of bowling from Ishant. Smart. And a good catch taken by Laxman above his head. He was placed there for that sort of mistake.

End of over 123 (1 run) Australia 350/6
     I Sharma    26-7-66-3
MEK Hussey    101* (194b 11x4)      Harbhajan Singh    34-7-85-1

123.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, pushed across the stumps and he leaves it be

123.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, tossed up on the stumps and he defends it back to Harbhajan

123.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, FOUR, good shot, using his feet and reaching out to smash this past mid-off, ball hurries down the ground and Zaheer dives over it

123.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, flat on the stumps, he gets forward and defends

123.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, tossed up, he comes forward and drives it to cover

123.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, quicker one, sliding away, and he leaves it be

End of over 124 (4 runs) Australia 354/6
MEK Hussey    105* (200b 12x4)      Harbhajan Singh    35-7-89-1
CL White    0* (0b)      I Sharma    26-7-66-3

White to face his first ball in Test cricket. Two slips and a gully, Ishant running in

124.1

Sharma to White, no run, wide outside off stump, left alone by White, relaxed start for White

124.2

Sharma to White, no run, on target this time, stayed a touch low too, White has half a foot forward, and defends it

124.3

Sharma to White, no run, just outside off stump, on a length, White lets it through to Dhoni

124.4

Sharma to White, no run, swinging in, fuller, White gets the bat down in time to play it towards mid-off

124.5

Sharma to White, 2 runs, first runs for White, swinging in, a tad too straight and White flicks it towards midwicket where Tendulkar gets a hand onto the ball, saving a possible boundary

124.6

Sharma to White, no run, dug in short, White looks to cut, but this one doesn't really rise, and takes the underside edge. All's safe, though

End of over 125 (2 runs) Australia 356/6
CL White    2* (6b)      I Sharma    27-7-68-3
MEK Hussey    105* (200b 12x4)      Harbhajan Singh    35-7-89-1

125.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, just short of a length, spinning away, and Hussey - just like that - helps it into the covers for a single; Test cricket is easy, isn't it?

125.2

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, just outside off, spinning in ever so slowly, and defended back by White

125.3

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, loopier, fuller, White gets some power into it, but it's straight back to the bowler

125.4

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, on a length outside off, and defended

125.5

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, flighted well, just outside off, inviting a drive, White obliges, it goes uppishly towards mid-off

125.6

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, flatter again, and defended easily

End of over 126 (1 run) Australia 357/6
CL White    2* (11b)      Harbhajan Singh    36-7-90-1
MEK Hussey    106* (201b 12x4)      I Sharma    27-7-68-3

126.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, on a length, no room for Hussey to work it into the gap

126.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, another tight delivery, on a length, moving away just a bit, ending up around offside, and Hussey just defends it

126.3

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, this time there is a bit of room, and that's all Hussey needs to gently open the face and take an easy single to sweeper cover where Zaheer does the fielding

126.4

Sharma to White, FOUR, short and wide, White frees his arms, doesn't connect properly as it gets a bit big on him, but the thick edge takes it safely through the gap between second slip and gully

126.5

Sharma to White, OUT, slow death again, loopy slower delivery, same one as to Haddin, White goes for the drive, and loops it to Harbhajan at extra cover. Harbhajan takes a good low catch; the ball was dipping low on him. This is Ishant's fourth wicket, just reward for hard work

CL White c Harbhajan Singh b Sharma 6 (16m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 46.15

Brett Lee new man in. A slip and a gully, and a short extra cover

126.6

Sharma to Lee, no run, widish, shortish, Lee resists the urge to go for a cut, and Dhoni does the collecting

End of over 127 (5 runs) Australia 362/7
B Lee    0* (1b)      I Sharma    28-7-73-4
MEK Hussey    107* (204b 12x4)      Harbhajan Singh    36-7-90-1

127.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, over-pitched on the legs, and Hussey defends it back to the bowler

silly point goes out now to short cover

127.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, flighted delivery on leg stump, spinning towards off, and watchfully defended

127.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, this one started outside leg, and Hussey turns it around the corner for an easy single. Not farming the strike just as yet

a slip, silly point, forward shortleg, and a short midwicket for Lee

127.4

Harbhajan Singh to Lee, no run, fired into the legs, and defended easily

127.5

Harbhajan Singh to Lee, no run, big shout, not given. Flighted outside off, spun in sharply, hit Lee just in front of off. Harbhajan unlucky with that one. Hawkeye thinks it would hit the leg stump, but it looked plumber than that in normal replay

127.6

Harbhajan Singh to Lee, no run, flighted onto legs, and defended easily

End of over 128 (1 run) Australia 363/7
B Lee    0* (4b)      Harbhajan Singh    37-7-91-1
MEK Hussey    108* (207b 12x4)      I Sharma    28-7-73-4

128.1

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, opened the face on a delivery outside off for an easy single

back to Harbhajan's appeal in the last over. It was pretty close to inside edge too, when it hit Lee's front pad

128.2

Sharma to Lee, 1 run, swinging in, Lee's high backlift excited the bowler for a brief moment, but the bat came down in time to guide it towards midwicket

128.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, another slower delivery, foxed Hussey this time, but it pitched just outside leg stump, so there is no shout this time

128.4

Sharma to Hussey, no run, outside off, angling away, driven on the up, but can't beat Tendulkar in the covers

128.5

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, shorter, didn't rise enough, got the inside edge from Hussey, but it went safely towards square leg for a single

128.6

Sharma to Lee, no run, length ball, outside off, Lee, down on a knee, goes for the drive, but doesn't get the timing right

End of over 129 (3 runs) Australia 366/7
B Lee    1* (6b)      I Sharma    29-7-76-4
MEK Hussey    110* (211b 12x4)      Harbhajan Singh    37-7-91-1

129.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, starting outside leg, spinning away, and defended into the leg side by Hussey

129.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, again putside leg, shorter, and this one turned big and stayed low too. But it happened all too slow and Hussey got his bat down

129.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, opens the face and looks for a quick single, but Lee sends him back

129.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, more accurate this time, and Hussey defends it in front of off stump

129.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, pitching within stumps, and spinning away. Huss lets that one go

129.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, what a waste, Ishant would think. Last ball of the over is short and wide, and Hussey rocks back and cuts it to sweeper cover, and retains the strike

End of over 130 (1 run) Australia 367/7
MEK Hussey    111* (217b 12x4)      Harbhajan Singh    38-7-92-1
B Lee    1* (6b)      I Sharma    29-7-76-4

Some problem with people behind the sightscreen. Hussey pulls out, as is his right

130.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, overpitched, driven away towards cover, but straight to Laxman

130.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, just short of length, within the stumps, and Hussey has no choice but to play it straight back to the bowler

130.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, angling away, left alone by Hussey. Hussey's comfort here is Dhoni's trouble, as the ball bounces well in front of him. He does well to get his pads together. No byes ensue

130.4

Sharma to Hussey, no run, another accurate delivery, keeps Hussey on his toes. He can't work the ball around if it is accurate

last two balls coming up, but no signs of field coming up to keep him on strike

130.5

Sharma to Hussey, no run, left alone by Hussey, but this one missed the off stump by a small margin

130.6

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, ordinary captaincy here. the field sits back for the last ball of the over, and Hussey obliges by cutting it to sweeper cover. Lee hasn't faced a delivery for the last two overs

"What kind of captaincy is this from Kumble?" asks Dirk D from Canberra. "Every last ball Kumble allows a single!" Thanks Dirk D, I have got support here. Innovative name, by the way

End of over 131 (1 run) Australia 368/7
MEK Hussey    112* (223b 12x4)      I Sharma    30-7-77-4
B Lee    1* (6b)      Harbhajan Singh    38-7-92-1

131.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, FOUR, what a shot! this wasn't that short, just that it started outside leg, and Huss rocked back to pull it to midwicket boundary

131.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, fuller, almost a yorker, and defended easily

131.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, flatter again, and Hussey has no problem in defending the ones that are fired at his pads

131.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, outside leg again, and easily defended

131.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, SIX, Hussey in hurry, first six of the match, flighted by Harbhajan and Huss slog-sweeps it to rows over the midwicket boundary

131.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, finally India manage to prevent a single on the final delivery, via another quick delivery fired wide of off stump by Harbhajan. Hussey still managed to get bat onto it, but couldn't find the gap

End of over 132 (10 runs) Australia 378/7
MEK Hussey    122* (229b 13x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    39-7-102-1
B Lee    1* (6b)      I Sharma    30-7-77-4

Kumble now replaces Ishant, who bowled a superb spell. A slip, a silly point, and a forward short leg. Odd, isn't it, to replace Ishant just after the drinks break

132.1

Kumble to Lee, no run, flighted just outside off, and driven straight to mid-off

132.2

Kumble to Lee, no run, fuller, straighter, Lee gets an inside edge onto the pad

132.3

Kumble to Lee, no run, short and wide, cut away to point, but not into the gap

132.4

Kumble to Lee, no run, fuller, gets his front leg out of the way, and defends it

132.5

Kumble to Lee, 1 run, wide of off stump, Lee plays with an open face, and gets a single into the covers

132.6

Kumble to Hussey, 1 run, on the legs, Hussey turns it around the corner, and again he takes a single on the last ball of the over. This has to be frustrating for Kumble and partners

End of over 133 (2 runs) Australia 380/7
MEK Hussey    123* (230b 13x4 1x6)      A Kumble    35-4-105-0
B Lee    2* (11b)      Harbhajan Singh    39-7-102-1

133.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, flighted, turning away, Hussey defends it towards point

finally, Harbhajan goes round the wicket

133.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, this is bowled too full, Hussey plays it to wide of mid-on

133.3

Harbhajan Singh to Lee, no run, outside off, spinning in, Lee has big front foot down and outside the line of off, and defends it back to bowler

133.4

Harbhajan Singh to Lee, no run, flighted, beats the poking bat, and hits the pad. There is a big shout, but this one was doing too much

133.5

Harbhajan Singh to Lee, no run, Lee steps down, hits it one-bounce to Harbhajan who has a shy at the stumps, but Lee is safe and in

133.6

Harbhajan Singh to Lee, no run, fuller, on the stumps, and played away watchfully

End of over 134 (1 run) Australia 381/7
B Lee    2* (15b)      Harbhajan Singh    40-7-103-1
MEK Hussey    124* (232b 13x4 1x6)      A Kumble    35-4-105-0

134.1

Kumble to Hussey, no run, full, straight, no room, and Hussey defends it back

134.2

Kumble to Hussey, no run, another accurate delivery, and Hussey respects it

134.3

Kumble to Hussey, no run, on the pads, looks to flick, but can't find the gap

134.4

Kumble to Hussey, 1 run, flighted, and played easily to long-off for another single

134.5

Kumble to Lee, no run, close, flat topspinner, pitched within the stumps, but perhaps going down with the arm. Enough doubt for Rauf to not give it

134.6

Kumble to Lee, no run, wide outside off, and driven away to extracover to Harbhajan, but there is no single there

Mithun: "Hussey's giving Laxman and co. a valuable lesson in batting with the tail. How often have we seen Laxman or for that matter even Sachin, expose the tail, without adding significant number of runs?"

End of over 135 (1 run) Australia 382/7
B Lee    2* (17b)      A Kumble    36-4-106-0
MEK Hussey    125* (236b 13x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    40-7-103-1

Harbhajan to continue round the stumps

135.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, slow, flighted on off stump, sits up, and Hussey fails to find the gap

135.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, flatter, but fuller, and Hussey stays back while he should have been front. But no damage done

135.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, flighted well this time, Hussey gets his front foot down, and defends

135.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, full again, on the off stump, and Hussey defends with soft hands

135.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, fired outside off stump, and Hussey lets it go

135.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, another wide one, Hussey leaves it alone, at least Harbhajan has managed to keep Lee on strike for the next over

"Huss's average is now back in the 70s even if he gets out," informs Brett.

End of over 136 (maiden) Australia 382/7
MEK Hussey    125* (242b 13x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    41-8-103-1
B Lee    2* (17b)      A Kumble    36-4-106-0

136.1

Kumble to Lee, no run, full on leg stump, Lee stabs it to short leg this time

136.2

Kumble to Lee, FOUR, and there's an edge and a boundary! Kumble fires in one that breaks and turns, 96ks, taking the outer edge of Lee's bat as he thrusts forward but its wide of Dravid at slip and with no gully in place Lee gets more runs

136.3

Kumble to Lee, 2 runs, now he frees his arms and drills a full ball past Ishant at mid-off

136.4

Kumble to Lee, no run, flipper, too short, Lee gets back and defends it

136.5

Kumble to Lee, no run, quick, flat trajectory, Lee has no issues defending off the back foot

136.6

Kumble to Lee, no run, slower one, flighted outside leg, Lee mistimes the flick to short leg

End of over 137 (6 runs) Australia 388/7
B Lee    8* (23b 1x4)      A Kumble    37-4-112-0
MEK Hussey    125* (242b 13x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    41-8-103-1

Bowling change - Sehwag it is with a little over half an hour till tea. One slip catching.

137.1

Sehwag to Hussey, 1 run, flattish delivery, tucked away for a single

Gambhir at short leg. Laxman at short mid-on. Badrinath, the sub, at midwicket.

137.2

Sehwag to Lee, FOUR, tossed up invitingly, Lee dances down and hammers the wide one past extra cover, all along the ground and thats a positive shot

137.3

Sehwag to Lee, FOUR, action replay, as Lee uses his feet, makes room for himself, and absolutely smacks this one through the gap again

137.4

Sehwag to Lee, no run, slower, a touch wider, and Lee gets forward and defends

137.5

Sehwag to Lee, no run, turn now from the quicker one, Lee is forced onto the back foot

137.6

Sehwag to Lee, no run, comes down again but ends up smothering this one back

End of over 138 (9 runs) Australia 397/7
B Lee    16* (28b 3x4)      V Sehwag    6-0-19-0
MEK Hussey    126* (243b 13x4 1x6)      A Kumble    37-4-112-0

138.1

Kumble to Hussey, 1 run, gets some room and slaps the ball past point for a single, Tendulkar hurries after it and they resist taking the second run

138.2

Kumble to Lee, no run, good ball, bit of turn, Lee thrusts forward and defends it

138.3

Kumble to Lee, 1 run, wrong line, slips out loosely and Lee sweeps it to fine leg

138.4

Kumble to Hussey, 1 run, there's the 400 as Hussey shuffles and tucks one past short leg

138.5

Kumble to Lee, no run, skimmed up there on middle and off but Lee defends well

138.6

Kumble to Lee, 1 run, faster, seam-up ball but it slides errantly down the stumps and Lee is quick to see it and escort it down to deep backward square leg

End of over 139 (4 runs) Australia 401/7
B Lee    18* (32b 3x4)      A Kumble    38-4-116-0
MEK Hussey    128* (245b 13x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    6-0-19-0

Lee can bat, Johnson has a Test fifty, Clark's best is 39. Could be a while for India. Kumble is ineffective, Harbhajan is flat. Perhaps a recall for Zaheer, or a burst with Ganguly?

Ah, there you go ... it is Zaheer, back for a spell. Think of it, and it often happens. Lee takes guard. Zaheer runs in from around the stumps.

139.1

Khan to Lee, no run, swings in but Lee is well down the track, defending to midwicket

Zaheer asks for another fielder on the leg side and Gambhir moves to square leg

139.2

Khan to Lee, 2 runs, thumped, Lee reaches out and drives the full delivery to cover, where Tendulkar dives but allows runs through his legs, Ishant does the covering up

139.3

Khan to Lee, no run, back of a length and he gets back to defend it back

139.4

Khan to Lee, no run, misdirected bouncer goes well down leg stump, Dhoni collects

139.5

Khan to Lee, 1 run, again he bounces down leg stump and this time Lee goes for a waft, pulling loosely and the ball is in the air for a while but still far away from Dhoni, running after it and throwing it back from the deep

139.6

Khan to Hussey, no run, fullish length and Hussey drives it to the man at point

End of over 140 (3 runs) Australia 404/7
MEK Hussey    128* (246b 13x4 1x6)      Z Khan    25-4-79-2
B Lee    21* (37b 3x4)      A Kumble    38-4-116-0

140.1

Kumble to Lee, no run, flighted up outside leg stump, Lee gets right over it and defends

140.2

Kumble to Lee, no run, quicker one slides in, Lee inside-edges to Gambhir at short leg

140.3

Kumble to Lee, no run, floater this time, defended off the front foot to cover

Lee is thrusting forward with a big stride, looking to smother the ball

140.4

Kumble to Lee, no run, full and flat, again he comes forward and pats it back

140.5

Kumble to Lee, no run, some turn, flighted outside off, Lee reaches in and defends it

140.6

Kumble to Lee, no run, now its the googly, sharp and fast, Lee is already forward and has to take his top hand off the bat as the ball sit up, and plays it down in front of short leg

End of over 141 (maiden) Australia 404/7
B Lee    21* (43b 3x4)      A Kumble    39-5-116-0
MEK Hussey    128* (246b 13x4 1x6)      Z Khan    25-4-79-2

141.1

Khan to Hussey, no run, slides down the pads, slower ball, Hussey mistimes the flick

141.2

Khan to Hussey, 1 run, too full on the toes and this one's clipped out to deep midwicket

141.3

Khan to Lee, no run, in the slot to be driven, Lee reaches out and mistimes it to mid-off

141.4

Khan to Lee, no run, bouncer over the stumps beats Lee's attempted pull

Zaheer moves around the stumps

141.5

Khan to Lee, FOUR, thick edge gets Lee four, he sees room and absolutely throws the kitchen sink at that one with a feisty cut and the ball flies off the thick outside edge through where second slip should have been

141.6

Khan to Lee, 1 run, full now, and an inside edge to fine leg from a booming drive

End of over 142 (6 runs) Australia 410/7
B Lee    26* (47b 4x4)      Z Khan    26-4-85-2
MEK Hussey    129* (248b 13x4 1x6)      A Kumble    39-5-116-0

142.1

Kumble to Lee, no run, quick one, stays low, he gets an under edge off the cut but it drops near his feet, not a chance for Dhoni or the close catchers

142.2

Kumble to Lee, no run, looped up on the stumps, driven back to Kumble

142.3

Kumble to Lee, no run, slides out his hand, down leg stump, Lee mistimes the sweep

142.4

Kumble to Lee, no run, turn and bounce undoes Lee, who stabs at it, gets an inside edge which flies low to Gambhir at short leg, dies before it reaches him but well stopped there

142.5

Kumble to Lee, no run, an appeal for leg before, really yelled out pleadingly by Kumble, as the ball hits Lee's pad as he goes for a paddle sweep but that was going outside leg stump and Rauf felt height was also a factor

142.6

Kumble to Lee, no run, flat on the stumps and he defends this time

End of over 143 (maiden) Australia 410/7
B Lee    26* (53b 4x4)      A Kumble    40-6-116-0
MEK Hussey    129* (248b 13x4 1x6)      Z Khan    26-4-85-2

143.1

Khan to Hussey, no run, good length ball gets Hussey going back and defending

143.2

Khan to Hussey, no run, outside leg, swinging in, Hussey tucks it to midwicket

143.3

Khan to Hussey, no run, eases forward and checks the drive to extra cover, Zaheer looking for some reverse it seems but not hitting the right areas yet

143.4

Khan to Hussey, no run, there's some movement back into Hussey but he defends solidly

143.5

Khan to Hussey, 1 run, nips back in off a length and Hussey adjusts hastily by opening the face and dabbing a single towards gully, looks up at Lee and says yep!

143.6

Khan to Lee, no run, lovely yorker honing into leg stump, Lee for his part does well to jam the bat down in time, nearly falling over in the process

End of over 144 (1 run) Australia 411/7
B Lee    26* (54b 4x4)      Z Khan    27-4-86-2
MEK Hussey    130* (253b 13x4 1x6)      A Kumble    40-6-116-0

144.1

Kumble to Hussey, no run, no turn, sits up off a length and Hussey punches to point

144.2

Kumble to Hussey, no run, floated up wider and he drives off the front foot to cover

"Shabash, shabash, Anil bhai" says Dhoni behind the stumps

144.3

Kumble to Hussey, no run, pitches outside leg but he cannot connect well with the nudge

144.4

Kumble to Hussey, 1 run, errs in line again and now Hussey gets bat on it, turning it fine

144.5

Kumble to Lee, no run, googly, but too short and Lee works it past short leg

144.6

Kumble to Lee, no run, full and flat, getting Lee stretching forward to defend

End of over 145 (1 run) Australia 412/7
B Lee    26* (56b 4x4)      A Kumble    41-6-117-0
MEK Hussey    131* (257b 13x4 1x6)      Z Khan    27-4-86-2

Should be the last over before tea. I need some lunch. Thank goodness for the break.

145.1

Khan to Hussey, FOUR, and the Energizer Bunny ticks on! Hussey gets width and flashes hard, slashing the ball off the edge between where slips could have been and gully, for four

145.2

Khan to Hussey, no run, there's a better ball, Zaheer trying out a slow yorker on leg stump, which Hussey watchfully defends back to the bowler

145.3

Khan to Hussey, no run, pitches and straightens, Hussey walks forward and defends

145.4

Khan to Hussey, no run, change of pace, but Hussey reads it and comes onto the front foot, using soft hands to dab the ball in front of point

145.5

Khan to Hussey, no run, quicker one slides into him and he turns it to midwicket

145.6

Khan to Hussey, no run, aha, a freebie but Hussey cannot connect, Zaheer's attempted yorker slips out as rank full toss well outside leg stump, Hussey doesn't react in time and Dhoni does well to get across and stop it from running away to the boundary

In the words of Kurt Vonnegut, "So it goes." Australia scored 83 in that session, losing two wickets to the energetic Ishant Sharma. Hussey is still there, batting on an excellent 135. Lee has proved a thorn, collecting 26 in a 54-run partnership. This is tea on day two.

Do come back shortly and join us for the final session. Back in a few!

End of over 146 (4 runs) Australia 416/7
MEK Hussey    135* (263b 14x4 1x6)      Z Khan    28-4-90-2
B Lee    26* (56b 4x4)      A Kumble    41-6-117-0

Hello, and welcome to the final session on day two. Australia look set to punish India more, especially "Mr Cricket" Michael Hussey, who never seems satisfied with any score. It would be interesting to see what plan India come up with in the next two hours. We are ready to go in a minute

146.1

Kumble to Lee, no run, full, slanting down the legs, Lee makes sure his front leg is out of the way, and defends

146.2

Kumble to Lee, no run, flatter, leg is out of the way again, and defended

146.3

Kumble to Lee, 1 run, that's outside the leg, and Lee goes down into the sweep, to fine leg

146.4

Kumble to Hussey, 2 runs, outside off, a bit flat, Hussey gets enough time to late-cut it, and beat Harbhajan at point, but there is not enough pace on it to take it to the boundary

146.5

Kumble to Hussey, 1 run, thrown up outside the off stump, front foot to the pitch of the ball, and guided to sweeper cover with an open face

146.6

Kumble to Lee, no run, googly, starting outside off, Lee is up to it and dead-bats it right in front of him

End of over 147 (4 runs) Australia 420/7
B Lee    27* (60b 4x4)      A Kumble    42-6-121-0
MEK Hussey    138* (265b 14x4 1x6)      Z Khan    28-4-90-2

147.1

Khan to Hussey, no run, Zaheer hiding the ball while running in, bowls it full, and there is a hint of swing away from Hussey, who plays it back down to the bowler

147.2

Khan to Hussey, no run, there you go, there is a hint of reverse there, but not nearly threatening enough for Hussey, who plays the in-coming delivery with ease

147.3

Khan to Hussey, no run, slower ball, but Hussey won't be fooled, no sir. Starting just outside off, and Hussey waits for it and defends

147.4

Khan to Hussey, 1 run, attempted yorker, Hussey gets an inside edge on the foot, but when does that stop him from taking a quick single?

147.5

Khan to Lee, OUT, cleaned him! this one stayed a bit low and came in a touch. Lee must have thought this was angling away, and looked to free his arms, but this one, pitched just short of good length, straightened a touch, and squeezed under the backlift to knock the off stump out of the ground

B Lee b Khan 27 (88m 61b 4x4 0x6) SR: 44.26

Mitchell Johnson is the new man in. Two left-hand batsmen now. There's a slip, a gully, and a short leg in

147.6

Khan to Johnson, no run, on a length just outside off, and moving in a touch, Johnson gets his bat down in time, and angles it towards Kumble at gully

End of over 148 (1 run) Australia 421/8
MG Johnson    0* (1b)      Z Khan    29-4-91-3
MEK Hussey    139* (269b 14x4 1x6)      A Kumble    42-6-121-0

148.1

Kumble to Hussey, 2 runs, well done Bhaj, he has saved two there. This was a short ball, attempted googly, and Hussey was quick to pull it to backward squareleg, where Harbhajan dived desperately to save the four

148.2

Kumble to Hussey, 1 run, played away into the covers with an open face

Kumble coming round the stumps

148.3

Kumble to Johnson, no run, wide and left alone by Johnson

148.4

Kumble to Johnson, 1 run, this one turned in towards the stumps and stayed very low too, Johnson gets a faint edge, goes back to slip, who gets fingertips to it, and the ball just misses the helmet

148.5

Kumble to Hussey, FOUR, reverse sweep out, is there something Huss can't do. And this is very fine too, despite extra bounce he manages to get it over slip

148.6

Kumble to Hussey, no run, angled in towards the stumps, and defended back

End of over 149 (8 runs) Australia 429/8
MEK Hussey    146* (273b 15x4 1x6)      A Kumble    43-6-129-0
MG Johnson    1* (3b)      Z Khan    29-4-91-3

The last time Kumble bowled more than 40 overs in an innings and didn't take a wicket was against West Indies in 2006. He bowled 37 in the first innings at the SSC against Sri Lanka this summer and went wicketless.

149.1

Khan to Johnson, OUT, Zak you beauty, big reverse swing! Full, around off stump, swinging in towards Johnson, and swinging in late. Inside edge takes the off stump out

MG Johnson b Khan 1 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

The Indians can smell a comeback here, they are in a huddle, and the crowd is raising some hell too

Peter Della Penna: "Is Zaheer Khan joking? Yelling in Brett Lee's face after taking his wicket with the score over 400 and India with practically no chance at victory? I'm glad he's got his priorities straight." Brett Lee yelled out in celebration when he bowled Ajit Agarkar in Sydney in 2004, when India's score was 676 for 8 and he had given 200 runs at over five an over.

149.2

Khan to Clark, 1 leg bye, some swing in to Clark here, and hits him in the pad just outside the line of leg stump

149.3

Khan to Hussey, no run, reverse swing again, and accurate too. But Hussey is settles in enough to defend the ball, which was moving in towards the stumps

149.4

Khan to Hussey, no run, a bit too much of swing this time, carrying the ball down the leg side, and Hussey misses out on it

149.5

Khan to Hussey, OUT, Zak has done it again. A bit wider this time, swinging in again, with the shine, Hussey goes for a drive, but gets an inside edge onto middle stump. What an innings, though, take a bow Mr Cricket. His best score against India, and all through the innings he has never looked like getting out

MEK Hussey b Khan 146 (402m 276b 15x4 1x6) SR: 52.89

Thanks to Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma, who took nine wickets between them, India have ensured they have not been batted out of the game. Especially Zaheer's burst after tea has kept Australia down to below 450, but it's still advantage Australia who have got the runs on the board on a pitch that is cracking fast.

Stick around. India will begin their innings shortly.

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