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

5.1

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, perhaps a touch too full and Ponting drives with a flourish, top shot, beating a diving Zaheer at mid-off and thats the first four of the day

Australia 7/1   RT Ponting 6* (19b 1x4)   I Sharma 2.1-2-4-0

7.5

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, a touch too short and Ponting gets onto the pull in a flash, just pulling it down into the gap between midwicket and square leg and does enough to beat the fielder running around from deep backward square

Australia 14/1   RT Ponting 10* (31b 2x4)   I Sharma 3.5-2-8-0

8.5

Khan to Katich, FOUR, good length but wrong line, Katich shuffles and works the ball off the hips into the gap behind square leg, well played

Australia 20/1   SM Katich 7* (17b 1x4)   Z Khan 4.5-0-11-1

8.6

Khan to Katich, FOUR, attempted slower yorker slips up a touch too full and Katich expertly opens the face and just runs that wide of Kumble at gully and Dravid at third slip

Australia 24/1   SM Katich 11* (18b 2x4)   Z Khan 5-0-15-1

11.5

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, top shot, superbly executed, Ponting gets forward and then waits before getting on top of the ball, which was not full at all, and punches through the covers

Australia 32/1   RT Ponting 18* (45b 3x4)   I Sharma 5.5-2-15-0

16.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, FOUR, wrong line, flat and too short and sliding down leg stump and Ponting eases that around the corner for four, Tendulkar runs down to the ropes and brings it back

Australia 45/1   RT Ponting 28* (57b 4x4)   Harbhajan Singh 2.4-2-5-0

20.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, FOUR, top shot, Harbhajan tosses it up this time and Ponting uses his feet, simply clipping it past Ganguly at mid-on for four, lovely to watch, but no so much the lack of effort from Ganguly

Australia 55/1   RT Ponting 35* (68b 5x4)   Harbhajan Singh 4.2-3-9-0

26.4

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, FOUR, inviting room and Katich likes this one, cashing in on the width with a free-flowing drive through the covers, well played

Australia 74/1   SM Katich 27* (73b 3x4)   Harbhajan Singh 7.4-3-18-0

31.4

Khan to Ponting, FOUR, a gift on Ponting's legs, Ponting, sort of falling over, turns it to behind square for four, past Sehwag in the deep

Australia 86/1   RT Ponting 48* (98b 6x4)   Z Khan 8.4-1-22-1

33.4

Khan to Ponting, FOUR, wide, on the length, Ponting is waiting for it. Big front foot down, waits for it to come on, and hits it through covers to reach his second half-century in India

Australia 92/1   RT Ponting 52* (104b 7x4)   Z Khan 9.4-1-26-1

39.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, FOUR, Mighty! On the legs this time, Ponting slogsweeps it high towards midwicket. He has equalled his best score in India

Australia 104/1   RT Ponting 60* (132b 8x4)   Harbhajan Singh 10-3-25-0

42.2

Kumble to Katich, FOUR, down he skips, twinkle-toed, and clips a full ball from outside off stump superbly through the yawning space at midwicket, really good shot

Australia 114/1   SM Katich 45* (115b 4x4)   A Kumble 12.2-2-30-0

43.2

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, FOUR, short and wide, very inviting, Katich has a go at it and cuts it hard and late well wide of slip and thats going to be four, simple as can be

Australia 119/1   SM Katich 49* (120b 5x4)   Harbhajan Singh 11.2-3-34-0

43.4

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, FOUR, smashed, and thats Katich's half-century! Harbhajan serves up the wide half-volley and Katich smears it between cover and point for four, well played

Australia 123/1   SM Katich 53* (122b 6x4)   Harbhajan Singh 11.4-3-38-0

46.4

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, now thats better placed! Identical rubbish ball from Ishant and Ponting frees the arms, rocks back, and drives it past cover for four

Australia 135/1   RT Ponting 74* (149b 9x4)   I Sharma 8.4-2-29-0

48.5

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, oh thats fortuitous! Ponting lunges forward and defends, the ball sort of stops on him and takes a thick inside edge narrowly past leg stump and escapes for four

Australia 145/1   RT Ponting 82* (159b 10x4)   I Sharma 9.5-2-35-0

49.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, FOUR, and he responds with a smashing pick-up shot, using his feet and playing with the turn, hitting it high over midwicket, raising Australia's 150

Australia 150/1   RT Ponting 86* (162b 11x4)   Harbhajan Singh 14.5-3-49-0

51.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, FOUR, ah, too full and wide and Ponting executes a classic cover drive

Australia 158/1   RT Ponting 92* (170b 12x4)   Harbhajan Singh 16-3-55-0

54.1

Sharma to Katich, FOUR, there's four more to Katich, who gets a nice wide one and drives on the up through the covers, Zaheer runs around and dives but the bounce beats him

Australia 166/1   SM Katich 66* (146b 7x4)   I Sharma 12.1-2-42-0

57.4

Kumble to Ponting, FOUR, over-pitched, Ponting takes one step down the track, is right down to the pitch of the ball, and drives it straighter off mid-off

Australia 172/2   RT Ponting 99* (184b 13x4)   A Kumble 16.4-3-43-0

60.2

Khan to Hussey, FOUR, nice, little half-volley on the pads, creamed away by Hussey to wide of mid-on. Easy

Australia 182/2   MEK Hussey 6* (18b 1x4)   Z Khan 11.2-2-31-1

67.1

Kumble to Hussey, FOUR, pitches it where rough on later days would be, and Hussey drives it against the turn to extracover

Australia 198/2   MEK Hussey 15* (39b 2x4)   A Kumble 21.1-4-58-0

70.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, FOUR, outside leg, full and flat, and he escorts it to fine leg

Australia 211/2   MEK Hussey 24* (55b 3x4)   Harbhajan Singh 17-3-61-0

83.2

Kumble to Clarke, FOUR, thats a rubbish ball, a half-tracker sliding down leg stump and Clarke heaves it past square leg for the first boundary in over 11 overs

Australia 236/3   MJ Clarke 4* (11b 1x4)   A Kumble 26.2-4-75-0

83.3

Kumble to Clarke, FOUR, more rubbish from Kumble, a rank short ball outside off stump this time and Clarke slaps it off the back foot past Ishant in the covers, firm shot

Australia 240/3   MJ Clarke 8* (12b 2x4)   A Kumble 26.3-4-79-0

83.6

Kumble to Hussey, FOUR, ouch! Thats the most expensive over today, as Hussey rocks back and pulls a long hop over short leg's head for four

Australia 245/3   MEK Hussey 39* (98b 4x4)   A Kumble 27-4-84-0

88.2

Sharma to Hussey, FOUR, good length, angling away, and thats a cultured soft-handed defensive into the gap between slips and gully for four, with no third man in place

Australia 252/3   MEK Hussey 45* (114b 5x4)   I Sharma 15.2-3-47-1

95.4

Khan to Hussey, FOUR, bang, thats four! Zaheer drops short and Hussey seizes the opportunity to smack the attempted bouncer through square leg for a boundary, firmly pulled

Australia 269/5   MEK Hussey 56* (126b 6x4)   Z Khan 20.4-4-52-2

97.1

Khan to Hussey, FOUR, top shot, simply leaning into the width and driving the half-volley into the gap between cover and point for four, sweetly timed

Australia 277/5   MEK Hussey 63* (134b 7x4)   Z Khan 21.1-4-58-2

97.2

Khan to Hussey, FOUR, ah, lovely! Another full ball and that is a great cover drive for four

Australia 281/5   MEK Hussey 67* (135b 8x4)   Z Khan 21.2-4-62-2

99.1

Khan to Hussey, FOUR, ah, sloppy, real sloppy! Hussey comes forward and drives the ball towards cover, where Ganguly makes a royal mess of it, running across from mid-off, getting down, but letting the ball go through his fingers and legs for a boundary, much to Kumble's frustration

Australia 289/5   MEK Hussey 72* (141b 9x4)   Z Khan 22.1-4-69-2

101.1

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

Australia 298/5   BJ Haddin 10* (27b 1x4)   Z Khan 23.1-4-76-2

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!

Australia 307/5   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

Australia 312/5   BJ Haddin 16* (51b 2x4)   A Kumble 29.1-4-93-0

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

Australia 333/5   BJ Haddin 26* (91b 3x4)   V Sehwag 4.4-0-10-0

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

Australia 344/5   BJ Haddin 33* (101b 4x4)   I Sharma 24.2-7-61-2

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

Australia 349/5   MEK Hussey 100* (188b 11x4)   I Sharma 24.5-7-65-2

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

Australia 354/6   MEK Hussey 105* (197b 12x4)   Harbhajan Singh 34.3-7-89-1

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

Australia 362/6   CL White 6* (12b 1x4)   I Sharma 27.4-7-73-3

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

Australia 372/7   MEK Hussey 116* (224b 13x4)   Harbhajan Singh 38.1-7-96-1

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

Australia 386/7   B Lee 6* (19b 1x4)   A Kumble 36.2-4-110-0

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

Australia 393/7   B Lee 12* (24b 2x4)   V Sehwag 5.2-0-15-0

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

Australia 397/7   B Lee 16* (25b 3x4)   V Sehwag 5.3-0-19-0

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

Australia 409/7   B Lee 25* (46b 4x4)   Z Khan 25.5-4-84-2

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

Australia 416/7   MEK Hussey 135* (258b 14x4 1x6)   Z Khan 27.1-4-90-2

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

Australia 429/8   MEK Hussey 146* (272b 15x4 1x6)   A Kumble 42.5-6-129-0
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Anil Kumble and Ricky Ponting at the presentation ceremony, India v Australia, 1st Test, Bangalore, 5th day, October 13, 2008

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