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

9.25am local About time to start. The teams are starting to walk out. And before a thousand emails come in, there are no referrals in this series.

Katich and Hayden in the middle. Zaheer Khan has the ball. A few fans in now. Some good cheer. First ball of the series coming up. Three slips, gully, point, short leg, mid-on, mid-off. Asad Rauf and Rudi Koerzten are the on-field officials. Play ball!

8.55am local Lets have a look at the pitch. It looks hard, a real batting track. Hardly any grass, and there doesn't look to be much in it for the spinners just yet. Bat first, boss!

The weather looks good, no sign of rain after it threatened to disrupt this match the day before yesterday.

Plenty of emails flooding in questioning whether Australia will pick Jason Krejza or Cameron White as the spinner. Let's find out, as we head over to the toss ...

... and Anil Kumble has flipped, Ricky Ponting has won it, and he has no hesitations in deciding to bat on what he calls "a good surface". A few whistles go up across the stadium. And Australia have opted for White. So he makes his Test debut. Kumble feels there will be cracks that will open up as the game proceeds. He feels the boys are "fired up".

So here are the final XIs:

Australia: 1 Matthew Hayden, 2 Simon Katich, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 Shane Watson, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Cameron White, 9 Brett Lee, 10 Mitchell Johnson, 11 Stuart Clark.

India: 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Virender Sehwag, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 Sourav Ganguly, 6 VVS Laxman, 7 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), 8 Anil Kumble, 9 Harbhajan Singh, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Ishant Sharma.

Another feedback email from Rohit Kumar in Australia: "Anil Kumble's average is higher than VVS Laxman and Dravid at this stadium." And Josh yells: "I cant believe Cameron White is playing. He's not even the number one spinner for Victoria! Having said that he's better than Krejza."

Mark from Chicago says "Time for Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar and Kumble to take the damn hint!" RV, on email, asks: "Why don't we see Jenny at the commentary desk these days?" That is because she has left Cricinfo.

Jeremy has lost it, by the way: "{Chanting): "We love White 'cos he's a Vic-toooorian. Clap, Clap, Clap-Clap-Clap, Clap-Clap-Clap, Clap Clap". To that, Alistair replies: "A Victorian in the Australian Test side? Surely not... are the selectors feeling okay?"

Martin emails me: "Isn't it ironic that Dravid was commemorated by erecting 'The Wall' at this stadium where he has not been effective at all?"

Okay, I need coffee. Back in a moment.

8.30am local Hello and a very warm welcome to Cricinfo's live ball-by-ball coverage of the first cricket series we've seen since the first week of September. Good morning one and all, Jamie Alter here, on commentary after what seems like an eternity. Handling the scoring duties for this Test will be the trusted Binoy George.

Hard to believe there has been no international cricket since Australia hosted Bangladesh in Darwin for three one-day internationals - the last game was September 6, to be precise.

Anyways, enough of that. This is a much-hyped series we have starting shortly - the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between hosts India and Australia.

Mark Nicholas is at the Chinnaswamy Stadium speaking to the two former cricketers after whom the series is named. They are standing around a small table with the trophy in the middle. All suited up. Spiffing, really.

The fans have started trickling in. First day of a Test series - a really big one too - and hardly any fans. Disappointing.

Have you read S Rajesh's preview yet? Or about the new distractions for India? Or how Ricky Ponting has banked on new-age fielding? And if you haven't made your Fantasy League teams yet, hurry up and do so here! There are goodies to be won, so get on it. I don't have news of the teams yet, but the toss is in about 13 minutes.

What I can tell you is that Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke has recovered from a stomach virus and allrounder Shane Watson has been declared fit to play his first Test in three years after suffering a chest infection. Phil Jaques has been omitted from the 12 announced on Wednesday, leaving Simon Katich to partner Matthew Hayden. India have narrowed their 15-man squad to 13, leaving out RP Singh and S Badrinath.

And lo and behold, I've just received the first email of the day from a feedbacker - and its Stuart Capel, who says: "The Chinnaswamy Stadium hasn't been a kind one for the hosts, who have won just four of seventeen Test matches at the ground. In fact, their last win there was an 8 wicket win over New Zealand back in 1995!"

Now let me say right off the bat, I will not be able to put up all your emails, but I will do my best to type the ball-by-ball commentary and read as many as I can. It's tough, so bear with me.

There have been plenty of verbal volleys - half-volleys, too! - served between the players of both sides. Virender Sehwag claimed that India would have won the Sydney Test this year if the Australian fielders "hadn't claimed catches taken off half-volleys in that game." Not one to take anything lying down, Ponting returned the volley: "That's fairly insulting. In the first innings I didn't claim a catch of which I wasn't 100 per cent sure." Now, now boys ...

0.1

Khan to Hayden, no run, and that's a loosener from Zaheer, pitched on a length outside the off stump and Hayden strides forward before leaving that one alone

0.2

Khan to Hayden, no run, not much swing, that one lands on a length and gains on Dhoni behind the stumps at a good height after Hayden shoulders arms

0.3

Khan to Hayden, OUT, and he's given him! Zaheer strikes with his third ball, pitching this one marginally fuller and closer to off stump, forcing Hayden to play at it and there's some deviation, Dhoni takes it low in front of him and they all go up in appeal and after a thought Asad Rauf raises his finger

ML Hayden c †Dhoni b Khan 0 (1m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

That brings Ponting to the crease for the fourth ball of the day. Replays show some deviation. Not sure as to whether it is bat or pad. There was a noise. The ball hit the upright seam and shaved away. Looks like the ball passed the outside edge as the bat brushed pad. Very hard for the umpire to distinguish.

0.4

Khan to Ponting, no run, full and angled across Ponting, who strides in uneasily and leaves

0.5

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, there's the nervous shuffle forward, to a full delivery, but Ponting nudge this one into the covers and gets off the mark

0.6

Khan to Katich, no run, that jags back in from outside off and Katich defends towards leg

A successful over from Zaheer, getting Hayden out. A massive blow for Australia. What a start to this series. A wicket in the first over. Test cricket is the best. Now here's young Ishant Sharma to bowl to Ponting. Relish it, I say. Here comes Ishant, three slips waiting.

End of over 1 (1 run) Australia 1/1
SM Katich    0* (1b)      Z Khan    1-0-1-1
RT Ponting    1* (2b)     

1.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, on a length, straightens and lifts and Ponting shoulders arms

1.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, short of a length, played to short leg, who fields it sharply

1.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, there's an outswinger, moving away, and he leaves it be

1.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, full and on the stumps, Ponting gets a massive stride forward and the ball hits him just outside the line of impact, Ishant asks the question but Koerzten shakes his head, fair call that

1.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, there's good movement and carry, hitting a fullish length and gaining on Ponting, who gets his fornt foot in firmly and shoulders arms

1.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, short of a length, lovely seam and carry, Ponting leaves

Thats a top over from Ishant.

End of over 2 (maiden) Australia 1/1
RT Ponting    1* (8b)      I Sharma    1-1-0-0
SM Katich    0* (1b)      Z Khan    1-0-1-1

2.1

Khan to Katich, no run, full and swinging, middle and off, Katich tentatively tries to work it away towards midwicket but ends up defending it back down the track

2.2

Khan to Katich, 1 run, no footwork from Katich as he feels for that one, on a good length, and pushes it towards point to get off the mark

2.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, pitches outside leg, no movement, Ponting shuffles and ends up playing it with one hand off the bat down in front of short leg

2.4

Khan to Ponting, no run, oh thats a good ball, and a brave leave, Ponting opting to push his front leg forward and leave a ball that pitches full and then straightens, very close to the top of off stump

2.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, more tentative front-foot poking by Ponting, thrusting forward and then doing well to get his top hand off the bat as that ball sits up a touch more than expected

2.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, and this one moves away off a wider length, so Ponting leaves it be

End of over 3 (1 run) Australia 2/1
RT Ponting    1* (12b)      Z Khan    2-0-2-1
SM Katich    1* (3b)      I Sharma    1-1-0-0

3.1

Sharma to Katich, no run, shaves away off a length, Katich leaves and Dhoni collects

3.2

Sharma to Katich, no run, he shuffles and Ishant pitches it wide, allowing him to leave with ease

3.3

Sharma to Katich, no run, top stuff, back of a length, getting Katich shuffling across to off and pushing it bac to Ishant

Still looks a good batting track. These two are bowling rather well.

3.4

Sharma to Katich, no run, and then I say that and he sprays one well outside leg stump

3.5

Sharma to Katich, no run, lands on a length and he defends it towards point, yelling 'WAIT!'

3.6

Sharma to Katich, no run, thats down the leg side again, giving Dhoni work to do

Plenty of emails asking about Hayden's dismissal. I mentioned earlier that replays indicated there was no bat, instead it was bat brushing pad at the exact time the ball deviated away from Hayden. Extremely difficult for the umpire to pick up. And we have no referrals this series. Hayden can consider himself unlucky.

End of over 4 (maiden) Australia 2/1
SM Katich    1* (9b)      I Sharma    2-2-0-0
RT Ponting    1* (12b)      Z Khan    2-0-2-1

4.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, on the stumps, no movement, Ponting defends back to Zaheer

4.2

Khan to Ponting, no run, puts his front foot out and leaves it be as the ball swings away

Ponting is looking a bit ruffled out there

4.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, back of a length, good ball, getting Ponting pushing at it and the ball runs along the ground to gully, where Kumble falls down and stops it

4.4

Khan to Ponting, no run, full ball, shaping away from Ponting as he strides in and leaves

Zaheer has a good rhythm about him this morning. Running in well, bouncing, hitting the right areas.

4.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, fractionally fuller, Ponting drives straight, Zaheer does the fielding and then gives Ponting a long hard stare but the Australian captain has walked away already

4.6

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, pitches full outside leg stump, Ponting tries to flick it away but gets a leading edge along the ground into the covers and runs a single

End of over 5 (1 run) Australia 3/1
RT Ponting    2* (18b)      Z Khan    3-0-3-1
SM Katich    1* (9b)      I Sharma    2-2-0-0

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

Three slips in place still, and a short leg

5.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, now he gets up and runs a shorter one to Kumble at gully, and after the local hero fields it well the crowd goes up in cheer ... this is Kumble's last Test here

5.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, and again, forces him back onto the toes and he defends to cover

5.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, back of a length again, getting Ponting back and defending to point

5.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, full now, pitching just outside off stump and moving back in as Ponting decides to stride forward and leave very late, lovely to watch

5.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, another leave to a good ball, which does not swing this time

End of over 6 (4 runs) Australia 7/1
RT Ponting    6* (24b 1x4)      I Sharma    3-2-4-0
SM Katich    1* (9b)      Z Khan    3-0-3-1

6.1

Khan to Katich, no run, edged but almost! Zaheer pitches it up outside off and Katich has a feel at it, it just falls short of Dravid at second slip

6.2

Khan to Katich, no run, holds the length back outside off and Katich allows this to go through to Dhoni, the ball curves back in late

6.3

Khan to Katich, 1 wide, really wide outside off, no chance of anyone chasing that, Rauf signals a wide

6.3

Khan to Katich, no run, pitches outside off and moves away slightly, left alone again

6.4

Khan to Katich, 1 run, shuffles across his stumps to meet a good length delivery, he tucks it wide of mid-on

Ponting has an issue with the sightscreen

6.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, Zaheer comes round the wicket, curves in to the right hander and Ponting gets forward and defends

6.6

Khan to Ponting, 1 leg bye, angles that across the right hander, he shuffles across his stumps and nudges it off his pads to the on side

End of over 7 (3 runs) Australia 10/1
RT Ponting    6* (26b 1x4)      Z Khan    4-0-5-1
SM Katich    2* (13b)      I Sharma    3-2-4-0

7.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good ball, good shout! Ishant pitches on a length and straightens, Ponting gets a firm stride in and cops the ball on the front flap, a pretty good lengthy step forward, Ishant asks the question but the line and height was in question

7.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, full outside off, just, and he shoulders arms to that one

7.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, there's some lift now, sitting up sharply at height and Ponting sways his head back just in time, the ball misses kissing his nose by not much

7.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, firm front-foot defensive push to a fuller one, mid-off fields

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

7.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, sits up again, short of a length and Ponting has to take his top hand off the bat in time, ends up playing it down to cover, well bowled as that one jagged into his chest

End of over 8 (4 runs) Australia 14/1
RT Ponting    10* (32b 2x4)      I Sharma    4-2-8-0
SM Katich    2* (13b)      Z Khan    4-0-5-1

8.1

Khan to Katich, no run, full length, seams back in, Katich leaves and then shadows a drive

8.2

Khan to Katich, 1 run, this time he throws the bat at a wider one and edges along the ground wide of Dravid at third slip, who dives and does well to save runs

Zaheer and Ishant have been pretty much on the money this morning. Dravid now moves to a floating fourth slip. Katich has been very tentative.

8.3

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, fuller one, he strides forward and defends, runs along past gully

8.4

Khan to Katich, no run, short one outside off, he thinks about playing but leaves it alone, and the one bouncer for the over has been called by the umpire

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

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

End of over 9 (10 runs) Australia 24/1
SM Katich    11* (18b 2x4)      Z Khan    5-0-15-1
RT Ponting    11* (33b 2x4)      I Sharma    4-2-8-0

9.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good length, good movement, bad decision by Ponting not to offer a shot after getting well forward, but he is let off as the ball struck him marginally outside the line of off stump, even though Ishant roared out an appeal

9.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, dug in short, Ponting cannot connect on the pull, the ball balloons up and drops safely outside off stump, aggressive intent from both batsman and bowler

9.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, back of a length now, straightening off the seam, Ponting knows where off stump is and shoulders arms ... this is what Test cricket is about

9.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good stuff again, Ishant landing it on a length, Ponting striding forward on the drive but the ball stops on him and he mistimes the shot

9.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, and again! There's pace and swing from Ishant, hitting the right length and jagging the ball back in, from off to leg, catching Ponting back in his crease but the ball is carrying on down and the height is an issue for the umpire ... excellent spell, though

9.6

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, a touch too straight and Ponting tucks that into the gap at square leg

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 25/1
RT Ponting    12* (39b 2x4)      I Sharma    5-2-9-0
SM Katich    11* (18b 2x4)      Z Khan    5-0-15-1

Lots of emails coming in regarding my comment on over 5.2 regarding this being Kumble's last Test in Bangalore. No, it is not "wild speculation". Kumble announced this yesterday.

10.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, on a length, going across, Ponting leaves off the front foot

10.2

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, on a length, middle and leg, turned towards midwicket

Three slips in place and a deep backward point.

10.3

Khan to Katich, no run, slower ball, fuller length, Katich tentatively pokes it back to Zaheer

10.4

Khan to Katich, no run, firm shot to an overpitched straight delivery outside off, a whip across the line from Katich but straight to midwicket

10.5

Khan to Katich, no run, this one almost stops on him as he comes forward, he defends it back

10.6

Khan to Katich, no run, this one is bowled from wide of the crease, short of a length, Katich tucks it away towards midwicket

End of over 11 (1 run) Australia 26/1
SM Katich    11* (22b 2x4)      Z Khan    6-0-16-1
RT Ponting    13* (41b 2x4)      I Sharma    5-2-9-0

Still a lot of emails coming in asking about the referral system. Once again, no the referrals are not in place for this series.

11.1

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, good run! Ponting comes forward and defends the ball to cover and sets off for the run as a lazy fielder struggles to come in from point

11.2

Sharma to Katich, 1 run, wrong line, outside leg and Katich turns it past square leg with ease

11.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, hello there, whats he doing? Ponting gets back and thinks about pulling this one, but it holds its line and goes on straight and he has to take a hand off the bat in time, I think he thought the length was on but then the ball beat him

11.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, much better, Ponting leaving a good-length ball off the front foot

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

11.6

Sharma to Ponting, 2 runs, too straight and he tucks it off the pads, shuffling, and runs hard

Ponting is slowly coming into his own. He spoke of how hard he's worked and how he desperately wants to score runs in India. He is looking good. But on that note, Kumble calls in Harbhajan Singh, who tormented Ponting in 2001. Ponting acknowledged as much last week. This is the battle of this series. Katich will face, however. One slip and a short cover in place. Plenty of cheer now as Harbhajan warms up.

End of over 12 (8 runs) Australia 34/1
RT Ponting    20* (46b 3x4)      I Sharma    6-2-17-0
SM Katich    12* (23b 2x4)      Z Khan    6-0-16-1

12.1

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, quick ball, 96.5ks, flat on middle and leg and he defends

There is a short leg in place too

12.2

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, pushed across Katich this time, slower, and he leaves it be

12.3

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, tossed up real slow and loopy like, he drives it towards mid-off

12.4

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, quick again, on leg stump, Katich defends and the ball takes his glove and then pad, but Gambhir at short leg is late to react and cannot get there, the extra bounce did it for Katich

12.5

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, slower, wider, and he steers it towards backward point

12.6

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, tosses it up on middle and leg and Katich firmly defends it back

And that, folks, will be drinks on the field. I'm just getting a cuppa.

"Thank god the AFL season is over and the cricket is back on. It has been a long winter," emails Lynda. Too true, even though its not winter here in Bangalore.

Ishant will continue. Three slips in place still. Ponting to face.

End of over 13 (maiden) Australia 34/1
SM Katich    12* (29b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-1-0-0
RT Ponting    20* (46b 3x4)      I Sharma    6-2-17-0

13.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good length but too wide and Ponting strides well in and shoulders arms

13.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, another good leave, coming well forward, and shouldering arms

Ponting looks confident. He's playing himself in. How he tackles spin is vital.

13.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, back of a length, shapes back in, Ponting gets back and defends

13.4

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, and again, another positive stride in, getting over the good-length ball and gently nudging it towards cover and point for a smart single

13.5

Sharma to Katich, 1 run, middle and leg, he waits and tucks it to midwicket for one

This is Ponting's second highest Test score in India, incidentally. His best is 60.

13.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, short of a length, pacy delivery, Ponting has a look and leaves it be

End of over 14 (2 runs) Australia 36/1
RT Ponting    21* (51b 3x4)      I Sharma    7-2-19-0
SM Katich    13* (30b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-1-0-0

14.1

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, tosses up on leg stump, Katich drives it back to Harbhajan

In seven balls, Harbhajan has bowled slower than he has in a while. Interesting.

14.2

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, flat one rather wide and Katich reaches out and drives to cover

14.3

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, there's the quick one, leg stump, worked to Gambhir at short leg

14.4

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, a tad slower, off stump, Katich drives again to cover

14.5

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, pushed across Katich this time and he leaves it for Dhoni

14.6

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, the length is short and Katich gets back and pounces with a slapping cut shot, but he can only hit it to the man at backward point

End of over 15 (maiden) Australia 36/1
SM Katich    13* (36b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-2-0-0
RT Ponting    21* (51b 3x4)      I Sharma    7-2-19-0

15.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, back of a length, Ponting waits on the back foot and defends to point

15.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, fuller length, shaping back in, Ponting in forward with a lengthy stride and shoulders arms again, rather confidently

15.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, the length is there for Ponting to hit off the back foot but his feet don't move and he chases it, one-handed, beaten by the lack of bounce, and even Dhoni has to take it off the awkward bounce

15.4

Sharma to Ponting, 3 runs, thats just too short and wide and Ponting mistimes the back-foot slap past Harbhajan at cover, not hit nearly as well as he would've liked but its into the gap

15.5

Sharma to Katich, 1 run, too straight, short of a length, worked off the hips for a single

Will Ponting take a single and face Harbhajan?

15.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, nope, he will not, as he defends a good-length ball back to Ishant

End of over 16 (4 runs) Australia 40/1
RT Ponting    24* (56b 3x4)      I Sharma    8-2-23-0
SM Katich    14* (37b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-2-0-0

A good batting deck. All you need to do is play yourself in. Its pretty humid out there, too.

16.1

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, tossed up on off stump a tad short and Katich drives to cover

16.2

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, slower ball, looping up outside leg, Katich smothers the spin

16.3

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, 1 run, too full and flat outside leg and he whips it down to fine leg

Now here we go ... Harbhajan to Ponting. And doesn't the crowd love it? Harbhajan took out Ponting five out of six times in 2001. Immediately Kumble packs the plate. Slip, short leg, silly point.

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

16.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, better delivery, on a length outside off and Ponting defends

16.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, looped up, good dip too, Ponting gets over it and defends well

End of over 17 (5 runs) Australia 45/1
RT Ponting    28* (59b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-2-5-0
SM Katich    15* (40b 2x4)      I Sharma    8-2-23-0

Spin from both ends. Kumble comes on and his home crowd cheers. He has 616 Test wickets. He will bowl from over the stumps. Slip and short leg still in place.

17.1

Kumble to Katich, 2 runs, starts off by drifting one down leg stump and Katich flicks it past short leg, then notices the fielder giving chase is Ganguly and easily comes back for the second

17.2

Kumble to Katich, 1 run, wrong line again, on the pads and Katich nudges past midwicket

Ponting takes a moment to get set. Kumble flips the ball, eyes fixed on the batsman.

17.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run, well bowled, drifting it into the stumps and Ponting gets forward to defend

17.4

Kumble to Ponting, no run, a touch quicker, he gets forward and drives it to point

17.5

Kumble to Ponting, 2 runs, thats flat but down leg, stays low too and Ponting manages to get bat on it, tickling it down to fine leg and thats also Australia's 50 up on the board

17.6

Kumble to Ponting, no run, good ball to end the over, straighter one on middle and leg and Ponting drops his head and defends it back to India's captain

End of over 18 (5 runs) Australia 50/1
RT Ponting    30* (63b 4x4)      A Kumble    1-0-5-0
SM Katich    18* (42b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-2-5-0

18.1

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, flat one, outside leg, Katich uses his feet and defends it to short leg

18.2

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, drifts across Katich this time, who leaves it be

18.3

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, flat in middle and leg, no spin, he gets in and smothers it again

18.4

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, flat, going across, he reaches out and drives on the up to mid-off

18.5

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, quicker one, 93.2ks, drifting into middle and leg, defended

18.6

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, changes his pace, slows it down and drifts it wide, Katich is tempted out of his crease but ends up defending to short cover

End of over 19 (maiden) Australia 50/1
SM Katich    18* (48b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-3-5-0
RT Ponting    30* (63b 4x4)      A Kumble    1-0-5-0

19.1

Kumble to Ponting, no run, flat outside off stump, Ponting defends to the man at point

19.2

Kumble to Ponting, no run, there's the drifter, forcing Ponting back and staying low, he gets bat on ball in time and defends to short leg this time

19.3

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, floated up on off stump and he drives to Ganguly at cover

19.4

Kumble to Katich, no run, skips down, Kumble bowls it flat outside off stump, Katich whips it towards midwicket and cannot beat the man there

19.5

Kumble to Katich, no run, flatter trajectory, middle and leg, Katich goes back and defends

19.6

Kumble to Katich, no run, slower ball, drifting into Katich, who shuffles and tries to turn it around the corner for a single but the ball brushes his pads and lands in front of Gambhir at short leg

End of over 20 (1 run) Australia 51/1
SM Katich    18* (51b 2x4)      A Kumble    2-0-6-0
RT Ponting    31* (66b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-3-5-0

20.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, flat on off stump, no turn, Ponting waits and turns it to short leg

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

20.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, tosses it up again on a length and he defends this time

20.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, too flat, down leg, turned past short leg for an easy single

20.5

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, spins across Katich, who leaves it be just over the top of off

20.6

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, flat on middle and off, change of pace, he defends it watchfully

End of over 21 (5 runs) Australia 56/1
SM Katich    18* (53b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-3-10-0
RT Ponting    36* (70b 5x4)      A Kumble    2-0-6-0

What has been impressive about Ponting so far is that he has been willing to wait. He recently spoke of how on previous tours he was a mental mess early in his innings, waiting and expecting such and such delivery to come out of the spinner's hands. He said the first 15-20 minutes was the key against spin and he has succeeded in watching out.

21.1

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, wrong line, down the pads and another easy single for Ponting

21.2

Kumble to Katich, no run, steps down, Kumble sees him coming and holds back the length, the ball hits Katich on the pads as he has taken a long stride forward, they all appeal but he really did come down a fair way, so not out

21.3

Kumble to Katich, 2 runs, short ball now, sits up and Katich plays if off the ribs past square leg, Sehwag in the deep collects and fires in a good throw but Katich, hustling back for the second, is safe with a good dive even though Asad Rauf asks for the replay

21.4

Kumble to Katich, no run, flighted up just outside off, Katich gets forward and tries to whip it towards midwicket but mistimes the drive back to the bowler

21.5

Kumble to Katich, no run, shorter ball, no turn at all, Katich leaves it be outside off

21.6

Kumble to Katich, no run, and again, lands outside off and Katich opts not to play a shot

End of over 22 (3 runs) Australia 59/1
SM Katich    20* (58b 2x4)      A Kumble    3-0-9-0
RT Ponting    37* (71b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-3-10-0

Remember, Katich was preferred to Phil Jaques mainly because of his experience in India. He has scored some good runs here previously. This time he is opening. He started off shakily but has come along watchfully.

22.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, tossed up on off stump, he comes well forward and defends

22.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, pushed through fast on the stumps, whipped to midwicket

22.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, slower ball, but down leg, Ponting is already on the front foot and then waits, tucking the ball past short leg for a single

Harbhajan goes around the stumps now

22.4

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, quick ball, 96ks, but too wide outside off and he leaves

22.5

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, very full and flat and Katich gets right over the ball to defend

22.6

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, 1 run, holds back the length, Katich is alert and waits, getting back to push it towards cover and Ponting calls for the quick single, well run there

End of over 23 (2 runs) Australia 61/1
SM Katich    21* (61b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-3-12-0
RT Ponting    38* (74b 5x4)      A Kumble    3-0-9-0

23.1

Kumble to Katich, no run, a low full toss, Katich uses his feet and drives to mid-off

23.2

Kumble to Katich, no run, slider this time, down leg, worked to Gambhir at short leg

23.3

Kumble to Katich, 1 run, firm whip across the line, no spin so he's safe, picks the gap tpp

23.4

Kumble to Ponting, 2 runs, another looping full ball on the stops allows Ponting two to leg

These two are looking comfortable on a track suited for batting.

23.5

Kumble to Ponting, no run, uses his feet and drives this one down to mid-on

23.6

Kumble to Ponting, no run, quicker ball, hint of turn, he opens the face and defends to point

End of over 24 (3 runs) Australia 64/1
RT Ponting    40* (77b 5x4)      A Kumble    4-0-12-0
SM Katich    22* (64b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-3-12-0

Decent crowd gathered now.

24.1

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, flat outside off, he reaches out and drives to cover-point

24.2

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, 1 run, flat and down leg stump, turned to Ganguly down on the ropes

24.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, slower ball, slides down leg stump, turned to short leg

24.4

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, pushes this one to short cover, who dives and fumbles, point is quick to react

24.5

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, fired into the blockhole and Katich jams it out in time

24.6

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, flat again, off stump, he gets in an allows it to pass to Dhoni

End of over 25 (2 runs) Australia 66/1
SM Katich    23* (69b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-3-14-0
RT Ponting    41* (78b 5x4)      A Kumble    4-0-12-0

25.1

Kumble to Ponting, no run, comes out and clips it to mid-on, but cant beat him

25.2

Kumble to Ponting, 4 leg byes, quick and useless ball, well outside leg stump, Ponting goes for the paddle and Koertzen signals leg byes, four of them, Kumble continues to struggle

25.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run, flat on leg stump again and Ponting flicks it to midwicket

25.4

Kumble to Ponting, no run, there's a good line, sucking Ponting forward and he defends

25.5

Kumble to Ponting, no run, middle and off, floating, Ponting comes forward and drives to mid-on

25.6

Kumble to Ponting, no run, slides into leg stump, Ponting plays it confidently down the track

There is not much turn in this track yet. Its hard and dry. Like I said before, its all for the batsmen.

End of over 26 (4 runs, maiden) Australia 70/1
RT Ponting    41* (84b 5x4)      A Kumble    5-1-12-0
SM Katich    23* (69b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-3-14-0

26.1

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, flat outside off stump and Katich defends to the off side

26.2

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, directed into his pads and he defends with an inside edge

26.3

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, this one holds its line and Katich thrusts forward to defend it away

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

26.5

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, flat and short, he gets back in his crease and defends this one

Last ball before lunch coming up

26.6

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, 1 run, and Katich ends the session with a flick towards mid-on for one

So that is lunch on day one of this Test series. It will go Australia's way because Ponting and Katich have smoothed over the loss of Hayden (who has incorrectly given out) for a duck rather well. It has not always been pretty, but it has been a crucial partnership. Ponting has moved along to 41, his second highest score in India, and Katich has offered solid support with 28. This is a batting pitch, make no mistake. Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma bowled well with the new ball but there has been little on offer for India's spinners. Not a lot of runs in the first session, but a good one to watch.

I'll be back in just under 40 minutes. Until then, cheers.

End of over 27 (5 runs) Australia 75/1
SM Katich    28* (75b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-3-19-0
RT Ponting    41* (84b 5x4)      A Kumble    5-1-12-0

Welcome back for the second session. We saw 75 runs scored at 2.77 an over in the first two hours after Australia opted to bat. Its a real flat track - a paata as they say here in India - and could really be hard work for the bowlers.

If you have some time, do read Nagraj Gollapudi's interview with Zaheer Khan. Also check out The Surfer for interesting tidbits from around the world.

Right, lets get started. Here come the players. Katich takes strike. Zaheer will bowl after lunch. There is a good crowd in now. Good to see. We've had 27 overs today. Two slips, gully, point, cover, mid-on, mid-off, short leg, fine leg. Here comes Zaheer.

27.1

Khan to Katich, no run, full and he drives straight, Zaheer sticks out a hand and stops

27.2

Khan to Katich, no run, slower ball well wide of the stumps, Katich leaves and the ball bounces twice before reaching Dhoni

27.3

Khan to Katich, no run, now he's forced to play at one and he half-pokes it back to Zaheer

27.4

Khan to Katich, no run, slides down the pads, Katich exposes his leg stump and the ball clips his pad before trickling to Dhoni, this track is playing low so far

27.5

Khan to Katich, no run, and again, low carry to Dhoni after Katich leaves one outside off

27.6

Khan to Katich, no run, fuller on the stumps and he defends it to the man at point

Have you been playing Fantasy Cricket?

End of over 28 (maiden) Australia 75/1
SM Katich    28* (81b 3x4)      Z Khan    7-1-16-1
RT Ponting    41* (84b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-3-19-0

Kumble will bowl from the other end. He's not had a very good year. Slip and short leg in.

28.1

Kumble to Ponting, no run, short, very short, but Ponting cant pierce the man at cover

There's a short cover in place as well

28.2

Kumble to Ponting, 2 runs, fuller now and he eases forward to push the ball past cover

28.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run, some drift from middle stump, Ponting gets over it and defends

Laxman moves to a short cover-point

28.4

Kumble to Ponting, no run, half-volley on leg stump, clipped straight to Ishant at midwicket

28.5

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, flatter ball, he shuffles and works it to Tendulkar in the deep

28.6

Kumble to Katich, 1 run, comes forward and flicks from off stump past short leg for one

End of over 29 (4 runs) Australia 79/1
SM Katich    29* (82b 3x4)      A Kumble    6-1-16-0
RT Ponting    44* (89b 5x4)      Z Khan    7-1-16-1

29.1

Khan to Katich, no run, back of a length and defended back towards Zaheer's left

This is the highest second-wicket stand for Australia in Bangalore. Woo hoo.

29.2

Khan to Katich, 1 run, too straight and Katich works it out to deep square leg for one

29.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, good length, going across from leg, Ponting lunges forward and ends up playing it back to Zaheer, though methinks he had deep midwicket on his mind

29.4

Khan to Ponting, no run, good length again, going away, and he defends to cover

Ponting's footwork has been fairly positive today.

29.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, shoulders arms to a fuller delivery seaming away from him

29.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, closer to off stump, he comes forward and runs it to gully

End of over 30 (1 run) Australia 80/1
RT Ponting    44* (93b 5x4)      Z Khan    8-1-17-1
SM Katich    30* (84b 3x4)      A Kumble    6-1-16-0

Kumble has taken 25 wickets at 46.40 in 2008. He continues from around the stumps.

30.1

Kumble to Katich, no run, looped up outside leg stump, no shot offered, ball clips pad and drops

30.2

Kumble to Katich, 1 run, on the pads again, Katich clips it well to midwicket, where Harbhajan collects and returns a fine throw to Dhoni but Ponting is home safe

30.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run, slower through the air, Ponting doesn't move his feet and reaches out to mistime the drive back to Kumble

30.4

Kumble to Ponting, no run, again on off stump, he defends it back to India's captain

30.5

Kumble to Ponting, no run, now thats a ripper, and finally, some turn! This one spits and kicks, turning off the seam from leg stump to skim past Ponting's bat after he's squared up, and Dhoni leaps up as well ... Kumble liked that one!

30.6

Kumble to Ponting, no run, full on off stump and he gets forward to defend

"This series will decide Kumble's career," says Daniel from Down Under.

End of over 31 (1 run) Australia 81/1
RT Ponting    44* (97b 5x4)      A Kumble    7-1-17-0
SM Katich    31* (86b 3x4)      Z Khan    8-1-17-1

31.1

Khan to Katich, no run, on a length, outside off stump, Katich walks into the line, and defends it back to the bowler

31.2

Khan to Katich, no run, wide outside off stump, left alone by Katich

31.3

Khan to Katich, 1 run, angling in to the pads, Katich walks across, and turns it down to fine leg for an easy single

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

31.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, straighter this time, and defended back

31.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, angling across Ponting, who looks for the drive, but ball stops on him and he checks his shot, and plays it along to ground to mid-off

End of over 32 (5 runs) Australia 86/1
RT Ponting    48* (100b 6x4)      Z Khan    9-1-22-1
SM Katich    32* (89b 3x4)      A Kumble    7-1-17-0

32.1

Kumble to Katich, 2 runs, full, flighted on the legs, katich will keep turning them around the corner all day. Two runs for his troubles this time

32.2

Kumble to Katich, no run, another flighted delivery on off stump, and defended

32.3

Kumble to Katich, no run, Katich gets a stride again, and defends back to bowler

32.4

Kumble to Katich, no run, shorter, Katich stays back, and hits it back to bowler

32.5

Kumble to Katich, no run, steps out this time, is beaten in the flight as this is shorter, but manages to pad it away. Indians get excited there

32.6

Kumble to Katich, no run, on the pads, and defended

End of over 33 (2 runs) Australia 88/1
SM Katich    34* (95b 3x4)      A Kumble    8-1-19-0
RT Ponting    48* (100b 6x4)      Z Khan    9-1-22-1

Ryan Gardner: "Ponting is settling into a nice century. He will bat for the next one and half days and get 180 not out."

33.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, on a length outside off stump, pushed to cover

33.2

Khan to Ponting, no run, angled across Ponting, wide enough for Ponting to not have anything to do with it

33.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, this one was an offcutter, pitched on leg and cut away, Ponting defends comfortably

Zaheer goes round the wicket

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

33.5

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, on the stumps, worked to wide of mid-on, Ganguly makes a tumbling save but cannot save the single

33.6

Khan to Katich, no run, half-volley outside the off stump, and played straight to mid-off

End of over 34 (5 runs) Australia 93/1
SM Katich    34* (96b 3x4)      Z Khan    10-1-27-1
RT Ponting    53* (105b 7x4)      A Kumble    8-1-19-0

34.1

Kumble to Ponting, no run, full on the stumps, turning away, Ponting gets his front foot down and defends

34.2

Kumble to Ponting, no run, short and wide, cut away to covers

34.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run, fuller still, driven back to the bowler

34.4

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, full outside off, Ponting opens the face to point, and takes a sharp single. He is picking Ganguly

34.5

Kumble to Katich, no run, loud appeal, pitched just outside off, turning in, hitting Katich in line, and his bat is behind his pad. Don't know what went wrong with this shout; perhaps the long stride saved him. Replays showed it was going to hit top of middle, expectedly Kumble is not impressed

34.6

Kumble to Katich, no run, short outside off, and left alone

End of over 35 (1 run) Australia 94/1
SM Katich    34* (98b 3x4)      A Kumble    9-1-20-0
RT Ponting    54* (109b 7x4)      Z Khan    10-1-27-1

35.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, straight on a length, hit to mid-off, looks for a single, but changes his mind

35.2

Khan to Ponting, no run, back of a length, pushed to cover

35.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, straight half-volley, but it was a tad slower, and hence Ponting had to check his shot

35.4

Khan to Ponting, no run, angling across, on a lnegth, Ponting defneds with an open face to covers

35.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, wide, angling across, Ponting leaves it alone

35.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, slower again, moving away from ponting, who is equal to it, and defneds the ball to mid-off

End of over 36 (maiden) Australia 94/1
RT Ponting    54* (115b 7x4)      Z Khan    11-2-27-1
SM Katich    34* (98b 3x4)      A Kumble    9-1-20-0

36.1

Kumble to Katich, no run, full on the pads, Katich whips it to leg. It hit the short leg fielder, and went to Harbhajan Singh at midwicket

36.2

Kumble to Katich, no run, full on pads again, and Katich plays to mid-on this time, which is wide already and saves the single

36.3

Kumble to Katich, 2 runs, flatter this time, guided away to the covers this time, easy two there

36.4

Kumble to Katich, 1 run, shorter, but on the stumps, Katich goes back deep into the crease and turns it around for a single

36.5

Kumble to Ponting, no run, gentle half-volley, Ponting hits it straight, but Kumble fields it

36.6

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, on the pads, and helped away to fine-leg for a single

End of over 37 (4 runs) Australia 98/1
RT Ponting    55* (117b 7x4)      A Kumble    10-1-24-0
SM Katich    37* (102b 3x4)      Z Khan    11-2-27-1

We have spin from both ends now, as Harbhajan replaces Zaheer. One slip, one shortleg, and a short midwicket

37.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, loopy delivery on the off stump, Ponting gets his foot right down and defends

37.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, flatter doosra outside off stump, defended to cover

37.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, loopier this time, turning in, and Ponting defends it back

37.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, full on the stumps, defended it to short midwicket

37.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, on the legs, Ponting waits for it to turn, and sweeps it fine

37.6

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, driven away towards extra cover, where Ishant Sharma prevents the single

End of over 38 (1 run) Australia 99/1
SM Katich    37* (103b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-3-20-0
RT Ponting    56* (122b 7x4)      A Kumble    10-1-24-0

Once again, let me remind you all that the referral system IS NOT in place for this series.

38.1

Kumble to Ponting, no run, full outside off stump, inviting the drive, Ponting realises he is not to the pitch of it, and checks the shot

38.2

Kumble to Ponting, no run, on the stumps, defended it back

38.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run, flatter on the stumps, all he can do is defend

38.4

Kumble to Ponting, no run, wider again, and driven to covers to Harbhajan who is there to stop the single

38.5

Kumble to Ponting, no run, flatter, outside off, Ponting looks to cut, but realises it is not short enough

38.6

Kumble to Ponting, no run, almost a yorker, and Ponting plays it back to the bowler

End of over 39 (maiden) Australia 99/1
RT Ponting    56* (128b 7x4)      A Kumble    11-2-24-0
SM Katich    37* (103b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-3-20-0

39.1

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, driven towards extracover, Laxman is staioned at short extracover, and prevents a single

two short extracovers now, standing next to each other

39.2

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, 1 run, turned away square to Gambhir, the second man at short extracover. The single brings up the 100 of the partnership and the innings

39.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, full outside off stump, Ponting is on the front foot and defends it back to bowler

39.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, full again, whipped away towards midwicket, but Laxman does the fielding at short midwicket

Coming round the wicket

39.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, topspinner this time, but Ponting moves quickly to defend it

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

End of over 40 (5 runs) Australia 104/1
RT Ponting    60* (132b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    10-3-25-0
SM Katich    38* (105b 3x4)      A Kumble    11-2-24-0

40.1

Kumble to Katich, no run, on the stumps, and defended easily

40.2

Kumble to Katich, 1 run, turned away towards midwicket for an easy single

40.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run

40.4

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, straighter this time, Ponting turns it around the pad for a single

40.5

Kumble to Katich, no run, low fulltoss, played straight to midwicket

40.6

Kumble to Katich, no run, full, played with an angled bat, towards leg slip

End of over 41 (2 runs) Australia 106/1
SM Katich    39* (109b 3x4)      A Kumble    12-2-26-0
RT Ponting    61* (134b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    10-3-25-0

round the wicket again

41.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, outside leg, and played it behind square

over the wicket to Katich

41.2

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, on leg stump, turning away, and defended back

41.3

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, 1 run, this one turned big, but slow, and Katich had time to go onto the back foot, adjust and place the ball through covers

41.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, full outside off stump, and driven to widish mid-off for an easy single

41.5

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, front foot is down quickly, and the fullish delivery is defended back

41.6

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, 1 run, easy as they come, outside leg stump, turning a bit, Katich gets on top of the bounce and turns it around the corner

End of over 42 (4 runs) Australia 110/1
SM Katich    41* (113b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    11-3-29-0
RT Ponting    63* (136b 8x4)      A Kumble    12-2-26-0

42.1

Kumble to Katich, no run, decent ball outside off and he leaves it be for Dhoni this time

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

42.3

Kumble to Katich, no run, shorter now, expectedly, and he gets back to defend

42.4

Kumble to Katich, no run, flights it wide and Katich gets forward, running it to gully

42.5

Kumble to Katich, no run, skips down, Kumble holds back the length, and its defended

42.6

Kumble to Katich, no run, fuller, angling in, he gets a stride in and defends to Kumble

Thats drinks for all and sundry. Kumble continues to be ineffective. Not helped by the lifeless track, but still. It all seems uphill for India from here, unless they can do something quick. Perhaps a change in bowling?

End of over 43 (4 runs) Australia 114/1
SM Katich    45* (119b 4x4)      A Kumble    13-2-30-0
RT Ponting    63* (136b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    11-3-29-0

Ponting assesses the situation and takes guard. We've had 39 runs this session. Harbhajan bowls from around the stumps.

43.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, flat on the pads and effortlessly clipped through midwicket

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

43.3

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, some loop now, into the rough outside off, and he drives to point

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

43.5

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, quicker, and with some turn, but Katich leaves it be outside off

43.6

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, 1 run, another single, pushed between cover and point rather gently

End of over 44 (10 runs) Australia 124/1
SM Katich    54* (124b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    12-3-39-0
RT Ponting    64* (137b 8x4)      A Kumble    13-2-30-0

A good partnership between these two. Hard, gritty stuff. This is a batting track indeed.

44.1

Kumble to Katich, 1 run, down the pads, shuffles and works it past square leg for one

44.2

Kumble to Ponting, no run, flighted on middle and off and Ponting plays it back

44.3

Kumble to Ponting, no run, thats a very, very ambitious appeal from Kumble, who bowls it full and outside leg stump, hitting Ponting's pad as he shapes to paddle it but cannot connect

44.4

Kumble to Ponting, 2 runs, still he feeds him on his pads and Ponting turns it out to deep midwicket, where Tendulkar covers plenty of ground, collects, and returns an excellent throw on top of the stumps, which Kumble applauds

44.5

Kumble to Ponting, no run, full on the toes, and he clips it right to midwicket

44.6

Kumble to Ponting, 1 run, slower ball, out the back of the hand, turned towards leg for one

End of over 45 (4 runs) Australia 128/1
RT Ponting    67* (142b 8x4)      A Kumble    14-2-34-0
SM Katich    55* (125b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    12-3-39-0

45.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, full and flat on the stumps, uses his feet and drives to midwicket

Time for Sehwag, then? He does turn the ball ...

45.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, straightens after pitching, Ponting lunges forward and leaves

45.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, slower, tossed up, he gets across and on-drives a sharp single

45.4

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, flighted across Katich, who waits and nudges it to point

45.5

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, speared into middle and leg, Katich flicks it to midwicket

45.6

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, slower, drifting in from outside leg, Katich smothers the spin

End of over 46 (1 run) Australia 129/1
SM Katich    55* (128b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    13-3-40-0
RT Ponting    68* (145b 8x4)      A Kumble    14-2-34-0

Bhupen emails in: "Kumble has been an ineffective bowler since a long time. There are much better legspin bowlers in India today. Even Kumble's captaincy seems to be very ineffective and basic. Why does he not try a few overs from Tendulkar, Sehwag etc. Batsmen get used to the bowlers if asked to face continuously over after over. It is high time Kumble retired." The debate continues ...

And on cue, Kumble swaps himself for Ishant Sharma, who has not bowled after lunch.

46.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, gets back and mistimes an attempted back-foot cut to a short one, instead dragging it down into the ground in front of point

Two slips in place for Ponting. Could this be another session-turning spell from Ishant?

46.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, fullish outside off stump and he shoulders arms with a huge stride, there's that low carry to Dhoni on view again

46.3

Sharma to Ponting, 2 runs, short, wide and slapped off the back foot through square, but Sehwag is out at deep point to mop up

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

46.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, better length and some swing, but wide enough for him to leave

46.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good ball, hitting a length and shaping back in but Ponting is forward and knows where his stumps are, he shoulders arms and Dhoni takes

End of over 47 (6 runs) Australia 135/1
RT Ponting    74* (151b 9x4)      I Sharma    9-2-29-0
SM Katich    55* (128b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    13-3-40-0

"One reason why Ganguly was a successful captain was because he was not predictable, Kumble should take a cue..." says Nishanth. Harbhajan continues.

47.1

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, 1 run, short, hint of turn, he gets back and drives through cover

47.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, slower ball, middle and leg, he waits and turns it fine

47.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 2 runs, drags it short, no turn, Ponting gets back and punches past point

47.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, decent delivery, straightens and squares up Ponting, defending

47.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, gets forward, back leg moving, and he defends it back

47.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, overpitched and he drives expansively to mid-off to keep strike

Not a lot of turn for the spinners. The odd ball, I'd say. Pretty humid out there too.

End of over 48 (4 runs) Australia 139/1
RT Ponting    77* (156b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    14-3-44-0
SM Katich    56* (129b 6x4)      I Sharma    9-2-29-0

48.1

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, good ball, getting Ponting onto the front foot and pushing uppishly towards extra cover, where Harbhajan fields

48.2

Sharma to Katich, no run, pitches on leg and straightens and Katich defends to midwicket

Katich has shuffled across a lot in this innings, but has gained in confidence. The initial shuffling was a bit tentative, often exposing leg stump. Especially against spin. He looks at ease now.

48.3

Sharma to Katich, 1 run, and again, he gets across and clips this one to midwicket

48.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, slower ball, pitching wide and going away, Ponting gets his back leg across and thinks about cutting it away, but resists as the ball deviates

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

48.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, wide again, pitching short and lifting, Ponting leaves it be

End of over 49 (6 runs) Australia 145/1
RT Ponting    82* (160b 10x4)      I Sharma    10-2-35-0
SM Katich    57* (131b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    14-3-44-0

We're into the 50th over of the day. Run rate under three. Crowd still buzzing.

49.1

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, flat ball, spins away, Katich gets across and defends it back

49.2

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, flat on middle and off, he strides forward and defends

49.3

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, 1 run, pushes it across Katich, though a bit too full, and he gently taps that towards cover and calls for the single, Ponting is sharp to respond, well run

49.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, pushed in quick, a good line too, forcing Ponting back to defend

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

49.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, slower, generously tossed up outside off, he on-drives a single

This really is an excellent innings from Ponting. Given all the hype about his poor record in India, he's come out and played spin superbly.

End of over 50 (6 runs) Australia 151/1
RT Ponting    87* (163b 11x4)      Harbhajan Singh    15-3-50-0
SM Katich    58* (134b 6x4)      I Sharma    10-2-35-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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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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