Australia tour of India, 2008/09 / Commentary

Border-Gavaskar Trophy - 2nd Test

India v Australia

India won by 320 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

90.6

Lee to Dhoni, FOUR, well what a way to get off the mark, Lee bangs it in short of a length and the ball skids through fairly quickly to Dhoni, he picks the length early and pulls with force past square leg

India 331/6   MS Dhoni 4* (1b 1x4)

91.2

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, Siddle gets it to skid through really quickly and brings the ball back in after pitching, the ball clips Dhoni high on the pad

91.3

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, good length on off and middle, he gets behind the line and defends

91.4

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, hits a good length outside off, he gets his high backlift down and punches it firmly

91.5

Siddle to Dhoni, SIX, that gets the crowd animated! Siddle bangs it in short, Dhoni picks the length early and thwacks it just over the fine leg rope, a very well executed hook

91.6

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, pitches outside off and straightens, he lets it go

India 338/6   MS Dhoni 10* (6b 1x4 1x6)

92.3

Lee to Dhoni, no run, Lee steams in from round the wicket, the ball is short and angled towards Dhoni;s midriff, he shuffles, withdraws the stroke and the ball rolls to the on side off his body

92.4

Lee to Dhoni, 1 run, slides down leg and and he nudges it down to fine leg

India 342/6   MS Dhoni 11* (8b 1x4 1x6)

93.1

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, fullish outside off, he mistimes the drive towards mid-off

93.2

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, hits a good length outside off and it straightens before reaching Haddin

93.3

Siddle to Dhoni, FOUR, very well timed, the ball shapes in off a good length, Dhoni commits to the front foot, opens the face of the bat and just executes a defensive push to beat cover and backward point, he uses the pace of the ball to steer it through

93.4

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, holds the length back a little, this time he taps it back to the bowler

93.5

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, brute of a delivery, comes back in off a good length, Dhoni is forced to play at it and is sliced in half, nearly an edge there

93.6

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, simlar delivery, this time he gets a bigger stride across his stumps and pushes it away to the off side

India 346/6   MS Dhoni 15* (14b 2x4 1x6)

94.2

Lee to Dhoni, no run, predictably digs it in short, he commits early to the pull but the ball comes on a little quicker, as a result he uneasily pulls it towards leg gully

94.3

Lee to Dhoni, 1 run, shuffles across his stumps and tucks it wide of Lee, he gets off the blocks and calls quickly for the run

94.5

Lee to Dhoni, no run, pulls a short ball along the turf and Ponting does brilliantly to slide to to his right at square and intercept, saved a couple surely

94.6

Lee to Dhoni, no run, ends the over with a bouncer, Dhoni decides against the hook and sways away

India 349/6   MS Dhoni 16* (18b 2x4 1x6)

96.1

Lee to Dhoni, FOUR, Lee persists with his round the wicket line but the short delivery turns into a laf tracker, Dhoni manages to find enough time to rock back and pulls high over square leg

96.2

Lee to Dhoni, 1 run, gets way across his stumps to another short delivery and he softly taps it away to fine lg

96.4

Lee to Dhoni, FOUR, slightly short of a length but gives him enough room to free his arms, he flashes at it and safely carves it past point and cover

96.5

Lee to Dhoni, 1 run, pushed towards mid-on for a quick single

India 360/6   MS Dhoni 26* (22b 4x4 1x6)

97.1

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, gets behind the line to a good length delivery and defends

97.2

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, pitches on a good length and comes back in, he gets across and pushes it to the on side

97.3

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, gets forward to a slightly fuller delivery and taps it back to Siddle

97.4

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, pitches on a good length outside off, he steers it to the off side

97.5

Siddle to Dhoni, 1 run, opens the face of the bat in the last second and steers it to third man

India 361/6   MS Dhoni 27* (27b 4x4 1x6)

98.6

Johnson to Dhoni, no run, short delivery angled down the leg side, Dhoni strangely opts out of the stroke

India 365/6   MS Dhoni 27* (28b 4x4 1x6)

99.4

Watson to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni commits to the back foot off a good length ball, he taps it back hard down the pitch

99.5

Watson to Dhoni, 2 runs, I don't know if i'm right in calling that an agricultural heave, he picks a full delivery from wide outside off and drags it behind square on the on side, typical one-day shot in the slog over

99.6

Watson to Dhoni, FOUR, shot! A little too full and wide outside the off stump and Dhoni reaches out and punches it crisply in the arc between mid-off and cover, plays it late

India 372/6   MS Dhoni 33* (31b 5x4 1x6)

100.2

Johnson to Dhoni, no run, pitches outside off and gets a big angle across the right hander, the ball keeps low too

100.3

Johnson to Dhoni, no run, this time he gets a big stride across his stumps and drives it to the right of cover

100.4

Johnson to Dhoni, no run, wasted delivery, really full and wide outside off and left alone

100.5

Johnson to Dhoni, 2 runs, not much pace on that ball, he improvises by getting across his stumps and whipping it to the deep on the on side for an easy two

100.6

Johnson to Dhoni, no run, full outside off, he shoulders arms

India 375/6   MS Dhoni 35* (36b 5x4 1x6)

101.2

Watson to Dhoni, no run, slower in pace, lands on a fullish length and he gets forward and pushes it away to the off side

101.3

Watson to Dhoni, no run, punches a fullish delivery hard but can't beat mid-off

101.4

Watson to Dhoni, no run, hits a good length outside off and he chops it down towards point

101.5

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, angles in towards the batsman and he gets across and works it down towards fine leg

India 377/6   MS Dhoni 36* (40b 5x4 1x6)

102.1

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, short and angling wide of the off stump, he can't resist a slash but fortunately it's wide of second slip, third man picks it up

India 378/6   MS Dhoni 37* (41b 5x4 1x6)

103.3

Watson to Dhoni, no run, keeps a little low outside off and Dhoni has to bend a little low to slice it to point

103.4

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, a slow bouncer, Dhoni meets the ball close to the helmet and hooks along the ground to fine leg

103.6

Watson to Dhoni, no run, gets a good drift in to the right hander to cramp him for room, he gets forward and firmly punches it towards mid-off

India 382/6   MS Dhoni 38* (44b 5x4 1x6)

105.1

Watson to Dhoni, no run, fullish and swinging in, he gets forward and pushes it back to the bowler

105.2

Watson to Dhoni, no run, fullish and swinging in, he works it down to cover

105.3

Watson to Dhoni, no run, good change of pace, Dhoni commits to the drive but checks his push to mid-on

105.4

Watson to Dhoni, no run, hits a good length and gets it to angle in to the right hander, he punches it firmly to mid-off

105.5

Watson to Dhoni, no run, holds the length back a bit another firm punch finds the fielder, this time at cover

105.6

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, a bouncer this time, he swivels but doesn't quite time it as well as he would've liked, fine leg picks it up

India 383/6   MS Dhoni 39* (50b 5x4 1x6)

106.1

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, pitches close to the pads, he works it to the on side for a single

India 384/6   MS Dhoni 40* (51b 5x4 1x6)

107.1

White to Dhoni, no run, no turn, he chops it to the off side

107.2

White to Dhoni, no run, not turn at all, Dhoni opts to let it go

107.3

White to Dhoni, no run, slower through the air, Dhoni shoulders arms to another one which straightens

107.4

White to Dhoni, 1 run, angles it towards middle and leg, he gets across his stumps for a premeditated sweep

India 385/6   MS Dhoni 41* (55b 5x4 1x6)

108.3

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, pitches on middle and leg, he gets across his stumps and whips it wide of mid-on

India 388/6   MS Dhoni 42* (56b 5x4 1x6)

109.1

White to Dhoni, no run, sticks his pad out to let it go, not turn again

109.2

White to Dhoni, 1 run, he sweeps very close to the pad and that prompts an appeal from White, more of a half hearted appeal

109.5

White to Dhoni, 1 run, floated on middle and leg, he nudges it to fine leg

India 395/6   MS Dhoni 44* (59b 5x4 1x6)

110.1

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, continues round the wicket, he tucks it with the angle to the deep on the on side and that brings up the 400

India 400/6   MS Dhoni 45* (60b 5x4 1x6)

111.4

White to Dhoni, no run, pushed in faster, he lunges forward to defend

111.5

White to Dhoni, no run, gives it more air, he drives firmly to short extra cover

111.6

White to Dhoni, SIX, he goes downtown! Dhoni sees the extra flight and waltzes down the track, he carts White high over his head and that goes a few rows back, it's his fifty as well, very welcome knock by the Indian captain

India 408/6   MS Dhoni 51* (63b 5x4 2x6)

112.6

Watson to Dhoni, FOUR, too wide outside the off stump, the lack of pace allows Dhoni to wait on it, get his feet across and slash wide of backward point and cover, full marks for placement and timing too

India 413/6   MS Dhoni 55* (64b 6x4 2x6)

113.2

White to Dhoni, no run, goes for an expansive drive but doesn't pick the googly, gets a thick inside edge on to the toe of his pads

113.3

White to Dhoni, no run, slower through the air and straightens, he gets a half stride forward and defends

113.4

White to Dhoni, no run, another googly, lunges forward and the ball hits him on the pads maybe just outside the line of leg, White and the rest appeal, Rauf shakes his head

113.5

White to Dhoni, 1 run, stays back and punches a straight ball down to long-on

India 415/6   MS Dhoni 56* (68b 6x4 2x6)

114.2

Watson to Dhoni, 4 leg byes, short of a length and drifting down the leg side, he pulls, makes contact with the thigh pad and the ball rolls to fine leg

114.3

Watson to Dhoni, no run, comes in just a little with the angle and he punches it hard down the pitch

114.4

Watson to Dhoni, no run, fuller in length and he plays it firmly back to the bowler

114.5

Watson to Dhoni, no run, skids through a little quicker and comes in after pitching, Dhoni's cramped for room on the cut and he places it to short cover

114.6

Watson to Dhoni, no run, gets forward to a fullish delivery and attempts a quick single to mid-off, changes his mind

India 421/6   MS Dhoni 56* (73b 6x4 2x6)

115.3

White to Dhoni, 1 run, way too flat, the ball lands as a half tracker and Dhoni mistimes the paddle-pull (if such a shot exists), he's frustrated he couldn't slam it for four

India 423/6   MS Dhoni 57* (74b 6x4 2x6)

116.1

Watson to Dhoni, no run, fires in the yorker, well bowled, Dhoni does well to dig it out

116.2

Watson to Dhoni, 2 leg byes, slides towards the pads and he nudges it away towards fine leg off his pads

116.3

Watson to Dhoni, no run, full and curving in, he digs it out to long-off

116.4

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, pitches on a good length outside off, he pushes it past the covers to bring up the 100 stand off 160 balls

India 426/6   MS Dhoni 58* (78b 6x4 2x6)

117.1

White to Dhoni, 1 run, short and wide outside off, no turn, he cuts to sweeper cover

117.4

White to Dhoni, no run, stays back, keeps a little low, he chops it back to the bowler

117.5

White to Dhoni, 1 run, flighted outside off, he punches it in front of mid-off and sets off, Ganguly scampers home

India 433/6   MS Dhoni 60* (81b 6x4 2x6)

118.1

Watson to Dhoni, no run, pitches on middle and leg and skids through, the ball deflects off his pads to the off side

118.2

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, quicker delivery, gets it to curve back in and he pushes it to the sweeper cover

118.6

Watson to Dhoni, no run, pitches outside off and holds its line after pitching, Dhoni shoulders arms, remember Haddin is standing up to the stumps

India 435/6   MS Dhoni 61* (84b 6x4 2x6)

119.2

White to Dhoni, no run, flighted on middle and leg, he pushes it back to the bowler

119.3

White to Dhoni, no run, flighted outside off, he pushes it to the off side

119.4

White to Dhoni, no run, the googly, hits him somewhere close to the back leg on the forward defense and White appeals, that was missing everything

119.5

White to Dhoni, no run, flighted on middle and leg, he pushes it to midwicket

119.6

White to Dhoni, 1 run, floated down the leg side, he nudges it behind square on the on side

India 436/7   MS Dhoni 62* (89b 6x4 2x6)

120.1

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, gets it to curve in nicely through the air, he gets forward and firmly pushes it to deep mid-off and sets off

India 437/7   MS Dhoni 63* (90b 6x4 2x6)

121.1

White to Dhoni, no run, flighted outside off, he lunges forward and pushes it back to the bowler

121.2

White to Dhoni, no run, pitches outside off and holds its line, he shoulders arms

121.3

White to Dhoni, 2 runs, gives him the charge and tries to cart him over extra cover but mistimes it, it lands in the middle of nowhere

121.4

White to Dhoni, 2 runs, softly taps it to the vacant square leg region and sets off quickly, the second run puts pressure on Harbhajan but he makes it before the direct hit

121.5

White to Dhoni, no run, flighted outside off and pushed to the off side

121.6

White to Dhoni, no run, pushed just wide of mid-off and there was a single for the taking, Harbhajan sends his partner back

India 441/7   MS Dhoni 67* (96b 6x4 2x6)

122.4

Watson to Dhoni, no run, tries to slice it past backward point but he places it straight to the fielder

122.5

Watson to Dhoni, no run, pitches outside off and comes back in, tries to work it to the on side but edges on to his pads

122.6

Watson to Dhoni, no run, full and swinging away, he drives on the walk but can't beat mid-off

India 442/7   MS Dhoni 67* (99b 6x4 2x6)

123.3

White to Dhoni, no run, pitches outside off and straightens before reaching Haddin

123.4

White to Dhoni, 1 run, full and wide outside off, he drives towards long-off

India 444/8   MS Dhoni 68* (101b 6x4 2x6)

124.1

Siddle to Dhoni, FOUR, he pitches it too short and wide outside off, there's protection in the deep but Dhoni punches it wide of them and the ball races away to the deep cover boundary

124.2

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, gets forward and defends

124.3

Siddle to Dhoni, 1 run, steps down the pitch to Siddle and works him away past cover

124.5

Siddle to Dhoni, SIX, take that! Dhoni steps down the track to Siddle and carts him high over long-off, the ball was picked off a good length, it's clear he wants to get to his hundred fast

124.6

Siddle to Dhoni, 1 run, shuffles across his stumps and places it to the deep on the on side

India 457/8   MS Dhoni 80* (106b 7x4 3x6)

125.1

White to Dhoni, no run, gently flighted outside off stump and he watches it go by

125.2

White to Dhoni, 1 run, comes out but mistimes the shot along the ground to mid-on

India 458/8   MS Dhoni 81* (108b 7x4 3x6)

126.1

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, on a length and he runs this to backward point with ease

126.2

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, slower ball, fuller in length, caressed to the man at cover

126.3

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, tidy stuff and he eases forward to press it back to Siddle

126.4

Siddle to Dhoni, 1 run, comes onto the front foot and pushes this into the covers

India 459/8   MS Dhoni 82* (112b 7x4 3x6)

127.1

White to Dhoni, no run, quicker through the air, he stays on the back foot and keeps it away

127.2

White to Dhoni, SIX, waltzes down the track, makes use of the flight and slams him against the turn over long-off, there were at least three fielders on the deep and he beat all of them

127.3

White to Dhoni, FOUR, heads up! White pushes this a little flatter but that doesn't stop Dhoni from giving the charge, he smashes it flat and the ball fizzes past White and poor Asad Rauf, was that a bird or a plane?

127.4

White to Dhoni, no run, quite a big spinning googly, he defends it away

127.5

White to Dhoni, no run, bowls seam up, pushes that flatter and faster, he pushes it back to the bowler

127.6

White to Dhoni, OUT, quite unnecessary there, White bowls seam up, Dhoni punches a skiddy delivery to Lee at mid-off and risks the single, Zaheer was always struggling and couldn't beat the throw despite the dive, Haddin whips the bails and Koertzen doesn't call for the third umpire, it was that obvious

Z Khan run out 2 (25m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

India 469/9   MS Dhoni 92* (118b 8x4 4x6)

128.1

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, pushes it to the off side and farms the strike

128.2

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, fires in an inswinging yorker on middle and leg and he digs it out to the deep, he refuses the single

128.3

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, delivers from wide of the crease, he gets forward and taps it to the deep on the off side, no single again

128.4

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, pushes it towards long-off, no run again

128.5

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, gets behind the line and quietly defends it away, now he has to take a single off the last ball

128.6

Siddle to Dhoni, OUT, was he a little unlucky there? A big inswinger by Siddle, Dhoni moves across his stumps and attempts to work it to the on side for a single, it appears as if he got an inside edge onto his pads, Siddle is confident and Koertzen raises the finger, that may have missed the legstump as well, I need to see another replay of that

MS Dhoni lbw b Siddle 92 (176m 124b 8x4 4x6) SR: 74.19

India 469/10   MS Dhoni 92 (124b 8x4 4x6)
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