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

0.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, not quite a loosener, pitches outside off and carries through well to Haddin, Gambhir safely lets it go

0.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, pitches round about the same length outside off, this time it moves away just a little, Gambhir gets on the backfoot and shoulders arms

0.3

Lee to Gambhir, FOUR, lovely shot to get the Test match off the mark, overpitched just outside the off stump, gambhir nicely gets behind the line and drives past mid-on, full face of the bat

0.4

Lee to Gambhir, 5 wides, Lee completely loses his radar there, it was so wide outside off that Haddin and the slips stood no chance, the ball runs away to third man

0.4

Lee to Gambhir, no run, muchy better line, outside off and straightens a bit, Haddin collects it at a good height

0.5

Lee to Gambhir, no run, a superb jaffa to square up Gambhir, pitches on the corridor outside off and kicks up a bit, Gambhir is drawn into the stroke but is beaten for pace

0.6

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, angles in towards the pads and it's easy pickings as he whips it down to fine leg to keep the strike

India 10/0   G Gambhir 5* (6b 1x4)

1.1

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, Knocks him on the head straightaway! What a start, bangs it in short, Gambhir takes his eyes off the ball as he tries to duck and the ball knocks him flush on the helmet and rolls to the on side, he gets assistance from the dressing room, nothing to worry, he's ok now

1.2

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, much fuller this time and angling across after pitching, he gets behind it and taps it down to point

1.3

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, just short of a good length on middle stump, he forces Gambhir to go on the hop and fend it off to the off side

1.4

Siddle to Gambhir, 3 runs, strays a little too wide outside off and pitches it too full, gambhir leans in to the drive and beats cover, not enough power to reach the boundary though, good shot nevertheless

India 13/0   G Gambhir 8* (10b 1x4)

2.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, pitches it on a good length outside off and straightens, he lets it go

2.2

Lee to Gambhir, 2 runs, pitched too full outside off, Gambhir executes uses the pace of the ball and fetches a couple past the covers off a mere defensive push

2.3

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, drifts towards the body, he uses the movement in to him to flick it wide of square leg

2.5

Lee to Gambhir, no run, good length on middle and off, tapped firmly back to the bowler

2.6

Lee to Gambhir, no run, fuller and wider of off stump, gambhir is solid in defence as he pushes it down to mid-off

India 21/0   G Gambhir 11* (15b 1x4)

4.1

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, angles just a shade down the leg side and he shuffles and works it down to fine leg

4.5

Lee to Gambhir, no run, aims for the fuller length outside off, Gambhir gets on his knee for the square drive but mistimes it to the off side

4.6

Lee to Gambhir, no run, holds the length back outside off, he gets on the front foot and pushes it to the off side

India 29/0   G Gambhir 12* (18b 1x4)

5.2

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, strays a little too wide outside the off stump, Gambhir plays it safe and chooses to watch the ball through to the keeper

5.3

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, brings the line closer to the off stump but the same result, he lets it go to Haddin

5.4

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, this time the line is on middle and leg, he nudges it softly to the on side and looks for the single but changes his mind as Siddle darts across to gather the ball

5.5

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, hits a good length outside off, he lets it go

5.6

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir is drawn forward to a fullish delivery and tries to pick up a single with a defensive push, changes his mind

India 30/0   G Gambhir 12* (23b 1x4)

6.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, bangs it in short of a length outside off and angles away just a touch, he shoulders arms

6.3

Lee to Gambhir, no run, super stuff from Lee, he pitches it just outside the off stump and gets it to angle away just a little, Gambhir fishes at it and withdraws his bat

6.4

Lee to Gambhir, no run, works his wrists and works a full delivery off his pads down to square leg, I reckon it's Katich who slides to his right and cuts off a run or two

6.5

Lee to Gambhir, no run, slightly slower in pace, full on off stump and he works it down to mid-on

6.6

Lee to Gambhir, FOUR, cracker of a shot by Gambhir! Lee overpitches outside the off stump and asks for trouble, gambhir leans on to the drive with his bat and body right behind the line, mid-off or cover could only stare at each other

India 35/0   G Gambhir 16* (28b 2x4)

8.1

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, back of a length outside off and straightens, Gambhir hops and fends it away to point

8.2

Johnson to Gambhir, FOUR, a litte too short and way too wide, Gambhir stays rooted to the crease and flashes at it with control, he places it wide of the vacant backward point region

8.3

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, hits a good length around the off stump, he gets forward and defends

8.4

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, slightly fuller in length but not much lateral movement, Gambhir gets forward and watchfully lets it go

8.5

Johnson to Gambhir, 1 run, angled just a touch towards the pads, gambhir commits early to the front foot and turns it away wide of midwicket

India 48/0   G Gambhir 21* (33b 3x4)

9.1

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, 86.9 mph, lands on a good length outsisd off and gets a good shape across, safely left alone

9.2

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, 87.3 mph, a touch wider outside off and Gambhir decides to get forward and drive, can't beat cover

9.3

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, hits a good length outside off, he pats it away to point

9.4

Siddle to Gambhir, FOUR, 87.8 mph, good on pace but not so good on accuracy, it was over pitched wide outside the off stump, Gambhir gets forward and spanks it wide of the vacant extra cover region

9.5

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, angled across him, he leaves it

9.6

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, gets a similar angle across the left hander and shoulders arms again

India 56/0   G Gambhir 25* (39b 4x4)

10.4

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, just a touch too wide outside off and Gambhir mistimes a cut to the off side

10.5

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, shuffles across his stumps a little to a good length ball outside off and shoulders arms

10.6

Johnson to Gambhir, FOUR, too full outside the off stump, Gambhir gets nicely behind the line and punches it off the front foot with a lot of authority, he places it perfectly in the gap between mid-off and cover and the outfield does the rest

India 61/0   G Gambhir 29* (42b 5x4)

11.4

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, angles across the left hander from over the wicket, gambhir leans in to another booming drive but extra cover is alert enough to get a hand to it, the ball rolls towards mid-off, sinfgle turned down

11.5

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, pushed to the on side

11.6

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, hits a good length outside off, he gets behind the line and defends back to the bowler

India 62/0   G Gambhir 29* (45b 5x4)

12.3

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, short of a length outside the left-hander's off stump, Gambhir stays in his crease and drops it with soft hands towards point

12.4

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, fuller length slanting into Gambhir who leans forward and across and closes the face to play the ball to square leg

12.5

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, short of a length on middle stump, Gambhir moves back and plays the ball off his pads towards square leg

12.6

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir takes a step out of his crease and defends a good length ball on the off side

India 63/0   G Gambhir 29* (49b 5x4)

13.4

Watson to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir steps out and drives the ball firmly towards cover where the fielder tries to pick up with one hand but gets beaten by some awkward bounce, mid-off backs up

India 69/0   G Gambhir 30* (50b 5x4)

15.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, appeals straightaway for a leg before but Asad rauf is unmoved, it was pretty obvious it was missing leg, for starters it pitched outside leg and angled down the leg side, Lee started celebrating immediately

15.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, punches it firmly back to Lee on the backfoot and Lee gets a hand to it

15.3

Lee to Gambhir, FOUR, superb off drive, it is overpitched outside off, Gambhir gets forward and behind the line, he punches firmly in the arc between mid-off and cover

15.4

Lee to Gambhir, 2 runs, gets it tn angle in quite sharply, he gets a big stride forward and angles it down to Hayden at third man

15.5

Lee to Gambhir, 2 runs, angled in towards the pads again, he turns his wrists and works it down to fine leg

15.6

Lee to Gambhir, no run, angles it from slightly wide outside the off stump this time, he punches it firmly off the front foot down to the covers

India 78/1   G Gambhir 38* (56b 6x4)

17.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, bangs it in short of a length from round the wicket, he shuffles and tucks it down to square leg

17.2

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, works his wrists well to one that angles in towards his body, he finds the gap just wide of midwicket

India 79/1   G Gambhir 39* (58b 6x4)

18.1

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, back of a length outsde off, he hops and fends it away to point

18.2

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, angles in towards the body and Gambhir commits to the front foot a little early and tries to work it to the on side, he gets an inside edge on to his pads and the ball lobs to the off side

18.3

Johnson to Gambhir, 1 run, turned to fine leg, Gambhir sets off for the second run but Dravid quickly sends him back, India don't need a run out after this fine start

India 84/1   G Gambhir 40* (61b 6x4)

19.1

Watson to Gambhir, no run, walks down the pitch before Watson delivers and whips it straight to midwicket

19.2

Watson to Gambhir, no run, pitches on middle and leg, he turns it to the on side again

19.3

Watson to Gambhir, no run, too full outside off, watson gets away with it as Gambhir places the off drive straight to mid-off

19.4

Watson to Gambhir, no run, once again Gambhir gets nicely behind the line to a full delivery but gets his placement all wrong, cover picks it up

19.5

Watson to Gambhir, no run, fullish on middle and off, he gets forward and defends it down to mid-off

19.6

Watson to Gambhir, no run, full and wide outside off, he drives firmly but short cover comes into play this time, good field placement here

India 88/1   G Gambhir 40* (67b 6x4)

20.2

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, back of a length on middle and off, he defends back to the bowler

20.3

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, a touch fuller this time and he gets on the front foot to defend

20.4

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, well disguised slower ball, Gambhir is a little too early on the on side flick and he manages only a thick inside edge onto his pads

20.5

Johnson to Gambhir, 1 run, gets his wrists working nicely this time as he nudges it with soft hands to the on side to get a single

India 90/1   G Gambhir 41* (71b 6x4)

21.1

Watson to Gambhir, no run, Watson continues over the wicket, slower ball, lands on a full length outside off, Gambhir gets forward and defends

21.2

Watson to Gambhir, no run, a little quicker, he holds the length back a bit but there's no sideways movement before reaching the keeper

21.3

Watson to Gambhir, 1 run, drives firmly off the front foot and he just manages to beat a diving short cover and sets off, mid-off picks it up and has a shy at the stumps but Gambhir is home

India 91/1   G Gambhir 42* (74b 6x4)

22.1

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, fires in a yorker length outside off, he attempts a square drive but misses

22.2

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, a good length delivery this time outside off, he gets on the back foot and taps it towards cover but can't find the gap

22.3

Johnson to Gambhir, 1 run, he tries to intimidate him by walking down the pitch, he whips it off his pads straight to fine leg

22.5

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, banged in short of a length outside off and Gambhir fends it to the off side, the meets the ball quite high on the body but importantly plays it with soft hands

22.6

Johnson to Gambhir, 1 run, pitches on a good length outside off, he pushes it wide of point for a single

India 94/1   G Gambhir 44* (79b 6x4)

23.1

Watson to Gambhir, no run, good bouncer by Watson, Gambhir just takes his eyes off the ball as it fizzes past his helmet

23.2

Watson to Gambhir, no run, gets across his stumps and defends

23.3

Watson to Gambhir, no run, pitches outside off and straightens before reaching Haddin, left alone

23.4

Watson to Gambhir, no run, angles it wide of off stump, tries to tempt him into the flashy off drive but Gambhir lets it go

23.5

Watson to Gambhir, no run, pitches outside off and shapes away, he lets it go again

23.6

Watson to Gambhir, no run, superb delivery by Watson, he holds the length back a touch on off stump, gambhir gets across his stumps to defend but the ball shoots up and beats the outside edge

India 94/1   G Gambhir 44* (85b 6x4)

24.2

Clarke to Gambhir, no run, uses his feet a little and works a full delivery down to mid-on

24.3

Clarke to Gambhir, FOUR, waltzes down the track on seeing the flight and he safely clears mid-on, one bounce and four

24.4

Clarke to Gambhir, FOUR, and that's a fifty for Gambhir! He repeats the stroke, uses his feet well, Clarke comes over the wicket this time, he lofts over midwicket this time and finds the boundary off the first bounce

24.5

Clarke to Gambhir, no run, left alone to the keeper

24.6

Clarke to Gambhir, 1 run, flighted on middle and off, he walks down the pitch and pushes it down to long-on

India 104/1   G Gambhir 53* (90b 8x4)

25.1

Watson to Gambhir, no run, angled across, driven to the covers

25.2

Watson to Gambhir, no run, pitches outside off, keeps a little low before reaching the keeper

25.3

Watson to Gambhir, no run, fullish outside off, he drives this one softly towards mid-off

25.4

Watson to Gambhir, no run, banged in short but it's a slow bouncer through to the keeper

25.5

Watson to Gambhir, no run, lands on a fullish length outside off, Gambhir lets it go

25.6

Watson to Gambhir, no run, fires another one outside off at greater pace, he shoulders arms again

India 104/1   G Gambhir 53* (96b 8x4)

27.1

Watson to Gambhir, no run, angles across the left hander, he shoulders arms

27.2

Watson to Gambhir, no run, bowls a more stump-to-stump line this time, forces gambhir on the back foot and he defends back to the bowler

27.3

Watson to Gambhir, 2 runs, grants him a bit of width and gambhir is very sptrong on the off side, he slices it away fairly high on the body, third man mops u

27.4

Watson to Gambhir, no run, full and wide outside off and Gambhir's drive cannot bisect the packed off side field, extra cover picks it up

27.5

Watson to Gambhir, 1 run, 82.9 mph, that speed caught me by surprise, slightly wide outside off, he angles it wide of point

India 111/1   G Gambhir 56* (101b 8x4)

28.1

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, starts off the over by digging it in short, forces Gambhir on the hop but he manages to fend it off to the on side

28.2

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, short of a length and angling across the left hander, meets the ball high on the body and punches it to the off side

28.3

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, taps it away with soft hands off the back foot and thnks of a single

28.4

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, angles it from wide of the crease and aims at the off stump, he shuffles and defends it off to the off side

28.5

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, again gets the angle from the wide of the crease and cramps gambhir for room, he has to settle for another defensive push, good stuff from Siddle

28.6

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, 88.2 mph, varies his angle a bit and gets it to drift towards the middle stump, Gambhir closes the face of the bat but can't beat midwicket

India 111/1   G Gambhir 56* (107b 8x4)

29.2

Watson to Gambhir, no run, hits a good length outsie off, Gambhir taps it to the off side

29.3

Watson to Gambhir, 1 run, slower ball, gambhir has enough time to open the face of the bat and glide it down to third man

India 113/1   G Gambhir 57* (109b 8x4)

30.1

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, pitches it outside off, he lets it go

30.2

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, short of a length on middle and leg, he's forced on the back foot as he fends it to the on side

30.3

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, strays just a bit on the pads and Gambhir shuffles, he misses on opportunity to flick it fine as the ball trickles away off his pads to the on side

30.4

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, shuffles again and tries to work it fine but he plays it to the on side

30.5

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir flicks his wrists to a full delivery on middle stump but he can't beat square leg

30.6

Siddle to Gambhir, no run, pushes a full delivery straight to mid-off and that rounds off two consecutive maidens by Siddle

India 113/1   G Gambhir 57* (115b 8x4)

33.1

Watson to Gambhir, no run, watson continues over the wicket, Gambhir walks across his stumps and defends right behind the line of the ball

33.2

Watson to Gambhir, no run, moves across his stumps early and taps it away to midwicket, he hasn't scored much after lunch

33.3

Watson to Gambhir, 1 run, that was so full and wide outside off that gambhir couldn't resist a wils slash, a tad unattractive though, anyway it beats backward point and runs to third man

33.5

Watson to Gambhir, FOUR, aggression personified by Gambhir, Watson tried to surprise him with a short one and Gambhir was quick to the task, he transferred his weight to the back gfoot and pulled it with disdain past square leg

33.6

Watson to Gambhir, no run, pitches around the off stump, fuller in length, left alone

India 136/1   G Gambhir 62* (120b 9x4)

34.3

Siddle to Gambhir, 1 run, shuffles across and turns it wide of midwicket

India 138/1   G Gambhir 63* (121b 9x4)

35.1

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir taps it with soft hands and the ball lobs up and seems to bounce very close to the stumps

35.2

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, hits a good length outside off, he taps it down towards cover

35.3

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir has just a fraction of width to work with outside off and he tries to slay that past point, he mistimes it back to the bowler

35.4

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, strays down the leg side and Gambhir can't make contact, Haddin does well to slide to his right and cut it off

35.5

Johnson to Gambhir, 1 run, pitches outside off, he slashes hard down to third man and White mops up

India 139/1   G Gambhir 64* (126b 9x4)

36.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, comes round the wicket, the angle is towards middle and leg, he pushes it to the off side

36.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, holds the length back outside off and invites the flashy punch past the covers, Gambhir fails to make contact

36.3

Lee to Gambhir, no run, Lee isn't really exerting himself in this over, it lands outside off and goes through to Haddin at a fairly gentle pace by his standards

36.4

Lee to Gambhir, no run, fullish on middle and leg and angling in, Gambhir shapes to drive straight but mistimes it back to the bowler

36.5

Lee to Gambhir, no run, pitches outside off and angles across, left alone

36.6

Lee to Gambhir, no run, slightly slower in pace, gambhir tries to angle it behind square on the on side but is cramped for room so he taps it in front of the fielders on the off side

India 141/1   G Gambhir 64* (132b 9x4)

37.2

Johnson to Gambhir, 1 run, Johnson delivers it on the pads and Gambhir whips it away wide of square leg, he has protection at the deep on the on side

India 143/1   G Gambhir 65* (133b 9x4)

38.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, gets behind the line to a good length delivery and taps it back to the bowler

38.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, Lee charges in hard, bangs it on a good length outside off, Gambhir gauges the bounce and lets it go

38.3

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, fullish outside off, he gets forward and beats the infield

India 144/1   G Gambhir 66* (136b 9x4)

39.1

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, gets a bit of width to work with outside off and he slashes straight to Clarke at backward point

39.2

Johnson to Gambhir, 1 run, gets width again and he opens the face of the bat and angles it behind square on the off side

39.6

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, slower delivery on middle and leg, he softly taps it down to mid-on

India 146/1   G Gambhir 67* (139b 9x4)

41.1

Johnson to Gambhir, OUT, it's a double strike and Australia have suddenly seized the initiative, Johnson pitches it on a good length outside off and gets it to straighten, Gambhir shapes to push it down to the covers but manages a thin outside edge, Haddin knows it and so does Asad Rauf who raises the finger

G Gambhir c †Haddin b Johnson 67 (192m 140b 9x4 0x6) SR: 47.85

India 146/3   G Gambhir 67 (140b 9x4)
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