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

13.1

Watson to Sehwag, FOUR, Watson starts off with a slower ball outside off stump, Sehwag plays the drive too early and gets an edge through the vacant second slip region for four

13.2

Watson to Sehwag, no run, another slower one outside off stump, this time Sehwag lets it go and the ball bounces twice before reaching Haddin

13.3

Watson to Sehwag, 1 run, full ball just outside off stump, Sehwag jabs his bat down at it and opens the face to guide the ball towards third man

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

13.5

Watson to Sehwag, no run, good length from Watson, and straight, Sehwag strides forward and defends solidly with a straight bat

13.6

Watson to Sehwag, 1 run, short of a length on middle and leg, Sehwag jumps back and turns the ball off his hips towards long leg

India 70/0   SR Watson 1-0-7-0

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   SR Watson 2-1-7-0

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

21.4

Watson to Dravid, no run, slower ball, full in length on middle and leg and Dravid pushes it to mid-on off the front foot

21.5

Watson to Dravid, no run, big change of pace there as watson bangs it in short down the leg side, Dravid safely evades it

21.6

Watson to Dravid, no run, this time Watson mixes it up by bowling a yorker, Dravid is alert to the task as he gets his bat down on time and digs it away

India 91/1   SR Watson 3-1-8-0

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   SR Watson 4-2-8-0

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   SR Watson 5-3-8-0

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

27.6

Watson to Dravid, no run, pitches on middle and leg, he taps it away to the on side

India 111/1   SR Watson 6-3-11-0

29.1

Watson to Dravid, 1 run, solid defensive push by Dravid, it had a boundary written all over it but Lee was very alert at mid-off to slide and intercept it

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

29.4

Watson to Dravid, no run, rolls his fingers across the seam and bowls the off cutter, Dravid picks it early and he lunges forward and defends

29.5

Watson to Dravid, no run, digs it in really short but strays down the leg side

29.6

Watson to Dravid, no run, wasted delivery from Watson as he strays down the leg side, even Dravid couldn't chase it

India 113/1   SR Watson 7-3-13-0

31.1

Watson to Dravid, no run, pitches on middle and leg and pushes it to the packed on side field, Ponting's attacking the pair and it seems to be working

31.2

Watson to Dravid, no run, holds the length back, he stays forward and taps it down to Ponting at silly mid-on

31.3

Watson to Dravid, FOUR, not quite the line Watson was expected to bowl, he slides way down the leg side and Dravid just eases it off the open face of the bat to fine leg, the fielder had no chance of cutting it off

31.4

Watson to Dravid, no run, hits the seam hard on the pitch, he gets forward and defends straight back to the bowler

31.5

Watson to Dravid, FOUR, Dravid gains more in confidence, Watson strays on the pads, Dravid turns the face of the bat, plays it late and whips it away past short square leg, that's the fifty partnership between Dravid and Gambhir

31.6

Watson to Dravid, 1 run, adjusts to an off stmp line this time, he punches it firmly to the off side with a half stride forward and keeps the strike

India 122/1   SR Watson 8-3-22-0

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

33.4

Watson to Dravid, 1 run, angled towards the pads and Dravid milks it away to fine leg

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   SR Watson 9-3-28-0

55.1

Watson to Ganguly, FOUR, starts off with a wide delivery, Ganguly has all the time in the world to get back and across and punch it off the back foot past extra cover

55.2

Watson to Ganguly, no run, comes round the wicket, the angle is towards the pads and he works it towards midwicket

55.3

Watson to Ganguly, no run, pitches on a fullish length on middle and off and he taps it back to Watson on the walk

55.4

Watson to Ganguly, no run, lunges forward and push a slower delivery but quickly turns down a request for a single to cover

55.5

Watson to Ganguly, no run, holds the length back a fraction outside the off stump and he gets behind the line and defends off the full face of the bat

55.6

Watson to Ganguly, 1 run, commits himself to the front foot early and pushes a full delivery wide of point for a single

India 200/4   SR Watson 10-3-33-0

57.1

Watson to Ganguly, no run, begins the over with a bouncer and that sails over Ganguly's arched back

57.2

Watson to Ganguly, FOUR, it was that easy! Watson gave him a bit too much width and Ganguly merely had to lean onto the stroke with minimum effort, he saw the third man was brought up and caressed it past backward point

57.3

Watson to Ganguly, no run, gets forward to a full delivery and pushes it to point

57.4

Watson to Ganguly, no run, cramps him for room by angling it towards the middle stump, he defends on the walk

57.5

Watson to Ganguly, no run, just holds the length back a touch, he gets on the backfoot, across his stumps and defends

57.6

Watson to Ganguly, no run, delivers from wide of the crease and grunts as he dishes out a bouncer, Ganguly safely ducks under it

India 205/4   SR Watson 11-3-37-0

59.1

Watson to Ganguly, no run, pitches outside pff, he covers the line and defends on the front foot

59.2

Watson to Ganguly, 2 runs, gets forward early to a full delivery and works it past the vacant extra cover region, defensive field here

59.3

Watson to Ganguly, 1 run, angles it towards the pads and ganguly works it down to fine leg

59.4

Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, rocks on the backfoot for a firm punch, the execution was pretty good but the placement not good enough to beat extra cover

59.5

Watson to Ganguly, no run, pitches outside off, it straightens before reaching the keeper

59.6

Watson to Ganguly, no run, gets plenty of width to crash it through the off side but he chops it hard on the pitch towards point

India 211/4   SR Watson 12-3-41-0

77.1

Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, pitches on a good length and comes on very slowly to Tendulkar, he has enough time to clip it wide of square leg

77.2

Watson to Ganguly, 1 run, and a welcome fifty by Ganguly, he rocks back and punches a good length delivery down to long-off, he's in good nick, he scored 47 in Bangalore under pressure and he's come up with a similar knock

77.3

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, pitches on a good length outside off, he reaches out and pushes it to the off side

77.4

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, he's solid in defense there, the ball comes in with the angle and he covers the line well and defends on the back foot

77.5

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, gets on the back foot and defends solidly back to the bowler

77.6

Watson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, tests him out with a shirt delivery and he negotiates it well by hopping and fending it away to fine leg, they take the first run quickly

India 291/4   SR Watson 13-3-45-0

79.1

Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, a slowish delivery angled in on the pads, he uses his wrists and works it away to the deep on the on side

79.2

Watson to Ganguly, no run, comes round the wicket, a slowish delivery angled on the pads, he gets well forward to smother the length and defends to the off side

79.3

Watson to Ganguly, no run, gives him width to cut past extra cover but the ball doesn't bounce much to his liking, so he has to settle for a dot ball

79.4

Watson to Ganguly, no run, keeps a little low again and stops on ganguly, he thuds it hard back down the pitch

79.5

Watson to Ganguly, no run, holds the length back a bit outside off, he covers the line and defends

79.6

Watson to Ganguly, 1 run, good length delivery wide of the off stump, he reaches out and cuts to sweeper cover

India 293/4   SR Watson 14-3-47-0

99.1

Watson to Ganguly, no run, comes round the wicket, he angles it in to the left hander, he gets forward and taps it away to point

99.2

Watson to Ganguly, no run, cover the line to push a good length delivery down the ground but there isn't enough pace on the ball to work it through

99.3

Watson to Ganguly, 1 run, this time the timing is a lot better as Ganguly pushes it past Watson who fails to get a hand to it

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   SR Watson 15-3-54-0

101.1

Watson to Ganguly, 1 run, fullish outside off and angling in, he pushes it wide of mid-off

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

101.6

Watson to Ganguly, no run, comes round the wicket to the left hander, he gets forward and pushes it to mid-on

India 377/6   SR Watson 16-3-56-0

103.1

Watson to Ganguly, no run, comes round the wicket and angles it in to the left hander, he gets forward and pushes it to cover

103.2

Watson to Ganguly, 1 run, pitches on middle and leg, he punches it down towards mid-on

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

103.5

Watson to Ganguly, 1 run, hits a good length outside off, he gets across and cuts it down to the sweeper cover

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   SR Watson 17-3-59-0

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   SR Watson 18-3-60-0

112.1

Watson to Ganguly, no run, pitches outside off from round the wicket, he gets forward and taps it to the covers

112.2

Watson to Ganguly, no run, gets a little width outside off but he flashes without moving his feet, he knows he didn't make good use of that

112.3

Watson to Ganguly, no run, full and close to middle and off, he gets forward and pushes to extra cover

112.4

Watson to Ganguly, no run, too wide outside the off stump, Ganguly doesn't really commit himself to the punch and settles for a dot ball to the covers

112.5

Watson to Ganguly, 1 run, slower ball, he taps it to Ponting at point and risks a single, he makes it on time and the throw is a trifle wide of the stumps

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   SR Watson 19-3-65-0

114.1

Watson to Ganguly, 1 run, short and wide outside the off stump and he slashes, beats point but Katich's there in the deep to mop up

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   SR Watson 20-3-66-0

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

116.5

Watson to Ganguly, no run, good bouncer by watson, the loopy type, Ganguly watches it closely, bends down and lets it go

116.6

Watson to Ganguly, no run, pitches that outside off and gets it to curve in, he watchfully lets it go

India 426/6   SR Watson 21-3-67-0

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

118.3

Watson to Ganguly, no run, 85.6 mph, comes round the wicket, he turns the face of the bat and nudges it to midwicket

118.4

Watson to Ganguly, no run, good delivery, gets it to come back in sharply with the angle and Ganguly is equal to the task as he gets his bat nicely behind the line and defends

118.5

Watson to Ganguly, 1 run, angles towards middle and leg, he pushes it softly to the right of mid-off and sets off, Dhoni makes it in time

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   SR Watson 22-3-69-0

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

120.2

Watson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, gets nicely behind the line and defends a full delivery off the full face of the bat

120.3

Watson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, pitches outside off and holds its line before reaching the keeper, Harbhajan gets way across his stumps and shoulders arms

120.4

Watson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, curves in through the air and he tucks firmly to midwicket

120.5

Watson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, too wide outside the off stump for Harbhajan to chase that, he lets it go

120.6

Watson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, hits a good length outside off, he shoulders arms again, Watson is waiting for that mistake

India 437/7   SR Watson 23-3-70-0

122.1

Watson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, fullish outside off, pushed towards mid-off

122.2

Watson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, full again and he shapes to drive but he mistimes the stroke, can't get off the mark

122.3

Watson to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, and he's off the blocks, plays an elegant cover drive to a full delivery and places it to deep cover

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   SR Watson 24-3-71-0
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Oct 21, 2008

Sachin Tendulkar takes photos after the victory, India v Australia, 2nd Test, Mohali, 5th day, October 21, 2008

Sachin Tendulkar takes photos after the victory

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Oct 21, 2008

Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly watch the post-match presentations, India v Australia, 2nd Test, Mohali, 5th day, October 21, 2008

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