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

1.1

Sharma to Katich, FOUR, A bit of a gift from Ishant, he slides towards the pads and Katich shuffles across his stumps and whips it wide of midwicket, more than the placement that shot had the power

1.2

Sharma to Katich, no run, pitches it shorter and forces Katich on the back foot, he defends

1.3

Sharma to Katich, 1 run, a little fuller in length, he shuffles and tucks it wide of midwicket

1.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, bit of a wasted delivery, sprays that wide outside the off stump and Ponting watchfully lets it go

1.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, 84.7 mph, full and swinging away from the right hander, he plants his front foot across and drives straight to cover

1.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, 83.5 mph, pitches on a good length outside off, the ball holds its line before reaching Dhoni

Australia 5/1   I Sharma 1-0-5-0

3.1

Sharma to Katich, no run, 86.6 mph, lands it on a full length on off and middle, he mistimes the drive to mid-off

3.2

Sharma to Katich, no run, 84.7 mph, holds the length back a little and he pushes it firmly to mid-off

3.3

Sharma to Katich, no run, sticks to a good length around the off stump, Katich gets a half stride forward and taps it to mid-off

3.4

Sharma to Katich, no run, fuller in length around the off stum, he plays the same shot and finds the same fielder (Ganguly)

3.5

Sharma to Katich, no run, holds the length back outside off, he gets a little across his stumps and angles it down to point

3.6

Sharma to Katich, no run, the angle is closer to the pads, Katich shuffles just a touch, closes the face of the bat and knocks it to square leg

Australia 8/1   I Sharma 2-1-5-0

7.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, Ishant works up some good pace, pitches outside off and kicks up, left aolone

7.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, appeal for a leg before! Ishant gets it to nip back in sharply and catches Ponting high on the pad, Ishant is very confident but Koertzen shakes his head, on first glance it looked like missing leg so fair enough, but it was a very good shout

7.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, hits a good length outside off, he gets forward and pats it to point

7.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, full on middle and leg, pushed back down the pitch

7.5

Sharma to Ponting, OUT, this time it looked plumb! Ishant pitches it just a fraction short of a good length outside off and gets it to nip back in sharply, Ponting is caught at the crease and is beaten for pace, that was hitting the top of the stumps, Koertzen gives him the slow death

RT Ponting lbw b Sharma 5 (35m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 21.73

7.6

Sharma to Hussey, no run, gets a wake up call straight away as Ishant thuds it on his pads, fortunately he was standing outside the line of legstump

Australia 17/2   I Sharma 3-2-5-1

9.1

Sharma to Katich, no run, 91.4 mph (147 kph) , that's real pace, lands on a fullish length and he mistimes the drive to mid-off

9.2

Sharma to Katich, no run, lands on a fullish length outside off and holds its line before reaching the keeper

9.3

Sharma to Katich, no run, 88.6 mph, he pitches it way outside the line of off stump, too wide for him to chase it

9.4

Sharma to Katich, no run, 89.1 mph, pitches it wide outside off but this is not as wide as the previous delivery, Katich lets it go

9.5

Sharma to Katich, no run, 90.1 mph, Ishant is really steaming in, he lands this a shade closer to the off stump and Katich sees it through

9.6

Sharma to Katich, FOUR, more closer to the off stump line, Katich decides to shuffle across and get some wood on it and he opens the facde of the bat and angles it safely past the slip cordon and down to third man

Australia 22/2   I Sharma 4-2-9-1

11.1

Sharma to Katich, no run, a little slower from Ishant, the ball keeps a little low before reaching Dhoni,sign of a two-paced pitch?

11.2

Sharma to Katich, no run, 87 mph, this one deviates very late after picthing and Dhoni fails to gather it, he was taken by surprise

11.3

Sharma to Katich, no run, the line is closer to the off stump, he gets across and taps it to the covers

11.4

Sharma to Katich, no run, pitches on a good length just around the off stump and carries through to Dhoni at a good height, ishant has a spring in his step

11.5

Sharma to Katich, no run, 88 mph, he delivers it full and wide outside off and he creams this straight to mid-off

11.6

Sharma to Katich, no run, loses his line there and sprays that really wide outside the off stump, safely left alone, Katich wasn't going to chase that

Australia 22/2   I Sharma 5-3-9-1

13.1

Sharma to Katich, no run, continues round the wicket, brings the angle onto middle stump, he tucks it to midwicket

13.2

Sharma to Katich, no run, pitches around middle and off, he gets behind the line and defends

13.3

Sharma to Katich, 1 leg bye, slides towards the pads and he nudges close to the pads past leg slip

13.4

Sharma to Hussey, 1 no ball, 84 mph, he oversteps, pitches outside off and comes back in, he shoulders arms

13.4

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, gets forward and pushes this just wide of cover

13.5

Sharma to Katich, no run, angled in from outside the leg stump, he defends

13.6

Sharma to Katich, no run, hits a good length outside off, he shoulders arms

Australia 25/2   I Sharma 6-3-11-1

15.1

Sharma to Hussey, FOUR, streaky but he'll take it, he prods forward and plays with very soft hands, the thin outside edge just falls short of Dravid at first slip and that runs away to the boundary

15.2

Sharma to Hussey, FOUR, brings the line closer to the off stump, he gets behind the line and opens the face of the bat and steers it past the slips

15.3

Sharma to Hussey, 2 runs, slides on the pads, he turns the face of the bat and takes the first run quickly, the fielder charges in to cut off the second but Hussey's too quick

15.4

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, gets across his stumps and tucks it neartly in front of mid-on, calls quickly and sets off

15.5

Sharma to Katich, FOUR, there's no gully and another boundary, the ball comes on to him on a fullish length and he opens the face of the bat and safely steers it past the vacant gully region

15.6

Sharma to Katich, no run, pitches outside off and holds its line, he doesn't offer a stroke this time, Ishant gives him a stare

Australia 45/2   I Sharma 7-3-26-1

37.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, comes round the wicket, the angle is in to the left hander and he tucks it away to midwicket

37.2

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, angles into him sharply and he gets across and clips it down to fine leg

37.3

Sharma to Clarke, no run, 84.9 mph, pitches outside off and holds its line, he gets good bounce and carry to the keeper

37.4

Sharma to Clarke, no run, pitches around the off stump line and straightens, he angles it down to the covers

37.5

Sharma to Clarke, no run, pitches outside off but this doesn't bounce too much before reaching Dhoni, Clarke shoulders arms

37.6

Sharma to Clarke, no run, similar delivery, shouders arms to a delivery that holds its line

Australia 99/3   I Sharma 8-3-27-1

39.1

Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, pitches on a good length on off and middle, he taps it softly past the bowler and takes a quick single to mid-on

39.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, 87.2 mph, fires that from round the wicket, he taps it to the off side and firmly denies the single

39.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, comes over the wicket, he lands it on a good length on middle and off, he taps it away towards the bowler

39.4

Sharma to Hussey, no run, steers it to Tendulkar at backward point and decides against the single

39.5

Sharma to Hussey, no run, hits a good length on off and middle, Hussey gets behind the line and tucks it back to the bowler

39.6

Sharma to Hussey, no run, sprays that wide of the stumps, safely left alone

Australia 102/3   I Sharma 9-3-28-1

41.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, on target straightaway, back of length, on middle, coming back in a bit, Hussey defends towards the off

41.2

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, on the off stump this time, Hussey just pushes it softly past the bowler and the batsmen scamper a single, Harbhajan a bit slow to filed that at mid-off

41.3

Sharma to Watson, no run, short of length, hint of movement in, Watson defends

41.4

Sharma to Watson, no run, similar ball, Watson defends confidently

41.5

Sharma to Watson, FOUR, a touch shorter, on off, thick outside edge form Watson races away to the third man boundary

41.6

Sharma to Watson, no run, that one troubled Watson, in the corridor outside off, Watson wasn't sure whether to play or leave, ultimately lets it go to the keeper

Australia 107/4   I Sharma 10-3-33-1

43.1

Sharma to Watson, no run, Another good ball from Ishant, on a length just outside off, a bit of late movement into Watson, who shoulders arms

43.2

Sharma to Watson, no run, similar delivery and Watson isn't interested in playing that one either

43.3

Sharma to Watson, FOUR, shorter, just outside off, Watson steers that to get his second boundary to third man

43.4

Sharma to Watson, 1 leg bye, back of a length, on middle and leg, rapped his pads and rolls away behind point

43.5

Sharma to Hussey, no run, length ball on middle and leg, Hussey pushes it towards mid-on

43.6

Sharma to Hussey, no run, on middle this time, Hussey pushes it towards mid-off

Australia 118/4   I Sharma 11-3-37-1

45.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, Ishant's been accurate so far and he is again. On a length, Hussey pushes it back to the bowler

45.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, strays on his pads but Hussey isn't able to capitalise, it hits his pads and trickles away to the leg side

45.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, on the pads again, Hussey defends it to the leg side

45.4

Sharma to Hussey, 2 runs, more leg-side offerings, Hussey works it away towards square leg

45.5

Sharma to Hussey, no run, Oooh, angling across the batsmen, Hussey gets on the front foot to defend but he is beaten

45.6

Sharma to Hussey, no run, Hussey looks more solid this time as he defends a ball on middle stump

Australia 120/4   I Sharma 12-3-39-1

47.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, good length from Ishant, Hussey punches it confidently to point

47.2

Sharma to Hussey, 2 runs, just outside off, Hussey opens the face and works it away towards point again, excellent running gets the batsmen two runs

47.3

Sharma to Hussey, 2 runs, That's Hussey's fifty, banged in short by Ishant, Hussey pulls it, god placement but it was stopped by Zaheer at the boundary

47.4

Sharma to Hussey, FOUR, Nearly out! Ishant gets the outside edge from a ball that angle across Hussey, drops short of Dravid at first slip

47.5

Sharma to Hussey, OUT, Hussey's gone this time! And that's a massive wicket for India. Fantastic bowling from Ishant, a repeat of the previous ball, it induces a thinner edge from Hussey which results in a simple catch for Dhoni

MEK Hussey c †Dhoni b Sharma 54 (181m 119b 7x4 0x6) SR: 45.37

47.6

Sharma to Haddin, no run, length ball on off, kept a touch low, Haddin defends it towards cover

Australia 130/5   I Sharma 13-3-47-2

49.1

Sharma to Haddin, no run, back of a length, stayed low on Haddin, just about managed to defend that one

49.2

Sharma to Haddin, no run, Haddin jumps and defends another length ball on off stump

49.3

Sharma to Haddin, no run, Good line and length again from Ishant, Haddin punches it to mid-on

49.4

Sharma to Haddin, 2 leg byes, full delivery, strays onto leg stump, raps his pads and trickles away behind square

49.5

Sharma to Haddin, no run, back of a length, in the channel outside off, Haddin tries to force it down the ground but doesn't time it very well

49.6

Sharma to Haddin, no run, some movement into Haddin, stayed a bit low again, Haddin defends

Australia 132/5   I Sharma 14-4-47-2

51.1

Sharma to Haddin, no run, Ishant keeps nagging away just outside the off stump, Haddin defends it back to the bowler

51.2

Sharma to Haddin, no run, similar delivery, just a hint of away movement, Haddin gets on the front foot and plays it to cover

51.3

Sharma to Haddin, no run, Ishant maintains a tight line, Haddin gets behind the line of the delivery and defends

51.4

Sharma to Haddin, no run, Ishant brings out the slower delivery, ends up as a full toss, Haddin was a touch surprised by it and can't capitalise on that one

51.5

Sharma to Haddin, 1 run, Ishant reverts to a good length on off, Haddin inside-edges it to square leg for a single

51.6

Sharma to Watson, no run, full delivery outside off, Watson shoulders arms

Australia 139/5   I Sharma 15-4-48-2

77.1

Sharma to Watson, no run, Watson is hit on the pads off Ishant's first ball, huge appeal from the bowler, pitched just outside off, hit low on the pads within the stumps, umpire might have thought there was an inside edge

77.2

Sharma to Watson, no run, full, outside off, driven back to the bowler

77.3

Sharma to Watson, no run, length delivery, slightly outside off, defended towards cover

77.4

Sharma to Watson, no run, similar delivery from Ishant, Watson works it away towards point

77.5

Sharma to Watson, 2 runs, back of a length, on middle and leg, turned towards square leg, superb running fetches the batsmen two, and Watson is now level with his highest Test score

77.6

Sharma to Watson, 1 leg bye, Rapped on the pads again, that was sliding down the leg side

Australia 203/7   I Sharma 16-4-50-2

79.1

Sharma to Watson, FOUR, back of a length and outside off, Watson dispatches that in front of square to bring up his first Test fifty

79.2

Sharma to Watson, no run, slower ball from Ishant, 103.1 kmph, but wasn't quite on target, well outside off and Watson leaves that alone

79.3

Sharma to Watson, 1 run, back of a length, in the corridor outside off, Watson opens the face of teh bat to guide it to third man where Sachin Tendulkar has some ground to cover before cutting it off

79.4

Sharma to Lee, no run, punched firmly to cover point by Lee

79.5

Sharma to Lee, no run, short ball, very wide, Lee goes for the cut but doesn't make contact

79.6

Sharma to Lee, no run, on off stump, shortish ball, Watson plays it to the right of cover point, thinks of a single but decides against it

Australia 215/7   I Sharma 17-4-55-2

81.1

Sharma to Lee, no run, Ishant bangs it in short, Lee takes his eyes off teh ball and is struck on the back, Ishant glares at him, Lee is unfazed by it

81.2

Sharma to Lee, no run, fuller length delivery on the off, Lee pushes it to cover

81.3

Sharma to Lee, no run, another bouncer from Ishant, Lee tries to force it to the off but the ball trickles to the bowler, more glares from Ishant

81.4

Sharma to Lee, no run, short of a length, just outside off, Lee gets well out of the way of that one

81.5

Sharma to Lee, no run, again outside off and Lee isn't interested in that one, he lets it through to the keeper

81.6

Sharma to Lee, 2 runs, gets on the back foot nad punches it to sweeper cover for a couple

Australia 223/7   I Sharma 18-4-57-2

83.1

Sharma to Watson, 1 run, again probing away around the off stump, driven back to Ishant, who can't collect it cleanly and it rolls away towards mid-on

83.2

Sharma to Lee, no run, similar delivery from Ishant, Lee punches it hard towards cover off the front foot

83.3

Sharma to Lee, no run, shorter this time, on off stump, Lee gets a thick inside edge and the ball trickles away in front of square on the leg side

83.4

Sharma to Lee, no run, Ishant brings out the slower delivery, misdirected, well outside off, Lee goes for the drive but doesn't connect

83.5

Sharma to Lee, no run, dug in short by Ishant, Lee ducks under that comfortably

83.6

Sharma to Lee, no run, slower ball again, 106 kmph, better direction this time, Lee picked it up though and he plays it back to the bowler

Australia 225/7   I Sharma 19-4-58-2

85.1

Sharma to Watson, 1 run, back of a length, Watson plays it to backward point for a single

85.2

Sharma to Lee, FOUR, great shot from Lee, overpitched on middle and leg and Lee drives it back down the ground and holds the follow through for the photographers

85.3

Sharma to Lee, no run, punched to mid-off, straight to the fielder

85.4

Sharma to Lee, no run, back of a length, angling in after pitching on middle and off, Lee blocks it towards mid-on

85.5

Sharma to Lee, no run, short of length, outside off, swing and a miss from Lee

85.6

Sharma to Lee, no run, very short, just outside off, 120kmph, Lee wanted to smash that one through the off but gets a bottom edge and the ball rolls back to the bowler

Australia 231/7   I Sharma 20-4-63-2

87.1

Sharma to Lee, no run, Ishant keeps it short of a length, on off, Watson taps it towards off

87.2

Sharma to Lee, 1 run, on middle and leg this time, Lee nudges it away towards midwicket for a single

87.3

Sharma to Watson, FOUR, Whack! short ball outside off, Watson smashes it to the midwicket boundary.

87.4

Sharma to Watson, no run, better t\length from Ishant, Watson gets on the back foot and pushes it to cover

87.5

Sharma to Watson, no run, outside off, good length, Watson watches that through to the keeper

87.6

Sharma to Watson, no run, a touch closer to off but not close enough to tempt Watson into playing that

Australia 238/7   I Sharma 21-4-68-2
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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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