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

9.28 Sehwag and Gambhir walk out. Lee will start out. Gambhir has the strike. Good day to all, for those who've joined us. ON ON!

9.15: The start is 15 minutes away. Till then you may read George's preview. Judhajit Basu gives us the television broadcaster's angle to this four-Test series. Our newbie, Siddhartha Talya, gives us the stats preview.

Richard writes: "Two Victorian debutants in a row...when was the last time that happened?"

Selvam has a message: "Tough luck for kumble . Couldn't play on his b'day. Anyways Happy birthday to the best match winner India ever had."

Birthday No 38 hasn't started very well for Kumble. Such is life....

Toss: (9.00 am) Ok folks the big news is Kumble is not playing. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is out for the toss and India have won it and will bat first. Amit Mishra, the legspinner, replaces Kumble so no place for Munaf Patel. Dhoni felt the pitch looked drier than the one in Bangalore and should assist the spinners more. Mishra makes his Test debut, by the way. He has played 3 ODIs.

Ponting didn't look too disappointed at losing the toss. Who knows he might even be pleased to unleash his bowlers on the first morning.

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

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 Peter Siddle.

A word on Siddle here. The Victorian right-arm quick took 33 wickets in five Pura Cup games last season. Growing up in rural Victoria, he won several district woodchopping titles during his teens. He's had more than his fair share of injury worries already. He has already undergone a couple of shoulder reconstruction operations but he didn't let that abandon his cricketing ambitions. 'Siddle gets on the saddle'. That would be a tabloidish headline. Okay, I'll stop now.

Pitch (8.50 am) Like I said earlier, the sun's out and that can only be good for the pitch. According to Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, it appears very hard and has a layer of grass to bind the surface together. He reckons this is a 'bat first' pitch but they will have to give the first hour or so to the bowlers. Expected. Daljit Singh, the curator, wasn't shouting from the roof tops yesterday for the sake of the bowlers.

The toss is about 10 minutes away so till that happens, let's get back to Kumble. He said his shoulder felt ok, but wasn't 100% fit yesterday. I see no point in him risking it today if that's the case. There's plenty of time left before the Delhi Test and don't forget, Delhi is one of his favourite venues. Munaf Patel could be quite a handful with his nagging accuracy. Will he play? We'll find out soon.

As for Australia, one change is certain. Peter Siddle comes in for the injured Stuart Clark. He's quicker than Clark and was quite impressive in Hyderabad. I reckon Australia will really miss Clark here.

8.30 am: Good morning where ever you are and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the 2nd Test between India and Australia in Mohali. I should say good afternoon for all our readers in Australia. This is Kanishkaa Balachandran and you'll have my company for most of this Test. Raju takes over the scoring duties and George Binoy will sum up the sessions and the day's play with the bulletin. Sit tight folks.

All talk in this match has centered around four things - the pitch, the pitch, the pitch and Anil Kumble. More news on that shortly. There's still another half an hour for the toss so the excitement will follow.

I'm just as curious as you are about the pitch. What I can tell you is that the sun's out at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. We had rain over the last few days and Daljit Singh, the curator, said there may not be as much bounce on the first day. He described the surface as 'sluggish'. Daljit said sunshine was needed to spruce up the pitch for the seamers and we've made a good start as far as that is concerned.

And as I can see, the mail's are starting to flood in about the weather. Flood and weather - pun unintended, I can assure you!

Now for Kumble. He recently took his anger out on the media for sensationalising and overanalysing every single grey area in his bowling or captaincy. I sympathise with him. Reggie Hartman-Goodin summed up Kumble's predicament here.

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

End of over 1 (10 runs) India 10/0
G Gambhir    5* (6b 1x4)      B Lee    1-0-10-0
V Sehwag    0* (0b)     

Well it's Peter Siddle with the new ball. Three slips and a gully

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

Siddle reminds me a bit of Craig McDermott - the sun screen around the mouth

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

1.5

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, greets Sehwag with a pacy short delivery outside off, he safely lets it go, Siddle works up some pace here

1.6

Siddle to Sehwag, FOUR, Siddle loses his control and strays down the leg side, Sehwag has enough time to flick it with the movement off his pads and fine isn't even close enough to cut it off

End of over 2 (7 runs) India 17/0
V Sehwag    4* (2b 1x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-7-0
G Gambhir    8* (10b 1x4)      B Lee    1-0-10-0

2.1

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

I must say the turnout at the stadium is quite disappointing

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

2.4

Lee to Sehwag, 1 run, very risky but he survives! Lee gets quite a bit of away movement and pitches it up to tempt Sehwag into the drive, he uppishly scoops it past a diving Hussey at gully, third man picks it up

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

Hussey did extremely well to make an attempt on that catch

End of over 3 (4 runs) India 21/0
G Gambhir    11* (15b 1x4)      B Lee    2-0-14-0
V Sehwag    5* (3b 1x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-7-0

3.1

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, poor shot from Sehwag as he flashes at a delivery outside off, didn't bounce as much as he expected

3.2

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, pitches on middle and leg and he pats it away down to mid-onm

3.3

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, pitches it full and draws him on the front foot, he pushes it towards and immediately turns down a single

3.4

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, awesome delivery from Siddle, angles it from slightly wide of the crease and draws Sehwag forward, the ball was just inches away from the outside edge

3.5

Siddle to Sehwag, FOUR, angles it from wide of the crease again and this time Sehwag gets some wood on it as he gets forward to defend, the ball takes the outside edge and trickles past third slip and down to third man

3.6

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, responds with a bouncer, Sehwag ducks and lets it go

End of over 4 (4 runs) India 25/0
V Sehwag    9* (9b 2x4)      PM Siddle    2-0-11-0
G Gambhir    11* (15b 1x4)      B Lee    2-0-14-0

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

4.2

Lee to Sehwag, no run, hits just short of a good length on off and middle and doesn't get any movement, he gets on the back foot and forces it down to the covers

4.3

Lee to Sehwag, no run, this tiem Lee gets it to cut back in late and angle towards the pads, Sehwag gets a thick inside edge, good delivery there

4.4

Lee to Sehwag, 3 runs, just a fraction wide outside off and Sehwag times it well to bisect the gap between mid-off and cover, all credit to Johnson for saving an extra run

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

End of over 5 (4 runs) India 29/0
G Gambhir    12* (18b 1x4)      B Lee    3-0-18-0
V Sehwag    12* (12b 2x4)      PM Siddle    2-0-11-0

5.1

Siddle to Sehwag, 1 run, angles it towards the body, he shuffles and works it down to fine leg

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

Phil: "Sensex down 227 points so far today. Let's hope that's the reason for the low turnout."

End of over 6 (1 run) India 30/0
G Gambhir    12* (23b 1x4)      PM Siddle    3-0-12-0
V Sehwag    13* (13b 2x4)      B Lee    3-0-18-0

6.1

Lee to Sehwag, 1 run, pitches short of a good length on middle and leg, he rocks back and flicks it wide of fine leg

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

End of over 7 (5 runs) India 35/0
G Gambhir    16* (28b 2x4)      B Lee    4-0-23-0
V Sehwag    14* (14b 2x4)      PM Siddle    3-0-12-0

7.1

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, hits a good length outside off, he pushes it down towards cover

7.2

Siddle to Sehwag, FOUR, Siddle overpitches and angles it towards Sehwag's pads, he uses his wrists to perfection and flicks it with ease wide of square leg

7.3

Siddle to Sehwag, FOUR, and again! Siddle strays on Sehwag's pads yet again and asks to be hit, Sehwag works his wrists and whips it away to the left of square leg this time

7.4

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, much better line, pitches outside off, he gets behind it and pats it away towards point

7.5

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, gets it to angles inwards, pitches on middle and off, Sehwag gets on the back foot and defends back to the bowler

7.6

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, angles in to the right hander and draws Sehwag in to the drive on the front foot, he gets a thin inside edge onto his pads

End of over 8 (8 runs) India 43/0
V Sehwag    22* (20b 4x4)      PM Siddle    4-0-20-0
G Gambhir    16* (28b 2x4)      B Lee    4-0-23-0

Bowling change. Johnson replaces Lee.

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

8.6

Johnson to Sehwag, FOUR, all timing, Johnson strays wide outside off and the away movement doesn't help his cause, Sehwag leans forward and eases it with minimum effort wide of the covers, that just raced away in a flash

End of over 9 (9 runs) India 52/0
V Sehwag    26* (21b 5x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-9-0
G Gambhir    21* (33b 3x4)      PM Siddle    4-0-20-0

The 50 is up for India already at 5.78 per over. Siddle continues over the wicket. Umpire Koertzen has a chat with Ponting about something. Wish we knew.

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

Now an extra cover in place

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

End of over 10 (4 runs) India 56/0
G Gambhir    25* (39b 4x4)      PM Siddle    5-0-24-0
V Sehwag    26* (21b 5x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-9-0

10.1

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, gets a good shape across the right hander, Sehwag watchfully lets it go

10.2

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, back of a length this time and gets it to curve back in after pitching, Sehwag gets on the back foot and taps it away to the off side

10.3

Johnson to Sehwag, 1 run, full and wide outside off and Sehwag drives past the in fied, there's protection in the deep for him

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

End of over 11 (5 runs) India 61/0
G Gambhir    29* (42b 5x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-14-0
V Sehwag    27* (24b 5x4)      PM Siddle    5-0-24-0

11.1

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, pitches a little full outside off, he gets forward and angles it towards point

11.2

Siddle to Sehwag, no run, full outside off again, this time Sehwag drives forcefully but can't beat mid-off

11.3

Siddle to Sehwag, 1 run, Siddle gets it tn angle in to the pads, he shuffles and works it wide of square leg

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

End of over 12 (1 run) India 62/0
G Gambhir    29* (45b 5x4)      PM Siddle    6-0-25-0
V Sehwag    28* (27b 5x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-14-0

12.1

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, short of a length from Johnson on middle stump, Sehwag stands on his toes and tries to work the ball on the leg side but ends up hitting it towards the bowler

12.2

Johnson to Sehwag, 1 run, short of a length but this time the line is too straight, allowing Sehwag to move back and nudge the ball off his hips towards fine leg

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

End of over 13 (1 run) India 63/0
G Gambhir    29* (49b 5x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-15-0
V Sehwag    29* (29b 5x4)      PM Siddle    6-0-25-0

The players have finished their first drinks break. India have raced to 63 in the first hour with Sehwag scoring at a run a ball. There have been ten fours in the innings so far, a factor which has prompted Ponting to change his fields and place a man on the sweeper boundary and at conventional square leg.

Ponting's brought Shane Watson into the attack. Only one slip in place.

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

Coming back to the conversation between Koertzen and Ponting, Romer wonders if Koertzen said this: "Hey Ponting, can you ask Siddle to atleast pitch it NEAR the stumps. How can I give it a leg before otherwise?!"

End of over 14 (7 runs) India 70/0
V Sehwag    35* (34b 6x4)      SR Watson    1-0-7-0
G Gambhir    30* (50b 5x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-15-0

14.1

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, bangs it in short down the leg side, Sehwag evades it

14.2

Johnson to Sehwag, OUT, Johnson had set him up the previous ball and now he has his reward, he bangs it in short of a length down the leg side again, Sehwag this time shuffles and tries to nudge it down the leg side, there was a sound before the ball reached Haddin, he was confident, Koertzen was convinced. I need to see a replay of that.

V Sehwag c †Haddin b Johnson 35 (70m 36b 6x4 0x6) SR: 97.22

Here's Rahul Dravid

14.3

Johnson to Dravid, no run, solid in defence this time, he gets behind the line to a good length delivery

Two slips, a widish third slip and a gully in place

14.4

Johnson to Dravid, no run, angles this closer to the pads, he pushes it firmly back to the bowler

14.5

Johnson to Dravid, no run, defended back to the bowler

14.6

Johnson to Dravid, no run, pitches around the leg stump, Dravid closes the face of the bat a little to work it to the on side but only suceeds in playing it back to the bowler

End of over 15 (wicket maiden) India 70/1
R Dravid    0* (4b)      MG Johnson    4-1-15-1
G Gambhir    30* (50b 5x4)      SR Watson    1-0-7-0

Lee returns for a new spell

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

Switches to round the wicket

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

Regarding Sehwag, the snicko showed the ball brushing the glove so no doubt about that dismissal

End of over 16 (8 runs) India 78/1
G Gambhir    38* (56b 6x4)      B Lee    5-0-31-0
R Dravid    0* (4b)      MG Johnson    4-1-15-1

16.1

Johnson to Dravid, no run, hits a good length outside off, cramps him for room as he settles for a defensive shot back to the bowler

16.2

Johnson to Dravid, no run, same ball same result, Dravid covers the line well

16.3

Johnson to Dravid, no run, gets a little across his stumps and opens the face of the bat a touch to find the gap on the off side, he turns down any thoughts of a run

16.4

Johnson to Dravid, no run, delivers from wide of the crease to get the angle across the right hander, doesn't get much movement before the ball reaches Haddin

16.5

Johnson to Dravid, no run, pitches outside off, he taps it to the off side

16.6

Johnson to Dravid, no run, gets a big stride across his stumps to a good length ball which shapes away after pitching, he chooses to let it go

End of over 17 (maiden) India 78/1
R Dravid    0* (10b)      MG Johnson    5-2-15-1
G Gambhir    38* (56b 6x4)      B Lee    5-0-31-0

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

17.3

Lee to Dravid, FOUR, Lee loses his line and strays down the leg side, Dravid shuffles and uses the pace of the ball to work it away to fine leg who's very square

17.4

Lee to Dravid, no run, fullish in length outside the off stump, he leans forward and pushes it to mid-off

17.5

Lee to Dravid, no run, fullish towards the pads, he pushes it down towards mid-on

17.6

Lee to Dravid, no run, Dravid leans forward to play a booming cover drive off a full delivery but he places it straight to extra cover

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End of over 18 (5 runs) India 83/1
R Dravid    4* (14b 1x4)      B Lee    6-0-36-0
G Gambhir    39* (58b 6x4)      MG Johnson    5-2-15-1

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

18.4

Johnson to Dravid, no run, good length on middle and leg, he works it to the on side

18.5

Johnson to Dravid, FOUR, Dravid leans forward to a well pitched up delivery outside the off stump, he checks his stroke and the ball lobs in the air for a few anxious moments before beating mid-off, the timing was good enough to carry it through to the boundary, Siddle gives the chase and dives in vain at the long-off boundary

18.6

Johnson to Dravid, no run, shuffles and tucks it away straight to fine leg

41 v Pakistan in 2005 is Gambhir's best at Mohali

End of over 19 (5 runs) India 88/1
R Dravid    8* (17b 2x4)      MG Johnson    6-2-20-1
G Gambhir    40* (61b 6x4)      B Lee    6-0-36-0

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

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End of over 20 (maiden) India 88/1
G Gambhir    40* (67b 6x4)      SR Watson    2-1-7-0
R Dravid    8* (17b 2x4)      MG Johnson    6-2-20-1

20.1

Johnson to Dravid, 1 run, pitches on middle and leg, he shuffles and tucks it away to fine leg

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

20.6

Johnson to Dravid, no run, delivers it from wide of the crease and bangs it in short down the leg side, Dravid shoulders arms and watches it go through safely to the keeper

End of over 21 (2 runs) India 90/1
R Dravid    9* (19b 2x4)      MG Johnson    7-2-22-1
G Gambhir    41* (71b 6x4)      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

Dravid has a silly mid-on in place by the way

End of over 22 (1 run) India 91/1
R Dravid    9* (22b 2x4)      SR Watson    3-1-8-0
G Gambhir    42* (74b 6x4)      MG Johnson    7-2-22-1

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

22.4

Johnson to Dravid, 1 run, drifts a bit on the pads and Dravid nudges a single to fine leg with a gentle shuffle across the stumps

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

End of over 23 (3 runs) India 94/1
G Gambhir    44* (79b 6x4)      MG Johnson    8-2-25-1
R Dravid    10* (23b 2x4)      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

Gambhir has a problem with the sight screen

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

Short cover and short point in place now to stifle Gambhir

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

End of over 24 (maiden) India 94/1
G Gambhir    44* (85b 6x4)      SR Watson    4-2-8-0
R Dravid    10* (23b 2x4)      MG Johnson    8-2-25-1

Spin for the first time, here's Michael Clarke

24.1

Clarke to Dravid, 1 run, just the on slip in place, delivers from over the wicket, Dravid drives a full delivery down to deep cover

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

That's lunch on day 1. Overall a very good session for India. They've moved to 104 for 1 and at a good rate too: 4.16. Sehwag fell after making a start, gloving Johnson down the leg side. There was a bit of doubt initially, but for the benefit of those who've just joined us, replays showed the ball brushing the glove.

The going has been tough for the Australians. Not much lateral movement on offer. The margin for error has been minimal all morning and the bowlers have really had to bend their backs on this surface. The weather is good for cricket and the pitch should dry up quickly. Gambhir looks confident. India have taken this first session.

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End of over 25 (10 runs) India 104/1
G Gambhir    53* (90b 8x4)      MJ Clarke    1-0-10-0
R Dravid    11* (24b 2x4)      SR Watson    4-2-8-0

We're back

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

End of over 26 (maiden) India 104/1
G Gambhir    53* (96b 8x4)      SR Watson    5-3-8-0
R Dravid    11* (24b 2x4)      MJ Clarke    1-0-10-0

Siddle returns for a new spell. Three slips and a gully

26.1

Siddle to Dravid, no run, pitches it on a fullish length outside off, he lunges forward and pushes it to the covers

26.2

Siddle to Dravid, no run, hits the deck a little harder, 88.2 mph, lands outside off and curves to haddin's left before he collects it

26.3

Siddle to Dravid, no run, slightly short of a length and the line is further away from the off stump, it straightens a bit before reaching Haddin

26.4

Siddle to Dravid, no run, gets this one to curve back in after pitching and Dravid gets behind the line and defends

26.5

Siddle to Dravid, no run, slightly fuller in the length and the angles is towards the right hander, Dravid gets a half stride forward and defends

26.6

Siddle to Dravid, FOUR, Siddle attempts a yorker length but it doesn't come off right as he overpitches on middle and leg, Dravid shows the full face of the bat and drives through the line to beat mid-on who's fielding up close

End of over 27 (4 runs) India 108/1
R Dravid    15* (30b 3x4)      PM Siddle    7-0-29-0
G Gambhir    53* (96b 8x4)      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

Silly mid-on, short midwicket and short square leg for Dravid

27.6

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

End of over 28 (3 runs) India 111/1
R Dravid    15* (31b 3x4)      SR Watson    6-3-11-0
G Gambhir    56* (101b 8x4)      PM Siddle    7-0-29-0

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

End of over 29 (maiden) India 111/1
G Gambhir    56* (107b 8x4)      PM Siddle    8-1-29-0
R Dravid    15* (31b 3x4)      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

Ponting's at silly mid-on for Dravid

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

End of over 30 (2 runs) India 113/1
R Dravid    16* (35b 3x4)      SR Watson    7-3-13-0
G Gambhir    57* (109b 8x4)      PM Siddle    8-1-29-0

30.1

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

Two slips and a widish fourth slip for Gambhir

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

gambhir's gone a little quiet here

30.6

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

End of over 31 (maiden) India 113/1
G Gambhir    57* (115b 8x4)      PM Siddle    9-2-29-0
R Dravid    16* (35b 3x4)      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

End of over 32 (9 runs) India 122/1
R Dravid    25* (41b 5x4)      SR Watson    8-3-22-0
G Gambhir    57* (115b 8x4)      PM Siddle    9-2-29-0

32.1

Siddle to Dravid, no run, angles it from outside off, he gets well forward and defends to the off side

32.2

Siddle to Dravid, FOUR, gets it to angle inwards again but he lands it close to the pads and that's Dravid's strength, he clips it past the vacant square leg region and fetches his third quick boundary

32.3

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

32.4

Siddle to Dravid, FOUR, Siddle strays off line again, this time he angles it towards the pads and lands it on a fullish length, he picks the length early, works his wrists and finds the arc between mid-on and midwicket

32.5

Siddle to Dravid, no run, pitches on a good length outside off, he gets forward and defends to the off side

32.6

Siddle to Dravid, no run, gets nicely behind the line and defends off the full face of the bat

End of over 33 (8 runs) India 130/1
R Dravid    33* (47b 7x4)      PM Siddle    10-2-37-0
G Gambhir    57* (115b 8x4)      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

End of over 34 (6 runs) India 136/1
G Gambhir    62* (120b 9x4)      SR Watson    9-3-28-0
R Dravid    34* (48b 7x4)      PM Siddle    10-2-37-0

34.1

Siddle to Dravid, no run, slightly wide outside the off stump, Dravid gets a big stride across and taps it to point

34.2

Siddle to Dravid, 1 run, angles it towards middle and leg and Dravis in turn shuffles across and clips it with soft hands to the on side and sets off quickly, they make it without a fuss

34.3

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

34.4

Siddle to Dravid, no run, gets a big stride across to a fullish delivery and punches it firmly down to the covers

34.5

Siddle to Dravid, no run, delivers from wide of the crease, Dravid has to reach out a bit to punch it to the covers

34.6

Siddle to Dravid, no run, the angle is closer to the off stump, Dravid once again covers the line well and defends

End of over 35 (2 runs) India 138/1
R Dravid    35* (53b 7x4)      PM Siddle    11-2-39-0
G Gambhir    63* (121b 9x4)      SR Watson    9-3-28-0

Mitchell Johnson replaces Watson

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

35.6

Johnson to Dravid, 2 runs, slides towards the pads and Dravid whips it away firmly behind square, White runs across from fine leg and mops up

End of over 36 (3 runs) India 141/1
R Dravid    37* (54b 7x4)      MG Johnson    9-2-28-1
G Gambhir    64* (126b 9x4)      PM Siddle    11-2-39-0

No sign of White yet with the ball. Lee will replace Siddle

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

End of over 37 (maiden) India 141/1
G Gambhir    64* (132b 9x4)      B Lee    7-1-36-0
R Dravid    37* (54b 7x4)      MG Johnson    9-2-28-1

37.1

Johnson to Dravid, 1 run, clipped wide of short midwicket for a single

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

37.3

Johnson to Dravid, no run, poor shot by Dravid, Johnson tempts him with width outside the off stump and Dravid attempts a boming cover drive while staying rooted to the crease

37.4

Johnson to Dravid, no run

37.5

Johnson to Dravid, no run, fires it on a yorker length outside off, he stretches out and digs it out to point

37.6

Johnson to Dravid, no run, safelty left alone out wide off

End of over 38 (2 runs) India 143/1
R Dravid    38* (59b 7x4)      MG Johnson    10-2-30-1
G Gambhir    65* (133b 9x4)      B Lee    7-1-36-0

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

38.4

Lee to Dravid, no run, swings in a little late, Dravid gets forward and defends a fullish delivery to the off side

38.5

Lee to Dravid, no run, full and slightly wider of off stump, Dravid drives firmly but can't beat cover

38.6

Lee to Dravid, no run, Dravid walks across his stumps and in the last second decides to let it go the wicketkeeper

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End of over 39 (1 run) India 144/1
R Dravid    38* (62b 7x4)      B Lee    8-1-37-0
G Gambhir    66* (136b 9x4)      MG Johnson    10-2-30-1

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

39.3

Johnson to Dravid, no run, lands on a good length outside off and angles away just a touch, Dravid has a good look at it

39.4

Johnson to Dravid, no run, this one angles away just a touch and Dravid plays it safe again by letting it go

He has only one slip in place

39.5

Johnson to Dravid, 1 run, strays too full and wide outside off and Dravid drives past the infield and sweeper cover picks it up

39.6

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

Darode V from India: Australia have managed to bring down the run-rate from 4.16 (before lunch) to 3.70 (after lunch). Gambhir has suddenly gone quiet, most probably waiting for the spinners to come on, and Ponting knowing it is trying to delay it as long as possible. Exciting mind-games being played out there!

I have to agree. This session has slipped away a bit from India's grasp, though they haven't lost a wicket. Having said that, they are still going at a good rate.

End of over 40 (2 runs) India 146/1
G Gambhir    67* (139b 9x4)      MG Johnson    11-2-32-1
R Dravid    39* (65b 7x4)      B Lee    8-1-37-0

40.1

Lee to Dravid, no run, hits a good length outside off, the ball really thuds off Dravid's bat as he defends to the off side

40.2

Lee to Dravid, no run, good comeback by Lee, he dishes out a snorter and Dravid uses all his experience by bending down and swaying away from it just in time

40.3

Lee to Dravid, no run, false shot by Dravid as he chases a wide delivery which shapes away sharply before pitching

40.4

Lee to Dravid, no run, tries to work a full delivery past midwicket but checks his stroke

40.5

Lee to Dravid, OUT, the legstump is disturbed! After chasing a wide delivery outside off the previous ball, he tries to cream this one as well through the offside, he drives but fails to cover the line properly and suceeds in getting an inside edge which pushes back his leg stump

R Dravid b Lee 39 (118m 70b 7x4 0x6) SR: 55.71

So Tendulkar walks out. There's anticipation across India as he needs another 15 runs to beat Brian Lara's record for the most Test runs. He walks out to a standing ovation

40.6

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, gets a fullish delivery outside off, he leans forward and angles it down to point

Dravid's dismissal was unfortunate as he was the more dominant partner

End of over 41 (wicket maiden) India 146/2
SR Tendulkar    0* (1b)      B Lee    9-2-37-1
G Gambhir    67* (139b 9x4)      MG Johnson    11-2-32-1

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

VVS Laxman joins Tendulkar. Two slips and a gully

41.2

Johnson to Laxman, 2 runs, short of a length on middle and leg, he tucks it to the on side

41.3

Johnson to Laxman, no run, full and wide outside off, Laxman wasn't tempted into a wils slash, India don't need another dismissal at this stage

41.4

Johnson to Laxman, no run, the line is closer to the off stump, Laxman safely shoulders arms

41.5

Johnson to Laxman, no run, hits a stump to stump line this time and Laxman does well to get behind the line and defend

41.6

Johnson to Laxman, no run, hits a good length outside off, he gets behind the line and pushes it towards mid-off

End of over 42 (2 runs) India 148/3
VVS Laxman    2* (5b)      MG Johnson    12-2-34-2
SR Tendulkar    0* (1b)      B Lee    9-2-37-1

44 runs in 17 overs in this session. Like Dravid, Tendulkar too has a silly mid-on, short midwicket and short square leg

42.1

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, Lee strays on the pads and the crowd get vocal in anticipation of a boundary, straight to fine leg

42.2

Lee to Laxman, no run, keeps a little low before reaching Laxman and he gets down to defend

The attacking on side field is in place for Laxman too

42.3

Lee to Laxman, no run, hits a good length on off stump, he defends it to the off side

42.4

Lee to Laxman, no run, there's a spring in Lee's step as he bangs it in short and Laxman does well to sway and evade it

42.5

Lee to Laxman, 1 run, a fiery full delivery on the pads and Laxman whips it away on the up towards Johnson at fine leg

42.6

Lee to Tendulkar, 2 runs, gets forward to a full delivery and Tendulkar opens the face of the bat and deftly glides it away past gully

That's two runs closer to the record. He'd want to get there before tea, surely

End of over 43 (4 runs) India 152/3
SR Tendulkar    3* (3b)      B Lee    10-2-41-1
VVS Laxman    3* (9b)      MG Johnson    12-2-34-2

43.1

Johnson to Laxman, FOUR, Johnson errs by straying down the leg side and that's suicidal when you're bowling to Laxman because he's so strong with his wrists, fine leg had no chance in cutting that off

43.2

Johnson to Laxman, no run, pitches on middle and leg and he pushes it to the on side

43.3

Johnson to Laxman, no run, loses his line and strays well wide of off stump, he lets it go

43.4

Johnson to Laxman, no run, fires in a yorker length delivery outside off and Laxman has to reach out a bit to dig it out

43.5

Johnson to Laxman, FOUR, the slower ball, strays wide of the off stump, Laxman waits on it, opens the face of the bat and glides it with soft hands past where fourth slip would have been and picks up a welcome boundary

43.6

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

End of over 44 (8 runs) India 160/3
VVS Laxman    11* (15b 2x4)      MG Johnson    13-2-42-2
SR Tendulkar    3* (3b)      B Lee    10-2-41-1

44.1

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 no ball, Lee oversteps this time and hits the deck hard with a bouncer

44.1

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, the slower ball and still a bit short, Tendulkar gets his elbows high and fends it off to the off side

44.2

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, fuller in length, around the off stump line and he pushes it to cover

44.3

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, pitched up on the pads and tendulkar quickly gets in position to work it past midwicket

44.4

Lee to Laxman, no run, pitches on a good length outside off and comes on quickly, laxman defends to the off side

44.5

Lee to Laxman, no run, pitches on a fuller length outside off, he shoulders arms

44.6

Lee to Laxman, 1 run, angles it towards the pads and Laxman uses his wrists well and easily works it away to fine leg

End of over 45 (3 runs) India 163/3
VVS Laxman    12* (18b 2x4)      B Lee    11-2-44-1
SR Tendulkar    4* (7b)      MG Johnson    13-2-42-2

45.1

Johnson to Laxman, OUT, another catch down the legside! Johnson strays down the legside and the ball moves away very slightly close to Laxman's pads, he tries to glance it fine but gets a thin edge off the bat, Haddin wasn absolutely sure of the edge and so was Asad Rauf whose finger went up immediately

VVS Laxman c †Haddin b Johnson 12 (18m 19b 2x4 0x6) SR: 63.15

Sourav Ganguly walks in. What a session this has been for Australia. Short square leg and short midwicket in place

45.2

Johnson to Ganguly, no run, makes him play straightway, he covers the line and defends off the back foot

45.3

Johnson to Ganguly, no run, mixes it up with a fullish delivery, he pushes it down to mid-off

45.4

Johnson to Ganguly, no run, hits a good length on off and middle and he taps it back to the bowler

45.5

Johnson to Ganguly, no run, angles slightly towards the pads and he softly turns it back to the bowler

45.6

Johnson to Ganguly, no run, senses an opportunity to pick up at least a couple with a flick to the on side but short square leg (Clarke?) is alert to intercept it

End of over 46 (wicket maiden) India 163/4
SC Ganguly    0* (5b)      MG Johnson    14-3-42-3
SR Tendulkar    4* (7b)      B Lee    11-2-44-1

46.1

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, changes his pace, it's slightly short of a length and Tendulkar waits on it before angling it down to point

46.2

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, 84.6 mph, gets a bit of late away swing before pitching, Tendulkar pushes it towards the covers on the walk

46.3

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, pitches on a good length outside off and he softly pushes it down to Clarke who runs across from point

46.4

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar eases into a fullish delivery and drives straight but Siddle's a little deep at mid-on and that allows him to intercept it

comes round the wicket to Ganguly

46.5

Lee to Ganguly, no run, pitches a trifle wide outside the off stump, it appeared as if he wanted to play a stroke but he chose to let it go

46.6

Lee to Ganguly, no run, gets more drift towards the off stump and Ganguly this time steers it down to point

End of over 47 (1 run) India 164/4
SC Ganguly    0* (7b)      B Lee    12-2-45-1
SR Tendulkar    5* (11b)      MG Johnson    14-3-42-3

15 minutes left till tea. Tendulkar needs 10 more runs

47.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, pitches just outside leg and Tendulkar at the last minute withdraws from the stroke and pads it away, the ball runs to the fine leg boundary, that's a dead ball

47.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, gets the angle outside the off stump this time and he drives firmly to mid-off

47.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, varies his line and length and bangs it in short down the leg side, Tendulkar plays safe and ducks

47.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, FOUR, cracker of a shot! Johnson overpicthes outside the off stump and Tendulkar latches on to it quickly, the head position is perfect as he creams that off the meat of the bat past the covers

47.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, holds the length back outside off, he taps it firmly to mid-off

47.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, loud cheers from the sparse crowd as Tendulkar nudges it fine, Lee does brilliantly to slide and cut it off

End of over 48 (6 runs) India 170/4
SR Tendulkar    11* (17b 1x4)      MG Johnson    15-3-48-3
SC Ganguly    0* (7b)      B Lee    12-2-45-1

48.1

Lee to Ganguly, no run, gets a little width outside off and Ganguly lets it go

48.2

Lee to Ganguly, no run, gets forward and defends straight to the covers

48.3

Lee to Ganguly, no run, just a fraction short of a length, he gets on the back foot and defends to the off side

48.4

Lee to Ganguly, no run, adjusts to a fuller length, he gets forward and pushes it to the covers with soft hands

48.5

Lee to Ganguly, no run, he bangs it in short and ganguly evades the bouncer with ease

48.6

Lee to Ganguly, no run, keeps him quiet again as he gets a half stride forward and pushes it with soft hands to cover

End of over 49 (maiden) India 170/4
SC Ganguly    0* (13b)      B Lee    13-3-45-1
SR Tendulkar    11* (17b 1x4)      MG Johnson    15-3-48-3

Four more needed for the record. He takes his time to survey the field. Siddle returns for a new spell

49.1

Siddle to Tendulkar, 1 run, again the cheers go up as he whips a good length delivery wide of square leg, there are two fielders in the deep on the on side

Siddle stops short in his run-up as Ganguly isn't ready

49.2

Siddle to Ganguly, no run, comes round the wicket and angles it towards the body, he tucks it to midwicket

49.3

Siddle to Ganguly, no run, gets it angle inwards from outside the off stump, he gets well forward and defends to the covers

49.4

Siddle to Ganguly, no run, tempts him with width outside off and ganguly falls for the trap as he drives away from his body and misses

49.5

Siddle to Ganguly, no run, holds the length back outside off and Ganguly safely lets it go, he's not off the mark yet

49.6

Siddle to Ganguly, 2 runs, and he finally gets off the mark, Siddle gives him width outside off and Ganguly opens the face of the bat and glides it down to third man

End of over 50 (3 runs) India 173/4
SC Ganguly    2* (18b)      PM Siddle    12-2-42-0
SR Tendulkar    12* (18b 1x4)      B Lee    13-3-45-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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Sachin Tendulkar takes photos after the victory, India v Australia, 2nd Test, Mohali, 5th day, October 21, 2008

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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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