Australia tour of India, 2008/09 / Commentary

Border-Gavaskar Trophy - 3rd Test

India v Australia

Match drawn

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

51.6

Johnson to Laxman, 1 run, short of a length outside leg and turned to square leg

India 158/3   VVS Laxman 1* (1b)

52.1

Watson to Laxman, no run, starts off back of a length and Laxman pushes it to point

52.2

Watson to Laxman, no run, defends this one off the front foot, cover comes in to field

52.3

Watson to Laxman, FOUR, shot, caressed off the front foot past Clarke at cover, simple

52.4

Watson to Laxman, no run, swings in and he drives back to Watson, no foot movement

52.5

Watson to Laxman, 2 runs, on the toes and clipped nicely out to Johnson in the deep

52.6

Watson to Laxman, no run, back of a length and a tad wide but Laxman leaves it be

India 164/3   VVS Laxman 7* (7b 1x4)

53.5

Johnson to Laxman, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, defended to midwicket

53.6

Johnson to Laxman, 2 runs, fuller in length and Laxman gets to the pitch, pushing it up and over a leaping short cover for a brace, mid-off runs after it and fields

India 175/3   VVS Laxman 9* (9b 1x4)

55.4

Johnson to Laxman, no run, short one slides down leg, Laxman can't connect, Haddin takes

55.5

Johnson to Laxman, 1 run, dropped in short, he gets up on the toes and turns it fine

India 182/3   VVS Laxman 10* (11b 1x4)

57.1

Johnson to Laxman, no run, angled across Laxman, who carefully shoulders arms

57.2

Johnson to Laxman, no run, short outside leg stump and Laxman tries to turn it away, but makes a mess of it and it bobs back towards Johnson, no chance of a catch however

57.3

Johnson to Laxman, 2 runs, now he times it well, clipping it off the pads for a couple

57.4

Johnson to Laxman, no run, driven back to Johnson, who collects and feigns a throw back

57.5

Johnson to Laxman, no run, goes back and, cramped for room, chops it to backward point

57.6

Johnson to Laxman, no run, short and wide and steered off the back foot to White at point

India 189/3   VVS Laxman 12* (17b 1x4)

59.1

Johnson to Laxman, 1 run, short outside leg stump, tucked off the hips to deep square

India 195/3   VVS Laxman 13* (18b 1x4)

60.1

Watson to Laxman, FOUR, uff, thats timed very well, Laxman onto the front foot and thats nothing more than a push to a good-length ball, picking the gap at extra cover, and the 50 run stand is up as well in pretty good time

60.2

Watson to Laxman, no run, drifts onto Laxman's pads and he brushes it away to square leg

60.3

Watson to Laxman, 1 run, full in length, wristily driven back down the track, bowler gets a hand on it, mid-on slides and saves runs, so Gambhir will face on 99

India 208/3   VVS Laxman 18* (21b 2x4)

61.1

Lee to Laxman, 1 run, starts off on a length and Laxman pushes into the covers

India 215/3   VVS Laxman 19* (22b 2x4)

62.1

Clarke to Laxman, 2 runs, tossed up on the stumps, whipped out to deep midwicket

62.2

Clarke to Laxman, no run, comes forward and drives well to cover, but cant beat him

62.3

Clarke to Laxman, no run, flatter trajectory, stays low and he defends it back

62.4

Clarke to Laxman, 1 run, tossed up slower, Laxman waits and pushes past point

India 222/3   VVS Laxman 22* (26b 2x4)

63.2

Lee to Laxman, 1 run, short down leg stump, nudged to square leg for one

India 225/3   VVS Laxman 23* (27b 2x4)

64.4

Clarke to Laxman, 1 run, short and wide, he waits and pushes it past silly point

64.6

Clarke to Laxman, 1 run, too short and Laxman crunches that out to deep cover

India 234/3   VVS Laxman 25* (29b 2x4)

65.1

Lee to Laxman, no run, full and wide outside off and Laxman watches it go by

65.2

Lee to Laxman, 1 run, caressed on the up past point out to the sweeper, doesn't get a stride in but relies on his hand-eye coordination, one of those soft Laxman steers

65.4

Lee to Laxman, no run, full outside off, swings back in as Laxman safely leaves

65.5

Lee to Laxman, 1 run, sees room and frees the arms, driving backward of point and with that, Laxman goes past G R Viswanath in the all-time list of Indian run scorers

India 237/3   VVS Laxman 27* (33b 2x4)

66.3

Clarke to Laxman, FOUR, short and he whips it superbly out to deep midwicket where Clark, running around from somewhere else, escorts the ball over the ropes

66.4

Clarke to Laxman, no run, spins away from him and he pushes it off the back foot to cover

66.5

Clarke to Laxman, no run, fuller, flatter and he smothers the turn with a stride

66.6

Clarke to Laxman, no run, tossed up outside off and now Laxman decides to leave

India 243/3   VVS Laxman 31* (37b 3x4)

68.3

Clarke to Laxman, 1 run, easy single, Laxman turning that off the pads

68.6

Clarke to Laxman, 2 runs, worked off the pads out to deep square leg for a couple

India 249/3   VVS Laxman 34* (39b 3x4)

69.6

Lee to Laxman, no run, swings through the air, very full, defended just in time to midwicket

India 250/3   VVS Laxman 34* (40b 3x4)

70.2

Clarke to Laxman, no run, uses his feet and drives, Clarke dives, Johnson fields at mid-off

70.3

Clarke to Laxman, no run, reaches out and drives to Ponting at a catching cover

70.4

Clarke to Laxman, no run, slower, looped up, Laxman waits for it and defends to silly point

70.5

Clarke to Laxman, no run, comes forward and defends this one watchfully to Ponting

70.6

Clarke to Laxman, 2 runs, whipped off the pads and he beats three men on the leg side

India 253/3   VVS Laxman 36* (45b 3x4)

72.1

Clarke to Laxman, no run, flat on the stumps, he comes forward and pats it back

72.2

Clarke to Laxman, no run, comes forward and defends again

72.3

Clarke to Laxman, no run, tossed up on middle and leg and Laxman defends

72.4

Clarke to Laxman, 1 run, some action! Laxman uses his feet and drives hard to extra cover, there's some hesitation before he sets off, Johnson picks up and nails the stumps with a good throw, replays show Laxman had just stretched his bat across the white line in time

India 258/3   VVS Laxman 37* (49b 3x4)

73.1

Katich to Laxman, 1 run, flat on middle and leg and whipped to Ponting at midwicket

India 259/3   VVS Laxman 38* (50b 3x4)

74.2

Clarke to Laxman, no run, slowly tossed up on middle and off, jammed back to Clarke

74.3

Clarke to Laxman, 3 runs, too short and Laxman whips it out to deep midwicket, its such a classy shot when he plays it, good to watch

74.5

Clarke to Laxman, no run, flighted on off stump, Laxman drives inside out to cover

74.6

Clarke to Laxman, 1 run, stretches forward and drives towards extra cover this time

India 270/3   VVS Laxman 42* (54b 3x4)

75.1

Katich to Laxman, 1 run, gets room and square-drives out to Clark in the deep

75.3

Katich to Laxman, 1 run, gets back and across, rolls the wrists to pick up one more

India 273/3   VVS Laxman 44* (56b 3x4)

76.1

Clarke to Laxman, no run, tossed up wide, Laxman comes out and drives to mid-off

76.2

Clarke to Laxman, no run, comes well forward and blocks it back to Clarke

76.3

Clarke to Laxman, no run, sashays out and on-drives to midwicket

76.4

Clarke to Laxman, no run, strides forward to defend

76.5

Clarke to Laxman, no run, gets some room and unfurls a cut to backward point

76.6

Clarke to Laxman, 1 run, spins into Laxman, who brushes it off the pads disdainfully

India 274/3   VVS Laxman 45* (62b 3x4)

77.1

Katich to Laxman, no run, looped up invitingly, good dip, Laxman defends to cover

77.2

Katich to Laxman, 1 run, shorter and flatter, he now waits before pushing to point

77.4

Katich to Laxman, no run, the wrong'un, Laxman gets behind the line and defends

77.5

Katich to Laxman, no run, tossed up, Laxman drives back to Katich, who fumbles, the ball ricochets down to Johnson at mid-on, Laxman is halfway down the track before he sees Gambhir waving him back, Johnson doesn't hit the stumps and Haddin gets hurt as he collects, got some bad bounce, something has happened between Katich and Gambhir, the bowler is red-faced and hurling abuses at Gambhir, so Bowden intervenes

77.6

Katich to Laxman, 1 run, tossed up on leg, driven to Ponting at midwicket, who fumbles

India 277/3   VVS Laxman 47* (67b 3x4)

78.1

Clarke to Laxman, 1 run, flat on the stumps, again eased off the pads for one

78.4

Clarke to Laxman, 1 run, reaches out and works this one away as well

78.6

Clarke to Laxman, 1 run, sliding down leg, he shuffles and brings up a well-paced fifty, off 70 balls, with another effortless tuck to the leg side, an innings gone largely unnoticed

India 282/3   VVS Laxman 50* (70b 3x4)

79.1

Katich to Laxman, no run, uses his feet and drives the looped up delivery back to Katich

79.2

Katich to Laxman, no run, shorter, flatter, stays low and Laxman defends

79.3

Katich to Laxman, 1 run, walks across his stumps and whips it out to midwicket

79.6

Katich to Laxman, no run, some turn and bounce, beats Laxman as he feels for it

India 284/3   VVS Laxman 51* (74b 3x4)

80.4

Clark to Laxman, no run, back of a length, on the seam, Laxman back in line, defending

80.5

Clark to Laxman, no run, slides into the pads and he defends to midwicket

80.6

Clark to Laxman, no run, full, swinging through the air, defended back to Clark

India 285/3   VVS Laxman 51* (77b 3x4)

82.1

Clark to Laxman, no run, stays low on off stump and Laxman defends it back, in time

82.2

Clark to Laxman, no run, back of a length, defended off the back foot to point

82.3

Clark to Laxman, 1 leg bye, drifts down the pads and he works it out to deep square leg, leg byes

India 286/3   VVS Laxman 51* (80b 3x4)

83.1

Katich to Laxman, no run, serves up a low full toss and then saves runs in time, diving with one hand in front of Gambhir and flings it back to Haddin, athletic stop from Katich

83.2

Katich to Laxman, 1 run, on the stumps and worked out to midwicket for one

83.4

Katich to Laxman, 1 run, gets forward and works another easy single

India 289/3   VVS Laxman 53* (83b 3x4)

84.1

Clark to Laxman, no run, short of a length and he drives it down to mid-on

84.2

Clark to Laxman, no run, hits a good length and zips back in, Laxman defends just in time

84.3

Clark to Laxman, no run, too straight, well clipped but he cant beat those two fielders

84.4

Clark to Laxman, no run, slides down Laxman's pads, he cannot connect, Haddin collects and breaks the sticks but the batsmen is safely back inside, very well taken though

84.5

Clark to Laxman, no run, comes onto the front foot and drives the ball to point

84.6

Clark to Laxman, no run, down leg, defended watchfully to the men at midwicket

India 289/3   VVS Laxman 53* (89b 3x4)

85.6

Lee to Laxman, no run, good line from Lee, getting Laxman defending to the on side

India 290/3   VVS Laxman 53* (90b 3x4)

87.1

Lee to Laxman, no run, back of a length and wide and Laxman wants nothing to do

87.2

Lee to Laxman, no run, full, no swing though, Laxman plays it to midwicket

87.3

Lee to Laxman, 1 bye, ripper, short at 144ks, sits up and Laxman has to arch his back as the ball spits up at him, even Haddin has to leap and collect it behind the stumps, but fumbles and allows a single

India 291/3   VVS Laxman 53* (93b 3x4)

88.1

Clark to Laxman, 1 run, too straight, Laxman turns it out to deep midwicket for one

India 296/3   VVS Laxman 54* (94b 3x4)

89.1

Lee to Laxman, no run, strikes Laxman on the pads first up, but thats an optimistic shout as the ball looks to just be slanting down leg stump, thats why Billy Bowden shakes his head as Lee belts out a massive appeal, truth be told Laxman's feet weren't moving early in the morning but still, that was missing leg stump

89.2

Lee to Laxman, no run, fullish length on off stump and Laxman drives it back

89.3

Lee to Laxman, no run, nearly a driveable length and he laces that to extra covers

89.4

Lee to Laxman, no run, back of a length, going away, Laxman shoulders arms

89.5

Lee to Laxman, no run, short of a length, 142ks, Laxman again leaves it be

89.6

Lee to Laxman, no run, gets bat on this one, defending it off the back foot

India 296/3   VVS Laxman 54* (100b 3x4)

90.5

Clark to Laxman, no run, onto the front foot and defends it down towards gully

90.6

Clark to Laxman, no run, forward again, defending to Lee at point to end the over

India 297/3   VVS Laxman 54* (102b 3x4)

91.3

Lee to Laxman, no run, drops in short, Laxman drops the hands and gets out of the way

91.4

Lee to Laxman, 1 run, lands on a length and Laxman turns the wrists to punch that on the rise back past Lee and a diving Watson at mid-on, who dives over the ball, sweet shot

India 299/3   VVS Laxman 55* (104b 3x4)

92.1

Clark to Laxman, no run, a nothing shot, feet not going anywhere, bat flailing out a short and wide delivery, which just manages to beat the outside edge

92.2

Clark to Laxman, FOUR, comes forward and defends, opening the face, and the ball takes the outer edge and runs along the ground past the slips for four

92.3

Clark to Laxman, no run, shoulders arms confidently off the front foot, the ball pitches wide and shapes back in

92.4

Clark to Laxman, no run, short ball and Laxman makes sure to get his head out of the way

92.5

Clark to Laxman, no run, another bouncer and another comfortable leave

92.6

Clark to Laxman, 2 runs, third ball short and this time he pulls along the ground to square

India 305/3   VVS Laxman 61* (110b 4x4)

94.1

Clark to Laxman, no run, back of a length on off stump and defended to short midwicket

94.2

Clark to Laxman, 2 runs, gets room and cuts well past the man at backward point

94.3

Clark to Laxman, no run, short on off and he taps the ball to cover this time

94.4

Clark to Laxman, FOUR, thats not a half-volley at all but Laxman eases onto the front foot and drives it past extra cover

94.5

Clark to Laxman, no run, drives a tad fuller one but Clarke saves four at cover

94.6

Clark to Laxman, no run, goes back and defends one that pitches on the stumps

India 315/3   VVS Laxman 67* (116b 5x4)

95.3

Lee to Laxman, 2 runs, pitches fullish on leg stump, flicked wide of White at midwicket

95.4

Lee to Laxman, no run, on the pads again but Laxman clips it right to midwicket

95.5

Lee to Laxman, 1 run, a touch shot, just back in the crease and pushing it to mid-off

India 319/3   VVS Laxman 70* (119b 5x4)

97.1

Lee to Laxman, no run, back of a length outside off and left alone

97.2

Lee to Laxman, FOUR, shot! Short on the stumps and powerfully pulled, bisecting two men on the on side for a boundary

97.3

Lee to Laxman, no run, back of a length outside off stump and he leaves it be

97.4

Lee to Laxman, FOUR, ah, lucky for Laxman! Lee drops short, Laxman is late to get out of the way and the ball kisses his gloves, flying past the slips for four

97.5

Lee to Laxman, no run, very short, going down leg stump and Haddin collects

97.6

Lee to Laxman, 1 bye, wide of the stumps, he shoulders arms to that, Haddin fumbles

India 329/3   VVS Laxman 78* (125b 7x4)

98.1

Johnson to Laxman, no run, 143ks, short ball well outside leg stump, Haddin takes

98.2

Johnson to Laxman, 1 run, short of a length on off stump, defended down to point

98.4

Johnson to Laxman, FOUR, short on the stumps and Laxman pulls that in front of square

98.5

Johnson to Laxman, 1 run, even shorter this time and Laxman hooks, taking his eyes off it momentarily, the ball flies in the air down to Katich at fine leg but the ball doesn't carry

India 336/3   VVS Laxman 84* (129b 8x4)

99.2

Lee to Laxman, no run, very wide of off stump and Laxman just watches it go by

99.3

Lee to Laxman, no run, bouncer outside off stump, Laxman gets down and ducks

99.4

Lee to Laxman, 1 no ball, oversteps, bowls it short, Laxman gets tall and plays it down

99.4

Lee to Laxman, no run, short of a length outside off and pushed to cover

99.5

Lee to Laxman, no run, full this time, looking to york him, Laxman punches to midwicket

99.6

Lee to Laxman, no run, finishes with another bouncer, which Laxman ducks under

India 339/3   VVS Laxman 84* (135b 8x4)

101.1

Lee to Laxman, 1 run, short of a length on off stump, stays low, Laxman turns it fine

India 342/3   VVS Laxman 85* (136b 8x4)

102.1

Johnson to Laxman, FOUR, poor stuff, full and wide and eased wide of gully for four

102.2

Johnson to Laxman, 1 wide, and a wide, in a Test match, as Johnson's attempted slower delivery pitches full and well away from Laxman, dribbling through to Haddin

102.2

Johnson to Laxman, no run, better line and length and Laxman drives back to Johnson

102.3

Johnson to Laxman, 2 runs, short on the stumps and brushed disdainfully off his hips

102.4

Johnson to Laxman, 1 run, gets back and punches a short one to a diving white at mid-off

India 350/3   VVS Laxman 92* (140b 9x4)

103.1

White to Laxman, no run, flights it on a length, off stump, and Laxman defends

103.2

White to Laxman, no run, short and Laxman goes back, driving to extra cover

103.3

White to Laxman, no run, some good bounce on that one, pitching outside off stump and sitting up, Laxman gets a look in and leaves it be

103.4

White to Laxman, no run, looped up on the stumps, Laxman on-drives to the fielder

103.5

White to Laxman, no run, fizzed up outside off, more good bounce, Laxman leaves

103.6

White to Laxman, no run, pitches on leg, spins in, Laxman turns it to midwicket

India 354/3   VVS Laxman 92* (146b 9x4)

104.5

Johnson to Laxman, 1 run, outside leg and turned out to Clark at deep square leg

India 356/3   VVS Laxman 93* (147b 9x4)

105.1

White to Laxman, 1 run, slides down the leg stump, the wrong 'un, Laxman turns if off the pads to raise the 200th run of this association, oh boy, its all going India's way

105.5

White to Laxman, 1 run, tossed up on the pads and Laxman moves to 95

India 363/3   VVS Laxman 95* (149b 9x4)

107.1

White to Laxman, no run, tossed up on the stumps and Laxman defends it back

107.2

White to Laxman, no run, gives it some extra flight, it dips and Laxman checks a drive

107.3

White to Laxman, no run, fuller and quicker through the air, he jams it towards the offside, it took the toe end of the bat and got White interested, there were two sounds as well

107.4

White to Laxman, 1 run, gets some room and drives a single out to deep cover

107.6

White to Laxman, 2 runs, comes forward and drives through extra cover to move to 98

India 368/3   VVS Laxman 98* (154b 9x4)

108.3

Johnson to Laxman, no run, full and very wide, tempting the drive, but Laxman resists

108.4

Johnson to Laxman, no run, slides into him off a length, Laxman tries to turn it away, stops the shot and it dribbles to the man at midwicket

108.5

Johnson to Laxman, no run, very wide outside off stump now, still Laxman leaves it be

108.6

Johnson to Laxman, no run, doesn't move his feet as he pushes this one to Hussey at gully

India 371/3   VVS Laxman 98* (158b 9x4)

109.3

White to Laxman, 1 run, quick single to get to 99, Laxman nudges to point and sets off

India 377/3   VVS Laxman 99* (159b 9x4)

110.1

Johnson to Laxman, no run, comes forward and steers this one right to Clarke at point

110.2

Johnson to Laxman, no run, fuller, coming in, Laxman mistimes his off-drive to mid-off

110.3

Johnson to Laxman, no run, ah ha, tempting him with the driveable ball but Laxman leaves

110.4

Johnson to Laxman, no run, well directed short ball this time and he arches the back

110.5

Johnson to Laxman, no run, slower ball, 124ks, driveable length outside off stump but Laxman resists, even though he came forward with thoughts of caressing it away

110.6

Johnson to Laxman, no run, and he stays on 99, defending a shorter ball to cover

India 377/3   VVS Laxman 99* (165b 9x4)

111.3

White to Laxman, no run, oh ho ho, he chases one turning away from him, gets a thin edge which bounces well in front of Hayden at slip

111.4

White to Laxman, no run, well flighted outside off, no turn and Laxman leaves

111.5

White to Laxman, no run, lunges forward and defends this one to Katich at short leg

111.6

White to Laxman, no run, still cant get it, lunging forward and driving to Ponting at short cover

India 378/3   VVS Laxman 99* (169b 9x4)

113.1

White to Laxman, no run, there's a shout, White raps Laxman on the pads with one the slides on, appeals but it was going down leg stump

113.2

White to Laxman, FOUR, there's his sixth Test hundred against Australia, and 13th overall, courtesy an orthodox cover drive when White offers him room, placement is immaculate and Laxman is all smiles, well played, and he makes a left-arm circular motion, like a bowler, to the dressing room

113.3

White to Laxman, no run, reaches out and defends this one to the off side

113.4

White to Laxman, no run, gets forward and drives, but cannot beat the fielder

113.5

White to Laxman, 1 run, a single this time, comes forward and drives into the gap

India 388/3   VVS Laxman 104* (174b 10x4)

115.1

Lee to Laxman, 2 runs, on the pads straightaway and clipped in the air to deep square

115.2

Lee to Laxman, no run, straighter delivery and defended down the track to Ponting

115.3

Lee to Laxman, FOUR, half-volley on the pads and delectably laced through midwicket

115.4

Lee to Laxman, no run, good length on the stumps and driven to mid-off

115.5

Lee to Laxman, no run, nips back in off a shorter length and he defends to midwicket

115.6

Lee to Laxman, no run, bouncer over the stumps, Laxman ducks, and in the background Jazzy B's Jinne mera dil luteya plays out over the loudspeaker

India 399/3   VVS Laxman 110* (180b 11x4)

116.3

Clark to Laxman, no run, good length on off stump, Laxman defends to silly mid-on

116.4

Clark to Laxman, no run, on the stumps and he defends it again

116.5

Clark to Laxman, no run, slides into leg stump, Laxman turns it to midwicket

116.6

Clark to Laxman, 1 run, on-drives lazily and Ponting tumbles across from silly mid-on

India 401/3   VVS Laxman 111* (184b 11x4)

117.1

Lee to Laxman, no run, on leg stump again and this time he can't beat midwicket

117.2

Lee to Laxman, no run, gets back and rolls the wrists, working this ball to mid-on

117.3

Lee to Laxman, 2 runs, this time he finds the gap, twirling a full ball off his pads

117.4

Lee to Laxman, 1 run, see, sliding into Laxman's pads and he clips it past midwicket ... I mean hello, he makes a living out of playing those shots in case you haven't noticed

117.6

Lee to Laxman, FOUR, top shot, Laxman rising onto his toes to unfurl a back-foot touch between point and gully and though they both give valiant chase, the ball wins the Delhi Half Marathon

India 409/3   VVS Laxman 118* (189b 12x4)

118.2

Clark to Laxman, no run, better line, a good length on the stumps and defended

118.3

Clark to Laxman, no run, back of a good length and Laxman defends off the back foot

118.4

Clark to Laxman, no run, bouncer, and Laxman ducks to let it sail over his left shoulder

118.5

Clark to Laxman, no run, slides down the pads, ball brushes pad, Haddin dives and takes, there's an appeal for something after Laxman misses his flick but its rather unappealing

118.6

Clark to Laxman, no run, half-volley on leg stump but his drive can't beat mid-on

India 410/3   VVS Laxman 118* (194b 12x4)

119.3

Lee to Laxman, 1 run, argh, they don't learn, still serving up full on Laxman's leg stump and he flicks it like dust off his pads, getting a single down to deep square leg

119.5

Lee to Laxman, 1 run, slips out a slow full toss, which is patted away to midwicket

India 414/3   VVS Laxman 120* (196b 12x4)

120.4

Ponting to Laxman, 1 run, on the stumps and he works a single away

120.6

Ponting to Laxman, no run, tight line and length and Laxman defends back to Ponting

India 418/3   VVS Laxman 121* (198b 12x4)

121.2

Lee to Laxman, no run, fuller in length and Laxman drives to the man at cover

121.3

Lee to Laxman, 1 no ball, short of a length outside off stump and he leaves it alone

121.3

Lee to Laxman, no run, onto the front foot now, driving straight to Hussey at cover

121.4

Lee to Laxman, 2 runs, an aerial shot from Laxman all of a suddenly, rolling the wrists and closing the face, the slower ball it was, up in the air but drops well safe of a diving mid-on

121.5

Lee to Laxman, no run, short of a length on the body and he defends it back

121.6

Lee to Laxman, FOUR, with no third man, Lee bowls it wide and Laxman twirls it away

India 426/3   VVS Laxman 127* (204b 13x4)

122.2

Ponting to Laxman, 1 run, down the pads and Laxman flicks away a single to the deep

122.6

Ponting to Laxman, 1 run, down the pads, and lo and behold, a single to the deep!

India 434/3   VVS Laxman 129* (206b 13x4)

123.1

Watson to Laxman, no run, on the stumps and he drives nonchalantly back to Watson

123.2

Watson to Laxman, no run, short of a length and it goes on past Laxman's stumps

123.3

Watson to Laxman, no run, lands on a tempting length outside off and Laxman leaves

123.4

Watson to Laxman, no run, even wider outside off, going away, he gets in and leaves

123.5

Watson to Laxman, 1 run, onto tiptoes, pushing that off the back foot to cover sweeper

India 435/3   VVS Laxman 130* (211b 13x4)

124.1

Katich to Laxman, 1 run, flighted on leg stump and worked around the corner for one

124.3

Katich to Laxman, no run, flicked to short midwicket, who parries it down to mid-on

124.4

Katich to Laxman, no run, tossed up and Laxman strides real forward to defend

124.5

Katich to Laxman, 1 run, short and wide, Laxman gets the toe of the bat and squirts it

India 438/4   VVS Laxman 132* (215b 13x4)

125.1

Watson to Laxman, 1 run, easy as ... I cant think of it .. but its caressed off the back foot between cover and point as Watson gives him room, just a single however

India 443/4   VVS Laxman 133* (216b 13x4)

126.1

Katich to Laxman, 1 run, tossed up wide and Laxman drives out to the sweeper

India 444/4   VVS Laxman 134* (217b 13x4)

127.3

Watson to Laxman, no run, wide of the sticks, inviting the drive, Laxman not interested

127.4

Watson to Laxman, FOUR, edged smack between slip and wicketkeeper! Laxman feels for a length delivery outside off stump and gets a thick edge through Hayden at Haddin, but neither moved and honestly it was Haddin's catch, not far from him at all and he is the man with the gloves ... okay, please don't flood my inbox with anti-Haddin emails now

127.5

Watson to Laxman, no run, back of a length and steered to backward point

127.6

Watson to Laxman, no run, onto the front foot, driving sweetly back to Watson's left

India 450/5   VVS Laxman 138* (221b 14x4)

129.1

Watson to Laxman, no run, gets forward and defends from the crease

129.2

Watson to Laxman, no run, change of pace, doesn't move his feet as he defends

129.3

Watson to Laxman, no run, gets some room and leans into a square drive which is fielded by a diving Ponting at backward point, well stopped

129.4

Watson to Laxman, no run, now its a bouncer, down leg stump, Laxman gets out of the way

129.5

Watson to Laxman, no run, onto the toes, driving uppishly to short cover, Katich dives in an attempt to catch it but it didn't carry and then hits him on the back off the rebound

129.6

Watson to Laxman, FOUR, all wrists, and what placement! Laxman! Watson bowls on a length and looks on as Laxman whips it from middle and off through midwicket for four

India 454/5   VVS Laxman 142* (227b 15x4)

131.1

Watson to Laxman, no run, loosely feels for it, trying to steer it to third man, chopped to point

131.2

Watson to Laxman, no run, short of a length and he gets back to push it to midwicket

131.3

Watson to Laxman, 1 run, gets width and opens the face, steering past point and gully

India 469/5   VVS Laxman 143* (230b 15x4)

132.1

Katich to Laxman, no run, reaches out and drives, Katich dives and saves runs

132.2

Katich to Laxman, 1 run, gets a single now, again reaching forward and beating cover

India 470/5   VVS Laxman 144* (232b 15x4)

133.6

Watson to Laxman, no run, good length on the stumps and he defends to end the over

India 482/6   VVS Laxman 144* (233b 15x4)

135.1

Watson to Laxman, no run, sluggish nature of the track gets him checking the drive to Watson

135.2

Watson to Laxman, no run, too straight and Laxman drives to midwicket

135.3

Watson to Laxman, no run, short of a length on off stump, punched to midwicket again

135.4

Watson to Laxman, FOUR, in his preferred area, Watson pitching too straight, and thats whipped from middle stump through the yawning space at midwicket for four

135.5

Watson to Laxman, no run, rooted to the crease, he throws the bat at width and chops to point

135.6

Watson to Laxman, 1 run, given more room, Laxman gets tall and cracks it out to deep point

India 487/6   VVS Laxman 149* (239b 16x4)

136.1

Katich to Laxman, no run, tossed up and he gets real forward to defend

136.2

Katich to Laxman, 1 run, and there's his 150 up, Katich tosses it up on a length, it turns in, Laxman plays it past short leg for one

India 488/6   VVS Laxman 150* (241b 16x4)

137.1

White to Laxman, no run, thats not called wide? I'm surprised, because it was a mile outside off

137.2

White to Laxman, no run, on the stumps and Laxman gets forward to defend

137.3

White to Laxman, no run, flighted outside off stump and he decides to let it go

137.4

White to Laxman, 1 run, gets a single as White drifts onto the pads, tucked wide for one

India 491/6   VVS Laxman 151* (245b 16x4)

138.1

Katich to Laxman, 1 run, spins in from middle, Laxman shuffles and wrists it away for one

India 492/6   VVS Laxman 152* (246b 16x4)

139.1

White to Laxman, FOUR, overpitched outside off stump and Laxman leans into an extra-cover drive

139.2

White to Laxman, 1 run, action replay, though not timed that well and mid-off fields

India 505/6   VVS Laxman 157* (248b 17x4)

140.1

Katich to Laxman, 1 run, another easy single, steered wide of backward point

140.4

Katich to Laxman, 1 run, shuffles before the ball is released and chips it over short leg

140.6

Katich to Laxman, no run, spins back into Laxman off a length, who punches to cover

India 509/6   VVS Laxman 159* (251b 17x4)

141.6

White to Laxman, 1 run, flighted on middle stump, he turns it into the gap for one

India 515/6   VVS Laxman 160* (252b 17x4)

142.1

Clark to Laxman, no run, on a length just wide of off stump and Laxman leaves it alone

142.2

Clark to Laxman, no run, decides to play this one, and steers the ball to backward point

142.3

Clark to Laxman, no run, similar shot, played off the back foot to Ponting at point

142.4

Clark to Laxman, no run, good length outside off, Laxman leaves, it doesn't carry to Haddin

142.5

Clark to Laxman, no run, reaches out and aims to work it away, turning it from off stump

142.6

Clark to Laxman, no run, wide of off stump again and Laxman resists playing a shot

India 515/6   VVS Laxman 160* (258b 17x4)

143.4

White to Laxman, 2 runs, and he drives too, past extra cover and out to a sliding Hussey

143.5

White to Laxman, 1 run, flatter, off stump, he waits for it and dabs it wide of point

India 519/6   VVS Laxman 163* (260b 17x4)

144.1

Clark to Laxman, no run, flicks this one from off stump to the midwicket fielder

144.2

Clark to Laxman, 1 run, gets room and drags the ball towards the man at point

India 520/6   VVS Laxman 164* (262b 17x4)

145.1

White to Laxman, 1 run, reaches out to a flighted delivery and drives straight, turning the wrists, White takes some pace off the ball and mid-on mops up

145.6

White to Laxman, no run, tossed up outside off stump and Laxman leaves for Haddin

India 530/6   VVS Laxman 165* (264b 17x4)

146.5

Clark to Laxman, no run, lands on a good length and he drives that to mid-off

146.6

Clark to Laxman, 1 run, eases into the fullish delivery and drives it to deep cover

India 532/6   VVS Laxman 166* (266b 17x4)

147.1

Johnson to Laxman, 1 run, drops short outside off and Laxman pinches a single to point

147.3

Johnson to Laxman, no run, flails the bat at a short rising one but cannot make contact

147.4

Johnson to Laxman, 1 run, comes forward and drives one into the off side

India 535/6   VVS Laxman 168* (269b 17x4)

149.1

Johnson to Laxman, FOUR, shot! Laxman clips a full delivery from outside off stump and drives it down the ground past mid-on, fielder didn't have a chance to get it

149.2

Johnson to Laxman, FOUR, that area bleeds runs, Laxman only has to open the face and guide a wide one wide of slip and to third man to make it eight in two balls

149.3

Johnson to Laxman, 1 run, chases another wide one with no footwork, Lee fields at deep gully

India 551/6   VVS Laxman 177* (272b 19x4)

150.1

Clark to Laxman, no run, some swing there, but Laxman waits and pushes it to cover

150.2

Clark to Laxman, 1 run, drops wide and Laxman opens the face, steering it to third man

150.4

Clark to Laxman, no run, reaches out and drives on the up, Clarke dives at cover

150.5

Clark to Laxman, no run, wide delivery, shaping away, Laxman shoulders arms

150.6

Clark to Laxman, no run, fractionally overpitched and he drives it to mid-off

India 553/6   VVS Laxman 178* (277b 19x4)

151.2

Johnson to Laxman, 1 run, angled delivery again, Laxman stands his ground, opens his face, and dabs it to gully, who collects and shies at the stumps, Johnson runs back to collect

151.4

Johnson to Laxman, 2 runs, full on middle and off, looking for swing, turned past midwicket, an errant throw from Katich results in overthrows

151.5

Johnson to Laxman, no run, stands rooted and feels for this one, defending to point

151.6

Johnson to Laxman, no run, bounces him over leg stump and he gets onto the haunches

India 558/6   VVS Laxman 181* (281b 19x4)

152.2

Clarke to Laxman, 1 run, speared into leg stump and Laxman flicks it into the deep

152.6

Clarke to Laxman, 1 run, uses his feet and steals a quick single in front of mid-off

India 562/6   VVS Laxman 183* (283b 19x4)

153.1

Johnson to Laxman, no run, short on off stump, 144ks, Laxman thinks about turning it away but ends up holding back on the shot and defending to point

153.2

Johnson to Laxman, FOUR, this time he whips it away effortlessly, collecting from middle and off and depositing it to deep square leg, how does he do it? Fabulous batting

153.3

Johnson to Laxman, 1 run, sees room, doesn't move his feet, steers it down to third man

153.6

Johnson to Laxman, no run, again, no footwork as he chops a length ball to point

India 568/6   VVS Laxman 188* (287b 20x4)

154.4

Clarke to Laxman, 1 run, full and flat and whipped to midwicket for one

India 570/6   VVS Laxman 189* (288b 20x4)

155.1

Johnson to Laxman, no run, angled across and he drives it down to mid-off

155.2

Johnson to Laxman, FOUR, wrong line, outside leg stump and helped down to fine leg

155.3

Johnson to Laxman, 1 run, reaches out and glides the ball to third man, he's on 194

India 579/6   VVS Laxman 194* (291b 21x4)

157.1

Johnson to Laxman, no run, We have something interesting. Johnson bowls it short outside leg stump and Laxman gets tall and tucks it down to square leg... all looks fine as the batsmen cross but suddenly Billy Bowden walks over and tells him Laxman its been called a dead ball because Laxman ran on the pitch ... okay then. Laxman looks perplexed and has a discussion with Bowden.

157.2

Johnson to Laxman, no run, full and wide outside off stump and he leaves it be

157.3

Johnson to Laxman, 1 run, comes forward and drives a single down to mid-off

India 585/7   VVS Laxman 195* (294b 21x4)

158.2

Clarke to Laxman, 1 run, gets back and across and works this away for a quick single

India 592/7   VVS Laxman 196* (295b 21x4)

159.1

Johnson to Laxman, 1 run, full and a touch wide and Laxman drives into the covers

India 599/7   VVS Laxman 197* (296b 21x4)

160.1

Clarke to Laxman, no run, flat on the stumps, he comes forward and defends

160.2

Clarke to Laxman, no run, uses his feet, skips down and drives back to Clarke

160.3

Clarke to Laxman, no run, works this one from leg stump to the man at midwicket

160.4

Clarke to Laxman, 1 run, quicker ball, sits up and Laxman turns it to square leg for one

160.6

Clarke to Laxman, 2 runs, and there's his 200, finally, as he skips down and lofts the ball over mid-on, and with that comes the declaration from Kumble with India's score 613, Laxman takes off the helmet and waves the bat, as thats his second double century, both coming against Australia

India 613/7   VVS Laxman 200* (301b 21x4)
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