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

15.1

Watson to Gambhir, no run, full on off stump, thin inside-edge as Gambhir plays to midwicket

15.2

Watson to Gambhir, 1 no ball, oversteps this time, driving a full ball to the man at mid-on

15.2

Watson to Gambhir, no run, takes a step down the track, drives it back to Watson, who fields

15.3

Watson to Gambhir, no run, slides down the pads, Gambhir mistimes the drive to midwicket

15.4

Watson to Gambhir, FOUR, bang, thats four! Watson drops short and Gambhir pulls that fiercely over a leaping Katich at a sort of catching midwicket, firmly struck shot that

15.5

Watson to Gambhir, no run, change of pace, good length on off and he defends this time

15.6

Watson to Gambhir, no run, fuller now, on the pads, turned to midwicket, who fumbles

India 46/2   SR Watson 1-0-5-0

17.1

Watson to Gambhir, no run, forces him onto the back foot, edged down to Hussey at gully

17.2

Watson to Gambhir, no run, onto the front foot now, defending to point

17.3

Watson to Gambhir, no run, fuller now and Gambhir eases into forward push, walking down the track, mistimes it back and Watson leaps up to stop, then feigns a throw back at Gambhir but the ball's not in his hand .. and he follows up with a piece of his mind

17.4

Watson to Gambhir, no run, another no-ball, Gambhir on-drives straight to midwicket

17.5

Watson to Gambhir, no run, good leave as Watson pitches shorter, Gambhir gets across

17.6

Watson to Gambhir, no run, gets across and leaves one that pitches and straightens

India 48/2   SR Watson 2-1-5-0

19.1

Watson to Gambhir, no run, lands it on a length outside off, hint of wobble, Gambhir leaves

19.2

Watson to Gambhir, no run, back of a length, wide enough for Gambhir to leave again

19.3

Watson to Gambhir, no run, and again, he's been very watchful outside off stump this morning, Gambhir, and so keeping with that trend he gets forward and watches one go by

19.4

Watson to Gambhir, no run, walks across his stumps and taps a fuller one to backward point

19.5

Watson to Gambhir, no run, now he tries something different too, bouncing Gambhir down leg stump

19.6

Watson to Gambhir, no run, back of a length, 138ks, defended to backward point

India 56/2   SR Watson 3-2-5-0

21.1

Watson to Gambhir, no run, walks across his stumps and defends this down to gully

21.2

Watson to Gambhir, no run, a flirt now, his feet not moving as he tries to cut one a bit shorter, cannot connect because the shot was not on to that length

21.3

Watson to Gambhir, 1 run, a thick outside edge between gully and the slips now, shaping to play it to the on side and lucky to survive with a single to the off side, good bowling from Watson

21.4

Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, shuffles across and tickles this off his stumps down to Johnson at fine leg

21.5

Watson to Gambhir, no run, good length outside off stump and he leaves it be

21.6

Watson to Gambhir, no run, a touch wide so Gambhir leans into a square drive, but cannot beat a diving save from Hussey at gully

India 60/2   SR Watson 4-2-7-0

23.1

Watson to Gambhir, no run, back of a length outside off and once more, he leaves it alone

23.2

Watson to Gambhir, no run, on the stumps, fuller length, defended back to Watson

23.3

Watson to Gambhir, no run, even fuller and he gets an inside-edge on the attempted off drive

23.4

Watson to Gambhir, no run, back of a length and he leaves this one be outside off stump

23.5

Watson to Gambhir, no run, swings into leg stump and he clips it to Katich at midwicket

23.6

Watson to Gambhir, 1 no ball, gets a step forward and defends to cover, its another no-ball too

23.6

Watson to Gambhir, no run, back of a length outside off and he leaves it be

India 65/2   SR Watson 5-2-8-0

25.1

Watson to Gambhir, no run, back of a length outside off stump, gets across and leaves

25.2

Watson to Gambhir, no run, similar stuff, Gambhir not interested, playing for lunch

25.3

Watson to Gambhir, no run, lands it wide of the stumps and Gambhir shoulders arms

25.4

Watson to Gambhir, 2 leg byes, shuffles right across his stumps, walking down the track, shapes to nudge it down to fine leg but the ball brushes his pads, so leg byes to the total, Watson appeals but there's no reaction from Billy Bowden

25.5

Watson to Gambhir, no run, back to normalcy, with Gambhir covering off stump and leaving

25.6

Watson to Gambhir, no run, in keeping with the times, Gambhir shoulders arms to Watson

India 67/2   SR Watson 6-3-8-0

48.1

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length and he defends it back to the bowler

48.2

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length on middle and leg, turned to the fielder

48.3

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, on middle and leg again, and again he cant beat the fielder

48.4

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, drifts down leg and Tendulkar turns it to square leg again

48.5

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, comes forward and plays this one to the man at cover

48.6

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, slides onto him and he turns it straight to Katich again

India 154/2   SR Watson 7-4-8-0

50.1

Watson to Gambhir, no run, wide outside off, moves back in and Gambhir leaves it be

50.2

Watson to Gambhir, no run, full again, searching for swing, there's none and Gambhir leaves

50.3

Watson to Gambhir, no run, opens the face and dabs this one to gully

50.4

Watson to Gambhir, no run, gets a step forward and defends a short ball to point

50.5

Watson to Gambhir, 2 runs, picks this up off the pads and beats a sliding White at midwicket

50.6

Watson to Gambhir, no run, comes forward and leaves that one be for Haddin

India 157/2   SR Watson 8-4-10-0

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   SR Watson 9-4-16-0

54.1

Watson to Gambhir, no run, gets back and punches this one to the cover fielder

54.2

Watson to Gambhir, FOUR, sumptuous on-drive and the Gambhir show continues, it was a freebie, a half-volley on the pads and he picked the gap between midwicket and mid-on

54.3

Watson to Gambhir, no run, fullish outside off stump and he shoulders arms this time

54.4

Watson to Gambhir, no run, comes forward and drives well to mid-off, cant beat the man

54.5

Watson to Gambhir, no run, forward again, defending with a straight bat to cover

54.6

Watson to Gambhir, 1 run, othe pads and clipped out to the sweeper at deep midwicket

India 180/3   SR Watson 10-4-21-0

56.1

Watson to Gambhir, no run, back of a length outside off but he doesn't feel for it at all

56.2

Watson to Gambhir, no run, angles in from off stump, defended to midwicket

56.3

Watson to Gambhir, FOUR, shot! Watson persists with the angle and Gambhir on-drives effortlessly past mid-on to collect another boundary, he moves on to 87

56.4

Watson to Gambhir, no run, on a length, off stump, defended back to Watson

56.5

Watson to Gambhir, no run, grunts as he delivers that one fullish outside off, left alone

56.6

Watson to Gambhir, no run, lands on off stump and he presents a full face of the bat

India 187/3   SR Watson 11-4-25-0

58.1

Watson to Gambhir, no run, short of a length and punched off the back foot to point

58.2

Watson to Gambhir, FOUR, where did that come from! Watson surprises the bejeebees out of Gambhir, sliding in a nasty short delivery, not all that fast but it hustles onto Gambhir, who takes his eyes off it as it rears into his shoulder, the ball clips everything and flies between the sizeable gap between Haddin and Hayden at wide slip, a terrific delivery from Watson

58.3

Watson to Gambhir, no run, follows up with a full one and Gambhir dead-bats it back

58.4

Watson to Gambhir, no run, fuller on middle and off and driven back to Watson

58.5

Watson to Gambhir, 1 no ball, oversteps, its a decent ball and Gambhir watchfully defends

58.5

Watson to Gambhir, no run, lands on a good length outside off and he shoulders arms

58.6

Watson to Gambhir, no run, tight line, no room on offer, back of a length and defended

India 194/3   SR Watson 12-4-30-0

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

60.4

Watson to Gambhir, no run, walks forward and defends this one back to Watson

60.5

Watson to Gambhir, no run, well stopped at gully! Gambhir gets room and slices hard, but Hussey dives to his left and pulls off an athletic save, so Gambhir has to walk back and kick dust

60.6

Watson to Gambhir, SIX, what a way to get to a hundred! Gambhir, take a bow! Down he skips, using his feet and simply lifting Watson over long-on for half a dozen and thats his third Test century, second at home, and second consecutive against Australia, celebrated with great gusto from Gambhir, and rightfully so, what a great innings

India 214/3   SR Watson 13-4-41-0

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

123.6

Watson to Gambhir, OUT, hello, whats this, a wicket? Watson gets Gambhir playing a tired shot, a nothing poke at an innocuous delivery, trying to steer it away towards third man but succeeding in only inside-edging back onto the top of his stumps, Laxman walks down to shake his hand, as do a couple Australians, because what an innings its been, 206 to Gambhir, good stuff to watch

G Gambhir b Watson 206 (550m 380b 26x4 1x6) SR: 54.21

India 435/4   SR Watson 14-4-42-1

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

125.2

Watson to Ganguly, no run, short but he can't cut well, chopping it in front of point

125.3

Watson to Ganguly, no run, comes forward and shoulders arms as the ball goes by

125.4

Watson to Ganguly, no run, goes on with the angle and he shoulders arms again

125.5

Watson to Ganguly, no run, back of a length this time and he punches it to cover

125.6

Watson to Ganguly, no run, onto the front foot, driving well towards the man at extra cover

India 443/4   SR Watson 15-4-43-1

127.1

Watson to Dhoni, no run, on the pads and he tucks it away to the man at midwicket

127.2

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, short and wide and he squirts it down to third man for one

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   SR Watson 16-4-48-1

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   SR Watson 17-4-52-1

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

131.4

Watson to Dhoni, no run, fuller in length, Dhoni walks forward and plays to Hussey at cover

131.5

Watson to Dhoni, no run, wider delivery, short of a length, Dhoni watches it pass by

131.6

Watson to Dhoni, no run, pitches on a length and comes back in to Dhoni, who defends

India 469/5   SR Watson 18-4-53-1

133.1

Watson to Dhoni, FOUR, frees the arms and wristily twirls that between cover and gully

133.2

Watson to Dhoni, FOUR, short and sliding down leg, Dhoni picks up the errant ball and turns it around the corner superbly

133.3

Watson to Dhoni, no run, wide, short of a length and he decides to leave that one

133.4

Watson to Dhoni, OUT, edged and Haddin holds one! Dhoni flirst at one outside off stump and Haddin dives to his right to hold onto the thick outside edge to end a breezy Dhoni cameo on 27

MS Dhoni c †Haddin b Watson 27 (30m 29b 4x4 1x6) SR: 93.10

133.5

Watson to Kumble, 1 leg bye, beaten first ball by one that slides down to hit Kumble's pad as he plays from the crease, Watson lets out a muted appeal as he too thinks it was missing leg, Kumle calls for a single as the ball ricochets towards gully

133.6

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

India 482/6   SR Watson 19-4-61-2

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   SR Watson 20-4-66-2
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