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

1.1

Sharma to Katich, no run, on the dime and Katich hurries to defend to the off side

1.2

Sharma to Katich, no run, hits in on a length, Katich shuffles and defends to point

1.3

Sharma to Katich, no run, gets across his stumps and defends a length ball back to Ishant

1.4

Sharma to Katich, no run, gets across once again and defends the ball, tight line so far

1.5

Sharma to Katich, no run, fractionally overpitched and Katich square-drives to point

1.6

Sharma to Katich, no run, full and going away, 138ks, Katich leaves it alone

Australia 0/0   I Sharma 1-1-0-0

3.1

Sharma to Hayden, no run, short on leg stump, he shuffles across and defends it back

3.2

Sharma to Hayden, 1 run, full on the pads and clips it to the man at midwicket for one

3.3

Sharma to Katich, no run, eases forward and drives a fullish ball to Gambhir at short cover

3.4

Sharma to Katich, no run, gets across, Ishant drops short, Katich defends to gully

3.5

Sharma to Katich, no run, angles across Katich at 141ks and he shoulders arms

3.6

Sharma to Katich, no run, short ball outside off stump, 138ks, Katich leaves it be

Australia 2/0   I Sharma 2-1-1-0

5.1

Sharma to Katich, no run, tries to once more angle it across and Katich defends with purpose

5.2

Sharma to Katich, FOUR, first boundary of the innings and Katich opens his account, shuffling and working this ball from leg stump out between two fielders

5.3

Sharma to Katich, no run, rubbish ball, the slower delivery sliding way outside leg stump

5.4

Sharma to Katich, no run, short of a length on off stump, he gets across and defends to the onside

5.5

Sharma to Katich, no run, gets across and tucks it from off stump to midwicket

5.6

Sharma to Katich, no run, on the stumps and he once again defends it to the leg side

Australia 6/0   I Sharma 3-1-5-0

7.1

Sharma to Katich, no run, angling away from him and he chops it to backward point

7.2

Sharma to Katich, no run, tries to tuck him up and he turns the ball to the close-in fielder

7.3

Sharma to Katich, no run, pitches in a good area and leaves Katich, shouldering arms

7.4

Sharma to Katich, no run, shorter this time and he gets back to crunch it to point

7.5

Sharma to Katich, no run, on a length and he plays it away to the off side

7.6

Sharma to Katich, FOUR, slower one slips up as a low dipping full toss outside leg stump and Katich doesn't disappoint, consummately flicking it past midwicket for four

Australia 18/0   I Sharma 4-1-9-0

25.1

Sharma to Katich, no run, starts off on a full length, Katich defends and the ball sneaks off the inside edge and nestles between his ankles, stopping dead

25.2

Sharma to Katich, no run, pitches on middle and leg, straightens, and Katich defends

25.3

Sharma to Katich, no run, pitches back of a length and Katich plays it back to Ishant

25.4

Sharma to Katich, no run, a touch too full, Katich strides in and drives to Sehwag at point

25.5

Sharma to Katich, no run, shuffles across and drives on the up to Gambhir at short cover

25.6

Sharma to Katich, no run, walks across, Ishant drops it shorter and Katich defends

Australia 89/0   I Sharma 5-2-9-0

27.1

Sharma to Hayden, no run, good length ball just outside off, rapping Hayden's front pad as the thrusts forward, shapes back in but thats struck him just outside the line of impact, and there was a second sound too so Billy Bowden shakes his head

27.2

Sharma to Hayden, no run, pitches back of a length, Hayden shoulders arms

27.3

Sharma to Hayden, FOUR, comes forward and defends softly, running it past gully, there's no third man in place so Hayden gets four

27.4

Sharma to Hayden, no run, short of a length and angling away, 139ks, left alone

27.5

Sharma to Hayden, no run, too wide, going away a mile and Hayden shoulders arms

27.6

Sharma to Hayden, no run, wide again, 138ks, hits a length and goes past Hayden

Australia 98/0   I Sharma 6-2-13-0

29.1

Sharma to Katich, no run, wide delivery, going away and Katich leaves it be, too wide

29.2

Sharma to Katich, no run, pitches closer to the stumps and Katich defends to cover

29.3

Sharma to Katich, no run, slower ball, 115ks, cutter on off stump, jammed back

29.4

Sharma to Katich, no run, pitches on a length and seams away, 137ks, left alone

29.5

Sharma to Katich, no run, pitches on a length and seams away, again he leaves

29.6

Sharma to Katich, FOUR, edged and thats four, Katich softly pushes at one and beats slip

Australia 109/0   I Sharma 7-2-17-0

31.1

Sharma to Hayden, no run, drops it on short, Hayden gets back and defends, gently

31.2

Sharma to Hayden, 2 runs, slower ball down the pads and he turns it fine for a couple

31.3

Sharma to Hayden, no run, good length this time and he gets over it, defending to the off

31.4

Sharma to Hayden, no run, fuller and wider, good carry to Dhoni as Hayden leaves

31.5

Sharma to Hayden, no run, good probing line, angling away, Hayden shoulders arms

31.6

Sharma to Hayden, no run, again, just a touch too wide and Hayden leaves it for Dhoni

Australia 116/0   I Sharma 8-2-19-0

33.1

Sharma to Hayden, no run, back of a length and seaming away, he shoulders arms

33.2

Sharma to Hayden, no run, pitches on a length, Hayden defends along the ground to point

33.3

Sharma to Hayden, no run, too wide, shaping from well outside off, Hayden leaves it be

33.4

Sharma to Hayden, no run, short of a length and angling in, Hayden defends from his crease

33.5

Sharma to Hayden, no run, pitches outside off, 136ks, Hayden shoulders arms

33.6

Sharma to Hayden, 1 no ball, pitches and straightens, Hayden defends, ball takes the bat high on the face and runs along the ground to the fielder at gully

33.6

Sharma to Hayden, no run, full and wide and again he shoulder arms as the ball comes back

Australia 123/0   I Sharma 9-2-20-0

35.1

Sharma to Hayden, 1 run, pitches wide, on a length, and Hayden runs it down to gully

35.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, pitches on leg and straightens, Ponting tucks it to midwicket

35.3

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, off the mark, reaching out and running it off the edge wide of Kumble at gully, there's no third man and he gets four

35.4

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, on the pads, very full, flicked down to Sehwag at deep fine leg

35.5

Sharma to Hayden, no run, short of a length on the stumps, Hayden gets back and defends

35.6

Sharma to Hayden, no run, pitches on a length and comes in, he drives straight to cover

Australia 129/1   I Sharma 10-2-26-0

37.1

Sharma to Hayden, no run, pitches on a length and slides and he defends

37.2

Sharma to Hayden, FOUR, top shot, a classy drive through the covers, reaches out and hits the wide one with power and thats his first half-century of the series, a determined innings

37.3

Sharma to Hayden, no run, comes forward and shoulders arms to a wider delivery

37.4

Sharma to Hayden, FOUR, flashed away for four! Hayden sees room and drives hard, the ball moves away and takes the thick outside edge, there is no second slip, oddly, so he gets runs

37.5

Sharma to Hayden, 1 no ball, oversteps, he gets onto the front foot and drives to point

37.5

Sharma to Hayden, no run, straighter ball, Hayden shuffles and works it to midwicket

37.6

Sharma to Hayden, no run, lands on a good length, 127ks, he leaves it be

Australia 148/1   I Sharma 11-2-35-0

67.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, pitches on middle and off and straightens and he defends

67.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, pitches on a good length and Ponting shoulders arms

67.3

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, pitches a pinch fuller, looking to move it away, it does swing a bit and Ponting, already committed to the front foot, has to adjust and play it towards point

67.4

Sharma to Hussey, no run, well bowled, angling it across Hussey and beating the bat

67.5

Sharma to Hussey, no run, pitches on a good length and moves it away, Hussey shoulders arms

67.6

Sharma to Hussey, no run, moves away too, plenty of swing, but too wide and he leaves

Australia 234/2   I Sharma 12-2-36-0

69.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, ah ha ha, beaten on the nothing drive! Hussey doesn't get a stride forward and plays at a gem, landing on a length, sucking him forward, and reverse-swinging away to beat the outer edge of Hussey's bat! Where is second slip?

69.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, comes onto the front foot and opts to leave that one be

69.3

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, pitches on leg stump and comes back in, Hussey gets over it and flicks to Badrinath, the substitute, at midwicket and sets off, and the fielder's throw is off the mark

69.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, pitches on a good length and Ponting pushes it back to Ishant

69.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, wrong line, a mile down leg stump, Dhoni has a hard time taking

69.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, full and swinging into Ponting's pads, he slumps over as he attempts to flick, the ball moves back in very late and hits him on the pad, clearly going to miss leg stump, they all ask the question and Bowden shakes his head and calls for tea

Australia 237/2   I Sharma 13-2-37-0

71.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, on the dime, pitching on a length and swinging back in, late, and so Ponting gets forward and presents a solid forward defensive

71.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, pitches a touch wider and swings in, Ponting shoulders arms

71.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, full and down the pads, no bat on that and Dhoni tumbles to take

71.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, ah ha ha, there's that identical delivery to what cleaned up in Mohali, pitching on a length, swinging in late, Ponting gets outside the line and defends, ball clips his pad above the knee roll and they all ask the question, which Bowden declines as he felt Ponting got a lengthy stride forward, very well bowled

71.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, this one swings down his pads and Dhoni collects

71.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, lovely delivery to end the over, this one hits a sweet spot and goes the other way and Ponting, committed to the front foot defensive, twirls his bat away and it clips the inside edge and narrowly misses the stumps

Australia 240/2   I Sharma 14-3-37-0

73.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, oof, this one hits a length and jags back, late, to catch an indifferent Ponting inching forward, then he has to adjust an play a half shot, which takes the inside edge and rolls near his feet, some bowling this from an enthused Ishant

73.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, pitches much straighter and Ponting stabs it back to Ishant

73.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, comes onto the front foot, prematurely, and drives the ball to cover

73.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, gets a long stride forward and jams the bat at one pitched up in search of swing, another hard-handed inside edge rolls in front of the close catcher on the leg side

73.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, short of a length, 138ks, wide and so Ponting shoulders arms

73.6

Sharma to Ponting, 1 leg bye, does too much, sliding down the pads and tucked wide of Gambhir

Australia 243/2   I Sharma 15-4-37-0

75.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, on the money, getting Ponting reaching well forward to defend

75.2

Sharma to Ponting, 2 runs, aye, swings in off a length and Ponting clips via the inside edge between leg gully and forward short leg, runs hard and gets a couple more to his tally

75.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, on a length and he drives well to the man at cover

75.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, holds back the length this time, 138ks, Ponting already onto the front foot and adjusts to transfer the weight and plays it to backward point

75.5

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, fuller this time, searching for swing, Ponting holds back on the movement to push the ball into the gap at cover and point and calls for the single, well played

75.6

Sharma to Hussey, no run, pitches around off stump and comes back in, Hussey comes onto the front foot and gently nudges the ball in front of the cover fielder

Australia 247/2   I Sharma 16-4-40-0

77.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, pitches and goes across Hussey, who watchfully lets it pass

77.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, pitches on leg and goes on, Hussey is behind it, defending it back

77.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, a touch too wide, but in that channel, and Hussey shoulders arms

77.4

Sharma to Hussey, no run, movement again, pitching on off stump and coming in, there are two sounds after Hussey jams bat and pad together at that delivery

77.5

Sharma to Hussey, no run, short down the stumps, Hussey pulls but cannot connect

77.6

Sharma to Hussey, no run, short of a length on middle and off, defended down to gully

Australia 251/2   I Sharma 17-5-40-0

98.1

Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, fullish length, middle and off, worked to midwicket and he calls early

98.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, short on the body, he shuffles and taps it to midwicket, yelling 'WAIT!'

98.3

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, short again, outside leg stump, neatly tucked off the hips for one

98.4

Sharma to Clarke, 1 wide, a real loosener, short and a mile outside off stump, wide called

98.4

Sharma to Clarke, no run, short of a length, 134ks, pitches and goes past Clarke, leaving

98.5

Sharma to Clarke, no run, short of a length again, tad too wide, and Clarke watches it pass

98.6

Sharma to Clarke, 2 runs, fuller length, sliding into Clarke, who shuffles and works the ball towards midwicket, where Zaheer runs in and misfields to allow him two runs, sloppy

Australia 318/3   I Sharma 18-5-45-0

100.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, lovely angle, going away, Hussey shoulders arms to that one

100.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, short of a length, pitches on leg and comes on, Hussey defends

100.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, on around leg stump again and Hussey defends it back to Ishant

100.4

Sharma to Hussey, no run, goes on with the angle and he shoulders arms outside off stump

100.5

Sharma to Hussey, no run, pitches on the stumps and he defends it solidly

100.6

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, outside leg stump and another easy single, tucked off the pads

Australia 326/3   I Sharma 19-5-46-0

113.1

Sharma to Clarke, no run, starts off on a length, comes back in, Clarke leaves it alone

113.2

Sharma to Clarke, no run, fuller, closer to the stumps, Clarke gets forward and drives to cover

113.3

Sharma to Clarke, no run, pitches on a drivable length, 131ks, Clarke leaves it alone again

113.4

Sharma to Clarke, 3 runs, too straight and easily tucked off the pads to Zaheer at deep square leg, who collects and returns a good throw to Dhoni on the stumps, Watson is safe

113.5

Sharma to Watson, FOUR, full and wide and he opens the face, steering down to third man

113.6

Sharma to Watson, no run, a hint of swing, he comes forward and defends

Australia 376/4   I Sharma 20-5-53-0

115.1

Sharma to Watson, no run, pitches on a length outside off stump, Watson comes onto the front foot and drives to cover, where Badrinath, the substitute, does the fielding

115.2

Sharma to Watson, FOUR, nips back in off a shorter length, Watson's already on the front foot but adjusts excellently, opening the face and playing it late, risky shot but well wide of Dravid

115.3

Sharma to Watson, FOUR, more runs through that area, Watson gets a shorter one and arches back to open the face again, allowing the ball come onto the bat, and steers it past slip

115.4

Sharma to Watson, 1 run, now thats an outside edge, not deliberately played, Ishant lands it on a good length and Watson drives away from his body, getting a thick edge wide of slip

115.5

Sharma to Clarke, no run, pitches wide of the stumps, stays low, Clarke shoulders arms

115.6

Sharma to Clarke, no run, fuller ball going down leg stump, he mistimes the drives to mid-on

Australia 391/4   I Sharma 21-5-62-0

117.1

Sharma to Clarke, no run, pitches wide on a drivable length and he leaves it be for Dhoni

117.2

Sharma to Clarke, no run, again lands it that channel outside off and Clarke leaves it alone

117.3

Sharma to Clarke, no run, back of a length, angling into middle and off, defended to point

117.4

Sharma to Clarke, no run, pitches full outside off and goes away, Clarke watches it pass

117.5

Sharma to Clarke, no run, pitches fuller on off stump and he drives it back towards Ishant

117.6

Sharma to Clarke, FOUR, no third man and Clarke gets a boundary, pushing softly at a shorter one and edging it down through the yawning gap at gully, he moves to 44

Australia 395/4   I Sharma 22-5-66-0

153.1

Sharma to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off, Clarke gets tall and pushes it to point

153.2

Sharma to Clarke, 2 runs, back of a length, comes in with the angle, Clarke transfers the weight and eases it behind point, where Ganguly fumbles a regulation take off his boots and allows runs

153.3

Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, drivable length, Clarke gets onto the front foot and breaks the dreaded 87-mark with a flowing push to the left of mid-off, calling early and pinching a single

153.4

Sharma to White, no run, short of a length outside off, pitches and gently seams away, beating White, who stands rooted and plays a nothing waft at it, very loose shot

153.5

Sharma to White, 2 runs, fuller, pitching on off stump and swinging, White counters by rolling the wrists and turning it between two men on the leg side, Sehwag is slow to reach, Mishra runs after it from mid-on and after initial hesitation, White gets a couple

153.6

Sharma to White, 2 runs, short and wide and White cuts hard, too much bottom hand, backward point dives to take some pace off it, parrying it away towards cover

Australia 498/6   I Sharma 23-5-73-0

155.1

Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, too straight and worked away off the pads, there's protection in the deep

155.2

Sharma to White, no run, lands on a length and he defends it watchfully to the off side

155.3

Sharma to White, no run, on a length and he comes forward to push it to the off side

155.4

Sharma to White, no run, back of a length outside off stump and he shoulders arms

155.5

Sharma to White, 1 run, swings into White's pads and he clips it in the air wide of square leg

155.6

Sharma to Clarke, no run, on a length and he defends

Australia 507/6   I Sharma 24-5-75-0

157.1

Sharma to White, no run, starts with a bouncer outside off, White drops his wrists, gets the bat away from the line and the ball sails past him

157.2

Sharma to White, no run, fuller, hint of shape in from outside off, driven on the front foot to the off side.

157.3

Sharma to White, FOUR, the slower one, full and well outside off, White picked it to drive past extra cover

157.4

Sharma to White, 4 byes, full and well outside the leg side, neither White nor Dhoni can get to it. No chance there.

157.5

Sharma to White, 1 wide, and this wide outside off stump. Extra no 50. Huh. Kumble has a chat with IShant.

157.5

Sharma to White, FOUR, he is going for the reversing full delivery but is unable to get it right. This one swings down leg and all White had to do was get bat to ball. And he does.

157.6

Sharma to White, no run, on the stumps, coming in and White deflects to midwicket

Australia 521/6   I Sharma 25-5-84-0
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Nov 2, 2008

Ricky Ponting examines Sachin Tendulkar's eye, India v Australia, 3rd Test, Delhi, 5th day, November 2, 2008

Ricky Ponting examines Sachin Tendulkar's eye

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Nov 2, 2008

Team-mates give a fitting farewell to Anil Kumble, India v Australia, 3rd Test, Delhi, 5th day, November 2, 2008

Team-mates give a fitting farewell to Anil Kumble

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