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

0.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, he's fired up but sprays that outside Gambhir's leg stump

0.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, thats wide too, this time seaming away outside off stump

0.3

Lee to Gambhir, no run, on the stumps finally and Gambhir presents a full face of the bat

0.4

Lee to Gambhir, no run, good length, and quick too, goes away and Gambhir leaves

0.5

Lee to Gambhir, FOUR, firm stroke, Gambhir gets a full delivery outside off stump and square drives wide of a diving Clarke at backward point, there's no stopping that one

0.6

Lee to Gambhir, no run, gets across and leaves this one, wider and angling away

India 4/0   B Lee 1-0-4-0

2.1

Lee to Sehwag, OUT, and he's gone! Lee strikes, rapping a leaden-footed Sehwag on the crease, he didn't move his feet at all, bat coming down way too late as the ball pitches on a length and strikes him on the front pad in front of middle and leg, Lee is off in celebration and Aleem Dar raises the finger

V Sehwag lbw b Lee 1 (10m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

2.2

Lee to Dravid, no run, on the money and Dravid gets in line to defend

2.3

Lee to Dravid, 1 run, thats as straight a drive as you're going to see as Lee pitches fractionally fuller, he gets a hand on it to take some pace off the shot, the ball ricochets to mid-on

2.4

Lee to Gambhir, no run, short of a length on the stumps and tucked off the hips to square leg

2.5

Lee to Gambhir, no run, wider, tempting the drive, but Gambhir watches it pass by

2.6

Lee to Gambhir, no run, back of a length, good carry to Haddin as Gambhir leaves

India 6/1   B Lee 2-0-5-1

4.1

Lee to Gambhir, FOUR, wrong line, right execution! Lee pitches fullish on the stumps and Gambhir whips that excellently, using the pace, through midwicket for four

4.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, now he pitches on a length outside off and Gambhir leaves

4.3

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, tip-and-run, a Gambhir specialty, just onto the front foot and nudging the ball into the covers and calling Dravid for the sharp single, thats good cricket

4.4

Lee to Dravid, 2 runs, lovely shot, sir! Dravid eases into a classical drive between cover and point, the ball slows up so he doesn't get a boundary, Hussey does the chasing

4.5

Lee to Dravid, 3 runs, ah, class! Lee overpitches and again Dravid drives sumptuously, smack between the covers, the ball slows up so he doesn't get four this time either, Johnson does the fielding

4.6

Lee to Gambhir, no run, back of a length outside off and Gambhir shoulders arms

India 16/1   B Lee 3-0-15-1

6.1

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, pitches on leg stump and Gambhir easily turns it fine for a single

6.2

Lee to Dravid, no run, wide delivery, 148ks and swinging, but Dravid shoulders arms

6.3

Lee to Dravid, no run, comes into him and he mistimes the on-drive to mid-on

6.4

Lee to Dravid, no run, thats textbook defensive stuff from Dravid, onto the front foot and displaying a full face of the bat as he lets cover run in and collect

6.5

Lee to Dravid, no run, short ball now, getting Dravid dropping his hands and trying to arc his back out of the way, the ball doesn't bounce as much as expected and he takes it on the chest, that will leave a red mark

6.6

Lee to Dravid, no run, good length outside off stump and he leaves it alone this time

India 19/1   B Lee 4-0-16-1

8.1

Lee to Gambhir, 2 runs, on leg stump and he turns it wide of midwicket for a couple

8.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, hits a length and Gambhir pushes it gently to point

8.3

Lee to Gambhir, no run, back of a length and coming back in, Gambhir knows where his off stump is, gets his back leg across to cover it, and shoulders arms

8.4

Lee to Gambhir, no run, fuller and wide, stays low to Haddin after Gambhir lets it go

8.5

Lee to Gambhir, no run, he likes that one and comes forward to drive, but cannot beat point

8.6

Lee to Gambhir, no run, some movement, pitching on middle and off, Gambhir puts the bat out to turn it around his front pad to midwicket but gets a thickish edge to gully instead

India 22/1   B Lee 5-0-18-1

22.1

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, pitches on a length and Tendulkar drives straight to cover

22.2

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, good line, on the dime, and Tendulkar drops his head and blocks

22.3

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, short outside off, 142ks, Tendulkar gets bat out of the way in time

22.4

Lee to Tendulkar, FOUR, top shot, not moving his feet too much but thumping the drive superbly through the covers as Lee overpitches outside off stump

22.5

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, another firm front-foot drive, but straight to point this time

22.6

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, searching for swing again, Lee pitches on a fullish length, Tendulkar covers off stump with his back leg and twirls the bat above his head to leave

India 64/2   B Lee 6-0-22-1

24.1

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, just a touch short and he gets back to punch that well off the back foot, but he cannot beat White at point, though it was well struck

24.2

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, offers him more room and Tendulkar tries to put it away through gully but White dives forward and saves runs

24.3

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, change of pace from Lee, on a length and pressing Tendulkar back in his crease, he gets in line with the ball and pats it back to the bowler

24.4

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, on the stumps, good length, mistimed drive to silly mid-on

24.5

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length and he gets back to defend to cover

24.6

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, fuller, middle and leg, worked to short midwicket to end the over

India 65/2   B Lee 7-1-22-1

26.1

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length, Tendulkar goes back and pushes that to silly mid-on, where Ponting falls to his right and stops the ball

26.2

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, on a length and played straight to Ponting once again

26.3

Lee to Tendulkar, FOUR, nearly a six! Lee drops short and Tendulkar gets up, waits, and steers it over the slips and down to third man, well played

26.4

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, full and shaping in and Tendulkar defends to Katich at leg

26.5

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, shapes back in, pitching on a length and Tendulkar leaves, late

26.6

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, straighter one and played away to short midwicket

India 71/2   B Lee 8-1-26-1

28.1

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, comes in off a short length, he opens the face and gets a single

28.2

Lee to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, from around the stumps, on the pads, worked to square leg

28.3

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, onto the front foot, drives to mid-off, gently, and runs hard

28.4

Lee to Gambhir, 2 runs, firmly struck, collected off the pads with the angle, two to him

28.5

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

28.6

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, superbly driven but Johnson at mid-off cuts it off, Lee overpitched and Gambhir drove that on the up rather well, he gets a quick single for the effort

India 83/2   B Lee 9-1-31-1

30.1

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, bouncer! Lee bends his back and gets Tendulkar sniffing leather, he drops his wrists in time and rears out of harm's way, exciting stuff

30.2

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, short of a good length, off stump, defended off the back foot

30.3

Lee to Tendulkar, 2 runs, short of a length but too straight and Tendulkar rolls the wrists, whipping it from about middle stump out to the sweeper at deep midwicket

30.4

Lee to Tendulkar, FOUR, oh lord thats a good shot! Lee doesn't overpitch by any means but looks on as Tendulkar opens the face and plays a perfect drive past point, whew, no one moved and thats further evidence of how Tendulkar's timing them off the back foot today

30.5

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, onto the front foot now, driving excellently but to mid-off for one

30.6

Lee to Gambhir, no run, onto the front foot as well, driving well but to mid-off

India 92/2   B Lee 10-1-38-1

32.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, full from around the stumps and he defends it to point

32.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, full again and a touch wider so Gambhir lashes the flowing drive, but Clarke runs around in the covers and cuts it off, slowly his timing is coming back

32.3

Lee to Gambhir, FOUR, yep, just like that! Another freebie and this time Gambhir makes sure to find his mark, reaching out and timing that one well to beat Clarke, thats a cover drive

32.4

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, on the pads and nudged to the on side for a single, smart cricket

32.5

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, searches for the yorker and doesn't quite get it, Tendulkar uses his feet and drives the ball towards midwicket

32.6

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, shorter now, getting Tendulkar back in his crease, defending

India 97/2   B Lee 11-1-43-1

61.1

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

61.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, back of a length and he carefully defends it back to Lee

61.3

Lee to Gambhir, no run, pitches a bit wider and Gambhir leaves it be

61.4

Lee to Gambhir, FOUR, soft hands get Gambhir four more, just onto the front foot, opening the face as he defends, and that beats a tumbling Hussey at gully

61.5

Lee to Gambhir, no run, forward again, defending gently to Hussey this time

61.6

Lee to Gambhir, no run, appeal for lbw, Lee asks the question after pitching full marginally outside off stump and the ball thuds into Gambhir's pad as the thrusts forward, Billy Bowden shakes his head and hands back the bowler his cap

India 219/3   B Lee 12-1-48-1

63.1

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, touch too wide and driven past the infield and out to deep point

63.2

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

63.3

Lee to Gambhir, FOUR, too full on the pads and no prizes for guessing where that's gone

63.4

Lee to Gambhir, no run, short of a length on off stump, Gambhir defends it back to Lee

63.5

Lee to Gambhir, no run, watchful once more, on the toes, covering off, and defending

63.6

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, sees width and reaches for it, square-driving to the sweeper

India 230/3   B Lee 13-1-55-1

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

65.3

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, change of pace, full on middle and leg, turned out to the deep

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

65.6

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, comes forward and defends a length ball to point

India 238/3   B Lee 14-1-59-1

67.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, banged in, Gambhir shapes to play, then ends up leaving awkwardly

67.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, drives at a fuller one outside off, nearly a yorker and it squeezes past the bat, basically dribbling through to Haddin off the grass

67.3

Lee to Gambhir, no run, wide, very wide outside off and he will leave those all day

67.4

Lee to Gambhir, no run, short this time but still too wide of the stumps and he leaves

67.5

Lee to Gambhir, no run, he's trying all sorts of stuff, is Lee, and this time its a length ball that beats Gambhir as he drives, a momentary lapse of concentration there

67.6

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, retains strike with a soft-handed nudge out to backward point

India 244/3   B Lee 15-1-60-1

69.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, good shout from Lee! Runs in and raps Gambhir's pad with one that pitches outside off and comes back in sharply with the angle, he lets out a vociferous appeal but Bowden remains unmoved, it did pitch very wide and Bowden thinks height was the factor

69.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, onto the front foot, defending a length ball to point

69.3

Lee to Gambhir, no run, invites the drive with a fuller one but Gambhir isn't interested

69.4

Lee to Gambhir, no run, nearly a yorker and Gambhir drives hard, mid-off fields it

69.5

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, low full toss outside off and he slaps it backward of point

69.6

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

India 250/3   B Lee 16-1-61-1

71.1

Lee to Gambhir, FOUR, gets room and intentionally steers between slips and Hussey at gully

71.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, full now and he on-drives to Clark, fielding at mid-on

71.3

Lee to Gambhir, no run, swings in late and Gambhir gets a thin inside-edge as he comes forward and defends, Lee oohs and aahs

71.4

Lee to Gambhir, no run, short of a length and steered to Ponting at point

71.5

Lee to Gambhir, no run, overpitched, looking to york him, and Gambhir drives to mid-on

71.6

Lee to Gambhir, no run, comes forward and flowingly drives to Katich at cover

India 257/3   B Lee 17-1-65-1

85.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, short of a length outside off stump, defended to point

85.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, back of a length, angling away, and he leaves it be this time

85.3

Lee to Gambhir, no run, lovely ball, pitching full and seaming away from Gambhir, who goes fishing with the loosest of loose drives and he's lucky not to have edged that

85.4

Lee to Gambhir, no run, full and wide, wasted delivery with the new ball

85.5

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, thick inside edge as Gambhir shapes to work it off the front pad, had he not got the thinnest piece of wood on that ball he was a sitting duck

85.6

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

India 290/3   B Lee 18-1-66-1

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

87.4

Lee to Gambhir, no run, banged in short but its wide enough for Gambhir to leave

87.5

Lee to Gambhir, no run, fuller, from closer to the stumps, Gambhir shoulders arms

87.6

Lee to Gambhir, FOUR, full on off stump and Gambhir drills it past Johnson at mid-off

India 295/3   B Lee 19-1-70-1

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   B Lee 20-2-70-1

91.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, outside off stump, pretty full, and Gambhir leaves it be

91.2

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, fuller in length and he on-drives a single to Johnson at mid-on

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

91.5

Lee to Gambhir, no run, fullish outside off stump and Gambhir leaves it be

91.6

Lee to Gambhir, no run, full on off stump and defended back to Lee

India 299/3   B Lee 21-2-72-1

93.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, short and going well down leg stump, Gambhir tries to connect but cannot and Haddin has to move down the legs to collect the ball

93.2

Lee to Gambhir, FOUR, gets room and squirts that wide of gully, there's no third man

93.3

Lee to Gambhir, no run, short, 144ks, slides down the the pads, Haddin takes very well

93.4

Lee to Gambhir, no run, short on the stumps, Gambhir hops up and defends to leg

93.5

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

93.6

Lee to Gambhir, no run, good shape back in after pitching but its just too wide and left be

India 309/3   B Lee 22-2-76-1

95.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, full length and Gambhir drives confidently to extra cover

95.2

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, overpitched again and square-driven out to the sweeper for one

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

95.6

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, short into Gambhir's rib cage, he does well to tuck it for a single

India 320/3   B Lee 23-2-81-1

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   B Lee 24-2-89-1

99.1

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, full and wide, Gambhir chases it wide of a diving gully to third man

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   B Lee 25-2-91-1

101.1

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

101.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, full and angling away and he leaves it alone

101.3

Lee to Gambhir, no run, and again, angling away from Gambhir, who leaves once more

101.4

Lee to Gambhir, no run, still he continues to push the ball across Gambhir in hopes that he'll nibble one, but Gambhir has been extremely careful about anything outside off all Test

101.5

Lee to Gambhir, no run, short of a length well outside off and ... drum roll ... left alone

101.6

Lee to Gambhir, no run, takes a step down, Lee still bowls it wide and he leaves

India 342/3   B Lee 26-2-92-1

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   B Lee 27-2-98-1

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

117.5

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, good length and Gambhir drives effortlessly into the covers

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   B Lee 28-2-106-1

119.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, short of a length outside off, Gambhir taps it to point

119.2

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, gets tall and guides a short and wide one to third man

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

119.4

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, bowls it on a length and Gambhir drives to the left of point

119.5

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

119.6

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, uses his feet and clips it from off stump towards midwicket

India 415/3   B Lee 29-2-111-1

121.1

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, make that 200, a first for Gambhir, courtesy a tuck off the ribs as Lee bowls short onto the body, he picks the gap behind square leg, off comes the helmet, up go the arms, down comes Laxman to embrace him and its been a treat to watch

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   B Lee 30-2-119-1
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