Australia tour of India, 3rd Test: India v Australia at Delhi, Oct 29-Nov 2, 2008
Match drawn
29,30,31 October, 1,2 November 2008 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
  • Overs 151-200

After 100 overs, India are 339 for 3. Its been all about the batsmen on this track.

100.1

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, gets across and steers this one to backward point

100.2

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, beaten on the nothing drive outside off stump, Gambhir's feet don't move much and he tries a flourishing punch, the ball sits up off the seam and bounces

100.3

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, slower ball, 124ks, stays low for Haddin behind the stumps

100.4

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, overpitches outside off, Gambhir drives to Clarke at cover

100.5

Johnson to Gambhir, 2 runs, full on leg stump and clipped out to the sweeper for two

100.6

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, short ball outside off stump, 142ks, Gambhir gets up and drops the hands, sways back to allow that one pass on through to Haddin

End of over 101 (2 runs) India 341/3

    • G Gambhir 161 (317b 21x4 1x6)
    • VVS Laxman 84 (135b 8x4)
    • MG Johnson 20-2-78-2
    • 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

Plenty of heated emails coming in about Haddin. Lets just say Haddin is the least of Australia's worries.

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

Umpires call for drinks. I could do with a stiff one. But I'll settle for coffee. For now.

"Someone tell Anthony a keeper generally doesn't perform with the ball," pipes Ryan.

End of over 102 (1 run) India 342/3

    • G Gambhir 161 (322b 21x4 1x6)
    • VVS Laxman 85 (136b 8x4)
    • B Lee 26-2-92-1
    • MG Johnson 20-2-78-2
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

102.5

Johnson to Gambhir, FOUR, short, wide, la dee daa, slapped away past gully

Really not a good over at all from Mitchell.

102.6

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, back of a length outside off stump and left alone

End of over 103 (12 runs) India 354/3

    • G Gambhir 165 (324b 22x4 1x6)
    • VVS Laxman 92 (140b 9x4)
    • MG Johnson 21-2-90-2
    • B Lee 26-2-92-1

Ponting calls on White. India 354 for 3. He's coming in over the stumps. There's a deep point, deep midwicket, and deep square leg in place for White.

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

Good over from White, a maiden. Kept Laxman cautious. Good stuff.

End of over 104 (maiden) India 354/3

    • VVS Laxman 92 (146b 9x4)
    • G Gambhir 165 (324b 22x4 1x6)
    • CL White 5-1-27-0
    • MG Johnson 21-2-90-2
104.1

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, strides into a length ball and drives to cover, where Clarke dives to his right and saves a few runs, good effort there

104.2

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, wide again, Gambhir taps to Ponting, diving at gully

104.3

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, fuller on off stump, Gambhir drives immaculately straight and Johnson gets his left hand out and stops it

104.4

Johnson to Gambhir, 1 run, full and wide, he kneels down and drives out to deep point

104.5

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

104.6

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, too straight, clipped to Katich at midwicket

End of over 105 (2 runs) India 356/3

    • G Gambhir 166 (329b 22x4 1x6)
    • VVS Laxman 93 (147b 9x4)
    • MG Johnson 22-2-92-2
    • CL White 5-1-27-0
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

105.2

White to Gambhir, no run, on the stumps, works it across the pads to midwicket

105.3

White to Gambhir, FOUR, comes down the track, uses his feet and clips it over midwicket

105.4

White to Gambhir, 1 run, short outside off stump, cut out to deep point for one

105.5

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

105.6

White to Gambhir, 1 run, full on leg stump, picks up another single to midwicket

End of over 106 (8 runs) India 364/3

    • G Gambhir 172 (333b 23x4 1x6)
    • VVS Laxman 95 (149b 9x4)
    • CL White 6-1-35-0
    • MG Johnson 22-2-92-2
106.1

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, gets across and defends to the off side

106.2

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, short on off stump, he gets tall and plays it down

106.3

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, sees Gambhir walking down and lets fly a ripper outside off, Gambhir has to rear his head back out of the way and ensure the hands are nowhere near that short delivery

Second slip comes out and moves to midwicket

106.4

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, full on the stumps, turned sharply to one of the midwickets

106.5

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, comes forward and drives handsomely to cover

106.6

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, outside off stump and he leaves it be

End of over 107 (maiden) India 364/3

    • G Gambhir 172 (339b 23x4 1x6)
    • VVS Laxman 95 (149b 9x4)
    • MG Johnson 23-3-92-2
    • CL White 6-1-35-0
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

107.5

White to Gambhir, 1 run, short, Gambhir eases onto the back foot and steers it away

107.6

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

End of over 108 (4 runs) India 368/3

    • VVS Laxman 98 (154b 9x4)
    • G Gambhir 173 (340b 23x4 1x6)
    • CL White 7-1-39-0
    • MG Johnson 23-3-92-2

This is now the second-highest fourth wicket partnership in Tests for India against Australia.

108.1

Johnson to Gambhir, 2 runs, still he continues to give Gambhir room and he dabs it third man

108.2

Johnson to Gambhir, 1 run, short on the stumps, comes onto Gambhir at good pace and height but he shuffles and allows it come, then turns it late off the ribs, gently

Laxman on 98. Field comes in. Johnson switches around the stumps.

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

End of over 109 (3 runs) India 371/3

    • VVS Laxman 98 (158b 9x4)
    • G Gambhir 176 (342b 23x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 24-3-95-2
    • CL White 7-1-39-0
109.1

White to Gambhir, FOUR, a chance! White tosses it up, luring Gambhir into a loose shot, away from his body and playing for turn, the ball takes the outside edge and flies to Hayden at a catchable height but he cannot even get a hand to it at slip

109.2

White to Gambhir, 1 run, on middle and leg and worked wide of square leg for one

109.3

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

109.4

White to Gambhir, no run, full and straight, Gambhir onto the front foot, defending

109.5

White to Gambhir, no run, on middle and leg, turned to Katich under the helmet

109.6

White to Gambhir, no run, lands on off, Gambhir opens the face and defends to point

End of over 110 (6 runs) India 377/3

    • G Gambhir 181 (347b 24x4 1x6)
    • VVS Laxman 99 (159b 9x4)
    • CL White 8-1-45-0
    • MG Johnson 24-3-95-2

Laxman, on 99. He already has five Test hundreds against Australia. Seven men on the off side.

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

End of over 111 (maiden) India 377/3

    • VVS Laxman 99 (165b 9x4)
    • G Gambhir 181 (347b 24x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 25-4-95-2
    • CL White 8-1-45-0
111.1

White to Gambhir, no run, tossed up on middle and off, Gambhir drives back to White

111.2

White to Gambhir, 1 run, short on leg stump, he shuffles and picks a single very fine

Slip and short leg in place ...

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

"Well bowled, Warnie," says Haddin.

111.6

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

End of over 112 (1 run) India 378/3

    • VVS Laxman 99 (169b 9x4)
    • G Gambhir 182 (349b 24x4 1x6)
    • CL White 9-1-46-0
    • MG Johnson 25-4-95-2
112.1

Clark to Gambhir, 2 runs, on middle and leg, turned wide of midwicket, shuffling across

112.2

Clark to Gambhir, no run, walks to well outside off stump and leaves a wide delivery

112.3

Clark to Gambhir, 1 wide, gets across again and Clark bowls it pretty wide of the stumps

Haddin up to the stumps

112.3

Clark to Gambhir, no run, gets back and punches a short-of-a-length ball to cover

112.4

Clark to Gambhir, no run, full and wide, tempting the drive, Haddin collects

112.5

Clark to Gambhir, no run, definitely a plan here, pitched up full and wide, Gambhir leaves

112.6

Clark to Gambhir, 2 runs, more runs to Gambhir, reaching out and twirling it through gully

End of over 113 (5 runs) India 383/3

    • G Gambhir 186 (355b 24x4 1x6)
    • VVS Laxman 99 (169b 9x4)
    • SR Clark 25-8-47-0
    • CL White 9-1-46-0

About ten minutes to go till lunch.

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

113.6

White to Gambhir, 1 run, too short and cut away towards third man to end the over

Gambhir now holds the record for the highest score by a left-hand opener against Australia.

End of over 114 (6 runs) India 389/3

    • G Gambhir 187 (356b 24x4 1x6)
    • VVS Laxman 104 (174b 10x4)
    • CL White 10-1-52-0
    • SR Clark 25-8-47-0

Haddin stands up, one slip, two catchers on the leg side.

114.1

Clark to Gambhir, no run, full outside off, Gambhir leaves, Haddin collects

114.2

Clark to Gambhir, no run, beaten by one that angles away, thats still the same nagging length and moments away from lunch Gambhir opens the face and misses out

114.3

Clark to Gambhir, no run, well bowled, second ball in a row Clark beats Gambhir with the seam, he pushes at his limply, Haddin collects, appeals, whips off the bails, asking everything

114.4

Clark to Gambhir, FOUR, thats what he wanted to do, and he succeeds now, even though his feet don't move much he cashes in on the extra width and steers it wide of gully

114.5

Clark to Gambhir, no run, pitches on leg, turned to Katich at midwicket No. 1 (there are two)

114.6

Clark to Gambhir, no run, gets forward and pushes the ball to extra cover

So thats lunch on day two at the Kotla. Very much India's morning, with Laxman following up Gambhir with a hundred of his own. They have added 236 so far. Nothing in the track for a very average Australian attack. The lack of a quality spinner has really dented them.

Anyhow, I'll be back in just about 35 minutes to get the second session started. Ciao.

End of over 115 (4 runs) India 393/3

    • G Gambhir 191 (362b 25x4 1x6)
    • VVS Laxman 104 (174b 10x4)
    • SR Clark 26-8-51-0
    • CL White 10-1-52-0

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Here come the players. Laxman will take strike. Its all back to the drawing board when you take guard after an interval. Lee has the ball. Ponting comes into silly mid-on

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

There's a decent crowd in this afternoon. Better than yesterday.

115.3

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

Ponting and Lee get together and chat politics, global warming and stocks. A square fine keg comes into place. Mid-off goes back a few paces.

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

End of over 116 (6 runs) India 399/3

    • VVS Laxman 110 (180b 11x4)
    • G Gambhir 191 (362b 25x4 1x6)
    • B Lee 27-2-98-1
    • SR Clark 26-8-51-0

Two catchers on the leg side. Clark bowls from over the stumps.

116.1

Clark to Gambhir, no run, lands on a length and Gambhir pokes it to the off side

116.2

Clark to Gambhir, 1 run, on the pads, flicked in the air through midwicket, up goes the 400

116.3

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

Yeah I realize I typed square 'keg' instead of square 'leg'. My bad. But honestly, having a keg there would add up to about the same thing anyway.

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

"Australia hasn't had a decent "square fine KEG" since David Boon," says Tony Treeve.

End of over 117 (2 runs) India 401/3

    • VVS Laxman 111 (184b 11x4)
    • G Gambhir 192 (364b 25x4 1x6)
    • SR Clark 27-8-53-0
    • 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

Why in heaven's name would you bowl to Laxman on his pads? Its not rocket science.

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

Lee moves to around the stumps to the leftie

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

"Lee is about as dangerous as shark infested custard," emails Bruce Bentpine.

End of over 118 (8 runs) India 409/3

    • VVS Laxman 118 (189b 12x4)
    • G Gambhir 193 (365b 25x4 1x6)
    • B Lee 28-2-106-1
    • SR Clark 27-8-53-0
118.1

Clark to Gambhir, 1 run, back of a length just outside off and Gambhir runs it past gully

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

I'd bring on Clarke or Katich, but then I've never played Test cricket. Sorry.

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

End of over 119 (1 run) India 410/3

    • VVS Laxman 118 (194b 12x4)
    • G Gambhir 194 (366b 25x4 1x6)
    • SR Clark 28-8-54-0
    • 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

Lee changes the angle ...

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

By the way, Gambhir's been batting for some nine hours. Yowza.

119.6

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

End of over 120 (5 runs) India 415/3

    • G Gambhir 197 (370b 25x4 1x6)
    • VVS Laxman 120 (196b 12x4)
    • B Lee 29-2-111-1
    • SR Clark 28-8-54-0

Oh superb. Ponting has said stuff this, I'm having a bowl. He's taken five Test wickets so far. Two close catchers on the off side. Over the stumps comes Punter.

120.1

Ponting to Gambhir, no run, on a length and Gambhir patiently defends

120.2

Ponting to Gambhir, no run, a tad fuller and he drives to a diving Johnson at midwicket

"Ponting hasn't bowled in a Test since March 2006," my trusted accomplice Brydon Coverdale tells me.

120.3

Ponting to Gambhir, 1 run, a tad full and wide and he square-drives a single

120.4

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

120.5

Ponting to Gambhir, 1 run, drops it short and Gambhir pull hard out to the sweeper

120.6

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

I've just noticed Ponting has more hair.

End of over 121 (3 runs) India 418/3

    • VVS Laxman 121 (198b 12x4)
    • G Gambhir 199 (374b 25x4 1x6)
    • RT Ponting 1-0-3-0
    • B Lee 29-2-111-1

Gambhir on 199 ...

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

Lee came forward with a big smile and a hearty handshake. Good to see.

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

Laxman now has 2000 Test runs against Australia.

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

With that boundary, up comes a record fourth-wicket stand at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

End of over 122 (8 runs) India 426/3

    • VVS Laxman 127 (204b 13x4)
    • G Gambhir 200 (375b 25x4 1x6)
    • B Lee 30-2-119-1
    • RT Ponting 1-0-3-0

Sean Paul blaring over the PA now. Its that 'Temperature' song. Anyone even care?

122.1

Ponting to Gambhir, 1 run, on the stumps and he plays it away to the fielder for one

122.2

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

122.3

Ponting to Gambhir, FOUR, bang, thats four! Gambhir spots the short ball and hammers it off the back foot over midwicket and the sweeper has no chance of cutting it off

122.4

Ponting to Gambhir, no run, full now and he drives to one of two catching covers

122.5

Ponting to Gambhir, 1 run, going away with the angle, Gambhir eases it to cover sweeper

122.6

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

End of over 123 (8 runs) India 434/3

    • VVS Laxman 129 (206b 13x4)
    • G Gambhir 206 (379b 26x4 1x6)
    • RT Ponting 2-0-11-0
    • B Lee 30-2-119-1

"Sean Paul is terrible! Get some Soundgarden going out there!" says James. True dat. While the Kotla DJ flips through his CDs, here's Watto for the first time

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

FYI there will be a hearing after the day's play regarding the incidents on day one.

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

End of over 124 (1 run) India 435/4

    • VVS Laxman 130 (211b 13x4)
    • SR Watson 14-4-42-1
    • RT Ponting 2-0-11-0

One leftie goes, another comes. Its Sourav Ganguly. India 435 for 4. That last stand was worth 278. The bowling change works. Watson gets his first over of the day and he bowls his good friend Gambhir for 206. A double change, as Katich gets tossed the ball.

124.1

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

Ganguly marks his guard. This is his last match at the Kotla. Crowd is alive.

124.2

Katich to Ganguly, 1 run, away easily, tucking one off the pads to deep square leg

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

124.6

Katich to Ganguly, FOUR, short, asking for trouble, and duly thumped past cover

End of over 125 (7 runs) India 442/4

    • SC Ganguly 5 (2b 1x4)
    • VVS Laxman 132 (215b 13x4)
    • SM Katich 7-1-24-0
    • 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

End of over 126 (1 run) India 443/4

    • SC Ganguly 5 (7b 1x4)
    • VVS Laxman 133 (216b 13x4)
    • SR Watson 15-4-43-1
    • SM Katich 7-1-24-0
126.1

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

126.2

Katich to Ganguly, OUT, how about that now? Ganguly goes for cheap, driving on the up to Ponting at short cover, who dives forward and cups it low above the turf to give Katich a wicket

SC Ganguly c Ponting b Katich 5 (10m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

That makes it 444 for 4. Where's Shep?

Into the middle is Mahendra Singh Dhoni. "Come on Dhoni, pile on the pressure," says Mendra. "You can also get a quick hundred."

126.3

Katich to Dhoni, no run, on the stumps, back goes Dhoni, pushing to cover

126.4

Katich to Dhoni, no run, gets back again and cuts towards extra cover

126.5

Katich to Dhoni, no run, a low dipping full toss, he drives with a flourish to mid-off

126.6

Katich to Dhoni, 1 run, short and wide and he opens his account with a cut to the deep

End of over 127 (2 runs) India 445/5

    • MS Dhoni 1 (4b)
    • VVS Laxman 134 (217b 13x4)
    • SM Katich 8-1-26-1
    • SR Watson 15-4-43-1

I think I'm losing it. It was 444 for 5. COFFEE!

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

End of over 128 (5 runs) India 450/5

    • VVS Laxman 138 (221b 14x4)
    • MS Dhoni 2 (6b)
    • SR Watson 16-4-48-1
    • SM Katich 8-1-26-1
128.1

Katich to Dhoni, no run, serves up a juicy full toss, Dhoni skips down and makes a meal of the shot, slashing it down to the man at deep mid-off

128.2

Katich to Dhoni, no run, reaches out and drives with a flourish to extra cover

128.3

Katich to Dhoni, no run, flatter trajectory, leg stump, drops his head and defends

128.4

Katich to Dhoni, no run, gets back and mistimes the drive, and Katich fields

128.5

Katich to Dhoni, no run, dropped, what it would have knocked a finger off Katich, or Aleem Dar's head! Dhoni rocks back and drills a short ball ferociously towards the umpire's head, Katich sticks a hand off it to take some pace off it and save Dar money for a face reconstruction, that was biffed with immense power and Dar goes forward to say thanks to Katich for saving him

128.6

Katich to Dhoni, no run, short, no turn, jabbed off he back foot to midwicket

End of over 129 (maiden) India 450/5

    • MS Dhoni 2 (12b)
    • VVS Laxman 138 (221b 14x4)
    • SM Katich 9-2-26-1
    • 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

End of over 130 (4 runs) India 454/5

    • VVS Laxman 142 (227b 15x4)
    • MS Dhoni 2 (12b)
    • SR Watson 17-4-52-1
    • SM Katich 9-2-26-1
130.1

Katich to Dhoni, FOUR, and he starts having fun, clearing the leg and carving it with the spin, a real ugly heave past mid-on for four

130.2

Katich to Dhoni, FOUR, two in two, using his feet and whipping it past mid-on

130.3

Katich to Dhoni, no run, flatter ball and Dhoni comes forward to defend this time

130.4

Katich to Dhoni, no run, gets room but makes a mess of that, under-edging the cut

130.5

Katich to Dhoni, SIX, waltzes down, collects on the full and smokes it straight for el sixo

130.6

Katich to Dhoni, no run, more orthodox this time, reaching out and driving to point

End of over 131 (14 runs) India 468/5

    • MS Dhoni 16 (18b 2x4 1x6)
    • VVS Laxman 142 (227b 15x4)
    • SM Katich 10-2-40-1
    • 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

End of over 132 (1 run) India 469/5

    • MS Dhoni 16 (21b 2x4 1x6)
    • VVS Laxman 143 (230b 15x4)
    • SR Watson 18-4-53-1
    • SM Katich 10-2-40-1

Laxman, batting on 143, continues to be Australia's harbinger of doom for the afternoon.

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

132.3

Katich to Dhoni, no run, walks into his shot, flicking to the man at midwicket

132.4

Katich to Dhoni, 2 runs, strides out and edges one just wide of Hayden for a couple

132.5

Katich to Dhoni, no run, rank long hop, which he can only cut to Clarke at cover

132.6

Katich to Dhoni, 1 run, tossed up on middle, spins into Dhoni, who goes back and turns it past the square leg umpire, he sprints off and wants two but Hussey is sharp to field

End of over 133 (4 runs) India 473/5

    • MS Dhoni 19 (25b 2x4 1x6)
    • VVS Laxman 144 (232b 15x4)
    • SM Katich 11-2-44-1
    • 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

Kumble comes to the middle

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

Watson gets another wicket to his name. He's been persevering.

End of over 134 (9 runs) India 482/6

    • VVS Laxman 144 (233b 15x4)
    • A Kumble 0 (1b)
    • SR Watson 19-4-61-2
    • SM Katich 11-2-44-1
134.1

Katich to Kumble, no run, tossed up on off stump, Kumbles drives it to mid-off

134.2

Katich to Kumble, no run, fuller this time and he plods forward to smother the turn

134.3

Katich to Kumble, no run, onto the front foot in anticipation, waits for turn and defends

134.4

Katich to Kumble, no run, spins down his pads and he cannot connect on the nudge

134.5

Katich to Kumble, no run, sees room and reaches out to drive, but cant beat cover

134.6

Katich to Kumble, no run, uses his feet and drives the last ball back to Katich

End of over 135 (maiden) India 482/6

    • A Kumble 0 (7b)
    • VVS Laxman 144 (233b 15x4)
    • SM Katich 12-3-44-1
    • 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

End of over 136 (5 runs) India 487/6

    • VVS Laxman 149 (239b 16x4)
    • A Kumble 0 (7b)
    • SR Watson 20-4-66-2
    • SM Katich 12-3-44-1
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

136.3

Katich to Kumble, no run, a touch flatter this time, Kumble gets back and drives

136.4

Katich to Kumble, no run, gives it more air, Kumble uses his feet and drives it back

136.5

Katich to Kumble, 2 runs, slides down the pads, Kumble sweeps well, Hussey gives chase and dives on the rope to save the four, a good athletic stop from him

136.6

Katich to Kumble, no run, fuller, flatter, turns off Kumble's pads and he can't connect

India are 490. Tea is less than 20 minutes away. Declare.

End of over 137 (3 runs) India 490/6

    • A Kumble 2 (11b)
    • VVS Laxman 150 (241b 16x4)
    • SM Katich 13-3-47-1
    • SR Watson 20-4-66-2
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

137.5

White to Kumble, no run, flighted onto leg stump, he thuds forward, there's two sounds, bat hitting pad perhaps, the ball balloons up wide of slip

137.6

White to Kumble, no run, tossed up generously, Kumble drives it back to White

End of over 138 (1 run) India 491/6

    • A Kumble 2 (13b)
    • VVS Laxman 151 (245b 16x4)
    • CL White 11-1-53-0
    • SM Katich 13-3-47-1

Look here, there's a Fosters umbrella blowing across the ground. Lee collects and returns it.

138.1

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

138.2

Katich to Kumble, no run, flat on the stumps, Kumble comes forward and defends

138.3

Katich to Kumble, no run, plants his front foot out and drives along the grass to cover

138.4

Katich to Kumble, FOUR, uses his feet and collects on the full, driving in the air back to Katich's right, he dives full tilt and gets fingertips on it but the ball evades his grasp and mid-on's

138.5

Katich to Kumble, FOUR, there's India's 500 as Kumble paddles it very fine and past square leg

Ho hum. Laxman brushes some debris off the track and marks his guard.

138.6

Katich to Kumble, no run, overpitched and he takes toll, simply leaning into an extra-cover drive

End of over 139 (9 runs) India 500/6

    • A Kumble 10 (18b 2x4)
    • VVS Laxman 152 (246b 16x4)
    • SM Katich 14-3-56-1
    • CL White 11-1-53-0
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

139.3

White to Kumble, no run, full again, Kumble thumps it hard to extra cover

139.4

White to Kumble, no run, uses his feet and heaves it ungainly-like to mid-on

139.5

White to Kumble, no run, short and wide and he chops it in front of point

139.6

White to Kumble, no run, unconvincing appeal for a catch, Kumble thrusts forward, the ball balloons up off his pad to Hayden at slip, who doesn't utter a word as White asks the question

End of over 140 (5 runs) India 505/6

    • A Kumble 10 (22b 2x4)
    • VVS Laxman 157 (248b 17x4)
    • CL White 12-1-58-0
    • SM Katich 14-3-56-1
140.1

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

140.2

Katich to Kumble, no run, slides down leg stump, he tries to flick but cant connect

140.3

Katich to Kumble, 1 run, full outside leg stump, swept out to the sweeper for one

140.4

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

140.5

Katich to Kumble, 1 run, tossed up outside off and Kumble runs it down to third man

140.6

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

End of over 141 (4 runs) India 509/6

    • VVS Laxman 159 (251b 17x4)
    • A Kumble 12 (25b 2x4)
    • SM Katich 15-3-60-1
    • CL White 12-1-58-0
141.1

White to Kumble, FOUR, wrong line and Kumble paddles it very cutely to fine leg

Ponting, under the helmet at short leg, chews his gum.

141.2

White to Kumble, no run, gives this one plenty of flight and Kumble drives to point

141.3

White to Kumble, no run, comes out and flicks effortlessly to mid-on, but not past him

141.4

White to Kumble, no run, again he reaches forward and clips it to the man back there

141.5

White to Kumble, 1 bye, errant delivery, stay low and skids very wide of leg stump, Kumble cannot get to it and the poor bounce undoes Haddin too

141.6

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

Tea! I need some tea as well. India's session again, with Laxman still batting on 160. Watson took two and Katich one, but India have gone past 500. There's one session left in the day. See you in about 15 minutes.

End of over 142 (6 runs) India 515/6

    • VVS Laxman 160 (252b 17x4)
    • A Kumble 16 (30b 3x4)
    • CL White 13-1-63-0
    • SM Katich 15-3-60-1

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Here come the teams. A declaration is imminent. I'd say about 20 minutes. Clark will bowl.

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

End of over 143 (maiden) India 515/6

    • VVS Laxman 160 (258b 17x4)
    • A Kumble 16 (30b 3x4)
    • SR Clark 29-9-54-0
    • CL White 13-1-63-0

Cameron White it is. "Come on, Bear," says Haddin. Mid-off and mid-on are inside.

143.1

White to Kumble, no run, reaches out and drives a flighted delivery to short cover

143.2

White to Kumble, no run, strides forward and mistimes the attempted square drive

143.3

White to Kumble, 1 run, gets more air and room and drives to the deep point sweeper

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

143.6

White to Kumble, no run, goes on straight, he too waits and guides it to point

End of over 144 (4 runs) India 519/6

    • A Kumble 17 (34b 3x4)
    • VVS Laxman 163 (260b 17x4)
    • CL White 14-1-67-0
    • SR Clark 29-9-54-0
144.1

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

A crowded off side field. Its 7-2.

144.2

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

144.3

Clark to Kumble, no run, overpitched outside off stump and Kumble drives to cover

144.4

Clark to Kumble, no run, pitches on off stump and Kumble thinks about turning it, ala Laxman, but has to adjust and run it back down the track to Clark

144.5

Clark to Kumble, no run, short ball gets Kumble up on the toes, dropping it to point

144.6

Clark to Kumble, FOUR, hammered in the air back down to mid-on, a couple bounces

End of over 145 (5 runs) India 524/6

    • A Kumble 21 (38b 4x4)
    • VVS Laxman 164 (262b 17x4)
    • SR Clark 30-9-59-0
    • CL White 14-1-67-0
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

145.2

White to Kumble, FOUR, one bounce and four, Kumble reaching a mile outside off stump and carting White's tossed up delivery down to long-on

145.3

White to Kumble, no run, kneels down and drives another loopy one to Lee at point

145.4

White to Kumble, no run, flatter delivery on off stump and he defends it back

145.5

White to Kumble, 1 run, reaches out again and swings the ball from outside off stump and between mid-on and midwicket, Watson dives in the deep and saves three

145.6

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

So Kumble's intent is obvious.

End of over 146 (6 runs) India 530/6

    • VVS Laxman 165 (264b 17x4)
    • A Kumble 26 (42b 5x4)
    • CL White 15-1-73-0
    • SR Clark 30-9-59-0
146.1

Clark to Kumble, no run, nearly a yorker, swinging through the air, hones into Kumble's toes and he nearly falls over as he shapes to jam it out

146.2

Clark to Kumble, no run, full ball again, Kumble makes room and digs it out to cover

146.3

Clark to Kumble, no run, gets low to square cut this one late but cannot connect at all

146.4

Clark to Kumble, 1 run, short on the body, Kumble shuffles and drops it off his ribs for a single into the gap, one that raises the 50-run partnership with Laxman

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

End of over 147 (2 runs) India 532/6

    • VVS Laxman 166 (266b 17x4)
    • A Kumble 27 (46b 5x4)
    • SR Clark 31-9-61-0
    • CL White 15-1-73-0

Johnson comes into the attack, from around the stumps

147.1

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

Now he goes back over the stumps

147.2

Johnson to Kumble, 1 run, pitches short and Kumble fends it off the edge past gully

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

147.5

Johnson to Kumble, no run, very full, very wide, Kumble throws the bat at it and cant connect

147.6

Johnson to Kumble, 1 run, gets room and square-drives, point half-stops it

End of over 148 (4 runs) India 536/6

    • A Kumble 29 (49b 5x4)
    • VVS Laxman 168 (269b 17x4)
    • MG Johnson 26-4-99-2
    • SR Clark 31-9-61-0
148.1

Clark to Kumble, 2 runs, slower ball, full in length and Kumble scoops it wide of cover

148.2

Clark to Kumble, no run, drifts down the pads, he tries to flick but cannot connect

148.3

Clark to Kumble, no run, full, looking for the yorker, he drives and gets an inside-edge

148.4

Clark to Kumble, FOUR, driven in the air just wide of a leaping Watson at deep mid-off

148.5

Clark to Kumble, no run, clears the front leg and drives this one back to Clark

148.6

Clark to Kumble, no run, full outside off stump, he brings the bat down late and is beaten

Well, so much for the they'll-declare-in-20-minutes theory of mine. Thats why I'm sitting here typing, not playing Test cricket. Such is life. Carpe Do'em. (Thats my take on Carpe Diem).

End of over 149 (6 runs) India 542/6

    • A Kumble 35 (55b 6x4)
    • VVS Laxman 168 (269b 17x4)
    • SR Clark 32-9-67-0
    • MG Johnson 26-4-99-2
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

Johnson moves back over the stumps

149.4

Johnson to Kumble, no run, short of a length on the stumps, Kumble hops up and defends

149.5

Johnson to Kumble, no run, bounces him down the leg side, getting Kumble jumping

149.6

Johnson to Kumble, no run, cramped for room, he tries to steer it fine but chops to gully

End of over 150 (9 runs) India 551/6

    • A Kumble 35 (58b 6x4)
    • VVS Laxman 177 (272b 19x4)
    • MG Johnson 27-4-108-2
    • SR Clark 32-9-67-0
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