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

8.30am local Good morning one and all, Jamie Alter here. Big day, third Test between India and Australia in Delhi at the old battle ground, the Feroz Shah Kotla.

Thanks for tuning into Cricinfo again and we'll try and make sure you get the best coverage as always.

Right, before we get the toss and teams, here's a few things you could do to keep busy. For starters, have a look at this piece about the familiar burdens that Anil Kumble, almost certain to play today, faces. Then there's Ali Cook, who feels Australia must turn practice into performance.

Regarding team composition, I'm sure you've read heard that Harbhajan Singh is in some doubt because of toe injury. Should Harbhajan miss out, Amit Mishra, who took seven wickets in the 320-run win at Mohali, will retain his place. Stuart Clark is fit for Australia, and should replace Peter Siddle.

Let me remind all you social network addicts, or anyone thinking of becoming one, that we now have a Cricinfo page on Facebook. And if you're not able to follow the game in front of a computer, you can read every word I type on your cell phones, right here . Twitter users can follow our news here. And though I'm not entirely sure if they're Hobbits from Middle-earth or Mordor, we also have Widgets.

Okay, enough with the techno-pimping. Lets get back what we're really all here for. The cricket.

We're about 15 minutes away from the toss. And yes, a very belated Happy Diwali to everyone.

I haven't heard anything about haze or smog holding up play, which is good news. Play is expected to start on time. The players are warming up on the field. The pitch - surprise, surprise - looks good for batting.

Do keep your feedback emails coming in. I'll do my best to read all of them. Nothing senseless or irrelevant please, like why underwater knitting should become an Olympic sport or whether its Younis or Younus Khan.

Dangnabbit, lets get to the toss already!

Alrighty then, as Stanley Ipkiss' alter-ego would say, we can now go down to the middle and get started. The two captains are out in the middle and they're about to flip the coin. Kumble spins, Ricky Ponting calls tails and its heads, to much cheer from the local supporters, and the captain has no hesitation in batting. And Harbhajan is indeed ruled out with that toe injury, so Mishra gets his second Test. Thats interesting, India fielding two leg spinners. Whens the last time that happened? Actually Kumble and Piyush Chawla played against England at Mohali in 2006, but before that ... this requires some thinking ...

For Australia, Clark replaces Siddle, as expected. Ponting wants a better showing from Australia - really?? - and says the side have identified the problems. "We've trained brilliantly," he says.

Super stuff. I'm kicked. Love first mornings of Test matches. Just let me go get a cup of coffee.

Here's an email from Bradley: "Just what is Cameron White's role in the team? He is not scoring runs and doesn't turn the ball. As we need to win this test surely Krezja was worth a punt? We lost the last Test because we couldn't take the wickets not because of our batting."

Oh, some trivia from the TV: The last Australian to score a Test hundred at the Kotla was Ian Chappell back in 1969-70. Ajit, on email, remembers Hirwani and Kumble playing together in 1996 against South Africa in Kolkata. I still haven't gotten my cup of coffee.

"The answer to Bradley's question," emails Stephen, "may be that the selectors believed that dumping White after one Test would make his initial selection look like a knee-jerk reaction."

The superbly-titled Phat Boy asks: "On the subject of your trivia regarding Ian Chappell, would I be right in saying that last time these two teams played in Delhi, Nayan Mongia top-scored as a make-shift opener with 150-odd?" You are spot on, Phat Boy.

"Greetings from cold cold Cleveland in the US. It's snowing outside on Diwali night, but totally hooked onto the game," says Manan. Ah yes, I forgot about time zones. Get warm, boss, we're in for a good day's Test cricket. Cleveland, of all places. I-70.

By the way, there's also a Test happening between Bangladesh and New Zealand as we speak. Rain marred the first three days, and now Bangladesh are 26 for4, trailing by 236 runs.

"OK, sitting in Boston, it is midnight, I have had my nap and am ready for an exciting all-nighter.....do you think Indian team can offer us these simple pleasures in life??" asks Rita Gupta. Thats up to you to decide, Rita. I'm sure Boston's as cold as Cleveland. Clearly there are plenty of people up at odd hours and logged into watch this Test. I am loving it. Or, as my man McLovin would say, I am McLovin it. Fo shizzle.

Loud cheer as the local boys, Sehwag and Gambhir, walk out. Sehwag needs two runs to become the highest run scorer in 2008. Gambhir will face first. Lee has the ball. Looks a little hazy out there. Australia have three slips. In runs Lee. Yes!

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

So thats the first over of this Test.

End of over 1 (4 runs) India 4/0
G Gambhir    4* (6b 1x4)      B Lee    1-0-4-0
V Sehwag    0* (0b)     

Sehwag to face Clark, back in the side.

1.1

Clark to Sehwag, 1 run, on the stumps and played with one hand wide of square leg

1.2

Clark to Gambhir, no run, short of a length and Gambhir taps it to the man at gully

1.3

Clark to Gambhir, no run, wider, angling away from Gambhir, who doesn't need to play that

1.4

Clark to Gambhir, no run, fuller in length and he pokes it to Clarke at point, who's sharp

1.5

Clark to Gambhir, no run, back of a length and he gets across to tap it to backward point

1.6

Clark to Gambhir, no run, full and wide, Gambhir onto the front foot and leaves

End of over 2 (1 run) India 5/0
G Gambhir    4* (11b 1x4)      SR Clark    1-0-1-0
V Sehwag    1* (1b)      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

So Lee gets into the act early. Big blow for India. Sehwag doesn't become the highest run scorer in 2008. In walks Dravid. India are 5 for 1. Three slips in place.

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

There doesn't seem to be a lot of bounce in the pitch.

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

Successful over for Lee and Australia. The crowd was zapped when Sehwag went.

End of over 3 (1 run) India 6/1
G Gambhir    4* (14b 1x4)      B Lee    2-0-5-1
R Dravid    1* (2b)      SR Clark    1-0-1-0

3.1

Clark to Dravid, no run, slides down leg stump, Dravid cannot get bat on ball, strikes him on the pads but clearly going down leg stump so no appeal from anyone

3.2

Clark to Dravid, no run, good length there, hitting the seam and going away, Dravid gets onto the front foot and shoulders arms very well, all round thats good stuff

3.3

Clark to Dravid, no run, short now on the body and he gets tall to drop it to the on side

3.4

Clark to Dravid, no run, on the stumps and he defends it to midwicket this time

3.5

Clark to Dravid, no run, gets him onto the front foot and Dravid defends it to third man

Clark doing well so far, hitting the right length and making Dravid play

3.6

Clark to Dravid, no run, finishes the over by bouncing Dravid down the leg side, he gets onto his haunches and lets the ball sail down to Haddin

Good crowd this morning, much better than any day in Mohali

End of over 4 (maiden) India 6/1
R Dravid    1* (8b)      SR Clark    2-1-1-0
G Gambhir    4* (14b 1x4)      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

End of over 5 (10 runs) India 16/1
G Gambhir    9* (18b 2x4)      B Lee    3-0-15-1
R Dravid    6* (10b)      SR Clark    2-1-1-0

5.1

Clark to Dravid, no run, short on the stumps, forcing Dravid onto the toes and he uses soft hands to drop it off his chest and just wide of the man under the helmet at short leg

5.2

Clark to Dravid, 1 run, fuller length and Dravid on-drives wide of Katich for a single

5.3

Clark to Gambhir, no run, oh, there's noise on that shot as Gambhir chases one off a length, not moving his feet, there's a definite under edge but it doesn't carry to Haddin

5.4

Clark to Gambhir, 1 run, straighter delivery this time and he turns that towards midwicket

5.5

Clark to Dravid, no run, on the stumps and he defends off the front foot back to Clark

A sluggish track, this. Expected.

5.6

Clark to Dravid, no run, now he shoulders arms to one just wide of the stumps

End of over 6 (2 runs) India 18/1
R Dravid    7* (14b)      SR Clark    3-1-3-0
G Gambhir    10* (20b 2x4)      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

So already we see more uneven bounce on this track

6.6

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

End of over 7 (1 run) India 19/1
R Dravid    7* (19b)      B Lee    4-0-16-1
G Gambhir    11* (21b 2x4)      SR Clark    3-1-3-0

7.1

Clark to Gambhir, no run, hits a good length and Gambhir defends positively to point

7.2

Clark to Gambhir, no run, bounces him over the stumps and Gambhir ducks under it

7.3

Clark to Gambhir, 1 run, on middle and leg and Gambhir glances it past short leg

7.4

Clark to Dravid, no run, thats a good length and Dravid gets over it to defend

There's a short midwicket for Dravid

7.5

Clark to Dravid, no run, comes forward and defends this along the ground to gully

7.6

Clark to Dravid, no run, short ball and he gets out of the way to allow it pass

End of over 8 (1 run) India 20/1
R Dravid    7* (22b)      SR Clark    4-1-4-0
G Gambhir    12* (24b 2x4)      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

Lee moves around the stumps. Hardly any grass on this track, by the way.

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

Some balls stay low, some kick up to Haddin at a good height. Uneven bounce basically.

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

End of over 9 (2 runs) India 22/1
G Gambhir    14* (30b 2x4)      B Lee    5-0-18-1
R Dravid    7* (22b)      SR Clark    4-1-4-0

9.1

Clark to Dravid, no run, comes firmly forward and drives, but stops on the shot - more due to the sluggish nature of the track - and the ball dribbles back to Clark

9.2

Clark to Dravid, no run, good length on off stump and Dravid defends to the on side

9.3

Clark to Dravid, no run, good, tidy stuff from Clark, pitches on a length and Dravid defends

9.4

Clark to Dravid, no run, and again, he makes sure to get Dravid onto the front foot, hitting a length on off stump and getting him defending watchfully

9.5

Clark to Dravid, no run, slips in a short one now, Dravid gets onto the toes and lets the ball almost come onto his chest, awkwardly defending it down near his feet

9.6

Clark to Dravid, no run, fuller now and he pushes it down towards mid-on to end the over

End of over 10 (maiden) India 22/1
R Dravid    7* (28b)      SR Clark    5-2-4-0
G Gambhir    14* (30b 2x4)      B Lee    5-0-18-1

Mitchell Johnson into the attack. Left arm over the stumps. He's had a good series.

10.1

Johnson to Gambhir, 1 run, too straight, Gambhir shuffles and works it away to square leg

10.2

Johnson to Dravid, FOUR, wrong line, on a length outside leg stump and Dravid glances it off his pads, very late, to send it racing down to fine leg for four

10.3

Johnson to Dravid, no run, hits a length and Dravid gets across to defend it back

10.4

Johnson to Dravid, OUT, edged and gone! Dravid perishes to a wide delivery, 149ks, chasing it with a loose drive away from the body and the thick edge is neatly gobbled up by Hayden at first slip

R Dravid c Hayden b Johnson 11 (36m 31b 1x4 0x6) SR: 35.48

Johnson strikes in his first over. Not a wicket-taking delivery, but a silly shot from Dravid. The new man in is Tendulkar. Three slips in place. Sharp catch from Hayden to get Dravid, taking it an inch off the ground. And its his birthday.

10.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, 1 run, short of a length on leg stump and he shuffles, twirling it away past square leg for a first-ball single

10.6

Johnson to Gambhir, FOUR, full length on middle and leg and Gambhir flicks it away

End of over 11 (10 runs) India 32/2
G Gambhir    19* (32b 3x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-10-1
SR Tendulkar    1* (1b)      SR Clark    5-2-4-0

11.1

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, good seam position, pitching on a length and shaping away from Tendulkar, who gets onto the front foot and shoulders arms

11.2

Clark to Tendulkar, 1 run, a tad too straight with the short of a length delivery and Tendulkar gets back and across, pushing the ball to midwicket for a quick single

11.3

Clark to Gambhir, no run, fuller in length, going away, and Gambhir leaves it be

11.4

Clark to Gambhir, no run, gets back this time and defends to the on side

11.5

Clark to Gambhir, no run, full and wide and Gambhir lets it go through to Haddin

11.6

Clark to Gambhir, no run, finishes the over with a bouncer over middle and leg, Gambhir ducks

End of over 12 (1 run) India 33/2
G Gambhir    19* (36b 3x4)      SR Clark    6-2-5-0
SR Tendulkar    2* (3b)      MG Johnson    1-0-10-1

12.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, bouncer down leg stump, Tendulkar gets out of the way

12.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, gets onto the toes and plays a straight drive to mid-off

12.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length on middle and off, he gets across and shapes to work it away but ends up mistiming it back towards Johnson in his follow through

12.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, another bouncer at pace, 151ks, and Tendulkar takes evasive action

12.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, follows up with a full one, angling away, and he leaves

12.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, FOUR, shot! Gets onto the toes and punches that on the up, like he used to with far more regularity in the mid-90s, past a tumbling Clarke at point

End of over 13 (4 runs) India 37/2
SR Tendulkar    6* (9b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-14-1
G Gambhir    19* (36b 3x4)      SR Clark    6-2-5-0

Thats the first drinks break. And I finally got my coffee. I like!

Saurabh emails: "I am sitting here in freezing Michigan and trying to decipher European Court's definition of 'inhuman and degrading treatment' and it sounds suspiciously similar to Steve Waugh's notion of 'mental disintegration. May be the English cricket team can go to the Court after yet another hiding in the next Ashes."

13.1

Clark to Gambhir, no run, bounces him outside leg stump and he gets under it

13.2

Clark to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, he gets onto the toes, taps it to point

13.3

Clark to Gambhir, no run, hits a length and again Gambhir watchfully defends

13.4

Clark to Gambhir, no run, pushes this one across Gambhir, who leaves it be with ease

Clark changes the angle by going around the stumps

13.5

Clark to Gambhir, no run, wide, short of a length, and dabbed to a diving Hussey at gully

13.6

Clark to Gambhir, no run, similar length and Gambhir covers off stump and defends

End of over 14 (maiden) India 37/2
G Gambhir    19* (42b 3x4)      SR Clark    7-3-5-0
SR Tendulkar    6* (9b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-14-1

14.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, ah, a loose stroke from Tendulkar, down on one knee and chasing another full and swinging delivery, failing to make any contact whatsoever

14.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, searches for a dismissal with another tempting wide one but this time Tendulkar doesn't go after it outside off stump

Two men catching on the leg side

14.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, 1 run, straighter one, he gets in line and pushes it to midwicket

14.4

Johnson to Gambhir, 1 run, tucked off the hips to midwicket, who is a bit deep

14.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, short of a length and he gets onto the back foot, driving uppishly into the gap between Hussey and Clarke in the off side for an easy couple

14.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length, he gets across and defends it back

End of over 15 (4 runs) India 41/2
SR Tendulkar    9* (14b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-18-1
G Gambhir    20* (43b 3x4)      SR Clark    7-3-5-0

And we have another change. Its elementary, Watson. Shane Watson. Around the stumps.

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

End of over 16 (5 runs) India 46/2
G Gambhir    24* (50b 4x4)      SR Watson    1-0-5-0
SR Tendulkar    9* (14b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-18-1

16.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length, wide delivery, Tendulkar leaves it be

16.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, gets back and across and turns this one wide of midwicket

16.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, very full outside off and he just watches it into Haddin's gloves

16.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, and again, he invites the drive but Tendulkar leaves it alone

16.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, oh he's really serving them up full, but this man leaves it again

16.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, on the stumps this time and he drives to mid-off, rather well

End of over 17 (2 runs) India 48/2
SR Tendulkar    11* (20b 1x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-20-1
G Gambhir    24* (50b 4x4)      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

Its all gone a little quite at the Kotla. Decent crowd in.

17.6

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

End of over 18 (maiden) India 48/2
G Gambhir    24* (56b 4x4)      SR Watson    2-1-5-0
SR Tendulkar    11* (20b 1x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-20-1

18.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, there's an errant bouncer if ever I saw one, short and outside leg stump, giving Haddin some work to do behind the sticks

18.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, FOUR, a touch shot, raising India's 50, as Tendulkar gets across and turns a shortish ball wide of square leg with power and placement, all wrists in that stroke

18.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, FOUR, thats away before the fielder can get down, Tendulkar crunching a short one off the back foot, off the middle of the bat, and Lee at backward point fumbles

18.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, back to full now, and Tendulkar calmly leaves outside off

18.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, on a length and he defends watchfully to point this time

He's been timing them pretty well this morning. Just that one needless chase outside off stump.

18.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, angling away wide again and he covers off and leaves it alone

Johnson tried something different for three balls and went for boundaries. Back to full it is then.

End of over 19 (8 runs) India 56/2
SR Tendulkar    19* (26b 3x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-28-1
G Gambhir    24* (56b 4x4)      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

Watson, operating around the stumps, has hit a nagging length so far.

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

End of over 20 (maiden) India 56/2
G Gambhir    24* (62b 4x4)      SR Watson    3-2-5-0
SR Tendulkar    19* (26b 3x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-28-1

Still three slips in place

20.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length on the stumps and he gets up and defends

20.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, short one into Tendulkar's body, he shuffles and withdraws a hand off the handle, playing it off the ribs down towards short leg, ball actually hit his gloves

20.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, gets across and times this one decently, turning it past Katich

20.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, very full and wide outside off but Tendulkar resists again

20.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, gets some room and transfers the weight, slicing hard but he cannot beat Lee, positioned a little deep at backward point

20.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length outside off, he thinks about playing, but leaves

End of over 21 (2 runs) India 58/2
SR Tendulkar    21* (32b 3x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-30-1
G Gambhir    24* (62b 4x4)      SR Watson    3-2-5-0

Just about 20 minutes to go till lunch on day one. Hope you've enjoyed the coverage so far.

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

A silly mid-on in place now, its Cameron White. Watson goes over the stumps.

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

End of over 22 (2 runs) India 60/2
G Gambhir    25* (67b 4x4)      SR Watson    4-2-7-0
SR Tendulkar    22* (33b 3x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-30-1

Time for some spin, what say? Au contraire, its going to be speedy Lee.

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

Lee has looked to be in good rhythm today. Not so much the case in Mohali.

22.3

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

Funny exchanges in the Neo Sports commentary box. And their names are LS and BJ.

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

End of over 23 (4 runs) India 64/2
SR Tendulkar    26* (39b 4x4)      B Lee    6-0-22-1
G Gambhir    25* (67b 4x4)      SR Watson    4-2-7-0

Watson back around the stumps to Gambhir

23.1

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

He's been very watchful, Gambhir.

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

Tendulkar walks down and speaks to Gambhir. Mastercard, go get it.

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

And here's a loud happy birthday to Stuart Sefton, brother of Bradley. Cheers!

End of over 24 (1 run) India 65/2
G Gambhir    25* (74b 4x4)      SR Watson    5-2-8-0
SR Tendulkar    26* (39b 4x4)      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

Ponting puts in a silly mid-on and a short midwicket

24.4

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

Ponting is the man at silly mid-on, by the way. Lee needs to bowl straight.

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

One more over before lunch.

End of over 25 (maiden) India 65/2
SR Tendulkar    26* (45b 4x4)      B Lee    7-1-22-1
G Gambhir    25* (74b 4x4)      SR Watson    5-2-8-0

25.1

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

Rowan's nephew Chris Cree-Brown turns 7 today. Happy birthday.

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

So thats lunch on day one at the Kotla. No haze, no smog, no Diwali aftermath delaying the start of play, as had been expected. There was, however, no dhamaka from Sehwag, out for 1 in Lee's second over. Johnson then removed Dravid, or did he get himself out, I can't decide. Its been Tendulkar and Gambhir since, taking India's score to 67 for 2 at lunch. Slow going actually. Some uneven bounce on the track, for those who turned up late, didn't read my earlier comments, or fell asleep. Its not been a Kotla dust bowl either.

Anyhow, I've enjoyed the session and hope you have too. Do come back and join me in just under 40 minutes for the second session. Until then, adios.

End of over 26 (2 runs, maiden) India 67/2
G Gambhir    25* (80b 4x4)      SR Watson    6-3-8-0
SR Tendulkar    26* (45b 4x4)      B Lee    7-1-22-1

Welcome back. Players back on the field. Lets get started. Tendulkar and Gambhir pumped fists as they descended the pavilion steps. Decent turn out at the Kotla, though nowhere near what a Test match should get. Tendulkar to face Lee. We've not had spin so far. One slip, silly mid-on, short midwicket.

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

So we now see some reverse swing. Interesting, interesting ...

26.6

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

End of over 27 (4 runs) India 71/2
SR Tendulkar    30* (51b 5x4)      B Lee    8-1-26-1
G Gambhir    25* (80b 4x4)      SR Watson    6-3-8-0

Clark will take up the attack. A wide second slip comes into place.

27.1

Clark to Gambhir, 1 run, from around the stumps, slants down the pads, tucked away

27.2

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length and he gets up to drop it at his feet

Zac, from Australia: "Ponting wouldn't know a good thing if it hit him in the face at the moment. His over rate is terrible, and he has Cameron White sitting there who bowls his overs fast and if I'm not mistaken he exceeded the expectation they put on him in the first and second Tests. And has Katich had a bowl at all? Ponting is being to comfortable in his bowling changes do something different for a change."

27.3

Clark to Tendulkar, FOUR, firmly struck backward of point, getting tall and freeing the arms

27.4

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, straighter one, no room at all, and defended off the back foot

27.5

Clark to Tendulkar, 1 run, drives off the front now, this one swings in and takes the inside edge down to fine leg, also raising the 50th run of his stand, dominated by Tendulkar

27.6

Clark to Gambhir, no run, wide of the sticks and he leaves this one be, as his his wont today

End of over 28 (6 runs) India 77/2
G Gambhir    26* (82b 4x4)      SR Clark    8-3-11-0
SR Tendulkar    35* (55b 6x4)      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

Tendulkar has played predominantly off the back foot today. Not committed on the front foot.

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

End of over 29 (6 runs) India 83/2
G Gambhir    29* (86b 4x4)      B Lee    9-1-31-1
SR Tendulkar    37* (57b 6x4)      SR Clark    8-3-11-0

29.1

Clark to Gambhir, no run, gets forward, slowness of the track forces him to check the shot

29.2

Clark to Gambhir, no run, angles in from wide of the crease and he shoulders arms

29.3

Clark to Gambhir, no run, takes two steps down and works the ball to mid-on, wants a single but Tendulkar shoos him back as the fielder hurries in to collect the ball

29.4

Clark to Gambhir, no run, goes wafting outside off stump, driving expansively and getting beaten

29.5

Clark to Gambhir, 2 runs, much better when he plays that way, Clark pitches on Gambhir's pads and he works it between midwicket and mid-on for a couple more to his total

29.6

Clark to Gambhir, no run, wide of the stumps, and he gets forward and leaves

Gambhir's been slow today, rather uncharacteristically.

End of over 30 (2 runs) India 85/2
G Gambhir    31* (92b 4x4)      SR Clark    9-3-13-0
SR Tendulkar    37* (57b 6x4)      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

Time for some more techno-pimping now. If you're not able to follow the game in front of a computer, you can read every word I type on your cell phones, right here . Also, we now have a Cricinfo page on Facebook. Twitter users can follow our newshere. We also have Widgets. Okay bye.

End of over 31 (7 runs) India 92/2
G Gambhir    31* (93b 4x4)      B Lee    10-1-38-1
SR Tendulkar    44* (62b 7x4)      SR Clark    9-3-13-0

31.1

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, gets some room, ball stays a touch low, steered to gully

31.2

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, gets back and mistimes the shot, chopping towards point

31.3

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, and again, drives this one but cannot beat cover

31.4

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, straighter line and fuller length, defended down the track

31.5

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, ah, beaten! A tight line and length from Clark, pitching in "the corridor" and the leg cutter beats the outer edge of Tendulkar's bat as he pushes forward

31.6

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, forces him onto the back foot and he defends

Thats a quality over from Clark, hitting the right spots and making Tendulkar plays every ball.

End of over 32 (maiden) India 92/2
SR Tendulkar    44* (68b 7x4)      SR Clark    10-4-13-0
G Gambhir    31* (93b 4x4)      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

Ponting immediately sticks in a deep point

32.4

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

Lee switches the angle. Runs in. Stops. Doesn't deliver. Why am I typing like that? I don't know.

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

End of over 33 (5 runs) India 97/2
SR Tendulkar    44* (70b 7x4)      B Lee    11-1-43-1
G Gambhir    36* (97b 5x4)      SR Clark    10-4-13-0

33.1

Clark to Gambhir, no run, takes two steps forward and defends straight to cover

Meanwhile, in Mirpur, Bangladesh have declared on 169 for 9.

33.2

Clark to Gambhir, no run, holds back the length and Gambhir leaves outside off stump

33.3

Clark to Gambhir, 2 runs, gets some room and opens the face, twirling the ball between slips and gully for a couple down to third man, runs hard too

33.4

Clark to Gambhir, no run, full and wide, Gambhir comes forward and leaves it be

Lee was getting a bit of reverse swing. Clark hasn't been able to.

33.5

Clark to Gambhir, no run, even wider, tempting the square drive, but Gauti says no thanks

33.6

Clark to Gambhir, no run, another stride down the track, followed by dead-bat defence

End of over 34 (2 runs) India 99/2
G Gambhir    38* (103b 5x4)      SR Clark    11-4-15-0
SR Tendulkar    44* (70b 7x4)      B Lee    11-1-43-1

Change: its going to be Johnson, left-arm over the stumps. He has 1 for 30 so far. Two slips in place.

34.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, and no surprises, he starts off full outside off stump, inviting the drive, but Tendulkar has a look and leaves it be

34.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, short of a length on leg and whipped out to the sweeper at deep square leg, and thats India's 100 on the board, to some hearty cheer

34.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, again, leg stump, but he mistimes the whip this time

34.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, pitches outside leg stump this time and raps his pads as he tries to do a Ranji, just not timing the leg glance well at all, so its a leg bye to the total

34.5

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, well stopped, Hussey! Gambhir gets a full one and squirts it to gully, where Mr Cricket flings himself around to his left and saves a boundary

34.6

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, comes forward and drives uppishly, checking the shot to extra cover

End of over 35 (3 runs) India 102/2
G Gambhir    38* (105b 5x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-32-1
SR Tendulkar    46* (74b 7x4)      SR Clark    11-4-15-0

Ponting in at a sort of short point now.

35.1

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, gets back and pushes a short-of-a-length ball to Clark

35.2

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, slower ball, on a length, driven to Lee at mid-on

35.3

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length outside off and he shoulders arms

35.4

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, fractionally shorter, he opens the face, defending to point

35.5

Clark to Tendulkar, FOUR, aha, a late, late cut to raise his fifty, and a good innings today from him! Waits for the ball to come onto him and twirls it through where third slip would have been, all class from the man

35.6

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, gets forward and drives this one back towards the bowler

End of over 36 (4 runs) India 106/2
SR Tendulkar    50* (80b 8x4)      SR Clark    12-4-19-0
G Gambhir    38* (105b 5x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-32-1

36.1

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, good length outside off, Gambhir forward and leaves it be

Going back to Tendulkar for a second, like I mentioned earlier, its been a predominantly back-foot innings today. Not much off the front foot.

36.2

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, gets some room and steers it to Hussey at gully

36.3

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, on the stumps, pushed to point, sets off, Tendulkar yelps and Gambhir hurries back inside his crease, a good call because Clarke and Hussey were there

36.4

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

36.5

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, on leg stump, turned straight to midwicket

36.6

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

End of over 37 (maiden) India 106/2
G Gambhir    38* (111b 5x4)      MG Johnson    8-1-32-1
SR Tendulkar    50* (80b 8x4)      SR Clark    12-4-19-0

There are seven men on the off side, incidentally. Yawning spaces to the on side.

37.1

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length, Tendulkar gets up and drives, inside-edges

Haddin picks up a helmet and stands up to the stumps.

37.2

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, fuller length brings him onto the front foot, defending to point

37.3

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, with seven men on the off side, and just two on the leg side, Tendulkar shuffles across his stumps and attempts to paddle Clarke to the leg side, cannot connect and the bowler asks the question, clearly not out as he got way forward, but thats some intention shown by Tendulkar

37.4

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, on a length and he defends it patiently this time

37.5

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, wide outside off stump and he leaves it be for Haddin

37.6

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, marginally fuller on middle and off and defended back to Clark

End of over 38 (maiden) India 106/2
SR Tendulkar    50* (86b 8x4)      SR Clark    13-5-19-0
G Gambhir    38* (111b 5x4)      MG Johnson    8-1-32-1

This is a very poor over-rate for Australia. Not sure what Ponting is thinking.

38.1

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, overpitched and driven handsomely, extra cover intercepts

By the way, Gambhir's batting average has just crept up beyond 40.

38.2

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, on the stumps, gets an inside-edge to forward short leg

38.3

Johnson to Gambhir, 1 run, short into the ribs, he plays with one hand wide of Katich

38.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, pushes it across Tendulkar, off a length, and he watches it go

38.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, good length on the stumps and he defends it back

38.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, gets up and steers this one to backward point

End of over 39 (1 run) India 107/2
SR Tendulkar    50* (89b 8x4)      MG Johnson    9-1-33-1
G Gambhir    39* (114b 5x4)      SR Clark    13-5-19-0

Clark moves over the stumps to the left-hander

39.1

Clark to Gambhir, no run, comes forward and drives the ball to the man at cover

39.2

Clark to Gambhir, no run, aha ha ha, a thin inside-edge onto Haddin's boot as Gambhir tries to play a dab towards third man, a poor shot and Tendulkar comes down and has a chat

39.3

Clark to Gambhir, 1 run, another loose shot away from the body, another edge, but this one doesn't carry to Hayden at a wide first slip, it parries away and Gambhir gets a lucky single

39.4

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, very wide, he leaves it and thats well taken by Haddin

39.5

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, fuller in length and driven straight back to Clark

39.6

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, short and wide and he mistimes the cut to Clarke at point

"Lets have a drink, shall we boys?" asks Bowden. Chalo.

End of over 40 (1 run) India 108/2
SR Tendulkar    50* (92b 8x4)      SR Clark    14-5-20-0
G Gambhir    40* (117b 5x4)      MG Johnson    9-1-33-1

In the censored words of Bruce Willis, yippee kay yay, we finally have spin. It will be Cameron White, bowling his version of leg spin from over the stumps.

40.1

White to Gambhir, 3 runs, short and wide and Gambhir rocks back to cut that very hard, beats gully and Hussey gives chase to cut it short on the ropes

40.2

White to Tendulkar, 1 run, no turn, he shuffles and nudges it to the on side

40.3

White to Gambhir, FOUR, uses his feet, sashays down, and drives that past extra cover

40.4

White to Gambhir, no run, comes out again, drives fluently but cannot beat mid-off

40.5

White to Gambhir, 3 runs, loopy delivery outside leg stump, no turn, paddled fine and thats Gambhir's fifty, a patient innings and he's just looking to break free, his home crowd applaud his effort

40.6

White to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up outside off and Tendulkar defends to point

Thats the most expensive over today. Welcome into the attack, Mr White.

End of over 41 (11 runs) India 119/2
SR Tendulkar    51* (94b 8x4)      CL White    1-0-11-0
G Gambhir    50* (121b 6x4)      SR Clark    14-5-20-0

41.1

Clark to Gambhir, no run, good length, the cutter, Gambhir defends solidly off the front foot

41.2

Clark to Gambhir, no run, fuller and very wide, Haddin collects after Gambhir leaves

41.3

Clark to Gambhir, no run, back of a length, he covers off stump and defends to point

41.4

Clark to Gambhir, 1 run, pitches outside leg and he tucks it off the pads for a single

41.5

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, nearly a yorker, good movement through the air, Tendulkar attempts at on-drive an gets a thin inside-edge, but well bowled, Clark

41.6

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, reaches out to cut and ends up chopping to gully

End of over 42 (1 run) India 120/2
SR Tendulkar    51* (96b 8x4)      SR Clark    15-5-21-0
G Gambhir    51* (125b 6x4)      CL White    1-0-11-0

Ponting switches his men around. Deep square leg and midwicket.

42.1

White to Gambhir, no run, wide outside off stump and Gambhir leaves it be

42.2

White to Gambhir, no run, flat outside leg stump, turned straight to square leg, Tendulkar sends Gambhir back

42.3

White to Gambhir, 1 run, again outside leg and turned past Billy Bowden for a single

One slip, mid-off comes up.

42.4

White to Tendulkar, 1 run, flighted up and he pushes that to cover, there's some hesitation as Ponting swoops in from extra cover but they get a single in the end

42.5

White to Gambhir, 1 run, short and wide, spinning away, cut to Hussey at deep point

42.6

White to Tendulkar, no run, shuffling and dabbing it away

End of over 43 (3 runs) India 123/2
SR Tendulkar    52* (98b 8x4)      CL White    2-0-14-0
G Gambhir    53* (129b 6x4)      SR Clark    15-5-21-0

Gambhir has changed his bat, by the way.

43.1

Clark to Gambhir, no run, good length, going away, and he shoulders arms

43.2

Clark to Gambhir, no run, comes forward and plays this straight to the fielder

43.3

Clark to Gambhir, no run, on the stumps, comes back in, tucked to the on side

Haddin goes back now ...

43.4

Clark to Gambhir, 1 run, short on the body, he turns it off his ribcage, Lee fields at fine leg

43.5

Clark to Tendulkar, FOUR, thats a flowing on drive, leans into it and beats the fielders

43.6

Clark to Tendulkar, 1 no ball, gets back to drive off the back foot and mistimes the shot

This is the first time Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar have been involved in a century stand together

43.6

Clark to Tendulkar, no run, comes forward and drives this ball straight to midwicket

End of over 44 (6 runs) India 129/2
SR Tendulkar    56* (101b 9x4)      SR Clark    16-5-27-0
G Gambhir    54* (133b 6x4)      CL White    2-0-14-0

Looks like that was a seven-ball over. Come on Billy, get 'em right.

44.1

White to Gambhir, 1 run, on middle and leg, turned away for a single

44.2

White to Tendulkar, FOUR, shot! Uses his feet and drives White past a diving extra cover

44.3

White to Tendulkar, no run, wide of the stumps and left alone this time

44.4

White to Tendulkar, no run, wide of the stumps and left alone again

44.5

White to Tendulkar, no run

44.6

White to Tendulkar, FOUR, the thump is here! Now its the slog sweep, from outside off stump, picked up over midwicket, one bounce and four

End of over 45 (9 runs) India 138/2
SR Tendulkar    64* (106b 11x4)      CL White    3-0-23-0
G Gambhir    55* (134b 6x4)      SR Clark    16-5-27-0

White's flopped. Johnson comes back.

45.1

Johnson to Gambhir, FOUR, sweetly driven, Gambhir takes toll of the full ball and drives past cover

45.2

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, on the stumps and defended back to the bowler

45.3

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

45.4

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, reaches well forward and defends this one to point

Apart from Lee, on a couple occasions, Australia have found no reverse swing.

45.5

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, short of a length on middle and off and Gambhir defends

45.6

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, comes forward and defends the last ball to cover

End of over 46 (4 runs) India 142/2
G Gambhir    59* (140b 7x4)      MG Johnson    10-1-37-1
SR Tendulkar    64* (106b 11x4)      CL White    3-0-23-0

46.1

White to Tendulkar, 1 run, flighted outside off stump, he reaches out and drives to cover

Apologies to Billy Bowden, it seems there was a no-ball last over.

46.2

White to Gambhir, 1 run, flatter on middle and off, worked to midwicket for one

46.3

White to Tendulkar, 1 run, flighted up, hint of turn, steered towards backward point

46.4

White to Gambhir, 3 byes, flighted well outside leg stump, Gambhir doesn't play a shot and the ball scoots past Haddin for runs

46.5

White to Tendulkar, 1 run, outside off stump, he gets across and sweeps it for a single, risky

46.6

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

End of over 47 (7 runs) India 149/2
G Gambhir    60* (143b 7x4)      CL White    4-0-27-0
SR Tendulkar    67* (109b 11x4)      MG Johnson    10-1-37-1

47.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, on the stumps and he drives it back to Johnson

47.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, short in length, he again mistimes the attempted cut

47.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, full, very full, and he jams it off the toe end of the bat

47.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, 1 run, too straight and turned off the pads to raise India's 150

"Surely Jason Krezja would have been worth an experiment? It's not like White has been setting the world on fire." asks Brendanvio. I could not agree more.

47.5

Johnson to Gambhir, FOUR, in his area and he clips it excellently through midwicket, lovely

47.6

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, good length on middle and off, turned to midwicket

End of over 48 (5 runs) India 154/2
G Gambhir    64* (145b 8x4)      MG Johnson    11-1-42-1
SR Tendulkar    68* (113b 11x4)      CL White    4-0-27-0

Wonder how they are going to get 90 overs today. White's been smacked. Clarke, or Katich, perhaps. For now its Watson, though. Ponting in at silly mid-on.

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

Watson has been steady without looking like snapping this partnership.

End of over 49 (maiden) India 154/2
SR Tendulkar    68* (119b 11x4)      SR Watson    7-4-8-0
G Gambhir    64* (145b 8x4)      MG Johnson    11-1-42-1

49.1

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, gets some room and square-drives to backward point

49.2

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, wrong line, well wide of leg stump and Haddin collects

49.3

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, fractionally fuller and he meets it with a drive to extra cover

49.4

Johnson to Gambhir, 1 run, swings in this time and he turns it to midwicket for one

49.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, change of pace, on a length and he defends it back

49.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length and steered nervously to gully

End of over 50 (1 run) India 155/2
SR Tendulkar    68* (121b 11x4)      MG Johnson    12-1-43-1
G Gambhir    65* (149b 8x4)      SR Watson    7-4-8-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200
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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

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