Australia tour of India, 2008/09 / Commentary

Border-Gavaskar Trophy - 4th Test

India v Australia

India won by 172 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

5.1

Sharma to Katich, 1 run, starts off with a length delivery on middle and leg, straightening a bit, worked to wide midwicket for a single

5.2

Sharma to Hayden, no run, in the channel outside off stump, Hayden lets Dhoni collect that

5.3

Sharma to Hayden, 2 runs, straightens after hitting the length on the middle stump line, Hayden adjusts to wrist it past square leg

5.4

Sharma to Hayden, no run, nice teasing delivery just outside off stump and straightening. Hayden lets it go and it went very close to the off stump

5.5

Sharma to Hayden, no run, in the corridor and Dhoni gathers again.

5.6

Sharma to Hayden, no run, back of length, around middle stump line and Hayden pushes it to mid-on

Australia 31/0   I Sharma 1-0-3-0

8.1

Sharma to Katich, 1 run, on the off and middle line, defended to the on side

8.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, on the middle and leg, worked to the on side

8.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, short in length outside off, defended to the off side

8.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, cutting in a touch from short of length, Ponting jabs it to the off side

8.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, testing delivery, full in length and coming in, Ponting gets a big stride out and defends off the inner edge to the on side

8.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, spears it in towards the middle and leg, misses the forward prod and bounds off the pad to right of short leg

Australia 37/1   I Sharma 2-0-4-0

10.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, on a length, around the off stump, shapes away a bit, guided to backward point. All the Indians shining the ball vigourously...

10.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, full and just outside off stump, Ponting is on the front foot, pushing to mid-off

10.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, bounces from short in length on the off stump line, pushed to covers

10.4

Sharma to Ponting, 2 runs, spearing into the middle, worked through wide mid-on for couple of runs.

10.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, short in length, coming in a touch and Ponting nudges it to the off side.

10.6

Sharma to Ponting, 2 runs, short in length and Ponting stands tall to punch it sweetly through cover point for couple more.

Australia 43/1   I Sharma 3-0-8-0

12.1

Sharma to Katich, no run, full pitched delivery around the off stump, defended to the off side

12.2

Sharma to Katich, no run, on a length, slanting towards the off stump, defended on the front foot

12.3

Sharma to Katich, no run, pushed wide outside off stump and Katich doesn't need to play at it. And he doesn't.

12.4

Sharma to Katich, no run, full but still tad too wide to interest Katich

12.5

Sharma to Katich, FOUR, delightful off drive from Katich. He moved well into the shot and picked the gap between covers and mid-off

12.6

Sharma to Katich, no run, closer to the off stump, on a length, driven to mid-off

Australia 52/1   I Sharma 4-0-12-0

14.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, back of length and outside off stump, cut down to backward point

14.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, testing delivery, fuller, comes in towards middle stump and Ponting defends front of the pad

14.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, spears it in towards middle and leg, worked past short leg.

14.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, fuller, right up there on the middle and leg line, Ponting pushes it to mid-on. Very cautious against Ishant. On a better day, he would have wristed it through square leg

14.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, 140.6 kmph fullish delivery on the middle and Ponting taps it gently towards mid-on

14.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, another testing delivery, straightens after landing on a length around middle and off and Ponting jabs it off the outer half of the bat to the off side

Australia 53/1   I Sharma 5-1-12-0

16.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, in the zone outside off stump, Ponting has his stumps covered before shouldering arms

16.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, shapes away after landing on a length around the off stump, Ponting opens up his stance, rather is forced to and steers to point

16.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, cutting in from short of length outside off and Ponting defends back down the track.

16.4

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, short in length and not coming in enough and Ponting arched back to get on top of the bounce and guided it perfectly past backward point

16.5

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, fuller, but drifting towards middle and leg and Ponting is quick to get on to it and on drives it through wide mid-on. Very nicely played.

16.6

Sharma to Ponting, 3 runs, overpitched on the legs and Ponting flicks it to deep square leg region and by the time Amit Mishra comes around from long leg they run three

Australia 74/1   I Sharma 6-1-23-0

18.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, in the channel outside off stump, around 141 kmph delivery and Hussey lets it go past him

18.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, 137.3 kmph delivery, full and around that off stump, Hussey reaches out to defend

18.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, on and around that off stump again, Hussey moves forward, bat and pad close together and defends compactly.

18.4

Sharma to Hussey, no run, quite similar delivery and Hussey repeats his solid defensive stroke.

18.5

Sharma to Hussey, no run, just outside the off stump and Hussey lets it go by.

18.6

Sharma to Hussey, no run, angling away from Hussey who lets Dhoni earn his money.

Australia 75/2   I Sharma 7-2-23-0

20.1

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, on the pads and Hussey gets off the strike with a glance to left of Ganguly at fine leg. Ganguly does well to get there quickly and fire in a throw to prevent the second. Dhoni applauds his effort. The crowd cheer on.

20.2

Sharma to Katich, 1 run, around the off stump line, Katich stays back to push it slightly wide of mid-on for a single

20.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, pushes it outside off and Hussey just watches it go by. Aus 85 for 2.

20.4

Sharma to Hussey, no run, Two slips watch as Hussey turns a length delivery on the leg stump to square leg

20.5

Sharma to Hussey, no run, slanted across Hussey who shoulders arms.

20.6

Sharma to Hussey, no run, in the zone outside off and Hussey lets it go through to the 'keeper again.

Australia 85/2   I Sharma 8-2-25-0

50.1

Sharma to Katich, 1 wide, Wide outside off stump and the umpire extends his arms

50.1

Sharma to Katich, no run, 131.4 kmph, well outside off stump and Katich lets Dhoni handle it

50.2

Sharma to Katich, 1 run, Dropped by Rahul Dravid at first slip. Katich went chasing a wide delivery outside off stump and got a thick edge to the left of Dravid at a comfortable height and he clangs it. It would have been Katich's third worst shot of his career. What a start. Dravid went with both hands and should have caught it easily.

50.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, angled across Hussey who shoulders arms

50.4

Sharma to Hussey, no run, tries to tempt Hussey with a wide one but he lets it go past him

50.5

Sharma to Hussey, 1 wide, The second wide of the over. Way way outside off

50.5

Sharma to Hussey, no run, well outside off stump, left alone.

50.6

Sharma to Hussey, no run, lands outside off on a length and moves further away, left alone

Australia 195/2   I Sharma 9-2-28-0

52.1

Sharma to Katich, no run, leans forward to drive to covers

52.2

Sharma to Katich, no run, in the corridor outside off stump and Katich lifts his bat in the air and holds it there

52.3

Sharma to Katich, no run, full in length and around off stump, again pushed to covers

52.4

Sharma to Katich, no run, 130 kmph length delivery outside off and Katich doesn't offer a shot. A short cover point and short cover in place, waiting for a mistake

52.5

Sharma to Katich, no run, 126.5 kmph back of length delivery in the zone outside off and Katich, perhaps aware of the two close men on the off side, lets it go.Eight fielders on the off.

52.6

Sharma to Katich, no run, 135.5 kmph lands it well outside off and moves further away, left alone.

Australia 200/2   I Sharma 10-3-28-0

54.1

Sharma to Katich, no run, shuffles across, leans well forward to defend to the off side

54.2

Sharma to Katich, no run, angled across Katich who lets it go past him

54.3

Sharma to Katich, no run, again angling away, again left alone. The Indians have consistently kept it there with eight men on the off side. They induced an edge and have dried up the runs

54.4

Sharma to Katich, no run, 129.2 kmph and in that same zone, Katich walks across towards off stump and lets it go by

54.5

Sharma to Katich, FOUR, And he gets it! Well done Kato! It was outside off stump again and he got close to the line of the ball and steered it to third man boundary. Hussey hugs him and the dressing room joins in the celebration. Bob Simpson must be a proud man.

54.6

Sharma to Katich, no run, in the off stump channel and left alone

Australia 204/2   I Sharma 11-3-32-0

56.1

Sharma to Katich, no run, no surprises there, pitched up outside off stump and left alone

56.2

Sharma to Katich, no run, this one also angles past Katich, who ... leaves

56.3

Sharma to Katich, no run, bat on this one, getting forward and defending to the man at cover

56.4

Sharma to Katich, no run, holds back the length and Katich gets across, defending solidly

56.5

Sharma to Katich, no run, too wide and it is normal service restored, as Katich watches it go by

56.6

Sharma to Katich, no run, ah, a feeble waft now, his back foot not getting across properly to cover off stump as he shapes to chop this one down to third man with an angled bat, and Katich is beaten

Australia 206/2   I Sharma 12-4-32-0

58.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, gets close to defend to short cover

58.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, and again lands outside off and shapes away, left alone

58.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, closer to the off stump and Dhoni collects

58.4

Sharma to Hussey, no run, close to that off stump, from back of length, Hussey goes for the cut, gets cramped for room and under edges it to the ground

58.5

Sharma to Hussey, no run, lands around off stump and moves away, Hussey covers his off stump and shoulders arms

58.6

Sharma to Hussey, no run, and you guessed it - that outside-off line and left alone

Australia 207/2   I Sharma 13-5-32-0

60.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, banged in short and just outside off, Hussey went for the pull and can't connect.

60.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, fuller in length, angling away past Hussey and to Dhoni

60.3

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, leans forward and across and square drives to Amit Mishra at deep backward point region

60.4

Sharma to Katich, no run, lands outside off and moves away.

60.5

Sharma to Katich, 1 run, close to the off stump and Katich eases it between short cover point and short cover and out to sweeper cover

60.6

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, full and around the off stump, Hussey pushes it towards mid-off and rushes across for a quick single

Australia 210/2   I Sharma 14-5-35-0

62.1

Sharma to Katich, no run, Edged but falls just short of Laxman at second slip. This was close to the off stump, Katich pushes at it and just fell short of Laxman. The replays are not too conclusive...

62.2

Sharma to Katich, no run, outside off stump and left alone

62.3

Sharma to Katich, no run, again in the off stump channel and Katich offers no shot.

62.4

Sharma to Katich, no run, lands outside off on a length and moves away and Dhoni collects

62.5

Sharma to Katich, no run, fuller, closer to the off stump, driven to mid-off

62.6

Sharma to Katich, no run, around the off stump, a touch slow, mistimes a cut to short cover point

Australia 214/2   I Sharma 15-6-35-0

64.1

Sharma to Katich, no run, Ah well... Do i even need to mention what hap? Ok here goes ... Outside the off stump, the two slips, the two short cover fielders and all the eight men on the off ide watch Katich leave the ball

64.2

Sharma to Katich, no run, deja-vu. I like that word. Short, simple and explains purrfectly.

64.3

Sharma to Katich, no run, closer to the off stump and Katich pushes it to mid-off

64.4

Sharma to Katich, no run, in the McGrath channel this time and Katich shoulders arms

64.5

Sharma to Katich, no run, pushes it wider and Dhoni moves to his left to gather.

64.6

Sharma to Katich, no run, on the stumps, cutting away, squaring up Katich who jabs it to the off side..

Australia 218/2   I Sharma 16-7-35-0

66.1

Sharma to Katich, no run, And this gentlemen and ladies is the first time the ball has landed outside leg. Or so it appears. It was a slower one and cut back in, Katich didn't pick tit up early and checks his drive and it goes in the air briefly and rolls to mid-on

66.2

Sharma to Katich, no run, lands outside off stump and Katich just watches it go by

66.3

Sharma to Katich, no run, lands on a length around the off stump, shapes away a touch, defended to the on side of the pitch and Ishant picks it up

66.4

Sharma to Katich, no run, length delivery that pitched outside off and moved away further

66.5

Sharma to Katich, 1 no ball, 137.5 kmph delivery moving in that well outside-off line. But Ishant bowls a big no ball

66.5

Sharma to Katich, 1 leg bye, another landing just outside leg, comes in to strike the pad. Katich is perhaps not used to this sudden line and is missing out on his favourite flicks and nudges and nurdles

66.6

Sharma to Hussey, no run, Back to regular programming. Hussey watches, Dhoni gathers and the fielders remain idle.

Australia 220/2   I Sharma 17-7-36-0

80.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, pushes it well outside off stump and Dhoni collects

80.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, closer to the off stump, steered to Sehwag at backward point

80.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, lands outside off and shapes away further, left alone

80.4

Sharma to Hussey, no run, in the similar zone and Hussey shoulders arms. Hussey goes to do some tapping down the wicket and Dhoni has his arms behind his back.

80.5

Sharma to Hussey, no run, lands well outside off and moves away and Dhoni collects. Hussey looks on straight down the pitch.

80.6

Sharma to Hussey, no run, short in length and outside off, Hussey chops it to backward point.

Australia 246/3   I Sharma 18-8-36-0

82.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, shaping away from Hussey who has a poke and is beaten. the shiny side was outside and the ballt went with it

82.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, fuller, driven to right of covers where Vijay makes a diving stop. Sehwag rushes to him to pat him on the back.

82.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, lands outside off stump and squirts away, left alone

82.4

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, a touch short in length and that allows him to cut it away to Ganguly at deep point

82.5

Sharma to Clarke, no run, lands on a length a tad wide outside off and stays there. Hussey is on 75

82.6

Sharma to Clarke, no run, a foot outside off stump and Clarke watches it sail past him.

Australia 249/3   I Sharma 19-8-37-0

84.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone by Hussey..

84.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, pushes it across Hussey who lets it remain a dot ball

84.3

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, closer to the off stump and driven to sweeper cover for a single. Hussey practises driving it straighter.

84.4

Sharma to Clarke, OUT, Done in by a beauty. 136.9 kmph hitting the length on the off stump line, the shiny side outside and it shaped away, Clarke is turned inside out and gets a thin nick on the prod. Gone!

MJ Clarke c †Dhoni b Sharma 8 (58m 44b 1x4 0x6) SR: 18.18

84.5

Sharma to Watson, no run, outside off stump, left alone

84.6

Sharma to Watson, 1 run, On a length, around the off stump, guided to third man

Australia 256/4   I Sharma 20-8-39-1

86.1

Sharma to Hussey, 2 runs

86.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, on a length around off stump, pushed to covers

86.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, pushed across Hussey who lets Dhoni collect it

86.4

Sharma to Hussey, no run, pushed across hussey again, left alone again

86.5

Sharma to Hussey, no run, lands outside off and whistles through to Dhoni

86.6

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, full and around the off stump, driven to Ganguly at sweeper cover

86.6

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, full and around the off stump, driven to Ganguly at sweeper cover

Australia 259/4   I Sharma 21-8-42-1

110.1

Sharma to Haddin, no run, lands outside off stump and shapes away, Haddin has a stab and pulls out at the last minute

110.2

Sharma to Haddin, 1 run, fuller and driven to the left of mid-off for the single that brings up Australia's 300.

110.3

Sharma to White, no run, fullish, comes in a touch but not enough to force White into a shot.

110.4

Sharma to White, FOUR, Delicious straight drive from White. It was a good ball actually, perhaps a touch over pitched but it shaped in with the shiny side, White arrested his front foot movement and drove it past the bowler

110.5

Sharma to White, no run, lands on a length, around middle, straightens, defended on the front foot

110.6

Sharma to White, no run, the slower one and White gets forward to defend

Australia 304/6   I Sharma 22-8-47-1

124.1

Sharma to White, 1 run, swings in towards the middle, full in length, pushed through the on side for a single

124.2

Sharma to Krejza, no run, short in length, nips back sharply with bounce, beats the defensive prod and strikes him high on the pad. High and missing leg.

124.3

Sharma to Krejza, 1 run, shapes back in at 130.4 kmph, runs off the inner half of the bat to square leg

124.4

Sharma to White, no run, straightens after landing on a length outside off, White was looking to leave but the ball hit the bat and ran away to backward point

124.5

Sharma to White, no run, 132.9 kmph length delivery, moves in a touch from outside off stump, left alone

124.6

Sharma to White, 2 runs, bangs it short and outside off, chopped down and through cover point

Australia 332/7   I Sharma 23-8-51-1

126.1

Sharma to Krejza, OUT, Traps Jason in front with the nip-backer. It swung in and seamed in, Krejza thrust his front foot out, his bat was nowhere in the picture, late on the defensive prod and was struck in front. Ishant troubled him in the last over but didn't get his line right. Got it now and collects a wicket.

JJ Krejza lbw b Sharma 5 (40m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 23.80

126.2

Sharma to Johnson, 1 no ball, Three slips watch as Ishant hurls across a lifting delivery past Johnson

126.2

Sharma to Johnson, 2 runs, Dropped by Laxman at second slip. Straight in and straight out. It cut across Johnson, opening him up and went straight to him at a comfortable height. What a clanger!

126.3

Sharma to Johnson, 1 no ball, oh another beauty, full in length and shaping away late from Johnson who manages to drag his bat just in time

126.3

Sharma to Johnson, no run, tad too wide outside off and Johnson lets it go easily

126.4

Sharma to Johnson, no run, fuller and outside off stump, left alone by Mitch

126.5

Sharma to Johnson, no run, 134.3 full in length and outside off. Johnson covers his off stump and lets it go through to Haddin

126.6

Sharma to Johnson, no run, another teaser, testing delivery rushing past the outside edge. To his credit, Mitch didn't chase it, just about managed to push inside the line

Australia 337/8   I Sharma 24-8-55-2

128.1

Sharma to White, no run, full in length and outside off stump, shaping away, left alone

128.2

Sharma to White, 1 no ball, length delivery around middle and off line, leans forward to defend

128.2

Sharma to White, 1 run, length delivery outside off stump, dabbed to third man

128.3

Sharma to Johnson, no run, full, straightening around the leg stump line and hits the pad

128.4

Sharma to Johnson, 1 run, edged and flies past the third slip. Another one leaving Mitchell who is squared up and gets a thick edge. Sehwag dived full length to his left but couldn't reach

128.5

Sharma to White, no run, well outside off and Ishant is unhappy with himself

128.6

Sharma to White, 1 run, on the middle and leg, turned neatly past square leg

Australia 342/8   I Sharma 25-8-59-2

130.1

Sharma to White, no run, full in length outside off stump, left alone

130.2

Sharma to White, no run, 136.3 fullish delivery outside off and White goes for the big drive. Happy Teece? May be not as he misses it completely

130.3

Sharma to White, FOUR, But connects this time. Teece must be jumping up and down in his couch. White leans into the full length delivery and drove it superbly through covers. He didn't go hard at the ball as he did in the previous delivery.

130.4

Sharma to White, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

130.5

Sharma to White, 1 run, gets his front foot across, thought a bit too much but managed to get his bat around the front pad to tickle it past square leg

130.6

Sharma to Johnson, no run, gets behind the line of a length delivery and defends to the off side

Australia 348/8   I Sharma 26-8-64-2
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Nov 10, 2008

Simon Katich and Michael Clarke after Australia's loss, India v Australia, 4th Test, Nagpur, 5th day, November 10, 2008

Simon Katich and Michael Clarke after Australia's loss

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