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

Ricky Ponting has lost another toss, another wrong call to start a Test and so Dhoni has chosen to bat first on a new wicket. Dhoni reckons the pitch will not crack up quickly though there might not be great carry for the seamers.

M Vijay makes his debut, VVS Laxman plays his 100th Test and most importantly, It is Sourav Ganguly's last Test.

Australia have gone with two spinners: Cameron White and Jason Krejza. Ian Chappell is slightly surprised by the inclusion of two slow men. No Stuart Clark.

Good morning everyone. I am not going to hype this Test; it doesn't need any hyping. So let's have a look at some of your comments.

And bit of negativity to start off with on the comments front from the Aussies. Here is Jack: "The aussies have already lost if Punter lost the toss. No chance of a series levelling win without batting first. by the way Gambir is not playing I hope....theres goes the whole sanctity of cricket if he is." Yep, No Gambhir; Vijay makes his debut.

Scott: "Good idea Punter, get rid of the only bowler who would be able to keep the runs in check. And lose the toss again."

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Wayne: "Stuart Clark isn't in the side?? He better be sick (and have a note from his mum), otherwise Boonie & co have a lot to answer for..."

Sunil Udassi from Philippines takes a dig: "So..australia has 4 slow bowlers..led by 2 main spinners Simon Katich & Michael Clarke...and 2 support spinners in White and Jason...right ?"

Rohan: "Including White is a strange decision. At least Clark would have bowled 30 economical overs per innings, you don't expect White to do that. No way. Then why is White in the team is a bit of surprise. It's the same mistake that Ricky did in England in 2005, when in spite of bad performances he kept on including Jason Gillespie."

Lewis has the first positive comment about Aussie selection: "I'm happy with Clark being out. We've got Lee, Johnson and Watson, who have all done better than Clark so far this series. And we have to bat down to no. 8 to be competitive on these pitches in India, so White couldn't be omitted for Krejza. So good decision in all."

Daniel: "Punter should've checked that there weren't two tails on the coin before he called heads again! And how on earth did Cameron White keep his spot ahead of Clark? Krejza is quite a good batsman so there was no need to bolster the lower order." It's called the Sholay coin in these parts.

Deepak Shah has the Indian view: "Bold decision to take Vijay straight into a critical test; sign of things to come with coming of a new captain? In the past Dravid may have opened with someone else coming at lower order. I am happy they are treating opening slot as specialist. Feel a bit sorry for Badrinath though.."

0.1

Lee to Sehwag, 1 wide, Starts off with a wide delivery outside off stump. Sehwag takes the first strike in a long time.

0.1

Lee to Sehwag, no run, Again pretty wide outside off stump and Sehwag lets that one whizz past him

0.2

Lee to Sehwag, FOUR, again full and well outside off stump, Sehwag leans across, reaches out, opens the bat face and square drives it to left of backward point. Two slips, gully, backward point in.

0.3

Lee to Sehwag, 1 run, almost dragged on to the stumps. Much closer to the off stump and Sehwag has a dab off the back foot, bat comes down in an angle and the ball rushes off the edge past the off stump and past Haddin. That brings the debutant Vijay on strike

0.4

Lee to Vijay, no run, some swing there but too much outside off to trouble the batsman. Vijay didn't have to play a shot in his first ball in Test cricket. Can we have a yorker please?

And the crowd are encouraging the debutant, cries of "Vijay VIjay " go up. Good to see.

0.5

Lee to Vijay, 2 runs, And a pleasant shot to get off the mark. It was a length delivery leaving him and he leaned into the forward punch and the ball went through cover point

0.6

Lee to Vijay, no run, again gets on the front foot and defends to point

End of over 1 (8 runs) India 8/0
M Vijay    2* (3b)      B Lee    1-0-8-0
V Sehwag    5* (3b 1x4)     

Two slips, a wide third slip, gully and backward point in.

1.1

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, on a length, around off stump, Sehwag stands tall and punches it to covers

1.2

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, 143.6 kmph bouncer around the off stump, Sehwag drops his wrists and sways away from the line.

1.3

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, Another bouncer, 143.8 kmph delivery, again left alone. Good carry through to Haddin

1.4

Johnson to Sehwag, FOUR, One bounce and over the third man boundary. It was another short delivery angling away from him and he flayed it up and over the cordon. A fierce slash.

1.5

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, beaten by the fuller delivery around the off stump. Sehwag went for his big on-the-up drive.

1.6

Johnson to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag is in some mood. Full and on the middle and leg and he whips it away through midwicket.

And I am Sriram Veera, your commentator for the game. Binoy George is on the scoring duty.

End of over 2 (8 runs) India 16/0
V Sehwag    13* (9b 3x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-8-0
M Vijay    2* (3b)      B Lee    1-0-8-0

2.1

Lee to Vijay, no run, 139.1 short-pitched delivery outside off stump, Vijay has nothing to do with it.

2.2

Lee to Vijay, 3 runs, 143.3 kmph full delivery around the off stump, Vijay lunges forward and gets a thickish edge, along the ground and it went through gully. Lee thought it hit the pad and appealed. And it went straight off the bat.

There is a thirdman in place

2.3

Lee to Sehwag, 1 run, Action coming in in thick and fast. Sehwag goes back and across and chops a short-of-length delivery down to third man

2.4

Lee to Vijay, no run, 144.2 kmph length delivery in the zone outside off stump and Vijay watches it sail into Haddin's gloves.

Dizzy: "Mitch Johnson does have great pace, but still fails to have to ability to swing the ball back into the right hander due to horrible seam position. The only left hand bowler ive ever seen without this ability, he needs to fix this or be dropped."

2.5

Lee to Vijay, no run, another one in the channel and Vijay lets it go past him

2.6

Lee to Vijay, 1 no ball, around 140 kmph lifting delivery around the off stump and Vijay does well to drop his wrists and sway away.

2.6

Lee to Vijay, FOUR, Lovely shot to bring up your first boundary in Test cricket. He got forward crisply and punched a length delivery on the up and through extra cover.

End of over 3 (9 runs) India 25/0
M Vijay    9* (9b 1x4)      B Lee    2-0-17-0
V Sehwag    14* (10b 3x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-8-0

3.1

Johnson to Sehwag, 1 run, slanted across, Sehwag runs it down to third man for a single

3.2

Johnson to Vijay, no run, short of length, around the off stump, guided to backward point

Vijay is nicknamed the MONK by his state team-mates for a penchant for repeatedly shaving his head.

3.3

Johnson to Vijay, 1 run, 145.7 kmph short-of-length delivery around the off stump, Vijay went back, got the bottom-hand off the handle, dropped the ball close on the off side and called for the quick single. Sehwag responded and despite Clarke's direct hit at the non-striker's end, Vijay is home

3.4

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, short and angling away, Sehwag arched back, made room and chopped it to left of gully where Hussey makes a fine diving stop

3.5

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, a bouncer but down the leg side

3.6

Johnson to Sehwag, FOUR, fuller and outside the off stump, Sehwag reaches out and square drives to the right of gully and the third man can't get across in time. India up and away in style.

Darren Walker writes in from Malaysia: When was the last time Australia started a Test match without a single bowler whose Test career average was less than 30 runs per wicket? I noticed it for England during the Ashes 2006-07 but I cannot think of when Australia last had this issue. Early career of Merv Hughes maybe?? "

End of over 4 (6 runs) India 31/0
V Sehwag    19* (14b 4x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-14-0
M Vijay    10* (11b 1x4)      B Lee    2-0-17-0

4.1

Lee to Vijay, no run, 141.0 kmph full length delivery outside off stump, Vijay seems to know where his off stump is and shoulders arms

4.2

Lee to Vijay, no run, homing in on the off stump and Vijay gets forward to ease it to mid-off.

4.3

Lee to Vijay, no run, 137.6 lifting delivery around off and middle line, Vijay drops his wrists, gets his bat down and arches back to evade the ball. Lee stares. The crowd roar. Welcome to India v Australia.

4.4

Lee to Vijay, no run, gets behind the line of a length delivery and pushes it to the off side

4.5

Lee to Vijay, no run, fuller, outside off stump and square driven to backward point

He stands with his bat raised say about stump high and generally looks to be pretty still.

4.6

Lee to Vijay, 1 run, on the hips, tucked away behind square leg for a single

End of over 5 (1 run) India 32/0
M Vijay    11* (17b 1x4)      B Lee    3-0-18-0
V Sehwag    19* (14b 4x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-14-0

5.1

Johnson to Vijay, no run, 147.4 kmph but angled well outside off and Haddin collects.

5.2

Johnson to Vijay, no run, short in length, around middle and off line and Vijay defends to the off side

So far it has looked a batting paradise. Even bounce, decent carry, no great sideways moment.

5.3

Johnson to Vijay, no run, fuller and faster, around 149 kmph on the middle stump, defended to the off side

Allan Border, the former Australia captain, is impressed with Vijay: "His defensive shots are so assured. And he looks comfortable of both front and back foot. And when he attacks, he doesn't go hard at the deliveries. I can see why this young man is playing."

5.4

Johnson to Vijay, no run, Edge but it doesn't carry to Hayden at first slip. It was a slower one and Vijay was sucked into a forward prod and got the edge. Haddin dived but couldn't reach and the ball went past his gloves and dropped in front of Hayden.

5.5

Johnson to Vijay, no run

5.6

Johnson to Vijay, no run, gets behind the line to defend

End of over 6 (maiden) India 32/0
M Vijay    11* (23b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-1-14-0
V Sehwag    19* (14b 4x4)      B Lee    3-0-18-0

6.1

Lee to Sehwag, no run, 137.5 kmph - Lee has been slower than Mitch - short of length and around off stump, Sehwag gets on top of the bounce to defend to the off side

6.2

Lee to Sehwag, no run, 134.3 kmph back of length delivery, just outside off, Sehwag hops to cut to backward point

6.3

Lee to Sehwag, 2 runs, 144.2 kmph fuller delivery and Sehwag goes hard at his cover drive and doesn't get the right timing but will pick up two runs

6.4

Lee to Sehwag, no run, 133.9 kmph short of length delivery coming in to Sehwag's body and that cramps him. It strikes him on the arm guard.

6.5

Lee to Sehwag, no run, 145.4 kmph full length delivery, coming in a touch and Sehwag goes for his off drive but edges the ball to the on side. The bat face shutting at the point of impact

6.6

Lee to Sehwag, no run, lands on a length around off and straightens, Sehwag gets behind the line and defends to the leg side

End of over 7 (2 runs) India 34/0
V Sehwag    21* (20b 4x4)      B Lee    4-0-20-0
M Vijay    11* (23b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-1-14-0

7.1

Johnson to Vijay, 2 runs, short in length, at the rib cage, fended to tthe leg side

And the brand new sparkling stadium is nearly empty. Pity. Only in Australia, West Indies and England we get good Test crowd.

7.2

Johnson to Vijay, 1 run, leans forward to defend

7.3

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, short in length and outside off stump and Sehwag went for the big cut but couldn't connect

7.4

Johnson to Sehwag, FOUR, Ah! the flick from the off stump line. Full, fast and angled across but Sehwag whips it from there and through midwicket.

7.5

Johnson to Sehwag, 1 run, outside off stump line, cut away to deep point

The Indians seem to prefer to sit and watch the cricket on TV. Well, this new stadium btw is out of the city. That must be another reason.

7.6

Johnson to Vijay, 1 run

End of over 8 (9 runs) India 43/0
M Vijay    15* (26b 1x4)      MG Johnson    4-1-23-0
V Sehwag    26* (23b 5x4)      B Lee    4-0-20-0

And Shane Watson to bowl now. Remember, no Stuart Clark.

8.1

Watson to Vijay, no run, short in length, just outside off stump and Vijay tries to manufacture a run, opening the bat face and punching it to backward point.

8.2

Watson to Vijay, 1 run, drifts to the hips and Vijay tucks it to deep square leg for a easy single.

8.3

Watson to Sehwag, no run, on the middle stump line, cutting in, Sehwag opens his stance up and taps the ball to the leg side

Fine leg, deep square leg, deep point. One man at the regulation first slip and another at the fifth slip..

8.4

Watson to Sehwag, no run, around the off stump and Sehwag defends to the off side

8.5

Watson to Sehwag, 1 run, straightens after landing on a length around the off stump, Sehwag pushes inside the line and the ball squirts past gully.

8.6

Watson to Vijay, 1 run, nicely flicked off the pads to deep square leg. Looks a pretty elegant batsman.

End of over 9 (3 runs) India 46/0
M Vijay    17* (29b 1x4)      SR Watson    1-0-3-0
V Sehwag    27* (26b 5x4)      MG Johnson    4-1-23-0

Sujoy: "Well in these economic times you can't be away from office ;-). So don't blame the people from not coming to the match."

9.1

Johnson to Vijay, no run, fullish delivery outside off stump and Vijay reaches out and squeezes it to covers.

9.2

Johnson to Vijay, 3 runs, lovely elegant on-the-up punch through covers. It was a length delivery mind you and he eased it comfortably. Says a lot about the pitch.

9.3

Johnson to Sehwag, 1 run, 50 up for India as Sehwag dabs the length delivery down to third man. Sehwag walks across to shake hands with Vijay.

9.4

Johnson to Vijay, no run, 132.9 kmph really full delivery but well outside off stump

9.5

Johnson to Vijay, no run, 141.5 kmph short of length delivery around off and Vijay stands tall to punch it to covers. the run rate is over 5.

Tom slaps me: "We get good crowds in New Zealand too. The saturday and sunday of the english test were sold out in Wellington last summer. Good crowds on the friday and monday too." Ok Ok... But don't count those sheep, please.

9.6

Johnson to Vijay, no run, angling away from Vijay who lets the ball go through to Haddin

End of over 10 (4 runs) India 50/0
M Vijay    20* (34b 1x4)      MG Johnson    5-1-27-0
V Sehwag    28* (27b 5x4)      SR Watson    1-0-3-0

deep point, deep square leg and fine leg in place

10.1

Watson to Sehwag, no run, short of length and outside off, Sehwag gets cheeky and tries to guide it past the wide second slip. Instead the ball heads straight to Ponting at second slip but drops short of him. And Gavaskar gets agitated on tv.

10.2

Watson to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to defend to the leg side

10.3

Watson to Sehwag, FOUR, shortish delivery around the leg stump, Sehwag gets his left leg up and goes for the pull and the ball goes off the top half of the bat and runs to fine-leg boundary

10.4

Watson to Sehwag, no run, almost trapped in front. Watto hurls this one fuller, Sehwag, perhaps anticipating a shorter one, is caught on the back foot but manages to get his bat in time to keep it out

10.5

Watson to Sehwag, no run, good delivery, cutting in from the off stump line and Sehwag defends to the off side.

10.6

Watson to Sehwag, 1 run, shifts his line to off, straightens a touch and Sehwag dabs it off the outer half of the bat through the off side for a single

End of over 11 (5 runs) India 55/0
V Sehwag    33* (33b 6x4)      SR Watson    2-0-8-0
M Vijay    20* (34b 1x4)      MG Johnson    5-1-27-0

11.1

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, 144.9 short-pitched delivery and Sehwag hops to get on top of the bounce and defends to the on side

11.2

Johnson to Sehwag, 2 runs, Whoa! Sehwag is getting bored. Fullish delivery outside off stump, Sehwag stands still and slices it high in the air and to wide third man. There is a deep point too in place but Sehwag is going for it.

11.3

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, outside off stump line, angling away, left alone

Nishit: "Please also mention that Stadium was almost full on all days at Bangalore test. I know, I was there. Please say it, for Bangaloreans." Delhi guys please to remain silent. No mails please on the crowd there.

11.4

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to defend

11.5

Johnson to Sehwag, 2 runs, short in length, goes hard on the drive and edges it behind square leg

11.6

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, wide outside off stump, full toss and Sehwag lets it go by. Too wide.

End of over 12 (4 runs) India 59/0
V Sehwag    37* (39b 6x4)      MG Johnson    6-1-31-0
M Vijay    20* (34b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-0-8-0

Sandeep: "any reason for Gavaskar agitation?" Oh nothing nothing, it was not about Gambhir, if you must know. He was talking about Sehwag losing concentration and such. Nothing major. And here is Jason Krejza, the balding off spinner. Ponting has a long chat with him and Jason nods.

12.1

Krejza to Vijay, no run, floated on the off stump line, defended back down the track

12.2

Krejza to Vijay, no run, leans forward to push to the off side

12.3

Krejza to Vijay, 1 run, leans forward, taps a flighted delivery to mid-off and rushes across for a single

12.4

Krejza to Sehwag, FOUR, There goes Sehwag. Left leg out and he thrashes the flighted delivery over the bowler's head. Oh he is going after the debutant. Cruel man.

12.5

Krejza to Sehwag, SIX, And again. A forward stride. Furious swing of the bat. Blink. The ball disappears over long-on.

12.6

Krejza to Sehwag, no run, and beaten. Nice one Krejza. It was floated outside off, Sehwag tried to push it to the off side and the ball went past the edge and bad hands - Brad Haddin - clanged it. Not sure whether there was any edge though Brendon Julien was getting excited on air. Will catch the replays post the drinks break and let you know.

End of over 13 (11 runs) India 70/0
V Sehwag    47* (42b 7x4 1x6)      JJ Krejza    1-0-11-0
M Vijay    21* (37b 1x4)      MG Johnson    6-1-31-0

Kevo from Aus: "Australia may fill their home grounds, but don't forget the lack of coverage in the local city if the ground isn't filled - I wonder would the Indians dare do this?" No way boss. None of those cissy announcements, "Now the Sydney viewers can join us," or "We are cutting off Test cricket to go to Channel 9 news." You can;t do that here in India!

13.1

Watson to Vijay, no run, 127.6 kmph length delivery outside off stump, Vijay gets forward to ease it to mid-off

13.2

Watson to Vijay, no run, leans forward to defend to the on side

On that last ball of Jason's over: The bat hit the ground. No edge.

13.3

Watson to Vijay, 1 run, gets forward and across to tap a fullish delivery to cover point for a quick single

13.4

Watson to Sehwag, 1 leg bye, speared in towards the pads, Sehwag tries to tuck it to on side, misses and it runs off the pad and through gully region

13.5

Watson to Vijay, 2 runs, slightly short in length, just outside off stump and Vijay dabs it past second slip for couple of runs.

13.6

Watson to Vijay, no run, on a length, around the middle stump line, defended to the on side

End of over 14 (4 runs) India 74/0
M Vijay    24* (42b 1x4)      SR Watson    3-0-11-0
V Sehwag    47* (43b 7x4 1x6)      JJ Krejza    1-0-11-0

P Sathish Kumar: "If they stop telecast in the city where the match is being played here in India, there will be more cases filed in court than the messages in the SMS Outbox of Warne's mobile."

14.1

Krejza to Sehwag, 2 runs, men in the deep and so Sehwag opts for the paddle sweep and picks up couple of runs

14.2

Krejza to Sehwag, 1 run, on the middle and leg, turned past square leg. And his 50 is up. He looks up to the skies, the dressing room looks happy and Vijay is across to congratulate.

14.3

Krejza to Vijay, no run, floated around the off stump, Vijay gets forward to defend to covers

14.4

Krejza to Vijay, no run, Vijay comes down the track and drives it hard but straight to Jason

14.5

Krejza to Vijay, no run, Ah! first hint of turn. It landed outside off stump and turned in sharply. VIjay had shouldered arms and it went past the the off stump

14.6

Krejza to Vijay, FOUR, Vijay counterattacks. Down the track and lifts the offbreak over mid-on.

End of over 15 (7 runs) India 81/0
M Vijay    28* (46b 2x4)      JJ Krejza    2-0-18-0
V Sehwag    50* (45b 7x4 1x6)      SR Watson    3-0-11-0

15.1

Watson to Sehwag, no run, thrusts his left foot out and drives on the up but can't beat mid-off. The batsmen are too eager to pick up boundaries now.

15.2

Watson to Sehwag, no run, shaping in towards the off stump, Sehwag stays adjacent to the line and chops the ball to covers

Lots of footmarks have sprung up on the track. It will turn no doubt later on.

15.3

Watson to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to defend to midwicket

15.4

Watson to Sehwag, 1 run, full in length, outside off stump, cut down to third man for a single

15.5

Watson to Vijay, no run, 121.5 kmph length delivery outside off stump and Vijay eases it to the off side

15.6

Watson to Vijay, no run, 133.8 kmph delivery just outside off stump, pushed to covers. Sehwag on strike for the next over.

End of over 16 (1 run) India 82/0
M Vijay    28* (48b 2x4)      SR Watson    4-0-12-0
V Sehwag    51* (49b 7x4 1x6)      JJ Krejza    2-0-18-0

Abdul: "no update on the bad hands clang?" Arre! told na ... No edge.. The bat hit the ground

16.1

Krejza to Sehwag, FOUR, More punishment for Jason Krejza. Sehwag goes down on his knee to slog sweep a flighted delivery from outside off stump

Ponting has another chat with Krejza. It could be about the lunch menu.

16.2

Krejza to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag continues his nets session. He reaches out to a tossed-up delivery outside off and thrashes it through covers.

16.3

Krejza to Sehwag, 1 run, gets forward and picks up a single with a dab to wide midwicket

16.4

Krejza to Vijay, 1 run, hands the strike back to Sehwag with a single to long-on. Wise move.

16.5

Krejza to Sehwag, 1 run, drops it slightly short and Sehwag goes back to work it to deep square leg

Craig has given up: "I hate to be so negative about the aussies here but seriously, India just retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy by winning the toss. No chance of Aus getting 20 wickets cheap enough on this Road. It really is a very average bowling attack we've got. Ohh to have Shane Warne!"

16.6

Krejza to Vijay, 3 runs, Vijay moves nicely forward, to the pitch of the delivery outside off and drives pleasantly through covers.

End of over 17 (14 runs) India 96/0
M Vijay    32* (50b 2x4)      JJ Krejza    3-0-32-0
V Sehwag    61* (53b 9x4 1x6)      SR Watson    4-0-12-0

Big Easy: "Channel 9 don't actually hold back the telecast in the home city anymore ever since the Ashes were last played here." Ah ok. Richie still drawls right, "Wundarfool peesh of memorobilia. Limited stocksh only. Pleash hurry!"

17.1

Watson to Vijay, 1 run, leans forward to drive well to mid-off

17.2

Watson to Sehwag, no run, back of length delivery and Sehwag tries to unfurl the pull but can't connect properly

17.3

Watson to Sehwag, 1 run, full and on the middle and leg, Sehwag brings his bat down in a hurry to defend and squeezes the ball of the inner edge to long leg

17.4

Watson to Vijay, no run, good bouncer and a good leave from the debutant. He dropped the wrists and got the bat down and had to arch back as the ball kept coming in.

17.5

Watson to Vijay, OUT, And he is gone now. Watto strikes. Vijay is done in by the lifting delivery. It climbed shoulder high around the off stump, Vijay is a touch squared up as he tries to defend and gets a thin nick behind. He is obviously unhappy and trudges off disappointed. And sehwag gets close and pats him on the helmet.

M Vijay c †Haddin b Watson 33 (88m 53b 2x4 0x6) SR: 62.26

17.6

Watson to Dravid, no run, another bouncer and Dravid ducks.

End of over 18 (2 runs) India 98/1
R Dravid    0* (1b)      SR Watson    5-0-14-1
V Sehwag    62* (55b 9x4 1x6)      JJ Krejza    3-0-32-0

Patrick from Aus: "Watson will breakdown this match and leave aussies one bowler short. Not that he offers much as a bowler anyway."

18.1

Krejza to Sehwag, no run, Aha! There is the reverse sweep. And he edges it on to his pad.

18.2

Krejza to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to defend and strikes the pad just outside the off stump

18.3

Krejza to Sehwag, 1 run, goes back to turn a delivery turning in on the leg stump line to deep square leg

18.4

Krejza to Dravid, OUT, Dravid continues to run dry. Gone for a duck. Jason Krejza gets his first wicket. It was quite a regulation off break. It turned in slightly from outside off stump and some extra bounce and Dravid jabbed it to short leg. His poor run continues. Congrats Jason. Enter SRT.

R Dravid c Katich b Krejza 0 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

slip, short leg and leg slip in

18.5

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, goes back to defend to the on side

18.6

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, flighted full and Tendulkar stretches forward in defense

End of over 19 (1 run) India 99/2
SR Tendulkar    0* (2b)      JJ Krejza    4-0-33-1
V Sehwag    63* (58b 9x4 1x6)      SR Watson    5-0-14-1

19.1

Watson to Sehwag, no run, fullish, around the off stump, leans forward to defend

19.2

Watson to Sehwag, no run, length delivery on the middle stump line, defended to the off side

19.3

Watson to Sehwag, 1 run, outside off stump line and Sehwag brings Tendulkar on strike with a dab down to third man. And India's 100 is up as well.

19.4

Watson to Tendulkar, FOUR, off the mark with a boundary. It was on the legs and Tendulkar flicks it to the deep square leg boundary

19.5

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, stops on Tendulkar a touch, pushed to covers.

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19.6

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, short and well outside the off stump, left alone

End of over 20 (5 runs) India 104/2
SR Tendulkar    4* (5b 1x4)      SR Watson    6-0-19-1
V Sehwag    64* (61b 9x4 1x6)      JJ Krejza    4-0-33-1

Greg Lucas from Aus is on drugs: "Sehwag will loft Kreja for 6 to bring up his 100 but unluckily, the ball will hit Ganguly while he is relaxing in the pavilion. Ganguly will be unable to bat. BCCI will rule that Krejza intentionally bowled it there for Sehwag to hit and wiill sue CA for damages. The ICC will fine Krejza 100% of his match fee!"

20.1

Krejza to Sehwag, 1 run, floated outside off, full, square driven to sweeper cover

20.2

Krejza to Tendulkar, FOUR, And Tendulkar blasts down the ground. It was flighted outside off and Tendulkar drives hard, couldn't keep it down, rather didn't get the elevation he wanted and the ball was in the air briefly but fell just short of the bowler and went between his legs

20.3

Krejza to Tendulkar, FOUR, And they continue to hit out against Krejza. Tendulkar pulls out the slog sweep, gets a bit of top edge but no one in the deep. Now a man moves in there.

20.4

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, leans forward to defend

20.5

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, comes down the track, Krejza drags it short and Tendulkar adjusts to defend to the on side

20.6

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, tries to jump out, Krejza bowls it well outside off and Tendulkar reaches out to push it to the off side.

End of over 21 (9 runs) India 113/2
SR Tendulkar    12* (10b 3x4)      JJ Krejza    5-0-42-1
V Sehwag    65* (62b 9x4 1x6)      SR Watson    6-0-19-1

Rama: "Dravid ruined SRT's day by giving the off spinner his first Test Wicket. It is almost Tendulkar's privilege to do so."

21.1

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, Johnson starts with a full and wide one, left alone. Rather Sehwag couldn't reach it.

21.2

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, on the middle stump line, pushed down to mid-on

21.3

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, tempts him with a full one well outside off and Sehwag doesn't take it.

21.4

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, banged in short of length and Sehwag defends to mid-off

21.5

Johnson to Sehwag, 1 run, short in length, slanted across, Sehwag opens the bat face and runs it to deep point

21.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, 1 run, retains the strike with a dab to midwicket. Will Sachin again try to hit out against Jason Krejza? It should be interesting. Will they over do the attack?

End of over 22 (2 runs) India 115/2
SR Tendulkar    13* (11b 3x4)      MG Johnson    7-1-33-0
V Sehwag    66* (67b 9x4 1x6)      JJ Krejza    5-0-42-1

And several mails have poured in on Dravid's failures and hinting at his retirement. I won't go in there now. I think Jamie covered it a lot during his earlier stints with commentary in the series.

22.1

Krejza to Tendulkar, 1 run, hands the strike back to Sehwag with a flick through the on side

22.2

Krejza to Sehwag, no run, nice flighted delivery outside off stump, jabbed to the off side.

22.3

Krejza to Sehwag, OUT, And Krejza gets the biggie: Sehwag is bowled. It turned in from outside off stump, Sehwag went back to try play a late cut and edged it on to his off stump. Jason Krejza has his second wicket. VVS walks in to bat in his 100th Test.

V Sehwag b Krejza 66 (114m 69b 9x4 1x6) SR: 95.65

22.4

Krejza to Laxman, 3 runs, full pitched outside off stump and Laxman reaches out to drive it through covers

22.5

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, stretches well forward to play a compact defensive stroke

22.6

Krejza to Tendulkar, 2 runs, a touch short in length and turning in from outside off, Tendulkar goes back to guide it past Hayden at first slip

End of over 23 (6 runs) India 121/3
SR Tendulkar    16* (14b 3x4)      JJ Krejza    6-0-48-2
VVS Laxman    3* (1b)      MG Johnson    7-1-33-0

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23.1

Johnson to Laxman, no run, hits the deck short of length and Laxman stands tall to defend to the on side

23.2

Johnson to Laxman, no run, sharp lifting delivery angling across Laxman who sways away in a hurry. Well bowled Mitch

23.3

Johnson to Laxman, no run, short in length, turned to midwicket

23.4

Johnson to Laxman, 1 run, again aiming for the rib cage and Laxman stands tall to work it past midwicket

Dmitri: "Woah. Could Ricky Ponting have got it right? Could it be Jason Krejza's day? 2 wickets, and 2 bigones too. His economy rate will surely go down now. Umm this is same guy who got hit for 0/199 in the tour match? Australia on top."

23.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, on the middle stump line, defended to the on side

23.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, 144.5 kmph sharp bouncer around the off stump, swayed away.

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The Aussie readers are not happy with the slow over rate. Tomek Holland: "It is time they got serious about this overs nonsense, 24 before lunch on the first day? 6 from a spinner? Ricky Ponting needs an entire series on the sidelines to do some thinking about this..."

Colin: " know this has been harped on a bit, but Australia's over rate is disgraceful. Just 24 overs in the session. They need to start doing something about this, cricket is long enough without further delays."

And Brian: "In the 1980s, the West Indies, with 4 express fast bowlers, would bowl between 13 & 14 overs per hour. Commentators the world over, would hammer them and harp on about slow over rates. The state of the match was hardly ever or never mentioned. Australia has just bowled 24 overs, with 1 express bowler and a spinner bowling 8 overs. Where are the howls of protest now??"

Callum:"To add to the discussion about the slow over rate and in response to Brian re the 1980's side. I'm quite sure they weren't getting belted around the park like the australians have been today (and previously), which in all seriousness, really does add up and build on the time taken to complete an over."

Brenton: "In regards to the over rate, sure, the Aussies aren't going well at the moment, but if Krejza can get his economy rate down and settle in, it'll be the first time all series we've been able to keep a spinner bowling for a long period and look like getting wickets. The over rate will pick up."

And Jonno picks up a old issue: "Actually Channel 9 DO hold back local coverage...the Ashes was shown live locally because all the matches were sold-out. If it's a sell-out they show it live."

Ashish: "It has not been just this match. Australia's over rate has been pathetic the whole series. Is this one of their defensive tactics. Take more time to bowl?"

End of over 24 (1 run) India 122/3
SR Tendulkar    16* (16b 3x4)      MG Johnson    8-1-34-0
VVS Laxman    4* (5b)      JJ Krejza    6-0-48-2

Ok time for some cricket. Jason to bowl. And yes, it's quite a big ground. There will be lots of three's.

24.1

Krejza to Laxman, no run, full and on the middle, flicked to midwicket

24.2

Krejza to Laxman, no run, comes forward to defend a ball turning in from outside off stump

24.3

Krejza to Laxman, 1 run, spins down leg and Laxman works it behind square leg for a single

24.4

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, well outside off stump, back of length, Tendulkar shaped to cut but pulled out at the last minute. Slip, short leg and leg slip in

24.5

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, nice delivery, a tad slower, bit more air, on the middle, Tendulkar comes forward, takes the bottom-hand off the handle and taps it to the leg side. Good bounce.

24.6

Krejza to Tendulkar, 1 run, turns in from around off stump, pushed to wide mid-on for a single

End of over 25 (2 runs) India 124/3
SR Tendulkar    17* (19b 3x4)      JJ Krejza    7-0-50-2
VVS Laxman    5* (8b)      MG Johnson    8-1-34-0

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25.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, Full length delivery angling away from Tendulkar who watches it carefully all the way itno the 'keeper's gloves

25.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, even more fuller, outside off stump, Tendulkar crouches and decides not to offer a shot. The bait is on.

25.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, nice teasing delivery, just outside off stump, going with the angle and Tendulkar shoulders arms

25.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, 143 kmph another really full delivery in the zone outside off and Tendulkar is willing to play the patience game.

25.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, two slips, gully and a short cover point in. Yet another delivery angled across and again Sachin lets it go by.

25.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, opts for the bouncer but slips just down leg and Haddin collects.

End of over 26 (maiden) India 124/3
SR Tendulkar    17* (25b 3x4)      MG Johnson    9-2-34-0
VVS Laxman    5* (8b)      JJ Krejza    7-0-50-2

Big Easy clears things up: "In regards to Jonnos comment, CA negotiated a new deal with Channel 9 the year of the Ashes to show the entirety of each test in the home city whether the test was sold out or not. The deal has been in place since then and will continue to be in the future."

26.1

Krejza to Laxman, no run, leans forward to flick a flighted delivery to midwicket.

26.2

Krejza to Laxman, no run, slip and short leg watch as Laxman gets forward to defend

26.3

Krejza to Laxman, no run, nicely flighted up , full outside off, Laxman drives back to him

26.4

Krejza to Laxman, no run, stretches well forward to defend to a delivery that was tossed up outside off

26.5

Krejza to Laxman, no run, turning in to the off stump line and Laxman taps it back gently down the track

26.6

Krejza to Laxman, no run, slightly quicker, hastens off the pitch and Laxman adjusts; goes back to defend

End of over 27 (maiden) India 124/3
VVS Laxman    5* (14b)      JJ Krejza    8-1-50-2
SR Tendulkar    17* (25b 3x4)      MG Johnson    9-2-34-0

27.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, angling away from a length and Tendulkar moves across and defends with the full face of the bat. The ball was heading outside off and he managed to bring his bat down in an angle to cover for the away movement.

27.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, And he opens the bat-face this time and guides a short-of-length delivery to backward point

27.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, straighter, fuller, on the middle, Tendulkar pats it carefully to the on side and Mitch runs on from his follow through to pick up the ball

first slip, then a gap and a man standing at third slip

27.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, 4 byes, Haddin has another clanger. Tendulkar left a full delivery alone and Haddin was up early and the ball rolled under his gloves

27.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, the same temptation and Tendulkar remains patient.

27.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, And again. Haddin gathers neatly and that's the end of the over.

End of over 28 (4 runs, maiden) India 128/3
SR Tendulkar    17* (31b 3x4)      MG Johnson    10-3-34-0
VVS Laxman    5* (14b)      JJ Krejza    8-1-50-2

28.1

Krejza to Laxman, 3 runs, goes right back to whip a off break from the off stump to deep square leg region. Hussey with the chase and they run three. It was a touch short in length and that allowed Laxman the luxury to play the shot

28.2

Krejza to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar takes a quick single, pushing gently towards mid-on

28.3

Krejza to Laxman, no run, full toss, dipping outside off stump and Laxman flicks it to mid-on. Had it not got that dip, Laxman would have put it away.

28.4

Krejza to Laxman, FOUR, drags this short, too short and Laxman goes back to unfurl the pull shot. Easy pickings.

28.5

Krejza to Laxman, no run, again a touch short, but turning in from well outside off stump and Laxman goes back to punch it back to Jason

28.6

Krejza to Laxman, no run, better delivery, just short of the driveable length and Laxman had to really stretch forward to defend

End of over 29 (8 runs) India 136/3
VVS Laxman    12* (19b 1x4)      JJ Krejza    9-1-58-2
SR Tendulkar    18* (32b 3x4)      MG Johnson    10-3-34-0

29.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, FOUR, 144.9 kmph but full and on the legs and Tendulkar flicks it away without any fuss. Long leg can't get across in time

29.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, short in length and slanted across, dabbed to left of short cover point. Staggered slip cordon, first and third slip; just a mid-on and a long leg in. Wide open spaces on the leg side and the plan is simple, angle it full and across Tendulkar.

29.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, 1 run, straighter, delivered with the low round arm action , Tendulkar defends close on the leg side, towards mid-on and runs with the stroke.

Lee is warming up.

29.4

Johnson to Laxman, no run, angled across Laxman who jabs it to the on side

29.5

Johnson to Laxman, no run, pushes it too much wide outside off.

29.6

Johnson to Laxman, no run, little closer but still he is expecting Laxman to play a real rash shot, chasing a wide one.

End of over 30 (5 runs) India 141/3
VVS Laxman    12* (22b 1x4)      MG Johnson    11-3-39-0
SR Tendulkar    23* (35b 4x4)      JJ Krejza    9-1-58-2

Shreeraj: "Fevicol should rope in Haddin for their new ad, at first showing him at his usual self mis fielding and dropping catches n later show him using Fevicol gloves n pouching an amazing catch.howzat!"

30.1

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, gets forward to defend to the off side

30.2

Krejza to Tendulkar, FOUR, drags it short and Tendulkar rocks back to cut it to the point boundary.

30.3

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, fuller, turning in and Tendulkar goes back to nudge it to short leg.

30.4

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, lands on a length outside off, turns in slightly and Tendulkar punches it to left of covers where the left-handed Clarke makes a tumbling stop

30.5

Krejza to Tendulkar, 2 runs, flighted full but on the off and middle line and Tendulkar wrists it with the turn through wide mid-on region

30.6

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, nice delivery, tossed up outside off and inviting the drive and Tendulkar obliges, drives but along the ground to Clarke at covers

End of over 31 (6 runs) India 147/3
SR Tendulkar    29* (41b 5x4)      JJ Krejza    10-1-64-2
VVS Laxman    12* (22b 1x4)      MG Johnson    11-3-39-0

Rachhu: "Here i would like to congratulate Mr. Bowden on his 50th test appearance. He has brought some fun in this job. Good going man keep it up."

31.1

Johnson to Laxman, no run, full and straight, turned to the on side

31.2

Johnson to Laxman, no run, angling away from Laxman who lets it go

31.3

Johnson to Laxman, no run, full and again well outside off, Laxman lifts his bat in the air and holds it there.

31.4

Johnson to Laxman, no run, slower one, full and around the off stump, squeezed to backward point region

31.5

Johnson to Laxman, no run, lands around the off stump on a length and moves away with the usual Johnson angle, Laxman taps it to point

31.6

Johnson to Laxman, no run, short in length, angling away, defended off the back foot

Deepak: "Sachin now becomes the first batsmen to aggregate 5000 Test runs in the first innings of a test match..what a man !"

End of over 32 (maiden) India 147/3
VVS Laxman    12* (28b 1x4)      MG Johnson    12-4-39-0
SR Tendulkar    29* (41b 5x4)      JJ Krejza    10-1-64-2

32.1

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, lands on the off stump line, defended on the front foot.

32.2

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, goes back to turn the off break to short leg

32.3

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, lands it on the foot marks well outside off stump and Tendulkar pads it away

32.4

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, again aiming for those rough but just falls short of the footmark and hurries on straight, left alone.

32.5

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, slightly short, turning in with bounce and Tendulkar goes for the pull, misses and is struck high

32.6

Krejza to Tendulkar, 2 runs, well outside the off stump, Tendulkar went back and across and was surprised as the ball turned in more than he thought and with bounce but he adjusted to tap it down to the ground and past first slip. Krejza has good bounce on this wicket. Lot's of over spin.

End of over 33 (2 runs) India 149/3
SR Tendulkar    31* (47b 5x4)      JJ Krejza    11-1-66-2
VVS Laxman    12* (28b 1x4)      MG Johnson    12-4-39-0

33.1

Lee to Laxman, no run, Lee starts off with a 135.1 - he has been pretty slow today on the radar - around mid 130s- length delivery outside off, Laxman shapes to play it on the up but doesn't connect well

33.2

Lee to Laxman, no run, fuller, 136.7 kmph delivery just outside off stump and Laxman shoulders arms

33.3

Lee to Laxman, no run, fullish, outside off stump, driven to covers. It went away a touch in the air with the shiny side outside

33.4

Lee to Laxman, no run, lands on a length, moves away a bit and Laxman goes back to defend, bat away from the body

33.5

Lee to Laxman, no run, a tad fuller and outside off and Laxman lets it go through to the 'keeper

And that Tendulkar's stat was in the first innings of a Test match, not first innings for a team in a Test. So basically, if a team chooses or is put into bat first, then on that occasion.

33.6

Lee to Laxman, no run, lifting delivery, on the off stump line, Laxman gets his bat down and tries to sway away but the ball pings him on the right shoulder

End of over 34 (maiden) India 149/3
VVS Laxman    12* (34b 1x4)      B Lee    5-1-20-0
SR Tendulkar    31* (47b 5x4)      JJ Krejza    11-1-66-2

Tejas is not impressed with the stats: "Its high time people stopped looking at meaningless records like first to aggregate over 5000 runs in the first innings of test matches. What next Most Runs of the Front Foot? Most Runs in the V? please ask people to watch the cricket. Thank you." Rough day, eh?

Laxman is bandaging his bat. And Gavaskar says," It must be his favourite bat. It has been taped right on the middle but he has not asked for a new one."

34.1

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, flighted full around the off stump, driven to Hussey at mid-on and Laxman was down the track, looking for a single but manages to get back in time to beat Hussey's throw

34.2

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, flighted outside off, on a length and Tendulkar pads it away. They go up in appeal

34.3

Krejza to Tendulkar, FOUR, And Tendulkar responds by employing the slog sweep. He fetched it from outside off and hit it well to the left of deep square leg fielder

34.4

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, similar delivery, Krejza asking Tendulkar to repeat the shot but gets a solid forward defensive stroke in return

34.5

Krejza to Tendulkar, FOUR, he takes up the challenge this time and lifts another flighted delivery over mid-on .. .few bounces and over the ropes.

34.6

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, flatter, touch shorter and Tendulkar goes back to work it to short leg

End of over 35 (8 runs) India 157/3
SR Tendulkar    39* (53b 7x4)      JJ Krejza    12-1-74-2
VVS Laxman    12* (34b 1x4)      B Lee    5-1-20-0

35.1

Lee to Laxman, 2 runs, Lee bangs in a bouncer and Laxman goes for the pull, gets it down to the ground and hits through wide midwicket region.

35.2

Lee to Laxman, no run, fuller, around 138 kmph delivery and Laxman eases it to covers

35.3

Lee to Laxman, no run, 141.4 fullish delivery, hint of away movement and Laxman drives to covers

35.4

Lee to Laxman, no run, ah! the inswinging yorker, around 143 kmph, reversing in late with the shiny side in, and Laxman digs it out to the on side

35.5

Lee to Laxman, no run, goes for the variation with the shiny side out this time but pushes it too far wide to force a shot

35.6

Lee to Laxman, no run, closer to that off stump and Laxman steers to gully

End of over 36 (2 runs) India 159/3
VVS Laxman    14* (40b 1x4)      B Lee    6-1-22-0
SR Tendulkar    39* (53b 7x4)      JJ Krejza    12-1-74-2

36.1

Krejza to Tendulkar, 1 run, goes back and across, gets outside the line and tucks the off break to fine leg

36.2

Krejza to Laxman, no run, flighted outside off and Laxman stretches across to drive to covers

36.3

Krejza to Laxman, 1 run, reaches forward to turn it past first slip

36.4

Krejza to Tendulkar, 1 run, again Tendulkar goes across a touch to work it with the turn behind square leg for a single

36.5

Krejza to Laxman, FOUR, Just over midwicket. Laxman went back to play his whip across the line but was too early in the shot - perhaps, the ball stopped on him a touch - and scoops it over midwicket and it kept running away

36.6

Krejza to Laxman, no run, teasing flight outside off stump, on a length and Laxman gets forward and wrists it to mid-on

End of over 37 (7 runs) India 166/3
VVS Laxman    19* (44b 2x4)      JJ Krejza    13-1-81-2
SR Tendulkar    41* (55b 7x4)      B Lee    6-1-22-0

Harsha: "Actually, I wonder who scored the most runs on a rainy Wednesday." Easy. Boycott.

37.1

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, 137.6 kmph delivery outside off stump, left alone

37.2

Lee to Tendulkar, 2 runs, drifting on to the pads, tucked past square leg

37.3

Lee to Tendulkar, FOUR, Gorgeous straight drive. Full face of the bat, a firm push at the point of impact and the ball raced between Lee and mid-on. Shuper shot that.

37.4

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, again pretty full but the line is outside off and Tendulkar crouches to hold balance and square drives to deep point

Jools from Australia says: In the spirit of the ridiculous stat about Tendulkar, could Krejza become the bowler to concede the fastest first 100 runs of their test career? He's got to be giving it a good go."

37.5

Lee to Laxman, no run, change of pace and a surprised Laxman manages to keep it down by taking the bottom-hand off the handle. Actually he was helped by the fact that it hit the bottom of the bat.

37.6

Lee to Laxman, no run, whistling through the off stump channel, left alone

End of over 38 (7 runs) India 173/3
VVS Laxman    19* (46b 2x4)      B Lee    7-1-29-0
SR Tendulkar    48* (59b 8x4)      JJ Krejza    13-1-81-2

38.1

Krejza to Tendulkar, 1 run

38.2

Krejza to Laxman, 1 run, goes back to pick a single with a flick to square leg

38.3

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, from round the stumps, flatter and quicker, tickled to short fine leg

Just a slip in place

38.4

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, turns in from outside off, jabbed to the leg side.

38.5

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, goes well back to defend the ball around the off stump, Krejza is operating from round the stumps

38.6

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, nice .. slower , bit more air and on the leg stump line, Tendulkar shapes to flick it to the on side but is too early into the shot and gets a leading edge to the off side

End of over 39 (2 runs) India 175/3
SR Tendulkar    49* (64b 8x4)      JJ Krejza    14-1-83-2
VVS Laxman    20* (47b 2x4)      B Lee    7-1-29-0

39.1

Lee to Laxman, no run, wide outside off stump, Laxman watches it sail past him

39.2

Lee to Laxman, no run, bangs it in short, Laxman sways away from the line

39.3

Lee to Laxman, no run, from wide of the crease, full and just outside off stump, flicked to mid-off

39.4

Lee to Laxman, no run, closer to the stumps, full and just outside off stump, driven crisply but straight to extra cover

Easwaran: "How about the most consecutive 4s on even weekend away from home in a stadium with over 100 people on the 5th day of the match by a tailender in rain?" I give up but I think it's Stuart Law. He has done everything.

39.5

Lee to Laxman, FOUR, fullish and outside off stump and Laxman times his off drive well and Watson misfields at midoff, running to his left.

39.6

Lee to Laxman, no run, on a length, punched to covers

End of over 40 (4 runs) India 179/3
VVS Laxman    24* (53b 3x4)      B Lee    8-1-33-0
SR Tendulkar    49* (64b 8x4)      JJ Krejza    14-1-83-2

40.1

Krejza to Tendulkar, 2 runs, tossed up full outside off stump and Tendulkar brings up his fifty with a cover drive. 52nd Test fifty.

40.2

Krejza to Tendulkar, 1 run, comes down the track and pushes to right of mid-off for a single

40.3

Krejza to Laxman, no run, slip, short leg and silly point watch as Laxman stretches forward to defend

40.4

Krejza to Laxman, 1 run, slightly short and Laxman pulls to left of deep square leg

40.5

Krejza to Tendulkar, no run, from round the stumps to Tendulkar and slips down leg side. Tendulkar tries to help it around the corner but can't connect

40.6

Krejza to Tendulkar, 1 run, switches back to over the stumps and gets it to turn from outside off stump, dabbed to cover point for a single

End of over 41 (5 runs) India 184/3
SR Tendulkar    53* (68b 8x4)      JJ Krejza    15-1-88-2
VVS Laxman    25* (55b 3x4)      B Lee    8-1-33-0

Sujay: "Actually the Sachin stat is interesting: his detractors claim he never scores in the 2nd innings. If he has completed 5000 runs in 1st innings only now, it means he has over 7000 in the 2nd!" NO NO... this is about the first innings of a Test match, not a first innings of Sachin. Ie whenever any team has won the toss and chosen to bat or put into bat. Sachin will have more runs than that in his first innings. Basically .. it's just a stat for the statfreaks.

41.1

Lee to Tendulkar, no run

41.2

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, leans forward to defend a full delivery

41.3

Lee to Tendulkar, 2 runs, gets behind the line of a back-of-length delivery and works it past square leg

41.4

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, pretty full in length, not much movement and Tendulkar stretches forward to defend

41.5

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, 126.9 slow yorker and Tendulkar jams it down

41.6

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, harmless short-pitched delivery outside off, left alone

End of over 42 (2 runs) India 186/3
SR Tendulkar    55* (74b 8x4)      B Lee    9-1-35-0
VVS Laxman    25* (55b 3x4)      JJ Krejza    15-1-88-2

42.1

White to Laxman, 2 runs, slightly short, spinning away, punched through extra cover

42.2

White to Laxman, no run, goes back to defend to covers

42.3

White to Laxman, no run, leans well forward to defend

42.4

White to Laxman, no run, on the off stump line, turns slightly, defended to the off side

cot hits me with this: "Your comment about Stuart Law doing something on the 5th day is impossible! He only played 1 test and it finished on the 4th day." Uff! you faithless lot. It's not Stuart Law's fault that he was not given the chance to pull of that record.

42.5

White to Laxman, no run, lands outside off and goes away, left alone

42.6

White to Laxman, no run, around the off stump, punched back to the bowler

End of over 43 (2 runs) India 188/3
VVS Laxman    27* (61b 3x4)      CL White    1-0-2-0
SR Tendulkar    55* (74b 8x4)      B Lee    9-1-35-0

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43.1

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, hint of inswing, full and just outside off stump, driven well but Clarke intercepts with a dive at extra cover

43.2

Watson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, edges but short of Hayden at lone slip. Tendulkar went for the drive, got the nick but it doesn't carry; fell short of Hayden and ran through his fingers

43.3

Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, driven to cover point

43.4

Watson to Laxman, no run, swings in late and Laxman takes care not to press the front leg too much across and flicks to mid-on.

43.5

Watson to Laxman, 2 runs, There are two short midwickets in and still, Laxman manages to ping that gap with a flick.

43.6

Watson to Laxman, 1 run, drifting to the pads, turned to long leg for a single

End of over 44 (6 runs) India 194/3
VVS Laxman    30* (64b 3x4)      SR Watson    7-0-25-1
SR Tendulkar    58* (77b 8x4)      CL White    1-0-2-0

Hemanth Kumar: "Another irking stat is regarding partnerships such as, "This is the 3rd highest 4th wicket partnership for India against Australia on this ground". I could complicate it further but you sure get the point." WE DO WE DO!

44.1

White to Laxman, no run, outside off stump, not much turn, left alone

44.2

White to Laxman, no run, goes right back to defend the leg break to the off side

44.3

White to Laxman, no run, lands a foot outside off stump and tails away a touch, left alone

44.4

White to Laxman, no run, fuller, closer to the off stump, guided to backward point

44.5

White to Laxman, no run, slower, bit more air, driven to covers

44.6

White to Laxman, no run, full and outside off, driven to mid-off

End of over 45 (maiden) India 194/3
VVS Laxman    30* (70b 3x4)      CL White    2-1-2-0
SR Tendulkar    58* (77b 8x4)      SR Watson    7-0-25-1

45.1

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, swings in towards middle and leg and Tendulkar works it to midwicket. there is a bit of swing going on with the old ball. It would be interesting to see Zaheer and Ishant bowl later in the Test match with the old ball.

45.2

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, Very nice. The surprise bouncer and Tendulkar hops to keep it down.

45.3

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, fuller in length and again gets bit of inswing and defended on the front foot

45.4

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, more swing. Tendulkar pushes with the full face of the bat back to the bowler

45.5

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, 137.1 kmph bouncer and Tendulkar sways away in time.

45.6

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, again hint of inswing and Tendulkar defends down the track. Solid.

End of over 46 (maiden) India 194/3
SR Tendulkar    58* (83b 8x4)      SR Watson    8-1-25-1
VVS Laxman    30* (70b 3x4)      CL White    2-1-2-0

46.1

White to Laxman, no run, lands well outside off stump, turns away and Haddin gathers

46.2

White to Laxman, no run, And again. The well-outside-off line continues.

46.3

White to Laxman, no run, gets this one on the middle and leg, nudged to the on side

46.4

White to Laxman, no run, slightly short in length, skidding on, punched to mid-on

46.5

White to Laxman, no run, fuller and Laxman gets forward to flick it to short midwicket

46.6

White to Laxman, 1 run, outside off stump and punched to deep point.

They just showed the old ball. The shiny side is not really all that shiny if you know what I mean. Allan Border is not too happy with the way the Aussies have worked on the ball.

End of over 47 (1 run) India 195/3
VVS Laxman    31* (76b 3x4)      CL White    3-1-3-0
SR Tendulkar    58* (83b 8x4)      SR Watson    8-1-25-1

47.1

Watson to Laxman, no run, really full delivery, it landed after it crossed the stumps but well outside off stump and Laxman offers no shot

47.2

Watson to Laxman, no run, full again, Laxman tries to whip from outside off stump but doesn't connect well. The ball rolls towards mid-on

47.3

Watson to Laxman, no run, leans forward to drive to extra cover

47.4

Watson to Laxman, no run, fullish delivery, flicked past Watson and Tendulkar lunges back to get in the crease.

47.5

Watson to Laxman, no run, the bouncer and Laxman sways away. He is on 31.

47.6

Watson to Laxman, no run, another drive but can't beat the mid-off fielder

End of over 48 (maiden) India 195/3
VVS Laxman    31* (82b 3x4)      SR Watson    9-2-25-1
SR Tendulkar    58* (83b 8x4)      CL White    3-1-3-0

Davesh: "Forget Sachin, think about me. Whenever Sachin is batting, i try to ensure that i don't change my sitting position (superstitious - my movement might disturb his focus :) Now the problem is i had too much of water during the lunch time & really feel like going to restroom. But Sachin - i am not complaining. I will wait till tea. No worries." You can also get a life in the tea break! I know I should!

48.1

White to Tendulkar, 1 run, leans forward to drive to sweeper cover

48.2

White to Laxman, no run, gets forward to defend

48.3

White to Laxman, no run, the lone slip watches as Laxman gets forward to drive to short extra cover

48.4

White to Laxman, 1 run, a touch short in length and Laxman cuts to Katich at sweeper cover

48.5

White to Tendulkar, 2 runs, turning away from a full length, Tendulkar was not sure whether to come forward or go back but adjusted well by opening the bat face and guided it well to third man region

48.6

White to Tendulkar, no run, really full, almost dropping in at the blockhole, pushed to the off side

End of over 49 (4 runs) India 199/3
SR Tendulkar    61* (86b 8x4)      CL White    4-1-7-0
VVS Laxman    32* (85b 3x4)      SR Watson    9-2-25-1

Akshay: "Regarding Shiny Side: Ponting should change his brand of Chewing Gum ;-)" He can start by not spitting on his hand and spit on the ball.

49.1

Watson to Laxman, no run, full in length and outside off, leans forward to defend...

49.2

Watson to Laxman, no run, the off side is packed and Laxman can't beat the extra cover fielder

49.3

Watson to Laxman, no run, another one full and outside off, again driven to covers

49.4

Watson to Laxman, no run

49.5

Watson to Laxman, 1 run, opens the bat face and dabs it to third man to bring up the 200

49.6

Watson to Tendulkar, no run

End of over 50 (1 run) India 200/3
SR Tendulkar    61* (87b 8x4)      SR Watson    10-2-26-1
VVS Laxman    33* (90b 3x4)      CL White    4-1-7-0
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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

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