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

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

50.1

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

Katich will remember this city for one of the worst shots he played in international cricket. His two worst shots? in his own words, "Getting out on 99 at Nagpur, when I had played well and should have got a hundred. And in Bangalore, when I got out for 81. I was lbw in Nagpur. I missed one from Murali Kartik and was plumb. In Bangalore I got out trying a pull shot off Anil Kumble. I gloved it onto my thigh pad, and it rolled to the stumps. I should have just tucked it for a single. I paid the price. "

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

End of over 51 (3 runs) Australia 195/2
MEK Hussey    46* (114b 4x4)      I Sharma    9-2-28-0
SM Katich    95* (126b 8x4)      Z Khan    9-0-44-0

Michael Sweeney: "Happy Birthday Binga! Hopefully he doesn't make it onto the field today. Let's bat it out."

51.1

Khan to Katich, no run, length delivery outside off stump, dabbed to the off side

51.2

Khan to Katich, 1 run, in the zone outside off, guided through gully region

51.3

Khan to Hussey, no run, 135.5 kmph length delivery coming in slightly from outside off but not enough to force Hussey into a stroke. Some one shouts on the field, "One wicket boys, one wicket!"

51.4

Khan to Hussey, FOUR, edged along the ground and through the second slip. Hussey has another Test 50. It was closer to the off stump and shaping away a bit, Hussey pushed at it and got a edge but the ball fell short and squirted past the diving Laxman at second slip. Dravid at first, then a bit of gap and Laxman.

51.5

Khan to Hussey, no run, around the off stump channel, left alone

51.6

Khan to Hussey, no run, fullpitched outside off and square driven to point

End of over 52 (5 runs) Australia 200/2
MEK Hussey    50* (118b 5x4)      Z Khan    10-0-49-0
SM Katich    96* (128b 8x4)      I Sharma    9-2-28-0

Brenton: "What can I say, Katich deserves a bit of luck, as does the rest of the team. They dropped Tendulkar twice, so I suppose all is even now?" They missed a run out also.

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

Haribabu: "I feel katich wont make his 100,yet again,anybody else thinking the same,i am surely an indian,fingers crossed" Tsk tsk ...

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.

End of over 53 (maiden) Australia 200/2
SM Katich    96* (134b 8x4)      I Sharma    10-3-28-0
MEK Hussey    50* (118b 5x4)      Z Khan    10-0-49-0

53.1

Khan to Hussey, no run, 132.7 kmph length delivery just outside off stump, Hussey lets it go and Dhoni takes it off his boot laces

53.2

Khan to Hussey, no run

53.3

Khan to Hussey, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

53.4

Khan to Hussey, no run, good delivery , from back of length, coming in and just outside off stump, left alone

53.5

Khan to Hussey, no run, fuller and outside off, left alone again. It is a packed off side field. And both bowlers operating just outside off obviously.

53.6

Khan to Hussey, no run, homing in on the off stump, pushed to covers

Venkatraman: "Its not even mate. India dropped Clarke twice in the last match and his innings was really crucial. While Sachin did convert his chances to a big hundred, Clarke did convert from 27 to 100 and went on to save the last test."

End of over 54 (maiden) Australia 200/2
MEK Hussey    50* (124b 5x4)      Z Khan    11-1-49-0
SM Katich    96* (134b 8x4)      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

Nasir: "I'm an Indian fan, but i would really love to see Katich making his ton...he deserves it and after that he can join Ponting in the pavillion!"

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

Prathik Roy: "Go Katich, you deserve a century and you will get it, I am an Indian, but do get out after you get it ok...."

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

End of over 55 (4 runs) Australia 204/2
SM Katich    100* (140b 9x4)      I Sharma    11-3-32-0
MEK Hussey    50* (124b 5x4)      Z Khan    11-1-49-0

55.1

Khan to Hussey, 1 run, full pitched outside off stump, squeezed to third man

55.2

Khan to Katich, no run, slower one and outside off, Katich covers his off stump and doesn't offer a shot. He does some gardening down the track now

55.3

Khan to Katich, no run, shuffles across, gets outside off and taps it to point

55.4

Khan to Katich, no run, The programming continues. Outside off, Katich shuffles and lets it go.

55.5

Khan to Katich, 1 run, short in length and cut down to Ganguly at wide third man

55.6

Khan to Hussey, no run, full and outside off ,left alone

55.6

Khan to Hussey, no run, full and outside off ,left alone

End of over 56 (2 runs) Australia 206/2
MEK Hussey    51* (126b 5x4)      Z Khan    12-1-51-0
SM Katich    101* (144b 9x4)      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

He has a real shuffle across the stumps, Katich. Handy batsman.

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

End of over 57 (maiden) Australia 206/2
SM Katich    101* (150b 9x4)      I Sharma    12-4-32-0
MEK Hussey    51* (126b 5x4)      Z Khan    12-1-51-0

57.1

Khan to Hussey, no run, sturdy stuff from Hussey, onto the front foot and shoulders arms to one pitched up ... you guessed it .. wide of the stumps

57.2

Khan to Hussey, no run, fuller length and wider and Hussey watches Dhoni do the collecting

57.3

Khan to Hussey, no run, comes onto the front foot and leaves another pitched-up delivery

57.4

Khan to Hussey, no run, this one pitches on a length and curves back in, but again its wide enough that Hussey can come onto the front foot and shoulder arms

57.5

Khan to Hussey, no run, on a length outside off stump and left alone

57.6

Khan to Hussey, 1 run, gets a single, coming forward and opening the face for one past gully

End of over 58 (1 run) Australia 207/2
MEK Hussey    52* (132b 5x4)      Z Khan    13-1-52-0
SM Katich    101* (150b 9x4)      I Sharma    12-4-32-0

58.1

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

Eight men on the off side. S Krishna: "There have been too many deliveries outside the off and both batsmen are confortable leaving it, probably Dhoni has to do slight fielding change and ask his bowlers to make the batsmen play, by leaving deliveries outside the off they are settling down nicely"

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

Sriram Sthanu: "Zaheer Khan performs only when he is fired up and angry. Can someone jelly bean him."

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

Ehtisham Sheikh: "Last night I had a dream about Saurav Ganguly! I'm a pakistani supporter but in my dream I was very sad to see Ganguly retire so I invited him to my house and he came! Thanks for the memories Saurav Ganguly not just for Indian fans for all fans of cricket." Your wife didn't have problem with that dream I hope ...

End of over 59 (maiden) Australia 207/2
MEK Hussey    52* (138b 5x4)      I Sharma    13-5-32-0
SM Katich    101* (150b 9x4)      Z Khan    13-1-52-0

Siddhesh: "i dont agree with krishna there, Johnson used the same tactic and he had success, either one will surely chase after a wide ball soon enough...just a matter of time"

59.1

Khan to Katich, no run, lands outside off, stays there and it just about carries to Dhoni

Prashanth: "I think the idea here is to slow down the run rate; make the Aussies work for their runs. The Indians bowled too many boundary balls yesterday, which is why batting seemed too easy on this pitch."

59.2

Khan to Katich, no run, outside-off channel and Dhoni gathers

Simon from Aus: "With the series lead, India have the luxury of slowing the game down, and can afford to employ this tactic for as long as they are permitted to. It is up to the Aussies to move the game along, but it's hard to see how they can do so. Maybe show Ishant leg stump and see whether he is brave enough to aim for it with just one fielder on the leg side?"

59.3

Khan to Katich, no run, closer to the off stump, fuller and Katich drives to covers

59.4

Khan to Katich, no run, Katich continues to remain patient. He has made a living out of it. Another outside-off delivery, another leave.

59.5

Khan to Katich, no run, shuffles across and watches another one whistle through well outside off stump

59.6

Khan to Katich, no run, much closer to the off stump and Katich is on the shuffle and drives to short cover

End of over 60 (maiden) Australia 207/2
SM Katich    101* (156b 9x4)      Z Khan    14-2-52-0
MEK Hussey    52* (138b 5x4)      I Sharma    13-5-32-0

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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

End of over 61 (3 runs) Australia 210/2
MEK Hussey    54* (142b 5x4)      I Sharma    14-5-35-0
SM Katich    102* (158b 9x4)      Z Khan    14-2-52-0

61.1

Khan to Hussey, no run, homing in on the off stump and Hussey gets forward to defend to point region

61.2

Khan to Hussey, no run, gets forward to push to covers

61.3

Khan to Hussey, no run, well outside off stump and no shot offered

61.4

Khan to Hussey, 4 byes, Ah! four byes now. It bounced twice and reached Dhoni ankle high and he didn't get down properly.

61.5

Khan to Hussey, no run

61.6

Khan to Hussey, no run, time for drinks after another delivery goes through the outside-off channel

End of over 62 (4 runs, maiden) Australia 214/2
MEK Hussey    54* (148b 5x4)      Z Khan    15-3-52-0
SM Katich    102* (158b 9x4)      I Sharma    14-5-35-0

Niranjan: "Good tactics by the indians. They are drying up the runs completely. So when spinners comes into the attack Australians will try to play strokes and get out."

Manu: "Bowling Outside off is perfectly fine. India don't need to be forcing the pace. A draw will happily mean a series win for India. The balls in Australia's court or rather outside their offstump!"

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...

Keanu Taylor: "Mcgrath has created a 'channel oustide off' monster." Ha! but this is further away from that zone. Not in the Mcgrath or Pollock channel but a remote press away from it

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

End of over 63 (maiden) Australia 214/2
SM Katich    102* (164b 9x4)      I Sharma    15-6-35-0
MEK Hussey    54* (148b 5x4)      Z Khan    15-3-52-0

Jake from Aus:"Wonderful cricket at the moment. Australia are walking a tightrope. When will they attack? Maybe White will be elevated up the order to provide a boost to the run rate."

63.1

Khan to Hussey, no run, fullish, outside off stump, left alone

63.2

Khan to Hussey, FOUR, another edge but flies well clear of the second slip. The Australians are trying to attack now and the edges are coming. It was full and outside off and Hussey edged his drive through the vacant third slip

63.3

Khan to Hussey, no run, further outside off and Hussey doesn't chase this one

63.4

Khan to Hussey, no run, on the middle and off line, perhaps the first ball in that line!, a surprised Hussey defends to the on side

63.5

Khan to Hussey, no run, full and outside off, Dhoni gathers. Zaheer smiles. Aus 218 for 2.

63.6

Khan to Hussey, no run, fullish and outside off stump, driven to covers

End of over 64 (4 runs) Australia 218/2
MEK Hussey    58* (154b 6x4)      Z Khan    16-3-56-0
SM Katich    102* (164b 9x4)      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..

End of over 65 (maiden) Australia 218/2
SM Katich    102* (170b 9x4)      I Sharma    16-7-35-0
MEK Hussey    58* (154b 6x4)      Z Khan    16-3-56-0

65.1

Khan to Hussey, no run, lands a foot outside off and stays there. Zaheer looks at the batsman and smiles. the camera doesn't pan to the batsman. Kill joys.

65.2

Khan to Hussey, no run, Again foot outside off, another Zak smile on display. Hussey puts his head down and turns to square leg.

65.3

Khan to Hussey, no run, oh closer to the off stump, and Hussey defends

65.4

Khan to Hussey, no run, homing in on the off stump, steered to backward point

65.5

Khan to Hussey, no run, leans forward to drive to right of covers where Vijay makes a tumbling stop

N G from Hongkong: "This is going to be another of those boring, high scoring matches which can only end up drawn. Hong Kong Sixes are the best."

65.6

Khan to Hussey, no run, driven straight to Vijay this time

End of over 66 (maiden) Australia 218/2
MEK Hussey    58* (160b 6x4)      Z Khan    17-4-56-0
SM Katich    102* (170b 9x4)      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.

End of over 67 (2 runs) Australia 220/2
MEK Hussey    58* (161b 6x4)      I Sharma    17-7-36-0
SM Katich    102* (176b 9x4)      Z Khan    17-4-56-0

And time for spin. Harbhajan comes on.. "Singh is King' song is blaring at the ground. Sachin, Dhoni and Harbhajan have a discussion, with SRT doing the most of the talking.Slip and short leg in. And a short fine leg

67.1

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, quick and flat on the legs, nudged to short leg .

Deep square leg, deep midwicket and mid-on.

67.2

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, beaten. Slower this time, from over the wickets - yesterday he operated round the stumps - it landed just outside leg and turned past the forward prod

Only three in the off

67.3

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, goes back to dab past short leg.

67.4

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, 4 byes, And Dhoni gives away four more byes. With three men on the off, Bhaji bowls down leg obviously, Dhoni gets across but can't reach it...

67.5

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, on the middle and leg line, on the back foot , punched to covers

67.6

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, flighted full on the leg stump line and Katich leans forward to defend

End of over 68 (4 runs, maiden) Australia 224/2
SM Katich    102* (182b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    17-1-57-1
MEK Hussey    58* (161b 6x4)      I Sharma    17-7-36-0

Arav:"this waiting game is killing me! I have about 2 hours to go before I take my fiancee out for wedding shopping.I am sure wickets will start to tumble once I set my foot outside my home." Please move out now and save your wedding.

68.1

Khan to Hussey, no run, Full in length and outside off stump line, Dhoni gathers.

68.2

Khan to Hussey, no run, Hussey chases this one but can't beat Harbhajan at point

68.3

Khan to Hussey, no run, No flirting this time. Hussey does a bit of tapping on the wicket.

68.4

Khan to Hussey, 1 run, way wide outside off stump and Hussey chases it, gets the bottom of the bat to it and edges it towards mid-off and rushes across for a quick single

68.5

Khan to Katich, no run, closer to the off stump and pushed firmly to mid-off

68.6

Khan to Katich, no run, full pitched, just short of the blockhole, dug out to the off side

End of over 69 (1 run) Australia 225/2
SM Katich    102* (184b 9x4)      Z Khan    18-4-57-0
MEK Hussey    59* (165b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    17-1-57-1

John Rajkumar:"I'm staying at the meridien in mumbai,India. The hotel TV is showing yesterdays ICL match instead of the Test. The concierge has informed me that the cable operator will switch to the Test Match once this re-run of the ICL game is complete. I was shocked at first but after following the 1st hour of play online with you I guess these cable operators know what they're doing. Will test match cricket survive this decade?"

69.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, lands outside leg, turns in towards middle, defended down the track

69.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, slower, fuller, and outside leg, Hussey goes for the sweep, misses and it hits his arm

69.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, turning in from outside leg, defended to the off side

69.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, slightly shorter, Hussey goes right back to push it to the on side of the pitch

69.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, flighted outside leg, swept to Ishant at long leg

69.6

Harbhajan Singh to Katich, no run, on the leg stump line, Katich gets his front foot outside the line of the ball and defends down the track

End of over 70 (1 run) Australia 226/2
SM Katich    102* (185b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    18-1-58-1
MEK Hussey    60* (170b 6x4)      Z Khan    18-4-57-0

70.1

Khan to Hussey, 2 runs, fullish and outside off stump, square driven to right of Ganguly at the deep cover region

70.2

Khan to Hussey, 1 run, hint of inswing, coming in with the shiny side, and Hussey pushes at it, and jabs off the inner half of the bat to the on side.

70.3

Khan to Katich, no run, on a length and outside off, worked to Sehwag at short point

70.4

Khan to Katich, no run, fuller and closer to the off stump, driven but can't beat mid-off

70.5

Khan to Katich, no run, shapes in with the shiny side, full and on the off and middle line, gets a inside edge on to the pad and that saves him

70.6

Khan to Katich, OUT, And gets him lbw with the reverse swinging yorker. It dipped in late with the shiny side, Katich couldn't get his bat down in time and was hit on the boot. Hawk eye suggests it would have clipped the leg stump. Fine hundred from Kato, though.

SM Katich lbw b Khan 102 (304m 189b 9x4 0x6) SR: 53.96

End of over 71 (3 runs) Australia 229/3
     Z Khan    19-4-60-1
MEK Hussey    63* (172b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    18-1-58-1

Clarke is the new man in

71.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

71.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, lands outside leg, turns in, tapped to Laxman at square leg.

71.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, fuller and well outside leg and Dhoni moves quickly across to gather

71.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, on the middle and leg, defended down the track

71.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, full and on the legs, turned past Laxman

silly point, slip, short leg, and a short straight midwicket in place. We have a deep midwicket

71.6

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 1 run, flighted outside off stump, driven to mid-on

End of over 72 (2 runs) Australia 231/3
MJ Clarke    1* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    19-1-60-1
MEK Hussey    64* (177b 6x4)      Z Khan    19-4-60-1

Joshy Joseph: "And Mr.Arav Moved OUT now?" No... just got a mail from him. Back on the couch. The wedding crashers are going to move in now. Don't say we didnt warn him

72.1

Khan to Clarke, no run, leans forward to defend.

72.2

Khan to Clarke, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

short mid-off in now

72.3

Khan to Clarke, no run, and Clarke leans forward to defend to the on side

72.4

Khan to Clarke, no run, angling away in the off stump channel, left alone

72.5

Khan to Clarke, no run, shiny side in, the ball straigthens on landing around middle stump line, pushed to mid-on

72.6

Khan to Clarke, no run, slower one, full and on the middle, defended to the leg side

And that's lunch. Indians bowled well outside off stump for most part of the session and dried up the runs. Depending on your point of view and whether you like Dhoni or not, it could be construed as negative tactics, defensive tactics or a clever approach to ask the Australians to make all the pace. You have to win the Test, go get it. Or you can talk about killing Test cricket and stuff. It's a thin line.

Join us in a short while for the second session.

Roger Gray: "I wouldn't call it killing test cricket. This is one of the flavours of Test cricket. The blokes in the baggy green need to try and win this match. In the process if they loose, 2-0 they shouldn't be too perturbed as by not trying for a win they are still loosing the series. Time to show the world why they are rated No. 1 in the world. As they say, no risk no reward. Dhoni has thrown them the challenge now it is upto Punter's boys to take it and show that they are the real champs."

Deep: "Can someone tell me who is more defensive? Indians or Ozzies?? Right now both are hell bent on makin me mad that i woke up early on a saturday morning to watch the match!"

Micky C:"Boring! I don't mind bowling JUST outside off stump but well outside is just a negative tactic - one which Australia employed somewhat when out of ideas to derision of various camps. But, India only need a draw to win the series. If this is how it's going to play out call it off now."

Adrian Johnson: "I am an Australian supporter and applaud the Australian's fighting there way back in the test. But I have been disappointed with the way they bowled. Commentators are saying that this is negative bowling from the Indians, but if thats the case how do they explain the way both Mitchel Johnson and Shane Watson have bowled throughout the series. I mean both these guys have either bowled 2 feet outside the stumps or tried bowling intimidatingly short?? The worst has been even from around the wicket both of these bowlers are still bowling 2 feet outside the off stump??? How do these commentators justify these tactics??? Everyone has said they have been the most economical bowlers on the tour but they have done nothing but bowl this 2 foot wide line. I dont see how this is different, yet the commentators, past cricketers and supposed experts in the game call it differently. Why is it so?"

Nikhil: "Good tactics, my foot. 2 reasons. One, we are good enough to be number one side, but with this attitude, we cannot maintain our position for long. How much ever I hate the Aussies, leave aside a few individuals, they are great and competitive as a team. India needs to attack and prove that they are number one. By winning 1-0, they have, only lost. Also, if Kumble were continuing with these tactics, it would have been called defensive and uninsightful captaincy. Bullocks!!"

Abdul:"The cricketing acumen of Dhoni has been shown by this ploy. Not only is he an aggressive captain; if required he can be a defensively attacking captain. Hats off."

End of over 73 (maiden) Australia 231/3
MJ Clarke    1* (7b)      Z Khan    20-5-60-1
MEK Hussey    64* (177b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    19-1-60-1

73.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, full and outside leg, misses the sweep and Dhoni stops

73.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, lands into the rough outside leg and turns in with bounce, Hussey went for the sweep and again missed and was hit on the body

73.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, leans forward to defend down the track

73.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run

73.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, lands just outside leg, turns into middle and leg, on the back foot to defend

73.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, flighted full on the leg stump line, driven back to Harbhajan, who is operating from over the wickets today

End of over 74 (maiden) Australia 231/3
MEK Hussey    64* (183b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    20-2-60-1
MJ Clarke    1* (7b)      Z Khan    20-5-60-1

74.1

Khan to Clarke, no run, really full delivery on the middle stump line, pushed back to Zaheer

74.2

Khan to Clarke, no run, on a length, around the off stump line, jabbed to the on side

74.3

Khan to Clarke, no run, back of length, on the middle and off line, pushed to short mid-off fielder

74.4

Khan to Clarke, no run, full in length and angling away from Clarke who lets it alone

74.5

Khan to Clarke, FOUR, fullish and on the off stump line, driven to right of mid-off where Harbhajan makes a mess of it.

74.6

Khan to Clarke, no run, swings in a touch with the shiny side, flicked to short midwicket

End of over 75 (4 runs) Australia 235/3
MJ Clarke    5* (13b 1x4)      Z Khan    21-5-64-1
MEK Hussey    64* (183b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    20-2-60-1

Lewis from Aus:"As negative as the bowling is, and as bad as it is for the image of Test cricket, the onus is on Australia to score runs to try to win the test. India knows it. Why jeopardise your position in the series when a draw will do? Hussey and Clarke need to try something different to score runs. Work the ball on the leg side, hit over the top, I don't know, but in order for us to have any chance we need to pass 441 by the end of the day."

75.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, turns in from outside leg, nudged to short leg

75.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, FOUR, Aha! goes for the reverse sweep now. Interesting. Fetches it from outside leg and sweeps through gully region on the off side.

75.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, on the leg stump line and Hussey leans forward to defend

75.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, outside leg stump line and Hussey sweeps to deep backward square leg for a single

Caleb: "I just can't see how someone is supposed to hit the ball when it's all the way out there, although we may be No. 1, India may as well try to take it to us! I also can't see how the next generation of cricket lovers (my generation) would like to sit and watch this all day, if this is tactics give me a one day or twenty 20 match. The intrigue and battles of test cricket are not meant to be played 2 feet out side of off stump."

75.5

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, leans forward to defend

75.6

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 1 run, turns in from outside off, nudged past short leg for a single

Ned: "I enjoy watching test cricket. The fact that much of your feedback lambastes this morning's action as boring is further evidence of the decline in popularity of test cricket. Dhoni is using a legitimate tactic, and I am fascinated to see how Australia will react. This is a lot more interesting than watching two teams score 600 odd each on a belter with no chance of a result. Well done Dhoni, and bugger off and watch some 2020 somewhere all you cricket ..."

End of over 76 (6 runs) Australia 241/3
MJ Clarke    6* (15b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    21-2-66-1
MEK Hussey    69* (187b 7x4)      Z Khan    21-5-64-1

76.1

Khan to Clarke, no run, lands around the leg stump and shapes away towards off, defended on the front foot

Zaheer is attacking Clarke with reverse to get him out. He is not bowling well outside off to him

76.2

Khan to Clarke, no run, lands on the middle, moving away a touch, defended to the off side

76.3

Khan to Clarke, no run, fuller, around off and middle, inviting the drive and is pushed to extra cover

76.4

Khan to Clarke, no run, fullish, on the middle - he is switching the shiny side in and out , this one came in - worked to midwicket

76.5

Khan to Clarke, no run, on a length, around off stump, defended to the off side

Melvin from USA: "The onus is on Australia to win this match to save the series. You want the match? Come get it. Dont' complain if the ball is wide of off stump. If its wide, then it'll be called a wide by Billy B and Aleem D. Put Sehwag at the crease and bowl this line. He will rack up boundaries or break someone's fingers trying. Doesn't matter if there are 9 fielders in the off side. Want to win? Try putting bat to ball Aussies. Do you dare?" These are ODI wides, not Test match wides btw ....

76.6

Khan to Clarke, no run, nice teasing delivery just outside off stump, straightening a touch and Clarke decides to leave it

End of over 77 (maiden) Australia 241/3
MJ Clarke    6* (21b 1x4)      Z Khan    22-6-64-1
MEK Hussey    69* (187b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    21-2-66-1

77.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side of the pitch, wants a run but it's going towards Harbhajan and he retreats in a hurry

77.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, just outside leg stump, defended to Vijay at short leg

77.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, on the off stump line, pushed to covers for a single

77.4

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, turns in from outside off, Clarke goes back to push to midwicket

Sujay: "I think we have had enough of this 'negative' nonsense. In football, if you have a 1-0 lead with 10 minutes to go, would you squander it with a risky attack or play for time? Same here. Only with lots more time left, you could still throw it all away. That's what's so fascinating about Test cricket. If you still do't get it, go watch ICL with the cable guy!"

77.5

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, flighted, slow through the air, just outside off, Clarke is made to wait and he turns it to short leg

77.6

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, again well-flighted delivery, full and outside off, Clarke stretches across to defend

End of over 78 (1 run) Australia 242/3
MJ Clarke    6* (24b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    22-2-67-1
MEK Hussey    70* (190b 7x4)      Z Khan    22-6-64-1

78.1

Khan to Hussey, 1 run, reversing in from outside off, tapped to backward point region for a single

Kiwi in OZ: "This is disappointing stuff. If the Indians really think they are good enough to call themselves the best in the world, why aren't they taking the game to the Aussies and trying for a win? And if the Aussies really want to keep being called best in the world, why aren't they playing like the best in the world? Poor cricket from a series that promised much. If it wasn't for Gambhir's elbow, the entire series would not be worth talking about."

78.2

Khan to Clarke, no run, on a length, around middle and leg, turned to midwicket

Simon B reminds me, "....and Australia have avoided the follow-on!"

78.3

Khan to Clarke, no run, Zaheer goes round the stumps now. It drifts in with the angel and breaks away with the shiny side, left alone.

78.4

Khan to Clarke, no run, similar line, left alone

Ok folks, enough on that strategy. We have covered all angles, there are still some 1000 mails on that. I am not going to touch them for a while. Back to the game. It's reversing and Zaheer is bowling really well. Let's get to it.

78.5

Khan to Clarke, no run, this one comes in, worked to the on side

78.6

Khan to Clarke, no run, around that off stump line, straightening from round the stumps and Clarke gets forward and pushes it cautiously to the off side

End of over 79 (1 run) Australia 243/3
MJ Clarke    6* (29b 1x4)      Z Khan    23-6-65-1
MEK Hussey    71* (191b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    22-2-67-1

79.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, lands outside leg, Hussey goes back to turn it to backward square leg region for a single

79.2

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, turns in towards middle and off line, pushed to short mid-on

79.3

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 1 run, slower, on the middle and worked with the turn past Vijay at short leg

79.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, turns from just outside leg, Hussey opens the bat face and guides to the off side

79.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, straightens after landing on the leg stump, Hussey goes back and wrists it to deep midwicket

79.6

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, stretches well forward to defend to the leg side

End of over 80 (3 runs) Australia 246/3
MJ Clarke    7* (32b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    23-2-70-1
MEK Hussey    73* (194b 7x4)      Z Khan    23-6-65-1

Sheraz Malik sends the first sane comment of the day: "Somebody shoot me PLEASE" Malik, go watch Quantum of Solace. Apparently, it has the same effect.

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.

End of over 81 (maiden) Australia 246/3
MEK Hussey    73* (200b 7x4)      I Sharma    18-8-36-0
MJ Clarke    7* (32b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    23-2-70-1

81.1

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, turns in from just short of driveable length and Clark unsure whether to come forward or go back, opts for the latter at the last minute to defend

81.2

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, makes a quick decision to come forward this time and defends

81.3

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, dips on a length outside off and Clarke lunges across to defend

81.4

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, slower through the air, on the middle, worked to short leg

81.5

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 1 run, really full in length this time, around off stump, squeezed to point region

81.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, stays back to punch through off side for a single

End of over 82 (2 runs) Australia 248/3
MEK Hussey    74* (201b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    24-2-72-1
MJ Clarke    8* (37b 1x4)      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.

End of over 83 (1 run) Australia 249/3
MJ Clarke    8* (39b 1x4)      I Sharma    19-8-37-0
MEK Hussey    75* (205b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    24-2-72-1

83.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, FOUR, lands full on the middle stump line and Hussey drives inside-out through covers. On to 79 now.

Anchit from India: "Hussey has this great ability to dig himself out of any situation with his focus and concentration , even if he is not in good form.For instance , today itself he has been slowly , almost unnoticeably reached into the 70 s and is set for a century.What a player!"

83.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, full and outside leg stump, swept to long leg

83.3

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, leans well forward to defend. Slip, short leg and short mid-on in place

83.4

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, slow through the air, on the front foot to defend

83.5

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, flighted outside off, sucking him into the drive and Clarke obliges but drives along the ground, against the turn, to short cover

83.6

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, just outside off stump and Clarke gets forward to defend

End of over 84 (5 runs) Australia 254/3
MJ Clarke    8* (43b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    25-2-77-1
MEK Hussey    80* (207b 8x4)      I Sharma    19-8-37-0

84.1

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

I wonder whether Ishant trims his hair before every Test match. The density level and the length seem to be the same every time.

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

Indians get into a huddle and Dhoni gives a serious looking talk there. As the EA Sports comms would have said, the blonde bombshell from New South Wales is gone

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

End of over 85 (2 runs) Australia 256/4
SR Watson    1* (2b)      I Sharma    20-8-39-1
MEK Hussey    81* (210b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    25-2-77-1

85.1

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, turns in from just outside off, left alone

85.2

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, turned in, comes forward to defend

85.3

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run

85.4

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, stretches well forward to defend down the track

85.5

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, lands it well outside off stump, turns in with bounce, left alone. Dhoni gets across to have a talk with Harbhajan

85.6

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, leans well forward to defend ..

End of over 86 (maiden) Australia 256/4
SR Watson    1* (8b)      Harbhajan Singh    26-3-77-1
MEK Hussey    81* (210b 8x4)      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

End of over 87 (3 runs) Australia 259/4
MEK Hussey    84* (216b 8x4)      I Sharma    21-8-42-1
SR Watson    1* (8b)      Harbhajan Singh    26-3-77-1

87.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, tossed up from around the stumps, defended to backward point

87.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, slower through the air, Hussey gets over it and defends

There's a slip and silly point in place

87.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, tossed up very wide of the stumps and Hussey leaves it be

87.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, pushed through outside off stump and left alone once more

87.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, pitches short and bounces and Hussey cuts to Zaheer in the deep

Harbhajan goes back over the stumps to Watson

87.6

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, pushed through quick and Watson goes back and across to block

End of over 88 (1 run) Australia 260/4
SR Watson    1* (9b)      Harbhajan Singh    27-3-78-1
MEK Hussey    85* (221b 8x4)      I Sharma    21-8-42-1

For the first time in the day, we have a different bowler. Its Sehwag, from over the stumps.

88.1

Sehwag to Hussey, no run, full and flat outside leg stump, Hussey sweeps and misses and the ball evades Dhoni and narrowly misses hitting the helmet placed behind the stumps

88.2

Sehwag to Hussey, 2 runs, tossed up on leg stump, spins in and Hussey delicately turns it fine

Short fine leg, silly point and slip in place

88.3

Sehwag to Hussey, 1 run, a long hop and he rocks back to pull over short leg's head

88.4

Sehwag to Watson, no run, tossed up on a short length and Watson defends off the back foot

88.5

Sehwag to Watson, no run, gives it some air and it brings Watson onto the front foot

88.6

Sehwag to Watson, no run, pitches on middle and turns in, Watson defends to short leg

End of over 89 (3 runs) Australia 263/4
SR Watson    1* (12b)      V Sehwag    7-1-14-0
MEK Hussey    88* (224b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    27-3-78-1

89.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 2 runs, slightly short in length and cut through covers

89.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, from round the stumps, quicker through the off stump channel, left alone

89.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, lands just outside off and turns and bounces, left alone

89.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, and again. Dhoni likes what he sees.

89.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, OUT, The combo of Vijay and Dhoni get together to run out Hussey. What a turning point this is going to be. It was turned to right of silly point and Vijay lunged to make the stop. Hussey was outside the crease, looking for the single and Vijay flicked it towards the stumps, Dhoni gathered it outside off and whipped the bails off. The third umpire says that's out and the Indians mob Vijay. Did the ball slip out Dhoni's gloves as he broke the stumps. Hang on, will confirm after the replays. Replays are in: The ball hit the stumps. And so that's out. It didn't slip down to the groundbut fell on the stumps

MEK Hussey run out 90 (315m 229b 8x4 0x6) SR: 39.30

89.6

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, leans forward to defend the off break

Indians have attacked from Zaher

End of over 90 (2 runs) Australia 265/5
BJ Haddin    0* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    28-3-80-1
SR Watson    1* (12b)      V Sehwag    7-1-14-0

The ball hit the stumps. And so that's out. It didn't slip down to the ground but fell on the stumps

90.1

Khan to Watson, no run, leans forward to defend

90.2

Khan to Watson, no run, short in length and outside off, punched to cover point

90.3

Khan to Watson, no run, from round the stumps, Zaheer hurls it in towards the middle with the shiny side in and Watson defends

90.4

Khan to Watson, no run, comes in from short of length, mistimes the drive to mid-on

90.5

Khan to Watson, no run, fuller, on the middle and off line, defends

90.6

Khan to Watson, 1 run, pushed to wide of mid-on for a single

Indians attacked the stumps from the moment Zaheer dismissed Katich and now are on the top

End of over 91 (1 run) Australia 266/5
SR Watson    2* (18b)      Z Khan    24-6-66-1
BJ Haddin    0* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    28-3-80-1

91.1

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, goes right back to defend to short leg

91.2

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, stretches well forward to defend

91.3

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, full in length but Watson decides to go back and work it to short leg

91.4

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, OUT, Harbhajan gets Watson with the over spin. It turned in and Watson tried to defend with soft hands but the ball rolled back, hit his arm, and bounded to the off stump. Bit like how Javagal Srinath got out to Saqlain in that famous Chennai Test in 1999. Triple strike and Australia are reeling. The Indians attacked after Katich's wicket and they are now really squeezing the Aussies.

SR Watson b Harbhajan Singh 2 (36m 22b 0x4 0x6) SR: 9.09

91.5

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, leans forward to defend to short leg

91.6

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, quicker, turning in towards middle and off, jabbed to short leg

End of over 92 (wicket maiden) Australia 266/6
CL White    0* (2b)      Harbhajan Singh    29-4-80-2
BJ Haddin    0* (1b)      Z Khan    24-6-66-1

92.1

Khan to Haddin, no run, banged in short but down the leg side

92.2

Khan to Haddin, no run, slanted across Haddin who pushes forward in defense

92.3

Khan to Haddin, no run, pushes it across Haddin and it went away a touch in the air and Haddin lunged forward and pushed it , bat away from the body, and to covers. Zaheer smiles.

92.4

Khan to Haddin, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

92.5

Khan to Haddin, no run, got this one to come back in but a bit towards leg and middle, worked to midwicket. He had removed Haddin with the incoming delivery at Mohali

92.6

Khan to Haddin, no run, fullish, defended on the front foot

End of over 93 (maiden) Australia 266/6
BJ Haddin    0* (7b)      Z Khan    25-7-66-1
CL White    0* (2b)      Harbhajan Singh    29-4-80-2

93.1

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, flighted on the middle, turned to the on side

93.2

Harbhajan Singh to White, 2 runs, full and on the off stump line, top edges the sweep to fine leg

93.3

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, lands it just outside off stump, nudged to the on side

93.4

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, turns in on the middle, turned to one of the two short legs

93.5

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, on the middle, gets his bat in front of the pad to defend

93.6

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, gets forward and across to defend the off break

End of over 94 (2 runs) Australia 268/6
CL White    2* (8b)      Harbhajan Singh    30-4-82-2
BJ Haddin    0* (7b)      Z Khan    25-7-66-1

94.1

Khan to Haddin, no run, from round the stumps, shapes it in full and around the off stump, driven to the off side

94.2

Khan to Haddin, no run, shiny side out and it reverses away, draggin Haddin into a false stroke, it goes a bit uppishly towards point

94.3

Khan to Haddin, no run, length delivery outside off stump, defended to the off side

94.4

Khan to Haddin, no run, the shiny side is in and it bends back in, Haddin gets forward, gets his bat in front of the pad to defend. Zaheer is bowling really well here

94.5

Khan to Haddin, no run, full and on the middle stump line, tries to work it to the on side but squeezes it back to Zaheer, who again has a big smile

94.6

Khan to Haddin, no run, the slower one now and is pushed to short mid-off

End of over 95 (maiden) Australia 268/6
BJ Haddin    0* (13b)      Z Khan    26-8-66-1
CL White    2* (8b)      Harbhajan Singh    30-4-82-2

Rao: "Those gone for wedding purchases and latest Bond movie may come back."

95.1

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, full and just outside off stump, defended to silly point

95.2

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, goes for the sweep from outside off, misses and is hit on the body

95.3

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, slower, bit more air and White comes forward to defend

slip, silly point and two short legs in. There is a deep square leg and deep midwicket in.

95.4

Harbhajan Singh to White, 1 run, leans forward to take it on the full and pushes it to covers

95.5

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, on the off stump line, lunges to defend, edges to short leg

95.6

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, leans forward to defend to short leg

End of over 96 (1 run) Australia 269/6
BJ Haddin    0* (15b)      Harbhajan Singh    31-4-83-2
CL White    3* (12b)      Z Khan    26-8-66-1

Kiwi in OZ: "The Indians are on the attack and there is life in this game after all. BTW, I'm told that if you drink a shot every time you see gratuitous product placement in "Quantum of Solace," you'll be unconscious before the halfway mark." I haven' t watched it yet and no plans to watch it also. Now Amit Mishra comes on for the first time today

96.1

Mishra to White, no run, full and on the middle stump line, pushed back to the bowler

96.2

Mishra to White, no run, lands on the middle and leg line, turns away and White lunges forward to defend

96.3

Mishra to White, no run, uses his height to get forward and smother the turn

96.4

Mishra to White, no run, on the off stump line, White moves forward and across to defend

96.5

Mishra to White, no run, quicker, on the middle, pushed to the on side of the pitch

96.6

Mishra to White, no run, turn and bounce. White is unable to reach the pitch of the ball with his stride, is surprised by the bounce, takes his bottom-hand off the handle and jabs it to the off side

End of over 97 (maiden) Australia 269/6
CL White    3* (18b)      A Mishra    10-2-31-0
BJ Haddin    0* (15b)      Harbhajan Singh    31-4-83-2

97.1

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, turns in from outside off, squeezed off the inner edge to one of the short legs. Men around the bat.

97.2

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, slower, fuller, driven back to the bowler

97.3

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, couple of steps down the track, gets outside off, is hit on the pad and to short leg

97.4

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, outside the off stump and turning in, defended to the on side

97.5

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, quicker one , full and just outside off stump, defended to silly point

97.6

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, leans forward to drive to short mid-on. Slip, silly point, two short legs, short mid-on and men at deep square leg and deep midwicket.

End of over 98 (maiden) Australia 269/6
BJ Haddin    0* (21b)      Harbhajan Singh    32-5-83-2
CL White    3* (18b)      A Mishra    10-2-31-0

98.1

Mishra to White, 1 run, full and on the middle and off, squeezed off the outer edge to backward point region

98.2

Mishra to Haddin, no run, Haddin remains on zero as he is beaten by the legbreak fizzing past the outside edge

98.3

Mishra to Haddin, no run, slower this time, on the middle, pushed down the track

98.4

Mishra to Haddin, no run, on the middle and leg, pushed to mid-on, thinks about getting off the mark but decides against the suicidal run

98.5

Mishra to Haddin, 1 run, tossed up full and driven to long-off and he gets his first run. 25 balls faced.

98.6

Mishra to White, no run, leg break on the middle stump line, pushed to mid-off

End of over 99 (2 runs) Australia 271/6
CL White    4* (20b)      A Mishra    11-2-33-0
BJ Haddin    1* (25b)      Harbhajan Singh    32-5-83-2

99.1

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, 2 runs, turns in towards middle and leg, flicked past the squarish short leg for couple of runs. Vijay was up early and it fell short of him and ran between his legs

99.2

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, no run, the topspinner, bounces around the off stump, defended well in the end

99.3

Harbhajan Singh to Haddin, 1 run, on the off and middle, turning in, glanced for a single

99.4

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, quicker, turning in, White rolls his wrists to keep it down short of the short-leg

99.5

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, slower, fuller, outside off, tapped down the track

99.6

Harbhajan Singh to White, 2 runs, edged but well wide of the first slip. Lots of over spin on that and it jumped off a length and straightened, White yanked off the bottom-hand of the handle and stabbed it away

End of over 100 (5 runs) Australia 276/6
CL White    6* (23b)      Harbhajan Singh    33-5-88-2
BJ Haddin    4* (28b)      A Mishra    11-2-33-0
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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

Simon Katich and Michael Clarke after Australia's loss

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The Australians reflect on what could have been, India v Australia, 4th Test, Nagpur, 5th day, November 10, 2008

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