England tour of India, 2008/09 / Commentary

England in India Test Series - 1st Test

India v England

India won by 6 wickets

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

92.6

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up on leg stump, the googly, which he defends back

England 229/6   MJ Prior 0* (1b)

93.4

Khan to Prior, no run, swing there, Zaheer pitches full and moves the ball in, Prior gets tentatively forward and just defends in time, he's getting right across his stumps

93.5

Khan to Prior, no run, on a drivable length but Prior defends to the off side

93.6

Khan to Prior, 2 runs, thats a shot to get off the mark, Prior rolls his wrists and clips a half-volley on the pads away down to deep square leg

England 232/6   MJ Prior 2* (4b)

94.2

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up ever so teasingly, Prior gets forward and defends with an inside edge down onto his front boot

94.3

Mishra to Prior, 2 runs, slides in the googly from middle and leg, Prior brushes it off is pads in the air wide of Gambhir at short leg, calls Anderson and they run hard for a couple

94.4

Mishra to Prior, 2 runs, this too slides down the pads, Prior tickles it down to fine leg

94.5

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up on the stumps and he pats it back to Mishra

94.6

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up on leg stump, turns in and Prior uneasily pokes at it with bat well out in front of pad, the ball sneaks off the leading edge and drops in front of slip

England 237/6   MJ Prior 6* (9b)

95.5

Khan to Prior, 1 run, pitches on a length, Prior goes back and defends from the crease, ball kisses the edge and rolls down wide of slip towards third man

England 239/6   MJ Prior 7* (10b)

96.1

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up slowly, getting Prior defending while well forward

96.2

Mishra to Prior, 2 runs, aha, turn there, spinning away from Prior, who gets back and defends with soft hands, the ball goes wide of Dravid at slip and Prior sets off the run

96.3

Mishra to Prior, no run, goes back and plays by pushing the bat down the line, the ball turns and draws and edge but it drops well safe of Gambhir under the helmet, well bowled Mishra

96.4

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up full outside off and Prior watchfully defends it back

96.5

Mishra to Prior, no run, leg break on leg stump, turns in and Prior defends to Gambhir

96.6

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up, Prior lunges forward and defends with an inside edge

England 241/6   MJ Prior 9* (16b)

98.1

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up on leg stump, defended to forward short leg

98.2

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up the googly on leg, again he defends it away

98.3

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, fuller, flatter, quicker, Prior tickles it around the corner

98.6

Mishra to Prior, no run, fizzed up on middle and off and Prior pats it back to Mishra

England 243/6   MJ Prior 10* (20b)

101.1

Sharma to Prior, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump and he steers it past gully

England 247/6   MJ Prior 11* (21b)

102.1

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up on a length and Prior gets forward to block

102.2

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up again and he simply dead-bats it back to Mishra

102.3

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up and he gets forward, driving uppishly to short extra cover

102.4

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up on leg stump, ball turns in, Prior covers off and blocks

102.5

Mishra to Prior, no run, goes back and across and defends a legbreak to Gambhir

102.6

Mishra to Prior, no run, shuffles across and defends one turning down leg stump

England 247/6   MJ Prior 11* (27b)

104.1

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, shortish ball, turns in from middle and leg and Prior shuffles across to easily push the ball into the gap at midwicket

104.5

Mishra to Prior, no run, tosses up the googly on middle and leg and Prior defends

104.6

Mishra to Prior, no run, low dipping delivery, Prior drives hard, with lots of bottom hand, to mid-on

England 254/6   MJ Prior 12* (30b)

105.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, FOUR, top shot, Prior slog-sweeping this one hard over midwicket

105.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, slows the pace, holds back the length, and Prior defends

105.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, slow and turning down leg stump, Prior brushes it past short leg

England 260/6   MJ Prior 17* (33b 1x4)

106.1

Mishra to Prior, no run, uses his feet and drives a flighted delivery back to Mishra

106.2

Mishra to Prior, no run, pitches on leg and turns, Prior defends with soft hands to Gambhir

106.3

Mishra to Prior, no run, slow again, some good dip on it, and Prior defends it back

106.4

Mishra to Prior, no run, gets forward and defends another low dipping delivery

106.5

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, tossed up generously and Prior sweeps from off past Gambhir

England 261/6   MJ Prior 18* (38b 1x4)

107.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, tossed up on a length and Prior stretches well forward to defend

107.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, flatter, shorter, Prior shuffles and defends to leg gully

107.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 2 runs, slower delivery down Prior's pads, he brushes it wide of Laxman

107.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, short again, turning in from outside off, Prior deflects it to Laxman

107.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, plays another short ball off his pads, Laxman dives and saves runs

107.6

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, tosses it up slowly, Prior goes back and defends it to Gambhir

England 263/6   MJ Prior 20* (44b 1x4)

108.5

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, Prior sweeps now as Mishra tosses it up slowly outside leg stump

England 265/6   MJ Prior 21* (45b 1x4)

109.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, full on leg stump and Prior clips it to midwicket

109.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, tossed up outside leg, turns in and Prior goes back and across

109.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, too full and wide so Prior sweeps out to deep backward square

England 266/6   MJ Prior 22* (48b 1x4)

110.1

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, uses his feet and collects it on the full, off the toe end of the bat, clipping this one through midwicket for a single

110.5

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up and he defends it back

110.6

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, slower and shorter, Prior shuffles and plays through midwicket

England 272/7   MJ Prior 24* (51b 1x4)

111.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, quicker delivery on middle and leg, clipped to midwicket

111.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, comes out and clips a tossed up delivery to midwicket

111.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, shorter one and Prior goes back and across to defend

111.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, loose shot from Prior, dancing down and miscuing an attempted aerial on-drive over midwicket and wide of Ishant, running across from wide mid-on

England 275/7   MJ Prior 26* (55b 1x4)

112.1

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up, good dip on that one, Prior smothers the spin

112.2

Mishra to Prior, no run, too short and he gets across to whip it to the man at midwicket

112.3

Mishra to Prior, no run, slower one, turns in from outside leg stump and Prior defends

112.4

Mishra to Prior, no run, sharp turn and more importantly bounce, pitching in the rough and spitting up across Prior, fending and edging just short of Dravid at slip

112.5

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, flat outside leg stump and he picks up another single to square leg

England 276/7   MJ Prior 27* (60b 1x4)

113.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, pitches short and turns down leg stump, tucked off the hips down through a diving Laxman at leg gully

England 277/7   MJ Prior 28* (61b 1x4)

114.1

Mishra to Prior, no run, gets a good stride in and defends to the off, yelling 'WAIT'

114.2

Mishra to Prior, 2 runs, gets across and laps it fine, sprinting back for the second

114.3

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, low full toss, Prior stretches forward and clips to Sehwag at midwicket

England 280/8   MJ Prior 31* (64b 1x4)

115.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, tossed up and he gets well forward to defend this one

115.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, slower, sliding down leg, brushed off the pads to short leg

115.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, quicker one, gets forward and defends again

115.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, slows it up this time, on middle and leg, and Prior defends

115.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, shorter, flatter, Prior walks across and dabs it towards point

115.6

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, and they get it with ease, Prior smartly making room to gently nudge a short ball into the opening at cover to keep hold of the strike

England 281/8   MJ Prior 32* (70b 1x4)

116.1

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, he shuffles and dabs one to midwicket

116.3

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, googly, down leg, Prior nicely turns it wide of leg gully for one

England 286/8   MJ Prior 34* (72b 1x4)

117.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, sharp turn down leg stump, Prior pushes it to Laxman

117.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, slower, just 83ks, played to forward short leg

117.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, turns and bounces again, he covers it well, opening the face and steering it wide of point, Harbhajan yells at Sehwag to keep them to one to Harmison will face

117.6

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, but he gets it coolly, shuffling and tucking one off the pads

England 291/8   MJ Prior 36* (76b 1x4)

118.1

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, no run, 83.5ks, a low full toss but Prior, playing for lunch, defends

118.2

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, no run, turns into his pads and he tucks it to forward short leg

118.3

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, no run, stands his ground and drives another full ball towards cover

118.4

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, 2 runs, too short and he punches it out to deep cover for an easy couple

118.5

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, 1 run, tossed up slowly and very wide, Prior cover-drives a single

England 294/8   MJ Prior 39* (81b 1x4)

119.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, tossed up on leg, and he starts the session by defending

119.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, slower and a bit flatter and Prior comes well forward

119.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, now he starts paddling with the turn, bobbing it up in the air over square leg, landing safely in the deep and Tendulkar runs across from fine leg to field

England 295/8   MJ Prior 40* (84b 1x4)

120.1

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, 2 runs, short on the stumps and Prior muscles it to Harbhajan at mid-on

120.2

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, 2 runs, short again and he shuffles to play it through midwicket for a couple that also raises England's 300, thats some good running between the two, who punch gloves

120.3

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, no run, comes a long way forward to defend the ball into the covers

120.4

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, 1 run, smart stuff, Prior gets across and works the ball to midwicket for one

England 302/8   MJ Prior 45* (88b 1x4)

121.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, pitches on leg and spins, Prior turns it past short leg

England 303/8   MJ Prior 46* (89b 1x4)

122.1

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, no run, short, turning in, Prior works it straight to the man at midwicket

122.2

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, 1 run, wrong line and Prior paddle-sweeps a single around the corner

England 304/8   MJ Prior 47* (91b 1x4)

123.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, moves to 48 with another easy single off the hips

England 305/9   MJ Prior 48* (92b 1x4)

124.1

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, no run, tossed up and he keeps this one out patiently once again

124.2

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg and he works it to midwicket

124.6

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, no run, quicker delivery into Prior, who shuffles and plays it to short leg

England 307/9   MJ Prior 49* (95b 1x4)

125.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, well played Prior, raising fifty with a customary shuffle and clip off the pads as Harbhajan again slides one down leg stump, a crucial innings on comeback

England 309/9   MJ Prior 50* (96b 1x4)

126.1

Mishra to Prior, no run, full and floated up on leg stump, Prior turns it towards short leg

126.2

Mishra to Prior, no run, slowly drifted up on middle and leg and Prior drops his head

126.3

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, that one's short and Prior is content to punch a single into the covers

England 310/9   MJ Prior 51* (99b 1x4)

127.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, too short and Prior rocks back, cutting a single to deep point

England 313/9   MJ Prior 52* (100b 1x4)

128.1

Sharma to Prior, no run, full down leg stump, Prior tries to flick but misses, no appeal

128.2

Sharma to Prior, 1 run, attempted yorker into leg stump, Prior clips a single to deep square leg

England 316/9   MJ Prior 53* (102b 1x4)
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Series Results
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Match drawn
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Dec 15, 2008

Sachin Tendulkar closes his eyes, India v England, 1st Test, Chennai, 5th day, December 15, 2008

Sachin Tendulkar closes his eyes

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Dec 15, 2008

The trophy is not a distant dream for Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India v England, 1st Test, Chennai, 5th day, December 15, 2008

The trophy is not a distant dream for Mahendra Singh Dhoni

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