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

13.4

Swann to Tendulkar, 2 runs, off the mark with a couple, pushed off the front foot past cover

13.5

Swann to Tendulkar, 1 run, spins down leg stump and he turns it towards midwicket

India 37/2   SR Tendulkar 3* (2b)

14.1

Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length outside off stump and he shoulders arms

14.2

Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run, 133ks, banged in short and Tendulkar sway out of the line

14.3

Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run, slides down leg stump, he plays a flick and mistimes it

14.4

Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run, lands on an off-stump length and Tendulkar drives to cover

14.5

Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run, slides down leg stump and Prior dives to collect the ball

14.6

Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run, wide of the stumps and Tendulkar leaves it alone

India 37/3   SR Tendulkar 3* (8b)

15.4

Swann to Tendulkar, SIX, oh thats tremendous! Tendulkar sizes up Swann, kneels down, and swats him with a powerful slog-sweep over midwicket for six, raising 2000 runs against England

15.5

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, slows the pace, he gets forward and defends to leg

15.6

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, flatter delivery and he gets back to pat it down the track

India 46/3   SR Tendulkar 9* (11b 1x6)

16.4

Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run, comes forward and pushes it to midwicket, Tendulkar sets off and gets sent back by Laxman as two fielders run in quickly

16.5

Flintoff to Tendulkar, 1 run, a touch too straight and he clips it towards midwicket and sprints

India 51/3   SR Tendulkar 10* (13b 1x6)

17.1

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up teasingly, on a very good off-stump line, and Tendulkar comes onto the front foot and defends to the two men on the off side

17.2

Swann to Tendulkar, 1 run, 91ks, drifting into the pads, Tendulkar turns it past forward short leg for an easy single

India 56/3   SR Tendulkar 11* (15b 1x6)

18.1

Harmison to Tendulkar, no run, hello there? Tendulkar loses sight of a shortish delivery and ducks into it, the ball was not a bouncer by any means and thuds into his left shoulder, Tendulkar was down on his knees almost, a la the controversial time McGrath had him lbw in Australia, this time there is no appeal from England, rightly so

18.2

Harmison to Tendulkar, 1 run, tucks this one off the pads for a single towards square leg

18.6

Harmison to Tendulkar, no run, overpitched on the stumps and Tendulkar clips to midwicket

India 58/3   SR Tendulkar 12* (18b 1x6)

20.1

Harmison to Tendulkar, no run, a bouncer down leg stump, Prior does the collecting

20.2

Harmison to Tendulkar, 1 run, short again into the body and Tendulkar tickles it to square leg

India 63/3   SR Tendulkar 13* (20b 1x6)

21.1

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up on a length and Tendulkar goes back to defend it

21.2

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, back and across again, pushing the ball back to Swann

21.3

Swann to Tendulkar, 1 run, a bit flatter and straighter and now he turns it off the pads for one

21.5

Swann to Tendulkar, 1 run, tossed up generously, Tendulkar gets across and turns it for one

India 66/3   SR Tendulkar 15* (24b 1x6)

22.1

Harmison to Tendulkar, no run, drifts down leg stump, Tendulkar leaves, Prior collects

22.2

Harmison to Tendulkar, no run, pitches outside off and now Tendulkar shoulder arms

22.3

Harmison to Tendulkar, FOUR, thumped through the off side, given some room and he transfers the weight to crack it smack through point for a boundary

22.4

Harmison to Tendulkar, FOUR, four more, this time a fortuitous thick outside edge as Tendulkar gets another chance to free the arms, this one's flying away through gully and the slips

22.5

Harmison to Tendulkar, no run, a much better length and Tendulkar presses it off the front foot

22.6

Harmison to Tendulkar, 1 run, effortless shot, walking across his stumps to clip out to the deep

India 75/3   SR Tendulkar 24* (30b 2x4 1x6)

23.1

Panesar to Tendulkar, 1 run, tossed up on a length, Tendulkar shuffles and gets a single

23.5

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, waits for turn and opens the face, guiding it to Collingwood

23.6

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, 94ks, but too short and steered out towards point

India 77/3   SR Tendulkar 25* (33b 2x4 1x6)

25.1

Panesar to Tendulkar, 1 run, tossed up real slow, with plenty of air, and he drives it back

India 82/3   SR Tendulkar 26* (34b 2x4 1x6)

26.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, gets back and mistimes a punchy shot to the man at cover

26.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, a fuller length, middle and leg, Tendulkar turns it to midwicket

India 83/3   SR Tendulkar 27* (36b 2x4 1x6)

28.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, down the pads and Tendulkar raises the 50-run association with Laxman with another deflection down towards deep fine leg

28.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, gets forward and drives it straight to the man at cover

28.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, banged in short, Tendulkar loses sight but luckily for him the bat is nowhere near the ball as he takes evasive action

28.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, ah, another sharp bouncer to Tendulkar, who gets into a tangle, the ball balloons up towards the off side and Laxman is quick to urge him on for the leg bye

India 89/3   SR Tendulkar 28* (40b 2x4 1x6)

29.1

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, teasing line and length, he gets inside the line and defends

29.2

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, cannot put away a loose ball, instead chopping to the cover fielder

29.3

Panesar to Tendulkar, FOUR, this time he does, using his crease and getting over a short ball, cutting between cover and point for an excellent boundary

29.4

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, much slower, with some turn, Tendulkar defends it towards slip

29.5

Panesar to Tendulkar, FOUR, top shot, uses his feet and drives inside-out through extra cover

29.6

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up on a far better length and Tendulkar defends

India 97/3   SR Tendulkar 36* (46b 4x4 1x6)

31.1

Panesar to Tendulkar, 1 run, tossed up, Tendulkar drives inside out, KP dives around at mid-off

India 98/3   SR Tendulkar 37* (47b 4x4 1x6)

32.1

Flintoff to Tendulkar, OUT, another one bites the dust! Flintoff strikes first ball, what a change by Pietersen, Tendulkar gets a loosener just outside off stump and plays the tamest of drives back in the air to the bowler, who grasps it all to eagerly in his follow-through before breaking into celebrations

SR Tendulkar c & b Flintoff 37 (90m 48b 4x4 1x6) SR: 77.08

India 102/5   SR Tendulkar 37 (48b 4x4 1x6)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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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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