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

5.3

Anderson to Dravid, no run, leaves his first ball comfortably, getting in and shouldering arms

5.4

Anderson to Dravid, no run, 144ks from Anderson, pitching back of a length and wide of the stumps and swinging back in late, but Dravid knows where off is and raises the bat

5.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, bouncer now, 137ks, Dravid coolly sways back in time, ensuring to drop the hands as he arches his back and takes the head out of the way

5.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, swings back in off a length and Dravid steers it to backward point

India 16/1   R Dravid 0* (4b)

6.5

Harmison to Dravid, no run, around 136 kmph delivery, full and just outside off stump, Dravid takes a big stride out to defend in front of him

6.6

Harmison to Dravid, no run, beaten outside off. It was a length delivery that held its line and Dravid had a stab at it before withdrawing his bat away.

India 19/1   R Dravid 0* (6b)

8.1

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, 139 kmph screamer outside off stump that beats Dravid comprehensively. Dravid pushed inside the line and the ball tailed past the edge

8.2

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, 138.3 kmph lifting delivery around the right shoulder and Dravid quickly sways away from the line of the cherry. Game on.

8.3

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, another short pitched delivery but a touch outside off stump and Dravid has no problems in letting that one go past him

8.4

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, touch too wide to interest Dravid and Prior gathers. Will he bowl the fuller delivery around off and get it to straighten?

8.5

Flintoff to Dravid, (no ball) 1 run, shapes this one back in to Dravid who tucks it to long leg. And the crowd cheer Dravid. They are completely behind the man from Bangalore. They love and respect him here.

India 25/1   R Dravid 1* (11b)

9.1

Anderson to Dravid, no run, well bowled, that one's full, fast and swinging into Dravid, who pushes forward and sort of stops on the shot, a loose defensive and Anderson runs across

9.2

Anderson to Dravid, 1 run, a smart single, Dravid strides real forward and gently nudges the ball into the cover and gets good support from Gambhir

India 26/1   R Dravid 2* (13b)

10.1

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, there's further evidence of Dravid's mindset, poking from the crease at a short ball that he would have left alone most days and getting beaten again

10.2

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, short and Dravid this time correctly leaves it alone for Prior

10.3

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, good bowling from Flintoff, hitting a length and Dravid pushes down the wrong line, beaten once more by the pace and carry of that delivery

10.4

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, slips in a bouncer at 138ks, Dravid arches the back and leaves

10.5

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, gets forward and defends a fuller ball to cover, Flintoff runs across

10.6

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, eases forward and across and pats one back to Flintoff

India 28/1   R Dravid 2* (19b)

12.1

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

12.2

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, change of pace, pitches in line and Dravid taps it back to Flintoff

12.3

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, much wider, 143.5ks, and Dravid shoulders arms easily

12.4

Flintoff to Dravid, 1 run, steals a single now, getting to the pitch of this one and gently easing it into the covers, calling Gambhir eagerly across for the sharp run

India 29/1   R Dravid 3* (23b)

13.6

Swann to Dravid, OUT, what an over! This one pitches just outside off stump and turns in, Dravid pushes down the wrong line and misses to get struck on the front pad, Swann and England believe they've got their man and Swann goes red-faced in appeal before Harper slowly raises the finger

R Dravid lbw b Swann 3 (44m 24b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

India 37/3   R Dravid 3 (24b)
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