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

15.1

Swann to Laxman, 2 runs, short and sliding down, Laxman whips it across the line to the deep

15.2

Swann to Laxman, no run, short again and he pulls the ball to midwicket

15.3

Swann to Laxman, 1 run, tossed up on a length, he gets back and defends to point

India 40/3   VVS Laxman 3* (3b)

16.1

Flintoff to Laxman, no run, banged in short and Laxman guides it gently to gully

16.2

Flintoff to Laxman, 2 runs, nips back in he angles it though a diving gully this time

16.3

Flintoff to Laxman, 1 no ball, oversteps, its short of a length and Laxman again eases it to point

16.3

Flintoff to Laxman, 1 leg bye, short down leg stump, Laxman loosely turns it off the pads just wide of a diving Cook at forward short leg

16.6

Flintoff to Laxman, FOUR, full on leg stump and he effortlessly clips that through mid-on, a real Laxman shot, all wrists and timing, fun to watch

India 55/3   VVS Laxman 9* (8b 1x4)

17.3

Swann to Laxman, no run, teasing line, holds it back and gets Laxman defending

17.4

Swann to Laxman, no run, a loose shot from Laxman, getting back to try and wrist a shortish ball away to square leg, but it sits and rolls up off the arm, silly point dives and takes it

17.5

Swann to Laxman, no run, fuller this time and he sensibly comes forward to defend

17.6

Swann to Laxman, no run, tossed up on a good length and Laxman sticks to defending

India 56/3   VVS Laxman 9* (12b 1x4)

18.3

Harmison to Laxman, no run, bangs it in short and Laxman gets low to allow it sail past

18.4

Harmison to Laxman, no run, thats a very well-directed short ball to go with a good leave from Laxman, as Harmison slides a bouncer back in and the batsman drops the hand and arches back

18.5

Harmison to Laxman, 1 run, misfield from Anderson at cover allows a single, Harmison drops short again and Laxman punches off the back foot, the fielder takes his eyes off it and allows the ball sneak through his legs

India 58/3   VVS Laxman 10* (15b 1x4)

19.1

Swann to Laxman, no run, tossed up on a length and Laxman drives to the man at cover

19.2

Swann to Laxman, no run, a tad short and Laxman punches it to a tumbling Monty at mid-off

19.3

Swann to Laxman, FOUR, ah, shot! Laxman comes forward to a tossed up delivery and deliciously flicks across the line, very hard on the wrists, and whips it through midwicket

19.4

Swann to Laxman, no run, quicker ball gets Laxman back and across, tapping to short leg

19.5

Swann to Laxman, no run, tossed up on middle and off, Laxman decides to defend it back

19.6

Swann to Laxman, no run, a teasing length gets Laxman pushing forward to silly point now

India 62/3   VVS Laxman 14* (21b 2x4)

20.3

Harmison to Laxman, no run, 136ks, another accurate bouncer brings Laxman to sway low

20.4

Harmison to Laxman, no run, 140ks, slants down leg, Laxman mistimes it, bobs to short leg

20.5

Harmison to Laxman, no run, gets room outside off stump but fails to pierce the off side with a firm slap off the back foot, the ball goes to Collingwood at point on the awkward bounce

20.6

Harmison to Laxman, no run, and again Harmison offers width and Laxman cuts to Collingwood

India 63/3   VVS Laxman 14* (25b 2x4)

21.4

Swann to Laxman, 1 run, strides forward and drives well towards extra cover for one

21.6

Swann to Laxman, no run, comes forward and defends this one to the off side to end the over

India 66/3   VVS Laxman 15* (27b 2x4)

23.2

Panesar to Laxman, no run, tossed up and Laxman comes forward to defend

23.3

Panesar to Laxman, no run, teasing line and length, he comes forward and drives to cover

23.4

Panesar to Laxman, 1 run, too short and he rocks back to pull out to deep midwicket

India 77/3   VVS Laxman 16* (30b 2x4)

24.1

Anderson to Laxman, no run, back of a length, comes back in, Laxman gets bat down in time

24.2

Anderson to Laxman, no run, back of a length again and this time he punches sweetly to cover

24.3

Anderson to Laxman, no run, a touch fuller, swings in, Laxman counters with a punch to the off

24.4

Anderson to Laxman, FOUR, smartly steered off the open face by Laxman, standing his ground and just using the pace and width to pick the big gap between wide slip and gully for four

24.5

Anderson to Laxman, no run, gets more room but he mistimes the back-foot cut to backward point

24.6

Anderson to Laxman, no run, change of pace, much fuller and Laxman can't beat cover now

India 81/3   VVS Laxman 20* (36b 3x4)

25.2

Panesar to Laxman, no run, quicker ball, 90ks, pitches outside leg stump and squares up Laxman as it turns and bounces, he gets an edge that runs safely wide of slip

25.3

Panesar to Laxman, no run, uses his feet and drives straight, Monty takes pace of the shot to mid-on

25.4

Panesar to Laxman, no run, comes forward and drives the ball to the fielder again

25.5

Panesar to Laxman, no run, tosses it up, lands it on a length, and Laxman defends

25.6

Panesar to Laxman, no run, goes back and across to defend the last ball of the over

India 82/3   VVS Laxman 20* (41b 3x4)

26.3

Anderson to Laxman, no run, pitches on a length and Laxman defends to the off side

26.4

Anderson to Laxman, 2 runs, in his zone, full on the stumps, and clipped out to the deep for two

26.5

Anderson to Laxman, no run, 139ks, short of a good length, Laxman gets in line to defend

26.6

Anderson to Laxman, 1 run, short this time on the body and he rolls it down to deep square leg

India 86/3   VVS Laxman 23* (45b 3x4)

27.1

Panesar to Laxman, no run, tossed up full and Laxman drives it hard back to Panesar

27.2

Panesar to Laxman, no run, loud shot as Laxman brings his bat down late on one clearly drifting down leg stump, Panesar shouts and Harper says shusssh

27.3

Panesar to Laxman, no run, gets forward and drives firmly but straight to the man at cover

27.4

Panesar to Laxman, no run, drives handsomely again but Anderson cuts it off from mid-off

27.5

Panesar to Laxman, no run, a bit flatter and Laxman defends it back on this occasion

27.6

Panesar to Laxman, no run, slows it down a lot more, getting Laxman watchfully defending

India 86/3   VVS Laxman 23* (51b 3x4)

28.2

Anderson to Laxman, no run, follows it up with a bouncer and Laxman gets down on the haunches

28.3

Anderson to Laxman, 1 run, on leg stump and flicked disdainfully out to deep midwicket

India 88/3   VVS Laxman 24* (53b 3x4)

30.1

Anderson to Laxman, no run, pitches on a length, Laxman eases a positive drive to Pietersen at mid-off

30.2

Anderson to Laxman, no run, follows up with a bouncer down leg stump and Laxman ducks low

30.3

Anderson to Laxman, no run, gets back on the toes and defends a short delivery to the off side

30.4

Anderson to Laxman, no run, gets back again and punches a short delivery towards cover-point

30.5

Anderson to Laxman, no run, punches again to cover, where Cook dives and parries it to point

30.6

Anderson to Laxman, no run, ends the over by bouncing Laxman, who has to duck real low

India 97/3   VVS Laxman 24* (59b 3x4)

31.2

Panesar to Laxman, OUT, caught and bowled, and a moment of uncertainty! Laxman just chips one back to Panesar's right, who plucks the hard-hit drive and then looks on as if he can't believe it, and neither can Laxman, it wasn't a terrific catch or anything, it was just about a moment of silence before anyone realised what had happened .. anyway, Laxman has to go and Panesar celebrates

VVS Laxman c & b Panesar 24 (81m 60b 3x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

India 98/4   VVS Laxman 24 (60b 3x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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