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

72.3

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, no run, quicker ball, 90ks, Flintoff strides forward and defends

72.4

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, no run, shorter ball, Flintoff gets back and defends to silly point

72.5

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, 1 run, slows the pace, tossed it up on leg stump, Flintoff defends and gets an inside edge wide of Gambhir at forward short leg to get off the mark

England 196/4   A Flintoff 1* (3b)

73.1

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, welcomes him with a bouncer, over the stumps, Flintoff loses sight of it and gets into a mess, head down, eyes off it, bat elsewhere, this should be a contest, eh?

73.2

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, ohh, fuller now and swinging away and Flintoff just manages to defend it, the ball sneaks down in front of the slip cordon

73.3

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, short ball, 140ks, very wide of the stumps this time

73.4

Sharma to Flintoff, FOUR, down the pads and he just helps it to fine leg, raising England's 200

73.5

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, hits a length and comes back, but Flintoff is right in line, defending

73.6

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, yep, there's swing on view now, Ishant pitches on a good length and nips it back in, but Flintoff is up for the challenge, watchfully getting behind the ball, lovely stuff all around

England 200/4   A Flintoff 5* (9b 1x4)

74.3

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, 1 run, gets across his stumps and tickles it past short fine leg

74.5

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, 1 run, tossed up on a length, turns in, Flintoff steals a single again

England 204/4   A Flintoff 7* (11b 1x4)

75.1

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, back of a length, Flintoff stands in his crease and pushes at it, getting an inside edge back onto his pads low down, more swing on view from Ishant

75.2

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, fuller in length, Flintoff gets back and across and defends

75.3

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, too full down the pads, Flintoff can't connect, Dhoni dives and takes

75.4

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, top delivery, pitching in that corridor and getting Flintoff playing forward, feet not moving, and the late swing beats his bat

75.5

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, lovely swing again, pitching fullish, but Flintoff defends very well

75.6

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, hits a length and deviates away from Flintoff, who shoulders arms

England 204/4   A Flintoff 7* (17b 1x4)

76.3

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, no run, tossed up on a length, he comes forward and defends

76.4

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, no run, gets forward and reaches for it, pushing towards cover

76.5

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, no run, tossed up on a length and Flintoff pats it back to Harbhajan

76.6

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, no run, tossed up and he defends it to short leg this time

England 205/4   A Flintoff 7* (21b 1x4)

77.2

Yuvraj Singh to Flintoff, no run, comes a long way forward - all 6 ft 4 in of him - and pats it back

77.3

Yuvraj Singh to Flintoff, no run, comes forward to defend and gets an inside edge this time

77.4

Yuvraj Singh to Flintoff, no run, a tad shorter, he waits and dabs the ball towards cover

77.5

Yuvraj Singh to Flintoff, 2 runs, straighter ball, Flintoff steadies himself and turns it to square leg

77.6

Yuvraj Singh to Flintoff, no run, lands outside off, doesn't turn, and Flintoff shoulders arms

England 208/4   A Flintoff 9* (26b 1x4)

78.2

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, no run, this one is on middle and leg and plays it to short leg

78.3

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, no run, teasingly tossed up, Flintoff turns it to Gambhir at short leg

78.4

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, no run, fuller, a tad quicker too, some turn, Flintoff defends to short leg

78.5

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, no run, lovely length that, getting Flintoff forward and defending again

78.6

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, no run, end of a tidy over, Flintoff gets well in to keep the last ball out

England 209/4   A Flintoff 9* (31b 1x4)

79.2

Yuvraj Singh to Flintoff, 1 run, gets some room and drives out to Harbhajan at sweeper-cover

79.4

Yuvraj Singh to Flintoff, no run, better line and length and Flintoff defends it back with a big stride

79.5

Yuvraj Singh to Flintoff, no run, a touch straighter and Flintoff turns it to Gambhir at short leg

79.6

Yuvraj Singh to Flintoff, no run, wee bit of turn, Flintoff gets back and across and defends

England 212/4   A Flintoff 10* (35b 1x4)

81.2

Mishra to Flintoff, 2 runs, a googly, flatter, Flintoff gets across and works it off the hips for two

81.3

Mishra to Flintoff, no run, flights it up invitingly, Flintoff plays it back to Mishra

81.4

Mishra to Flintoff, no run, tossed up on and around off stump and he defends it watchfully

81.5

Mishra to Flintoff, no run, lovely flight again from Mishra, Flintoff uses his feet and drives to mid-on

81.6

Mishra to Flintoff, no run, lands it on a length, with some good dip, and Flintoff plays it back

England 216/4   A Flintoff 12* (40b 1x4)

82.5

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, no run, tossed up on middle and off and Flintoff defends it back

82.6

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, no run, tossed up on a length, no turn, and a brave leave from Flintoff

England 217/4   A Flintoff 12* (42b 1x4)

84.1

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, no run, tossed up on middle and off, Flintoff gets forward and defends

84.2

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, no run, slips down leg stump, well taken by Dhoni

84.3

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, no run, fuller and flatter and he defends it to the off side

84.4

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, no run, tossed up and defended back to Harbhajan again

84.5

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, 1 run, straighter delivery, Flintoff shuffles and turns it to midwicket

England 222/5   A Flintoff 13* (47b 1x4)

85.1

Mishra to Flintoff, no run, well flighted up, slow, and Flintoff defends it back to Mishra

85.2

Mishra to Flintoff, no run, another loud appeal as Flintoff strides a long way forward and pushes the bat down the line, struck on the front pad but the measure he got forward creates too much doubt in the umpire's mind

85.3

Mishra to Flintoff, no run, gets a long way forward and defends once more

85.4

Mishra to Flintoff, no run, well flighted by Mishra but Flintoff has shut shop, and defends

85.5

Mishra to Flintoff, no run, tossed up fuller and hits him low on the pad, but again too far forward

85.6

Mishra to Flintoff, no run, gets back and across and defends this one to midwicket

England 222/5   A Flintoff 13* (53b 1x4)

86.4

Khan to Flintoff, no run, hits a full length and shapes away and Flintoff shoulders arms

86.5

Khan to Flintoff, FOUR, full again, swinging away, Flintoff pokes and edges wide of the slips

86.6

Khan to Flintoff, no run, hits a length and Flintoff watchfully defends it back

England 227/5   A Flintoff 17* (56b 2x4)

87.5

Mishra to Flintoff, no run, quicker googly but Flintoff gets way forward to defend it back

87.6

Mishra to Flintoff, 1 run, tossed up down leg stump, tickled fine to keep strike

England 229/5   A Flintoff 18* (58b 2x4)

88.1

Khan to Flintoff, no run, pitches on a drivable length, Flintoff dead-bats it back to Zaheer

88.2

Khan to Flintoff, no run, back of a length, Flintoff gets to the pitch and defends to cover

88.3

Khan to Flintoff, no run, lands a bit fuller and he jams it out to backward point

88.4

Khan to Flintoff, no run, 133ks, angles away from Flintoff, shouldering arms with ease

88.5

Khan to Flintoff, no run, straighter delivery, defended along the ground towards gully

88.6

Khan to Flintoff, no run, comes onto the front foot and drives the last ball to cover

England 229/5   A Flintoff 18* (64b 2x4)

90.1

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, starts off on a length and Flintoff drives the ball to midwicket

90.2

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, a touch fuller, looking for swing, Flintoff clips to midwicket

90.3

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, oh there's a shout! Sharma searches for reverse swing and nips one back into Flintoff, stuck on his crease, ball seems to be doing too much, or does it? To the naked eye it looked like missing leg stump - which is why apart from Ishant there was not much appealing - but then replays show it was hitting its mark. One of those calls, I'd say, there was no shout from Dhoni, as it was a maginal call, Bowden could see middle and off when it rapped the pads, fair call.

90.4

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, on the stumps and he gets in line to defend it back

90.5

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, pitches on the length and Flintoff again defends it out

90.6

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, full and swinging into leg stump and he flicks it to midwicket

England 229/5   A Flintoff 18* (70b 2x4)

92.1

Mishra to Flintoff, no run, tossed up on a length, Flintoff plants his front leg firmly forward and defends, there are two sounds and Mishra asks a rather unconvincing question

92.2

Mishra to Flintoff, no run, tossed up on middle and leg and he defends

92.3

Mishra to Flintoff, no run, appeal for lbw! Flintoff comes well forward and defends, there's the thinnest of inside edges but the bowler didn't hear it, belting out a very confident shout this time

92.4

Mishra to Flintoff, no run, full on leg stump and he on-drives it back to Mishra

92.5

Mishra to Flintoff, OUT, got 'em! Flintoff cannot play the slow, nurdling and nudging game for long and he perishes early, thrusting forward again and getting another inside edge that bobs up to Gambhir at forward short leg, so Dhoni's move to swap Ishant for Mishra after just one over works superbly

A Flintoff c Gambhir b Mishra 18 (80m 75b 2x4 0x6) SR: 24.00

England 229/6   A Flintoff 18 (75b 2x4)
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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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