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

0.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, a good start, pitching back of a length and getting decent bounce, Strauss hesitantly withdraws the bat in time, rather loosely too

0.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches a tad wider and Strauss can comfortably leave

0.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches on a length and comes in, Strauss gets in line and defends to midwicket, he thinks about the single but sends Cook back as Zaheer gets across

0.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, slides down the pads, Strauss tries to get a tickle but the ball skims off his pads and doesn't carry to Dhoni, Zaheer lets out a muted appeal

0.5

Khan to Strauss, 2 runs, first runs courtesy a little nudge down the ground between Cook's legs, Strauss just gets over a full and straight ball and presents a full face, beating mid-on

0.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, back of a length outside off stump and Strauss shoulders arms

England 2/0   AJ Strauss 2* (6b)

2.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, hits a length and jags in, 132ks, Strauss leaves for Dhoni

2.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches a wee bit fuller but wide enough for Strauss to leave again

2.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, similar stuff, Zaheer keeps it in the right areas, Strauss not interested

2.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, that one's fuller, 134ks, and Strauss drives it back to Zaheer

2.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, hits a length and pins him on the crease, defending it back to Zaheer

2.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, back of a length outside off stump and Strauss watchfully leaves

England 2/0   AJ Strauss 2* (12b)

3.5

Sharma to Strauss, no run, 143ks, hits a length and moves away, Strauss leaves it alone

3.6

Sharma to Strauss, no run, angles away off a shorter length and again Strauss leaves

England 5/0   AJ Strauss 2* (14b)

5.1

Sharma to Strauss, no run, short of a length, angling away, and Strauss leaves it be

5.2

Sharma to Strauss, 1 run, this one's fuller and he drives hard, too much bottom hand, only to get an inside edge towards midwicket, Strauss didn't get a stride forward by any means

England 6/0   AJ Strauss 3* (16b)

6.1

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, banged in short, Strauss tries to pull from outside off but mis-times the shot, the ball falls between midwicket and mid-on

6.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, slower and fuller ball outside off stump, Strauss leaves it be

6.4

Khan to Strauss, FOUR, too straight and with no fine leg in place thats easy runs for Strauss, who only has to turn it fine, using the pace, and gets four off his pads

6.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, on middle and leg but he cannot beat midwicket with his whip

6.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches on a length outside off stump, no real pace, and he leaves it

England 12/0   AJ Strauss 8* (21b 1x4)

7.2

Sharma to Strauss, no run, oh ho ho, a loose pull shot across the line from Strauss, who sees a short ball and goes for a big shot, beaten completely, perhaps it didn't sit up as expected

7.3

Sharma to Strauss, no run, fuller this time, , just outside off, and Strauss leaves

7.4

Sharma to Strauss, no run, banged in short, but well outside leg stump, of no use at all

7.5

Sharma to Strauss, no run, short of a length outside off stump and he shoulders arms

7.6

Sharma to Strauss, 1 run, thats a touch fuller on middle and off and Strauss drives to midwicket

England 14/0   AJ Strauss 9* (26b 1x4)

8.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, lands on a length, no turn, and Strauss defends off the front foot

8.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 2 runs, lands outside leg stump and Strauss tickles it down to fine leg

8.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, quicker ball, 94ks, Strauss defends wide of slip

8.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, ah, there's some air on the ball, except its outside leg stump again and Strauss coolly turns off his pads for a single wide of forward short leg

8.6

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

England 18/0   AJ Strauss 12* (31b 1x4)

10.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, tossed up just outside off stump, turns away and Strauss leaves

10.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, slows his pace, gives it air, lands it on middle and off, Strauss defends

10.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, quicker and flatter outside leg stump, Strauss gets into a tangle, shaping to pad it away and then awkwardly almost kicking it away off the inner thigh

10.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, a shout, but not out as this one pitches outside leg stump before hitting Strauss o the pads as he kneels down and misses out on the attempted sweep

10.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, tossed up and he comes forward to keep this one out

10.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, tosses it up on a good length, getting Strauss forward on the defensive

England 22/0   AJ Strauss 12* (37b 1x4)

11.6

Sharma to Strauss, no run, pitches outside off and shapes away and he leaves it be

England 25/0   AJ Strauss 12* (38b 1x4)

12.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, quicker one, pushing Strauss back on the crease, defending

England 26/0   AJ Strauss 12* (39b 1x4)

13.4

Khan to Strauss, 2 runs, short on the stumps and Strauss pulls down through midwicket

13.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches outside off stump, just, and now he decides to leave it be

13.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, too wide of the stumps and Strauss again leaves it be

England 29/0   AJ Strauss 14* (42b 1x4)

15.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, stands his ground and drives this one off middle stump to midwicket

15.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches on the stumps and again Strauss cannot beat midwicket

England 39/0   AJ Strauss 14* (44b 1x4)

17.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, down leg stump, Strauss shuffles but can't time it well off the pads

17.2

Khan to Strauss, 1 leg bye, down the pads again, there's a nibble on this one down to square leg

England 40/0   AJ Strauss 14* (46b 1x4)

18.1

Mishra to Strauss, no run, tossed up generously on a length, Strauss drives to backward point

18.2

Mishra to Strauss, FOUR, aggression from Strauss immediately, reaching across and sweeping hard from outside off stump and through midwicket for four

18.3

Mishra to Strauss, no run, turn there, squaring up Strauss, who shapes to shuffle and dab it square but gets up playing nervously to the off side

18.4

Mishra to Strauss, FOUR, and with that, up comes England's fifty, courtesy another fine and very hard sweep from outside off stump smack through midwicket, good shot from Strauss

18.5

Mishra to Strauss, no run, the bowler's reply is a topspinner, Strauss starts to feel for it and stops

18.6

Mishra to Strauss, 1 run, another sweep, this one from middle and off, out to the sweeper

England 51/0   AJ Strauss 23* (52b 3x4)

19.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, thats wide, pitching very far from the sticks, wobbling away to Dhoni

19.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, hits a length, Strauss plays it back, Zaheer collects and feigns a throw

19.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, brave leave from Strauss, not entirely getting across as he shoulders arms to a fuller ball that comes back in after pitching outside off stump

19.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, wide outside off again as Zaheer pitches it up in search of swing

19.5

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, slides down the pads and Strauss clips it out to the sweeper

England 52/0   AJ Strauss 24* (57b 3x4)

20.1

Mishra to Strauss, no run, tossed up, turns back in, Strauss gets back and defends to short leg

20.2

Mishra to Strauss, no run, once more, he gets across and defends, this time to the off side

20.3

Mishra to Strauss, no run, slower ball, 79ks, fizzed up outside off and Strauss leaves

20.4

Mishra to Strauss, 1 run, tossed up fuller and Strauss again takes out the sweep, connecting from outside off stump and getting a single out to deep midwicket this time

England 53/0   AJ Strauss 25* (61b 3x4)

22.1

Mishra to Strauss, no run, looks like the googly, hint of turn to skim past the bat

22.2

Mishra to Strauss, no run, manages to pick this one and leaves it be outside off stump

22.3

Mishra to Strauss, 1 run, fuller and flatter and paddled down towards fine leg for one

England 55/0   AJ Strauss 26* (64b 3x4)

23.1

Sharma to Strauss, no run, starts off with a short one outside leg stump, Strauss gets up on one leg before pulling out of the pull shot, awkward bounce for Dhoni behind the sticks

23.2

Sharma to Strauss, 1 run, pitches on middle stump and Strauss squirts a single off the inside edge, he walked across his stumps, the ball swings and draws the faulty shot

England 58/0   AJ Strauss 27* (66b 3x4)

24.1

Mishra to Strauss, no run, tossed up on middle and leg and Strauss defends it back

24.2

Mishra to Strauss, no run, quicker ball, middle and leg, Strauss mistimes the shot to the off side

24.3

Mishra to Strauss, no run, short again, sits up a touch but he cuts this one down to gully

24.4

Mishra to Strauss, 1 run, legspinner on the stump, worked wide of midwicket for a single

England 59/0   AJ Strauss 28* (70b 3x4)

25.1

Sharma to Strauss, no run, pitches fullish on middle and off, Strauss drives, Ishant fields

25.2

Sharma to Strauss, no run, 141ks, back of a length and angling away, Strauss leaves it be

25.3

Sharma to Strauss, no run, there's some bounce to unsettle Strauss a bit, he shuffles across and shapes to flick this one off leg stump, the ball sits up and raps him above the knee roll

25.4

Sharma to Strauss, no run, this one lands outside off and straightens, Strauss bravely shoulders arms

25.5

Sharma to Strauss, no run, bangs in a short one on leg stump, Strauss goes for yet another unpleasant pull shot, miscuing it, the ball just bobs up off his gloves and drops at his feet

25.6

Sharma to Strauss, 1 run, and again, Strauss is not convincing when playing that shot, he mistimes another attempted pull shot, the ball just balloons up off his gloves towards square leg

England 60/0   AJ Strauss 29* (76b 3x4)

26.1

Mishra to Strauss, no run, lands the legbreak into the footmarks, Strauss gets back to defend

26.2

Mishra to Strauss, no run, mistimes a sweep from outside off, with the turn, hit outside the line

26.3

Mishra to Strauss, 1 run, gets across and paddles this one very fine, down to fine leg

26.5

Mishra to Strauss, 1 run, the top spinner, gets some good lift, Strauss walks across his stumps and just helps it in the air agonizingly wide of leg slip, and is cross with himself

England 63/0   AJ Strauss 31* (80b 3x4)

27.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, tossed up on off stump and defended back to the bowler

27.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, short, Strauss cuts hard but to Yuvraj at backward point

27.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, flatter, on middle and off, Strauss gets back and defends

27.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, another confident leave to one fizzed up just outside off stump

27.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, FOUR, too short and confidently punched between cover and point

27.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, tossed up on middle stump, down he goes, sweeping through square

England 68/0   AJ Strauss 36* (86b 4x4)

28.1

Mishra to Strauss, no run, its the googly outside off, Strauss drives off the back foot and misses

28.2

Mishra to Strauss, no run, an appeal for a catch! Mishra invites the drive, Strauss obliges with a streaky shot, there's a noise before the ball balloons up towards Dravid's right at slip, he dives forward and takes it, they ask the question ... the umpires consult and refer it to the third umpire ... replays indicate it was a bump catch, as the bat hit the ball and the ball skims the ground before going to Dravid ... an extremely tough call for the official inside the cabin, but the right one in the end ... it looked doubtful

28.3

Mishra to Strauss, 1 run, low dipping full toss on middle and leg, whipped out to midwicket

England 69/0   AJ Strauss 37* (89b 4x4)

29.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, tossed up on a length, turns away and Strauss leaves it

29.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, FOUR, gets more room and connects well on the cut, placing the ball wide of Yuvraj at backward point and Strauss too is coming along nicely after the lunch break

29.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, tossed up straighter and he plays it to the close-in fielder

29.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, FOUR, aha, thats nice from Strauss, Harbhajan drops fractionally short and though its not that wide Strauss gets on top of it and flashes a cut wide of gully again

29.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, quicker ball, gets Strauss onto the back foot, defending

England 83/0   AJ Strauss 45* (94b 6x4)

30.6

Mishra to Strauss, 2 runs, now he shuffles and tickles the ball wide of short leg for a couple

England 86/0   AJ Strauss 47* (95b 6x4)

31.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, quicker, shorter, Strauss again gets back and across to defend

31.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, spins into Strauss from outside leg, he neatly tucks it off the pads

31.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, turns away from Strauss off a short length, cut hard to gully

England 89/0   AJ Strauss 48* (98b 6x4)

32.4

Mishra to Strauss, no run, tossed up wide of off stump, he leaves, Dhoni fumbles

32.5

Mishra to Strauss, 1 run, likes the length and swivel-sweeps out to Ishant in the deep

England 91/0   AJ Strauss 49* (100b 6x4)

33.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, flighted up on off stump and he watchfully pats it back

33.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, turns in from leg stump, slower one too, Strauss edges to point

33.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, an off-key delivery, fired in quite wide of off stump

33.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, there's his fifty, shuffles across and turns one wide of forward short leg, an impressive innings from Strauss but he has much more to do

33.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, tossed up, he gets forward to defend with consummate ease

England 97/0   AJ Strauss 50* (105b 6x4)

34.2

Mishra to Strauss, 1 run, uses his feet and drives an easy single into the covers

34.4

Mishra to Strauss, FOUR, a bit too short and thats cut past point and the ball wins the race

34.5

Mishra to Strauss, 1 leg bye, gets down to sweep a full ball just outside off stump, misses and the ball scoots on to hit his back leg outside the line of impact, it skims past Dhoni and Cook calls the leg bye

England 105/0   AJ Strauss 55* (108b 7x4)

35.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, flighted on middle and leg, Strauss defends to short leg

35.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, quicker ball, 90ks, Strauss defends from leg stump

35.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, slower ball, 87ks, outside leg, Strauss misses sweeping

35.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, tossed up on leg stump, he shuffles and turns it past short leg

35.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, fired up outside off stump and now he decides to leave

35.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, short outside leg stump, he rocks back and mistimes the pull, its into the gap behind square leg, Laxman from leg slip chases after it

England 106/0   AJ Strauss 56* (114b 7x4)

36.1

Mishra to Strauss, no run, bowled from around the stumps, beats his forward push

36.2

Mishra to Strauss, 1 run, drifts down the pads and he sweeps wide of leg slip

England 107/0   AJ Strauss 57* (116b 7x4)

37.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, tossed up and he defends it to the short leg fielder

37.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, FOUR, short, wide, turning away, Strauss smashes the cut superbly

37.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, pushes it through at 95ks and now he opts to leave it be

37.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, Strauss turns it to midwicket

England 116/0   AJ Strauss 62* (120b 8x4)

38.1

Sharma to Strauss, no run, back of a length, Strauss gets in line and defends off the back foot

38.2

Sharma to Strauss, 1 run, full on the pads, flicked out to deep square leg for one

England 117/0   AJ Strauss 63* (122b 8x4)

39.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, ah, beaten by the turn! Harbhajan skims one past Strauss' bat, he pushes forward and the ball goes on, with some decent carry too

39.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, shuffles across the sticks and drives towards midwicket

England 118/0   AJ Strauss 64* (124b 8x4)

40.1

Sharma to Strauss, no run, pitches outside leg, hint of reverse, tucked away to midwicket

40.2

Sharma to Strauss, no run, there to be driven outside off stump, Strauss does so and inside-edges back onto his boot, shuffling forward on the drive

40.3

Sharma to Strauss, 1 run, short of a length outside leg stump, allowing Strauss to get outside the line and gently nibble it off his hips down towards fine leg

40.6

Sharma to Strauss, no run, clipped from middle and leg to Gambhir at midwicket

England 120/1   AJ Strauss 65* (128b 8x4)

41.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, tossed up on a length, which Strauss likes, getting back to punch it through the covers, he's been strong in that area today

England 122/1   AJ Strauss 66* (129b 8x4)

42.1

Sharma to Strauss, no run, pitches on middle and leg and he drives it back to Ishant

42.2

Sharma to Strauss, no run, Strauss gets forward and plays this one towards point

42.3

Sharma to Strauss, FOUR, free runs, full outside leg stump and all Strauss needs to do is get a faint tickle on it and thats a boundary to fine leg, efficient batting this from Strauss

42.4

Sharma to Strauss, no run, tidier stuff, short of a length on the stumps and Strauss defends

42.5

Sharma to Strauss, no run, pitched up wide of off stump and he leaves it be with ease

42.6

Sharma to Strauss, no run, 137ks, on a length on off stump and he presents a full face

England 128/1   AJ Strauss 70* (135b 9x4)

43.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, turns and bounces past Strauss' bat as he pushes feebly, his feet were not going forward that time and he just sort of held the bat out there

43.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, uses his feet and clips the ball straight to midwicket

43.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, FOUR, he likes that shot, does Strauss, and pulls it off effectively as well, getting down and sweeping against the turn, pinging the deep midwicket boundary

43.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, quicker ball, almost expectedly, which Strauss patiently defends

43.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, tossed up gently, turns in from middle and leg, he defends

England 133/1   AJ Strauss 74* (140b 10x4)

45.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, tossed up, he reaches out and drives with the turn to cover

45.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, and again, plays with the turn and drives a single

45.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, tossed up, Strauss drives almost inside-out into the covers

England 139/1   AJ Strauss 75* (143b 10x4)

47.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 2 runs, short and wide, Strauss gets over it and cuts to deep cover

47.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, slower, with some air, Strauss comes forward and defends

47.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, opens the face to steer it fine, but Dravid dives and intercepts

47.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, slows the pace further, smartly, and Strauss has to defend

47.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, fuller outside off stump and Strauss sweeps to deep midwicket

England 142/1   AJ Strauss 78* (148b 10x4)

48.1

Mishra to Strauss, no run, flighted up on middle and off, Strauss simply dead-bats it back

48.2

Mishra to Strauss, no run, turn beats the bat this time, looks like the googly from Mishra, pitching on the seam and bouncing past Strauss as he pushes forward

48.3

Mishra to Strauss, no run, a tad fuller now and Strauss defends it to the off side

48.4

Mishra to Strauss, no run, shuffles across his stumps, the ball stays low and turns in, but he manages to turn it past forward short leg

48.5

Mishra to Strauss, no run, sweeps with the turn, but straight to Laxman at leg slip

48.6

Mishra to Strauss, no run, shorter ball turns into Strauss, who plays it to Laxman again

England 142/1   AJ Strauss 78* (154b 10x4)

49.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, a tad too short, Strauss cuts but cannot beat a short square point

49.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, an uppish drive to short cover, Strauss not to the pitch there

England 143/1   AJ Strauss 78* (156b 10x4)

50.6

Mishra to Strauss, 1 run, too full on the pads and clipped out to deep midwicket for one

England 147/1   AJ Strauss 79* (157b 10x4)

51.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, tossed up outside leg stump, he sweeps to square leg

51.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, Strauss goes sweeping and misses as that one spits and bounces, thats excellently taken by Dhoni, for the ball fairly kicked up towards his nose

51.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, short and wide and cut away to raise England's 150

England 150/1   AJ Strauss 81* (160b 10x4)

52.1

Mishra to Strauss, no run, tossed up on middle and off and Strauss defends it back

52.2

Mishra to Strauss, no run, tossed up and again he defends

52.3

Mishra to Strauss, no run, tossed up again, this one sits up and Strauss leaves it be

52.4

Mishra to Strauss, 1 run, flatter, turning down leg stump, Strauss gets an easy single

England 151/1   AJ Strauss 82* (164b 10x4)

53.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, fired from around the stumps, well wide of off stump

53.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, too short again, Strauss drives it towards cover-point for one

53.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, collects this from well outside off and sweeps to midwicket

England 154/1   AJ Strauss 84* (167b 10x4)

54.1

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, no run, some turn immediately, beating the outer edge of Strauss' bat

54.2

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, no run, and again! Strauss comes forward and feels for it weakly, the ball turns past the outer edge and Dhoni is very excited ... there was no contact though

54.3

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 1 run, thats a long hop, smashed off the back foot out to deep cover

England 155/1   AJ Strauss 85* (170b 10x4)

55.1

Sehwag to Strauss, no run, tossed up on the stumps and Strauss defends it back

55.2

Sehwag to Strauss, no run, lands on middle and leg, Strauss turns it off his pads

55.3

Sehwag to Strauss, FOUR, sweeps this one, landing just outside leg stump, wide of leg slip, Ishant runs around and slides ungainly at deep fine leg, making contact with the boundary

55.4

Sehwag to Strauss, FOUR, another deft sweep to fine leg takes Strauss into the nineties

55.5

Sehwag to Strauss, no run, quicker ball angling across outside off and Strauss leaves

55.6

Sehwag to Strauss, no run, tossed up wide again, Strauss doesn't feel like going for it

England 163/1   AJ Strauss 93* (176b 12x4)

56.6

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, no run, draws an edge with one that turns across Strauss, but it doesn't carry to Dravid at first slip

England 164/1   AJ Strauss 93* (177b 12x4)

58.5

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, no run, a tad short, Strauss gets back and pushes the ball to cover

58.6

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, FOUR, transfers the weight and punches this one through cover for four

England 170/2   AJ Strauss 97* (179b 13x4)

60.1

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 1 run, too short and Strauss moves to 98 with a cut to deep point

England 171/2   AJ Strauss 98* (180b 13x4)

61.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, hits a length and sits up, Strauss pulls the bat out of the way

61.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, full and swinging down leg stump, some reverse swing there, Strauss is late on the shot and hit outside the line ... but Zaheer is working something up here

61.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches shorter and angles back in to Strauss, who dabs to point

61.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches a bit wider and swings the ball away from Strauss, who smartly opts not to go after that one, Zaheer continues to impress after tea

61.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, 142ks, pitches full and swings back in this time, Strauss drives with a straight blade but cannot pierce mid-off, where Ishant does the fielding

61.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, lands on a length and he ends the over with a push to cover

England 173/2   AJ Strauss 98* (186b 13x4)

63.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches on middle and swings, Strauss gets in line and defends

63.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches wide and swings away, Strauss duly let it go to Dhoni

63.3

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, this one goes away, Strauss gets room and dabs a single to cover

63.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, what swing! Zaheer bowls a late-swinging yorker into Strauss' leg stump, he has done well to adjust and jam that one out, it was fast too, 144ks

63.6

Khan to Strauss, FOUR, well played, Strauss! Zaheer pitches a tad wide and Strauss edges it away along the ground through the slips and gully for his 13th Test hundred, second against India, and a very good one too ... he knows how much it means and breaks into a beaming smile

England 179/2   AJ Strauss 103* (191b 14x4)

65.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, swings back into Strauss, who plays it carefully

65.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, gets forward and drives this ball to the man at cover

65.3

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, pitches full on middle and leg, he clips against the swing to midwicket

England 180/2   AJ Strauss 104* (194b 14x4)

66.1

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, no run, stays low as it turns away from Strauss, he turns it to short leg

66.2

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, no run, short and wide, Strauss frees the arms but gets beaten

66.3

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 1 run, there's his preferred sweep, collected from outside off stump

England 185/3   AJ Strauss 105* (197b 14x4)

67.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches on middle and off, swings, Strauss presents a full face

67.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, swings back into Strauss, who plays it late and to midwicket

67.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, back of a length and he dabs it to the fielder at point

67.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, a bouncer now, getting Strauss down onto his haunches to leave

67.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, another slow bouncer, just 130ks, Strauss ducks under it

67.6

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, pinches a single, and the strike, with a delicate dab to cover, well done Strauss

England 188/3   AJ Strauss 106* (203b 14x4)

68.1

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 1 run, tossed up on middle stump and turned towards midwicket

England 189/3   AJ Strauss 107* (204b 14x4)

69.1

Sharma to Strauss, 1 leg bye, short outside leg stump, Strauss gets into a tangle with the attempted pull and ends up squeezing the ball down towards deep square leg

69.5

Sharma to Strauss, 1 run, too straight and Strauss picks it away for a single to square leg

England 192/3   AJ Strauss 108* (206b 14x4)

70.1

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, no run, tossed up on off stump, Strauss plants forward and defends

70.2

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 1 run, gets room and steers the short ball through backward point

England 193/3   AJ Strauss 109* (208b 14x4)

72.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, tossed up wide and Strauss leaves it be.

England 196/4   AJ Strauss 109* (209b 14x4)

74.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, tossed up on a length and Strauss defends off the back foot

74.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, short, wide, and cut away into the covers for a single

74.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, tossed up full outside off stump and he sweeps it fine for one

74.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, sharp turn past the outer edge of the bat, as Strauss pushes at it, Dhoni collects and gets all excited, not sure for what, there was no bat on that one

England 204/4   AJ Strauss 111* (213b 14x4)

76.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, turns away from Strauss, who withdraws the bat in time

76.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, pitches on leg, Strauss shuffles and turns it to square leg

England 205/4   AJ Strauss 112* (215b 14x4)

77.1

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 1 run, short and wide and Strauss cuts another single to deep cover-point

England 206/4   AJ Strauss 113* (216b 14x4)

78.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, flat on leg stump and another easy single to deep square leg

England 209/4   AJ Strauss 114* (217b 14x4)

79.1

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 1 run, lovely little shot, Strauss gets across his stumps and adjusts to roll the wrists and pick up another easy single down to deep fine leg, moving to 115

79.3

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 1 run, uses the room to steer one more into the covers, rotating the strike

England 212/4   AJ Strauss 116* (219b 14x4)

80.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, tossed up wide, Strauss gets back and leaves it alone

80.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, fuller and flatter and he defends it back to Harbhajan

80.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, a bit too short but he can't time it through the off side

80.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, tossed up on off stump, some turn, Strauss gets back and defends

80.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, that one is outside off stump and he watches it go past

80.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, gets across and chops a wider delivery towards cover-point

England 213/4   AJ Strauss 117* (225b 14x4)

81.1

Mishra to Strauss, 1 run, looped up on middle and leg, Strauss shuffles and glances it fine

England 214/4   AJ Strauss 118* (226b 14x4)

82.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, slow delivery on leg stump, Strauss patiently defends

82.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, quicker, 94js, wide and Strauss leaves it for Dhoni

82.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, even quicker, 96.5ks, Strauss gets in line and defends

82.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, wrong line, pitches outside leg stump and another easy tickle

England 217/4   AJ Strauss 119* (230b 14x4)

83.1

Mishra to Strauss, no run, tossed up on the stumps and Strauss, on 119, defends it back

83.2

Mishra to Strauss, FOUR, firm stroke, another hard slog-sweep with the turn through midwicket

83.3

Mishra to Strauss, OUT, well held, Mishra! Strauss falls close before stumps, chipping a generously tossed up delivery back towards Mishra's left and he dives to take a very good catch, ending a fine innings from Strauss, one which may prove very crucial as this match pans out

AJ Strauss c & b Mishra 123 (356m 233b 15x4 0x6) SR: 52.78

England 221/5   AJ Strauss 123 (233b 15x4)
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Series Results
India v England at Mohali - Dec 19-23, 2008
Match drawn
India v England at Chennai - Dec 11-15, 2008
India won by 6 wickets
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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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The trophy is not a distant dream for Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India v England, 1st Test, Chennai, 5th day, December 15, 2008

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