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

32.2

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, fullish length and Dhoni pushes it back to Flintoff

32.3

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, pitches on the same length and Dhoni drives it back to Flintoff again

32.4

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, hits a drivable length and he checks the drive to extra cover

32.5

Flintoff to Dhoni, 1 run, swings into leg stump and Dhoni flicks with an inside edge to fine leg

India 103/5   MS Dhoni 1* (4b)

33.1

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, tossed up wide, Dhoni reaches for it and drives to extra cover

33.2

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, tossed up and Dhoni defends to the off side patiently

33.3

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, and again, he is made to reach forward and drive to the fielders

33.4

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, tossed up teasingly and he drives to one of three men in the covers

33.5

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, short and wide and he opts to leave it be for Prior

33.6

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, lovely bowling, landing it on a length and he defends

India 103/5   MS Dhoni 1* (10b)

34.2

Flintoff to Dhoni, 1 run, another fumble from England, as Dhoni gets across and dabs one towards gully, where Collingwood stops and flicks the ball to Anderson at point, but he misses him and allows a needles single

India 105/5   MS Dhoni 2* (11b)

35.1

Panesar to Dhoni, 5 runs, tossed up outside off, Dhoni pushes the ball towards cover, where Swann collects and fires a throw back towards Monty, who doesn't cover up and so thats five runs

India 111/5   MS Dhoni 7* (12b)

36.1

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, short of a length on off stump, Dhoni gets across and defends

36.2

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, pitches on a good length and he pushes it back to Flintoff

36.3

Flintoff to Dhoni, 1 run, awkwardly pulls a short-pitched ball wide of the umpire and midwicket

India 112/5   MS Dhoni 8* (15b)

37.1

Panesar to Dhoni, FOUR, gets a full delivery and drives it back past mid-on for four

37.2

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, tossed up on a length and he defends it to the off side

37.3

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, tossed up, defended

37.4

Panesar to Dhoni, 1 run, uses his feet and on-drives towards midwicket

India 117/5   MS Dhoni 13* (19b 1x4)

38.1

Flintoff to Dhoni, 1 run, well played, walking across his stumps to pull a short ball down into the ground through midwicket for a single

38.6

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, drives handsomely to cover but a great dive saves runs

India 123/5   MS Dhoni 14* (21b 1x4)

39.3

Swann to Dhoni, 1 run, walks across and whips a short ball through midwicket for one

39.5

Swann to Dhoni, no run, gets across his stumps and tries to paddle it but can't connect

39.6

Swann to Dhoni, no run, well stopped by Bell at short leg, intercepting a back-foot flick

India 126/5   MS Dhoni 15* (24b 1x4)

41.1

Swann to Dhoni, no run, tossed up and he drives it back towards Swann

41.2

Swann to Dhoni, no run, uses his feet and drives this one again to Swann

41.3

Swann to Dhoni, no run, tossed up and Dhoni reaches for it, driving to the man at cover

41.4

Swann to Dhoni, no run, drives uppishly to mid-off, doesn't carry all the way so he's safe

41.5

Swann to Dhoni, FOUR, flashes a square drive through the off side, Panesar gives chase, tumbles, and crashes into the advertising boards, so after confirmation its duly given as four

41.6

Swann to Dhoni, FOUR, beautifully struck, Dhoni gets to a full one and drives back past mid-on

India 136/5   MS Dhoni 23* (30b 3x4)

42.6

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, bouncer to Dhoni, who takes his eyes off it as he hops and fends

India 137/5   MS Dhoni 23* (31b 3x4)

44.1

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, short into the body, Dhoni hops across and defends off his chest

44.2

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, banged in again, Dhoni jumps up and takes it in the rib cage, ouch

44.3

Flintoff to Dhoni, 1 run, excellent line from Flintoff, speared into the ribs but Dhoni shuffles across and plays it down with one hand for a single that raises India's 150

44.6

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, steams in and drops it short, and Dhoni jumps across and takes the ball flush on the chest, another probing over and that is the end of the day

India 155/6   MS Dhoni 24* (35b 3x4)

46.1

Flintoff to Dhoni, 1 no ball, starts off with a no ball, Dhoni gets back and across and defends

46.1

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, back of a length, 135ks, and Dhoni shoulders arms

46.2

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, and again, makes sure to cover off stump before leaving it be

46.3

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, pitches on a length, stays low and Dhoni punches towards cover

46.4

Flintoff to Dhoni, FOUR, short from Flintoff, Dhoni gets up and rides the bounce, playing it down off the back foot and picks the gap between gully and the slip cordon, a neat little shot

46.5

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, back of a length, he gets nicely in line and defends to the off

46.6

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, pitches full but wide enough for Dhoni to shoulder arms

India 160/6   MS Dhoni 28* (42b 4x4)

47.4

Panesar to Dhoni, 2 runs, gets room and reaches forward to drive nicely through extra cover

47.5

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, too straight and he shuffles to turn the ball square

47.6

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, a much better length and he pats it watchfully back to Monty

India 163/6   MS Dhoni 30* (45b 4x4)

48.5

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, well stopped by Anderson at cover, tumbling to his left to stop a forceful cover drive from Dhoni, who eased forward to a full delivery and pushed it

48.6

Flintoff to Dhoni, FOUR, that'll be four, even though Dhoni doesn't get much power on his attempted pull to a short delivery, the ball just kisses glove and flies away wide of Prior to fine leg

India 168/6   MS Dhoni 34* (47b 5x4)

49.5

Panesar to Dhoni, 2 runs, firmly struck by Dhoni, cracking a short ball off the back foot and picking the gap wide of Cook at point for a couple more to the total

49.6

Panesar to Dhoni, 1 run, slow loopy delivery on leg stump is nudged fine for a quick single

India 172/6   MS Dhoni 37* (49b 5x4)

50.1

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, short of a length and wide so Dhoni gets across and leaves it be

50.2

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, 135ks, on the stumps, he shuffles and pushes it to mid-on

50.3

Flintoff to Dhoni, (no ball) 1 run, oversteps, Dhoni punches the ball to mid-off and calls early

India 174/6   MS Dhoni 38* (52b 5x4)

51.1

Panesar to Dhoni, 1 run, sharp bounce, tossed up generously, Dhoni pushes at it and the inside edge flies oh so close to Bell under the helmet at forward short leg, dropping tantalizingly in front of his fingers and then rolling through his legs

51.3

Panesar to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, more turn and bounce, wrong line though and Dhoni nudges fine

India 177/6   MS Dhoni 39* (54b 5x4)

52.1

Harmison to Dhoni, 1 bye, sloppy from bowler and wicketkeeper, Harmison bowls it full and wide down the leg side, Dhoni cannot reach it but Prior fumbles the diving take and allows runs

52.5

Harmison to Dhoni, no run, stretches well forward and pushes the ball to cover

52.6

Harmison to Dhoni, 1 run, too full and he flicks across the line to Bell at deep midwicket

India 184/6   MS Dhoni 40* (57b 5x4)

53.1

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, tossed up on leg stump and Dhoni defends to the off

53.2

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, pitches outside leg and he shoulders arms, padding it off

53.3

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, goes back to pull a short ball but inside edges onto his boot

53.4

Panesar to Dhoni, 1 run, goes back and across and tickles one off his pads to fine leg

India 185/6   MS Dhoni 41* (61b 5x4)

54.1

Harmison to Dhoni, no run, short and down leg stump, still he struggles for his line

54.2

Harmison to Dhoni, 1 run, too straight and it allows Dhoni to nudge the ball to midwicket

India 190/6   MS Dhoni 42* (63b 5x4)

55.5

Swann to Dhoni, no run, reaches out and drives to the man at cover

55.6

Swann to Dhoni, no run, comes across and works the ball to the on side

India 192/6   MS Dhoni 42* (65b 5x4)

56.5

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, tossed up and he defends it back

56.6

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, too short but Dhoni fails to beat the off side with his cut

India 193/6   MS Dhoni 42* (67b 5x4)

57.5

Harmison to Dhoni, no run, pitches on a length and Dhoni plays it back to Harmison

57.6

Harmison to Dhoni, no run, too straight and Dhoni turns the ball towards midwicket

India 202/6   MS Dhoni 42* (69b 5x4)

58.3

Panesar to Dhoni, 2 runs, quicker delivery, Dhoni punches sweetly through cover for two

58.4

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, 96ks, a bit too flat and Dhoni pushes the ball to point

58.5

Panesar to Dhoni, 3 runs, skips out and collects on the full to clip out to deep midwicket, he and Harbhajan run hard but Dhoni looks to be in trouble because he pulls up and hobbles, looks like he sort of slipped while turning back for the second run, yeah he looks in pain

India 208/6   MS Dhoni 47* (72b 5x4)

59.1

Swann to Dhoni, 1 run, too short and Dhoni shuffles to muscle the ball to square leg

59.3

Swann to Dhoni, no run, tossed up on a length and Dhoni goes back and defends

59.4

Swann to Dhoni, no run, bit of flight but too full and Dhoni clips straight to midwicket

59.5

Swann to Dhoni, 1 run, too quick and flat, Dhoni walks across his stumps and dabs it fine

India 211/6   MS Dhoni 49* (76b 5x4)

61.1

Swann to Dhoni, 1 run, dances down the track and turns the ball to deep midwicket and thats the Indian captain's half-century from 77 balls, a very crucial innings under pressure

61.3

Swann to Dhoni, 1 run, too full and so Dhoni turns it to midwicket for one more

India 215/7   MS Dhoni 51* (78b 5x4)

62.1

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, tossed up outside off stump and Dhoni defends it back

62.2

Panesar to Dhoni, 1 run, thats flat and short and cut out to deep point for a single

India 216/7   MS Dhoni 52* (80b 5x4)

63.1

Flintoff to Dhoni, 1 run, starts off with a half-volley, which Dhoni drives to deep cover

India 217/7   MS Dhoni 53* (81b 5x4)

64.1

Panesar to Dhoni, OUT, and now Dhoni goes! Panesar strikes again as the Indian captain dances down the pitch and slogs the ball straight down Pietersen's throat at deep mid-off, the wheels are indeed falling off this one and England are loving it

MS Dhoni c Pietersen b Panesar 53 (162m 82b 5x4 0x6) SR: 64.63

India 219/9   MS Dhoni 53 (82b 5x4)
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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