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

0.1

Harmison to Gambhir, no run, and he starts off wide down leg stump and Prior collects

0.2

Harmison to Gambhir, no run, thats on the money and Gambhir plays it straight back

0.3

Harmison to Gambhir, 1 run, on the pads and Gambhir flicks it down to fine leg for one

0.6

Harmison to Gambhir, no run, short of a length outside off stump and Gambhir shoulders arms

India 2/0   G Gambhir 1* (4b)

1.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, short of a length on the stumps and Gambhir defends it back

1.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, 142ks, swings down Gambhir's pads and Prior collects

1.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, angled across at pace and Gambhir shoulders arms

India 3/0   G Gambhir 1* (7b)

3.1

Anderson to Gambhir, FOUR, short and angling across, edged away to third man for four

3.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, short of a good length and steered away towards short cover

3.3

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a length and drifting down leg, shuffles and clips to fine leg

India 12/0   G Gambhir 6* (10b 1x4)

4.1

Harmison to Gambhir, no run, 139ks, lands on middle and leg and he pushes it back

4.2

Harmison to Gambhir, no run, back of a good length and angling across and he leaves

4.3

Harmison to Gambhir, no run, pitches on leg stump, straightens, and he defends it back

4.4

Harmison to Gambhir, no run, 137ks, short of a length and he again shoulders arms

4.5

Harmison to Gambhir, no run, shortish on off stump, Gambhir squeezes it to backward point

4.6

Harmison to Gambhir, no run, leaves another one pitching and going across him

India 12/0   G Gambhir 6* (16b 1x4)

6.1

Harmison to Gambhir, no run, they are trying to cramp the batsmen for room. This one is on a length and homing in towards the off stump, Gambhir taps it gently to the off side

6.2

Harmison to Gambhir, 2 runs, bit of width on offer this time and Gambhir eases it through covers for couple of runs.

6.3

Harmison to Gambhir, no run, slips down leg side, Gambhir misses the flick and Prior appeals for a catch behind decision. No nick. And Harmison has pulled up in pain. Right knee seems to be the problem area. He winced as he let the ball

6.4

Harmison to Gambhir, 1 run, 134.8 kmph gentle stuff on the middle and leg, tucked towards midwicket for a single. Harmison is still mumbling as he walks back to the crease. Still in pain.

India 19/1   G Gambhir 9* (20b 1x4)

7.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, 137.5 kmph length delivery angling away from Gambhir who is neither forward or back and just dabs it to the off side

7.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, and again. Good line and length. No room or length to work with and Gambhir taps it to the off side

7.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, angling away from Gambhir who shoulders arms. India 19 for the loss of Sehwag

7.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, switches round the stumps and hurls the full delivery just outside off and Prior collects.

7.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, around that off stump again, Gambhir opens the bat face and pushes it towards backward point and then practices playing it in the V

7.6

Anderson to Gambhir, FOUR, lovely strike. A touch short in length, a tad wide outside off and Gambhir shifted his weight to the back foot and punched it on the up and through the point region.

India 23/1   G Gambhir 13* (26b 2x4)

8.5

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, from round the stumps to Gambhir and bowls a ball that straightens around the off stump, Gambhir does well to judge the off stump and the bounce of the ball and shoulders arms

8.6

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, lands outside off stump on a length and shapes away, left alone

India 25/1   G Gambhir 13* (28b 2x4)

9.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, back of a length and angling away and Gambhir leaves it be

9.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, gets across and defends a short of a length ball to cover

9.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, 139ks, a sharp bouncer that gets Gambhir ducking

9.6

Anderson to Gambhir, 2 runs, shuffles and turns a shortish ball off the pads to deep square

India 28/1   G Gambhir 15* (32b 2x4)

11.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, comes forward and nudges a length ball to the man at cover

11.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, back of a length and angling away and Gambhir watches it go

11.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, uses his crease and comes across to defend one towards point

11.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, hits the dime and Gambhir can only defend to the off side ... he's bowled well today, Anderson, mixing his pace and keeping it up there in a channel to Gambhir

11.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, a tad straighter this time and Gambhir eases it back to Anderson

11.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, gets room and crunches a pleasing back-foot drive but point intercepts

India 28/1   G Gambhir 15* (38b 2x4)

12.5

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, lands outside off stump, wide, and so Gambhir allows it pass

12.6

Flintoff to Gambhir, 1 bye, oh thats close to off stump, Gambhir leaves one that pitches and comes back in very sharply, near the top of off, and then behind the stumps Prior fumbles the take

India 30/1   G Gambhir 15* (40b 2x4)

13.1

Swann to Gambhir, FOUR, not a good start, short and wide and Gambhir punches past point

13.2

Swann to Gambhir, no run, and an exciting appeal second ball! Swann flights it down leg stump, the ball turns back in from outside leg stump, Gambhir shapes to dad it away and the ball flies to a tumbling short leg, they all break out into appeal but Daryl Harper says no bat on that, mate

13.3

Swann to Gambhir, OUT, Swann's struck in his first over in Tests! Gambhir is the man to go, opting to pad away a delivery tossed up full just outside off stump, he doesn't get a massive stride forward and the ball turns back to hit him, England ask the question very confidently and now Harper agrees

G Gambhir lbw b Swann 19 (65m 43b 3x4 0x6) SR: 44.18

India 34/2   G Gambhir 19 (43b 3x4)
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