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

1.1

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, short and wide and he has another waft, only to miss

1.2

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, short on off stump, Sehwag rises and chops it near his feet

1.3

Anderson to Sehwag, 1 leg bye, slides down leg stump off an angle, Sehwag gets up and mistimes the attempted nudge off the pads, Gambhir calls him through for the singles, leg-bye is the call

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   JM Anderson 1-1-0-0

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

3.4

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, short outside off stump, Sehwag sways away and lets it go

3.5

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, this time he arches back and opens the face, guiding it to point

3.6

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, thats on a length and he presents a full face in defence

India 12/0   JM Anderson 2-1-5-0

5.1

Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, that's nothing but a push from Sehwag, thrusting bat and pad forward and timing that one, hardly a half-volley, down the ground past mid-off

5.2

Anderson to Sehwag, OUT, Anderson's got Sehwag playing a feeble shot! Pitches back of a length and comes into Sehwag, who stands leaden-footed and tries to play a cramped guide to third man but only chops it back onto his stumps .. Anderson is thrilled, for thats a dangerous man to dismiss early

V Sehwag b Anderson 9 (24m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 56.25

5.3

Anderson to Dravid, no run, leaves his first ball comfortably, getting in and shouldering arms

5.4

Anderson to Dravid, no run, 144ks from Anderson, pitching back of a length and wide of the stumps and swinging back in late, but Dravid knows where off is and raises the bat

5.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, bouncer now, 137ks, Dravid coolly sways back in time, ensuring to drop the hands as he arches his back and takes the head out of the way

5.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, swings back in off a length and Dravid steers it to backward point

India 16/1   JM Anderson 3-1-9-1

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   JM Anderson 4-1-13-1

9.1

Anderson to Dravid, no run, well bowled, that one's full, fast and swinging into Dravid, who pushes forward and sort of stops on the shot, a loose defensive and Anderson runs across

9.2

Anderson to Dravid, 1 run, a smart single, Dravid strides real forward and gently nudges the ball into the cover and gets good support from Gambhir

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   JM Anderson 5-1-16-1

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   JM Anderson 6-2-16-1

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   JM Anderson 7-2-20-1

26.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, gets back and mistimes a punchy shot to the man at cover

26.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, a fuller length, middle and leg, Tendulkar turns it to midwicket

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   JM Anderson 8-2-24-1

28.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, down the pads and Tendulkar raises the 50-run association with Laxman with another deflection down towards deep fine leg

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

28.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, gets forward and drives it straight to the man at cover

28.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, banged in short, Tendulkar loses sight but luckily for him the bat is nowhere near the ball as he takes evasive action

28.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, ah, another sharp bouncer to Tendulkar, who gets into a tangle, the ball balloons up towards the off side and Laxman is quick to urge him on for the leg bye

India 89/3   JM Anderson 9-2-26-1

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   JM Anderson 10-3-26-1

68.1

Anderson to Sharma, no run, bouncer over the stumps gets Ishant ducking out of the way

68.2

Anderson to Sharma, 2 runs, shuffles across and nicely nudges one down to square leg

68.3

Anderson to Sharma, no run, 135ks, short of a good length and Ishant plays and misses

68.4

Anderson to Sharma, no run, ah, another one sneaks past the outer edge of his bat as he gets across to outside off stump and pushes like a tail-ender, the ball doesn't carry to Prior

68.5

Anderson to Sharma, no run, thats better from Ishant, getting in line and defending well

68.6

Anderson to Sharma, no run, ends the session with tight defence, getting right behind the ball

India 241/9   JM Anderson 11-3-28-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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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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