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

8.1

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, 139 kmph screamer outside off stump that beats Dravid comprehensively. Dravid pushed inside the line and the ball tailed past the edge

8.2

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, 138.3 kmph lifting delivery around the right shoulder and Dravid quickly sways away from the line of the cherry. Game on.

8.3

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, another short pitched delivery but a touch outside off stump and Dravid has no problems in letting that one go past him

8.4

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, touch too wide to interest Dravid and Prior gathers. Will he bowl the fuller delivery around off and get it to straighten?

8.5

Flintoff to Dravid, (no ball) 1 run, shapes this one back in to Dravid who tucks it to long leg. And the crowd cheer Dravid. They are completely behind the man from Bangalore. They love and respect him here.

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   A Flintoff 1-0-2-0

10.1

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, there's further evidence of Dravid's mindset, poking from the crease at a short ball that he would have left alone most days and getting beaten again

10.2

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, short and Dravid this time correctly leaves it alone for Prior

10.3

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, good bowling from Flintoff, hitting a length and Dravid pushes down the wrong line, beaten once more by the pace and carry of that delivery

10.4

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, slips in a bouncer at 138ks, Dravid arches the back and leaves

10.5

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, gets forward and defends a fuller ball to cover, Flintoff runs across

10.6

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, eases forward and across and pats one back to Flintoff

India 28/1   A Flintoff 2-1-2-0

12.1

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, short of a length outside off stump and he shoulders arms

12.2

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, change of pace, pitches in line and Dravid taps it back to Flintoff

12.3

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, much wider, 143.5ks, and Dravid shoulders arms easily

12.4

Flintoff to Dravid, 1 run, steals a single now, getting to the pitch of this one and gently easing it into the covers, calling Gambhir eagerly across for the sharp run

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   A Flintoff 3-1-3-0

14.1

Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length outside off stump and he shoulders arms

14.2

Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run, 133ks, banged in short and Tendulkar sway out of the line

14.3

Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run, slides down leg stump, he plays a flick and mistimes it

14.4

Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run, lands on an off-stump length and Tendulkar drives to cover

14.5

Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run, slides down leg stump and Prior dives to collect the ball

14.6

Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run, wide of the stumps and Tendulkar leaves it alone

India 37/3   A Flintoff 4-2-3-0

16.1

Flintoff to Laxman, no run, banged in short and Laxman guides it gently to gully

16.2

Flintoff to Laxman, 2 runs, nips back in he angles it though a diving gully this time

16.3

Flintoff to Laxman, 1 no ball, oversteps, its short of a length and Laxman again eases it to point

16.3

Flintoff to Laxman, 1 leg bye, short down leg stump, Laxman loosely turns it off the pads just wide of a diving Cook at forward short leg

16.4

Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run, comes forward and pushes it to midwicket, Tendulkar sets off and gets sent back by Laxman as two fielders run in quickly

16.5

Flintoff to Tendulkar, 1 run, a touch too straight and he clips it towards midwicket and sprints

16.6

Flintoff to Laxman, FOUR, full on leg stump and he effortlessly clips that through mid-on, a real Laxman shot, all wrists and timing, fun to watch

India 55/3   A Flintoff 5-2-11-0

32.1

Flintoff to Tendulkar, OUT, another one bites the dust! Flintoff strikes first ball, what a change by Pietersen, Tendulkar gets a loosener just outside off stump and plays the tamest of drives back in the air to the bowler, who grasps it all to eagerly in his follow-through before breaking into celebrations

SR Tendulkar c & b Flintoff 37 (90m 48b 4x4 1x6) SR: 77.08

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

32.6

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short of a length outside off stump and Yuvraj opts to shoulder arms

India 103/5   A Flintoff 6-2-12-1

34.1

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, 1 bye, he leaves this wide one be, Prior fumbles and Dhoni calls for the bye

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

34.3

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short of a length outside off stump and Yuvraj shoulders arms

34.4

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, covers off stump and shoulders arms to a fullish ball again

34.5

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, pitches back of a length outside off and he leaves it be

34.6

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, 1 no ball, oversteps, Yuvraj decides to come forward and defend this one

34.6

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, banged in short outside off stump and he shoulders arms

India 106/5   A Flintoff 7-2-14-1

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

36.4

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, back of a length and a bit wide so Yuvraj shoulders arms

36.5

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, he's landing them in that channel, but Yuvraj keeps letting them be

36.6

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, 139ks, still tempting the shot outside off but he opts to leave

India 112/5   A Flintoff 8-2-15-1

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

38.2

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, pitches in that tempting slot outside off stump and Yuvraj leaves it

38.3

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, a bit fuller and now Yuvraj defends off the front foot to point

38.4

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, beaten by a good delivery, pushing hesitantly at one hitting that probing line and then leaving him

38.5

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, this one's straighter and allows him a single off the pads

38.6

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

India 123/5   A Flintoff 9-2-17-1

40.1

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, ah, beaten by a gem, pushing down the wrong line outside off

40.2

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, much better, covering his off stump before shouldering arms

40.3

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, in that drivable slot outside off but he's at ease leaving them alone

40.4

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, takes his eyes off a sharp bouncer, his hands are not out completely of the way as the sharp lifter kicks up and just clips his grill of the helmet through to Prior, Flintoff roars the appeal but Billy Bowden gets it right

40.5

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fuller length again and so Yuvraj shoulders arms

40.6

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, did that carry? This time Yuvraj plays a short delivery, cutting streakily in the air towards Cook at point, who dives to his right but cannot hold on to a blazing shot ... replays show Cook did get fingers, so it will go down as a drop, very tough though it was

India 128/5   A Flintoff 10-2-19-1

42.1

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, normal service between these two, Yuvraj leaves one outside off

42.2

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short of a length outside off stump and he dabs it to point

42.3

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, comes back into him off a length and he steers it to Cook at point

42.4

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, marginally full and Yuvraj drives to Pietersen at short cover

42.5

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, banged in short and he pulls it out to deep midwicket

42.6

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

India 137/5   A Flintoff 11-2-20-1

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

44.4

Flintoff to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, thats a bit too full and another fine drive from Harbhajan, using a full and straight face and pushing the ball back down the ground past mid-off for four more

44.5

Flintoff to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, well bowled and well played, Harbhajan hops up and plays a short ball on the body towards midwicket and calls for the single

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   A Flintoff 12-2-26-1

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   A Flintoff 13-2-31-1

48.1

Flintoff to Harbhajan Singh, no run, pitches on a length, no room at all, and Harbhajan defends

48.2

Flintoff to Harbhajan Singh, no run, hint of swing after pitching and Harbhajan pushes to cover

48.3

Flintoff to Harbhajan Singh, no run, goes for an expansive drive, feet not to the pitch, and misses

48.4

Flintoff to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, full delivery on leg stump, some swing there, on-driven for a quick single and Harmison makes a meal of a regulation bit of fielding at mid-on

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   A Flintoff 14-2-36-1

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

50.3

Flintoff to Harbhajan Singh, no run, hits a length, Harbhajan drives to a tumbling Anderson at cover

50.4

Flintoff to Harbhajan Singh, no run, does well to hop up and keep a short ball down in front of point

50.5

Flintoff to Harbhajan Singh, no run, swing nearly draws a loose leading edge, as Harbhajan shapes to whip the ball to the on side but the balls straightens and he almost ends up hitting it back

50.6

Flintoff to Harbhajan Singh, no run, staunchly defended, this ball nips back in off a length and Harbhajan hustles to cover off stump and dead-bat it into the off side

India 174/6   A Flintoff 15-2-38-1

63.1

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

63.2

Flintoff to Khan, no run, defends with an edge along the ground to gully this time

63.3

Flintoff to Khan, OUT, simple enough decision for umpire Harper to give, that one pitches back of a length and comes back in to rap Zaheer on the pads in front of the stumps, its the back leg so that out

Z Khan lbw b Flintoff 1 (16m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 6.66

63.4

Flintoff to Mishra, no run, pitches full and beats the bat as he drives outside off stump

63.5

Flintoff to Mishra, 2 leg byes, slides down the pads and he glances it down to a diving Monty

63.6

Flintoff to Mishra, no run, pushes down the wrong line to a beauty and misses out again

India 219/8   A Flintoff 16-2-39-2

65.1

Flintoff to Mishra, FOUR, ah, picks the gap between gully and the slips! Flintoff hits a length and Mishra hops backwards, opening the face somewhat to edge it safely for four

65.2

Flintoff to Mishra, no run, nips back in off a length and Mishra defends confidently to point

65.3

Flintoff to Mishra, 1 bye, arches his back to steer a bouncer over the slip cordon but misses, the ball doesn't carry to Prior and then beats his tumbling dive

65.4

Flintoff to Sharma, no run, back of a length and now its Ishant's turn to defend to the off

65.5

Flintoff to Sharma, 1 run, full and fast and straight and Ishant does well to clip it for a single

65.6

Flintoff to Mishra, no run, looks for the yorker down leg stump but doesn't quite get it right, Mishra makes room and flicks, mistimes the ball to midwicket, sets off, and gets waved back

India 230/9   A Flintoff 17-2-44-2

67.1

Flintoff to Mishra, 1 run, pitches and angles in, Mishra defends and edges past gully

67.2

Flintoff to Sharma, no run, back of a length and he shuffles across to defend

67.3

Flintoff to Sharma, no run, gets right behind the line of the ball and defends it back real well

67.4

Flintoff to Sharma, 1 run, low full toss on the pads, tapped towards midwicket

67.5

Flintoff to Mishra, 2 runs, shuffles across and clips one down to Monty at deep square

67.6

Flintoff to Mishra, 1 no ball, oversteps, Mishra hears the call and dabs a short ball to Cook at gully

67.6

Flintoff to Mishra, no run, ohh, pitches and straightens and just beats the outer edge

India 239/9   A Flintoff 18-2-49-2

69.1

Flintoff to Mishra, no run, wide enough to be driven and he mistimes the shot to cover

69.2

Flintoff to Mishra, no run, tight line and length and Mishra defends it back to Flintoff

69.3

Flintoff to Mishra, no run, looks for movement off a fuller length but Mishra drives to mid-on

69.4

Flintoff to Mishra, OUT, cleaned up and thats the end of that, Flintoff pitches it full and straight and gets the ball to skid on pretty low to beat Mishra for pace, playing back instead of forward, losing his stumps

A Mishra b Flintoff 12 (29m 18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

India 241/10   A Flintoff 18.4-2-49-3
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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