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

1.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, starts off full and wide, angling it away from Cook, who leaves it be

1.2

Sharma to Cook, no run, better length on middle and off and Cook defends to cover

1.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, this one gets Cook defending off the front foot to Harbhajan at point

1.4

Sharma to Cook, no run, hits a good length and stays a little low, Cook doesn't move his feet as he pokes at it and gets an inside edge back towards the on side

1.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, pitches on a length and angles away, Cook squirts it uneasily, uncertain of whether to play front of back, Sehwag dives at gully and saves runs

1.6

Sharma to Cook, no run, comes forward and defends this one firmly to the off side

England 2/0   I Sharma 1-1-0-0

3.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, back of a length and Cook defends from the crease towards cover

3.2

Sharma to Cook, no run, ah, beaten there, Cook's feet go nowhere as he feels for this one outside off stump, which pitches and goes on with the angle, well sucked into a loose shot

3.3

Sharma to Cook, 2 runs, there's a stroke, Cook leans forward and drives a fuller delivery through cover, its not timed that well and the ball slows up on what seems a sluggish outfield

3.4

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, short on the ribs and he turns it down to Zaheer at deep square leg

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   I Sharma 2-1-3-0

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

5.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, now Cook presents a full face and defends back to the bowler's right side

5.4

Sharma to Cook, no run, short into the body and he just manages to tuck it to midwicket

5.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, a half-hearted appeal, as Ishant pitches full and draws a thick inside edge from Cook's forward defensive onto his front pad, bowler and wicketkeeper ask the question but the umpire is unmoved

5.6

Sharma to Cook, no run, lands on a length and he tucks it to midwicket

England 6/0   I Sharma 3-1-4-0

7.1

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, fullish around off stump, Cook plods forward and places the ball wide of Mishra at mid-on, who slides and misfields to allow the batsman a single

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   I Sharma 4-1-6-0

9.1

Sharma to Cook, FOUR, top shot, just too full and Cook drives smack through extra cover for his first boundary ... he's moving on in Twenty20 style here!

9.2

Sharma to Cook, no run, banged in short this time, Cook hops across his stumps and defends

9.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, thats a decent length on about off stump and Cook thuds forward to block

9.4

Sharma to Cook, no run, he's not giving him any room, pitching on off stump, and Cook defends

9.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, on the stumps and played away to the fielder, tight line and length this

9.6

Sharma to Cook, no run, another thin inside edge as Cook once more plonks bat and pad forward to a fullish ball pitching just about on off stump, Ishant is a frustrated man right now

England 22/0   I Sharma 5-1-10-0

11.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, 138ks, pitches on leg and shapes in, Cook defends to square leg

11.2

Sharma to Cook, no run, lands on middle and leg and he mistimes the shot back to Ishant

11.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, pitches on off stump now and Cook gets forward to defend to the off side

11.4

Sharma to Cook, 2 runs, too short and Cook rolls the wrists, pulling it down through square leg

11.5

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, ooh, a good ball, middle and leg, just drawing a thin inside edge as Cook gets across his stumps and shapes to play it squarer, the ball sneaks down to fine leg

11.6

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

England 25/0   I Sharma 6-1-13-0

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

23.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, pitches on a length and Cook gets across to defend to the off side

23.4

Sharma to Cook, no run, a bit fuller and he gets forward to defend towards cover and point

23.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, another comfortable defensive shot to the off side

23.6

Sharma to Cook, no run, pitches on the stumps and he defends it back to the bowler

England 58/0   I Sharma 7-1-14-0

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   I Sharma 8-1-15-0

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

38.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, full and wide, pitches and dribbles away to Dhoni

38.4

Sharma to Cook, no run, 137ks, back of a length but just too wide, so Cook leaves

38.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, he's working that angle but not too successfully, this one pitches wide and goes on further, no need for Cook to play at those, Dhoni does the collecting

38.6

Sharma to Cook, no run, on the stumps and he defends it back towards the off side

England 117/0   I Sharma 9-1-16-0

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

40.4

Sharma to Bell, no run, back of a length on the stumps and he gets forward in defence

40.5

Sharma to Bell, 1 run, and he's off the mark, shuffling and pushing the ball away

40.6

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

England 120/1   I Sharma 10-1-18-0

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   I Sharma 11-1-22-0

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

69.2

Sharma to Collingwood, no run, pushes at this one outside off stump and gets beaten

69.3

Sharma to Collingwood, no run, nips back in and the ball gets tangled between Collingwood's bat and pad, then drops and trickles ever to close to hitting leg stump ... that was close!

69.4

Sharma to Collingwood, 1 run, hops around and tries to turn it to midwicket but the hint of reverse swing results in a leading edge towards the off side

69.5

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

69.6

Sharma to Collingwood, no run, slants into Collingwood and he tucks it towards midwicket

England 192/3   I Sharma 12-1-24-0

71.1

Sharma to Collingwood, no run, pitches on a length and nips back in, Collingwood defends it back

71.2

Sharma to Collingwood, no run, back of a length, Collingwood hops back and defends

71.3

Sharma to Collingwood, no run, change of pace, fuller ball, Collingwood shoulders arms

71.4

Sharma to Collingwood, no run, pitches on a length outside off, 138ks, and left alone

71.5

Sharma to Collingwood, no run, thats the length to bowl, he continues to plug away just outside off stump and Collingwood feels for it, edging low and in front of Laxman at second slip

71.6

Sharma to Collingwood, 1 run, gets across and pushes this one, back of a length, to cover

England 195/3   I Sharma 13-1-25-0

73.1

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, welcomes him with a bouncer, over the stumps, Flintoff loses sight of it and gets into a mess, head down, eyes off it, bat elsewhere, this should be a contest, eh?

73.2

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, ohh, fuller now and swinging away and Flintoff just manages to defend it, the ball sneaks down in front of the slip cordon

73.3

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, short ball, 140ks, very wide of the stumps this time

73.4

Sharma to Flintoff, FOUR, down the pads and he just helps it to fine leg, raising England's 200

73.5

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, hits a length and comes back, but Flintoff is right in line, defending

73.6

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, yep, there's swing on view now, Ishant pitches on a good length and nips it back in, but Flintoff is up for the challenge, watchfully getting behind the ball, lovely stuff all around

England 200/4   I Sharma 14-1-29-0

75.1

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, back of a length, Flintoff stands in his crease and pushes at it, getting an inside edge back onto his pads low down, more swing on view from Ishant

75.2

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, fuller in length, Flintoff gets back and across and defends

75.3

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, too full down the pads, Flintoff can't connect, Dhoni dives and takes

75.4

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, top delivery, pitching in that corridor and getting Flintoff playing forward, feet not moving, and the late swing beats his bat

75.5

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, lovely swing again, pitching fullish, but Flintoff defends very well

75.6

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, hits a length and deviates away from Flintoff, who shoulders arms

England 204/4   I Sharma 15-2-29-0

90.1

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, starts off on a length and Flintoff drives the ball to midwicket

90.2

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, a touch fuller, looking for swing, Flintoff clips to midwicket

90.3

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, oh there's a shout! Sharma searches for reverse swing and nips one back into Flintoff, stuck on his crease, ball seems to be doing too much, or does it? To the naked eye it looked like missing leg stump - which is why apart from Ishant there was not much appealing - but then replays show it was hitting its mark. One of those calls, I'd say, there was no shout from Dhoni, as it was a maginal call, Bowden could see middle and off when it rapped the pads, fair call.

90.4

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, on the stumps and he gets in line to defend it back

90.5

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, pitches on the length and Flintoff again defends it out

90.6

Sharma to Flintoff, no run, full and swinging into leg stump and he flicks it to midwicket

England 229/5   I Sharma 16-3-29-0

99.1

Sharma to Anderson, no run, an errant bounce first up, giving Dhoni work to do behind the stumps

99.2

Sharma to Anderson, no run, beaten on the flirt outside off stump, missing by a whisker

99.3

Sharma to Anderson, no run, dropped by Dravid at slip! That was an absolute sitter, and he fluffed it, Anderson flashed a cut and thick outside edge went straight to Dravid, who crouched down and clasped at it in his lap but couldn't hold on ... after dropping a couple against Australia, watch out for all the Indian news channels baying for the poor man's blood

99.4

Sharma to Anderson, no run, pitches outside off and he flirts again, missing this time

99.5

Sharma to Anderson, no run, lands on the stumps, he goes back and defends it on the on side

99.6

Sharma to Anderson, 1 leg bye, fuller length, he drives and the ball brushes pad

England 244/6   I Sharma 17-4-29-0

101.1

Sharma to Prior, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump and he steers it past gully

101.2

Sharma to Anderson, no run, keeps it fuller to Anderson, who produces a hard drive to cover

101.3

Sharma to Anderson, no run, pushes a full ball to point and screams out of the blocks, Prior is smarter and looks at Yuvraj running across to collect the ball, and sends Anderson back

101.4

Sharma to Anderson, no run, back of a length, some reverse there, Anderson hops and defends

101.5

Sharma to Anderson, no run, back of a length, he gets back and across and defends to the on side

101.6

Sharma to Anderson, no run, gets back towards leg stump and defends a length ball back

England 247/6   I Sharma 18-4-30-0

103.1

Sharma to Anderson, no run, down the leg side, tries to tickle it fine but gets beaten

103.2

Sharma to Anderson, no run, short of a length on the body, he shuffles and turns it to midwicket

103.3

Sharma to Anderson, no run, fuller outside off, he gets back and drives uneasily to point

103.4

Sharma to Anderson, no run, lands on a teasing length outside off, straightens, Anderson leaves

103.5

Sharma to Anderson, no run, bangs in a short one, 138ks, into Anderson's ribs, he takes the eyes off it and turns away, the ball skims past his gloves and Dhoni collects

103.6

Sharma to Anderson, 1 no ball, oversteps, pitches it up, Anderson doesn't counter the swing well at all, just poking at it and getting an inside edge back past leg stump

103.6

Sharma to Anderson, no run, slides down the pads, Anderson shuffles and tickles it, Dhoni tumbles to his right and stops the ball, it was off the bat methinks but didn't look to have carried to Dhoni

England 248/6   I Sharma 19-4-31-0

128.1

Sharma to Prior, no run, full down leg stump, Prior tries to flick but misses, no appeal

128.2

Sharma to Prior, 1 run, attempted yorker into leg stump, Prior clips a single to deep square leg

128.3

Sharma to Panesar, no run, brave, brave leave, Monty! Ishant pitches just outside off stump and gets the ball to come back in, but a confident batsman shoulders arms

128.4

Sharma to Panesar, OUT, all over, as Ishant traps Monty plumb in front! This one pitches in line, straightens a fraction, and catches Monty in front as the bat comes down late, so England get 316

MS Panesar lbw b Sharma 6 (23m 26b 0x4 0x6) SR: 23.07

England 316/10   I Sharma 19.4-4-32-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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Sachin Tendulkar closes his eyes, India v England, 1st Test, Chennai, 5th day, December 15, 2008

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