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

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

13.4

Swann to Tendulkar, 2 runs, off the mark with a couple, pushed off the front foot past cover

13.5

Swann to Tendulkar, 1 run, spins down leg stump and he turns it towards midwicket

13.6

Swann to Dravid, OUT, what an over! This one pitches just outside off stump and turns in, Dravid pushes down the wrong line and misses to get struck on the front pad, Swann and England believe they've got their man and Swann goes red-faced in appeal before Harper slowly raises the finger

R Dravid lbw b Swann 3 (44m 24b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

India 37/3   GP Swann 1-0-7-2

15.1

Swann to Laxman, 2 runs, short and sliding down, Laxman whips it across the line to the deep

15.2

Swann to Laxman, no run, short again and he pulls the ball to midwicket

15.3

Swann to Laxman, 1 run, tossed up on a length, he gets back and defends to point

15.4

Swann to Tendulkar, SIX, oh thats tremendous! Tendulkar sizes up Swann, kneels down, and swats him with a powerful slog-sweep over midwicket for six, raising 2000 runs against England

15.5

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, slows the pace, he gets forward and defends to leg

15.6

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, flatter delivery and he gets back to pat it down the track

India 46/3   GP Swann 2-0-16-2

17.1

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up teasingly, on a very good off-stump line, and Tendulkar comes onto the front foot and defends to the two men on the off side

17.2

Swann to Tendulkar, 1 run, 91ks, drifting into the pads, Tendulkar turns it past forward short leg for an easy single

17.3

Swann to Laxman, no run, teasing line, holds it back and gets Laxman defending

17.4

Swann to Laxman, no run, a loose shot from Laxman, getting back to try and wrist a shortish ball away to square leg, but it sits and rolls up off the arm, silly point dives and takes it

17.5

Swann to Laxman, no run, fuller this time and he sensibly comes forward to defend

17.6

Swann to Laxman, no run, tossed up on a good length and Laxman sticks to defending

India 56/3   GP Swann 3-0-17-2

19.1

Swann to Laxman, no run, tossed up on a length and Laxman drives to the man at cover

19.2

Swann to Laxman, no run, a tad short and Laxman punches it to a tumbling Monty at mid-off

19.3

Swann to Laxman, FOUR, ah, shot! Laxman comes forward to a tossed up delivery and deliciously flicks across the line, very hard on the wrists, and whips it through midwicket

19.4

Swann to Laxman, no run, quicker ball gets Laxman back and across, tapping to short leg

19.5

Swann to Laxman, no run, tossed up on middle and off, Laxman decides to defend it back

19.6

Swann to Laxman, no run, a teasing length gets Laxman pushing forward to silly point now

India 62/3   GP Swann 4-0-21-2

21.1

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up on a length and Tendulkar goes back to defend it

21.2

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, back and across again, pushing the ball back to Swann

21.3

Swann to Tendulkar, 1 run, a bit flatter and straighter and now he turns it off the pads for one

21.4

Swann to Laxman, 1 run, strides forward and drives well towards extra cover for one

21.5

Swann to Tendulkar, 1 run, tossed up generously, Tendulkar gets across and turns it for one

21.6

Swann to Laxman, no run, comes forward and defends this one to the off side to end the over

India 66/3   GP Swann 5-0-24-2

39.1

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up on middle and off and clipped to midwicket

39.2

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, not as full and Yuvraj turns it wide of midwicket this time

39.3

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

39.4

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short again, on leg stump, so another easy single off the pads

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   GP Swann 6-0-27-2

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   GP Swann 7-0-35-2

55.1

Swann to Harbhajan Singh, no run, tossed up and Harbhajan comes on the front foot and defends it

55.2

Swann to Harbhajan Singh, no run, turns down the leg side, he misses a paddle and Swann appeals, but that was pitched down the line of impact and spinning too much

55.3

Swann to Harbhajan Singh, no run, tossed up and he drives this one to the off side this time

55.4

Swann to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, down the pads and he shapes to paddle it towards short fine leg

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   GP Swann 8-0-36-2

59.1

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

59.2

Swann to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, tossed up wide and Harbhajan greets the quicker delivery by opening the face and steering it wide of slip and down towards third man, thats smart batting

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

59.6

Swann to Harbhajan Singh, 1 leg bye, slower delivery down leg stump, paddled to short fine leg

India 212/6   GP Swann 9-0-39-2

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

61.2

Swann to Khan, 1 run, plenty of turn, slower too, spins into Zaheer, who tickles it fine

61.3

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

61.4

Swann to Khan, no run, tossed up this time and he defends to the off side

61.5

Swann to Khan, no run, short and spinning down and he taps it to short leg

61.6

Swann to Khan, no run, strides a long way forward and defends to the off side

India 215/7   GP Swann 10-0-42-2
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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