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

0.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, a good start, pitching back of a length and getting decent bounce, Strauss hesitantly withdraws the bat in time, rather loosely too

0.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches a tad wider and Strauss can comfortably leave

0.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches on a length and comes in, Strauss gets in line and defends to midwicket, he thinks about the single but sends Cook back as Zaheer gets across

0.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, slides down the pads, Strauss tries to get a tickle but the ball skims off his pads and doesn't carry to Dhoni, Zaheer lets out a muted appeal

0.5

Khan to Strauss, 2 runs, first runs courtesy a little nudge down the ground between Cook's legs, Strauss just gets over a full and straight ball and presents a full face, beating mid-on

0.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, back of a length outside off stump and Strauss shoulders arms

England 2/0   Z Khan 1-0-2-0

2.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, hits a length and jags in, 132ks, Strauss leaves for Dhoni

2.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches a wee bit fuller but wide enough for Strauss to leave again

2.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, similar stuff, Zaheer keeps it in the right areas, Strauss not interested

2.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, that one's fuller, 134ks, and Strauss drives it back to Zaheer

2.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, hits a length and pins him on the crease, defending it back to Zaheer

2.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, back of a length outside off stump and Strauss watchfully leaves

England 2/0   Z Khan 2-1-2-0

4.1

Khan to Cook, no run, hit a good length wide of the stumps and Cook lets it go through

4.2

Khan to Cook, no run, this time he gets Cook defending and he gets an outer edge that scoots along the grass to gully, where Dravid dives to his right and saves certain runs

4.3

Khan to Cook, no run, pitches on about the same spot and this time Cook drives straight to cover

4.4

Khan to Cook, no run, pitches on a length and shapes in, Cook hesitantly holds back the bat

4.5

Khan to Cook, no run, comes onto the front foot and pushes the ball confidently to point

4.6

Khan to Cook, no run, identical spot and Cook defends off the front foot to the off side again

England 5/0   Z Khan 3-2-2-0

6.1

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, banged in short, Strauss tries to pull from outside off but mis-times the shot, the ball falls between midwicket and mid-on

6.2

Khan to Cook, 1 run, another short ball and this time Cook fails to time the hook, he top edges it behind square for a single

6.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, slower and fuller ball outside off stump, Strauss leaves it be

6.4

Khan to Strauss, FOUR, too straight and with no fine leg in place thats easy runs for Strauss, who only has to turn it fine, using the pace, and gets four off his pads

6.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, on middle and leg but he cannot beat midwicket with his whip

6.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches on a length outside off stump, no real pace, and he leaves it

England 12/0   Z Khan 4-2-8-0

13.1

Khan to Cook, no run, stars off fullish outside off stump, Cook leaves well enough alone

13.2

Khan to Cook, no run, this time he gets to the pitch and drives sweetly down towards mid-off

13.3

Khan to Cook, 1 run, comes onto the front foot, opens the face, steers it wide of Yuvraj at point

13.4

Khan to Strauss, 2 runs, short on the stumps and Strauss pulls down through midwicket

13.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches outside off stump, just, and now he decides to leave it be

13.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, too wide of the stumps and Strauss again leaves it be

England 29/0   Z Khan 5-2-11-0

15.1

Khan to Cook, no run, pitches it in the slot, Cook drives handsomely down the ground, Zaheer gets fingertips on the ball to tale some pace of the shot

15.2

Khan to Cook, no run, holds back the length ever so slightly and Cook defends to point

15.3

Khan to Cook, FOUR, lovely flowing shot, a well-timed straight drive as Zaheer just overpitches

15.4

Khan to Cook, 1 run, back of a length on middle stump, Cook shuffles and eases it around the corner

15.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, stands his ground and drives this one off middle stump to midwicket

15.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches on the stumps and again Strauss cannot beat midwicket

England 39/0   Z Khan 6-2-16-0

17.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, down leg stump, Strauss shuffles but can't time it well off the pads

17.2

Khan to Strauss, 1 leg bye, down the pads again, there's a nibble on this one down to square leg

17.3

Khan to Cook, no run, pitches outside off and shapes away, Cook gets forward and leaves

17.4

Khan to Cook, no run, and again, moves away after pitching and Cook doesn't offer a shot

17.5

Khan to Cook, 2 runs, too straight and Cook tucks it through midwicket, running hard

17.6

Khan to Cook, no run, pitches outside off and straightens, Cook shoulders arms

England 42/0   Z Khan 7-2-18-0

19.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, thats wide, pitching very far from the sticks, wobbling away to Dhoni

19.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, hits a length, Strauss plays it back, Zaheer collects and feigns a throw

19.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, brave leave from Strauss, not entirely getting across as he shoulders arms to a fuller ball that comes back in after pitching outside off stump

19.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, wide outside off again as Zaheer pitches it up in search of swing

19.5

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, slides down the pads and Strauss clips it out to the sweeper

19.6

Khan to Cook, no run, now Cook shoulders arms to one served up wide of off stump

England 52/0   Z Khan 8-2-19-0

21.1

Khan to Cook, no run, pitches on a length and he eases a good-looking shot to cover

21.2

Khan to Cook, no run, he can easily leave that one be well outside off stump, no swing at all

21.3

Khan to Cook, no run, 132ks, pitching outside off stump, no shot offered again

21.4

Khan to Cook, no run, back of a length on this occasion and Cook defends to the off side

21.5

Khan to Cook, no run, once again, clinical defensive stuff from Cook, compact in everything

21.6

Khan to Cook, no run, full and down leg stump, Cook can't get bat on it, Dhoni tumbles to collect

England 54/0   Z Khan 9-3-19-0

57.1

Khan to Bell, no run, starts with a good length ball outside off, guided to gully

57.2

Khan to Bell, OUT, that's lbw! Zaheer strikes just on resumption, pitches on line with the stumps, swings the ball into Bell, late on the attempted flick across the line, he's a goner in front of the stumps and Harper raises his finger after a careful thought

IR Bell lbw b Khan 17 (68m 51b 1x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

57.3

Khan to Pietersen, no run, tries to whip his first ball across the stumps, mistimes the shot, the ball goes towards backward point, Yuvraj runs across and flings the ball back to Dhoni

57.4

Khan to Pietersen, no run, this one leaves Pietersen, who shoulders arms confidently

57.5

Khan to Pietersen, no run, attempted short delivery goes well down leg stump, Dhoni takes

57.6

Khan to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, walks across dangerously and shapes to flick the ball fine, he's struck on the move outside the line and gets a leg bye instead

England 165/2   Z Khan 10-4-19-1

59.1

Khan to Pietersen, no run, pitches wide and wobbles even further to Dhoni behind the stumps

59.2

Khan to Pietersen, no run, gets a long way across and clips an inswinger to midwicket

59.3

Khan to Pietersen, no run, pitches wide of off stump and Pietersen watches it go to Dhoni

59.4

Khan to Pietersen, no run, 134ks, on a length and straightening, Pietersen leaves it be

59.5

Khan to Pietersen, no run, ohh, beaten by the angle! Zaheer moves the ball away from Pietersen, who pushes forward and is done for by the deviation

59.6

Khan to Pietersen, no run, gets bat on the last ball, checking the shot back to Zaheer

England 170/2   Z Khan 11-5-19-1

61.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, hits a length and sits up, Strauss pulls the bat out of the way

61.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, full and swinging down leg stump, some reverse swing there, Strauss is late on the shot and hit outside the line ... but Zaheer is working something up here

61.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches shorter and angles back in to Strauss, who dabs to point

61.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches a bit wider and swings the ball away from Strauss, who smartly opts not to go after that one, Zaheer continues to impress after tea

61.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, 142ks, pitches full and swings back in this time, Strauss drives with a straight blade but cannot pierce mid-off, where Ishant does the fielding

61.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, lands on a length and he ends the over with a push to cover

England 173/2   Z Khan 12-6-19-1

63.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches on middle and swings, Strauss gets in line and defends

63.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches wide and swings away, Strauss duly let it go to Dhoni

63.3

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, this one goes away, Strauss gets room and dabs a single to cover

63.4

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, pitches full and swings back in, late, to Pietersen who gets across his stumps to defend and gets an inside edge to square leg

63.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, what swing! Zaheer bowls a late-swinging yorker into Strauss' leg stump, he has done well to adjust and jam that one out, it was fast too, 144ks

63.6

Khan to Strauss, FOUR, well played, Strauss! Zaheer pitches a tad wide and Strauss edges it away along the ground through the slips and gully for his 13th Test hundred, second against India, and a very good one too ... he knows how much it means and breaks into a beaming smile

England 179/2   Z Khan 13-6-25-1

65.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, swings back into Strauss, who plays it carefully

65.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, gets forward and drives this ball to the man at cover

65.3

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, pitches full on middle and leg, he clips against the swing to midwicket

65.4

Khan to Pietersen, OUT, another one goes! Zaheer removes an uncertain Pietersen, whose attempt to pull a short ball takes the splice of the bat and goes nowhere but into the bowler's hands, running across towards the on side, what a massive wicket for India

KP Pietersen c & b Khan 4 (34m 33b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.12

65.5

Khan to Collingwood, FOUR, and he opens his account with a soft-handed edge between first and second slips, forced to play at another lovely away-swinging delivery from Zaheer

65.6

Khan to Collingwood, no run, pitches in line and swings back in this time and he defends

England 184/3   Z Khan 14-6-30-2

67.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches on middle and off, swings, Strauss presents a full face

67.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, swings back into Strauss, who plays it late and to midwicket

67.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, back of a length and he dabs it to the fielder at point

67.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, a bouncer now, getting Strauss down onto his haunches to leave

67.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, another slow bouncer, just 130ks, Strauss ducks under it

67.6

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, pinches a single, and the strike, with a delicate dab to cover, well done Strauss

England 188/3   Z Khan 15-6-31-2

86.1

Khan to Anderson, no run, pitches back of a length and Anderson defends to the on side

86.2

Khan to Anderson, no run, pitches outside off and swings away, Anderson twirls the bat away

86.3

Khan to Anderson, 1 run, back of a length, deviates and sucks the edge of the bat, drops short in front of Dravid at first slip, who misfields and allows a single through his legs

86.4

Khan to Flintoff, no run, hits a full length and shapes away and Flintoff shoulders arms

86.5

Khan to Flintoff, FOUR, full again, swinging away, Flintoff pokes and edges wide of the slips

86.6

Khan to Flintoff, no run, hits a length and Flintoff watchfully defends it back

England 227/5   Z Khan 16-6-36-2

88.1

Khan to Flintoff, no run, pitches on a drivable length, Flintoff dead-bats it back to Zaheer

88.2

Khan to Flintoff, no run, back of a length, Flintoff gets to the pitch and defends to cover

88.3

Khan to Flintoff, no run, lands a bit fuller and he jams it out to backward point

88.4

Khan to Flintoff, no run, 133ks, angles away from Flintoff, shouldering arms with ease

88.5

Khan to Flintoff, no run, straighter delivery, defended along the ground towards gully

88.6

Khan to Flintoff, no run, comes onto the front foot and drives the last ball to cover

England 229/5   Z Khan 17-7-36-2

91.1

Khan to Anderson, no run, full outside off stump, tempting the drive, but Anderson leaves

91.2

Khan to Anderson, no run, this time he gets to the pitch and drives to the man at cover

91.3

Khan to Anderson, no run, slow short delivery, just 125ks, Anderson sways away

91.4

Khan to Anderson, no run, another bouncer, middle and off, Anderson takes evasive action

91.5

Khan to Anderson, no run, pitches on a good length and seams away, Anderson leaves it be

91.6

Khan to Anderson, no run, on a full length and now he defends it back uneasily to Zaheer

England 229/5   Z Khan 18-8-36-2

93.1

Khan to Anderson, no run, how did that miss! Anderson stands his ground and produces a booming back-foot drive but the ball nips back in sharply off a length and somehow misses off stump

93.2

Khan to Anderson, no run, bouncer! Anderson takes his eyes off it and nearly loses his head

93.3

Khan to Anderson, 1 run, short again and this time Anderson rides the bounce, uppercutting over gully and down to the fielder running across from third man

93.4

Khan to Prior, no run, swing there, Zaheer pitches full and moves the ball in, Prior gets tentatively forward and just defends in time, he's getting right across his stumps

93.5

Khan to Prior, no run, on a drivable length but Prior defends to the off side

93.6

Khan to Prior, 2 runs, thats a shot to get off the mark, Prior rolls his wrists and clips a half-volley on the pads away down to deep square leg

England 232/6   Z Khan 19-8-39-2

95.1

Khan to Anderson, no run, swing again, pitches on a drivable length, Anderson's feet go nowhere fast as he drives away from the body, surviving with a thick inside edge back onto his back leg

95.2

Khan to Anderson, no run, backs away and under-cuts an attempted expansive shot to Zaheer

95.3

Khan to Anderson, no run, again he invites the drive and Anderson chops it back to Zaheer

95.4

Khan to Anderson, 1 run, attempted full swinging yorker, Anderson drives unenthusiastically again, inside edging to Gambhir at short leg, who fields and throws back onto the top of the stumps, it ricochets and England pinch a sharp single

95.5

Khan to Prior, 1 run, pitches on a length, Prior goes back and defends from the crease, ball kisses the edge and rolls down wide of slip towards third man

95.6

Khan to Anderson, no run, nips back to Anderson, who defends going deep in the crease

England 239/6   Z Khan 20-8-41-2

97.1

Khan to Anderson, no run, lands on a length and he defends it to the off side

97.2

Khan to Anderson, no run, 139ks, pitches outside off and goes away, Anderson leaves

97.3

Khan to Anderson, no run, fuller and swinging, Anderson jabs it towards point

97.4

Khan to Anderson, no run, pitches outside off and straightens and Anderson leaves it

97.5

Khan to Anderson, no run, full and swinging back in, late, Anderson thuds forward and drives with an inside edge back onto front pad, but Zaheer lets out a very animated appeal, Harper shakes his head and walks away

97.6

Khan to Anderson, no run, bouncer down leg, Anderson takes his eyes off it, ball brushes shoulder

England 241/6   Z Khan 21-9-41-2
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
Series Results
India v England at Mohali - Dec 19-23, 2008
Match drawn
India v England at Chennai - Dec 11-15, 2008
India won by 6 wickets
More results »

Match Coverage

Photos

Dec 15, 2008

Sachin Tendulkar closes his eyes, India v England, 1st Test, Chennai, 5th day, December 15, 2008

Sachin Tendulkar closes his eyes

© AFP

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

© AFP

All photos for this match | Galleries