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

2.6

Harmison to Sehwag, FOUR, short again, Sehwag gets onto the toes and dabs a rising one down between slips and gully for four, a controlled shot from him

India 7/0   V Sehwag 5* (11b 1x4)   SJ Harmison 2-0-6-0

3.1

Anderson to Gambhir, FOUR, short and angling across, edged away to third man for four

India 11/0   G Gambhir 5* (8b 1x4)   JM Anderson 1.1-1-4-0

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

India 16/0   V Sehwag 9* (15b 2x4)   JM Anderson 2.1-1-9-0

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   G Gambhir 13* (26b 2x4)   JM Anderson 4-1-13-1

13.1

Swann to Gambhir, FOUR, not a good start, short and wide and Gambhir punches past point

India 34/1   G Gambhir 19* (41b 3x4)   GP Swann 0.1-0-4-0

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   VVS Laxman 9* (8b 1x4)   A Flintoff 5-2-11-0

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

India 62/3   VVS Laxman 14* (18b 2x4)   GP Swann 3.3-0-21-2

22.3

Harmison to Tendulkar, FOUR, thumped through the off side, given some room and he transfers the weight to crack it smack through point for a boundary

India 70/3   SR Tendulkar 19* (27b 1x4 1x6)   SJ Harmison 6.3-1-16-0

22.4

Harmison to Tendulkar, FOUR, four more, this time a fortuitous thick outside edge as Tendulkar gets another chance to free the arms, this one's flying away through gully and the slips

India 74/3   SR Tendulkar 23* (28b 2x4 1x6)   SJ Harmison 6.4-1-20-0

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

India 81/3   VVS Laxman 20* (34b 3x4)   JM Anderson 6.4-2-20-1

29.3

Panesar to Tendulkar, FOUR, this time he does, using his crease and getting over a short ball, cutting between cover and point for an excellent boundary

India 93/3   SR Tendulkar 32* (43b 3x4 1x6)   MS Panesar 3.3-1-7-0

29.5

Panesar to Tendulkar, FOUR, top shot, uses his feet and drives inside-out through extra cover

India 97/3   SR Tendulkar 36* (45b 4x4 1x6)   MS Panesar 3.5-1-11-0

31.6

Panesar to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, gets a short ball and hammers it hard and flat wide of mid-on

India 102/4   Yuvraj Singh 4* (4b 1x4)   MS Panesar 5-1-16-1

37.1

Panesar to Dhoni, FOUR, gets a full delivery and drives it back past mid-on for four

India 116/5   MS Dhoni 12* (16b 1x4)   MS Panesar 7.1-2-25-1

37.5

Panesar to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, way too short and Yuvraj doesn't miss out, cracking it through cover

India 121/5   Yuvraj Singh 8* (20b 2x4)   MS Panesar 7.5-2-30-1

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

India 132/5   MS Dhoni 19* (29b 2x4)   GP Swann 6.5-0-31-2

41.6

Swann to Dhoni, FOUR, beautifully struck, Dhoni gets to a full one and drives back past mid-on

India 136/5   MS Dhoni 23* (30b 3x4)   GP Swann 7-0-35-2

43.4

Harmison to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, good little shot down the ground, getting forward and playing a fullish ball with a darn straight bat, it beats mid-off and speeds away to the boundary

India 145/6   Harbhajan Singh 4* (2b 1x4)   SJ Harmison 7.4-1-25-1

43.6

Harmison to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, pushes at wide one and evades Cook this time, ball races away

India 149/6   Harbhajan Singh 8* (4b 2x4)   SJ Harmison 8-1-29-1

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

India 154/6   Harbhajan Singh 12* (5b 3x4)   A Flintoff 11.4-2-25-1

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

India 160/6   MS Dhoni 28* (40b 4x4)   A Flintoff 12.4-2-31-1

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   MS Dhoni 34* (47b 5x4)   A Flintoff 14-2-36-1

51.4

Panesar to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, good shot, a firm paddle sweep to beat short fine leg

India 181/6   Harbhajan Singh 21* (29b 4x4)   MS Panesar 11.4-3-43-1

53.5

Panesar to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, now he produces the reverse sweep, and for four too! Panesar tosses it up into the rough outside leg stump and Harbhajan paddles it over slip, that shot raises the 50-run partnership, though Dhoni walks down and has a chat with his partner

India 189/6   Harbhajan Singh 26* (35b 5x4)   MS Panesar 12.5-3-48-1

57.1

Harmison to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, ah, edged flat over the slips for four! Harbhajan sees room and flays the bat at it, getting a thick outside edge over the cordon

India 197/6   Harbhajan Singh 33* (49b 6x4)   SJ Harmison 10.1-1-37-1

57.3

Harmison to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, shot! Harbhajan puts 200 on the board with a shot that even Dravid cannot pull off these days, just transfers the weight and smacks a length ball superbly between point and cover and admires the shot, which was one a top-order batsman would be proud of

India 201/6   Harbhajan Singh 37* (51b 7x4)   SJ Harmison 10.3-1-41-1

64.2

Panesar to Mishra, FOUR, thats the way to hit em, skips, says Mishra, who uses his feet well and clubs that one over mid-on for a boundary

India 223/9   A Mishra 4* (4b 1x4)   MS Panesar 17.2-4-60-3

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

India 228/9   A Mishra 9* (7b 2x4)   A Flintoff 16.1-2-43-2
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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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