Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
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    33.4 Googly! India's captain sells Phil Jaques a dummy and finally there's a breakthrough. Kumble tosses up the googly, it's pitched outside the off and floats invitingly towards Jaques who is advancing down the pitch. Jaques fails to pick the wrong 'un and hangs his bat well inside the line of the ball. Mahendra Singh Dhoni takes the bails off and that is the end of Jaques 135/1
    124
    268
    183
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    67.75
    62.3 curled back in to him, cramped him for room and he popped a soft catch up towards mid on, stopping on the shot. A tame end to a forceful, aggressive-yet-patient innings 241/5
    38.5 Beauty! That is a cracker from Zaheer Khan. This is really good ball from Zaheer and it cleans up Ponting. Zaheer comes round the stumps, changing the angle, and gets this ball to hold its line just a fraction. It's pitched on a good length and this means Ponting is neither fully committed to the front foot nor going back. The ball slips past the outside edge and pegs back the off stump. That is a quality ball to get rid of a massively dangerous batsman. 162/2
    39.3 Another one! Kumble strikes again, getting rid of the ever reliable Mike Hussey. This one is a googly on the middle and leg stump, there's just a hint of turn and it's enough to beat the bat and strike pad. Loud shout and an easy decision for the umpire. This one is nailing the off stump and Kumble strikes again, picking up an lbw 165/3
    59.1 a wideish, but full, one outside off tempts Clarke into the cut, he simply doesn't get his feet anywhere near it and cuts straight into second slip, where Laxman snaps to his left 225/4
    71.4 Gone! That is a big wicket, huge bonus for India. Kumble drags this one just a touch short, Symonds sees the length and goes for the pull. The ball skids through and hurries on Symonds who is playing a short-arm pull. The batsman can't quite get the elevation he wants and Dinesh Karthik, the substitute fielder, takes a smart catch at midwicket. That is a big wicket for India. What a comeback this has been. 281/6
    75.3 Golden arm! Another one for Anil Kumble who scalps yet another big wicket. Tossed up and outside the off. Gilchrist plants his foot down the pitch and plays the big slog sweep. The ball goes off the toe of the bat and straight up into the air. Sachin Tendulkar is in position at point and settles under a simple but critical catch. India are now well and truly on top in this game. 288/7
    86.1 Immediate reward for India! Zaheer sends this one in quick and outside the off, it's a bit of a loosener really. Brad Hogg goes for a fancy drive quite wide outside the off stump but only manages a thick edge. Rahul Dravid in the gully region makes no mistake and there's a wicket off the first ball with this second new ball for India. 312/9
    79.2 Five for Kumble! On a first day pitch. This is Anil Kumble at his best. A quick, flat ball on the stumps, it's a Kumble special and good batsmen have found this hard to keep out, forget about tailenders. Lee comes forward but is very late on the shot and wears the ball on pad in front of the stumps. The umpire thinks for a second and up goes the finger! 294/8
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    92.4 the bouncer, on an off-side line, Clark takes his eye off the ball and tries to make room for the hook, the ball sails up and over to long leg for a relatively straightforward catch by Harbhajan Singh 343/10
    Extras
    16 (lb 5, nb 9, w 2)
    TOTAL
    343 all out (92.4 Overs, RR: 3.70, 395 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-135 (PA Jaques, 33.4 ov), 2-162 (RT Ponting, 38.5 ov), 3-165 (MEK Hussey, 39.3 ov), 4-225 (MJ Clarke, 59.1 ov), 5-241 (ML Hayden, 62.3 ov), 6-281 (A Symonds, 71.4 ov), 7-288 (AC Gilchrist, 75.3 ov), 8-294 (B Lee, 79.2 ov), 9-312 (GB Hogg, 86.1 ov), 10-343 (SR Clark, 92.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    Z Khan23.419443.9718
    RP Singh2038214.1010
    Harbhajan Singh2036103.0500
    SC Ganguly311505.0001
    A Kumble2548453.3600
    SR Tendulkar10202.0000
  • BATSMEN
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    8.3 that's the breakthrough, the slower ball beating Jaffer who poked through to Gilchrist 4/1
    21.4 huge shout and the finger raises immediately, trapping him low and in front of middle and leg, towards the top 31/2
    30.1 Brute from Lee. How do you play a ball like that? Short one banged in, it's perfectly well directed, on the stumps, Laxman falls backward as he tries to sway out of the way. The ball crashes into the gloves and balloons up in the air. Ricky Ponting is alert in the slips cordon and rushes forward, diving full length to wrap his hands under the ball. That's another big wicket for Australia 55/3
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    80.51
    45.1 short of a length, outside the off, just a bit of movement in, Tendulkar stands tall and tries to play that forcing shot off the back foot through cover. There's just a bit of extra bounce and the ball crashes into the stumps via a thick bottom edge. It's not the first time we've seen Tendulkar fall like this after looking well set 120/4
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    54.43
    60.1 Got him. Hogg gets his first wicket, Ganguly undone by a wicked change of pace, the flipper skids through and knocks back the off stump as the batsman rocks back. A bamboozled Ganguly's on his way just short of his fifty 166/7
    47.4 fullish, outside the off stump, this one is a classic wobbler from Stuart Clark, Yuvraj has a dart at this one. There's a bit of a sound as the ball passes bat and a spontaneous appeal from the slips cordon, the wicketkeeper and the bowler are enough to convince Billy Bowden. Yuvraj stands his ground for a moment but he has to go, for a duck 122/5
    47.6 that one nipped back, right up there, hitting him on the knee roll, going on to hit leg stump 122/6
    69.6 full and outside the off, just a hint of late swing, big drive played, the ball goes past the bat, sounds like there was an edge and the whole Austalian slips cordon goes up in appeal. Billy Bowden says no at first, then goes to the square-leg umpire to check if the catch was taken cleanly. That certainly carried cleanly to Gilchrist. Now Bowden gives it out and Kumble is not a happy man. 193/9
    66.6 tossed up and outside the off, Harbhajan is not picking Hogg here but goes for the big hit anyway. The ball goes straight up in the air and Michael Clarke has to use one hand to shield the sun before judging the catch well and taking it. Another Indian wicket gone and Hogg is growing in utility here 173/8
    71.5 And there's the end! fullish and outside the off stump, Zaheer goes for the big drive, the edge goes straight into Adam Gilchrist's gloves, no controversy there. That's now four wickets in an innings five innings on the trot for Brett Lee 196/10
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    Extras
    14 (b 4, lb 3, nb 7)
    TOTAL
    196 all out (71.5 Overs, RR: 2.72, 315 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-4 (W Jaffer, 8.3 ov), 2-31 (R Dravid, 21.4 ov), 3-55 (VVS Laxman, 30.1 ov), 4-120 (SR Tendulkar, 45.1 ov), 5-122 (Yuvraj Singh, 47.4 ov), 6-122 (MS Dhoni, 47.6 ov), 7-166 (SC Ganguly, 60.1 ov), 8-173 (Harbhajan Singh, 66.6 ov), 9-193 (A Kumble, 69.6 ov), 10-196 (Z Khan, 71.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    B Lee19.564642.3106
    MG Johnson1352501.9201
    A Symonds31802.6600
    SR Clark1542841.8600
    GB Hogg2138223.9000
  • BATSMEN
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    38.2 tossed up a touch, subtle change in pace, this one stops a bit on Jaques who goes through with a forcing drive, the ball comes right back at Kumble who takes a simple caught and bowled. Jaques goes soon after reaching his half-century 139/3
    18.5 the breakthrough at last, India wil love that, Hayden down the track and one audacious attempt too far, holing out at long-off where Ganguly takes the catch well 83/1
    20.2 got him! Outside off, turned into the right hander who opens the face and guides the ball straight into the welcoming hands of first slip 89/2
    45.1 fullish and outside the off, RP pushes this one across the left-handed batsman, a bit of reverse swing and Hussey flashes at the ball without getting behind the line. A thick edge and Tendulkar at first slip is good enough to take a smart catch 161/4
    73.1 cracker of a delivery, beating him in the flight, Clarke down the pitch and Dhoni whips off the bails in a split second 288/6
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    61.5 Zaheer strikes! a full ball from round the stumps hurries in on Symonds. This ball is coming in with reverse swing and Symonds gets pad in the way before bat can make it down. Loud shout for the lbw and Billy Bowden gives this one. Timely breakthrough for India 243/5
    80.5 holes out finally, played from outside leg, with a sweep up and over to RP Singh at deep backward square 316/7
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    26
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    57.89
    Extras
    16 (lb 3, nb 13)
    TOTAL
    351/7d (88 Overs, RR: 3.98, 380 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-83 (ML Hayden, 18.5 ov), 2-89 (RT Ponting, 20.2 ov), 3-139 (PA Jaques, 38.2 ov), 4-161 (MEK Hussey, 45.1 ov), 5-243 (A Symonds, 61.5 ov), 6-288 (MJ Clarke, 73.1 ov), 7-316 (AC Gilchrist, 80.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    Z Khan2029314.65012
    RP Singh1615013.1200
    A Kumble25210224.0800
    Harbhajan Singh26010133.8800
    SR Tendulkar10202.0000
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    34.3 oh, and beaten him in the flight, Dravid decides to go back and is rapped in front of off and middle, about halfway up the sticks, the bat nowhere near 54/2
    15.3 but that's definitely out this time! Lee bangs in outside off, the ball hardly gets up, Jaffer hardly moves his feet and the ball catches the edge through to Gilchrist 26/1
    53.4 short of a good length, outside the off stump, this one grips the pitch a touch, Laxman drives uppishly without getting anywhere near the pitch of the ball. It's up in the air and straight to Clarke at cover. The Clark-Clarke combination does the trick and India lose yet another very big wicket 118/4
    41.3 just short of a good length, a touch outside the off stump, flashing drive played, Tendulkar falls for a set up from Brett Lee. Tendulkar's feet have not moved at all and the ball hurries through a bit quicker. There's an outside edge and Adam Gilchrist gleefully accepts the offering. That is a big wicket for Australia 77/3
    70.3 and that's three wickets in four deliveries, Ganguly is trapped plumb in front of middle stump but the ball hits the bat after thudding into pad and the catch is taken by Ponting at silly mid-off, it could have been lbw as well but he's been declared caught 157/9
    56.2 This one is a ripper. Very very quick, good change of pace, it's the flipper. This time Yuvraj isn't even on the front foot. He's on his way back when the ball crashes into the pad. The appeal is spontaneous and this time the finger goes up quickly enough. Once again Yuvraj isn't too happy but that wasn't a bad decision. 125/5
    63.6 got him this time, Dhoni repeats the shot of a few balls ago, slashing a drive away from his body and Gilchrist takes a good catch, low, off the thick edge 144/6
    69.6 got him this time! Johnson deserved that wicket having worked him over, this one swinging back in to him and taking his edge on the way through 157/7
    70.1 outstanding work from Australia, Ganguly worked the ball to cover where Hussey returns well, Singh was backing up a mile and tried to get back in at the bowler's end but Hogg took it well and gave the two-handed shovel onto the stumps 157/8
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    73.6 clattered right into the stumps, an inside edge drags the ball on from outside off to end the match 161/10
    Extras
    7 (b 1, nb 6)
    TOTAL
    161 all out (74 Overs, RR: 2.17, 342 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-26 (W Jaffer, 15.3 ov), 2-54 (R Dravid, 34.3 ov), 3-77 (SR Tendulkar, 41.3 ov), 4-118 (VVS Laxman, 53.4 ov), 5-125 (Yuvraj Singh, 56.2 ov), 6-144 (MS Dhoni, 63.6 ov), 7-157 (A Kumble, 69.6 ov), 8-157 (Harbhajan Singh, 70.1 ov), 9-157 (SC Ganguly, 70.3 ov), 10-161 (RP Singh, 73.6 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    B Lee1434323.0704
    MG Johnson1562131.4002
    SR Clark1592011.3300
    GB Hogg1735123.0000
    A Symonds1352511.9200

Close of Play

  • Wed, 26 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 337/9 (MG Johnson 10*, SR Clark 21*, 90 ov)
  • Thu, 27 Dec - day 2 - Australia 2nd innings 32/0 (PA Jaques 10*, ML Hayden 22*, 8 ov)
  • Fri, 28 Dec - day 3 - India 2nd innings 6/0 (R Dravid 3*, W Jaffer 2*, 8 ov)
  • Sat, 29 Dec - day 4 - India 2nd innings 161 (74 ov) - end of match

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