India tour of West Indies, 2006 / Commentary

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

2.6

Edwards to Laxman, no run, good length delivery, bit wide outside the off stump and shaping away, Laxman leaves it through to the keeper

India 10/1   VVS Laxman 0* (1b)

5.1

Bradshaw to Laxman, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, hint of away swing, Laxman on the front-foot defending

5.2

Bradshaw to Laxman, no run, on the stumps, defended watchfully

5.3

Bradshaw to Laxman, 1 run, good delivery, pitched on middle and off stump line and shaping away, Laxman is sucked into the drive and the ball goes in the air towards gully but falls short of the fielder there

India 27/1   VVS Laxman 1* (4b)

6.1

Edwards to Laxman, 1 run, drifitng on to middle and leg, Laxman works it away off his hips to the fine leg region

6.4

Edwards to Laxman, no run, forced away off the back-foot to the point region

6.5

Edwards to Laxman, no run, short rising delivery, pitched bit wide outside the off stump and shaping away a touch, Laxman drops his wrists and leaves it through to the keeper

6.6

Edwards to Laxman, FOUR, pitched up outside the off stump, bit too full and Laxman jabs it past the fielder at gully, not in full control and the ball went into the gap between gully and third slip, 'catch-it' was the call but the fielder there hardly got any time to react

India 39/1   VVS Laxman 6* (8b 1x4)

8.1

Edwards to Laxman, no run, decent delivery, played away towards cover

8.2

Edwards to Laxman, no run, short rising delivery, close to the off stump line and Laxman leaves it through to the keeper

8.3

Edwards to Laxman, 2 runs, good length delivery, Laxman on the front-foot driving, not a well timed shot but he gets it past the fielder at cover

8.4

Edwards to Laxman, no run, another probing delivery from Edwards, Laxman shoulders arms

8.5

Edwards to Laxman, no run, good length delivery, Edwards once again gets the ball to shape away from the right-hander, Laxman reads it well and shoulders arms, ball thuds into the keeper's gloves

8.6

Edwards to Laxman, no run, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, bit too wide to interest Laxman

India 45/1   VVS Laxman 8* (14b 1x4)

9.5

Bradshaw to Laxman, FOUR, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, in the slot and Laxman drills it through the gap between the cover fielders, cracking drive!

9.6

Bradshaw to Laxman, no run, drifting down the leg side, no shot offered

India 51/1   VVS Laxman 12* (16b 2x4)

11.1

Bradshaw to Laxman, no run, hit on the pad, appeal for lbw turned down and rightly so as the ball was drifting down the leg side and would have missed the leg stump by a long way

11.2

Bradshaw to Laxman, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, Laxman gets behind the line and strokes it away towards midwicket

11.3

Bradshaw to Laxman, no run, defended outside the off stump

11.4

Bradshaw to Laxman, 1 run, again on the pads, turned away well in front of square leg for an easy single

India 52/2   VVS Laxman 13* (20b 2x4)

12.1

Collymore to Laxman, no run

12.1

Collymore to Laxman, no run, on a length, outside the off stump, Laxman allows it to go to the keeper.

12.2

Collymore to Laxman, no run, good ball! pitched on a length, just outside the off stump and this time it veered back in. Laxman initially shapes to play then allows it to go

12.3

Collymore to Laxman, no run, lost control there... well outside the off stump and shaping away, no shot offered

12.4

Collymore to Laxman, no run, full and outside the off stump, Laxman comes forward a bit to shoulder his arms

12.5

Collymore to Laxman, no run, another nice delivery. It pitched on the off stump line, on a length and straightened, Laxman jabs at it, and the ball rolls to the off side

12.6

Collymore to Laxman, no run, slightly fuller, just short of a driveable length, around the off stump line, Laxman stretches forward, bat and pad together and pushes at it, and the ball runs to gully

India 52/2   VVS Laxman 13* (26b 2x4)

13.4

Bradshaw to Laxman, no run, beaten by the bounce! it pitched just short of length, outside the off stump and it held its line, and Laxman tries to hit it on the up and is beaten by the extra bounce.

13.5

Bradshaw to Laxman, no run, just outside the off stump again, this time Laxman watches it carefully and allows it to go

13.6

Bradshaw to Laxman, 1 run, on the middle and leg, Laxman goes back and tucks it to long-leg. Good over there, we saw bit of bounce from Bradshaw

India 54/2   VVS Laxman 14* (29b 2x4)

14.1

Collymore to Laxman, no run, nice swinging delivery. Full and just outside the off stump, inviting Laxman to have a go. It swung a bit away, but Laxman watched it carefully and shouldered his arms

14.2

Collymore to Laxman, no run, short of length, well outside the off stump, Laxman comes forward and lets it go to the keeper

14.3

Collymore to Laxman, no run, another nice delivery, in the channel outside the off stump, full in length and it seamed away at the last minute but Laxman had watched it all the way and shouldered his arms

14.4

Collymore to Laxman, FOUR, on a length, pitched on the off stump and it seamed away, Laxman leans forward, bat and pad together and played it with soft hands, the seam movement takes the outer edge of the bat and the ball runs down to the third man fence

14.5

Collymore to Laxman, no run, good bounce! It pitched outside the off stump, short of a length and kicked up, Laxman came forward and sort of coiled back and withdrew his bat from the line of the ball

14.6

Collymore to Laxman, no run, outside the off stump again, good consistent stuff , left alone

India 58/2   VVS Laxman 18* (35b 3x4)

16.1

Collymore to Laxman, no run, down the leg, Collymore lost control there. Laxman gets inside the line and makes sure he has his bat away from the ball

16.2

Collymore to Laxman, no run, another wasted delivery. banged in short, well outside the off stump, Laxman has nothing to do with it and Ramdin gathers the ball

16.3

Collymore to Laxman, no run, hit the deck short of length, and the ball veered towards the hips, Laxman tries to tuck it away to the on side, doesn't connect properly and the ball rolls to the on side

16.4

Collymore to Laxman, no run, fuller and just outside the off stump, Laxman comes forward and shoulders arms.

16.5

Collymore to Laxman, FOUR, lovely straight drive! Admittedly overpitched, on the middle stump, but it still had to be put away and Laxman does it in style. Driven down the ground, past the bowler

16.6

Collymore to Laxman, no run, full again, on the middle and leg stump line, Laxman turns it to square-leg

India 64/2   VVS Laxman 22* (41b 4x4)

18.1

Collymore to Laxman, no run, in the channel outside the off stump, Laxman gets across and defends it watchfully to the off side

18.2

Collymore to Laxman, no run, slightly fuller but well outside the off stump, Laxman has nothing to do with it. It's a patient Laxman on view here. Quite content to wait for the bad balls

18.3

Collymore to Laxman, no run, just short of a driveable length, outside the off stump and holding its line, left alone

18.4

Collymore to Laxman, no run, nice delivery that pitched on a length, on the off stump line and it seamed away, Laxman hangs at his crease and lets it go. Good leave!

18.5

Collymore to Laxman, no run, shout for lbw! It was full and pitched on the leg stump and kept going down the line and Laxman is caught at his crease, trying to drive without any foot movement and is beaten

18.6

Collymore to Laxman, 1 run, full-length delivery, on the off stump line, driven to mid-off

India 65/2   VVS Laxman 23* (47b 4x4)

19.1

Edwards to Laxman, no run, wasted delivery outside the off stump, Edwards is yet to get his line and length right in this spell.

19.2

Edwards to Laxman, no run, short of length and on the off stump line and it came in with the angle and Laxman stays beside the line, shifts his weight onto his backfoot and punches it to point.

19.3

Edwards to Laxman, no run, full and swinging ever-so-slightly away but Laxman sort of flicks it to mid-off. That trademark twirl of the wrists and flick-drives to the off side.

19.4

Edwards to Laxman, no run, bouncer! Laxman spots it early - it was banged in well short- and ducks underneath

19.5

Edwards to Laxman, no run, on a length, and on that off stump line, Laxman punches it to covers

19.6

Edwards to Laxman, FOUR, super shot! take that! Short of length, and outside the off stump, Laxman stays beside the line of the ball, shifts his weight onto his back foot and slashes at it over gully.

India 69/2   VVS Laxman 27* (53b 5x4)

21.1

Gayle to Laxman, no run, on the middle stump, tries to turn it to on side, doesn't connect properly, it rolls to the on side

21.2

Gayle to Laxman, no run, short ball this time and Laxman pulls it to right of Chanderpaul at midwicket who makes a good diving stop

21.3

Gayle to Laxman, no run, tossed outside the off stump, turning in a bit, Laxman comes forward and pushes it to the off side

21.4

Gayle to Laxman, no run, similar ball, same result

21.5

Gayle to Laxman, no run, slightly shorter this time, outside the off stump, Laxman makes room to cut but hits straight to covers

21.6

Gayle to Laxman, 1 run, on the leg and middle, worked to backward short leg

India 70/2   VVS Laxman 28* (59b 5x4)

22.1

Bravo to Laxman, no run, outside the off stump, a gentle loosener and Laxman allows it to go through to the keeper

22.2

Bravo to Laxman, no run, huge shout for lbw! but a inside edge saves Laxman. It pitched on the leg and middle stump line and straightened and Laxman is beaten on the forward prod, but gets a inside edge onto his pads.

22.3

Bravo to Laxman, no run, outside the off stump, full in length and moving away, left alone

22.4

Bravo to Laxman, no run, much fuller this time, outside the off stump, driven to covers

22.5

Bravo to Laxman, no run, lovely delivery and very well played. It was full in length, on the off and middle stump and it swung late but Laxman was alert to the movement, waits for the swing and offers the full face of the blade in defense

22.6

Bravo to Laxman, no run, pitched just outside the off stump and shaping away, Laxman lets it go

India 70/2   VVS Laxman 28* (65b 5x4)

23.2

Gayle to Laxman, no run, tossed up again on that off stump line, driven to mid-off

23.3

Gayle to Laxman, no run, full and on the middle and off stump line, whipped across to mid-on

23.4

Gayle to Laxman, no run, slightly shorter and on the middle stump line, turning in, worked away to midwicket

23.5

Gayle to Laxman, 1 run, pitched on the middle and leg stump and turned in, Laxman goes onto his backfoot, waits for the ball to turn past his pads and turns it to long-leg

India 72/2   VVS Laxman 29* (69b 5x4)

24.1

Bravo to Laxman, no run, outside the off stump, full in length, but Laxman, once again, has nothing to do with it,

24.2

Bravo to Laxman, no run, pitched on a length, outside the off stump and it veered further away and once again Laxman offers no stroke

24.3

Bravo to Laxman, no run, full-length delivery that pitched on the off stump and shaped away, Laxman leans forward, covers the movement, and drives it to mid-off

24.4

Bravo to Laxman, no run, on a length, outside the off stump and stays in that area, left alone

24.5

Bravo to Laxman, OUT, gone! Laxman's patience runs out and this time he flirts at a full-length delivery that pitched just outside the off stump and moved away and the resultant edge is snapped up by Ramdin. Laxman had repeatedly left alone many a delivery outside the off stump but this time he felt it was in his slot and had a flash, but was beaten by the late movement. Very crucial wicket just before lunch and Lara won't be complaining

VVS Laxman c †Ramdin b Bravo 29 (100m 74b 5x4 0x6) SR: 39.18

India 72/3   VVS Laxman 29 (74b 5x4)
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