India tour of West Indies, 2006 / Commentary

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Hello and a warm welcome to the third Test between West Indies and India, I am Sriram Veera, and along with Sajan Nair, shall take you through the day's proceedings.

There was some rain in the morning, and although sun has peeped out now, the play has been delayed.

Update(11:50 pm local time / 15:50GMT) Brian Lara has won the toss and will bat. Harbhajan Singh gets a game, replacing Irfan Pathan while Sreesanth comes in for VRV Singh. West Indies have made one change - Marlon Samuels replaces Bradshaw and will bat at no 7.

Update (11:30 local time / 15:30 GMT) - Game is likely to start at 12.30 pm local time (16.30GMT). Toss is scheduled to happen at 12.00 local time (1600GMT). Lunch has been brought forward to 11:50 am local time and will run till 12:30. It will be a two and half hours session, then tea shall be taken at 3.00 pm local time. Play will be extended by half an hour today. There are couple of wet patches in the fine-leg area which is worrying the umpires.

Greg Chappell, India's coach, was on air and reckons that the pitch will aid spin and suggested that India might play two spinners. So Harbhajan Singh might get his first game of this Test series. So who will miss out? VRV Singh is my guess.

Time for a Cricinfo Stat, courtesy Arun Gopalakrishnan: Basseterre, in St. Kitts is the latest addition to the list of test match venues in the Caribbean islands. Apart from St. Kitts, the Caribbean boasts of 8 other venues which have hosted test matches - the list in order of hosting their first test matches is: Kensington Oval (Barbados), Queen's Park Oval (Trinidad), Bourda Oval (Guyana), Sabina Park (Jamaica), Antigua Recreation Club (Antigua), Arnos Vale Ground (St. Vincent), National Cricket Stadium (Grenada) and Beausejour Stadium (St. Lucia). Basseterre is scheduled to host at least six matches in the 2007 World Cup.

The third Test match has started under a bit of cloud, literally and otherwise. Rain and controversy is in the air; Player 's contracts have been a thorn in the West Indies flesh while Brian Lara has grumbled a bit about being censored. Cricinfo spoke to Dinanath Ramnarine , WIPA's chief executive. "The point Ramnarine makes is this. If one of the players gets injured in the forthcoming Test, they would have no rights to be paid while they are injured. They would rely on the goodwill of the board to carry on paying them and, as Ramnarine said, that cannot be right. "If the board staff hadn't got contracts, would they go to work?" he asked. "Then why must players play without contracts and carry on as if nothing is wrong?" Please click here to read the full article on the contracts issue by Martin Williamson.

Also, have a look at the tour diary by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan. Some lovely stories in there.

0.1

Patel to Gayle, 1 leg bye, good-length delivery, on the middle and leg, Gayle tries to work it to on side, doesn't connect and the ball rebounds off the pads, towards square-leg.

Players are back, Sehwag and Jaffer will open the innings for India and it will be Jerome Taylor to start the bowling attack - three slips and a gully in place.

0.1

Patel to Gayle, 1 leg bye

0.2

Patel to Ganga, 1 run, short of length, on the leg stump line, Ganga shuffles across, turns it to long-leg

0.3

Patel to Gayle, no run

0.4

Patel to Gayle, no run, fullish delivery, outside the off stump, Gayle leans forward, withdraws his bat, lets it go through to Dhoni

0.5

Patel to Gayle, no run, sailing outside the off stump, no stroke offered.

0.6

Patel to Gayle, no run, good-length delivery on the off stump, shaped away a bit, Gayle goes across, gets squared up a little, manages to steer it towards point

End of over 1 (2 runs) West Indies 2/0
CH Gayle    0* (5b)      MM Patel    1-0-1-0
D Ganga    1* (1b)     

1.1

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, starts off with a wide delivery outside the off stump, left alone.

Three slips, a gully and a short-leg in place.

1.2

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, short of length , on the legs, Ganga takes it on the pads and it runs down to the fine-leg fence.

1.3

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, this time it sails well outside the off stump, Sreesanth is yet to hit the right line. missed the second Test due to an injury.

1.4

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, outside the off stump, not so wide this time, left alone.

1.5

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, good-length delivery, on the leg stump, turned to the on side

1.6

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, fullish on the off and middle, Ganga leans forward, drives it out to mid-off.

End of over 2 (maiden) West Indies 2/0
D Ganga    1* (7b)      S Sreesanth    1-1-0-0
CH Gayle    0* (5b)      MM Patel    1-0-1-0

2.1

Patel to Gayle, 1 run, on the leg and middle, on a length, Gayle shuffles inside, turns it close to the on side and they jog through for a single.

Four slips, a gully and a short-leg is in place

2.2

Patel to Ganga, no run, on the off stump, Ganga gets behind the line, taps it close to the off side.

At the end of the last over, Rudi had a word with Munaf about running on to the danger area.

2.3

Patel to Ganga, 1 no ball, bit of bounce there! It pithced short of a length, around the off stump and reared up chest high, Ganga went back, took his bottom-hand out of the handle, tapped it close to the off side

2.3

Patel to Ganga, no run, another bouncy delivery, just outside the off stump, left alone

2.4

Patel to Ganga, no run, nice delivery that curved away a bit after pitching on a length, just outside the off stump, Ganga leaned forward and at the last minute with drew his bat from the line of the ball, allowed it go through to Dhoni

2.5

Patel to Ganga, 1 no ball, fullish on the off stump, Ganga leans forward to steer it away to point. Another no-ball though.

2.5

Patel to Ganga, no run, bit of variable bounce. This one pitched short of length on the middle and didnt climb up, kept a touch low, Ganga went back and brought his bad down in a hurry, to turn it to short-leg

2.6

Patel to Ganga, no run

End of over 3 (3 runs) West Indies 5/0
D Ganga    1* (14b)      MM Patel    2-0-4-0
CH Gayle    1* (6b)      S Sreesanth    1-1-0-0

3.1

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, fullish delivery, on the middle stump line, Gayle again gets squared up a bit as the ball moves a shade away, manages to push it towards cover

3.2

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, drifting down the leg side, left alone

3.3

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, nice delivery, curved a bit in the air, it was full, on the middle stump line, curved in at the last minute, Gayle adjusted, covered for the inswing, pushed it to the on side

3.4

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, fullish on the middle and off, this time went with the angle, Gayle leant forward, drove it towards mid-off

3.5

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, bouncer! first one of the Test. on the leg stump line, Gayle ducked underneath it easily.

3.6

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, another good delivery, short of length, pitched on the middle and straightened, Gayle hopped back, pushed it to the off side. He was bit cramped there, troubled by the straightening of the ball.

End of over 4 (maiden) West Indies 5/0
CH Gayle    1* (12b)      S Sreesanth    2-2-0-0
D Ganga    1* (14b)      MM Patel    2-0-4-0

4.1

Patel to Ganga, no run, beaten! didnt take long time for Ganga to get beaten. On a length, just outside the off stump, and Ganga pushed at it, but luckily for him didnt get a touch.

4.2

Patel to Ganga, no run, another length delivery, outside the off stump, Ganga did an exaggerated leave, raising his bat very high above his head.

4.3

Patel to Ganga, no run, good-length delivery, on the off and middle ,coming in with the angle., Ganga leans forward, bat and pad together, pushes it out to covers

4.4

Patel to Ganga, no run, another length delivery, just outside the off stump, Ganga comes forward to tap it close to the off side. Munaf Patel is probing away here relentlessly, testing Ganga's technique.

4.5

Patel to Ganga, no run, altered the length, fullish this time, on the off and middle stump, Ganga drives it to mid-off

4.6

Patel to Ganga, no run, a length delivery this time, outside the off stump, left alone by Ganga. Another good over comes to an end.

End of over 5 (maiden) West Indies 5/0
D Ganga    1* (20b)      MM Patel    3-1-4-0
CH Gayle    1* (12b)      S Sreesanth    2-2-0-0

Three slips, a gully and short-leg

5.1

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, a length delivery that pitched on the off and middle, shaping away, Gayle decides to cut, not the length for it, gets an under edge which takes the ball to the off side

5.2

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, lovely delivery, Sreesanth is getting to tail it in late. It was full, and curved in slightly, he is definitely trying to trap Gayle in front, Gayle goes back and across, doesnt get his right leg across, brings his bat down in time, ahead of his pads and makes contact

5.3

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, similar delivery, Gayle again goes back and across and taps it back down the pitch

5.4

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, this time he changes the line, outside the off stump, Gayle lets it go through

5.5

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, bouncer! on the leg and middle stump line, ducked underneath . Sreesanth is trying to mix things here. Whats coming up next, a ball that curves in?

5.6

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, this one slants outside the off stump, pitched on the off and shaped away, Gayle goes back, and shoulders arms

End of over 6 (maiden) West Indies 5/0
CH Gayle    1* (18b)      S Sreesanth    3-3-0-0
D Ganga    1* (20b)      MM Patel    3-1-4-0

6.1

Patel to Ganga, no run, good delivery. It was on a length, pitched on the off stump line, and bounced a bit as it came in, Ganga pushed at it, his bat well ahead of his body, didn't connect and the cherry crashed into his inner thigh and he is in bit of pain. Has laid down on the ground.

The physio has run out on to the middle. So far so good for the Indians. They have been right on target as West Indies make a cautious start.

6.2

Patel to Ganga, no run, fullish on the off stump line, Ganga comes forward, pushes it back down the track.

6.3

Patel to Ganga, no run, bouncer over the middle stump! Ganga ducked underneath as the ball whistled past his head.

6.4

Patel to Ganga, no run, a length delivery, just outside the off stump, Ganga was not sure about the line or the length, will it come in, and should he go back or front, in the end he shuffles across, and back and tapped it down on the off side

6.5

Patel to Ganga, 2 runs, good-looking stroke! It was full and outside the off stump line, Ganga leaned forward and drove it past the covers

6.6

Patel to Ganga, no run, on the block-hole this time, around the off and middle, Ganga almost falling over , manages to get his bat down in time, digs it out to the off side

End of over 7 (2 runs) West Indies 7/0
D Ganga    3* (26b)      MM Patel    4-1-6-0
CH Gayle    1* (18b)      S Sreesanth    3-3-0-0

7.1

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, full and outside the off stump, Gayle tries to slash it past cover point, mistimes and it rolls to the off side

7.1

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, full and outside the off stump, Gayle tries to slash it past cover point, mistimes and it rolls to the off side

7.2

Sreesanth to Gayle, FOUR, first four of the match! It was full, swinging away a bit, Gayle stood at his crease, waited for the swing to play out, and that pendulum swing of his bat came down, and crashed it through the line, past mid-on

7.3

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run

7.4

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, fullish, on the off stump line, bit of shape away, Gayle stays back at his crease, just leans forward a bit, pushes it out to cover

7.5

Sreesanth to Gayle, SIX, Ooh la la! Gayle creams it over long-on! it was on a driveable length, outside the off stump, Gayle stood there, as his wont, and the bat came down at rapid pace, met the ball flush on the middle and sent it soaring over long-on! Ladies and gentlemen! Gayle has woken up!

7.6

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, fullish on the off stump line, pushed down the track

And rain interrupts play! a bout of showers have drenched the ground, and the covers are on. But its just a passing shower, and sky has cleared up again. I fear we are going to have this musical chair throughout this Test. Play should start soon. And time for me to hand over to Sajan Nair. Hey Sajan, time for you to describe the rain a bit. I am off for a tea (yeah right!) break.

Update (13:20 local time / 17:20 GMT) - As Sriram mentioned it was just a passing shower but at the moment it is very overcast and the light is not that good, the covers are still in place but that's just a precautionary measure - we will keep you updated as things move along

Sriram is away drinking, tea of course - players are back in the middle and play will restart in few minutes.

After a cautious start Gayle officially opened the leather hunting season with a towering six over long-on and he is looking in good touch here, as expected the new ball bowlers are getting some assistance from the track but nothing much to write about there, It was a good toss to win and Lara seems to have got it spot on with his decision to bat first.

End of over 8 (10 runs) West Indies 17/0
CH Gayle    11* (24b 1x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    4-3-10-0
D Ganga    3* (26b)      MM Patel    4-1-6-0

8.1

Patel to Ganga, no run

8.2

Patel to Ganga, no run, short of a good length delivery, this one nipped back in a bit, Ganga stands tall on the back-foot and defends it down on the off side, well played in the end

8.3

Patel to Ganga, no run, line and length delivery outside the off stump, no shot offered

8.4

Patel to Ganga, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, hint of swing, Ganga leaves it through to the keeper

8.5

Patel to Ganga, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, bit of extra bounce, Ganga shoulders arms and the ball thuds into the keeper's gloves

8.6

Patel to Ganga, no run, again slightly short and close to the off stump line, Ganga not interested

End of over 9 (maiden) West Indies 17/0
D Ganga    3* (32b)      MM Patel    5-2-6-0
CH Gayle    11* (24b 1x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    4-3-10-0

Sreesanth to continue from the other end.

9.1

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Gayle gets behind the line and drives it back to the bowler, not a well timed shot and the ball came off the inner half of the bat

9.2

Sreesanth to Gayle, 1 run, full and on the pads, turned away nicely to the fine leg region for an easy single

9.3

Sreesanth to Ganga, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven wide of the cover fielder for an easy single

9.4

Sreesanth to Gayle, 1 run, full and on the pads, again Sresanth straying in line there, Gayle moves across a bit, get right inside the line and clips it away to fine leg for an easy single

9.5

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, good length delivery, drifting way down the leg side on this occasion, Sreesanth struggling a bit here with the left-right combination

9.6

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, much better line and length - Ganga leaves it through to the keeper

End of over 10 (3 runs) West Indies 20/0
D Ganga    4* (35b)      S Sreesanth    5-3-13-0
CH Gayle    13* (27b 1x4 1x6)      MM Patel    5-2-6-0

10.1

Patel to Gayle, no run, good length delivery on the pads, turned away straight to the fielder at midwicket

10.2

Patel to Gayle, no run, short of a good length delivery, drifting down the leg side and Gayle leaves it through to the keeper

10.3

Patel to Gayle, no run, finally hits the right line and length, on the middle and off stump line and shaping away a touch, Gayle leans well forward and defends it down watchfully

10.4

Patel to Gayle, 1 run, short of a good length delivery, again Patel hits the middle and off stump line, Gayle gets on top of the bounce and punches it away towards cover, early call and they scamper through for a well judged single

10.5

Patel to Ganga, 2 runs, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, hint of in-swing, Ganga pushes forward, looking to clip it away through midwicket, ball kisses the inside half of the bat and races away to deep backward square leg, third run was in the offing but the batsmen settle for two, that's poor running.

10.6

Patel to Ganga, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended towards gully

End of over 11 (3 runs) West Indies 23/0
D Ganga    6* (37b)      MM Patel    6-2-9-0
CH Gayle    14* (31b 1x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    5-3-13-0

11.1

Sreesanth to Gayle, 2 runs, on the middle and leg stump line, Gayle quickly gets into a good position and clips it away through midwicket for a brace, Kaif with the chase

11.2

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, fuller length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Gayle pushes forward and strokes it down to mid-on, no room for a single there

11.3

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, Sreesanth drags it short, bit of a surprise delivery this, Gayle ducks under it

11.4

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, another bouncer, this time touch outside the off stump and Gayle comfortably ducks under it

11.5

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, short of a good length delivery, bit too straight, Gayle gets behind the line and punches it straight down the track to the mid-on region

11.6

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, on the middle and off stump line, hint of swing there, ball shaping away ever-so-slightly, Gayle shuffles across nicely, gets behind the line and defends it down to mid-off

End of over 12 (2 runs) West Indies 25/0
CH Gayle    16* (37b 1x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    6-3-15-0
D Ganga    6* (37b)      MM Patel    6-2-9-0

12.1

Patel to Ganga, no run, good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and this one nipped back in a touch, Ganga gets well forward and drives it down to mid-off

12.2

Patel to Ganga, no run, short rising delivery, angled in from wide outside the off stump, the ball kicked-off after hitting the deck but Ganga stood tall on the back-foot and negated the extra bounce, well played

12.3

Patel to Ganga, FOUR, shot! wicket to wicket delivery, Ganga stretches forward and drives it straight along the carpet to the long-off fence, once past the bowler and the fielder at mid-off the ball just raced away to the ropes

12.4

Patel to Ganga, (no ball) 1 run, called for overstepping, Patel not happy with himself, kicks the ground in fustration

12.4

Patel to Gayle, no run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, defended on the back-foot

12.5

Patel to Gayle, 1 run, pitched up outside the off stump, not in the slot though, Gayle strokes it wide of the fielder at point for a single

12.6

Patel to Ganga, no run, left alone outside the off stump

End of over 13 (7 runs) West Indies 32/0
D Ganga    11* (42b 1x4)      MM Patel    7-2-16-0
CH Gayle    17* (39b 1x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    6-3-15-0

Sreesanth to continue.

13.1

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, on the pads, worked away straight to the fielder at midwicket

13.2

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, good length delivery, this one nipped back in from touch outside the leg stump, ball stayed a bit low and Gayle ends up with an inside edge onto his pad, half-hearted appeal for lbw turned down

13.3

Sreesanth to Gayle, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, slanting across the left-hander, Gayle shuffles across and drives it away well in front of point

13.4

Sreesanth to Ganga, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Ganga on the front-foot defending and the ball rolls away towards point, just enough room to squeeze in a single, early call and Gayle makes it across comfortably - excellent running between the wickets

13.5

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, on the middle and off stump line, punched down to mid-off

13.6

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, pitched up on the stumps, tad quicker than the previous delivery, Gayle had to hurry, plays it with a straight bat and the ball rolls back to the bowler

End of over 14 (2 runs) West Indies 34/0
CH Gayle    18* (44b 1x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    7-3-17-0
D Ganga    12* (43b 1x4)      MM Patel    7-2-16-0

First bowling change of the day, Kumble into the attack now

14.1

Kumble to Ganga, no run, and he starts off with a ripper! perfect line and length and close to the off stump line, Ganga makes the cardinal mistake of playing Kumble on the back-foot and the ball zips past the outside edge - that was a close call

14.2

Kumble to Ganga, no run, better shot, on the middle and off stump line and Ganga takes it on the front-foot

14.3

Kumble to Ganga, no run, flat delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and turning away, Ganga once again nicely pushes forward and punches it down to mid-off

14.4

Kumble to Ganga, no run, on the pads, turned away towards midwicket

14.5

Kumble to Ganga, no run, another line and length delivery, hint of turn, Ganga gets forward and plays it back to the bowler

14.6

Kumble to Ganga, no run, again defended on the front-foot, Kumble starts off with a maiden

End of over 15 (maiden) West Indies 34/0
D Ganga    12* (49b 1x4)      A Kumble    1-1-0-0
CH Gayle    18* (44b 1x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    7-3-17-0

15.1

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, on the middle and off stump line, defended on the front-foot

15.2

Sreesanth to Gayle, SIX, take that! too short and too wide outside the off stump, right in the slot and that's exactly where Gayle loves it - massive chop and the ball flies over the backward point fence, amazing shot

15.3

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, short of a good length delivery, closer to the off stump line and that's a much better line, Gayle defends it away towards gully

15.4

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, defended on the back-foot, presented the full face of the bat there

15.5

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, angling across and Gayle steers it straight to Kumble at gully

15.6

Sreesanth to Gayle, no run, good length delivery on the pads, turned away straight to the fielder at midwicket

End of over 16 (6 runs) West Indies 40/0
CH Gayle    24* (50b 1x4 2x6)      S Sreesanth    8-3-23-0
D Ganga    12* (49b 1x4)      A Kumble    1-1-0-0

16.1

Kumble to Ganga, no run, on the middle and off stump line, looked like a googly, Ganga pushes forward to drive and ends up with an inside edge onto his pad

16.2

Kumble to Ganga, no run, tossed up on the middle and leg stump line, defended on the front-foot

16.3

Kumble to Ganga, no run, driven off the back-foot and the ball rolls down to mid-on

16.4

Kumble to Ganga, no run, quicker delivery on the middle and leg stump line, driven straight to the fielder at mid-on

16.5

Kumble to Ganga, no run, fuller length and on the stumps, Ganga pushes forward and drives well but fails to get it past the fielder at mid-on

16.6

Kumble to Ganga, no run, good length delivery, turning away from the right-hander, Ganga on the front-foot defending, back-to-back maidens for Kumble

End of over 17 (maiden) West Indies 40/0
D Ganga    12* (55b 1x4)      A Kumble    2-2-0-0
CH Gayle    24* (50b 1x4 2x6)      S Sreesanth    8-3-23-0

Spin from both ends now - Harbhajan being introduced into the attack for the first time in this series!

17.1

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, driven straight to the man at cover

17.2

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, no run, closer to the off stump line, defended to mid-off

17.3

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, no run, tossed up and turning away from middle and off, Gayle stretches forward and defends it watchfully

17.4

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, no run, another fuller length delivery, on the middle and leg stump line, defended on the front-foot

17.5

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, FOUR, flatter trajectory, pitched close to the off stump line and turning away, Gayle comes down the track, fails to get to the pitch of the delivery but goes through with the lofted drive, luckily for him the ball clips the outer half of the bat and flies away well in front of point, moral victory for the bowler

17.6

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, no run, on the stumps and turning across, defended watchfully

End of over 18 (4 runs) West Indies 44/0
CH Gayle    28* (56b 2x4 2x6)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-4-0
D Ganga    12* (55b 1x4)      A Kumble    2-2-0-0

18.1

Kumble to Ganga, 1 run, drifting onto the pads and Ganga nicely turns it away behind square for an easy single

18.2

Kumble to Gayle, 1 leg bye, quicker delivery, drifting down the leg side but Gayle misses out, ball clips the pad and rolls down to fine leg

Slip, silly point and a short leg catching.

18.3

Kumble to Ganga, no run, fuller length delivery, pitched outside the off stump and turning away, Ganga gets forward and defends it down on the off side

18.4

Kumble to Ganga, 1 run, on the stumps, Ganga steps forward to the pitch of the delivery and drives it down to mid-on, quick single called, Patel at mid-on fails to hit the stumps at the bowler's end and Ganga makes it across safely, direct hit would have been interesting

18.5

Kumble to Gayle, no run, hit on the pad trying to defend, appeal for lbw turned down, Gayle was on the front-foot defending, bat and pad held togehter, probably bit of inside edge involved

18.6

Kumble to Gayle, no run, defended outside the off stump and umpire Koertzen signals for the drinks trolly

End of over 19 (3 runs) West Indies 47/0
CH Gayle    28* (59b 2x4 2x6)      A Kumble    3-2-2-0
D Ganga    14* (58b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-4-0

Kumble and Harbhajan bowling in tandem have troubled lots of batsmen around the world and it is no different here, Ganga especially is struggling to pick up Kumble - it is going to be a good battle between bat and ball when plays resumes

19.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ganga, no run, good length delivery, turning in from outside the off stump, Ganga stretches forward and strokes it away towards cover

19.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ganga, FOUR, driven nicely and the ball goes past Sehwag at mid-on, terrible fumble that from Sehwag

19.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ganga, no run, flighted delivery outside the off stump, defended on the front-foot

19.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ganga, no run, quicker delivery, defended on the back-foot

19.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ganga, no run, another tight delivery from the off-spinner, defended watchfully

19.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ganga, no run, defended on the back-foot, another good over from Harbhajan comes to an end

End of over 20 (4 runs) West Indies 51/0
D Ganga    18* (64b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-8-0
CH Gayle    28* (59b 2x4 2x6)      A Kumble    3-2-2-0

20.1

Kumble to Gayle, FOUR, on the middle and off stump line, turning in a touch, Gayle steps well forward and jabs it away to the wide long-on fence, playing with the spin and Gayle timed it to perfection - good positive shot that

20.2

Kumble to Gayle, no run, comes well forward and pads it away

20.3

Kumble to Gayle, no run, drifting in from close to the off stump line, Gayle is hit on the pad trying to defend it on the front-foot, appeal for lbw turned down - probably missing leg

20.4

Kumble to Gayle, no run, defended on the front-foot

20.5

Kumble to Gayle, 1 run, worked away off the pads to the midwicket region, just a single

20.6

Kumble to Ganga, no run, on the middle and off stump line, turning away nicely, Ganga gets a good stride in and defends it down into the track, presented the full face of the bat there

End of over 21 (5 runs) West Indies 56/0
D Ganga    18* (65b 2x4)      A Kumble    4-2-7-0
CH Gayle    33* (64b 3x4 2x6)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-8-0

21.1

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, no run, turning across from outside the leg stump, Gayle pushes forward to defend and gets hit on the pad, appeal for lbw turned down and rightly so

21.2

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, SIX, max! tossed up on the stumps, Gayle quickly sizes up the length, steps forward to the pitch of the delivery and lofts it handsomely over the long-on fence, what a strike!

21.3

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, no run, defended on the front-foot

21.4

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, SIX, another one! this time over long-off ! bit flatter on this occasion, Gayle once again quickly picks up the length, gets to the pitch of the delivery and hammers it over wide long-off for the second six of the over, Gayle doing what he does best - Harbhajan under pressure here

21.5

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, 1 run, driven wide of the cover fielder, this is good cricket from the south-paw

21.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ganga, no run, defended outside the off stump

End of over 22 (13 runs) West Indies 69/0
D Ganga    18* (66b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-21-0
CH Gayle    46* (69b 3x4 4x6)      A Kumble    4-2-7-0

22.1

Kumble to Gayle, 1 run, forced away into the gap between the cover fielders

22.2

Kumble to Ganga, 1 run, defended on the front-foot and the ball rolls away towards point, quick single taken

22.3

Kumble to Gayle, no run, on the middle and off stump line, defended back to the bowler

22.4

Kumble to Gayle, no run, fuller length delivery, driven straight to Sehwag at mid-off

22.5

Kumble to Gayle, no run, line and length delivery, defended stretching well forward

22.6

Kumble to Gayle, no run, same line and length, defended watchfully

End of over 23 (2 runs) West Indies 71/0
CH Gayle    47* (74b 3x4 4x6)      A Kumble    5-2-9-0
D Ganga    19* (67b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-21-0

23.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ganga, 2 runs, slightly short outsde the off stump,Ganga goes on the back-foot and drives it towards covers

23.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ganga, no run, defended outside the off stump

23.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ganga, 1 run, drifting on the pads,turned away to square leg for a easy single

23.4

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, no run, good line and length delivery,Gayle streaches forward to defend,but is beaten by thew extra turn there

23.5

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, FOUR, tossed up on the off stump,Gayle gets well forwward and drives it through covers

23.6

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, no run, defended watchfully on the front-foot

End of over 24 (7 runs) West Indies 78/0
CH Gayle    51* (77b 4x4 4x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-28-0
D Ganga    22* (70b 2x4)      A Kumble    5-2-9-0

24.1

Kumble to Ganga, 1 run, on the pads,Ganga gets on the back-foot and turns it to the square leg region

24.2

Kumble to Gayle, no run, defended on the on side

24.3

Kumble to Gayle, no run, good line and length delivery,Gayle gets well forward and defends it to the fielder at short leg

24.4

Kumble to Gayle, no run, defended back to the bowler

24.5

Kumble to Gayle, 1 run, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line,Gayle stands tall and drives it wide of Munaf at mid-on

24.6

Kumble to Ganga, no run, defended watchfully on the off side

End of over 25 (2 runs) West Indies 80/0
D Ganga    23* (72b 2x4)      A Kumble    6-2-11-0
CH Gayle    52* (81b 4x4 4x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-28-0

25.1

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, SIX, good length delivery on the stumps,Gayle gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it high over the long-on fence

25.2

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, no run, defended on the back-foot to the point fielder

25.3

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, no run, left alone outside the off stump

25.4

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, no run, good length delivery on the stumps,Gayle gets forward and defends

25.5

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, 1 run

25.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ganga, no run, driven wide of the fielder at short mid-on

End of over 26 (7 runs) West Indies 87/0
D Ganga    23* (73b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-35-0
CH Gayle    59* (86b 4x4 5x6)      A Kumble    6-2-11-0

26.1

Kumble to Gayle, 1 run, turned away of the pads to square leg for a easy single

26.2

Kumble to Ganga, no run, good line and length delivery,Ganga defends it watchfully

26.3

Kumble to Ganga, 1 run, defended wide of the fielder at bachward point and the batsmen steal a single there

26.4

Kumble to Gayle, 1 run, fuller in length,Gayle gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it wide of the mid-off fielder

26.5

Kumble to Ganga, 2 runs, on the pads this time,Ganga turns it to deep square leg region for a couple

26.6

Kumble to Ganga, no run, defended on the front-foot to the point region

End of over 27 (5 runs) West Indies 92/0
D Ganga    26* (77b 2x4)      A Kumble    7-2-16-0
CH Gayle    61* (88b 4x4 5x6)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-35-0

Harbhajan decides to come round the stumps

27.1

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, 1 run, Driven wide of the fielder at cover,easy single there

27.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ganga, no run, slightly shortthis time,Ganga defends it on the back-foot

27.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ganga, FOUR, another short delivery,Ganga gets well onto the back-foot and pulls it away to the square leg fence

27.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ganga, 1 run, turned away of the pads to deep square leg region

27.5

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, no run, left alone outside the off stump

27.6

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, 1 run, again drifting on the pads,turned away to the square leg region

End of over 28 (7 runs) West Indies 99/0
CH Gayle    63* (91b 4x4 5x6)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-42-0
D Ganga    31* (80b 3x4)      A Kumble    7-2-16-0

28.1

Kumble to Gayle, no run, good length delivery outside the leg stump,Gayle goes for the sweep but is beaten

28.2

Kumble to Gayle, no run, defended on the back-foot to mid-on

28.3

Kumble to Gayle, 1 run, driven on the front-foot to the midwicket region

28.4

Kumble to Ganga, no run, on the middle and leg stump line,Ganga tries to flick but gets hit on tje pad

28.5

Kumble to Ganga, no run, defended on the front-foot

28.6

Kumble to Ganga, no run, defended on the front-foot straight to the fielder at forward short leg

End of over 29 (1 run) West Indies 100/0
D Ganga    31* (83b 3x4)      A Kumble    8-2-17-0
CH Gayle    64* (94b 4x4 5x6)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-42-0

Munaf Patel back into the attack

29.1

Patel to Gayle, no run, full and outside the off stump,Gayle drives but the ball takes the inner half of the bat and rolls back to the bowler

29.2

Patel to Gayle, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump,Gayle leaves it through to the keeper

29.3

Patel to Gayle, no run, line and length delivery,Gayle defends it straight to the fielder at mid-off

29.4

Patel to Gayle, no run, short of a good length delivery on the off stump,defended watchfully to cover

29.5

Patel to Gayle, no run, good line and length delivery,driven on the front-foot to the mid-on region

29.6

Patel to Gayle, FOUR, drifting on the pad,fuller in length and Gayle turns it away to the vacant fine-leg fence

"How has Gayle demolished Harbhajan Singh and given West Indies the upper hand so far" Read all about it in the Bulletin by Anand Vasu

End of over 30 (4 runs) West Indies 104/0
CH Gayle    68* (100b 5x4 5x6)      MM Patel    8-2-20-0
D Ganga    31* (83b 3x4)      A Kumble    8-2-17-0

30.1

Kumble to Ganga, no run, defended to the mid-off region

30.2

Kumble to Ganga, 2 runs, short in length outside the off stump,Ganga rocks back and cuts it away to thde backward point region

30.3

Kumble to Ganga, 1 run, driven on the front-foot to the midwicket region,easy single there

30.4

Kumble to Gayle, no run, defended on the back-foot

30.5

Kumble to Gayle, no run, defended back to the bowler

30.6

Kumble to Gayle, 1 run, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off and that's Tea on day one

The openers have added 108 in 31 overs and for the most part were in control of the proceedings, the spinners troubled them a bit initially but Gayle quickly took them on and once he regained control it was smooth sailing.

End of over 31 (4 runs) West Indies 108/0
CH Gayle    69* (103b 5x4 5x6)      A Kumble    9-2-21-0
D Ganga    34* (86b 3x4)      MM Patel    8-2-20-0

Thanks Sathish, I am Sriram Veera, back at the helm.

31.1

Patel to Gayle, no run, fullish on the off stump line, Gayle leans forward, takes his bottom-hand out of the handle, pushes it to cover

31.2

Patel to Gayle, FOUR, crashing drive through covers! Overpitched outside the off stump, Gayle took his right foot out, bent his knee a bit, and creamed it through covers. Fab shot!

31.3

Patel to Gayle, no run, short of driveable length and Gayle came forward, doesn't do it often, the ball seamed away a bit, Gayle adjusted his hands, covered the line, pushed it to the off side

31.4

Patel to Gayle, no run

31.5

Patel to Gayle, no run, appeal for lbw! It pitched just outside the leg stump, on a length, and straightened and Gayle was beaten on the forward prod. He is definitely trying to get forward a bit here.

31.6

Patel to Gayle, no run, overpitched on the middle and off stump line, driven to mid-off

End of over 32 (4 runs) West Indies 112/0
CH Gayle    73* (109b 6x4 5x6)      MM Patel    9-2-24-0
D Ganga    34* (86b 3x4)      A Kumble    9-2-21-0

Kumble to bowl; Slip, silly point and short-leg in place

32.1

Kumble to Ganga, 1 run, full, on the middle and leg, turned to midwicket, bit of inside edge there.

slip and short-leg for Gayle

32.1

Kumble to Ganga, 1 run, turned to midwicket, a fullish delivery on the middle and leg

32.2

Kumble to Gayle, 4 leg byes, down the leg, a long-hop, Gayle tried to pull it away, doesnt connect, misses and it runs down to fine-leg off his pads

32.3

Kumble to Gayle, 1 run, fullish, just outside the off stump, driven to long-off

32.4

Kumble to Ganga, no run, fullish on the off stump line, driven to mid-off

32.5

Kumble to Ganga, no run, on a length, outside the off stump, turning away, cut to point

32.6

Kumble to Ganga, no run, fullish delivery on the off stump, driven back to the bowler

End of over 33 (6 runs) West Indies 118/0
D Ganga    35* (90b 3x4)      A Kumble    10-2-23-0
CH Gayle    74* (111b 6x4 5x6)      MM Patel    9-2-24-0

Two slips in place

33.1

Patel to Gayle, FOUR, overpitched on the middle and off, and Gayle takes his front foot outside the line, and then brings his bat down, and takes it through the line of the ball, and the cherry races between the bowler and the mid-off fielder (Sehwag)

33.2

Patel to Gayle, 1 no ball, short of length delivery, on the off stump line, Gayle leans forward, takes the bottom-hand out of the bathandle and pushes it to the off side

33.2

Patel to Gayle, no run, good-length delivery, outside the off stump, Gayle puts his right foot out, drives it to mid-off

33.3

Patel to Gayle, no run, another fullish delivery, outside the off stump, driven straight to Kaif at short cover

33.4

Patel to Gayle, 1 run, good delivery! it pitched on a length, on the middle stump line and straightened, Gayle thinks it will shape away, tries to steer it away to the off side, gets an inside edge,and it goes past the leg stump

33.5

Patel to Ganga, (no ball) FOUR, late-cut to the thirdman fence! It was short of length delivery, on the off stump line, Ganga was cramped a bit for the room but got his bat down in time, opened the face of the bat and guided it past the slips

33.5

Patel to Ganga, 1 run, on the leg stump line, full in length, driven wide of the mid-on

33.6

Patel to Gayle, no run, appeal for lbw! delivered from round the wickets, on a length, and it came in with the angle, Gayle tries to jab at it, gets probably an inside edge onto his pads

End of over 34 (12 runs) West Indies 130/0
CH Gayle    79* (117b 7x4 5x6)      MM Patel    10-2-36-0
D Ganga    40* (92b 4x4)      A Kumble    10-2-23-0

34.1

Kumble to Ganga, no run, floated up, on the off stump line, Ganga leans forward, pushes at it, gets rapped on the pads, just outside the off stump

34.2

Kumble to Ganga, no run, on the middle , turned to short leg

34.3

Kumble to Ganga, no run, slightly slower, on the off stump line, Ganga initially appears to drill it through the off side, cramped for the room as the ball heads straight on, taps it back down the track

34.4

Kumble to Ganga, FOUR, this time he gets his wish. short and outside the off stump, cut past point

34.5

Kumble to Ganga, no run

34.6

Kumble to Ganga, no run, a legbreak on the offstump line, Ganga leans forward, bat and pad together, waits for the turn, steers it to point

End of over 35 (4 runs) West Indies 134/0
D Ganga    44* (98b 5x4)      A Kumble    11-2-27-0
CH Gayle    79* (117b 7x4 5x6)      MM Patel    10-2-36-0

35.1

Patel to Gayle, 1 leg bye, from round the wickets, fullish and drifting down the legs, Gayle tries to work it to the on side, gets rapped on the pads

35.2

Patel to Ganga, (no ball) 1 run

35.2

Patel to Gayle, no run, appeal for lbw, but drifting down the leg side. it was full and clearly down the leg side, Gayle tries to work it to the on side, falls over a bit, gets rapped on the pads

35.3

Patel to Gayle, no run, back to over the wickets, overpitched outside the off stump, driven to mid-off

35.4

Patel to Gayle, no run, on the middle, on a length, Gayle pushes it back down the track

35.5

Patel to Gayle, no run, short of length delivery, on the middle and leg, Gayle leans forward, tucks it to square-leg

35.6

Patel to Gayle, no run, from round the wickets, overpitched on the off stump line, driven to mid-off

End of over 36 (3 runs) West Indies 137/0
CH Gayle    79* (123b 7x4 5x6)      MM Patel    11-2-38-0
D Ganga    45* (99b 5x4)      A Kumble    11-2-27-0

36.1

Kumble to Ganga, 2 runs, on the legs, tucked to fine-leg

36.2

Kumble to Ganga, no run, on the legs, turned to squareleg

36.3

Kumble to Ganga, no run, fullish on the middle, played quietly back down the track

36.4

Kumble to Ganga, no run, overpitched outside the off stump, driven to mid-off

36.5

Kumble to Ganga, no run, slightly shorter, on the off stump, hastened after pitching, pushed back down the track

36.6

Kumble to Ganga, no run, again short of length, on the off stump line, Ganga goes back, pushes it to cover

End of over 37 (2 runs) West Indies 139/0
D Ganga    47* (105b 5x4)      A Kumble    12-2-29-0
CH Gayle    79* (123b 7x4 5x6)      MM Patel    11-2-38-0

from round the wickets

37.1

Patel to Gayle, FOUR, short of length, pitched outside the off stump and angling in, Gayle takes his bottom-hand out of the handle, chops it past the slips.

37.2

Patel to Gayle, no run, short of length and coming in from outside the off stump, again Gayle takes his bottom-hand out, pushes it to cover this time.

37.3

Patel to Gayle, no run, overpitched on the middle, driven to mid-on

37.4

Patel to Gayle, OUT, oh ho! Gayle shoulders arms only to see his off stump cartwheel! It pitched outside the off stump, on a length, and Gayle immediately had begun to raise his bat high, but the ball came in with the angle, and crashed into the off stump!

CH Gayle b Patel 83 (157m 127b 8x4 5x6) SR: 65.35

37.5

Patel to Sarwan, FOUR, overpitched on the legs, Sarwan says thank you and flicks it away to the long-leg fence.

37.6

Patel to Sarwan, 1 no ball, short of length, on the off stump line and Sarwan pushes back, and is squared up a bit in the process, pushes it out to the on side.

Sarwan always seems to get squared up when the ball pitches short of length on the off stump and straightens. he gets ready to work it across the line and gets into a tangle when the ball heads straight after pitching

37.6

Patel to Sarwan, no run, appeal for lbw! Munaf Patel is piling on the pressure, A good-length delivery that pitched outside the off stump and it cut back in, Sarwan is beaten on the forward prod, maybe point of impact was a tocuh outside the off stump.

End of over 38 (9 runs) West Indies 148/1
RR Sarwan    4* (3b 1x4)      MM Patel    12-2-47-1
D Ganga    47* (105b 5x4)      A Kumble    12-2-29-0

38.1

Kumble to Ganga, no run, outside the off stump, Ganga leans forward to push it to cover

38.2

Kumble to Ganga, no run, slow leg break on the middle and leg, Ganga comes forward, waits, turns it to short-leg

38.3

Kumble to Ganga, no run, topspinner on the middle, pushed back down the track

38.4

Kumble to Ganga, no run, another topspinner, slightly fuller, on the middle and leg, Ganga arrests his front foot movement and turns it to the on side

38.5

Kumble to Ganga, no run

38.6

Kumble to Ganga, no run, appeal for lbw! It was full, on the off stump line, turning away a bit and Ganga goes for a sweep shot, misses. India applying the squeeze here.

End of over 39 (maiden) West Indies 148/1
D Ganga    47* (111b 5x4)      A Kumble    13-3-29-0
RR Sarwan    4* (3b 1x4)      MM Patel    12-2-47-1

Play held up as Munaf changes his boots.

39.1

Patel to Sarwan, no run, lovely delivery, it pitched outside the off stump, on a length and it came in late, and Sarwan is troubled a bit as he pushes forward, gets his bottom-hand out of the handle and pushes it to off side

39.2

Patel to Sarwan, no run

39.3

Patel to Sarwan, FOUR, fullish on the leg and middle, again a bit of curve in, but drifting down the legs, gives enough time for Sarwan to flick it away past square-leg

39.4

Patel to Sarwan, no run, appeal for lbw! but drifting down the leg side, it was fullish delivery but Sarwan presses back instead of coming forward, maybe cos of the presence of Kaif at short leg, and is rapped on the pads

39.5

Patel to Sarwan, no run, again another unconvincing stroke from Sarwan. It pitched short of length, on the off stump line, he attempts to cut it, gets an under edge, which takes the ball close on the off side

39.6

Patel to Sarwan, no run, overpitched outside the off stump, Sarwan is bit late in getting forward, drives without any real power, straight to mid-off

End of over 40 (4 runs) West Indies 152/1
RR Sarwan    8* (9b 2x4)      MM Patel    13-2-51-1
D Ganga    47* (111b 5x4)      A Kumble    13-3-29-0

40.1

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, Sreesanth starts off with a wide delivery down the leg side, Ganga tries to flick it away, doesn't connect and Dhoni gathers the ball.

40.2

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, just short of driveable length, outside the off stump, Ganga ends up driving on the walk, towards mid-off

40.3

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, fullish on the middle, Ganga stops his left foot movement, doesn't get it too much across, and plays the ball back down the track

40.4

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, pitched just outside the off stump, on a length, and shaped away, Ganga leans forward, covers his off stump and shoulders arms as the ball moves away

40.5

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, fuller, outside the off stump, Ganga drives it to left of Sreesanth to mid-off

40.6

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, short of length, outside the off stump, Ganga goes back, covers the line, lets it go through to Dhoni

End of over 41 (maiden) West Indies 152/1
D Ganga    47* (117b 5x4)      S Sreesanth    9-4-23-0
RR Sarwan    8* (9b 2x4)      MM Patel    13-2-51-1

41.1

Patel to Sarwan, no run, ooh! almost dragged back onto the stumps. Again Sarwan is troubled a bit by a short of length delivery, on the off stump line. Unsure whether to go forward or back, he decides to hop back at the last minute, jabs at it , the bat comes down in an angle, gets an inside edge which takes the ball dangerously close to the off stump

41.2

Patel to Sarwan, no run

41.3

Patel to Sarwan, no run, another inside edge! this time it was a length delivery, just outside the off stump, Sarwan goes hard at it, tries to drive it through covers, gets an inside edge on to the leg side.

41.4

Patel to Sarwan, 1 run, short of length, on the hips, tucked away to long-leg

41.5

Patel to Ganga, no run, lovely delivery, Fullish on the middle and off and the ball curves in - the shiny shide is inside- and almost traps Ganga in front, but Ganga had managed to arrest his front foot movement, gets his bat down in time to keep it away

41.6

Patel to Ganga, 1 run, short of length, outside the off stump, straightens after pitching, Ganga steers it past point

End of over 42 (2 runs) West Indies 154/1
D Ganga    48* (119b 5x4)      MM Patel    14-2-53-1
RR Sarwan    9* (13b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    9-4-23-0

42.1

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, fullish delivery on the off stump line, bit of shape away, Ganga comes forward and drives it to mid-off

42.2

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, beaten outside the off stump! hit the deck short of length, outside the off stump and it moved away, Ganga pushes at it, bat away from his body and the ball zips past the outside edge. Sreesanth goes up in appeal, Rudi turns it down.

42.3

Sreesanth to Ganga, 1 no ball, yorker! on the middle and leg, dug out to the on side

42.3

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, outside the off stump, left alone

42.4

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, delivered from wide of the crease, it pitches on a length, on the off stump line, and with the shiny side outside, it shapes away a bit, Ganga leans forward to tap it to off side

42.5

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, shiny side inside this time and it veers in late! Pitched on a length, on the off stump line and coming back in rather late but Ganga is equal to the task and keeps it out

42.6

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, outside the off stump, holds its line, no stroke offered

End of over 43 (1 run) West Indies 155/1
D Ganga    48* (126b 5x4)      S Sreesanth    10-4-24-0
RR Sarwan    9* (13b 2x4)      MM Patel    14-2-53-1

The ball is definitely doing a bit on this abrasive surface. With one side shiny and the other rough, the Indian seamers are jaggin the ball around. But now, it will be Kumble who will have a bowl.

43.1

Kumble to Sarwan, no run, huge appeal for lbw! A topspinner on the middle stump line, going down with the angle and Sarwan is beaten on the forward prod. Probably going down the leg side.

43.2

Kumble to Sarwan, no run

43.3

Kumble to Sarwan, no run, another appeal! pitched on the leg and middle and slides down and Sarwan ends up playing inside the line, is rapped on the pads .. but going down

43.4

Kumble to Sarwan, no run, a low dipping full-toss, Sarwan leans forward and drives it to Kumble

43.5

Kumble to Sarwan, no run, another huge shout for lbw! it pitched on the middle, and slided in, Sarwan ended up pushing inside the line of the ball, gets rapped on the pads. That was close!

43.6

Kumble to Sarwan, FOUR, short and outside the off stump and Sarwan breaks free by cutting it past point

Three shouts for lbw in that over. The last shout was a close one.

End of over 44 (4 runs) West Indies 159/1
RR Sarwan    13* (19b 3x4)      A Kumble    14-3-33-0
D Ganga    48* (126b 5x4)      S Sreesanth    10-4-24-0

44.1

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, pushed to cover

44.2

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, outside the off stump, no stroke offered

44.3

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, overpitched outside the off stump, driven to mid-off

44.4

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, a good-length delivery, on the off stump, and holding its line, Ganga leans forward to push it out to the off side

44.5

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run, short of length, outside the off stump, Ganga pushes back, punches it to covers

44.6

Sreesanth to Ganga, 1 run, delivered from round the wickets, short of length ,outside the off stump, coming in a bit, Ganga goes back, punches it to right of cover and they hurry through for a single

Drinks have been called.

End of over 45 (1 run) West Indies 160/1
D Ganga    49* (132b 5x4)      S Sreesanth    11-4-25-0
RR Sarwan    13* (19b 3x4)      A Kumble    14-3-33-0

45.1

Kumble to Ganga, no run

slip, short-leg and short midwicket in place

45.2

Kumble to Ganga, no run, fullish on the middle and leg, turned to short midwicket

45.3

Kumble to Ganga, no run, again on the middle and leg, full, worked to the midwicket fielder

45.4

Kumble to Ganga, no run, floated up just outside the off stump and Ganga drives ,in the air, but it falls short of mid-off

45.5

Kumble to Ganga, no run, on the off and middle, defended off the front foot

45.6

Kumble to Ganga, no run, fuller, outside the off stump, Ganga leans forward, steers it to point

End of over 46 (maiden) West Indies 160/1
D Ganga    49* (138b 5x4)      A Kumble    15-4-33-0
RR Sarwan    13* (19b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    11-4-25-0

46.1

Sreesanth to Sarwan, no run, a good-length delivery that sails outside the off stump, left alone.

Two slips and two gullies in place.

46.2

Sreesanth to Sarwan, no run, full swinging delivery outside the off stump, Sarwan leans forward, bends his knee, steers it the gully fielder

46.3

Sreesanth to Sarwan, no run, a length delivery, outside the off stump, left alone

46.4

Sreesanth to Sarwan, no run, another one of those moments when Sarwan gets squared-up. It was short of length, on the off stump line, straigtening a bit and again Sarwan is in trouble, manages to push it to the off side

46.5

Sreesanth to Sarwan, no run, fuller this time, outside the off stump, Sarwan leans forward, pushes it to cover&

46.6

Sreesanth to Sarwan, no run, pitches outside the off stump and shapes away, left alone

End of over 47 (maiden) West Indies 160/1
RR Sarwan    13* (25b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    12-5-25-0
D Ganga    49* (138b 5x4)      A Kumble    15-4-33-0

Ganga on 49!

47.1

Kumble to Ganga, no run, fullish delivery on the middle and leg, pushed back down the track

47.2

Kumble to Ganga, no run, topspinner on the middle and off, Ganga leans forward to push it to cover

47.3

Kumble to Ganga, no run, lovely delivery! a slow legbreak on the off stump line, turning away, Ganga leans forward, is made to wait, watches it break away and lets it go through. Good cricket allround.

47.4

Kumble to Ganga, 1 run, Fifty up for Ganga! on the legs, full in length, tucked away past square-leg

47.5

Kumble to Sarwan, no run, Sarwan dances down the track, Kumble holds back the length, Sarwan adjusts, stops his waltz, lunges forward to keep the ball away

47.6

Kumble to Sarwan, no run, appeal for lbw! fullish on the middle and leg, sliding down and Sarwan is rapped on the pads as he pushes inside the line.

End of over 48 (1 run) West Indies 161/1
RR Sarwan    13* (27b 3x4)      A Kumble    16-4-34-0
D Ganga    50* (142b 5x4)      S Sreesanth    12-5-25-0

48.1

Sreesanth to Ganga, no run

48.2

Sreesanth to Ganga, 1 run, slower ball. pitched outside the off stump, on a length, turned in, worked to the right of mid-wicket and they hurry through for a quick single

48.3

Sreesanth to Sarwan, no run, sailing outside the off stump, left alone

48.4

Sreesanth to Sarwan, no run, bouncer that sails down the leg side, ducked underneath

48.5

Sreesanth to Sarwan, no run, good-length delivery that pitched on the off stump line and straightened, pushed back down the track

48.6

Sreesanth to Sarwan, no run, short of length, pitched outside the off stump, coming in a bit, pushed to cover

Over to Sajan Nair!

End of over 49 (1 run) West Indies 162/1
RR Sarwan    13* (31b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    13-5-26-0
D Ganga    51* (144b 5x4)      A Kumble    16-4-34-0

Thanks Sriram - Apart from Harbhajan (be careful what you wish for!) the Indian bowlers did bowl pretty well after Tea, the line and length was good for most part but they lacked penetration. To be fair, Hawk-eye did pick up a couple of wickets but the umpires were not impressed, as they say 'Two wrongs are only the beginning'

Ganga and Sarwan have so far added 19 runs for the second wicket.

49.1

Kumble to Ganga, no run, on the middle and off stump line, Ganga gets a good stride forward and defends it down on the off side

49.2

Kumble to Ganga, no run, fuller in length, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off

49.3

Kumble to Ganga, no run, another tight delivery, Kumble keeping it straight at the moment, Ganga once again stretches well forward and presents the full face of the bat

49.4

Kumble to Ganga, 1 run, Kumble strays onto middle and leg and Ganga nicely works it away behind square on the leg side

49.5

Kumble to Sarwan, no run, defended outside the off stump

Slip and two close-in fielders on the off side, this is interesting

49.6

Kumble to Sarwan, no run, quicker delivery on the middle and leg stump line, turning across, Sarwan nicely gets behind the line and drives it down to mid-on

End of over 50 (1 run) West Indies 163/1
RR Sarwan    13* (33b 3x4)      A Kumble    17-4-35-0
D Ganga    52* (148b 5x4)      S Sreesanth    13-5-26-0
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Jun 26, 2006

Rangy Nanan reminisces during the St. Kitts Test, West Indies v India, 3rd Test, St Kitts, June 26 2006

Rangy Nanan reminisces during the St. Kitts Test

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Jun 26, 2006

Sreesanth and Daren Ganga in friendly banter, West Indies v India, 3rd Test, St Kitts, 5th day, June 26, 2006

Sreesanth and Daren Ganga in friendly banter

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