Laxman gets it done with now, shuffling across and working past square leg
That is all from us for this Test match. This is Abhishek Purohit signing off along with our scorer Venkat Raghav, and leaving you with Sidharth Monga's final match report. Cheers!
R Ashwin is the Man of the Match on Test debut for his nine wickets. The last Indian to do that was RP Singh against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 2006. Ashwin: "I expected to get a few wickets but not so many. It is a very happy feeling to go into my wedding with such a performance, the only thing was the variation in bounce, if you were slower through the air, you would be slower off the pitch. So I bowled a bit quicker in the second innings. It helped that Ojha was bowling so many maidens from the other end. The batsman did not have the fear of being caught at bat-pad."
Dhoni: "That was a big lead, We all felt we did not bat the way we should in the first innings, we said we will have to make it up. Ojha bowled well in the first innings, Ashwin has got a few variations and he was supported by the other bowlers. We got a good start in both innings, and the middle order did well in the second. It was not an easy wicket to score, you had to be aware of the ball that kept low. We have got one more day of rest, we will relax and get ready for the next one."
Sammy: "When you play against a top team, you want to create the opportunity to win, we did that in the first innings but did not bat well in the second. The pitch played much better on the third and fourth days. We want improvement, we have to look to create opportunities and hopefully cash in. We believe we can win matches here."
India win a Test match after six matches, including the horror 0-4 rout against England. It comes against the same opposition they beat last, in Jamaica in June. They went on the forgettable tour of England after that, but are now back on home turf, and have begun this series with a win. Does not quite answer many questions that were raised in England, but they have won in Delhi with two debutant bowlers, and after conceding a big first-innings lead
poluru: "And people wanted Laxman to be dropped!!" They'll want that the next time he fails as well. Some things remain the same
suresh: "A year back didn't think that i would be so relieved after a win against WI..."
deep: "I think Yuvraj has to make a decision. He is 30 and hasn't been able to stabilize the lower middle order. I think it is time for allowing Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma or for that matter younger players to solidify the lower middle order so they can start to move up the order as the giants retire."
Abhishek: "Hats off to Chanderpaul...Perhaps, the last of the Windies legends."
pushed through quicker, towards midwicket
worked towards square leg now
the leg side field is packed and Laxman cannot get it past the man in front of square leg
Damon: "I predict a tied test with India collapsing with 5 wickets for no runs."
Dhoni ends the over with a shuffling push back to Sammy as he spears one in towards middle and leg
pushed towards extra cover now after a huge front foot stride
pushes well forward this time, back to the bowler
inside edge as Dhoni tentatively pushes from the crease to a length ball outside off, Sammy has hands on his head
Jimmy: "Looks like its MSD's fate to score the winning run."
Dhoni takes his time to fiddle with his gloves at the crease
he's bowled Yuvraj from round the stumps! Sammy gets something to cheer about, it kept a touch low after coming in with the angle, but it was Yuvraj's mile-wide gap between bat and pad that allowed it to sneak in and hit middle and off as he lunged late to defend it
steers this one in the gap between short third man and backward point, but will get only one
Prasanna: "@Kandarp.. with Australians waiting.. i cant wait to see a genuine fast bowler of Cummins Calibre go up against this famed Indian line up.. "
towards square leg now and Laxman keeps strike
fires it in full, Laxman gets enough bat as he swipes down on it around middle, and sends it to the fine leg boundary
whipped straight to midwicket with the slight turn now
worked wide of midwicket but they abandon the singe after taking some steps towards each other
pushes a fullish delivery to sweeper cover
squeezes a very full one to short third man
Brathwaite to have a bowl now
Kandarp: "More than Sachin Tendulkar, I wanted to see Laxman getting back into the form. He is such a vital cog in our team. Now since he is showing the glimpse of his vintage form, Australians should be beware of him."
ends the over with one sent a foot down leg, Laxman misses the nudge but does not overbalance this time, and is safely in the crease as Baugh collects
nippy length ball coming in a shade, played out towards point
again he sends it in towards the pads, rolls away on the leg side
overbalances and falls forward on the front foot as he misses the flick to one dragged down leg, Baugh had moved smoothly looking for that back leg in the air, but he failed to collect for once
Santhana: "@Bharath: I don't think that the pitch helped the spinners particularly. There wasn't much turn. Whatever help there was ( low bounce ) was there for all kinds of bowlers. But I do agree that India should have won much more comfortably."