India vs Australia
India won by 1 wicket
It looked like it would go down to the wire as we entered the final day, but I don't think we expected it to be this close. When Tendulkar got out to Bollinger when well set and then Dhoni and Harbhajan fell cheaply India were 92 runs from victory with two wickets remaining. Sharma and Laxman put on a crucial stand of 81, but there was still more drama at the end. Sharma got a poor lbw decision, then the Aussies got robbed when Johnson had Ojha plumb lbw in that last over. The absence of Bollinger after lunch was a big blow for them, but it's all ifs and buts - what matters is the bottom line. And it says that India have won one of the all-time great Test matches. What a beauty. I'm off to write a report, but thanks for following. See you for the second Test in Bangalore on Saturday. Cheers.
Joy all round
Except for the Australians of course. The three batsmen out in the middle - including the runner Raina - embrace in the middle of the pitch as the crowd goes nuts and their teammates storm onto the field. Laxman is the hero having come in with a stiff back to see India home, but what a Test match this has been - the best since Edgbaston 2005? Certainly the closest since then.
Over 58.4 Johnson to Ojha 2lb
216-9 - India win! Incredible scenes here - Johnson bowls a shocker, full and on Ojha's legs. It deflects down to fine leg and the batsmen scamper back for the two they need to win.
Over 58.3 Johnson to Ojha 0
214-9 - Left alone outside off stump. Two runs needed.
Over 58.2 Johnson to Ojha 4
214-9 - Drama! Incredible stuff. Johnson has a huge appeal for lbw, having hit Ojha on the back knee roll. Ojha was out of his crease as Bowden gave him not out, and Clarke misses the stumps with a throw by a couple of inches. Would have been out, instead it goes for four overthrows. And Hawkeye says that lbw was plumb! Unbelievable.
Over 58.1 Johnson to Ojha 0
210-9 - Outside off stump, Ojha feels for it but is beaten by some distance.
Over 57.6 Hilf to Laxman 0
210-9 - Good bouncer. Laxman ducks underneath it so Ojha will be on strike at the start of the next over. What a game. Six more runs needed.
Over 57.5 Hilf to Laxman 0
210-9 - Driven to mid-off, Raina comes for the run but Ojha doesn't! Eventually Raina gets back, having practically run two there.
Over 57.4 Hilf to Laxman 0
210-9 - Blocked to gully. No run.
Over 57.3 Hilf to Laxman 2
210-9 - Driven out to deep point, where it's well fielded by Clarke but he had ground to make and Raina scampers back for a second.
Over 57.2 Hilf to Ojha 1
208-9 - Angled down to third man for a single. Nicely played. Eight more to win - two boundaries would do it.
Over 57.1 Hilf to Ojha 0
207-9 - Driven straight to cover. No run.
Over 56.6 Johnson to Laxman 0
207-9 - The field comes up, Laxman pulls a short one to Clarke's left at mid-on. Clarke makes a great diving stop to save the single, so Ojha will have to face.
Over 56.5 Johnson to Laxman 2
207-9 - Full delivery outside off, Laxman jags his bat down and spears the ball through point. Much screaming and shouting and they run two. Just nine needed to win now.
Over 56.4 Johnson to Laxman 0
205-9 - Wide delivery, left alone outside off stump. A little head waggle from Laxman acknowledges it afterwards.
Over 56.3 Johnson to Laxman 0
205-9 - Mistimed as he lofts a drive in the air to cover, but all the fielders are out. No run taken.
Over 56.2 Johnson to Laxman 0
205-9 - Driven out to wide long-off, but to the fielder so they decline the single again.
Over 56.1 Johnson to Laxman 0
205-9 - Driven out to deep cover, no run taken as the single is declined.
Over 55.6 Hilf to Ojha 0
205-9 - And again. Over up. India still need 11 runs. Johnson to bowl the next over.
Over 55.5 Hilf to Ojha 0
205-9 - Left alone outside off stump.
- 1st - 5th Oct 2010
- Punjab Cricket Assocn. Stadium, Mohali
- B F Bowden and I J Gould
india BATTING CARD
|Gambhir||lbw b Hilfenhaus||0|
|Sehwag||c Hussey b Hilfenhaus||17|
|Dravid||c Paine b Bollinger||13|
|Tendulkar||c Hussey b Bollinger||38|
|Raina||c North b Hilfenhaus||0|
|Khan||c Clarke b Hauritz||10|
|Singh||c Ponting b Bollinger||2|
|Sharma||lbw b Hilfenhaus||31|
|Extras||1nb, 6w, 10b, 8lb||25|
|Total||Close, 58.4 Overs||216 - 9|