Cricket ~ Hayden Returns: India vs Australia 4th test Day 1 – Let’s Talk Through It

24 01 2008

First of all I, your intrepid cricket correspondent, wish to apologise for not reviewing the last test. Unfortunately computer problems, work commitments and sick children conspired to hamper all of my efforts.

What a fantastic win to India though in Perth. For too long has the cricket world come to expect Australia to keep winning and winning and finally we lost. Lost to a better side. The Indian side on display in this match was a far cry from the one that lost in Melbourne and Sydney, showing true determination with both bat and ball to make Australia pay for any and every error.

4th Test in Adelaide…The inclusion of Shaun Tait was supposed to help Australia dominate the Indian batsmen but only served to provide fodder for the likes of Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman. Australia will play Brad Hogg this test though in order to not rely on part time spinners Symonds and Clarke so much to break the monotony and hurry the over rate.

Ponting will no doubt feel comfortable using his spearhead, Brett lee, more in this test safe in the knowledge that the over rate should not be as slow.

The other major difference of course is the return of Matthew Hayden. The openers in Perth was vastly inexperienced, Rogers on debut and Jacques in only his 7th test. Matthew Hayden has 93 and is well regarded as the best and most consistent opener in the game.

Over the last five years it would seem Australia always does well when Hayden does well. That’s not to say he needs to score 100 for them to feel comfortable, nor even 50. If either of the young openers (preferably both) had been able to knock out 30 – 40 runs in either innings it would have settled any jitters in the top of the order and allowed Ponting, Hussey & co a little breathing space to get a decent innings established.

So off we go to Adelaide where these teams have met on 8 previous occasions with the home side claiming 5 victories and losing once. That loss to India was on their last tour here in 2003/04. Hayden, Ponting and Gilchrist are the only remaining Australians that played in that match. Returning for India are Laxman, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Pathan and Kumble. This could be another Indian win.

Regardless, it will be a fantastic, let’s hope tight and hard fought, game of test match cricket.

Score card of previous Australia vs India Adelaide test

 
Toss: Australia  
Result: India Won by 4 Wickets
Man of Match: R Dravid
   
Australia (1st Innings) R BF 4 6
J L Langer c Sehwag b Kumble 58 72 7 2
M L Hayden c Patel b Pathan 12 15 2 0
R T Ponting c Dravid b Kumble 242 352 31 0
D R Martyn c Laxman b Nehra 30 39 6 0
S R Waugh (c) b Nehra 30 53 5 0
S M Katich c Sehwag b Agarkar 75 109 9 1
A C Gilchrist (k) c Sehwag b Agarkar 29 24 4 0
A J Bichel c Chopra b Kumble 19 45 2 0
J N Gillespie not out 48 53 6 0
B A Williams b Kumble 0 3 0 0
S C G MacGill lbw b Kumble 0 1 0 0
Extras (b 1, lb 7, w 1, nb 4) 13  
Total All Out 556  
  127.0 overs @ 4.38 rpo
 
FoW
1-22 Hayden 2-135 Langer
3-200 Martyn 4-252 Waugh
5-390 Katich 6-426 Gilchrist
7-473 Bichel 8-556 Ponting
9-556 Williams 10-556 MacGill
 
Bowling O   M R W  
A B Agarkar 26   1 119 2  
I K Pathan 27   3 136 1  
A Nehra 25   3 115 2  
A Kumble 43   3 154 5  
V Sehwag 5   0 21 0  
S R Tendulkar 1   0 3 0  
 
 
India (1st Innings) R BF 4 6
A Chopra c & b Bichel 27 44 3 0
V Sehwag c Hayden b Bichel 47 41 6 0
R Dravid c Bichel b Gillespie 233 446 23 1
S R Tendulkar c Gilchrist b Bichel 1 6 0 0
S C Ganguly (c) run out 2 7 0 0
V V S Laxman c Gilchrist b Bichel 148 282 18 0
P A Patel (k) c Ponting b Katich 31 52 6 0
A B Agarkar c MacGill b Katich 11 30 1 0
A Kumble lbw b MacGill 12 44 1 0
I K Pathan c & b MacGill 1 13 0 0
A Nehra not out 0 8 0 0
Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 2, nb 2) 10  
Total All Out 523  
  161.5 overs @ 3.23 rpo
 
FoW
1-66 Chopra 2-81 Sehwag
3-83 Tendulkar 4-85 Ganguly
5-388 Laxman 6-447 Patel
7-469 Agarkar 8-510 Kumble
9-518 Pathan 10-523 Dravid
 
Bowling O   M R W  
J N Gillespie 40 .5 13 106 1  
B A Williams 23   7 72 0  
A J Bichel 28   3 118 4  
S C G MacGill 44   8 143 2  
S M Katich 16   3 59 2  
S R Waugh 9   2 15 0  
R T Ponting 1   0 4 0  
 
 
Australia (2nd Innings) R BF 4 6
J L Langer lbw b Agarkar 10 8 1 0
M L Hayden c Sehwag b Nehra 17 32 0 0
R T Ponting c Chopra b Agarkar 0 17 0 0
D R Martyn c Dravid b Tendulkar 38 76 4 0
S R Waugh (c) c Dravid b Tendulkar 42 65 8 0
S M Katich c Nehra b Agarkar 31 58 1 0
A C Gilchrist (k) b Kumble 43 45 4 2
A J Bichel b Agarkar 1 6 0 0
J N Gillespie c Patel b Agarkar 3 19 0 0
B A Williams not out 4 9 0 0
S C G MacGill b Agarkar 1 4 0 0
Extras (b 2, lb 2, w 1, nb 1) 6  
Total All Out 196  
  56.2 overs @ 3.48 rpo
 
FoW
1-10 Langer 2-18 Ponting
3-44 Hayden 4-109 Martyn
5-112 Waugh 6-183 Gilchrist
7-184 Bichel 8-188 Katich
9-192 Gillespie 10-196 MacGill
 
Bowling O   M R W  
A B Agarkar 16 .2 2 41 6  
I K Pathan 7   0 24 0  
A Nehra 7   2 21 1  
A Kumble 17   2 58 1  
S R Tendulkar 6   0 36 2  
V Sehwag 3   0 12 0  
 
 
India (2nd Innings) R BF 4 6
A Chopra lbw b Gillespie 20 54 2 0
V Sehwag st Gilchrist b MacGill 47 81 7 0
R Dravid not out 72 170 7 0
S R Tendulkar lbw b MacGill 37 59 5 0
S C Ganguly (c) c Katich b Bichel 12 22 1 0
V V S Laxman c Bichel b Katich 32 34 6 0
P A Patel (k) b Katich 3 16 0 0
A B Agarkar not out 0 0 0 0
A Kumble          
I K Pathan          
A Nehra          
Extras (b 3, lb 6, w 1) 10  
Total 6 wickets 233  
  72.4 overs @ 3.21 rpo
 
FoW
1-48 Chopra 2-79 Sehwag
3-149 Tendulkar 4-170 Ganguly
5-221 Laxman 6-229 Patel
7-   8-  
9-   10-  
 
Bowling O   M R W  
J N Gillespie 10 .2 2 22 1  
B A Williams 14   6 34 0  
S C G MacGill 24 .4 3 101 2  
A J Bichel 11 .4 1 35 1  
S M Katich 8   1 22 2  
S R Waugh 4   0 10 0  
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55 responses

24 01 2008
bigredman

India win the toss and Kumble elects to bat.

PATHAN to open the batting.

24 01 2008
bigredman

Pathan has twice opened the batting for scores of 93 (vs Sri Lanka in 2005) and 6 (vs England in 2006)

24 01 2008
withmalice

Hey Brad, looking forward to this… mind if we ‘discuss’ stuff as it happens in here?

😉

Hell… Pathan opening? That’s a surprise…

24 01 2008
bigredman

Surprised me that’s for sure. Just what they need though really because he’ll play his shots unlike Jaffer.

24 01 2008
bigredman

0/33 after 6 overs. Looks like it was a good move.

24 01 2008
bigredman

Pathan dismissed for 9. India 1/34.

Johnson strikes.

24 01 2008
withmalice

Indeed… maybe that was a mistake having him open, one based solely on his night-watchman performance at the WACA.

24 01 2008
bigredman

A bit more pressure when opening. You are expected to score more runs than that. Mind you, he stuck around long enough to take some shine off the ball and let Sehwag “get in”. Easier now for Dravid to build an innings with runs on the board.

24 01 2008
bigredman

Just when India looked comfortable, Johnson picks up Dravid for 18.

Sehwag looks good though.

2/82

24 01 2008
bigredman

Massive roar from the Adelaide crowd as Tendulkar enters the field.

24 01 2008
withmalice

Wickets falling when needed…
Well, we need Sehwag’s wicket, and soon. He does look good, and sitting pretty on 56.
Tendulkar’s very popular in Australia, huh?

24 01 2008
raydixon

ABC local radio (ie in Australian country areas) interrupted its coverage at midday for the usual “country hour” show. Listeners are complaining like hell, but they always do it. Now they’ve got the tennis on! Can’t watch the cricket on TV while I’m outside working so your updates are valuable. What’s the score @ lunch?

24 01 2008
bigredman

Ray, it’s 2/89 at lunch. Tendulkar 0 and sehwag 56.

Johnson’s taken 2/33 from 11 overs.

Where abouts are you?

24 01 2008
bigredman

Tendulkar has just belted Johnson for 3 successive boundaries. His first one brought up India’s 100.

24 01 2008
raydixon

Bright, northeast Victoria, near the mountains. Bright’s a popular holiday town but it’s also hillbilly country.

It’s back on the radio and it sounds like Tendulkar might be in for a big one. Gotta get him out.

24 01 2008
bigredman

We need to yeah but it’s a shame. He is great to watch.

You think Bright is hillbilly country, I’m in Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia – and there’s a flood coming.

24 01 2008
bigredman

Lee’s finally got Sehwag, playing wide, for 63.

3/122

24 01 2008
bigredman

150 is up for India.

I think we are in for a master class from the little master.

24 01 2008
withmalice

GAH! Internet was down for a while, but back now!

Hi Ray…

24 01 2008
bigredman

Hogg gets Ganguly for 7. LBW to a ball straightening to hit middle and off.

4/156

24 01 2008
withmalice

COLLAPSE??

India 163/4

24 01 2008
bigredman

No. They only do that in their second innings.

24 01 2008
withmalice

Aaaah… well, I can live in hope, can I not?

Still, I guess a lot of our supposed ‘top-notch’ batsmen did a lot of their own folding last test, huh?

24 01 2008
bigredman

Top-notch?

Jaques and that joke Rogers?

24 01 2008
bigredman

Forgot to mention Tendulkar’s 50. Well played.

24 01 2008
withmalice

Indeed… tongue-firmly-in-cheek for the ‘top notch’ comment.

India 184/4… are you watching or listening Brad?

24 01 2008
bigredman

TV is on in the office.

24 01 2008
bigredman

4/187 at tea

24 01 2008
withmalice

Damn… nice.

Relying on Cricinfo commentary here…

24 01 2008
bigredman

200 up for India

4/204

Tendulkar 66
Laxman 22

24 01 2008
withmalice

Damnit… Tendulkar’s wicket is a necessity!
What’s the pitch like Brad? Is it a batsman’s wicket?

24 01 2008
bigredman

Should be. Little bit green this morning. Still looks like it’s pretty even bounce.

24 01 2008
bigredman

Tendulkar, two beautiful shots straight back down the ground. The first 6, the second 4.

24 01 2008
withmalice

Hmmm… when he starts feeling confident and swinging the bat… ouch.
Big score in the making?

24 01 2008
bigredman

Laxman on 37 dropped by Gilchrist off Lee. ball left him late and was buried deep in the keepers gloves but somehow came out again.

He’s dropping a lot lately. Footwork was appalling.

24 01 2008
bigredman

They’ll get 450 – 500 I think Don. Especially now Laxman’s been given a life.

24 01 2008
bigredman

Magnificent. Tendulkar’s century brought up in 133 balls. Told you it’d be a master class.

24 01 2008
withmalice

And there’s Tendulkar’s century.
Hats off to Sachin… guy’s one helluva player.

24 01 2008
bigredman

50 to Laxman off 94. Aussies regretting Gilchrist’s dropped catch.

24 01 2008
kapsii

Hello… its me again… as a not-so-die-hard Indian fan, I beg for forgiveness given that I didnot remember that the fourth test was today… hence missed most of it…
generally I do manage to watch a little on telly before coming to office… but today the only delivery I saw was when Ganguly was out… Hogg foxed him…
Tendulkar’s century… well… he has played very aggressively from what I gather… It has been a long time since he hit a six… all accolades for this dude… he is one of a kind…. ‘Sir’ Sachin any one????
And Laxman got to his 50 too…
I just pray that these two carry on for a long long time… they are the last recognized pair of Test batsmen out there (my thoughts)… I do not count Dhoni… cause he has not dazzled with the bat of late…
We need a BIG score…

24 01 2008
raydixon

It’s day one Perth revisited except India are doing better.

PS: are they hillbillies in Rockhampton or just straight out rednecks? There’s a difference, hillbillies don’t have political views – because they can’t read!

24 01 2008
bigredman

Laxman gone. Slightly short pitched and he tried to avoid it. It stayed down though and took his glove. A sitter for Gilchrist and Laxman walks for 51.

5/282

24 01 2008
withmalice

Nice stuff… excellent work Gilly, a lil’ bit of redemption.

Hopefully this’ll slow Tendulkar down a lil’…

And welcome back Kapsii…

24 01 2008
bigredman

Fair enough Ray. Rednecks it is then in Rocky.

24 01 2008
kapsii

Crap… Laxman out… I have a gut feeling that Aussies may send Hayden back to the pavillion to get padded up and get ready to rush out… 😦

24 01 2008
bigredman

I think Dhoni and Sachin can see them through to stumps.

24 01 2008
kapsii

I sincerely hope so…

24 01 2008
bigredman

I’m vacating my spot in the commentary box. See you all tomorrow.

24 01 2008
kapsii

Here comes the new ball… 🙂

24 01 2008
kapsii

They didnt take the new ball!!!!!!!!!!!!! and hayden drops a sitter??? what has the world come to??????

24 01 2008
withmalice

G’damnit… Hayden dropped Dhoni…

24 01 2008
withmalice

Thanks Brad… Test is yours to start each day tho’! 😉

India 306/5
Tendulkar on 122, Dhoni 5

Headed for an excellent first inning’s tally.

24 01 2008
kapsii

all in all a good day in office for the Indian cricketers… hope the same for everyone who was here… catch you all later…

24 01 2008
withmalice

Stumps… 309/5

C’ya tomorrow…

25 01 2008
Neil

what do you think a good total is for this pitch on a first innings, are they there yet or is 500 more like it?

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