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Live cricket commentary: India v Australia, 1st Test, day three

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Stumps. Henriques completes the final over of MS Dhoni day at Chennai.

India 8-515. Dhoni 206no Kumar 16no, lead by 135 runs

The keeper-skipper was Gilchristesque in his power, range of shots and total domination of an Australian attack that looked promising but wilted in the heat and dust. The pitch, or what is left of it, is a small cresent of clay crust in the middle of what resembles a large long jump pit. Thanks for joining us on Day 3 and we look forward to Day 4 with trepidation but that's why they call it Test cricket. Good night!    

FOUR! Dhoni clubs Henriques's last ball flat down the ground. That was brutal. This session, the highest scoring one of the match not surprisingly, can't end quick enough for the Aussies. India 8-512, lead by 132 runs

200! Dhoni guides Lyon to the off side and scampers through for a single to complete a famous double century of class, power and control. India 8-506

FOUR! Kumar pulls Warner to move to 13 and rub a salt into Australia's wounds. India 8-505 

Wade goes up for a stumping with Kumar's back foot just grounded. Goes upstairs but not out. India meanwhile have passed 500. Dhoni is on 199. India 8-501

Dhoni plays and misses off Lyon. It's been a long time since that last happened. He gets a single to put Kumar back in the ring. Big cheers as the tailender negotiates the over. India 8-498

FOUR! Dhoni crossbats Warner to the long-on rope to move to 193. No stopping that one or Dhoni for that matter. 200 can't be far off nor 500 either.

FOUR! Kumar cheekily top edges one behind point to double his score to 8. India 8-495

No, Lyon is back for more. He's getting good turn from the rough but Dhoni just rocks back and picks him off again and again. Shudder to think what Ashwin will do on this deck tomorrow afternoon. Dhoni moves to 187, the double devil's number. India 4-484

The music has stopped and Dave Warner has come on to try his leggies after the mercy rule was invoked on Lyon (3-168). Dhoni even tries a one-handed sweep then a reverse sweep. A ramp shot next perhaps? One run off the over. Shane Watson is shining the ball. Would he like a bowl? Probably not. India 8-479, lead by 99 runs 

SIX! Dhoni hoists Lyon over the fence yet again. This one hung up for a long time and Henriques tried the imposible but the ball plopped a metre safely over the rope.

SIX! There he goes again, flaying that one flat and hard down the ground. Almost a forehand slice, Federer style. Dhoni is ... 180!! India 8-477

Dhoni nudges to Clarke at mid-off and scrambles a single. A direct hit might have been out but Clarke just misses. When you're hot ... you know the rest. India 8-465

FOUR! Pattinson nails a peach of a yorker that Dhoni does well to fend away then he strays short and on the the legs and the skipper swats the ball away. This time Starc can't save it on the ropes. He has been throwing his body at everything out there. Dhoni moves to 167. India 8-464

FOUR! We're back and normal service resumed as Dhoni clubs one straight through Warner on the rope. A rare misfield but maybe he got a bobble on the rough outfield. Henriques makes no mistake the next ball that streaks to the ropes and saves another boundary. Dhoni rolls on to 161. India 8-458

Drinks. Siddle continues to put in but we think his best bet would be to smile and try to blind the batsman. Pattinson tried a slower ball to no avail. He is straying off line. A couple of times Dhoni has almost had to throw the bat, literally, to connect, which he does. He's 155 while Kumar is on just 4 but doing a great job hanging around. India 8-453  

FOUR! Dhoni brings up his 150 with a stylish cover drive that just trickles to the ropes with two Australian fielders in hot pursuit. The story of Australia's day. So near ... India 8-448

FOUR! Dhoni goes after James Pattinson resuming, with a lofted straight drive down the ground on the first ball to move to 149. India 8-444

Starc is straying down leg again and will only get punished. He tries a slower bouncer that fools everyone including Wade. Starc's bowling arm looks to be falling away a little, a la Shaun Tait. Understandable if fatigue is setting in after a long day with no reward. India 8-438

FOUR! Great diving save by Starc on the boundary to save precious runs from Dhoni off Lyon. He goes long the next ball and Pattinson tries an acrobatic save but to no avail. Then he taps away a single to keep strike. Soul destroying stuff for the Aussies. He's in total control at the moment. India 8-437  

FOUR! leg byes. Starc spray another one down leg that Wade can't save. Needs to get his radar sorted. The Aussie attack is becoming like musical chairs. Roll on stumps. India 8-430, lead by 50 runs

Starc is back on and looked good until unleashing a wide of Harmisonesque proportions only down leg side. He has toiled hard over 24 over for no reward. He is due a wicket but even Dhoni's mistimed shots look like boundaries. India 8-426

Kumar doesn't seem too fazed by the ring field, and spoons one from Lyon over the keeper for two. Who knows what it hit. Dhoni too is happy to let Kumar have the strike. Good vote of confidence by the skipper. India 8-423

SIX! Dhoni gets under another one from Lyon to move to 133. That's his fourth six of the innings. India 8-420

A legside ring field for Henriques to Kumar, more like a crescent. Moises is really bending his back and gets a maiden for his toil but nothing more. India 8-414

Lyon back on, this time from the unpronounceable end. Bit of a ring field set for young Kumar. A big shout for bad pad that loops up but not out. He walks a single down leg side to put Dhoni back on strike for the last ball. It raps his pad but is going down leg and doesn't even draw a shout frpom Lyon. India 8-414

FOUR! Dhoni hooks a short one from Henriques away effortlessly to move to 127. India 8-413

Dhoni clubs one back at Clarke who gets a hand to it and saves four at the risk of losing his hand. Dhoni goes down the ground again but just a single. Looks like he's going to cut loose - again. India 8-408

Henriques has earned himself another over and looks sharper, bowling a good line to Kumar who is yet to score, and comes up with a maiden. India 8-406  

Drinks. Dhoni is content to hold strike now since Harbhajan threw away his wicket. the skipper was none too impressed. The last ball of Clarke's over he almost spooned up a caught and bowled chance as he appeared to lose his footing. Looks like he might try to grind out the last hour to tire the Aussies and come out fresh in the morning to try to put on some quick runs. Although Clarke's men might have something to say about that. India 8-406, lead by 26 runs   

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the next man in and almost immediately dishes up a half-chance off his legs to Cowan. Bad luck Henrqiues. Would have been a screamer had it stuck. Clarke resumes. India 8-406

OUT!! Harbhajan has a wild swing at Henrqiues and is clean bowled for an entertaining and ever eventful 11. Moises, we take it all back. India 8-406

Henriques gets through his over with the concession of only one run, a minor victory after his last couple of cameos. Will he get another? Dhoni gets another bat, meanwhile. The long handle? India 7-404

Clarke is back on and comes up with a maiden. Henriques joins him from the other end. Third time lucky perhaps? India 7-403

SIX!! Dhoni puts Lyon into the stands again to move to 118 and pass 4000 runs as India pass 400. Lyon had been bowling better line and length but Dhoni got right under that one and it was good night Eileen. India 7-403

Argy Bhaji: Dhoni gives Harbhajan a serve for dawdling on a single but they kiss and make up. Trouble is his middle name. Siddle tries a slower ball and almost catches Harbhajan out, almost. India 7-397

FOUR! Then Dhoni smacks Lyon straight down the field. Now they've got their noses in front, they're going after the spinner. India 7-395

SIX!! Harbhajan slog sweeps Lyon over the midwicket fence. This is going to be fun. India 7-389

India level the scores as Harbhajan hangs his bat out and gets a single off Siddle. Wade has a shy at the bowler's end Bhaji's running to but misses, the stumps that is. The crowd cheers for one or the other, we're not sure. India 7-380

Harbhajan just thumped one into the short-leg fieldsman then he nearly takes the umpire's head off. He's making new friends by the minute! 

Harbhajan looked out not offering a shout, half turning his back to one from Lyon that spat out of the rough but Umpire Erasmus said no. The spirited debate will, and did, continue. India 7-378 

FOUR! CENTURY! Dhoni cuts loose and lifts one over mid wicket to bring up his ton in style. Perhaps fired up by the presence of his old mate Bhaji. A great captain's knock. India 7-376, trail by 4 runs 

This might be closer than we thought. Harbhajan Singh is the new man in and an old foe playing in his 100th Test. Lyon greets him with a big shout for lbw and immediately wade and Bhaji tee off. Welcome back the Turbanator! He does love a chat. India 7-372

OUT! Ashwin plays on to his leg and on to his stump off Lyon, slightly reminiscent of Sehwag's dismissal. The spinner has 3 wickets. India 7-372

Welcome back. Hope you enjoyed your tea. Lyon is back on bowling to Dhoni. He cuts away bit only a single to inch to 98. Another run closer. India 6-372

Here the Australian bowling figures:

Pattinson 4-71 off 23 overs

Starc 0-71 off 23

Siddle 0-48 off 18

Lyon 2-115 off 27

Henriques 0-37 off 10

Clarke 0-21 off 4

TEA. Dhoni exits on 97 and seems in no hurry. Indeed, one of his hook shots was almost in slow-motion. A tough session for the Aussies who toiled hard but lost some of the discipline they displayed in the morning session to pin down India. They only got two wickets but it could've been worse. Tight bowling will help clean up the tail but if Dhoni hangs around much beyond 100 India will have designs on 500 and batting into day four. India 6-371, trail by 9 runs

Dhoni edges to 96, playing his shots but finding fielders on the fence. Will he try to blaze one befoere tea off Pattinson? No it's a single so the century might have to wait until after tea ... India 6-371

Dhoni moves to 95 with a single, putting Ashwin on strike with only minutes to tea. He edges one through slips and it almost reaches the boundary. He gets two and is off the mark but still on strike. India 6-368

Spinner Ravi Ashwin is the new man in and the India tail officially begins but there is the small matter of Dhoni on 94 at the other end, facing Starc who looks lively. Game back on.

OUT! Jadeja shoulders arms to Pattinson and loses his stumps to an inswinger from around the wicket. He's gone for 16 and the Aussies have some respite. India 6-365   

 

Starc and Pattinson are building some pressure now the new ball is wearing in. They need to capitalise with a wicket before Jadeja gets his eye in. Having him in with skipper is the ideal scenario for India. India 5-364

Starc has another half-hearted shout for lbw against Jadeja but going down leg. he is getting some wicked reverse swing already and has Jadeja on the hop. Drifts down and a great stop by Wade is warmly applauded by the crowd.

Another big lbw shout this time from Pattinson with an off cutter that hit Dhoni's back leg but looked to have feathered the bat on the way through. Dhoni's on 93. India 5-362

The bat skewed in Jadeja's hand, implying it might have hit ball first. It also looked as if the ball might have swung a tad too much anyway. All in all the right call and you feel it wouldn't have been oiverturned on review even if available. We can't help but wonder how the umps can decide in real time and get so many right.

FOUR! Big shout from Starc for a wicked inswinger to Jadeja that runs away for four. Ump Erasmus gives it runs so there was an edge and replays tend to bear it out. Looks another good decision but second view shows bat might have hit boot or ball at the same time. India 5-360

Pattinson is sending more sliders across Jadeja but he's not taking the bait. The debutant looks good off his legs with quick hands, and picks off anything loose. India 5-356, trail by 24 runs   

FOUR! Jadeja square cuts Lyon to move to 10 and is growing in confidence. India have passed 350, and it won't be if they get a lead but how much. Dhoni on 91. India 3-354  

James Pattinson back on for Siddle. A big shout for lbw on Jadeja with a fullish ball. Dharmasena is unmoved. No review sadly or it would've gone straight upstairs. Replay shows he got some bat. Another great call from the Sri Lankan ump who is having an excellent game. India 5-349 

 

Lyon was getting some lovely drift towards the end of that over. Jadeja doesn't look comfortable but won't die wondering.

Lyon gets a big edge to fly up off Dhoni but it plops in no man's land. To rub it in he drives him down the ground the next ball to move to 90. India 5-348

Big mix-up as Dhoni pushes one to the onside but hesitates with Jadeja halfway down the pitch. Phil Hughes slips at the crucial moment and Jadeja escapes getting run out by the boss on his first day.

Not for long as Dhoni hooks Siddle, but just gets the single as it races to the man on the rope. India 5-345

Lyon has a big shout for lbw but it pitched well outside the line as Jadeja went well forward. He might be off the mark but Dhoni is on the devil's number, 87. 

FOUR! Lyon helps Jadeja off the mark with another rank full toss and he laps it up. India 5-344

We're back refreshed and debutant Jadeja is still on nought on debut. Not that we're death riding him or anything. India 5-339

Drinks. India 5-388 and well in control. Lyon regained his line against Jadeja, still on nought, but Dhoni seems to have him rattled. The skipper is on 86 and has barely played a false shot. Stern words from Michael Clarke and some Staminade for the lads. 

FOUR! Lyon presents a gift-wrapped full toss to Dhoni who leathers it. He's on 82. Jadeja yet to score but no hurry with the boss in this form.

FOUR! Dhoni punches an inswinger from Siddle through the diving Watson to the long long-off boundary to move to 77. India 5-330. That was Dhoni before almost trapped in front by Siddle, a rare blip.

Siddle is back on and immediately almost puts one through Jadeja, who just gets an edge on to his pad. Dhoni is on 72 and there are plenty of runs in this Indian tail as the Australians know all too well.

Ravinda Jadeja, another relative newcomer, is the next man in. Lyon looks to pin him down straight away with some good length, and he sees out the over.

OUT! Kohli miscues one to Starc at mid-on and there's barely a celebration by the Australiams, just relief.

Lyon's back on and this will be a real test of the spinner's mettle with the two batsmen in imperious form.

FOUR! Sublime late cut to the boundary off Pattinson's last ball. Having passed 100, Kohli is cutting loose. India are 4-324 and closing fast on Australia's total.

FOUR! Lovely on drive from Kohli off Pattinson. Not a bad ball but the centurion is seeing them like pumpkins.

Boos for a dot ball then a mis-hit from Dhoni for 2. Any chance they might rethink Watson's bowling retirement? 12 off the over. Ouch.

FOUR! Almost another six as Dhoni flat bats Moises down the ground one bounce into the sightscreen. This could get ugly.

SIX!! Dhoni hoiks Henriques over long-off and into the stands. They really want a piece of the all-rounder in his debut Test.

It's Kohli's fourth test ton. Well done to the young man, a very valuable knock in the context of this game as India wrest back control.

FOUR! CENTURY! Kohli flicks one off his legs to bring up his 100 as India pass 300 with six wickets in hand.

There is a shrinking patch of pitch between all the footmarks, and that's what Pattinson is aiming for as he tries to give Dhoni a rib tickler. Dhoni guides the next one for a single to move to 98 and off the strike. No Clarke-like tonk to bring up the ton for him it seems.

FOUR! Dhoni cover drives another full toss from Starc, who is losing his radar after a promising start. This bring up the 100 partnership for Dhoni and Kohli in quick time after a very slow first session from India.

FOUR! Another square drive from Dhoni, so strong off his back foot. FOUR! And again with a rank full toss from Starc given what it deserved to move to 52. He looks dangerous as this pair have ramped up the pace and put pressure on Australia, who could lose their new ball advantage very quickly and be in for a long afternoon.

Kohli sees out the over on 97 as Pattinson ratchets up the pace and bounce. tension building around the stadium after Tendulkar fell short earlier.

FOUR! New bat for Kohli, who flicks a Pattinson delivery nicely to deep backward square, then dispatches a full toss to the long-on boundary to move to 97. He's not superstitious obviously.

FOUR! Dhoni flashes outside off and gets a meaty edge to the third man boundary. unlucky for Starc, who has immediately settled into a good line and length, bowling across the right hander to his slips.

Mitch Starc back in the attack to replace the workhorse Siddle.

Pattinson a little short of a length with the new ball and won't get any joy like that on this claycourt more suited to Rafa Nadal. Dhoni happy to use the pace and space to nudge a single despite the presence of two slips.

FOUR! Dhoni square drives Pattinson beautifully. Cavalier or calculated? Time will tell.

Umpire Dharmasena holds up a bright new cherry. Lovely sight. Let's hope they can use it. Pattinson gets the honour of breaking it in.

FOUR! Kohli pulls Clarke in the air to the boundary in a couple of bounces, and moves to 88, bypassing the devil's number. India 4-270

Maiden to Siddle, still getting some reverse but Dhoni is all over it the late inswing. Clarke back on to try to squeeze some more juice out of the old ball. Skipper's call.

Clarke's left-hand offies don't look too threatening to the lefties as he's bowling flat and straight with no rough to work with. Two singles off the over. India 4-266. Siddle back on and no new ball taken as yet.

Michael Clarke to bowl the first over. Any chance he can reprise his 6-9 in Mumbai back in 2004?

Welcome back. Hope you enjoyed the lunch break. Thought we'd get intot he spirit with a vegie vindaloon. Hopefully we won't be Jonesing on the pitch later on. Sadly missed Escape to Victory on 9 but we have an idea how it ends. Anyway back to the cricket.

Kohli is on 83 and looking very solid. Dhoni has raced to 37 comparatively. The Australians will be soaking up a bit of aircond hopefully, maybe an ice vest and some cold drinks as they look to try and regroup and crack this partnership which has whittled down the tourist's lead to 117 runs with six wickets in hand. It's very evenly poised, and we can look forward to a few more 150kmh rockets from Pattinson when he gets hold of the shiny new rock after the break. Those first few overs wil be critical because that shine won't last long.

That's lunch. Kohli plays a straight bat for the last over, a maiden to Siddle. He's still getting some reverse swing with the old ball but we look forward to a new cherry and a new ball game after lunch as the Australians appeared to fade after a promising start.

FOUR! Dhoni square drives a short one from Lyon. Expensive over from the spinner who has strayed from his excellent line and length earlier.

FOUR! Lyon bowls a loose full one and Dhoni says thank you very much, smacking it through mid-off to the ropes. He's 32 and India 4-257.

Siddle gets some lovely shape on a yorker, well dug out by Kohli. He's not fooled by the slower ball next up and finesses it fine for a single.

Nathan Lyon, the enthusiasm machine, is back after Henriques's expensive cameo, thankfully, with Siddle back on from the other end, giving Pattinson a well earned break.

FOUR! The impressive Pattinson had Kohli fishing outside off but no catch as yet. Kohli connected with a couple but no runs until he edged one through the vacant slips cordon. Frustration for JPatts. Bring him on from both ends.

FOUR! Kohli late cuts this time to bring up the 50 partnership. Change in the bowling could be the break India need.

FOUR! Kohli cuts Moises Henriques's' first ball. Welcome. Kohli moves to 74 and looks solid.

Pattinson ends his 7th over for one run. That's one more over than yesterday. The tourists have bowled superbly this morning frustrating the Indians who are now just starting to wrest back some momentum after the loss of Tendulkar. India 4/238

Thanks to Claire Siracusa for a fine spell from the southern end. Top order Test cricket on a Sunday afternoon, life doesn’t get much better than this. MS Dhoni looks in a feisty mood, keen to take on Nathan Lyon. Lyon has been homing in on the footmarks outside off stump, more like a small trench in the Chennai clay. This pitch will be a minefield in the last two days. We’re in for a fascinating contest that is delicately poised.

Anyway, that's the over, and that's me signing off. Shane Brady will take it from here.

India 4/226

Bit of a disruption here as a woman walks right in front of the sight screen as Pattinson comes steaming in to bowl to Dhoni. Dhoni steps back (I wouldn't want any distractions either, if Pattinson was bowling at me) and now the woman is getting plenty of camera time as they pick her out and zoom right in. She looks a little sheepish...

Pattinson is on for his second spell of the day. India at 4/223 after a single off his first delivery.

India now at 4/220 and the batsmen are starting to open up, playing a few more shots. They seem to be going after Lyon, too.

And seconds later, the Aussies are diving in close for a half-chance catch. No luck, but things are certainly heating up in Chennai. India 4/216

SIX! Crowd on their feet for that one. Kohli unleashed on Lyon. He certainly made the most of that chance!

Starc bowls a bouncer on his last ball for the over. It would have been a maiden, but though there was no run off the seventh ball, there is obviously still one run off the over. India 4/207

Aussies go up for a catch but the ball is through the fieldsman. Dhoni was the man on strike and the crowd was up, willing it to go for four, but the ball was fielded well inside the boundary. Just two runs from it.

Drinks now, and though it has been a fairly slow first session so far no doubt the players are feeling the heat. Just the one wicket has fallen today (Tendulkar bowled by Lyon for 81) and the runs have been coming in very, very slowly for the Indians. They are 4/203.

India working the singles here and Kohli and Dhoni have brought up the 200. India now 4/201

MS Dhoni is next man in, and boy, the pressure is on early. Australians are up and appealing for a catch on the first ball he's facing. Nothing doing. India 4/199

WICKET! And it's Tendulkar who's gone! Nathan Lyon strikes, bowling the crowd favourite for 81. Lyon hit the foot marks and looks like Tendulkar may have got a slight edge back onto his stumps. Nice breakthrough for the Aussies.

Run out chance for the Aussies there, and it was a very nice throw. Both batsmen were well inside, but they had to pick up the pace about halfway through that run.

Starc comes into the attack now, and it looks like he will be bowling over the wicket. Tendulkar will face him first, he is on 80.

Good first over from Lyon, just one run off it. Bit happening, and Lyon was hitting the marks. India 3/195

Nathan Lyon into the attack now, and the field is right up.

Tendulkar can't be contained. Another run! This one was a bit more creative, and Pattsinson saw a chance for a catch go by the wayside. No fielder out there to catch the looping shot at third man.  India 3/194.

It was Tendulkar who scored that last run by the way, but it seems singles are contagious - or at the very least, Kohli doesn't want to be left out of the action. India 3/193!

A run to India! They move to 3/192. Cheer goes around the stadium and Pattinson looks as though he just gave up three sixes rather than just one run.

Got to cut in with another weather update here. Humidity seems to be around 70 per cent rather than 94. Although I'm sure that after spending an hour or so out in the middle, it would just feel hot.

Warning here issued to Australia for running on the pitch. It's Siddle who is bowling.

Cry of "CATCH!" goes up from the Aussie fielders and Ed Cowan's dive was good - but he couldn't quite reach it. No catch, but it was a good bit of fielding, as he recovered the ball quickly and got it back to Wade.

Word coming in via Fox Sports that there are no restrictions on James Pattinson's bowling. So could be a few more than six overs bowled by him today. India will be hoping that something gives soon - they have gone more than 20 balls without a run.

Another maiden over, this time it's Peter Siddle who does the job for the Aussies. Crowd has quieted down a little, too. India 3/191

Maiden over from Pattinson, and the Aussies are keeping things pretty tight here early on. India trails by 189 runs. Tendulkar is 77, Kohli 53.

Pretty slow start this morning, and after 3 overs, India has moved to 3/191.

Some weather news for you: It's 32 degrees and a lovely 94 per cent humidity in Chennai. Pattinson bowled just six overs yesterday. Wonder how many he will get through today?

Australians looking switched on early, keeping the field tight. But Tendulkar squeezes a four through a gap in the field and relieves a bit of the pressure. India 3/188

That's the first over completed, just 1 run off it. Good bowling by Pattinson who has had all the luck so far. Siddle is warming up now to start the second over.

There was a big roar for Tendulkar as he made his way out to the middle, and the crowd is getting behind him now. he is 71, Kohli 51 at the other end.

Afternoon everyone! Welcome to day three of the first Test. Batsmen are out in the middle and Pattinson will take the ball. India 3/182

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  • Lyon is one of the worst spin bowlers in Australia, there's 5 better than him and to think he to sing 'under the southern star' . They will have to pick anew player soon.

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    David Dawson
    Date and time
    February 25, 2013, 11:00AM
  • this shouldn't be a suprise for aussie fans, you only do well in India with at least 2 specialist spinners. England won as they have panesar and swann, amazing cricket australia are focusing on seamers.

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    ben
    Location
    jakarta
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 10:29PM
  • If we escape this series with a 0-3 result, we'll be lucky!! England will hammer us in the back to back Ashes series......

    Time for CA to get rid of the clowns on the NSP (Inverarity & Arthur to start), Pat Howard, the man who is sending Australian Cricket back to the dark ages and anyone involved in their appointment (James Sutherland comes to mind).

    As a huge fan of Australian Cricket, I have never seen so many incompetents involved in Australian Cricket.

    Commenter
    Mal
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 10:28PM
  • Congratulations Lyon, I mean Dhoni, the poms must be licking their lips at the prospects of handing out some pain to the Aussie bowling attack, Brad Hogg is still around isn't he? Have we ever had a worse attack, maybe in the Kim Hughes days?

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    Omg
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 10:22PM
  • Lyon - what a joke!!! 3 for 177. We wouldnt accept a pace bowler taking 3 for 177 at the WACA but we are supposed to accept this rubbish on a turning wicket? Get rid of the clown.

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    w ch
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    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 10:20PM
  • 200 hundred cant be far off.... Are you watching with your eyes closed? Not a luxury I can afford.

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    Andy
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 10:15PM
  • Sack me? I quit! Most embarrassing.

    Commenter
    N Lyon
    Location
    Chenai
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 10:14PM
  • Think I commented at 3:52 and spoke of our weak attack and second rate spinner, India recently got smashed by England, here we are getting belted around the park, seriously call the ashes off until we bring warnie, Hughes and mcdermottbout of retirement

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    Omg
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 10:01PM
  • I like Siddle because he is a good fair dinkum dinky di, true blue rip snorter of a bloke who doesn't carry on like a pork chop. But where's me ripper, you little!

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    Andy
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 9:52PM
  • Cowan will be hiding from the coach today, it looks like his dropped catch has this lead going to 80 now and it could go to 120 which is gold on this pitch for India

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    Phil_Clarke
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    February 24, 2013, 9:50PM
    • Lead well past 120 now Phil. Shows how important it is to take your catches

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      Lewis_Edwards
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      February 24, 2013, 10:31PM
  • So near....Is there another game going on that we aren't reading about?

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    Andy
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 9:43PM
  • Did someone call my name? Pattinson to the rescue! Knock 'em over Patto'

    Commenter
    Shaun Tait
    Location
    Adelaide
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 9:33PM
  • There's a dollar on off stump Nathan, earn your pay and hit it!

    Commenter
    S Warne
    Location
    London
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 9:24PM
  • Cowan's dropped catch costing us, the lead has gone from 20 to nearly 60

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    Lewis_Edwards
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    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 9:24PM
  • 9 , 1888-1889 South Africa v England , 2nd Test, Newlands

    9 , 1890 England v Australia , 2nd Test , Kennington Oval

    Commenter
    How's Stat's
    Location
    Hobart
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 8:58PM
  • 7 bowled's in one innings... so far. What is the record for most bowled in an innings ever?

    Commenter
    Ric Finlay
    Location
    Hobart
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 8:55PM
  • 13 off the over... that's bad luck... I'm feeling a wicket in my waters!

    Commenter
    N Lyon
    Location
    Chenai
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 8:31PM
    • I can feel a wicket in your waters too but not for another 40 runs. Every 40 runs scored off you will yield a wicket. 5 for 200 - won't be seeing you at Lords, thankfully,

      Commenter
      w ch
      Location
      Date and time
      February 24, 2013, 9:14PM
  • Enough's enough then, wrap it up! Oi Liz, get me a pie, Nathan's making me hungry!

    Commenter
    S Warne
    Location
    London
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 8:25PM
  • Watch me clean up now Warnie, put your mobile away!

    Commenter
    N Lyon
    Location
    Chenai
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 8:09PM
  • It is a boring match and the initial excitement of expecting an exciting series has been spoilt by this first match on a test ground which looks like a dusty a dusty ground .Getting a wicket is like a lucky draw. More spinners should have been included in the team. The grs of the young brigade stands out..Khwaja will find this going to his liking.

    Commenter
    worjus
    Location
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 8:05PM
  • Hit me one more time! Go Pattinson!

    Commenter
    Off Stump
    Location
    Chenai
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 7:35PM
  • This is just like watching the grass grow... at Adelaide Oval!

    Commenter
    N Lyon
    Location
    Chenai
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 7:28PM
    • Is that you Mrs Lyon?

      Commenter
      Andy
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      February 24, 2013, 8:12PM
  • In this multi-media digital age - this all feels like getting the coverage via telegram. The BCCI must let us know if they fancy a game of footy and a yarn afterwards about the cricket

    Commenter
    Andy
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 7:19PM
  • Phil Clarke I like your batting lineup. Hughes missed Jadeja was left stranded in that last run but Hughes at mid-wicket fumbles with the ball and both batsmen are safely in. Hughes needs to work harder on his fielding.

    Commenter
    Lewis_Edwards
    Location
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 7:02PM
  • Can you give us the score with your updates? Thanks :-)

    Commenter
    Chris Lacey
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 6:45PM
  • This series is going to be forgotten very soon I suspect without some kind of free to air coverage.

    Pricing out the ABC was silly and this weird image block for newspapers is just strange.

    The ACB should be careful it doesn't go down the rugby union path of paid for everything, that kills a sport in Australia.
    It might be short term profit for a long term lingering death.

    Commenter
    tim
    Location
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 6:45PM
    • How many series in the last few years will be memorable??? Nil? 1 maybe?

      Most turned into a farce.

      Dark days for Cricket with 500yr old people running it with blinkers on.

      Commenter
      Birdman.
      Location
      Date and time
      February 24, 2013, 7:04PM
  • Anyone else think that this Chennai pitch is an absolute farce?

    Commenter
    stjrice
    Location
    Booroloola
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 6:42PM
    • No. Looks like The scores in each innings so far - around 400 - indicate a pitch good for a competitive test match

      Commenter
      rudy
      Location
      Date and time
      February 24, 2013, 6:56PM
  • If a player does not pass a fitness test he is dropped from the team and rightly so. The same should apply to quality of the bowler, not good enough then be replaced by another quickie or a spinning all rounder such as Maxwell.

    22 overs, 96 runs, 1 wicket. Just not good enough on a spinners paradise.

    Try something new Clarke, bring on Warner.

    Commenter
    Mohin
    Location
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 6:18PM
    • These Indians hate me.

      Commenter
      Mohin
      Location
      Lahore
      Date and time
      February 24, 2013, 6:31PM
    • Its no secret that Indians are masters of spin batting. Lyon has 2 wickets and that being key wickets of Sachin and Kohli. Our issue is our top order and in particular Cowan who is averaging 30 after 14 tests. I wouldn't mind seeing this lineup for the second test with Watson opening where he is best suited. Watson, Warner, Hughes, Clarke, Khawaja, Henriques, Wade. Bring Watto to open, our best batsman in Clarke t 4 and Khawaja in at 5. Will make my judgement on Lyon at the end of the game.

      Commenter
      Phil_Clarke
      Location
      Date and time
      February 24, 2013, 6:36PM
    • The best spinner in Australia is Ahmed for Victoria who took 5 for with his leggies last week. This is fantastic news for The Ashes. Lyon is a B grader. Let's see no more of him in Australian colours. The South Africans demolished him a few times earlier this summer. That should have been the end of him. And whatever happened to Krejza?

      Commenter
      w ch
      Location
      Date and time
      February 24, 2013, 6:49PM
    • Lyon has 1 wicket every 52 runs ,Pattinson has 1 every 22 , its a spinners wicket and the wickets left are batsmen with declining skills . lyons bowls twice as many overs, if Einstein was to sum up "LYONS OUT". as for Hughes ,give me a break an absolute batsman of the lowest order.

      Commenter
      DHT
      Location
      Date and time
      February 24, 2013, 7:23PM
  • Why is this commentator calling the Australian team the "Kangaroos"??? That's the rugby league national team nickname. The cricketers don't actually have an official nickname but some old-timers refer to them as the "Baggy Greens".
    3-0

    Commenter
    El Scotto
    Location
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 5:48PM
    • Why do we have nicknames at all ?

      Commenter
      DHT
      Location
      Date and time
      February 24, 2013, 6:08PM
    • Which commentator? I think Claire is doing a good job. If you want disrespect for cricket try watching ABC News 24.

      Commenter
      w ch
      Location
      Date and time
      February 24, 2013, 6:37PM
    • Baggy Green Kangaroo's! - sounds ridiculous.

      Commenter
      Andy
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      February 24, 2013, 7:10PM
  • Lyons taken 22 overs to get 1 wicket you don't win matches with that. Need a leggie who will get wickets or get belted none of this off spinner rubbish

    Commenter
    DHT
    Location
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 5:32PM
  • Wanted: SMH Cricket Commentator. Favourable working hours 3.00pm - 4.28pm
    Must be able to stay awake during Indian batting.

    Commenter
    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 4:32PM
  • This is like watching paint dry. No wonder Channel 9 didn't really want it and showed their disdain by showing Escape to Victory - a football film made in 1981!!!

    Commenter
    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 4:28PM
  • Omg in Melbourne: please make more comments like the one you made at 3.52pm!!

    Please, please.

    Commenter
    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 4:02PM
  • Finally, Nathan Lyon takes a wicket. Now back to eating pie, humbly.

    Commenter
    S Warne
    Location
    London
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 4:00PM
  • Nathan Lyon you little beauty!

    Commenter
    Prince of Mince
    Location
    Hobart
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 3:59PM
  • The Australian attack looks so weak, not having a half decent spinner is going to really hurt, didn't Warnie talk about coming out of retirement, hopefiully this breakthrough will be the start of something

    Commenter
    Omg
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 3:52PM
  • Australia look set for another 90 overs in the field since they don't want to use their only okay bowler Pattinson for long spells. Clarke's lucky escape will not cost India the match. Ashwin will tear you Aussies up in the second innings to seal a 1-0 lead in the series.

    Commenter
    Sandeep
    Location
    Mumbai
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 3:22PM
    • Whatever Sandeep, just like your predicted win against the poms.
      What was that final score 2-1 to the poms?

      Commenter
      selector 2
      Location
      Date and time
      February 24, 2013, 4:22PM
  • Did any one else try and listen to the English on testmatch sofa? Was hyped as a replacement for the ABC call. I tried it for ten minutes. All they did was imitate Aussie accents, read out tweets giving their call a rap, laugh hilariously at their own jokes and make fun of Australian place names like Wagga Wagga. It wad all a bit self indulgent and condescending in the best tradition of Douglas Jardine. You would not know there is a game on. In one word ; rubbish.

    Commenter
    w ch
    Location
    Date and time
    February 24, 2013, 3:13PM
    • @w ch - Test Match Sofa is not meant as a replacement for mainstream coverage, - they survive on donations from the public. (Test Match Sofa is a play on Test Match Special from the BBC)
      If they 'hyped' (through twitter etc) it as a replacement for ABC, it was just a ploy to lure in some extra listeners knowing that foreign media outlets are locked out by BCCI.

      Commenter
      stumpy
      Location
      Date and time
      February 24, 2013, 6:02PM
    • I didnt mean they hyped it - I read in the media that as the ABC was not calling it, there would be a call on test match sofa. It is not a call. It is a self indulgent exercise in chauvinism. They may get more donations from the Australian public if they didnt so strongly imply what a mob of uncultured inferior colonials Australians were. That's the vibe they give off.

      Commenter
      w ch
      Location
      Date and time
      February 24, 2013, 7:00PM
    • Fair enough, in that case they were mis-represented.
      Basically they just love cricket, I don't get the feeling they take themselves at all seriously, I don't think anyone fo them are ex-pros for expert analysis, might be wrong.
      Did anyone in aus take the time to cover India V Eng just for the love of the game?

      Commenter
      stumpy
      Location
      Date and time
      February 24, 2013, 7:34PM
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