Watch free online cricket highlights of the second day's play - Australia vs India, Third Test played at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on October 30, 2008 as part of the Border Gavaskar Trophy Series.
Scoreline: India – 613/7 dec - Gautam Gambhir 206, VVS Laxman 200 n.o, Anil Kumble 45. Australia – 50/0.
Brief Highlights also available in video: Gautam Gambhir added 50 odd runs while VVS Laxman added 150 more to his overnight score. Two double hundreds attained today. Billy Bowden was at the centre of a dead-ball controversy. Watson bowled very well post-lunch – Haddin was caught napping on one occasion that might have pouched VVS.
After yesterday’s sparring contests between Gambhir, Katich and Watson, today was more regular cricket with all the joy provided by relax-man. VVS’ scoring was curtailed a bit in the latter half of the post-lunch session through a packed offside field and the bowling mostly outside offstump. Though India had piled on the runs Anil Kumble came out after an entertaining 27 by Dhoni and batted aggressively to allow VVS to ease his way to his second double century vs Australia. The aesthetics of the knock shall be described by the video. But a brilliant knock in response to queries about his place in the team.
Ponting kept changing the field around and the what makes Laxman and Gambhir’s knock today super is the manner in which they had a solution for each field change. Zaheer Khan came out and had some fun which wasn’t probably what the Indian team management had in plan cos Laxman’s double century was the only thing defining the timing of the declaration. Though some argued on air that the declaration should have come earlier, who cares – 1. The runs were coming fast anyhow. 2 India would rather bat only once. 3 Why throw away an opportunity to score a double against the Aussies considering the player has maybe only a couple of years left in him.
Billy Bowden has made ridiculous decisions over the years. Today he was right in it pulling up Laxman and deducting a run for apparently running down the wicket. You can see Laxman arguing and educating Bowden that when a shot is whipped on the onside, it takes you a few steps to get off the centre of the pitch. Billy’s response was a crooked finger to the lips and a wrongly counted over. Yesterday he had denied Lee a LBW vs Gambhir post his 100 – well, today he returned the favour with a close LBW against Katich denied.
Australia came out with an hour to go and Matthew Hayden was humbler - two opening maidens (in contrast to his superman with the red undies hung outside to dry knock on the 4th day of the Mohali Test) and looked the better for it. Maybe he was just tired after two days, but he looked totally comfortable and tomorrow could be one of those typical Hayden knocks. Katich played some eyebrow-raising shots to the spinners - Kumble and Mishra were already making the ball do weird things. But something about the knock wasn’t convincing and it could be over pretty soon tomorrow. Or maybe that’s just my subconscious hoping for a quick exit to Mr Eye-sore, so Ponting can come in.
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