India vs Australia 3rd Test Highlights 1st Day At Delhi: Gambhir Tendulkar Laxman Sizzle

Morning Session

Post Lunch
Post Tea

Watch cricket highlights from Delhi - Day One's play from the Third Test - Australia vs India played on October 29, 2008 from the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Series.

Scoreline: India – 296/3 – Gautam Gambhir 149 no, Sachin Tendulkar 68, VVS Laxman 54 no.

Brief Highlights also available in video: Gautam Gambhir plays a many-paced knock enroute to a super century at Delhi. Along the way, he is involved in some serious sledging and physical contests with Shane Watson, Simon Katich and generally most of the Aussies. Watch Gambhir vs Watson-Katich and other Australians here. Sachin Tendulkar dominates the morning session and post-lunch session with a knock that has serious throwbacks to his best ever. And then gets out.. VVS Laxman eases his way to a cool half century.

Brett Lee got Sehwag in his second over and bowled the best he has this series. Australia during the 2007-2008 tour by India had strangled Dravid by taking out the one shot that was working for him at the time – the cover drive. They then went on to get him several times enticing drives after the runs were in-stasis to wide Johnson deliveries. Today he was looking fine and then got out in pretty much a similar way.

With India 27/2 and Australia upbeat, what followed from Sachin Tendulkar in the company of Gambhir can’t be really expressed in a 10-15 min highlight package. Early into his knock he played-and-missed at a widish full Mitchell Johnson (who consistently bowled at 146-152 km/hr today) delivery. So he packed in the drive and went on to play some stunning shots – stunning considering the field setting adopted. Ponting had short fielders in the covers, a short gully to cut out his square drive and when Tendulkar began standing outside his crease to whip them on to the onside, Haddin came up to the stumps. Look out for a brilliant late fine cut to reach his 50. All the while Gambhir was playing the most sedate knock he’s ever played till date in test cricket, happy to just rotate the strike. All was well until just before tea, when Tendulkar decided to play for tea (something he’s done several times before and almost always paid for) and got out second ball before tea.

Gambhir had woken up a little before tea when Cameron White came on, but the post tea-session is when he really turned it on. This included one of the most stunning and rare sights in cricket – Gambhir on 99 with the field up to save the single stepping out to Shane Watson and hammering him for a huge six. Just as Tendulkar influenced a whole generation, Sehwag’s influence has started trickling in. Gambhir’s concentration today was the most striking because this is what has given him many 50s but only 2 centuries until today. Some of the credit for this goes to Tendulkar who could be seen often egging him just when Gambhir’s lack of free-flowing scoring seemed to be getting to him.

Brett Lee was a bit unlucky to have an LBW shout turned down by Billy Bowden against Gambhir when he was on 109.

The Australian bowling attack which looked on the money for the most part of two sessions began to wilt in the Delhi heat (even though its apparently getting close to winter) and Ponting didn’t have too many options once the faster bowlers were tired. A good toss to win by Kumble but without the batsmen doing what they did, it could easily have been Australia’s day today. Australia though they looked more aggressive today, have a hard match ahead with Simon Katich extracting decent turn when he bowled.

Fore-Play: With India 1 up in the series, and everyone around the world quick to declare the loss at Mohali as the end of the Australian era of dominance, be sure to expect a serious fightback from the Aussies unless, it really is the end of an era. Doubt it. Brett Lee will be back and so will Kumble - so possibly the most engrossing 5 days in this series on offer starting October 29th.

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