India vs Australia 4th Nagpur Test Highlights Day 1 | Tendulkar Sehwag Laxman

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Watch cricket highlights (including Sachin Tendulkar's 40th test century) from the 1st day of the Nagpur Test - Australia vs India - the 4th and final test from the 2008 Border-Gavaskar Trophy Series played on November 6, 2008.

India 311/5. Sachin Tendulkar Hundred 109, Virender Sehwag 66, VVS Laxman 64, Murali Vijay 33.

Brief Highlights also available in the videos:
India won the toss and on an untested new pitch at Nagpur took the obvious batting option. Jason Krejza playing his first test was pounded initially by Sehwag but had a more than decent beginning getting Sehwag, Dravid and Laxman. He could have had Sachin Tendulkar twice, first on 85 and then in the nineties with Tendulkar looking to reach his hundred with a six - the Australians did what India did on the 4th day of the Delhi test for Michael Clarke. First Mitchell Johnson and then Brett Lee dropped Sachin whose only blemish was the manner in which he eventually got out. Inexplicably after getting his 100 he downed shutters and started playing for end-of-day or the new ball or whatever and if you’ve watched enough of Tendulkar, when you see him doing that, you know the end is close. Frustrating end for viewers but a brilliant knock otherwise.

Sehwag plundered the morning session reaching his 50 in only 45 balls. With Krejza introduced, Sehwag took the first two deliveries he faced for 10 runs and then gave Murali Vijay an approving pat when Vijay also stepped down to Krejza. Vijay, who came in for banned Gambhir looked classy – quite similar to Wasim Jaffer (in run-scoring mode). He was pretty cool during the recent Challenger series where he showed some serious attacking abilities with clean hits. Dravid was out second ball for a duck and all the pre-match talk of moving him down the order should probably have happened today.

Tendulkar came in and straight away took on Krejza – who knows what we could have witnessed if Sehwag hadn’t gotten out. It was a bit conservative for a while thereafter with Laxman and Tendulkar looking to set a decent 1st innings total though both continued to attack Jason. Laxman in his 100th test got a beautiful 50 – the weird thing with watching Laxman is, even though he took a 141 balls today for his 64, he never looks slow.

Krejza and White (Clark was dropped for Jason) got quite some turn and India are looking better placed at this point. Krejza was quite impressive in the sense that he continued flighting the ball, didn’t look too fazed despite conceding 138 runs – the offspinner seems to be his thing at this point with not too many other variations on display thus far. But definitely good enough to have played the 1st three tests. Sourav Ganguly came in and played a couple of step-out shots - looking good in his final test.

Fore-play: India lead the series 1-0 and Australia who gained quite a lot from the 3rd test at Delhi will be certain to push as hard as they can. For India, it's goodbye-time for another great, Sourav Ganguly following Anil Kumble's retirement during the Delhi test. Tamil Nadu opener M Vijay will replace Gautham Gambhir (whose appeal against the ban didn't work out), while spinner Jason Krejza could replace Cameron White.

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