India vs Australia Day 2 Highlights 4th Nagpur Test

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Watch cricket highlights from the 4th test - Australia vs India - 2nd day's play from the Nagpur Test in Border-Gavaskar Series.

Scoreline: India: 441 all out. Sourav Ganguly 85. MS Dhoni 56. Jason Krejza 8 wickets (43.5 overs 215 runs). Australia: 189/2. Simon Katich 92 n.o. Mike Hussey 45 n.o. Harbhajan Singh’s 300th wicket – Ricky Ponting.

Sourav Ganguly playing his last test almost pulled it off – a hundred on debut and in his final test. All morning he’d played Krejza quite well, stepping out and all. But around the 80 run mark he began to take it easy and slow and in a way that cost him. Dhoni came out after lunch looking to attack but was out soon after his 50 and Krejza went on to have a hat-trick situation with two beautiful deliveries to Zaheer Khan and Amit Mishra. Quite a strange debut – 8 wickets on the one hand. 215 runs conceded on the other – almost half the Indian total. The runs came because the Indians singled him out – it wasn’t poor bowling in any way and yet, the wickets came because he almost bowled non-stop through the Indian innings. But a fantastic performance in perspective when you consider the lack of confidence to pick him for the earlier tests. Which brings one to Cameron White who hardly bowled in this game. In the 3 tests before this, White didn’t do any of the T20 attacking stuff he’s got a reputation for (It was his record McCullum broke during the IPL for the highest in a T20 game) – his role in the team has been quite unfathomable. Brett Lee bowled 9 overs yesterday and was off the field for a while today. In fact, Krejza looked like the only serious bowler available to Ricky Ponting.

The Indians came out to bowl and though Murali Vijay had a super direct throw to run-out Matthew Hayden, Zaheer Khan will probably claim a part of it. Zaheer had a go at Hayden for two deliveries and then as Hayden ran down for a quick single, Hayden appeared to have ‘bumping into Zaheer’ as his first priority and that probably cost him the couple of inches he lost out by. Before India came out to bowl you got the sense that – If Jason Krejza can get 8 I should get 10 – like if the spinners turned up and put the ball somewhere on the pitch, that would suffice. Harbhajan Singh however got his 300th wicket – Ricky Ponting (oh really?). Ponting was actually looking cool, but through his stay he kept playing Harbhajan off the backfoot, waiting for the turn, and though it looked cool while it was going on, he was out doing just that. 10th time Harbhajan has got Ponting – 5 of those during the 2001 series are here.

Simon Katich and Mike Hussey got together and lulled me into a soft slumber, so I wouldn’t know much of what happened there, except that I was jolted out of my sleep when I heard someone saying “Katich 92 runs off 120 balls”. That really woke me up. 120?

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