India vs Australia Day 4 Highlights 4th Nagpur Test

Morning and Midway-Lunch

Upto Tea

Post Tea

Watch free online cricket highlights from the 4th Nagpur Test - Australia vs India - 4th Day's play in the final test of the Border-Gavaskar Series (November 9, 2008).

Scoreline: India 295 all out. Australia's target on Day 5 is 382, 13/0 after 1.3 overs.

Brief Highlights also available in videos: Brilliant Sehwag knock (92). Sourav Ganguly out for a first ball duck in his last innings. 4 wickets each for Krejza and Watson. Match saving innings (ya, the game turned on its head before tea) by MS Dhoni (55) and Harbhajan Singh (52) aided by ridiculous cricket by Australia. Brad Haddin chucks a glove at the ball and gives away 5 runs. Cameron White plucks at the wearing ball.

Virender Sehwag-Jason Krejza dominated the morning session with Sehwag yet again plundering Krejza, but as you’ll see in the video, Jason had his moments and the tussle was punctuated by friendly banter between the two. Sehwag did the usual stepping-out routine but also continued to play the cut shot that claimed him in the first innings as if to emphasize the point that for every time you get out to a shot there are also hundreds of runs that have come off that shot (and in Sehwag’s case, the cut shot has probably given him a thousand runs in all forms). All was hunky dory as Sehwag and Vijay gave a super start with 98 in the morning session. And then post lunch - the condition of the ball (Ponting appeared to be complaining about the ball yesterday to the umpires before a single ball had been bowled), fantastic bowling by Shane Watson, Sehwag’s dismissal (for the second time in the 90s and caught down the legside), a general sense of we-cannot-lose-this-let’s draw complacency in the Indian middle order – all combined to leave India tottering entering into tea. First Krejza got two wickets off two balls (Laxman and Ganguly) – he’d done this in the 1st innings too, and then Tendulkar got run out off the second last ball before tea. The pace bowlers were swinging the ball and with a lead of around 250 and plenty of time left for the Australians to get it, the game had executed a neat palti.

In between all this was other drama: Brad Haddin flung his glove at the ball after his dive wasn’t good enough; tried to walk away uninvolved, but was eventually penalized 5 runs (a variant of the helmet rule applying here). With the ball heavily damaged, Cameron White plucked off raveled bits of the ball and got a cautionary word from Aleem Dar. There wasn’t anything shady about it cos White naively performed the act right in front of the umpires, like he was doing something as innocuous as picking his nose.

Post-tea saw possibly the worst cricket Australia have played recently – with Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh new, none of the pace bowlers bowled for the ridiculous reason that Ponting was at risk of being suspended from the upcoming 1st Test vs New Zealand for slow over-rates. So you had Krejza and Cameron White followed by Mike Hussey bowling and runs began flowing off the part-timers. In the video, you can see Michael Clarke animatedly telling Brett Lee who’d asked for the ball that it wasn’t possible just yet. The terrible thing about the hour or so of this attack was that White was replaced by Hussey and Katich didn’t get a bowl while Clarke came on much later.

Considering the sudden serious possibility of an Aussie win it was a brilliant partnership of over a hundred by Dhoni and Harbhajan (who in fact kick-started the runscoring). And then finally when Ponting did get Watson on, the lower order was wrapped up.

Even with an unlikely target of 382, the Australians might as well go for it considering the possibility of holding on to the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The second Indian player to retire this series had an unflattering end – Kumle had the last ball of his put away for four and today Ganguly was out for a first ball duck. But a good 85 in the 1st innings and a possible series win tomorrow could erase that for the man largely responsible for the present face of Indian cricket.

Australia came out and were off soon with light falling - Hayden and the man he'd once called an obnoxious little weed were seen having a friendly exchange as they walked off.

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