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Australia Vs Bangladesh: 2nd Test

Australia Vs Bangladesh: 2nd Test


BAN 253/6 (90 Ovs)

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Stumps, Day 1: Attritional Test cricket. Both sides keeping things conventional and tight all through the day. But Bangladesh take the pole position at the end of it all. We could’ve been in for a deviation from the script when Sabbir fell to a moment of extravaganza, but Nasir Hossain ganged up with his skipper to ensure that there were no further surprises. It started off well for the Aussies, with three wickets inside the first session – but couldn’t quite keep the foot on the gas. Lyon starred with yet another fifer, and Cummins bowled his heart out. Sadly, the rest couldn’t quite back them up. Nevertheless, the match looks well poised for another super day lined up tomorrow. Do join us then and hope that the clouds don’t.

89.6
Lyon to Rahim, no run
89.5
Lyon to Rahim, no run
Round the wicket now for the final two deliveries
89.4
Lyon to Rahim, no run, on middle, adopts the line with an opened up front leg. The bat’s response doesn’t change though
Three balls to see out the day. A day that would go into the team’s kitty who succeeds in these three balls
89.3
Lyon to Rahim, no run, now a sniff of the leather too as he indulges in killing a few more
89.2
Lyon to Rahim, no run, quickly sliding behind, staying up tall, showing the full bat face and dropping it right under his eyeline
89.1
Lyon to Rahim, no run, shuffles, inside the line, blocked out
Nathan Lyon [27.0-5-77-5] is back into the attack

88.6
Agar to Nasir Hossain, FOUR, 250 up now. A tired, given up delivery. Floated up with all the width for Nasir to cash in, and he does it with interest.
88.5
Agar to Rahim, 1 run, continues milking the singles. This time behind square with his tickle
88.4
Agar to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, some turn. Off the outside edge on the defence playing for the angle to run past the man at slip
88.3
Agar to Nasir Hossain, no run, bat-pad, with all the inseparable glue to defend
88.2
Agar to Rahim, 1 run, doesn’t control the drift. Down leg and Rahim quickly lines up to sweep it very fine
88.1
Agar to Rahim, no run, allows Rahim to rock back, and he does it to punch it into the off-side

87.6
O’Keefe to Nasir Hossain, no run, a wrist roll on it to turn it to mid-wicket
87.5
O’Keefe to Nasir Hossain, FOUR, takes silly point with the power. Finds him hopping around as he spanks the overcooked delivery with all the flight in it as well. The extra cover fence wearing the brunt yet again. All that after racing down the track
87.4
O’Keefe to Nasir Hossain, no run, reintroduces it back into the turf. Takes it right at the point of contact and nails it further down
87.3
O’Keefe to Nasir Hossain, no run, a nice full bat flow in a punish to extra cover
87.2
O’Keefe to Rahim, 1 run, too straight now. Rather defensive lines these. Turned away around the corner
87.1
O’Keefe to Rahim, FOUR, a delight. A half volley and Rahim is quick in getting his front leg out of the way, staying low and drilling it, in some version of an inside-out slap

86.6
Agar to Nasir Hossain, no run
86.5
Agar to Nasir Hossain, no run
86.4
Agar to Nasir Hossain, no run, a yorker of sorts. Hossain walking forward does himself no favours with it. Jammed out in the end
86.3
Agar to Nasir Hossain, no run, quicker through on the sticks. Blunted back
86.2
Agar to Nasir Hossain, no run, toe-rise straight closed bat and a knock to mid-on
86.1
Agar to Nasir Hossain, no run, airy as it dips on off. Forward and blocked
Ashton Agar [15.0-5-39-1] is back into the attack

85.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, a mini shuffle, with a punch, on-sided
85.5
O’Keefe to Nasir Hossain, 3 runs, flows through the bat swing now. Quite an overpitch outside off with the width as well for Hossain to free his hands. And he does it in creaming a cover drive
85.4
O’Keefe to Nasir Hossain, no run, checks his drive through the line, chipping it to mid-off eventually
85.3
O’Keefe to Nasir Hossain, no run, gets SOK to field off his own bowling, polite-driving it back
A silly point jumps in
Nimit says: What is the par score on this track? — 300-320 will be a par score.
85.2
O’Keefe to Nasir Hossain, no run, 80.1kph, continues the toss up. More of the defences
85.1
O’Keefe to Nasir Hossain, no run, drawn out on the drive, stays low in a push to mid-off
Steve O’Keefe [18.0-0-58-0] is back into the attack
Five overs to go. Cummins in all likelihood has bowled out..he’s run out of energy rather. SOK comes back in. Can he make Chittagong even half a Pune?

84.6
Pat Cummins to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, lays into the drive. Holds the pose as well as he caresses it through the covers
84.5
Pat Cummins to Nasir Hossain, no run, a push-drive, checked past the bowler to mid-on
Pat Cummins is struggling here. Struggling in his followthrough, struggling to get back to his mark. And he still manages to bowl over 135 clicks. Sapping conditions these
84.4
Pat Cummins to Nasir Hossain, no run, 136.9kph, pushed through fuller. Nasir stays solidly behind it in defence
84.3
Pat Cummins to Rahim, 1 run, 136.7kph, slanter on the hips. Glanced down to keep fine leg busy
84.2
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, high backlift, high elbows and a punch to short cover. Cummins meanwhile is stuck to his tight length deliveries
84.1
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, 133.5kph, hits the good length spot in the probing channel. A shuffling leave

83.6
Lyon to Nasir Hossain, no run, ripping in, perhaps off the footmarks outside off. A crouched tuck to square leg
83.5
Lyon to Nasir Hossain, FOUR, puts it away. Gets the width again, this time enough of it. Sits up too. And the power in the cut was always there. Wide of cover and into the fence
83.4
Lyon to Nasir Hossain, no run, an angry cut. Not quite the width but enough muscle on it. Finds point
83.3
Lyon to Rahim, 1 run, an ungainly pull. Decides to walk down, and realizes the length was just not there. Crouches and showcases an awkward half-pull
83.2
Lyon to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, turn, enticing him to nudge. Gets just that. Off the inside half of the bat through mid-wicket
83.1
Lyon to Rahim, 1 run, with the spin and along the ground in a whip to long-on

82.6
Pat Cummins to Rahim, 1 run, the softest of hands. Drops it wide of mid-wicket with a wrist roll
Kashid says: Can leg spin do something special for Aussies in the shape of their captain?? — Not right now. The regular bowlers are doing the job.
82.5
Pat Cummins to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, an airborne jump inside the line in glancing it to fine leg
82.4
Pat Cummins to Nasir Hossain, no run, 139.7kph, drags the length back. On the tummy for Hossain to settle in a back footed defence
82.3
Pat Cummins to Nasir Hossain, no run, 134.6kph, sticking the bat mid-way to intercept one that was tailing in on middle
82.2
Pat Cummins to Nasir Hossain, no run, 134.2kph, stays low off a length as it nips back in on off. Bunted out
82.1
Pat Cummins to Rahim, 1 run, sliding in on leg. A tickle on the glance getting it down to fine leg

81.6
Lyon to Nasir Hossain, no run
81.5
Lyon to Nasir Hossain, no run, oh my. He’s putting up a show here. Has a new ball too, one that has some fizz and this one has more than enough.
81.4
Lyon to Nasir Hossain, no run, shortened in length again, allows Hossain to punch it back with a glide deep inside the crease
81.3
Lyon to Nasir Hossain, no run, an on-punch. High elbows and all to knock it to mid-on
Nasir Hossain, right handed bat, comes to the crease
81.2
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, out Stumped!! Falls over. Very, very ugly. Where did this come from. Wade meanwhile has started his celebrations. And it is a long hop that Lyon is hoping for to get his fifer. Here’s how it started – Sabbir takes it on his ego to smash the half tracker into its rightful place. Swivels, flashes the pull, misses all ends up. Falls over too. Wade, intercepts the sharp spin down leg, collects and just when Rahman’s back leg was falling over, whips the bails off. Fell over twice, couldn’t survive the second fall. The front leg was lined up with the line of the crease – Alas! Sabbir Rahman st Wade b Lyon 66(113) [4s-6 6s-1]
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, THAT’S OUT!! Stumped!!
81.1
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, no run, walks down, trusts the turn, or the lack of it rather in easing it to mid-on
Nathan Lyon [25.0-4-70-4] is back into the attack
The familiar old pair to share the second new ball as well. Some things never change..quite what experience gives you

80.6
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, 134.9kph, returns and ends with a full sucker punch. The bat comes mid-way to drive it out to mid-off
80.5
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, back to the fifth stump lines. A square punch follows
Nakul Babumoshai says: Good to see so much depth in Bangladesh’s batting. — They still have Nasir Hossain
80.4
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, byes, FOUR, slips out. Loses his radar darting it way down leg. The angle keeps getting bigger by the second and there is nothing Wade can do with it either
80.3
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 134kph, well down on pace. A gentle floater, very un-Cummins, outside off. Left alone
80.2
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, no run, shouting out loud in appeal. And the worst possible time to consider having to go for a review – only a couple of balls old. Was a full inswinging delivery, does Rahman in for pace and movement as he falls over in looking to flick it away. Thick inside edge onto the pad
80.1
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, no run, tight lined good length start. Just the hint of movement getting it back in. Stays behind in defence
Pat Cummins [14.0-4-27-0] is back into the attack
So, the new ball on display. Ump Gould shows it to all parts of the ground. Cummins, who else, to get the first bite. A couple of slips in..

79.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run
79.5
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, lets the ball get close, waits on it in a downward smother
79.4
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, trusts the line to be wide enough to start, doesn’t bother interering
79.3
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, plunges the front leg further, the bat continues to remain dead
79.2
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, strings it just outside off. Well at the source to cut it off
79.1
O’Keefe to Rahim, 2 runs, a nice eye-pleasing caress, leaning in, swinging through the line and everything that goes with the territory. What’s more it is Mushy’s 18th Test half-century. And the 100 of the stand too

78.6
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 133.7kph, ends with a wide floater. Too wide to interest Sabbir
78.5
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 125.4kph, fullish on middle, veers in from the wide of the crease angle as well. Drilled away to mid-off
78.4
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 127.1kph, plonks the front leg across to cover the off-pole. And indulges in a defence
78.3
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, a flashy drive. Another carrot dangled asking for a drive. Sabbir cannot resist any longer. Chases, throws the bat out, connects with nothing
78.2
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, the military medium lines. Top of off and Sabbir is quickly behind it to see it out
Aniruddh Singh Rathore says: Bangladesh should not get complacent even after crossing 300, I say “put your heads down, toil hard, grind the opposition down with a daunting first innings total, blow their spirits away and then make the kill”. But let us get to 300 first.
78.1
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, quite wide, off a good length. Ignored

77.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, searches for the turn, with the bat hung away from the body. There’s none of it. A chunk on the inside edge onto the boot
77.5
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, opens up his defence in a squeezy-push
77.4
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, skips down, and keeps walking over to the other wnd with a straight push
77.3
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, a lunge, a reach out, a smother
77.2
O’Keefe to Rahim, 1 run, takes on the sweep. Hardly in control of it as he looks to drag it from well outside off. Top-edges it in the process but well short of fine leg
77.1
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, 79kph, all the air on it as it dips in on middle. A wristy close faced tuck

Time for drinks. Excellent partnership this for Bangladesh. It has helped them recover from a precarious 117/5. Sabbir has had his nervy moments, but has settled in nicely. Rahim, on the other hand, has looked solid. Australia need to break this stand to restore back the advantage.

76.6
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, low full toss close to off, Sabbir squeezes the drive to extra cover
76.5
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, fullish and on off, Sabbir drives it gun-barrel straight, Cartwright dives to his right in his followthrough and deflects it to mid-on, might have saved a few there
76.4
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, dibbly-dobbly delivery outside off, Sabbir lifts his bat and lets it go
76.3
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, back of a length on off, Rahman blocks off the back foot
Chetan says: “Must say that Bangladesh cricket has grown multiple folds in recent year or two. The whole attitude and their field presence has a huge difference from what it was in the past.”
76.2
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, too casual from Sabbir. Sees the space outside off and throws his hands at that, sliced over backward point and picks up a couple. He’s living dangerously against Cartwright
76.1
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, fuller and just outside off, Sabbir plays the textbook off-drive to mid-off

75.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, very slow and O’Keefe extracts awkward bounce once again, Rahim does well to play it with loose hands. The ball strikes the sticker on the bat and goes to ground quickly
75.5
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, tossed up just outside off, Rahim taps it towards point and wants a single, sent back
Ravindra says: “Will Aussies go for New ball when its due – three spinners in the side.” — They’d jump at it. This ball has surely lost its fizz
75.4
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, drifting onto leg-stump, Sabbir kneels and sweeps to deep backward square leg
75.3
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, more bite on this one and Sabbir handled it well with the bat on top of the ball
75.2
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, another big stride forward to negate the flighted delivery
75.1
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, looped up close to off, Sabbir lunges forward to smother

74.6
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, five dots is all it took to induce a false shot from Sabbir. Full delivery and with his feet nowhere he decides to drive, slices it off the outer half to extra cover
Ankita says: “Test cricket is a game of sessions, and if you need to win it you have to dominate as many as you can. That’s what is missing in the current Australian team as they are easily losing the control over game. Failed to build pressure after taking wickets..!!!” — To be fair this Bangladesh side are no pushovers
74.5
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, Cartwright has managed to keep it tight in this over, another length delivery that is defended into the off-side
74.4
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, speared into the blockhole, Sabbir jams it out to backward point
74.3
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, good length ball in and around off, Sabbir presses it to short cover
74.2
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, on a length close to off, Sabbir offers a watertight forward defence
74.1
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, very full and almost in the yorker length, squeezed out to extra cover

73.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, slower and on off, Rahim is forward and defending
73.5
O’Keefe to Rahim, FOUR, fabulous shot! Flighted delivery close to off, Rahim stays on leg-stump and opens himself up to carve the drive inside out, played all along the ground through extra cover
73.4
O’Keefe to Rahim, FOUR, Rahim has been good with his shot selection. Tossed up delivery around off, he kneels down and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket, couple of bounces and over the rope
73.3
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, bit of extra bounce, Rahim is surprised as he jerks his bottom hand away from the bat handle
73.2
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, sliding on with the arm, Rahim blocks it down the surface
73.1
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, floaty full delivery and Rahim almost squeezes the drive to extra cover

72.6
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, elegance! Overpitched outside off, Sabbir strides forward with a bent back knee and then unleashes the cover-drive through extra cover. The balance, position and placement – perfect
72.5
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, low full toss and Sabbir is generous enough to push it gently to mid-off
72.4
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, an encore of the previous delivery, Cartwright lands it in the same area and gets the same response from Sabbir
72.3
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, good length ball close to off, Sabbir presses forward and defends with his head right over the ball
72.2
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, on a length outside off, Sabbir drives on the rise and the ball was in the air. Warner collected it on the bounce
72.1
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, gentle back of a length delivery outside off, Sabbir punches softly to short cover
Romel says: “This rebuilding job would be vital in the context of the game.”
Hilton Cartwright [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack

71.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run
71.5
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, excellent running. Sabbir comes down the track and works it to mid-on, he had a lead and continued running. The throw was to Rahim’s end and he too had made it in
71.4
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, slides on with the arm, Sabbir smothers it with a stride forward
Vaibhav says: “How much is the good score on this pitch? 225?” — Certainly not. It hasn’t developed any demons as of now. Something around 325 should be Bangladesh’s aim
71.3
O’Keefe to Rahim, 1 run, lobbed up on off, Rahim drives inside out along the ground to long-off
71.2
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, slower and around off, Rahim ensures that he blocks with the bat close to the body
71.1
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, flighted delivery outside off, Rahim push-drives to extra cover

70.6
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, Cummins is back on the field and any question regarding his fitness should be put to rest with this effort. Sabbir lofts it inside out over extra cover. Cummins from long-off runs to his left, dives across and keeps the ball in play. His feet touch the ad cushions
70.5
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, drifting in and Sabbir tucks it to the right of short leg
70.4
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, fired in full on the stumps, pushed cautiously back to the bowler
70.3
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, once more Sabbir backed away but Agar followed him, defended off the back foot
70.2
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, tad short and around off, Sabbir makes a bit of room and cuts to backward point
70.1
Agar to Rahim, 1 run, tossed up on a fullish length, Rahim drives to long-off

69.6
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, tossed up on off, Sabbir offers a dead-bat in defence
M Raja Venkata says: “Why didn’t Smith try himself to bowl rather than going with Maxwell?” — Australia already have a two bowlers taking the ball away from right handers. Smith is another one of them. Maxwell provides something different
69.5
O’Keefe to Rahim, 1 run, nice floaty delivery and Rahim eases it down to long-off
69.4
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, uses his feet and gets a bit too close to the ball, squeezed out to mid-on
69.3
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, flighted around off, Sabbir defends to silly point
69.2
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, chops the cut to extra cover
69.1
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, looped up outside off, on a driveable length and Sabbir obliges, bends the back knee and places it wide of short extra cover, long-off gets across to tidy up

68.6
Agar to Rahim, no run
68.5
Agar to Rahim, no run, quicker and close to off, Rahim gets behind the line and knocks it to the off-side
68.4
Agar to Rahim, no run, plays within himself as he defends the flatter delivery
68.3
Agar to Rahim, no run, short and outside off, a long hop, Rahim triggers forward and back before unleashing the cut shot, picks out Warner at extra cover. Should have put that away
68.2
Agar to Rahim, no run, slower through the air and the length was short, Rahim stays back and bunts it out
68.1
Agar to Rahim, no run, too full and outside off, Rahim drives to short extra cover

67.6
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, slower and around off, Sabbir blocks off the front foot
67.5
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, flighted delivery on a fullish length, Sabbir drills the drive right into silly point’s shin
67.4
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, fifty for Sabbir. The crowd find their voice and appreciate an important knock. Came in with his side in trouble and has added a crucial partnership. Raises the bat and soaks in the applause. Sliding down leg, Sabbir nurdles it square on the leg-side and hares back for the second
67.3
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, dead-batted into the leg-side
67.2
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, sloppy from Maxwell. Sabbir push-drives it to short extra cover. Maxwell fires a wayward throw which Wade had no chance of collecting, the ball runs away to fine leg
67.1
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, lots of revs on this one, Sabbir blocks off the splice of the bat
Steve O’Keefe [11.0-0-35-0] is back into the attack
Short leg moves to silly point

66.6
Agar to Rahim, no run, once more trusting his hand-eye coordination to keep the flighted delivery out
66.5
Agar to Rahim, no run, Rahim is half-forward to smother the tossed up delivery
66.4
Agar to Rahim, no run, defended from the crease
66.3
Agar to Rahim, 2 runs, in the air and lands safely. Rahim goes to his favourite shot – the sweep. The height of Agar extracts more bounce and the top-edge flies over the square leg umpire. Lands yards away from the deep backward square fielder
66.2
Agar to Rahim, no run, teased up around off, Rahim negotiates with a front foot press
No injury for Cummins, that’s good news for Australia. Just a heat stroke which is being taken care of.
66.1
Agar to Rahim, no run, floaty delivery on off, Rahim is content with a forward block

65.6
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, lovely shot! Sabbir picked the right delivery to play the sweep, his judgement of length was perfect and the roll of the wrist kept the ball along the ground – bisecting the two fielders in the deep
65.5
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, no run, tossed up on off, Rahman negates with the bat and pad close to each other
65.4
Lyon to Rahim, 1 run, dipping in front of Rahim, who clips it with the turn to deep mid-wicket
Back over the wicket
65.3
Lyon to Rahim, no run, flat and on off, Rahim camps back and turns it to short leg
65.2
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, quicker and around off, Sabbir sinks low and paddles it to long leg
65.1
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, uses the angle Lyon is bowling from and steers it past slip, adds two more to his tally. Opened the bat face at the last instant did Sabbir and played it close to his body

64.6
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, very full and on the stumps, Sabbir eases it down to long-off
64.5
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, floated up outside off, Sabbir whips the drive ala Kohli to extra cover
64.4
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, slower through the air and Rahman defends with his head right on top of the ball
64.3
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, pushed off the front foot and Agar dives to his left to save a run
64.2
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, drifting across and Rahman has his bat and pad close together to defend
64.1
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, shouts of “catch” from the Australians, but Sabbir got it just over the short extra cover fielder. Danced down and wasn’t to the pitch, still went through with the inside out loft and evaded the leaping fielder

63.6
Lyon to Rahim, no run, tossed up outside off, Rahim takes a step out and bunts it in front of cover
63.5
Lyon to Rahim, no run, and again. Rahim uses the depth of the crease to keep Lyon out
63.4
Lyon to Rahim, no run, flighted delivery on off, blocked from the crease
63.3
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, teased up outside off, Sabbir was shaping to play the drive on the drive, aborts at the last second and pushes it wide of mid-off. The ball held up on the surface
63.2
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, no run, slows it up and Sabbir carefully taps it into the off-side
63.1
Lyon to Rahim, 1 run, continues from round the wicket, fraction short and Rahim is on one knee to play the sweep/pull to deep mid-wicket. He was undone a bit by the bounce

62.6
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, very full and Sabbir almost falls over on the flick shot, the inside edge hits the pad and rolls to the right of Agar
62.5
Agar to Rahim, 1 run, flatter and close to off, Rahim opens the bat face on the point of impact and sends it wide of point
62.4
Agar to Rahim, no run, shortens the length and gets bit more bounce, Rahim rides it and knocks it to backward point
62.3
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, jumps out of the crease and eases the drive to long-off
62.2
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, too straight, Sabbir leans across and tickles it fine for a couple
62.1
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, drifting across off, Sabbir plonks his front foot forward to block

61.6
Lyon to Rahim, no run
61.5
Lyon to Rahim, no run, flatter and on off, Rahim hangs back and just about brings his bat down. Not a length to stay back and that got Rahim into a tangle, handled it well in the end
61.4
Lyon to Rahim, no run, tossed up outside off, Rahim lunges forward to negate any turn on offer
61.3
Lyon to Rahim, 2 runs, flighted on a fullish length and Rahim brings out the broom, swept to deep square leg
61.2
Lyon to Rahim, no run, angles across off and Rahim has it covered with a front foot block
61.1
Lyon to Rahim, no run, starts from round the wicket, Rahim watches it closely before turning it to short mid-wicket
Nathan Lyon [22.0-4-58-4] is back into the attack

60.6
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, to third man
60.5
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run
60.4
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, this time he gets to the pitch of the ball, goes through with the loft and connects well to clear the mid-on fielder. Sabbir starts off from where he had left
60.3
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, Wade and Smith are interested in an LBW shout. Agar is not though. He reckons that it was sliding down. Sabbir comes down the track and is struck on the pad first, the bat then hits the ball and it rolls to the off-side. He was not a far way down and hence the appeal. They had a lengthy discussion and decide against the review
60.2
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, a quickened up accurate one on middle. Hurries into a defence
60.1
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, sliding a touch straight. Turned away in front of square

And we’re back live. One final session to see off what has been an interesting day. Not a dull moment mind you. Pat Cummins hasn’t come out after the break – let’s hope his luck with injuries isn’t back. Bird is on for him. Here we go..

Tea, Day 1: Another gruelling session of Test cricket. Australia will be the happier of the two sides. Lyon sent back Mominul early in the session to go past Jason Gillespie’s 259 Test wickets, then Ashton Agar induced a false shot from the in-form Shakib to hand the advantage to Australia. Bangladesh will hope that their skipper can continue to hold fort along with Sabbir Rahman, who has been a bit fidgety in his stay. The last session should be as intriguing as the first two. So, don’t go anywhere.. Back soon..

59.6
Cartwright to Rahim, no run, a whippy drive, flicked out to mid-on. Off you disperse..tea it is
59.5
Cartwright to Rahim, no run, on the stumps, off a good length. Quickly covered to tap it to one of the mid-wickets
59.4
Cartwright to Rahim, FOUR, add some more. Overcooked outside off and Mushfiqur stalks it unleashing his long levers as he drills it away through the covers
59.3
Cartwright to Rahim, no run, a walking drive, knocking it back past the bowler to a cleaning up straight mid-off
A couple of mid-wickets come in
59.2
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, too straight now. Clipped wide of mid-wicket
59.1
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, never the ideal start. A heap of goodies all packaged in this full toss. Rahman leans in, eats into it with the meatiest of creamings through the covers
Hilton Cartwright, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Should be the final over before the break. And as the norm goes, a new bowler comes in to spring up a surprise. Cartwright it is..with the keeper up to the stumps. Gets a fly slip

58.6
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, 129kph, staying low as it cuts back in off a good length. Mushy gets into a crouch in digging it away
58.5
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, 139kph, the usual. Rahim is on the back foot, waiting for the ball to get on close, drops it right at his feet with the straightest of blades
58.4
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, 137.7kph, pitches it up looking for the reverse. Nothing much to write home about for now. All too easy for a squeezing defence in the end
58.3
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, 140.7kph, closing in on off, makes Rahim play. And he does with a push to cover
58.2
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, 138kph, the good length spot in that channel around the fifth stump. An extravagant leave
58.1
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, cutting in on the hips. The glance comes to his rescue

57.5
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run
57.4
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run
57.3
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, a hint of rip. Too full to be expecting a surprise. Right at the pitch of it with the head falling over in defence
57.2
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, down leg. Goes for the sweep. Misses with the ball sneaking under
57.1
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, draws him forward with the loop on middle. Has to pick the ball up himself with Sabbir uninterested in taking it on

56.6
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, 141.2kph, the top-of-off stuff is back. Shuffles and kills it down
56.5
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, 116kph, another slower one. Takes an eternity in getting to Sabbir, who stays committed on his airy flick. Loses his shape, loses his timing as he chips it uppishly to deep square leg on the bounce
56.4
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 121.6kph, the slower variation. Off-cutters it on off. Spotted and knocked back
56.3
Pat Cummins to Rahim, 1 run, balances himself as he falls over in a flick in front of square. Dragging it from the line of off to start off with
56.2
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, 141.3kph, back to setting him up with the yorker. Misses it by a couple of inches making the adjustment all the more easier
56.1
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, walks in on the defence, right into the line and down the track in popping it back to the bowler

55.6
Agar to Rahim, 1 run, ends with a leg-drifter. Works it through square leg
55.5
Agar to Rahim, no run, now a cobra. Surprise, surprise. Takes off a length, gets Rahim airborne as he punches it out in the end
55.4
Agar to Rahim, no run, beats the bat. Finds the pad. But the appeal doesn’t hold good. Doesn’t quite come back a long way as Rahim looks to play for the turn. Yup, sliding down
55.3
Agar to Rahim, no run, a wide of the crease, low arm dart coming in. Smashed down
55.2
Agar to Rahim, no run, does himself no favours walking down the track. Yorks himself in the process. Jammed out on the drive eventually
55.1
Agar to Rahim, 2 runs, too straight. Helped on its way with a tickle around the corner
Rajat Maheshwari says: Will there be any change in team rankings if Bangladesh whitewashes Australia??? — Yes. Australia will drop to six, while Bangladesh’s position will depend on England-Windies outcome.
Ashton Agar [7.0-3-16-1] is back into the attack
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54.6
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, hangs back, lets the ball get close and frees his arms in a steery-drive. Gives sweeper a chase to his left to bag a couple
54.5
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 144.1kph, on a back of a length cutting in on the tummy. An angle-batted nudge to leg
54.4
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 140.4kph, goes yorker. Jammed out. This is some setting up. What’s coming? A short one?
54.3
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 137kph, late nip going in through the air. Could well be first hints of reverse. Pushed back
54.2
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 136.2kph, pitches it up a touch. A beautiful off-drive, on the up going through the line. Mid-off found to perfection
54.1
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, no run, bang on the money first up. Top of off at decent clicks. A blunt follows
Pat Cummins [11.0-3-23-0] is back into the attack
A 54-over old ball and Cummins is back looking for some reverse. A wide slip for him

53.6
Lyon to Rahim, no run, opens up his defence, in the form of the bat to guide it to point
53.5
Lyon to Rahim, no run, a drift on middle. Straightens to put the head on it in defence
53.4
Lyon to Rahim, 2 runs, the latest of dabs. Chopped down to third man
53.3
Lyon to Rahim, no run, he ain’t shedding his defences. A shuffle across and behind in the same motion before that
53.2
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, some cheek. Laps it away ramping it down to fine leg
53.1
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, no run, teases him with a wide carrot dangle. Rejects the bait with a push into the turf

52.6
Agar to Rahim, no run, bat next to pad. Guess why
52.5
Agar to Rahim, no run, low on the bat with the quicker one scooting along. All after Rahim settles into a defence
52.4
Agar to Rahim, no run, keeps cover-point busy this time with the steery-defence finding him
52.3
Agar to Rahim, no run, a lot straighter. Confident this time in defence
52.2
Agar to Rahim, no run, a neither here nor there length. Rahim decides it is to be handled from behind. Jams it into his pads in the end
52.1
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, a loop up outside off, asking for a drive. Gets a delightful one after the feet take him running to the pitch of it

51.6
Lyon to Rahim, no run, much fuller, leaning out to squeeze the defence
51.5
Lyon to Rahim, no run, plays around with the angle, taking it away and turning it back in at the very last moment. Read off the pitch in a square punch
Switches sides – round the wicket now
51.4
Lyon to Rahim, no run, a drifter away. A pushy-drive follows
51.3
Lyon to Rahim, no run, forward, restores some calm with the block
51.2
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, now the sweep. The crowds are egging him on. There’s protection behind square
51.1
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, SIX, charges down and compulsively takes it on with a full bat swing. With long-on in position. Hardly the middle of the bat either. But such is the power, and we are in the pre-October 1st area. Flies over

50.6
Agar to Rahim, no run, darted down leg. Slides on with the arm too in evading the glance
50.5
Agar to Rahim, no run, soft hands, opened up bat face and a guide in defence
50.4
Agar to Rahim, no run, a trigger taking him across. Sticks the bat down, vertically in defence
50.3
Agar to Rahim, no run, on middle, rather full to allow a keep out off the front foot
50.2
Agar to Rahim, no run, the quick one. Nice variations on display here. Skids onto the back foot defence
50.1
Agar to Rahim, no run, stalks the line with the front foot, the bat follows to drive it into the off-side

49.6
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, no run, a tad wider, the response doesn’t change
49.5
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, no run, a longer stride, all to blunt out the fizz, into the turf
49.4
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, no run, back to tossing it up, Rahman is back to the bat-pad stuck stuff
49.3
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, dishes width. And a drag down with that too. Rahman walks across, cashes in and throws his bat at it to crash it through sweeper
49.2
Lyon to Rahim, 1 run, half a pull, half a sweep. Stays up on a knee to flat bat it behind square
49.1
Lyon to Rahim, no run, 91.9kph, a forward press and then balances himself on his back leg to show the maker’s name in defence

48.6
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, plays out a maiden. Courtesy another forward smother
48.5
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, darts it in closer to off, gives it a sniff in his block
48.4
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, ditches his earlier intention to go in with a drive settles behind the line in defence
48.3
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, a whippy slap. Inside-out, along the ground in hammering it to extra cover
48.2
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, runs down, takes it on a full toss and drills the toe end back to Agar
48.1
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, full, dipping in on the feet. Squeezes it out

47.6
Lyon to Rahim, no run, nimble feet, going behind this time. All in presenting the full face of the bat as he steers it square
47.5
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, a violent sweep. Just not full enough to be bringing out the broom for these. Top-edges eventually but wide of a squarish fine leg. Helped by Renshaw out there losing sight of the ball as well
47.4
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 90.3kph, keeps giving it the air, counters the turn coming in with the bat and pad stuck to negate
47.3
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, no run, draws him forward with the float, dealt with an opened up forward defence
47.2
Lyon to Rahim, 1 run, leans out, head on ball to drag-flick it from outside the line of off to mid-wicket
47.1
Lyon to Rahim, 2 runs, waits, and waits some more. Lets the ball get parallel to his eyeline as he dabs it behind gully
Nathan Lyon [18.0-4-39-4] is back into the attack

46.6
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, quickens in on off. Opens up his defence for a square punch
46.5
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, a freebie on the pads first up. Wrists it around the corner to pocket his first runs. Courtesy a brace
Sabbir Rahman, right handed bat, comes to the crease
46.4
Agar to Shakib, out Caught by Wade!! There’s the feather. A fat feather. And Wade has surely put his bad keeping days from Dhaka well behind him. With the shortness of the earlier delivery playing on his mind, Shakib decides to go onto the back foot yet again and punch one out. Realizes the length isn’t there, still stays lazy with the feet just not moving. Jabs the bat out away from the body too to compound the misery. A kiss on the outside edge does him in. A massive, massive blow. Shakib c Wade b Agar 24(52) [4s-3]
Agar to Shakib, THAT’S OUT!! Caught!!
46.3
Agar to Shakib, FOUR, a long hop. Rank. Gives him the width as well for a rock back and then a flay through sweeper. Too easy
46.2
Agar to Shakib, no run, a quick-slider on off. Goes on with the arm as Hasan waits deep inside the crease in a punch to cover
46.1
Agar to Rahim, 1 run, a safe soft handed tuck, thanks to the leg-stump line. Gets it wide of the man at short leg
Ashton Agar [3.0-1-8-0] is back into the attack
Drinks are on the field now. Another hour that Australia will be happy with. They got the wicket of Mominul early in the session and have also been tight with their bowling. The spinners are doing bulk of the work, especially Lyon who has accounted for all four wickets. This partnership will be crucial from both sides point of view.

45.6
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, flighted on off, Shakib blocks off the front foot
45.5
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, flatter and on off, Shakib knocks it to short cover
45.4
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, quicker and on the stumps, Shakib brings his bat down at the last moment and chops it to backward point
45.3
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, stays low but it was slow in the air and Shakib had time to adjust, bunted to the off-side
45.2
Maxwell to Shakib, 2 runs, fraction short and outside off, Shakib slashes the cut past backward point and Warner once again in action, hunts it down and keeps it to a brace
45.1
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, tossed up close to off, Shakib is well forward to keep that out

44.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, flighted around off, Rahim leans forward to smother the spin
44.5
O’Keefe to Shakib, byes, 1 run, turning down leg and Shakib does not meet with the glance, Wade does not glove and Rahim races across
44.4
O’Keefe to Shakib, no run, slower and gently turned into the on-side
44.3
O’Keefe to Shakib, no run, takes a step out and works it to mid-wicket
44.2
O’Keefe to Rahim, 1 run, flatter and on the stumps, Rahim gets inside the line and tucks it to the left of the square leg umpire
44.1
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, tossed up on off, Rahim defends off the inner portion of the blade
Short leg has moved to silly point

43.6
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, delays his cut shot and places it behind square. Warner swoops down on the ball
43.5
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, flatter and just outside off, Shakib knocks it to backward point
43.4
Maxwell to Rahim, 1 run, uses the smidgen of turn on offer to nurdle it to fine leg
43.3
Maxwell to Rahim, no run, attacks the stumps and Rahim drops it near his feet with soft hands
43.2
Maxwell to Rahim, no run, shortens the length and Rahim directs it to backward point with an open bat face
43.1
Maxwell to Shakib, 1 run, teased up outside off, Shakib strides forward and pushes it past cover

42.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, tossed up around off, Rahim prods across and defends to the off-side
42.5
O’Keefe to Rahim, 2 runs, overpitches the flighted delivery and Rahim drives him through extra cover. A very quick Warner keeps it to a double
42.4
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, floated up outside off, Rahim pushes it to extra cover and yells a loud no for the single. Warner was the fielder and he was on the ball like a flash
42.3
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, very slow and Rahim had plenty of time to turn it to short mid-wicket
42.2
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, flatter and on the stumps, Rahim is back in the crease to block
42.1
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, tossed up on off, Rahim lunges forward to negate the turn

41.6
Maxwell to Shakib, no run
41.5
Maxwell to Rahim, 1 run, to mid on
41.4
Maxwell to Shakib, 1 run, throws it up outside off, Shakib drives to the man sweeping on the off-side
41.3
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, touch quicker and on off, Shakib stays in the crease and bunts it out
41.2
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, flighted on a fullush length, Shakib eases it to mid-on
41.1
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, tossed up on off, Shakib pushes it back to the bowler
Glenn Maxwell, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Surprising! Lyon was in the middle of a good spell and Smith has decided to take him off. On comes Maxwell. Smith has changed his bowlers a lot and used them in small spells. Something to do with humid conditions..

40.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, slider and Rahim should have been forward to that, instead hangs back and brings his bat down just in the nick of time
Shuvo Habib says: “Test cricket is not only about scoring runs it’s about winning sessions. Soumya needs to learn it..”
40.5
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, quicker and on off, Rahim pushes it firmly to short cover
40.4
O’Keefe to Shakib, 1 run, wristed to long-on
40.3
O’Keefe to Rahim, 1 run, slight turn and that is the first one all morning. O’Keefe slows it up considerably and Rahim is stuck on the back foot, he played it with soft hands and hence the outside edge did not carry to Smith at slip, rolled past him
40.2
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, drifting in with the angle, Rahim turns it to short leg
40.1
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, floaty delivery outside off, Rahim pushes it to extra cover and sends Shakib on the single

39.6
Lyon to Rahim, 1 run, not all that short and hence no timing on the pull shot, Rahim was quick to rock back but since the length wasn’t there, he mistimed the pull to deep mid-wicket
39.5
Lyon to Rahim, no run, and again Rahim is on the back foot to play Lyon
Raja says: “Why Maxwell hasn’t been used yet? He bowls well to Left-handers and Aus need Shakib’s wicket quickly.” — Well they have three regular spinners. Plus Lyon doesn’t look like he wants a break
39.4
Lyon to Shakib, 1 run, guided with an open bat face to the right of point
39.3
Lyon to Shakib, no run, oh! That was close. Lyon knows it and has his hands on his head. The slider once more causing problems, Shakib is on the back foot to defend, the drift catches the inside edge and the ball goes past the stumps. Handscomb reacts quickly, moves to his left to stop the single
39.2
Lyon to Shakib, no run, bit more air on this one and Shakib negates it with a big stride forward
39.1
Lyon to Shakib, no run, hangs back to a slider and tucks it to the right of short leg

38.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, tossed up on off, Rahim smothers it with a stride forward
38.5
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, skids through the surface, Rahim is late in bringing his bat down and the inside edge escapes past leg-stump. Went through his legs and was very close to kissing the stumps
38.4
O’Keefe to Rahim, 2 runs, flatter, shorter and around off, Rahim stands tall and punches it past extra cover. Lyon keeps it to a brace
38.3
O’Keefe to Shakib, 1 run, Shakib uses his wrists and works it from outside off to long-on
38.2
O’Keefe to Rahim, 1 run, short and down leg, Rahim helps it along the way with a pull to long leg
38.1
O’Keefe to Shakib, 1 run, pushed across the left-hander, Shakib waits and back cuts it late behind point. The fielder dives to save a few

37.6
Lyon to Rahim, no run, slower and around off, Rahim crouches low and keeps it out
37.5
Lyon to Rahim, no run, quicker and around off, Rahim dabs it with an open blade to backward point
37.4
Lyon to Shakib, 1 run, looped up outside off, Shakib eases it to deepish mid-off
37.3
Lyon to Shakib, no run, flighted on off, Shakib pushes it towards short cover
37.2
Lyon to Shakib, no run, bit more bounce and Lyon hits the sticker on the bat as Shakib presses forward to defend
37.1
Lyon to Shakib, no run, flatter and on off, Shakib drops it to the off-side and looks for a single, Rahim is not interested

36.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, FOUR, overcooks the flighted delivery and lands it in the half volley zone, Rahim drills the drive through extra cover. He went hard at it and the weight was on the back foot. Warner gave up on the chase quite quickly
36.5
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, flighted on the stumps, Rahim defends with the bat in front of the pad
36.4
O’Keefe to Shakib, 1 run, good batting. Shakib lunged forward and blocked it with soft hands in front of short cover. He had a look at Rahim and off went the pair, beat the throw with ease and stole the run
36.3
O’Keefe to Shakib, no run, shortens the length and Shakib knocks it towards point
36.2
O’Keefe to Shakib, no run, drifted across the left-hander, Shakib leans forward to defend
36.1
O’Keefe to Shakib, no run, round the wicket and tossed up, Shakib turns it past short leg. No chance of a single
Steve O’Keefe [6.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack

35.6
Lyon to Rahim, no run, and again. This time with a more open bat face and hence the ball rolls to point
35.5
Lyon to Rahim, no run, Rahim prefers to handle Lyon off the back foot, camps back to block
35.4
Lyon to Shakib, 1 run, flatter and around off, Shakib opens the bat face and taps it wide of point
35.3
Lyon to Shakib, no run, flighted just outside off, Shakib eases it off the front foot to cover
35.2
Lyon to Shakib, no run, shortens the length and Shakib goes back to knock it to point
35.1
Lyon to Shakib, no run, tossed up on off, Shakib pushes to the left of Lyon

Vasu says: “Is 2-0 considered as a whitewash?” — Oh yes. 1-0 in a one-match series is a whitewash too
34.6
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, much better. Similar kind of delivery to the previous one, Rahim is right behind the line of the ball with the bat close to the body, blocked back down the wicket
34.5
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, back of a length with a bit of inward movement, Rahim leaves his bat hanging away from the body and the inside edge hits his pad and dribbles to the off-side
34.4
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, good length ball on off, Rahim defends to short cover
34.3
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, fuller and on off, Rahim push-drives it back to Cummins, who has a go with a throw. Pings Rahim on the pad and has his hand up quickly to apologise. The ball deflects to backward square and Shakib wanted a run, but his partner sends him back
34.2
Pat Cummins to Shakib, 1 run, back of a length and sliding on, Shakib tucks it to fine leg
34.1
Pat Cummins to Shakib, no run, short of length in and around off, Shakib stands tall and drops it in front of cover
Mushfiqur Rahim, right handed bat, comes to the crease

33.6
Lyon to Mominul, out Lbw!! Fourth for Lyon. Fourth LBW in the innings. 260th wicket for Lyon, goes past Jason Gillespie in Australia’s leading wicket-takers list, he is number 7 now. Mominul has a quick word with Shakib before making the walk back to the pavilion. It was nicely set-up by the offie, tossed up a few and now slipped in the quicker arm-ball, it skidded off the surface and Mominul was caught in the crease, beaten for pace and struck right in front of the stumps. Doesn’t get easier than that for the umpire. Umpire Llong obliged once more. Lyon chipping away at the wickets. Mominul lbw b Lyon 31(67) [4s-2]
Lyon to Mominul, THAT’S OUT!! Lbw!!
33.5
Lyon to Mominul, no run, flighted on off, Mominul plunges forward and blocks
33.4
Lyon to Mominul, FOUR, bad delivery from Lyon, but it was nicely played by Mominul. Short and wide outside off, Mominul had to counter the bounce, he did that by rolling his wrist and then cut it in front of square, past extra cover for a boundary
33.3
Lyon to Mominul, no run, quicker and on the stumps, Mominul is neither forward nor back as he knocks it to mid-on
33.2
Lyon to Mominul, no run, smidgen short in length and Mominul camps back to turn it to backward square
33.1
Lyon to Mominul, no run, looped up on off, Mominul leans forward and defends with soft hands

32.6
Pat Cummins to Shakib, no run, this one straightens a tad, Shakib waits for the ball to do its bit before blunting it into the off-side
Shubham Yadav says: “Lyon has been a great find for Australia , he has been hitting the right areas consistently and been the pick of bowlers in the subcontinent, out-shadowing likes of Ashwin, Jadeja, Shakib, Hearth at times.” — He’s perhaps been the best Australia have ever had in Asian conditions
32.5
Pat Cummins to Shakib, no run, Cummins keeps it there and thereabouts, Shakib hangs back to keep it out
32.4
Pat Cummins to Shakib, no run, back of a length around off, Shakib goes on his toes and knocks it towards gully
32.3
Pat Cummins to Shakib, no run, full and angled in from round the wicket, Shakib presents a straight bat on the on-drive and it needed a diving save from O’Keefe at mid-on to stop that
32.2
Pat Cummins to Shakib, no run, Shakib is right behind the back of a length delivery. Blocked to short cover
Mangesh D says: Was it really a good decision to play only one fast bowler? — So far it has worked
32.1
Pat Cummins to Shakib, no run, short of length around off, Shakib opens the bat face on the dab to gully

31.6
Lyon to Mominul, no run, now finds the same fielder with a back foot punch
31.5
Lyon to Mominul, 2 runs, floated up outside off, Mominul delays the drive to place it square on the off-side. The extra cover fielder does the cleaning up job
31.4
Lyon to Mominul, no run, drifting onto the pads and Mominul whips it to backward square, straight to Cummins
31.3
Lyon to Mominul, no run, flatter in trajectory and Mominul is hurried into his back foot block
31.2
Lyon to Mominul, no run, attacking the stumps is Lyon, Mominul prods forward and defends to short leg
31.1
Lyon to Mominul, no run, slower and on the stumps, turned gently to the left of short leg

30.6
Pat Cummins to Shakib, FOUR, Shakib will be aggressive. Anything in his half and he will go after it. Cummins offered width on this occasion, Shakib went down on one knee and slapped it uppishly through extra cover. No half measures
30.5
Pat Cummins to Shakib, no run, back of a length around off, Shakib offers the full face of the bat to defend
30.4
Pat Cummins to Shakib, FOUR, Shakib is off and running. Tad overpitched and Shakib goes through the line, a small stride forward to drive it on up straight of mid-off. Warner dives to his left in vain
30.3
Pat Cummins to Mominul, 1 run, “first run in 19 deliveries for Bangladesh,” informs Brian Murgatroyd on air. Fuller and outside off, Mominul bunts it with soft hands wide of mid-off
30.2
Pat Cummins to Mominul, no run, good length ball on off, Mominul prefers to block it off the back foot
30.1
Pat Cummins to Mominul, no run, starts the spell with a yorker around off, Mominul brings his bat down to jam it out
Pat Cummins [8.0-2-13-0] is back into the attack
Pace from the other end. Round the wicket comes Cummins. Two slips and a gully to assist him

29.6

Lyon to Shakib, no run, straight roller on middle, Shakib crouches forward and defends off the inner portion to short leg

29.5

Lyon to Shakib, no run, tossed up outside off, a firm forward push from Shakib to cover

Back again.. Australia could not have asked for a better session after Bangladesh decided to bat. Spin might have picked three wickets, but the ball has barely spun for Lyon and Co., all the wickets came off straighter ones. However, Bangladesh’s cream of batting starts now with Shakib and Australia have to stay focused. Out walk the players. Lyon to complete his over. Shakib the new batsman. And off we roll..

 

And lunch it is. On a track and a day that couldn’t have been better for batting, Bangladesh have managed to get themselves in a pickle. It looked pretty much a joy to bat on over the last half of the session, but once again it was the stroke of lunch that brought about the nervy-faulty defences. Nathan Lyon, not only opened the bowling on the first day of a Test – getting an 79-year old record to himself – he asked all the right questions from time to time and reaped
29.4
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, out Lbw!! That’ll spice up the lunch. Add an entire bottle of flavour. Precisely what playing for lunch does to you as a batsman..and Sarkar falls to being overly circumspect. Thinks long and hard in a conversation with his partner on the review, mind you there were a couple of noises. Certainly not the bat given Sarkar’s doubts in the first place. The front pad and then the back pad as the ball straightens on and goes past the inside edge on the tentative forward defence resulting in him playing down the wrong line. Only one way post that. Soumya Sarkar lbw b Lyon 33(81) [4s-2 6s-1]
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, THAT’S OUT!! Lbw!!
29.3
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, on the toes, squeezed out with a twitch of the wrists
29.2
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, short enough to take it off the back foot, straight batted out in the end
29.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, drawn forward, knocked down

28.6
Agar to Mominul, no run, an appeal. An enquiry rather. Jams it to short leg, who seems interested. The umpire isn’t. Neither is Smith. Never an edge on it
28.5
Agar to Mominul, no run, on the shorter side again. Dealt with a lot more control this time. In a block of course
28.4
Agar to Mominul, no run, an airy wrist, looking to force it with the bottom hand. All the luck coming to his rescue as the ball doesn’t roll back onto his stumps..just past
28.3
Agar to Mominul, no run, turning back in from middle. Tucked out
Smith now summons Agar for a long chat. Some of his pre-batsman-conversion advice being passed one perhaps. A slip and a leg-slip in..
28.2
Agar to Mominul, no run, shuffling well across, adjusts to the lck of bounce in a low bunt out
28.1
Agar to Mominul, no run, 96.4kph, a soft hand to nudge it around. Just past the pitch

27.6
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, a flat one to end. 93.9kph. Calm in seeing it out
27.5
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, back to the treks inside the crease. Back to the punches to cover
27.4
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, skips behind the line for a change, knocks it back
27.3
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, rocks back, waits for the ball to get close, in a punchy steer
27.2
Lyon to Mominul, 1 run, the inward edge yet again, this time rolls past the stumps to go behind square to allow a quick one
27.1
Lyon to Mominul, no run, drawn forward, not close enough to the pitch of it. Inside-edges the defence eventually

26.6
Agar to Soumya Sarkar, no run
26.5
Agar to Mominul, 3 runs, to sweeper cover
26.4
Agar to Mominul, 2 runs, slipping down leg, spinning further down. A fierce sweep, fine and the fielder running to the fence does well to pull it back in
26.3
Agar to Mominul, no run, 96kph, the pulled back length allows Haque to continue to deal with it off the back foot. All in a soft hand, once again to short leg
26.2
Agar to Mominul, no run, the softest of nudges, dropping it onto the pitch and then to short leg
26.1
Agar to Mominul, no run, gentle toss up on off. 93.2kph. Harly threatening. The defence is always on

25.6
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, wider to start from Lyon, looking for all the drift that there is. Gets enough to dip it on off as Sarkar is forward in a block
25.5
Lyon to Mominul, 1 run, sweeps, full-blooded, avoids short leg’s hands and feet for a change
25.4
Lyon to Mominul, no run, now behind, just not short enough to start off with. Does well to stay low and keep the bat mid-way
25.3
Lyon to Mominul, no run, lunges a longer stride out. The defences continue to remain textbook worthy
25.2
Lyon to Mominul, no run, a hint of inward drift. The lack of spin on it as well to go away. Countered off the inside half, all conventionally though off the front leg
25.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, through the line, full faced to a deepish mid-off

24.6
Agar to Mominul, 2 runs, plants the front leg down, swoops the back leg across and whips the cover drive. Ahh, those wrists
24.5
Agar to Mominul, no run, goes flatter. 95.1kph on off. Adjusts with a push back
24.4
Agar to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, too close for comfort with the feet use in getting down. Squeezes it out in the end to long-on
24.3
Agar to Soumya Sarkar, no run, closes the bat face, way too early in a glance. Ends up blunting it onto his own pads in the end
24.2
Agar to Soumya Sarkar, no run, slows it up through the air. Takes it in fuller as well. The stoopy defence follows
24.1
Agar to Soumya Sarkar, no run, 82.9kph, spinning back in from wide outside off. An open faced dab behind point
Timothy says: Mominul is justifying his inclusion. The Bangladeshi fans were right. Sometimes wisdom of common people is better than experts! — Bit early to call it justified.
Ashton Agar, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

23.6
Lyon to Mominul, 2 runs, arches away, sticks the bat out on a jab, guides it through gully to pocket a brace
23.5
Lyon to Mominul, no run, a tad shortened. Allows Haque to adjust in a straight bat
23.4
Lyon to Mominul, no run, behind the line this time, the feet move a bit thankfully. Drops it down eventually
23.3
Lyon to Mominul, no run, the off-skid again. And Haque emulates his partner. Decides to go behind, find himself in a tangle and poke it out
23.2
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, slipping down leg now. Releases the pressure, releases the strike with a glance around the corner
23.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, a quick slider. Sarkar stays lazy, refusing to move his feet, deals with it off the back foot when he ideally should have been on its head. Stabs it out..just about
Nathan Lyon [9.0-3-23-2] is back into the attack

22.6
Pat Cummins to Mominul, no run, 140.5kph, ends with a tease outside off. Fullish, asking for a drive, gets an ignore
22.5
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, another short one. Without the venom the earlier one had. Rolls his wrists on the pull behind square
22.4
Pat Cummins to Mominul, 1 run, now the sucker delivery. Fullish on the pads, nicely anticipated to clip it away in front of square
22.3
Pat Cummins to Mominul, no run, a brute of a bouncer. Perfect plan, executed to further perfection. Quicker, half way down the track and hurrying onto Haque’s nose. Surprisingly he takes it on as well, eyes looking elsewhere and the bat up on the fend. Off the badge to balloon to short of mid-wicket
22.2
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, overcooked. A one-kneed drive to sweeper. Elegance personified
22.1
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, no run, wobbly seam, going across off a good length. Dabs away from his body to point

21.6
O’Keefe to Mominul, no run
21.5
O’Keefe to Mominul, no run,
21.4
O’Keefe to Mominul, no run, lunging forward, all in getting back to his blocking mode
21.3
O’Keefe to Mominul, 2 runs, chopped away
Mohan says: Cartwright is a medium pacer???? — Yes.
21.2
O’Keefe to Mominul, no run, now forward. Draws him out with the dip, beats the edge this time. The foot though stays grounded for the stumping appeal to not hold ground
21.1
O’Keefe to Mominul, 2 runs, a wafty poke. Toys around with the angle going across. Goes deep, looks to dab it away. Outside-edges in return with the ball refusing to spin back in. Past slip

20.6
Pat Cummins to Mominul, 1 run, a nice crunch. An equally loud tap as he lays into the drive. All timing as he places it wide of cover
20.5
Pat Cummins to Mominul, no run, 138.3kph, back to the fullish length on off. Solidly behind is Haque in defence
20.4
Pat Cummins to Mominul, no run, 140kph, cross seamed. But down the wrong line. Off a deflection of the pad past the glance, finds a diving Wade
20.3
Pat Cummins to Mominul, no run, 144.5kph, lines up across the stumps, treats the slanter with a leave
20.2
Pat Cummins to Mominul, no run, a shuffle, tall behind with the bat hung down in defence
20.1
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, on a length just outside off, knocks the circumspect defence past the bowler to pinch a quick one

19.6
O’Keefe to Mominul, FOUR, to deep mid wicket
19.5
O’Keefe to Mominul, no run, stays beside the line, low as always in a slap to cover
19.4
O’Keefe to Mominul, no run, drifting in with the breeze blowing across. Loses his shape on the drive with the ball finding the inside half of the driving bat as he keeps it out
19.3
O’Keefe to Mominul, no run, forward, in a smother down
19.2
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, 80kph, with the turn this time, once again stooping forward to the pitch of it. Long-on it is
19.1
O’Keefe to Mominul, 1 run, all the toss up. Feet use from Haque as well, nimble rather, getting to the pitch of it as he drills it down to long-on
Steve O’Keefe [4.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack

18.6
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, 2 runs, 143.4kph, cramps him up with the angle getting big on him as Sarkar shapes up for the open-faced punch. Does well to adjust and intercept the cover gap
18.5
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, no run, nipping away at 133.7kph, ends up on off. Firmly behind it, bat close to pad
18.4
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, no run, 136.5kph, goes for the ribs. Sarkar takes him on with a pull. All the swivel in it too. Spanked out to square leg
18.3
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, no run, 136kph, top-of-off stuff now. Sarkar is in a trance of blocks
18.2
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, 2 runs, an airy chip. Looks to flick, checks his shot as the ball sticks in on the surface. Lobs over mid-wicket fortunately
18.1
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, no run, pounds a back of a length as he angles it in from wide of the crease. Bunted out
Pat Cummins [5.0-2-4-0] is back into the attack
Back to pace. In the only form that it is available. Round the wicket to start off with and a couple of slips lurking around too..

17.6
Lyon to Mominul, no run, all very textbookish. A long stride, bat stuck to the pad and a smother
17.5
Lyon to Mominul, no run, 94kph, even quicker, a lot fuller though. Allows Haque to ditch his cuts for a forward block
17.4
Lyon to Mominul, no run, opens up the punch, all off the back foot as Lyon continues to dart them in. Steered to point
17.3
Lyon to Mominul, no run, goes flatter. Slanting in on off. 91.9kph. Punched the skidder off the back foot
17.2
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, back to his sweeping ways. Nailed to backward square leg
17.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, drags the length back. Spills it onto the pads as well. A swivelling pull doesn’t connect

16.6
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, another pad-liner. Glanced away to the man at 45 behind square
16.5
O’Keefe to Mominul, 1 run, a sweep onto backward short leg’s forearm. Is fortunate the pop up goes where no one is
16.4
O’Keefe to Mominul, no run, short mid-wicket this time. With another one of his checked-flicks
16.3
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, a polite clip, using all the turn that there is to take it through mid-wicket
16.2
O’Keefe to Mominul, 1 run, quickly on a knee. To pile on the poor line way down leg to start off with. A disdainful broom behind square
16.1
O’Keefe to Mominul, no run, tossed up from wide of the crease. A forward block follows

15.6
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, SIX, some aggression. Emphatic rather. Starts with a dance, intercepts it right at the pitch of it, and then unleashes a mighty bat swing. Downtown
15.5
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, straightening off middle, takes it off the pads as he tucks it out
15.4
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, a wide tease again. And Sarkar cannot resist. Flays and slices it to point
15.3
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, keeps the hands soft, deep inside the crease and a drop down
15.2
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, so very Kohli. Those wrists come into use, getting the width and the toss up to take it on as he flashes a whippy-drive through the covers
15.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, a hint of air on off. Bat-pad stuck, right forward, head on it and nailed down

14.6
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, a lot more deliacte. Waits for the line to get close, before flicking it behind square
14.5
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, sinks on the sweep. Finds short leg in the firing line. On the shin. Ouch!
14.4
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, behind the line, full faced and blocked out
14.3
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, a whip, once again getting to the pitch of the delivery in taking it to short leg
14.2
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, wow! A top take from Wade. The pitch-sleeper. Refuses to get up, scoots low and Sarkar somehow manages to crouch and throw his bat on the cut. There was a noise as well. Yup, bat hitting ground
14.1
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, a skip down, using the feet to get to the pitch of the delivery as he wrists it away to mid-wicket

13.6
Lyon to Mominul, no run, a plonking block, failing to counter for the drift. Keeps coming in, takes the inside edge and flies behind short leg
13.5
Lyon to Mominul, no run, a trek backwards with the bat hung down looking for a straight batted defence. Under-edges it to the keeper. All on the bounce
Mominul Haque, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Time for drinks. It has been Australia’s hour. They got rid of the in-form Tamim Iqbal and followed it up with the wicket of Kayes. Lyon has been top class today, given the new ball in the first innings of a Test match for the first time. They would look to keep picking wickets at regular intervals. Bangladesh have plenty of batting, but will need a partnership to set them up for a big score..
13.4
Lyon to Kayes, out Lbw!! An excellent review by Australia. Not sure who convinced Smith there as Lyon thought there was an inside and gestured the same to his skipper. But Smith still decided to go for the review and got it spot on. Another failure for Kayes. He is running out of opportunities. Second wicket for Lyon and giving him the new ball is already paying dividends for Australia. With the ball not turning, it is the straighter one that is bringing him wickets. The slider which goes on with the arm, Kayes kneels to sweep and gets into a bit of a tangle, misses and is struck on the front pad. The impact was in front of off-stump and ball-tracking showed it to be hitting middle. Kayes lbw b Lyon 4(11)
Lyon to Kayes, THAT’S OUT!! Lbw!!
Australia review for LBW. There was a long discussion between Lyon and Smith before they challenged Llong’s decision. Fair delivery. UltraEdge does not spot any bat. Ball-tracking coming up: Pitching – Outside off, Impact – In-Line. Wickets – Hitting. OUT!
13.3
Lyon to Kayes, no run, short in length and Kayes stays on leg-stump to defend it into the off-side
13.2
Lyon to Kayes, no run, quicker and on the stumps, Kayes knocks it to mid-wicket
13.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, drifting on with the angle, nurdled to backward square leg

12.6
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, jumps out of the crease to mow O’Keefe over mid-wicket, is beaten by the length and the inside edge ricochets off the pad to deep square leg
12.5
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, dragged back length and Sarkar tucks it towards short leg
12.4
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, defended off the front foot
12.3
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, flighted outside leg, Sarkar kneels to sweep and the under edge almost deflects onto the stumps. Wade got his pads across to stop that
12.2
O’Keefe to Kayes, 1 run, sliding across, Kayes brings his bat in front to keep it out, the ball squirts off the outside edge to short third man
Backward short leg added
12.1
O’Keefe to Kayes, no run, flattish and around off, Kayes hangs back and defends

11.6
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, slider outside off, Sarkar makes a late decision to play that, chopped to backward point
11.5
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, pushed it through on a fullish length, Sarkar drives without much conviction to Lyon
11.4
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, better from Lyon. Tosses it up and draws Sarkar into a forward block
11.3
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, the length is short and that allows Sarkar to camp back and defend
11.2
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, quicker and on off, Sarkar goes back and across to block
11.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, slower and on the stumps, patted to the left of short leg

10.6
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, bit of hesitation, but the pair complete the single with ease. Tossed up on the stumps, Sarkar crouches low and works it backward of square. Handscomb gives chase and can’t prevent the single
10.5
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, flighted delivery on the stumps, Sarkar lunges forward to defend
10.4
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, blocked off the front foot
10.3
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, turned to short leg
10.2
O’Keefe to Kayes, 1 run, in the air and past Handscomb. Slows it up considerably, Kayes was early into the flick and lobs it to the right of short leg, Handscomb stretched his hand but the ball was well away from him
10.1
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, round the wicket and drifting onto the pads, tucked past short leg
Steve O’Keefe, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

9.6
Lyon to Kayes, no run, flatter and on off, Kayes stays back and knocks it to cover
9.5
Lyon to Kayes, no run, short of length around off, Kayes goes on his toes to defend that
9.4
Lyon to Kayes, 2 runs, short and plenty of bounce for Lyon. Rises around the chest level, Kayes gets into an awkward position as he attempts the pull, splices it wide of mid-wicket and collects a brace
9.3
Lyon to Kayes, no run, nice loop on the off-break and Kayes blocks it with an open blade to point
9.2
Lyon to Kayes, no run, tossed up on off, Kayes is forward and defending
Imrul Kayes, left handed bat, comes to the crease
9.1
Lyon to Tamim, out Lbw!! There’s the breakthrough Australia wanted badly. The dropped catch does not cost them much. Umpire Llong had his finger up in a flash and Tamim also knew he was gone, started walking immediately. The slider from Lyon, Tamim has the habit of plonking his front foot across before the ball is bowled, he commits that mistake and plays down the wrong line. The ball beats the inside edge and strikes him in front of middle. Ball-tracking shows it to be hitting leg-stump. Tamim lbw b Lyon 9(34)
Lyon to Tamim, THAT’S OUT!! Lbw!!

8.6
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, no run, back of a length just outside off, Sarkar leaves his bat hanging away from the body and is beaten on the outside edge. That might be the last over for Cummins in this spell
8.5
Pat Cummins to Tamim, 1 run, drifts on the hips and Tamim whips it down to fine leg
8.4
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, on a length outside off, left alone
8.3
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, short and wide outside off, Tamim’s eyes lit up on seeing the width, he does not bother to move his feet as he has a wild slash at that. Luckily for him the ball misses the outside edge
8.2
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, good length ball close to off, Tamim is well forward to defend
8.1
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, short of length on off, Tamim taps it with soft hands into the off-side and searches for a non-existent single

7.6
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, stays a touch low, but since the length was short, Sarkar was able to adjust and knock it to cover
7.5
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, flatter and on off, Sarkar forces it off the back foot to a deepish cover-point
7.4
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, slower and the line remains the same, Sarkar drops it near his feet
7.3
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, flighted on off, Sarkar blocks with the bat and pad close together
7.2
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, floats it up outside off, Sarkar lunges forward and defends to point
7.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, tad quicker and on off, Sarkar has his bat in front to keep it out

6.6
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, bouncer to end the over, Tamim ducks and evades it comfortably
6.5
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, on a length and close to off, Tamim opens the bat face to direct it to gully
6.4
Pat Cummins to Tamim, 2 runs, strays too straight and is picked up, on middle and leg, Tamim tucks it backward of square and collects a brace
6.3
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, lifter from Cummins, gets it to rise on Tamim, who sways away from the line of the delivery. Wade jumps up to glove that. Nice heat from the fast bowler
6.2
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, good length ball on the stumps, Tamim clips it towards square leg
6.1
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, dropped! Maxwell the culprit. Steven Smith immediately kicks the surface. This might be a costly miss. Short of length on off, Tamim is squared up by the swing, hangs his bat in front and the outside edge flies to third slip. Maxwell goes with two hands and was a bit casual in his approach, the ball pops out rightaway. A regulation catch which Maxwell would have taken on most days

5.6
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, flighted and bit more bounce, the ball hits the splice as Sarkar lunges forward to defend. Still no turn on offer for Lyon. All balls have gone straight and none have misbehaved
5.5
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, tossed up on off, Sarkar offers a dead-bat in defence
5.4
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, touch slower and on off, blocked off the front foot
5.3
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, quicker and attacking the stumps, since the length was fuller, Sarkar was forward to defend
5.2
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, flatter and on off, Sarkar jams it onto the pad and the ball rolls to the off-side
5.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, fraction short in length, Sarkar turns it past short leg, the duo decide against the single

4.6
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, pegs away in the channel around off, Tamim plays inside the line and lets it pass
4.5
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, on a length and outside off, Tamim hides his bat behind the pad as he lets it go
4.4
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, superb bowling from Cummins. He is mixing his length up nicely and Tamim is clearly struggling. Short of length in the corridor around off, Tamim pokes and is beaten past the outside edge
4.3
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, fullish and on the stumps, Tamim maintains a low base and turns it to square leg
4.2
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, nasty! Australians appeal for a catch, but umpire Gould shakes his head. Sharp short delivery and Tamim took his eyes off the ball, left his gloves hanging up and luckily for him the ball missed it, struck him on the shoulder and lobbed to Maxwell at third slip. That will hurt
4.1
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, fuller and outside off, Tamim presses forward to drive. Mistimes to mid-off. He was rushed for pace and hence the timing was off

3.6
Lyon to Tamim, 1 run, flatter and drifting onto the legs, tucked to deep square leg
3.5
Lyon to Tamim, no run, shout for LBW. But there were too many things going against it. Tamim steps out of the crease and is deceived by the dragged length, blocks it with the pad. The impact might have been outside off and he was too far down the wicket
3.4
Lyon to Tamim, 2 runs, flighted around off, Tamim leans forward and uses soft hands to block, the outside edge rolls behind square. Warner makes an acrobatic dive, but the ball evades him, two more
3.3
Lyon to Tamim, no run, tossed up on off, Tamim plunges forward and defends down the wicket
3.2
Lyon to Tamim, no run, uses his feet and is not to the pitch of the delivery, uses his pad as a second line of defence
3.1
Lyon to Tamim, 2 runs, inside edge and through the vacant leg slip region, Tamim prods across and tries to cover for the spin, the ball slides on take the edge, flew away to fine leg and the batsmen scamper back for a second

2.6
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, no run, short of length on off, defended off the back foot to point
2.5
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, no run, now beats Sarkar. Back of a length and just outside off, there is a hint of swing that is forcing the batsman to make mistakes. Sarkar hangs his bat out and is beaten on the outside edge
2.4
Pat Cummins to Tamim, 1 run, Tamim is off the mark. Good length ball on middle, Tamim closes the bat face to flick it through the on-side, the leading edge rolls through cover and Warner from mid-off tidies up
2.3
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, angled well outside off, Tamim has his bat tucked with him as he sees it through
2.2
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, back of a length outside off, Tamim hoists his bat up and lets it go
Tamim stops Cummins just before his load-up. There was someone walking near the sightscreen. Umpire Gould telling them to move now. Still trying to sort it out. Meanwhile, Cummins catches his breath. Ready to resume..
2.1
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, Cummins is hitting a good spot. Short of length in the channel around off, Tamim does not have to play that, but he goes searching for the ball and is beaten on the outside edge

1.6
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, once more the length is short enough for Sarkar to camp back to and see it out
1.5
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, edged and through Wade. Tough chance. Flattish and the length was short, Sarkar goes back to force it through the off-side, the inside edge nutmegs Wade and runs away to the boundary
1.4
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, shout for LBW and Lyon himself signalled it was sliding down leg. The quicker delivery that hurries across the surface, Sarkar is beaten on the inside edge and is rapped on the pads. The angle was taking it down leg
1.3
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, slower and on off, Sarkar leans forward and defends with a straight bat
1.2
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, skids on and Sarkar is up to the task, well forward to block it out
1.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, round the wicket and the new cherry slides across, Sarkar has his stumps covered and shoulders arms
Nathan Lyon, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Lyon to share the new ball

0.6
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, on a length slanted outside off, Tamim keeps his bat inside the line and lets it pass
0.5
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, off the outside edge, but the ball bounced before going to Maxwell at third slip. Low full toss outside off, Tamim jams his bat down and the ball grazes the edge, bounces on the surface and then goes to Maxwell’s right. He dives and makes a good save
0.4
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, good length ball angled across the left-hander, Tamim is not interested in playing that – left alone
0.3
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, full and on the stumps, Tamim stays low and flicks it to square leg
0.2
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, jaffa! Top knut from Cummins. Back of a length delivery lands on off and the late away movement leaves Tamim bemused, he was on the back foot to defend, the ball whizzes past the outside edge
0.1
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, very full delivery outside off, Tamim has a good sighter and decides to ignore

England Vs West Indies: Second Test

England Vs West Indies: Second Test


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6:44pm
West Indies win by five wickets!
Hope tucks a couple off his hip, they run two and the West Indies balcony erupts. What a triumph.

6:43pm
OVER 92: WI 320/5 (S Hope 116*) target 322
A wicket for Moeen, but too little too late for England. Five overs remaining.

6:42pm
WICKET! Blackwood st Bairstow b Moeen 41
Blackwood looks to finish it off with one shot… and he’s dropped!!!! It was an ugly shot to Stokes at cow corner, who would have put his house on holding onto what is an utter dolly of a catch. But he shells it. Blackwood then, hilariously, takes his helmet off, charges down the track and attempts to launch Moeen into another stratosphere, only to miss the ball entirely and Bairstow whips the bails off. No bother, he’s done his job. FOW 320/5

6:38pm
OVER 91: WI 316/4 (S Hope 114* Blackwood 40*) target 322
Woakes returns in place of Broad. Not sure Blackwood will be treating him with too much respect… nope. Huge swing and a miss. And another huge swing and a miss. Then a horrible wide that barely lands on the strip, before Blackwood pushes a single. Six overs remaining.

6:32pm
OVER 90: WI 312/4 (S Hope 113* Blackwood 37*) target 322
Moeen carries on, blowing on his hands to keep them warm in the gloom. Hope nudges a couple and that’s all for this over. Seven overs remaining.

6:30pm
OVER 89: WI 310/4 (S Hope 111* Blackwood 37*) target 322
“I can’t think of a more astonishing victory,” says Michael Atherton, of West Indies’ imminent triumph here. And Michael Holding agrees. From the plunging lows of the first Test, it has been a quite superb turnaround by the tourists.

Blackwood continues to move all over his crease to Broad and succeeds in upper-cutting him over the slip cordon for four. Broad fires in a yorker next ball, it thuds into Blackwood’s pads and rolls away to the fine-leg boundary, only for the umpire to somehow (and totally incorrectly) rule the batsman had not attempted to play a shot. Dead ball is the call. No bother – Blackwood simply follows up by stepping back and upper-cutting over third man again for six! Eight overs remaining.

6:24pm
OVER 88: WI 298/4 (S Hope 111* Blackwood 25*) target 322
A bit of spin there for Moeen… but the ball turns past Hope’s leg stump, missing everything as it goes and rolls away for four byes. Six runs off the over. Nine overs remaining.

6:21pm
OVER 87: WI 292/4 (S Hope 110* Blackwood 24*) target 322
Broad continues and there are plenty of conversations going on between bowler/fielders out there. England are more than happy to slow things down and Broad puts Hope on his backside with a brutal bouncer directed straight at the batsman’s throat. Just three singles off the over, but the tourists don’t need any more than that. It’s all pointing at a West Indies victory now. 10 overs remaining.

6:14pm
OVER 86: WI 289/4 (S Hope 108* Blackwood 23*) target 322
An interesting move here from Root as he takes Anderson out of the attack and gives the ball to Moeen. What on earth will Blackwood do now? Well, to the surprise of no one at all, he attempts to hit the very first ball into another county and only succeeds in edging it short of third man. Hope then tries to get in on the act, misses the ball completely and Bairstow whips the bails off. The third umpire is asked to adjudicate on the stumping but… Hope’s foot never moved. 11 overs remaining.

6:10pm
OVER 84: WI 287/4 (S Hope 107* Blackwood 22*) target 322
Blackwood is at it again, freeing his arms and toeing the ball to third man for a single. I’m not too sure how to bowl/attack Blackwood here because the ball could go anywhere. That single brings Hope back on strike and Cook drops him!!!! Hope had a big slash at it and the ball went quickly to the former skipper, but he should really have held on. And that’s his second dropped catch of the day. How costly will that be? 12 overs remaining.

6:05pm
OVER 83: WI 284/4 (S Hope 106* Blackwood 20*) target 322
West Indies in pole position now and Hope has played a stunning innings to put them there. Anderson gives him some width outside off and Hope drives nicely through the covers for four. He’s finding some swing with this new ball but the batsmen are untroubled. 13 overs remaining.

6:01pm
OVER 82: WI 278/4 (S Hope 100* Blackwood 20*) target 322
Unsurprisingly, a refreshed Broad will share the second new ball with Anderson and we are now into the final hour (England must bowl a minimum of 15 overs, although it is highly unlikely they will bowl any more than that unless the game situation changes greatly). An inside edge and a scampered single means a century for Shai Hope, who becomes the first batsman in history to hit a ton in both innings in a first class match at Headingley. Wonderfully well batted. A cracking innings. 14 overs remaining.

5:50pm
OVER 81: WI 275/4 (S Hope 99* Blackwood 17*) target 322
The new ball has been taken, which means Anderson is back and the crowd are urging him on as he runs in. It’s gloomy out there but the floodlights are on and time is not an issue – it’s all a matter of overs that must be bowled tonight.

“This is unbelievable cricket,” says David Gower, and he’s correct. Blackwood steps away to leg and wallops Anderson straight back over his head for six! That is a monster shot and it forces Root to put a long-on and long-off in place… in his first over with the new ball. Blackwood doesn’t care one bit though and attempts the same thing, only to skew it short of the man on the boundary and live to fight another day. 15 overs remaining.

5:46pm
OVER 80: WI 266/4 (S Hope 97* Blackwood 11*) target 322
Woakes continues with what will surely be the final over with this old ball. Just the three singles from the first five balls… before Blackwood shows that I was totally incorrect with my final comment in the last over by marmalising Woakes for four over mid-on. He’s certainly not going to go quietly. 16 overs remaining.

5:41pm
OVER 79: WI 259/4 (S Hope 95* Blackwood 6*) target 322
Moeen hits Hope on the front pad and appeals. Umpire says not out, but England decide to challenge the decision because their reviews will be reset after 80 overs. The verdict is… not out.

5:37pm
OVER 78: WI 256/4 (S Hope 93* Blackwood 5*) target 322
It looks as though Blackwood has been given free rein from the management in this innings. First up he steps down the track and flat-bats it baseball-style, albeit without any timing whatsoever. A* for intent. E for execution. Judging by the rest of the over, it looks as though he’s losing his head a bit here. Twice he loses balance by attempting to smash Woakes out of the park and totally missing the ball. 18 overs remaining.

5:33pm
OVER 77: WI 255/4 (S Hope 92* Blackwood 5*) target 322
A double bowling change sees Moeen return to the attack. Hope thick outside-edges an attempted heave to pick up three down to the third-man boundary, which brings Blackwood on strike and he is not a man to die wondering what might have been. The new man throws the kitchen sink at the ball to pick up an ugly four through cow corner. Half an hour of Blackwood on the offensive could win this match for the tourists. 19 overs remaining.

5:29pm
OVER 76: WI 246/4 (S Hope 88* Blackwood 0*) target 322
That wicket has resurrected this contest again. Woakes is hiding the ball as he runs in, while tempting new man Blackwood outside off stump. He misses with one slash, before resisting for the rest of the over. Wicket maiden. 20 overs remaining.

5:25pm
WICKET! Chase c Crane (sub) b Woakes 30
A change arrives as Woakes is given his chance with this old ball… AND WHAT AN IMPACT. Mason Crane, that is a wonderful catch young man. Chase decides to step down the track to Woakes’ first ball, looks to loft him over mid-on, but Crane (on as a sub fielder), sprints to his left and catches the ball at full stretch over his head. Cracking stuff. FOW 246/4

5:21pm
OVER 75: WI 246/3 (S Hope 88* Chase 30*) target 322
This is tiring work for the two leaders of the England seam attack as Anderson continues. The Sky Sports WinViz (whatever that might be) has the draw at more than 50 per cent, with England’s chance of victory down to a measly one per cent. Just a single from the over. 21 overs remaining.

5:17pm
OVER 74: WI 245/3 (S Hope 88* Chase 29*) target 322
So the new ball is imminent, but Broad and Anderson are continuing to slog their guts out with the old one at the moment. And Broad might just boil over right… about… now. The reason is that Stokes has just had a wild shy at the stumps that then rolled all the way to the boundary for four overthrows. Still the runs keep coming. 22 overs remaining.

5:14pm
OVER 73: WI 240/3 (S Hope 88* Chase 24*) target 322
Hi folks. Alan Tyers has done the hard slog and I’m here for the glory of a West Indies victory… possibly.

Oh wowser – it’s all happening. First of all Anderson finds Chase’s outside edge, only for the ball to fly between keeper and slip for four.

5:06pm
OVER 72: WI 235/3 (S Hope 88* Chase 19*) target 322
They have just made Sir Ian Botham, off all people, apologise for bad language picked up by the microphone. “Sorry if you heard anyone expressing their emotions there,” he growls passive-aggressively. Well, just aggressively. Anyway. Broad is bowling. After two balls of the over, he has a moan about the run up and gets the groundstaff on.

5:03pm
OVER 71: WI 232/3 (S Hope 87* Chase 17*) target 322
Anderson. Splice-splitter! Hope needs a new bat. This one seems to have run out of runs, aside from anything else: he has been stuck in the 70s for a year and a day. Seems to do the trick. He carves the ball through backward point for four. And now tucks the ball to fine leg for another four. He is on to 87. New bat has done the trick.

4:53pm
OVER 70: WI 224/3 (S Hope 79* Chase 17*) target 322
England review when Broad hits Hope on the pads.

I would be amazed if this is given out.

4:51pm
OVER 69: WI 219/3 (S Hope 78* Chase 17*) target 322
And a third maiden! Anderson to Chase. No quarter asked for. Accurate. Jars the splice. Chase solid, determined. Crowd small but passionate. 11 overs until the new ball. West Indies want to see off Broad and Anderson. But how long can Root keep using them, if he also needs to save them for the new pill?

4:50pm
OVER 68: WI 219/3 (S Hope 78* Chase 17*) target 322
Broad. Accurate, tight, backed up by his fielders. This is a maiden as well.

A new type of question for the West Indies batsmen. I would guess they’d be thinking “if we can stay in we can probably score at a decent enough rate”. On paper at least, there are plenty of overs. But a few maidens, does the pressure mount?

Tremendous stuff at Headingley.

4:44pm
OVER 67: WI 219/3 (S Hope 78* Chase 17*) target 322
Anderson definitely getting that ball to tail in now. Chase, gamely forward, a tall man, nullifying it in this maiden.

4:40pm
OVER 66: WI 219/3 (S Hope 78* Chase 17*) target 322
No cracks in the pitch, and little or no turn for Moeen. He’s still a threat with that straight-onner though! This has shaved the edge of Hope’s bat. Wow. That was so close to the outside edge.

4:36pm
OVER 65: WI 214/3 (S Hope 77* Chase 13*) target 322
Anderson. Single to each man. Roston Chase has dominated this nascent partnership thus far. Anderson has got his reverse swing going and nearly does for Hope with one that jags in late.

4:35pm
OVER 64: WI 212/3 (S Hope 76* Chase 12*) target 322
Chase goes hard and is not going home just yet as he throws the hands at a wide one from Mo.. Four to third man.

4:33pm
OVER 63: WI 206/3 (S Hope 75* Chase 7*) target 322
Anderson. Suggestions of late movement. What’s interesting now, I think, is how the pressure shifts. England were the ones really feeling it in the afternoon session. But with the finish line in sight, how do the West Indies handle the pressure? How does a team that rarely wins deal with the chance of a victory?

4:26pm
OVER 62: WI 204/3 (S Hope 74* Chase 6*) target 322
Moeen with a terrible ball – a no ball full toss, spanked for four ie five.

4:20pm
We’re back
An exciting finish awaits! All results in play, as they say.

4:05pm
TEA: West Indies 199/3 (S Hope 74* Chase 2*) off 61 overs. Target 322
123 runs needed, seven wickets remaining. 35 overs remaining. Lights on. Game on.

4:02pm
OVER 61: WI 199/3 (S Hope 74* Chase 2*) target 322
Chase, having made a rod for his own back, manages to endure Anderson for an over. Jimmy measuring him up for the LBW, and the lazy, slow arc of Chase’s bat as he drives at the inswinger here suggests that the cap fits. Anyway. That’s tea.

3:56pm
OVER 60: WI 198/3 (S Hope 74* Chase 1*) target 322
Roston Chase comes in and survives two balls. I think most people thought that would be tea, but the umpires allow England another. I wonder if Roston Chase would have taken a single off the last ball of the over had he known?

3:54pm
WICKET! Brathwaite c Stokes b Ali 95
Such a shame! Bad luck, sir. I don’t know if thoughts of tea, or thoughts of a century, or thoughts of being stuck on 95* over tea played their part. But either way, Moeen gave him the tempter outside off, Brathwaite had a huge booming drive at the ball, he was playing just inside the line of it, maybe expecting turn that didn’t come, maybe he didn’t pick the right line… But whatever it was, it’s a big edge, it’s a smart catch from Stokes at slip. FOW 197/3

3:52pm
OVER 59: WI 197/2 (Brathwaite 95* S Hope 74*) target 322
Anderson gets a bit of lift from a length, some vague wobble, rather than inswing.

3:47pm
OVER 58: WI 195/2 (Brathwaite 92* S Hope 74*) target 322
Moeen continues. One to Hope. Brathwaite solid.

3:44pm
OVER 57: WI 194/2 (Brathwaite 92* S Hope 74*) target 322
Anderson, switches to the Football Stand End. Brathwaite tucks him for two. Then a one. Nervous nineties now. Will that have any bearing? Meanwhile, England continue to kvetch about the ball. Umpires unmoved.

3:39pm
OVER 56: WI 190/2 (Brathwaite 89* S Hope 74*) target 322
Moeen flicks the back pad of Hope, but this was too high. Easy four to fine leg – there is no leg slip – all Hope had to do was get a bit of a tickle on it.

Tea is delayed until 3.55pm.

3:36pm
Just one over for Jimmy…
… Moeen is coming back.

West Indies are now odds-on favourites.

3:36pm
OVER 55: WI 185/2 (Brathwaite 88* S Hope 70*) target 322
Stokes giving his all for the cause, hard and heavy stuff, mixing his lengths up well. Not exactly threatening a wicket but doing a job. Excellent, thumping on drive from Brathwaite for four.

3:34pm
OVER 54: WI 180/2 (Brathwaite 83* S Hope 70*) target 322
Two key things in this over: Anderson does not swing the ball. Broad dives, bravely but perhaps not wisely, to stop a ball and does himself a mischief in the shoulder. Seems to be okay.

3:27pm
OVER 53: WI 178/2 (Brathwaite 83* S Hope 68*) target 322
The floodlights are noticeably on now. Stokes bangs it in. Brathwaite goes for a pull, doesn’t really play this very well, hurried, flaps it. Stokes is pumped, Brathwaite’s pumped. Slashed to third man for two. England are huffing and puffing. Stokes + Woakes have between them bowled 12 overs for 50 and not caused too much alarm.

What they need is their classiest bowler to make this about the head not the heart, and here comes James Anderson for a new spell.

3:23pm
OVER 52: WI 170/2 (Brathwaite 76* S Hope 67*) target 322
Broad whistles the ball past the outside edge of Brathwaite’s bat. Woof. No review, and rightly so, again.

3:15pm
OVER 51: WI 169/2 (Brathwaite 75* S Hope 67*) target 322

3:09pm
OVER 50: WI 168/2 (Brathwaite 74* S Hope 67*) target 322
The fans, who have all been kettled into one or two areas of the stand, are starting to make some noise as they try to inspire Broad. It seems to be working, there’s just a leetle extra bit of hot sauce in this over from Stu. Hope very positive, exaggerated even, as he gets forward to block. Good over, well played, it’s a maiden.

3:06pm
OVER 49: WI 168/2 (Brathwaite 74* S Hope 67*) target 322
Stokes. Four off the over. England unable to exert any pressure at the moment. If this pair are still together at tea… They currently need 154

3:03pm
OVER 48: WI 164/2 (Brathwaite 72* S Hope 66*) target 322
Hope likes to get forward, and he is doing a grand job of that in this Broad over.

3:01pm
OVER 47: WI 163/2 (Brathwaite 71* S Hope 66*) target 322
Stokes gets Hope driving and missing. Hope dibbles the ball to third man for four. Scoring at a good clip: 69 since lunch. 49 overs left in the day and they are going along at a fraction under 3.5….

2:53pm
OVER 46: WI 155/2 (Brathwaite 70* S Hope 59*) target 322
Brathwaite knocks the ball to Anderson’s left at mid on. Jimmy has a choice of diving and stopping a boundary, or swooping and trying to throw down the stumps. He gambles… but fails to gather! That is four. Broad loses his line, and that’s another four. The hundred partnership is up, and England have plenty to talk about over drinks.

Talking of talking, the umpire has a word with Broad, who kicked the turf in frustration at the end of the over.

2:51pm
OVER 45: WI 147/2 (Brathwaite 62* S Hope 59*) target 322
Moeen has been so-so for a while, but this is just actively rubbish, this over. A variety of short, wide and short and wide balls, cheap runs for Hope and that’s a soft 11 runs off the over.

2:44pm
OVER 44: WI 136/2 (Brathwaite 59* S Hope 51*) target 322
Hope pulls Broad away and, if I may be allowed a pun, the West Indies now dare to hope. Shai Hope has scored a really excellent fifty here.

That said, Broad is lurking, quiet at the moment but with the threat of danger, like a simmering Glaswegian in-law glaring at you from across the bar at a family wedding.

2:43pm
OVER 43: WI 132/2 (Brathwaite 59* S Hope 47*) target 322
Hope beaten on the outside edge by that delivery Moeen has really improved of late.

2:41pm
OVER 42: WI 129/2 (Brathwaite 59* S Hope 44*) target 322
Broad getting variable bounce in this over, both kinds as well. This ball keeps low, an inside edge saves KB from an LB. This one pings from nowhere and gives Hope an nasty nip on the hand.

2:32pm
OVER 41: WI 128/2 (Brathwaite 59* S Hope 43*) target 322
That’s a maiden from Ali. This pair doing a grand job, partnership worth 75. England will be telling themselves that one wicket might well bring, er, eight.

2:27pm
OVER 40: WI 128/2 (Brathwaite 59* S Hope 43*) target 322
Broad replaces Woakes. Chris, it pains me to say, looked rather ordinaire. Broad gets one ball to move late, which is something. Are we into “England need a wicket” territory yet? I think we might be.

2:21pm
OVER 38: WI 126/2 (Brathwaite 58* S Hope 42*)
Woakes, full. Hope, accomplished clip for four. But this is a good comeback from Chris! Venomous lifter, stings him on the glove. Did well to keep that down. On a livelier pitch, that was a wicket.

2:16pm
OVER 36: WI 119/2 (Brathwaite 58* S Hope 35*)
Brathwaite starting to look commanding. Woakes causing no worries. England asking about the ball being out of shape. It ain’t.

2:11pm
OVER 35: WI 115/2 (Brathwaite 54* S Hope 35*)
Moeen Ali bowls.

Jimmy Anderson is at short mid on, and he’s in the Wide Awake Club [©Big Wrong] as he reacts quickly to a driven ball, flicking it on to the non-striker’s stumps. Fortunately for West Indies, Shai Hope has done what his brother Kyle Hope did not, he’s alert to the danger and he gets back in time. Phew!

2:06pm
OVER 34: WI 114/2 (Brathwaite 53* S Hope 35*)
Woakes is not looking a threat. He’s bowling full, fair play, but he’s not getting any movement and it’s at a friendly pace. Hope pings him for a two and four, looking comfortable.

2:01pm
OVER 33: WI 106/2 (Brathwaite 52* S Hope 28*)
Hope with two flamboyant strokes well outside off, legit drive behind square for four, then a thick edge for four. Nine runs off the Anderson over.

1:59pm
OVER 32: WI 97/2 (Brathwaite 52* S Hope 19*)
Woakesy’s pace is not what it has sometimes (before injury?) been. He tries two short balls here, one to each man, both sit up nice and friendly likes, and each man pulls him for three. Brathwaite’s shot takes him to a gritty, if slightly fortunate, half century. Well batted.

1:52pm
OVER 31: WI 91/2 (Brathwaite 49* S Hope 16*)
Anderson, with three slips, a gully, and a man at short mid on for the mis-hit drive, gets to work on Hope. The batsman, trying to shovel him through leg, is squared up and beaten all ends up by a ball that moves away. Very next delivery, either down to bravery or foolishness, he tries the exact same shot and nails it through the legside for four.

1:48pm
OVER 30: WI 87/2 (Brathwaite 49* S Hope 12*)
Blameless start from all parties. Woakes hitting his line and length, Shai Hope leaving and lining the ball up well. Blameless start from NEARLY all parties, I should say: the ball has misbehaved here, keeping low.

1:41pm
The players are back out
Chris Woakes has the ball.

1:15pm
Mike Atherton on England asking the umpire to make the decision on that catch
“Disappointing from England. Even if Westley did not know, Stokes did. He saw it.”

1:12pm
LUNCH: West Indies 86/2 (Brathwaite 49* S Hope 11*) 29 overs, chasing 322
West Indies battled hard this morning. Anderson and Broad were a really tough prospect. There was a rotten bit of luck for the tourists when Kyle Hope was run out backing up.

12:59pm
OVER 27: WI 85/2 (Brathwaite 49* S Hope 10*)
Moeen is getting some turn but these gus are playing him pretty well, all told.

12:55pm
OVER 26: WI 84/2 (Brathwaite 48* S Hope 10*)
Chris Woakes with a good ball, Shai Hope trapped on the crease and hit on the pads. Umpire S Ravi fancies this is going down leg, calls not out, and is correct to do so. England, whose use (or rather, non-use) of the review has been exemplary so far today, choose not to ask the third umpire. An attractive back-foot drive from Shai Hope gives him four.

12:49pm
OVER 25: WI 80/2 (Brathwaite 48* S Hope 6*)
Brathwaite, who has been under pressure but has remained positive, slogs Moeen for four.

12:48pm
OVER 24: WI 73/2 (Brathwaite 43* S Hope 4*)
Titanic eight-over spell from Broad. Nicest man in cricket Chris Woakes comes on, keeps the pressure right on there as he swings the first one past the outside edge of S Hope’s bat. Bit of legside stuff later in the over though.

12:39pm
OVER 23: WI 70/2 (Brathwaite 43* S Hope 3*)
Off his seventh ball, Hope is off the mark. A nice drive for three into the covers off Mo.

12:39pm
OVER 22: WI 67/2 (Brathwaite 43* S Hope 0*)
Broad continues his dissection of Brathwaite, he’s beating his edge repeatedly. But Brathwaite hanging in there. Overpitches though here, and Brathwaite drives him for four! Batted.

12:32pm
OVER 21: WI 61/2 (Brathwaite 37* S Hope 0*)
A Moeen maiden. He is getting significant turn.

12:31pm
OVER 20: WI 61/2 (Brathwaite 37* S Hope 0*)
Brathwaite, having unwittingly caused the demise of one Hope, is joined by A New Hope. But Shai can watch from the “safety” of the non-striker’s end for a bit as Brathwaite tries to deal with a tail-up Stuart Broad. Thick edge! Four. Another thick edge! Another four. Broad is all over Brathwaite here.

12:22pm
WICKET! K Hope run out 0
Oh that is an absolute bison of a way to go. Poor old Kyle Hope. He is at the non-striker’s end, Brathwaite wellies the ball back at the bowler Broad, who drops a regulation caught and bowled. SB gets two hands on it, cannot hold on, but the ball is hit hard enough that its momentum keeps it going and it crashes into the non-striker’s stumps. Kyle Hope is run out by a street and, well, that’s just a sickener for the lad. FOW 53/2

12:19pm
OVER 19: WI 53/1 (Brathwaite 29* K Hope 0*)
Hope gets the pulse racing when he plays back to Moeen’s quicker, flatter ball… but he gets the bat down.

12:18pm
OVER 18: WI 52/1 (Brathwaite 28* K Hope 0*)
Broad (and Anderson) really putting some mustard on it this morning, this one absolutely pings off a length from Stuart and climbs past the Brathwaite edge. Kraiggggg faces five, takes a single off the last.

And that will give him first look at Moeen Ali, who is to bowl the next over.

12:09pm
OVER 17: WI 49/1 (Brathwaite 25* K Hope 0*)
Brathwaite edges the ball. It goes to third slip, Westley the man who grabs it. Has it bounced? Westley is non-plussed, not really claming it. Stokes next to him looks also unsure. The umpires are going to have to sort this one out. They decide it has bounced before going into Westley’s hands, and the TV evidence is clear. Not out. (It was a ‘soft signal’ not out on the field, too.)

12:05pm
OVER 16: WI 46/1 (Brathwaite 22*)
That off the last ball of the over. Who knows if the verbals with Anderson played a part in Powell’s loose shot?

12:01pm
WICKET! Powell c Stokes b Broad 23
Broad the triumphant bowler, and you have to sat that it has been coming. Full ball, Powell pushes hard at it, he’s not really moved his feet. Loose. Flies waist-high to Stokes at fourth slip, he does the rest. FOW 46/1

12:00pm
OVER 15: WI 43/0 (Powell 23* Brathwaite 19*)
Anderson finds Powell’s edge, it flies wide of slips for four. At the end of the over, the batsman and bowler exchange a few words, and there’s a bit of macho posturing, coming quite close to each other. Ump steps in.

Gower on the arbitrary-seeming sudden attention on swearing. “You should not have a rule just handed down like that, it’s like a rule handed down by Brussels”

11:54am
OVER 14: WI 39/0 (Powell 19* Brathwaite 19*)
Broad seams it past Powell’s edge. Now Powell drives, square of the wicket, flamboyant and on the up! West Indies opener rolling back the years there. Lovely stuff. Crunching four. Single to cover, and now a couple to Brathwaite complete a productive over for the tourists. Nasser Hussain notes the pleasing symmetry of the fact that both batsmen have 19 from 42 balls.

11:48am
OVER 13: WI 32/0 (Powell 14* Brathwaite 17*)
Brathwaite really under the pump here. Anderson has the scalpel out. Thick edge flies wide of fourth slip – there is no gully, incidentally. Now Anderson hits him on the pads with a ball that moves late, but this is going to miss off stump and England are again correct not to review. Beaten later in the over again, by a ball that keeps low.

11:45am
OVER 12: WI 28/0 (Powell 14* Brathwaite 13*)
Two nice shots in this over, one per batter. Broad overpitches, smartly driven by Brathwaite for four down the ground. And now Powell drills the ball through mid on for four as well. G’wan West Indies.

11:42am
OVER 11: WI 19/0 (Powell 10* Brathwaite 8*)
You don’t get many freebies from Anderson, so it’s gather ye rosebuds while ye may* for Powell as he tucks this legside ball away for four.

Let’s see if we cannot get some more up-to-date references into the blog as the day goes on, mm? 1648 to start us off with.

* [Robert Herrick, 1648]

11:36am
OVER 10: WI 15/0 (Powell 6* Brathwaite 8*)
Broad is all over Brathwaite here, he’s jagging the ball off the seam and, at time of writing, he looks a class above the West Indies opening bat. And here he is with a perfect delivery, quick and on Broad’s perfect length, it does just enough. Edged. Cook! Has dropped it. It came quick, but it was at a nice height and very much in Cook’s wheelhouse at first slip. A surprising drop, England’s fourth of the game. I believe that makes 11 for the match in total?

11:31am
OVER 9: WI 11/0 (Powell 6* Brathwaite 4*)
Some searching stuff from Anderson but also a few down the legside. For a split second there it looked like Powell had auto-asphyxiated himself into a legside strange. But not. He has survived this maiden over.

11:25am
OVER 8: WI 11/0 (Powell 6* Brathwaite 4*)
Broad to Powell. Edge first ball! Four through the slips. He is squared up second ball but squirts a single. Broad was a bit leg-sidey earlier in the match but this is classy stuff: perfect channel, nibble, one ball keeps low. Tough exam. Brathwaite survives.

11:20am
OVER 7: WI 6/0 (Powell 1* Brathwaite 4*)
A leg bye gets Powell down the other end. Four slips await, but it’s the ball in to the right-handed Brathwaite that is the first moment of note on day five. It comes back in and raps him on the pad as he tries to shovel away to the legside. Height the saviour, England do not review. Now he beats him outside off. This is a spicy over from Anderson, he gets the ball to climb sharply off a length. Brathwaite does well/is a bit lucky to survive the over.

11:14am
Right then!
The England players emerge, the skies are leaden, the West Indies are chasing 322. So far, they’ve got 5/0.

West Indies resume on 5/0 (Powell 1* Brathewaite 4*) off 6 overs

Powell is the man on strike, and one JM Anderson is the man with the ball in his hand.

10:50am
Scyld Berry on yesterday’s play
Moeen Ali owed England, after dropping a sitter in West Indies’ first innings, and he repaid as handsomely as he cover-drove. Moeen’s 84 off only 93 balls enabled England to set a target of 322, which on a wearing pitch would be very challenging for a team used to winning, never mind losing.

Moeen took the bubble that is West Indian self-belief and, with the rapier he wields, burst it long before it could become a balloon. When he came in, England were only 143 runs ahead. When he lofted to long-on, England were out of sight, like an escaped prisoner from Armley jail down the road.

10:41am
Sir Ian Botham’s pitch report
Sir Ian says that it’s turning off the pitch, there are some cracks. “Jimmy will be delighted, he has got cloud cover. And Moeen will have a big part to play.”

10:36am
The first thing to tell you is that there is a delayed start at Headingley. 11.15am kick off. Wet outfield.

10:33am
Good morning
Tyers here. Day five of the Test match, the closest Test we have had for a while.

ICC 2017: India Vs Pakistan (Final)

ICC 2017: India Vs Pakistan (Final)


Key players:

India’s top order has been in superb form so far, and they will be the key for India once again. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli have all been scoring with ease, while Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav come in as solid back-up for the opening trio. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah will look to strike early with the ball.

For Pakistan, pacer Mohammad Amir is fit to play again, and will once again be key to their hopes. Fellow fast bowler Hasan Ali has played well after the opening game, and will look to continue his run in the final. The likes of Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed and Fakhar Zaman will carry their batting hopes.

LIVE UPDATES:

21:59 hrs IST: Virat Kohli: The way they turned things around, it was amazing. They can upset anyone on their day. I have a smile on my face because I am very proud of the boys. Credit to Pakistan; they outplayed us. They were more intense and more passionate. With the ball, we could have had more wicket-taking opportunities. Sometimes, the opposition does play very well. Even with the ball, they were very aggressive. Hardik played well.

21:55 hrs IST:Hasan Ali is the player of the tournament for his haul of 13 wickets. “I have learnt from the beginning that fitness is important. The tournament was good for me. I hope I continue like this.”

21:48 hrs IST: Azhar Mahmood: He (Hasan Ali) is a young guy and bowls with a big of heart. Every time he runs in, he wants to get a wicket. The attitude is brilliant. He is a match winner for us

21:46 hrs IST: Mickey Arthur: It has been an up and down ride. After the India game, we came back superbly. We knew we were better than that. The whole group came together and kept believing and that was a superb thing. We wanted to be a lot more consistent. It has been a remarkable achievement. We have got a group of young players. We are on the right track, everything is going right at the moment

21:41 hrs IST: Shoaib Malik: It’s very hard to describe (the feeling). I guess the roads will be full (in Pakistan) and they’ll be celebrating even though it is Ramadan. I want to congratulate the Pakistani people. Things like this bring us united

21:38 hrs IST: Sarfraz with his kid and his wife are there to soak in the atmosphere. This is truly one of the best moments in this tournament so far. And this is the second time Sarfraz has achieved success on the big stage against India. In the 2006 U-19 World Cup, he led Pakistan to victory in the final against India.

21:37 hrs IST: Mohammad Amir: At the start, Kohli. Rohit and Shikhar.. they were in great form but I did it. To be honest, it is a teamwork. After the South Africa game, the way we played. That game gave us the momentum.

21:35 hrs IST: Imad Wasim: Nothing gets bigger than this. Seems like we are playing in Pakistan and thanks to all those who supported. I am sure the roads are full in Pakistan, people will be celebrating and I can’t wait to get back. We sat down together after the first game.

21:28 hrs IST: WICKET! Hasan Ali fittingly gets the third wicket and Pakistan have thrashed India by 180 runs to seal the Champions Trophy title. What a performance. What a comeback. This is like the vintage victory of 1992, only this time getting the better of India. Take a bow, Pakistan.

21:23 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Bhuvneshwar miscues the lofted shot but it lands safely at cover.

21:18 hrs IST: What a performance this is from Pakistan. No one would have expected this, especially considering that they are the No.8 side in the world.

21:15 hrs IST: WICKET! Pakistan are one wicket away from the title. Good length ball in the channel outside off, Ashwin wafts at it and the edge is taken by Sarfraz. What a performance.

21:11 hrs IST: WICKET! Jadeja departs and with that India’s hopes! Good length ball outside off, Jadeja goes for the cut and the edge is taken at first slip. Ravindra Jadeja c Babar Azam b Junaid Khan 15 (26).

21:05 hrs IST: WICKET! Tragedy! What a way for Pandya to go. Jadeja taps it to point and Pandya thinks about a single, but Jadeja is not interested and he is run-out. he is furious as he walks off. Hardik Pandya run-out 76 (43), India 152/7.

21:00 hrs IST: Another big six from Pandya. He is playing an absolute blinder. Pakistan are taking this too lightly one feels. Another six and Pandya is closing in on a ton.

20:54 hrs IST: Third six and it is Hardik Pandya’s 2nd fifty in ODIs. This is great hitting and he finishes the over with a crunching cover drive. 23 runs in Shahdab Khan’s sixth over and it has spoiled his figures totally.

20:50 hrs IST: Another massive six. Pandya sizes up on another flighted delivery and deposits it into the stands at deep mid wicket. Next ball, he follows up with another massive six over long on. This is great hitting.

20:46 hrs IST: Pandya gets India past 100. That was a poor ball from Shahdab as India stay afloat in this match. Can Pakistan finish the job?

20:42 hrs IST: Imad wasim is walking off the field. It looks like he has injured his ankle. Over will be completed by the centurion, Fakhar Zaman.

20:41 hrs IST: Pandya and Jadeja, along with Ashwin, are the last recognised batsmen in the Indian team. However, this could be too tall a task even for them.

20:36 hrs IST: WHAM! Shahdab tosses this delivery up, Pandya sizes it up and launches it over long on for a massive six. Some good hits are ensuring that India somehow stay afloat in the contest.

20:33 hrs IST: Brilliant shot from Hardik Pandya. Hasan Ali bangs a short ball on middle stump, Pandya uses the bat as a ramp and periscopes it to the third man fence. Some good shots being played.

20:31 hrs IST: WICKET! Kedar Jadhav horribly mistimes the pull shot and Sarfraz Ahmed runs to shortish cover and takes the catch. The whole Pakistan team roar. Kedar Jadhav c Sarfraz Ahmed b Shahdab Khan 9 (13).

20:29 hrs IST: Pandya cracks a pull shot to deep point. but, advantage Pakistan.

20:26 hrs IST: India bat deep but the situation is such that Pakistan can afford to relax slightly.

20:17 hrs IST: WICKET! Dhoni falls and India are in massive trouble. Short ball and Dhoni pulls it to deep square leg but Imad Wasim dives forward to take the catch. Pakistan are all over India like a rash. MS Dhoni c Imad Wasim b Hasan Ali 4 (16)

20:14 hrs IST: WICKET! Shahdab gets Yuvraj. The teenager forced Sarfraz to take the review and it is a great one. It pitched in line and it broke back in as it hit the pad first, umpire says not out but the review forces him to overturn the decision. Yuvraj Singh LBW Shahdab Khan 22 (31).

20:07 hrs IST: Dhoni has scored just one run in 10 balls. Maybe he is biding his time. These two veterans have a tall task.

19:56 hrs IST: Yuvraj greets Mohammad Hafeez with three boundaries as India aim to rebuild. India 47/3 after 10 overs. So far, it is Pakistan’s game but this Indian line-up bat pretty deep.

19:54 hrs IST: WICKET! Amir, you beauty. Good length cross-seamed ball in the zone outside off, Dhawan edges it to the keeper. Shikhar Dhawan 21 (22)

19:48 hrs IST: Dhawan slams two boundaries off Junaid Khan and the Indian contingent have found their voice. He now holds the key in this big chase.

19:43 hrs IST: Yuvraj is struggling to rotate the strike. Dhawan needs to take more of the strike if India are to make a move on.

19:38 hrs IST: Short and on middle stump, Yuvraj goes for the pull and gets a top edge that goes to the fine leg fence. Next ball, Junaid beats him with a ball that leaps up from the deck.

19:34 hrs IST: Another fine shot from Dhawan. He punches a length ball through the gap at cover for the second boundary in the over. However, the last ball is in the air but it is wide of the point fielder. Excellent spell this from Amir.

19:33 hrs IST: First boundary of the Indian innings. Short ball from Amir and Dhawan pulls it to long leg, one bounce over the ropes. That should settle the nerves.

19:31 hrs IST: Junaid Khan bowls a maiden. But, considering Kohli’s prowess while chasing, this situation is grave for India. Pakistan over the moon.

19:25 hrs IST: WICKET! Massive wicket. The Pakistan fans have gone berserk. Full ball and it holds its line on off stump, Kohli attempts the flick and the leading edge is taken at point. India in massive trouble at 6/2.

19:24 hrs IST: DROPPED! OMG! You cannot drop Kohli. He will make you pay. Hold on, he doesn’t.

19:20 hrs IST: Steady start for Junaid Khan as he concedes just two runs. India 4/1 in two overs.

19:18 hrs IST: Amir beats Kohli with a peach of a delivery that just nips back late outside off. Junaid Khan to start proceedings at the other end.

19:15 hrs IST: Brilliant work from Amir! He gets this delivery to straighten on the middle and leg stump line and Rohit is trapped in front. He is pumped up and Pakistan continue their great work.

19:10 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are out in the middle. Mohammad Amir will open the bowling. How will India approach this chase?

18:48 hrs IST: Fakhar Zaman: I got lucky with the no-ball. The experience has been very good. It is a final and versus India, I just enjoyed my evening. I wasn’t feeling well after the practice session yesterday but thanks to the physio I am here. He was me all through the night. I thought I wouldn’t be able to play but he convinced me. There was a bit of swing in the wicket and I was taking my time

18:43 hrs IST: Pakistan have ended up on 338/4, their highest total in the Champions Trophy 2017. What a performance. Pakistan have put themselves in a great position but with India’s power-packed batting line-up, one does not know what a good total will be.

18:39 hrs IST: Hafeez slams yet another six off Bhuvneshwar. The wide yorker is not working. Bhuvi just missed his length there.

18:36 hrs IST: Hafeez gets to his 32nd fifty but Bumrah has overstepped for the second time in this over and third time in the match. Can Pakistan reach 350?

18:29 hrs IST: The fifty-run stand is up between Imad and Wasim. Pakistan should try and get close to 350 now. However, Bhuvneshwar concedes five runs in the 48th over.

18:27 hrs IST: The innings break is fast approaching but the action does not stop. India vs Pakistan hockey is live. Follow live updates here.

18:25 hrs IST: Imad wasim blasts a full ball from Bumrah down the ground as Pakistan make great progress.

18:20 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar has been taken to the cleaners by Hafeez. He launches a length ball over deep mid wicket for his second six. 11 runs in Bhuvi’s eighth over as Pakistan cross 300.

18:16 hrs IST: 16 runs in Kedar Jadhav’s over. That experiment ends but now, the attention shifts to India vs Pakistan hockey clash. This is a double delight today.

18:14 hrs IST: In the air and just over! Hafeez lofts Kedar Jadhav over long on as Hardik Pandya attempts a reverse cupped catch but it goes over his head.

18:12 hrs IST: Pakistan are not far away from 300. What is important though that Hafeez must stay in the end if they are to reach a total in excess of 300.

18:10 hrs IST: Bumrah misses his line again. On the pads and Hafeez flicks it to the deep square leg fence for a boundary.

18:06 hrs IST: WICKET! Massive blow this. Jadhav floats this delivery up outside off and Azam miscues the lofted shot as Yuvraj Singh takes the catch at widish long off. Babar Azam c Yuvraj Singh b Kedar Jadhav 46 (52).

18:02 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar has figures of 7-2-20-1. He will bowl his remaining overs in the death as Pakistan continue to march towards 300.

18:00 hrs IST: Great batting from Hafeez. He comes down the track but Bhuvneshwar shortens the length, the batsman adjusts and wallops the pull to deep mid wicket for a boundary.

17:57 hrs IST: Jadeja once again leaks runs as Pakistan score 10 runs in the 41st over. Mohammad Hafeez has started off well with two boundaries.

17:55 hrs IST: 10 overs remain. Pakistan are 247/3. They must get to over 300 and possibly 350 if they have to put India under pressure.

17:53 hrs IST: WICKET! Bhuvneshwar removed Malik. Short ball outside off, Malik slaps it without any timing to deep cover and the catch is taken. Shoaib Malik c Kedar Jadhav b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 12 (16).

17:48 hrs IST: Kedar Jadhav has come on to bowl but he concedes seven runs in his first over.

17:40 hrs IST: Only 13 overs remain. Pakistan are 227/2. Azam holds the key now and he gets the over off to a great start with a boundary off Hardik.

17:38 hrs IST: Shoaib Malik gets into the action now. He comes down the track and hammers Jadeja inside out over deep extra cover for a boundary.

17:32 hrs IST: Attempted yorker from Bumrah but he bowls a full toss on the pads as Azam whips it to the deep square leg.

17:25 hrs IST: WICKET! Great catch by Jadeja. Zaman tries to slice it over backward point but Jadeja runs back and takes a great catch. Ends a fantastic knock from Zaman. Fakhar Zaman c Jadeja b Hardik Pandya 114 (106). Pakistan 200/2 after 33.1 overs.

17:22 hrs IST: Pakistan are 200/1 after 33 overs. The platform is now set for the final onslaught. If Azam gets his timing back, Pakistan can then think of going past 350.

17:19 hrs IST: Zaman is trying to be aggressive after going past 100 but he is mistiming the shot. However, he gets his timing right by launching Ashwin into the stands at deep mid wicket. Shades of Phil Hughes when he played that slog sweep.

17:14 hrs IST: Point to be noted! India might not be too disheartened by Zaman’s 100. In the history of the Champions Trophy, whenever a batsman has scored a 100 in the first innings, the team has lost.

17:12 hrs IST: Second drinks break. This is an excellent exhibition of batting from Fakhar Zaman. Remember this name. Can Pakistan go past 300 or will India strike at regular wickets?

17:09 hrs IST: Brilliant! Sublime! Take a bow, Fakhar Zaman. You are indeed a superstar. Flighted delivery and wide outside off, Zaman reaches out and thwacks the pull to deep square leg. Gets to a hundred off 92 balls. The Pakistan fans go berserk. This has been a great exhibition of batting.

17:05 hrs IST: Babar Azam is struggling to middle the ball. The partnership has reached fifty between Zaman and Azam with the left-hander contributing 40 of them.

17:02 hrs IST: Only one run in the 28th over. Ashwin pulls things back but things are far from ideal for India.

16:56 hrs IST: Should Kedar Jadhav be introduced into the attack? Kohli must try to get Zaman out at least.

16:54 hrs IST: 17 runs in Ashwin’s seventh over. Zaman is on 89*. The off-spinner’s figures currently read 7-0-53-0. Pakistan are 167/1 in 27 overs. A total of over 300 is on the cards.

16:53 hrs IST: Awesome batting from Zaman. He reaches out to a slow delivery and forehands it down the ground for another six. He has really accelerated it.

16:50 hrs IST: Brilliant batting. Jadeja tosses this delivery up and Zaman dances down the track to wallop it to the deep extra cover boundary. Pakistan are 151/1 after 26 overs.

16:48 hrs IST: Crunch! Zaman launches Jadeja over long on for a 96-meter six and next ball, he slaps a short ball to the deep backward point fence. That will get him going after the run-out of Azhar Ali.

16:46 hrs IST: India are pulling things back slowly here. After 25 overs, Pakistan are 134/1.

16:43 hrs IST: Babar Azam is the new batsman. Zaman has to stay calm if he has to build on Pakistan’s great start.

16:41 hrs IST: WICKET! Poor running. Azhar nudges it to mid wicket but the batsman is watching the fielder, but Bumrah dives and Azhar is sent back. Easy run-out and Pakistan lose their first wicket. Azhar Ali run-out 59 (71).

16:39 hrs IST: Appeal for a run-out but Zaman is safe. Good throw from Yuvraj.

16:35 hrs IST: Poor bowling this from Jadeja. Azhar pounces on two short and wide deliveries as Pakistan find the boundary on a regular basis. Pakistan are 125/0 after 22 overs.

16:29 hrs IST: Brilliant stuff from Zaman and Azhar as they bring up their fifties. This is Azhar’s 12th fifty while for Zaman, it is his third consecutive fifty. What a star this left-hander has become.

16:25 hrs IST: Cracking shot from Zaman again. Short and wide outside off from Jadeja, Zaman rocks back and crunches the square cut to the deep point fence.

16:23 hrs IST: Both batsmen are nearing fifties. India are trying to dry up the flow of runs. Pakistan are 103/0 after 19 overs. Not a huge run-rate though but it is decent for a final.

16:18 hrs IST: Fantastic shot from Zaman and Pakistan have crossed 100. Virat Kohli might be a bit worried.

16:16 hrs IST: Drinks are on the field. This is a dream start for Pakistan. India, for the first time, are under pressure.

16:11 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Short ball on leg stump, Azhar looks to pull to mid wicket but miscues it totally, one hand came off the bat handle as the ball lands safely. India are 93/0 after 17 overs.

16:09 hrs IST: This is now the highest opening stand for Pakistan in ICC events against India. The previous best was the 84-run stand between Aamer Sohail and Saeed Anwar in Bangalore in the 1996 World Cup.

16:04 hrs IST: Azhar survives a stifled LBW appeal as Zaman continues to attack the short ball. Good end to the over as Azhar Ali cracks a short and wide delivery to point. Pakistan 86/0 after 15 overs.

16:00 hrs IST: The partnership is moving on at steady pace. Ashwin is not finding either his line or length as Pakistan comfortably tackle him.

15:56 hrs IST: Bumrah continues to leak runs as his figures read 5-0-36-0. Pakistan are 74/0 after 13 overs.

15:52 hrs IST: Great news for badminton fans. Kidambi Srikanth wins the Indonesian Superseries with a 21-11, 21-19 win over Japan’s Kazumasa Saki. Magnificent stuff. Congrats.

15:51 hrs IST: Fine way to end the over. Zaman dances down the track and flicks it to deep mid wicket for a boundary. Pakistan are 69/0 after 12 overs.

15:48 hrs IST: Glorious shot from Zaman as he punches a full ball straight down the ground for another boundary. Pakistan are 63/0 after 11 overs.

15:47 hrs IST: Missed run-out! Azhar Ali nudges it to mid wicket and takes off for a quick single. Rohit Sharma has a shy at the bowler’s end but misses. Azhar would have been a goner.

15:43 hrs IST: Inside-edge but safe! The quicker ball from Ashwin and Zaman hangs back on the crease, he gets an inside edge and it rolls to fine leg. Pakistan are 56/0 after 10 overs.

15:41 hrs IST: Another maiden over from Bhuvneshwar. His figures currently read 5-2-10-0. Azhar Ali brings up the 50-run opening stand with a sweep off Ashwin. India need to break this stand urgently.

15:36 hrs IST: THUMP! First six of the match as Azhar Ali launches Ashwin over long off. This is now a solid opening partnership.

15:35 hrs IST: Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack. Key period this for both Zaman and Azhar. Pakistan have to build on a strong start.

15:32 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar pulls things back with a tight over. However, on the second ball, Azhar Ali survived a close chance as the edge fell short of the bowler. Pakistan 38/0 after seven overs.

15:28 hrs IST: This is a confident start from Pakistan’s openers. Azhar Ali clips a full and slow ball on the pads to the deep square leg boundary and India are 36/0 after six overs. In Indonesia, Kidambi Srikanth has won the first game 21-11 in the final.

15:25 hrs IST: Edged and four! India’s bowlers are under pressure. Azhar Ali flashes hard and it races away to the third man boundary. Pakistan are 31/1 after 5.1 overs.

15:24 hrs IST: Zaman once again goes for the attack. He steps down the track and hacks a pull shot to the deep square leg boundary.

15:22 hrs IST: Bhuvi tries the bouncer and Zaman goes for the pull, but the ball clangs the helmet and goes away to the third man boundary for four leg-byes. The left-hander has a weakness for the short ball but he still goes for the shots.

15:20 hrs IST: Two boundaries in the over. First, Zaman courtesy an inside edge and Azhar Ali through a forehand slap down the ground. Pakistan 19/0 after four overs.

15:17 hrs IST: EDGED and TAKEN! India strike or have they? Fakhar Zaman edges an away-swinger from Bumrah to the keeper but he has overstepped. Wasted opportunity for India

15:11 hrs IST: Missed run-out chance! Zaman taps it to short cover and sets off for a quick single, the fielder swoops in and has a shy at the bowler’s end but misses. Zaman would have been a goner.

15:09 hrs IST: Steady start for Bumrah as well. Pakistan not showing any panic. After two overs, they are 3/0.

15:07 hrs IST: Today is father’s day and there has been plenty of posts about how the India vs Pakistan rivalry is like a father-son relationship. Many fans have called India the father of Pakistan.

15:05 hrs IST: Jasprit Bumrah opens the bowling from the other end to Fakhar Zaman. Survives a close LBW appeal first up but the ball was going down leg side.

15:03 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar does not do a Zaheer Khan of 2003. He begins with a maiden. Some inswing and outswing on offer for Bhuvi.

15:01 hrs IST: Right, the Pakistani openers are out in the middle. Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali are opening the batting while Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts off proceedings with the ball.

14:55 hrs IST: The Indian national anthem is being played first, which will be followed by the national anthem of Pakistan. We are almost nearing action.

14:53 hrs IST: Mohammad Hafeez and Shikhar Dhawan are enjoying a wonderful moment as they laugh and chat. The teams are headed for the national anthems

14:47 hrs IST: Other than the mega-final in cricket, there is also the hockey match between India vs Pakistan in London. Plus, there is also the Indonesian Open final which will feature Kidambi Srikanth. Both will be covered here.

14:39 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the teams

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah

14:32 hrs IST: India win the toss and have opted to bowl versus Pakistan. Ravichandran Ashwin is fit for India and Kohli’s side are unchanged. Mohammad Amir is back for Pakistan, replacing Ruman Raees.

14:23 hrs IST: Just seven minutes to go for the toss. What should be the team’s strategy if they win the toss? Possibly bat first.

ICC 2017: India or Pakistan?

ICC 2017: India or Pakistan?


Pakistan’s turnaround in the Champions Trophy has been “magnificent”, said India captain Virat Kohli after his side set up Sunday’s final against their fierce rivals.

India eased to a nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in Thursday’s semi-final.

Pakistan were comfortably beaten by defending champions India in their opening game but shocked hosts England in the first semi-final on Wednesday. “They’ve turned around things for themselves really well,” said Kohli.

After that opening defeat by India, Pakistan also beat number one-ranked side South Africa and Sri Lanka in the group stages before their eight-wicket victory over England to reach Sunday’s final at The Oval.

“They’ve beaten sides that looked really strong against them, but the belief just showed on the field the way they played together as a team,” said Kohli.

Matches between India and Pakistan are the most-watched in cricket and generate some of the highest audiences in world sport, but the two sides have never previously faced each other in a global 50-over final. “Regardless of who you play in the final, it’s always going to be challenging because once you start thinking that it’s a big game, then your mindset changes,” added Kohli.

“What we are going to try to do is repeat the similar sort of cricket that we have played so far, knowing the strengths and weaknesses they have.” Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten 123 and Kohli added 96 not out as India serenely chased 265 to beat Bangladesh.

However, Bangladesh had looked set to post a much more challenging score at 154-2, only for Kohli to turn to the part-time off-spin of Kedar Jadhav. Kohli’s decision was vindicated as Jadhav removed both Tamim Iqbal (70) and Mushfiqur Rahim (61) during a tight spell by India’s spinners but the captain admitted that Jadhav’s two wickets were “a bonus.”

“With one left-hander batting, we knew that he had the ability to get in two or three dot balls to the left-hander every over, but it ended up changing the whole game for us,” said Kohli. He added that he could not “take the whole credit” as he also turned to advice from wicketkeeper and former captain MS Dhoni. “We both decided that Kedar is a good option at the moment, and he bowled really well. He doesn’t bowl much in the nets, but he’s a smart cricketer,” added Kohli.

‘We will be better next time’

Bangladesh reached their first global semi-final thanks to victory over New Zealand in the group stages but again struggled to take wickets, having claimed just 12 in the whole tournament. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza said his side also could not keep relying on Tamim, Mushfiqur, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah for runs but added his young side will be ready to “do better” at the World Cup in 2019, also being played in England and Wales.

“We are coming up still, we need to learn so many things, but I think we need to be a little bit more ready mentally to play this sort of match,” said Mortaza.

“Once you are ready mentally, anything can be possible. I know next time the boys will learn.”

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