Cowan pokes Siddle, Tendulkar leaves for four

Updated: 29 December 2011 11:44 IST

When Peter Siddle got R Ashwin caught at forward short leg, he ran into an enthusiastic, and helmeted, Ed Cowan.

Cowan pokes Siddle, Tendulkar leaves for four
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Melbourne:

Here are Plays of the Day from the fourth day of the first Test between Australia and India in Melbourne.

The half appeal

When Umesh Yadav hit Michael Hussey's pad in the 64th over of Australia's innings, India had Hussey lbw for the second time in the innings. On both occasions it was Yadav bowling. On both occasions India put in only a half appeal. It is unlikely India would have gone for the DRS review on those appeals even if it was available. It could be reading too much into it, but Hussey does seem to have a pretty effective way of dealing with leg-before appeals: he sets off for a leg-bye immediately, and that could distract from an appeal.

The all-four run

Before the match, MS Dhoni said one of the challenges for him would be to defend the big field. He said batsmen could run four or five here, but that usually only happened in the days of the fence (the current boundary rope makes the field just that bit smaller). Yet, it happened today when Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan presumed a Ben Hilfenhaus cut would reach the boundary. The ball, however, pulled up just inside the rope, and by the time the ball could be retrieved we had the first all-four-run of the match.

The leaves

Amid the falling wickets, India would have taken all the runs that came their way. And Tendulkar found an innovative way to score when on two occasions he wound up guiding James Pattinson for fours when actually looking to leave the ball alone. On both occasions he was late in the act of withdrawing the bat. One went through fine leg, one through the gap between slips and gully.

The no-ball drama

For a few agonising seconds, Pattinson must have thought this was a desperately unlucky afternoon for him. He had got VVS Laxman caught at square leg, but the umpires asked Laxman to hang on for a bit. They wanted to check the front foot. The crowd booed. The replays were touch and go, but the umpires ruled he had just enough part of the foot behind the line. The roof came off when the finger went up again.

The poke

This celebration could have easily gone wrong. When Peter Siddle got R Ashwin caught at forward short leg, he ran into an enthusiastic, and helmeted, Ed Cowan. The peak of the helmet got Siddle in the eye. Siddle, though, charged in for another over before ending his spell, which ruled out any major discomfort.

The applause

You can't blame the MCG crowd for not knowing a big moment when they see one. Tendulkar had just been caught at gully, the Australians were almost done celebrating, and suddenly another fresh round of loud applause went around the MCG. Then you realised they were bidding farewell to Tendulkar, who might not be seen at this ground in whites again. If he does, he will have to be playing the Boxing Day Test in 2014.

Topics : Cricket Peter Siddle South Africa India Ed Cowan Australia India in Australia, 2011-12
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