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The 2006/7 Ashes

Gilchrist hits 2nd fastest Test century - The Breakdown

 

With the fall of Symonds' wicket at the end of the 92nd over, Adam Gilchrist entered the fray and unbeknown to everyone at the ground and at home we were about to witness one of Test cricket's most mesmerising innings.

93rd Over – Gilchrist stayed at the non strikers end with Michael Clarke facing the six balls and with a cut off the last ball Clarke retains the strike with a single.

94th Over – Clarke hoggs the strike again but with the fifth ball of the over Clarke rocks back and cuts it to extra cover for a single. This brings Gilchrist into the firing line and with the Western Australian on a pair, fielders surround the all rounder. Game on !

Ball No
Bowler Description
Runs
Total
1
Panesar Defended to Leg
0
0
2
Flintoff Shoulders Arms
0
0
3
Flintoff Streaky shot through Gully Region
4
4
4
Flintoff Pushed through the covers
0
4
5
Flintoff Hit on the pad while attempting a pull shot
0
4
6
Flintoff Awesome shot through the covers, 2nd four of the over
4
8
7
Flintoff Again misses an aggressive pull
0
8
8
Flintoff No stroke offered
0
8
9
Flintoff Dfensive stroke, straighter delivery
0
8
10
Flintoff Again no shot offered, ball outisde off
0
8
11
Flintoff Worked off his hip, good running
2
10
12
Flintoff Punched off the back foot
0
10
13
Flintoff Pull to deep midwicket
1
11
14
Panesar Great aggressive shot through extra cover
4
15
15
Panesar Sweeping fails to connect but scamper for leg byes
2lb
15
16
Panesar Flicked down leg side to long-on
2
17
17
Panesar Defended
0
17
18
Panesar Late cut to third man
4
21
19
Panesar Pulled to square leg for one run
1
22
20
Pietersen Pietersen impresses, no run, good ball
0
22
21
Pietersen Turned around the corner for two
2
24
22
Pietersen Beaten by a cracker, flies past slips
1
25
23
Mahmood Pulled around the corner, welcome back Saj !
4
29
24
Mahmood Defends a straighter delivery
0
29
25
Mahmood Timed through mid-wicket for three
3
32
26
Pietersen Powerfull sweep, his sixth boundary
4
36
27
Pietersen Gilchrist beaten by the spin
0
36
28
Pietersen Swept in front of square
3
39
29
Pietersen Pushed to off defensively
0
39
30
Pietersen No run
0
39
31
Mahmood Flamboyant attacking shot but fails to connect
0
39
32
Mahmood Crashing shot through Mid-Wicket
4
43
33
Mahmood Pushed off his legs
1
44
34
Panesar Wide delivery no run
0
44
35
Panesar Dancing down the track, one bounce into the fence
4
48
36
Panesar Defended for no run
0
48
37
Panesar Driven to Mid-Off
1
49
38
Mahmood Crowd think he has his fifty, Dar signals a leg bye
1lb
49
39
Panesar Wide delivery defended on the front foot
0
49
40
Panesar Driven through cover and that's his fifty (his fastest Test 50)
2
51
41
Panesar Awesome straight drive into the crowd
6
57
42
Panesar Another straight drive but further back into the crowd
6
63
43
Panesar Is there no stopping him ? Swing over Mid-Wicket
4
67
44
Panesar We are not worthy, another maximum, same place
6
73
45
Mahmood Eases it to Mid-Off
1
74
46
Hoggard Magnificent Hook, another maximum this time off Hoggie
6
80
47
Hoggard Dug out a fuller ball to Long-On
1
81
48
Harmison Flick over Square-Leg
4
85
49
Harmison Slower ball crashed through Mid-Wicket - Awesome !
4
89
50
Harmison No run, Gilchrist having a rest
0
89
51
Harmison Rest over, Pull shot for the third boundary of the over
4
93
52
Harmison Late cut to Third-Man for two, five short of his century
2
95
53
Harmison Keeps the strike with a single to Point
1
96
54
Hoggard Single to Long-On - thinking about the 100 now
1
97
55
Hoggard Very wide delivery, Gilchrist fails to connect - Record gone
0
97
56
Hoggard Driven to cover for a single, Flintoff defends
1
98
57
Harmison Driven to Long-On, Second Fastest Test Century
2
100
58
Harmison Played to Mid-Wicket
1
101
59
Harmison Worked off the back foot to Point
1
102

Hoggard's delibarate wide delivery, Gilchrist's 55th ball means that Viv Richard's 56 ball hundred remained the fastest ever Test Century against England back in 1986. Gilchrist's century is the fastest in the last 20 years of Test cricket and the second fastest ever.


 

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