Commonwealth Bank Series, 2007/08 / Commentary

Commonwealth Bank Series - 10th match

Australia v India

Australia won by 18 runs

2.15pm The teams run out on a cloudless day, Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden representing Australia of course. Sreesanth has two slips and a point.

2.00pm Ponting says at the toss: "We're having a bat, mate. Beaufitul day, the wicket looks nice and dry. It will probably slow up a bit.

The boundary is a little bit short and although he would have preferred to play on the biggest size field, he's sanguine. "It's the same for both teams, we'll see how we go." Brett Lee, who has been rested, comes back in for Mitchell Johnson.

And will he hope that a few more of the batsmen can fire today. Ponting smiles, realises it's directed to him as well as others. "Let's hope so!"

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has lost yet another toss. "I think we need to change the coin. I would have liked to have batted first."

There are two changes to India's side. Munaf Patel has food poisoning and he has vomited a few times, so Sreesanth comes in. Praveen Kumar makes way for Virender Sehwag, because the latter can also offer some spin. "We thought the part-timers could have an impact."

1.55pm "The fever is rising," reports Nagraj Gollapudi from the ground. "The football final is on in the backyard, people are already gathered outside at the bars."

India, of course, are not guaranteed a final spot as of yet and their batting is also a concern. Read more in the match preview here.

It's warm by the way, a pleasant 27C and the weather looks OK so far, which is quite something for CB Series matches at the SCG this time around.

1.50pm Good afternoon everyone and it's straight into news from the SCG where Ricky Ponting has won the toss and Australia will have a bat against India.

Australia, of course, have already qualified and so will use this match mainly as batting practice, to check how their batting attack squares up following some persistent failures. Ponting, who's having a shocking series by his standards, has spoken about how he's not unduly alarmed while they're still winning and that so many batsmen's form slumps at the same time is merely coincidence.

Much talk about whether the IPL is distracting the players and while they continue to deny it is, there are some great quotes coming out of the situation. Check them out on our Quote Unquote page, one of my favourites on Cricinfo so do check it out.

Quotes from the toss and team news will hopefully follow soon.

0.1

Sreesanth to Gilchrist, 2 runs, strayed down leg, turned round to deep fine leg with a quick tuck off the pads

0.2

Sreesanth to Gilchrist, 1 run, on the legs once again and tucked round again but this time for a single, but Sreesanth will be encouraged by the swing he is finding

0.3

Sreesanth to Hayden, FOUR, once again that's on the legs, Sreesanth struggling to find his line to the left handers, and Hayden booted that one off the hips with a firm push through backward square

0.4

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, much better line and causes Hayden some trouble there with one which pitches just outside and comes back so close to the forwrad-prodding edge

0.5

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, tucked up on leg, with one which pitches on a good length, Hayden squeezes down and out towards mid-on

0.6

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, swing back in to the left hander, tight line, and pushed out to mid-on without much power

Good start for Australia, Sreesanth taking a while to find his line and here comes Ishant Sharma now

End of over 1 (7 runs) Australia 7/0 (RR: 7.00)
ML Hayden    4* (4b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    1-0-7-0
AC Gilchrist    3* (2b)     

Three slips in and a point

1.1

I Sharma to Gilchrist, FOUR, over the wicket, short and wide and Gilchrist hits that very hard indeed, standing back and rocking a strong cut up and over backward point and it goes like lightning across the turf

1.2

I Sharma to Gilchrist, 1 run, better line and length, just on off, worked down off the back foot defensively rather than anything

1.3

I Sharma to Hayden, 1 wide, outside off, that swings a long way outside off as the batsman shoulders arms extravagantly

1.3

I Sharma to Hayden, no run, banged wide down the channel, again a big leave

1.4

I Sharma to Hayden, no run, nipped across him with some zig and no little zag, a testing length and the batsman shoulders arms as it goes down the channel

1.5

I Sharma to Hayden, no run, more of the same, and the batsman does well to leave it, too much of a good length

1.6

I Sharma to Hayden, no run, there must be a deliberate plan to bowl wide down the channel because there he goes again, once more left

End of over 2 (6 runs) Australia 13/0 (RR: 6.50)
ML Hayden    4* (8b 1x4)      I Sharma    1-0-6-0
AC Gilchrist    8* (4b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    1-0-7-0

2.1

Sreesanth to Gilchrist, FOUR, banged in short and wide and cut hard through point to the ridiculously short boundary

2.2

Sreesanth to Gilchrist, FOUR, Gilchrist goes again, outside off, and drilled hard on the front foot through cover

Gilchrist looks like he's on a mission it has to be said, his eye has been in from the off

2.3

Sreesanth to Gilchrist, OUT, what a ripper of a delivery and a good catch - nips it hard back in fro moutside off on a shortish length, Gilchrist jumps into the line and pushes through a nick off an inside edge, Dhoni dives far to his right and takes the ball one-handed

AC Gilchrist c †Dhoni b Sreesanth 16 (12m 7b 3x4 0x6) SR: 228.57

Famous last words and all that...

"Sree is the magic number," sings my fiance Dan who has a point. Gilchrist, as noted just the ball before his dismissal, was looking exceptionally dangerous. He can't cause much damage from the changing rooms, though. Here's Ponting

2.4

Sreesanth to Ponting, 3 runs, outside off, Ponting bissects the fielders at mid-off and cover with a firm push of a forward defence

Two slips now and plpenty of drums in the crowd

2.5

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, shoulders arms there as the ball jags back a touch from outside off, Hayden quick to make sure to evade the ball

2.6

Sreesanth to Hayden, 1 run, defended on the front foot this time, good line and length there

Nagraj gives us some flavour. "The dhols (indian drums) are out, the hand bells are ringing, the Indian baithak (social gathering) is in full flow in the BIll O'Reilly stand." Thanks for that, Nags, and no wonder they're celebrating.

End of over 3 (12 runs) Australia 25/1 (RR: 8.33)
ML Hayden    5* (10b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    2-0-19-1
RT Ponting    3* (1b)      I Sharma    1-0-6-0

3.1

I Sharma to Hayden, FOUR, Hayden lifts the ball from outside off with a front-foot straight pull over mid-on

"Meanwhile", notes Nagraj, "one of the journos in the pressbox quips at Yuvi's misfield 'his pockets are too full of money that he can't dive'."

3.2

I Sharma to Hayden, SIX, short ball on middle and off, moving away, Hayden simply shoulders the ball all the way over midwicket, and that's rocketed flat

3.3

I Sharma to Hayden, no run, defended on the front foot now

3.4

I Sharma to Hayden, no run, a rearing bouncer outside off, Hayden goes for a big lash of a front foot wallop over mid-on and is nowhere near the ball

Settle...

3.5

I Sharma to Hayden, no run, pushed up there on off, defended on the front foot

Speaking of settle... Ishant is getting in on the glaring act to Hayden

3.6

I Sharma to Hayden, no run, up there on off and defended forward once more

Breathless stuff out there

End of over 4 (10 runs) Australia 35/1 (RR: 8.75)
ML Hayden    15* (16b 2x4 1x6)      I Sharma    2-0-16-0
RT Ponting    3* (1b)      S Sreesanth    2-0-19-1

4.1

Sreesanth to Ponting, no run, up there on off, defended quietly on the front foot

4.2

Sreesanth to Ponting, FOUR, wide outside off and Ponting cuts hard off the back foot in front of point

This is a different batting team than anything we've seen this series and it's certainly refreshing

4.3

Sreesanth to Ponting, no run, just outside off, a good length, Ponting pushes into the covers defensively, Harbhajan shines the ball and returns it in

4.4

Sreesanth to Ponting, FOUR, some room outside off and Ponting leaps on to it with a full-blooded cover drive from the middle of the bat

Good timing, too

4.5

Sreesanth to Ponting, no run, up there on off, Ponting jumps into the line and defends down on the back foot

4.6

Sreesanth to Ponting, 1 run, width outside off, cut hard in the air over point

Another good over for Australia

End of over 5 (9 runs) Australia 44/1 (RR: 8.80)
RT Ponting    12* (7b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    3-0-28-1
ML Hayden    15* (16b 2x4 1x6)      I Sharma    2-0-16-0

Here's Ishant, bouncing into bowl, his mane of shiny hair also flopping about

5.1

I Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, oh, nearly! A big dive from Rohit Sharma to his left at point as Ponting shapes to drive forward and takes a huge outside edge

5.2

I Sharma to Hayden, 1 run, outside off, cut into the covers

5.3

I Sharma to Ponting, no run, another good delivery troubles Ponting once more, the batsman coming outside off but the ball cuts back, he squares up and pops up a leading edge, safe

5.4

I Sharma to Ponting, no run, nipped back in again, Ponting comes forward and defends on the front foot

5.5

I Sharma to Ponting, 2 runs, pushed across him a bit too straight on middle and leg, Ponting clips well off the toes to midwicket

5.6

I Sharma to Ponting, no run, comes out on leg, and defends towards mid-on

End of over 6 (4 runs) Australia 48/1 (RR: 8.00)
RT Ponting    15* (12b 2x4)      I Sharma    3-0-20-0
ML Hayden    16* (17b 2x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    3-0-28-1

6.1

Sreesanth to Hayden, FOUR, drags it too short on off and Hayden disdainfully despatches it with a pull through square leg to bring up Australia's fifty from 37 balls

6.2

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, round the wicket and does well with one that pitches wide outside off and angles a touch back in after pitching

6.3

Sreesanth to Hayden, FOUR, half-volley outside off and Hayden uses all his muscle to boost the ball up and over mid-on and it flies hard and on its way

6.4

Sreesanth to Hayden, 1 run, nipped back in, pushed out to short midwicket

6.5

Sreesanth to Ponting, 4 leg byes, an attempted yorker strays down leg, Ponting turns it off the pads - literally - and the appeal was more in hope than expectation

6.6

Sreesanth to Ponting, no run, outside off, good length forces Ponting to adjust his shot and indeed check it into a forward defence

End of over 7 (13 runs) Australia 61/1 (RR: 8.71)
RT Ponting    15* (14b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    4-0-37-1
ML Hayden    25* (21b 4x4 1x6)      I Sharma    3-0-20-0

7.1

I Sharma to Hayden, FOUR, good length pushed across off, the batsman lashes an inside edge hard back towards his sticks and Ishant can't believe Hayden's not dragged that one back on

7.2

I Sharma to Hayden, 1 leg bye, straight, short and hustled round with a would-be pull, misses, the ball crashes on to his midriff

Ishant continues to be troubling

7.3

I Sharma to Ponting, no run, good length on off, defended back down off the back foot

7.4

I Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, overpitched on off and Ponting helps himself to a silken on-drive, just a push, and out it travels

7.5

I Sharma to Ponting, no run, outside off, pushed out to the covers

Fifty of the 70 hae come up from boundaries

7.6

I Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, on middle and leg, driven out to mid-on

End of over 8 (10 runs) Australia 71/1 (RR: 8.87)
RT Ponting    20* (18b 3x4)      I Sharma    4-0-29-0
ML Hayden    29* (23b 5x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    4-0-37-1

Irfan Pathan comes on now, replacing Sreesanth at the Randwick End

8.1

Pathan to Ponting, SIX, short on off and that's a majestic shot from Ponting who lifts it off the back foot, swivelling round and smashing over square many rows back

Ponting looks like he's back

8.2

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, on leg, turned off the toes through gully

8.3

Pathan to Hayden, 1 wide, fired wide outside off, Hayden goes for the cut shot, crouching into it, but it flies past the base

8.3

Pathan to Hayden, no run, wide again, cut into the ground outside off and it travels on to Irfan who snatches it

8.4

Pathan to Hayden, 2 runs, hit across the line into deep midwicket with a forthright drive

8.5

Pathan to Hayden, 1 wide, a wide again, Hayden coming out to again try to cut but the ball's through him. It's a fair call, the ball in line with marker

8.5

Pathan to Hayden, 1 run, outside off, cut down into the covers, hardly firmly struck

8.6

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, strayed onto leg, turned behind square now

Incidentally, this is Ponting's highest score of the series in his seventh innings

End of over 9 (13 runs) Australia 84/1 (RR: 9.33)
RT Ponting    28* (21b 3x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    1-0-13-0
ML Hayden    32* (26b 5x4 1x6)      I Sharma    4-0-29-0

9.1

I Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, nips back in a touch from outside, driven to the covers

9.2

I Sharma to Hayden, 2 runs, pushed across him from over the wicket, Hayden gets into position and sets himself to cut through point

This is Australia's superstitious total - 87.

9.3

I Sharma to Hayden, no run, good ball, across him again, this time on a tighter line just outside off and on a good length

9.4

I Sharma to Hayden, 1 run, outside off and Hayden comes out of his crease to drive up to mid-on, just to say in front of Yuvraj who had plenty of time to take it but instead lets it pop into his knees

Sloppy

9.5

I Sharma to Ponting, no run, outside off, cut down to Sreesanth

9.6

I Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, outside off, short, and Ponting swivels the ball round from there through in front of midwicket, terrific shot, well balanced and weighted

End of over 10 (8 runs) Australia 92/1 (RR: 9.20)
RT Ponting    33* (24b 4x4 1x6)      I Sharma    5-0-37-0
ML Hayden    35* (29b 5x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    1-0-13-0

The Powerplay has been taken, rather surprisingly - Dhoni could have left it till later with Australia so dominant. Harbhajan is going to come into the attack.

10.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, no run, starts well, quietening the batsman up in front of off, tight length and all Hayden can do is defend back off the back foot

10.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, 1 run, outside off, pushed gently into the short midwicket region

10.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, on middle and leg, pushed into short midwicket off the back foot

To clarify the 87 superstition, it's (an unlucky) 13 away from hundred

10.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, 1 run, outside off, pushed to mid-off

10.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, good bounce up to the batsman, the ball pitching back in to him and forcing him to defend off the back foot

10.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, on leg, turned round through the 45

Super over from Harbhajan in the big-hitting context of the game. A few of you have suggested that this is more akin to a Twenty20 match and you're right on the current evidence

End of over 11 (4 runs) Australia 96/1 (RR: 8.72)
RT Ponting    35* (27b 4x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-4-0
ML Hayden    37* (32b 5x4 1x6)      I Sharma    5-0-37-0

11.1

Pathan to Ponting, no run, right up there on a good length on off, pushed down quietly, in defence

11.2

Pathan to Ponting, no run, right up there on off, a slower ball at 118kph, defended on the front foot

11.3

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, on leg, tight length, but turned down to fine leg

11.4

Pathan to Hayden, 1 run, short ball, whipped round from in line with off to midwicket off the back foot

11.5

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, ah, short in front of the fielder at deep third man, Ponting going for the up and over cover, instead it lopoed up and round, bouncing in front of the fielder

11.6

Pathan to Hayden, 1 run, outside off, worked into the covers this time

End of over 12 (4 runs) Australia 100/1 (RR: 8.33)
ML Hayden    39* (34b 5x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    2-0-17-0
RT Ponting    37* (31b 4x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-4-0

12.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, no run, rolls his fingers on it a touch short, Hayden rocks back and forces hard to the covers where Gautam Gambhir does so well with a dive to his right

12.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, no run, pushed on to the back foot, defended down

12.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, 1 run, a good yorker, dug out to short midwicket with a dig of a press

12.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, plants this one on off now, driven out to mid-on for a gentle single

12.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, no run, pushed across him, driven out off the back foot to cover, without much power

12.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, no run, on middle, turned away on off, defended back down

End of over 13 (2 runs) Australia 102/1 (RR: 7.84)
ML Hayden    40* (39b 5x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-6-0
RT Ponting    38* (32b 4x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    2-0-17-0

13.1

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, outside off, a touch of width, cut hard behind point

13.2

Pathan to Hayden, no run, driven forward on the front foot back to the bowler

13.3

Pathan to Hayden, 1 run, on leg, turend round to square and there was a chance if he had hit from point

13.4

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, shortish on off, pushed out to the covers off the back foot

13.5

Pathan to Hayden, no run, a hint of swing outside off, pushed into the covers on the front foot

13.6

Pathan to Hayden, 1 run, dragged it short outside off, driven out to the covers again

End of over 14 (4 runs) Australia 106/1 (RR: 7.57)
ML Hayden    42* (43b 5x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    3-0-21-0
RT Ponting    40* (34b 4x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-6-0

14.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, no run, fires in from over the wicket to outside off, cut down into the covers

14.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, no run, outside off, and pushed forward into the ground

14.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, 1 run, full delivery on middle, shuffled out to the covers for a quick single

14.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, a cramping delivery, full on off and forcing the batsman to come out and press right over the ball to snuff out any threat

14.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, down leg, turned round quietly to square

14.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, well bowled that time right up there on off, worked off the toes into short midwicket

End of over 15 (1 run) Australia 107/1 (RR: 7.13)
RT Ponting    40* (37b 4x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-7-0
ML Hayden    43* (46b 5x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    3-0-21-0

15.1

Pathan to Hayden, no run, curve wide outside off, cut hard to gully and taken well by Rohit Sharma with a dive to his right

15.2

Pathan to Hayden, no run, on off, pushed on to the back foot and defended down

15.3

Pathan to Hayden, 1 run, on middle, good line and the length's not bad, but it's driven out square to midwicket

15.4

Pathan to Ponting, no run, fired in full and flat on middle, defended quietly on the front foot

15.5

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, outside off, pushed out to mid-off for a quick single

15.6

Pathan to Hayden, 1 run, outside off, full delivery, Hayden drives hard back towards the bowler and the deflection crashes out to mid-on who picks it up easily

End of over 16 (3 runs) Australia 110/1 (RR: 6.87)
ML Hayden    45* (50b 5x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    4-0-24-0
RT Ponting    41* (39b 4x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-7-0

16.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, no run, good loop on middle and off, pushed out to mid-off quietly

16.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, 1 run, turns back in from outside leg and is brushed back out to square leg without much fuss

16.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, tight ball outside off, looks to try to squeeze it to short midwicket

16.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, turned off the legs to midwicket for a quick single

16.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, 2 runs, forced well on a good length in line with leg, turned into short midwicket

16.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, no run, driven out to mid-off this time

End of over 17 (4 runs) Australia 114/1 (RR: 6.70)
ML Hayden    48* (54b 5x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-11-0
RT Ponting    42* (41b 4x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    4-0-24-0

17.1

Sreesanth to Ponting, no run, driven out straight to mid-off, the batsmen charge through

17.2

Sreesanth to Ponting, 1 run, a quick drive to mid-on

17.3

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, on off, pushed forward with no alarm

17.4

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, a full toss slips out at hip height and the bowler gets away with it - close to being a no-ball - as the batsman hasn't got enough room to do much with it otehr than push to the covers

17.5

Sreesanth to Hayden, 1 run, driven out to mid-off this time

17.6

Sreesanth to Ponting, 2 runs, strayed down leg and Ponting's quick eyes help him react by pulling wristly through square

End of over 18 (4 runs) Australia 118/1 (RR: 6.55)
RT Ponting    45* (44b 4x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    5-0-41-1
ML Hayden    49* (57b 5x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-11-0

Sehwag into the attack now

18.1

Sehwag to Hayden, 1 run, on off, tucked off the legs square

58 balls for that fifty

18.2

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, a glide of a drive out wide of mid-on, Ponting taking that from outside off

18.3

Sehwag to Hayden, 2 runs, on off, pushed to midwicket and they run well indeed

That's the hundred partnership in 96 balls

18.4

Sehwag to Hayden, 1 run, turned square off the legs

18.5

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, good loop outside off, turning away, the batsman comes over and out, and then defends

18.6

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, turns back in from outside off, and turned round out through fine leg where Sreesanth tidies up

End of over 19 (6 runs) Australia 124/1 (RR: 6.52)
RT Ponting    47* (47b 4x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    1-0-6-0
ML Hayden    53* (60b 5x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    5-0-41-1

19.1

Sreesanth to Ponting, no run, well bowled, pushed up on a good length just outside off, the batsman respects the ball wirh a forward defence

19.2

Sreesanth to Ponting, no run, waits on off and defends down off the back foot back towards the bowler

19.3

Sreesanth to Ponting, 2 runs, tries the cutter at 102.9kph, Ponting waits and turns out to square leg

19.4

Sreesanth to Ponting, FOUR, overpitched on off, and driven hard down the ground for a much-needed confidence boost of a fifty

This came from 51 balls, with five fours and a six

19.5

Sreesanth to Ponting, no run, yorker outside off, pushed out to mid-off

19.6

Sreesanth to Ponting, no run, angled down on leg at a full length, Ponting digs out towards short midwicket

The final Powerplay hasn't been taken yet, by the way

End of over 20 (6 runs) Australia 130/1 (RR: 6.50)
RT Ponting    53* (53b 5x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    6-0-47-1
ML Hayden    53* (60b 5x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    1-0-6-0

20.1

Sehwag to Hayden, no run, defended back to the bowler from outside off

20.2

Sehwag to Hayden, 1 run, down on one knee to meet a good-length ball and sweep it to midwicket

20.3

Sehwag to Ponting, OUT, a bad mix-up there and Hayden's on his way after Ponting drove out to the covers, just wide of the fielder who picks up, turns, sets himself and throws back to Sehwag and Hayden's well out of his crease trying to scramble back

ML Hayden run out 54 (98m 62b 5x4 1x6) SR: 87.09

The fielder was Rohit Sharma, and that's a big wicket

20.4

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, a good-length ball on off is met with a quiet defence

20.5

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, another mix-up to short midwicket and as Clarke runs to get back in his crease they take the single through an overthrow opportunity

20.6

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, turned in from outside off, pushed out towards point with a checked shot

End of over 21 (2 runs) Australia 132/2 (RR: 6.28)
MJ Clarke    0* (1b)      V Sehwag    2-0-8-0
RT Ponting    54* (56b 5x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    6-0-47-1

The final Powerplay has at last been taken. Harbhajan comes back into the attack, he's been bowling well today, on a good length

21.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, a touch too short and on middle and leg, the batsman gets over the ball and brushes out in front of square

21.2

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, comes out and defends on the front foot

21.3

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 1 run, comes down the track to meet the ball outside off, driven out towards mid-on

Dhoni, by the way, has changed his gloves, possibly because of some speculation over the legality of his previous pair

21.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, driven out to mid-on

The match referee wants to have a look at the gloves to see if they're legal or not

21.5

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 2 runs, on middle and leg, turned off the legs in front of square

21.6

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 1 run, moves back across his strumps to make room to drive out to mid-on

End of over 22 (6 runs) Australia 138/2 (RR: 6.27)
MJ Clarke    4* (5b)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-17-0
RT Ponting    56* (58b 5x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    2-0-8-0

Irfan Pathan comes back into the attack to start what's already his third spell

22.1

Pathan to Clarke, 1 run, outside off and cut hard to deep point for a comfortable single

22.2

Pathan to Ponting, no run, slower ball on off, defended forward given the decent length

22.3

Pathan to Ponting, 3 runs, Ponting drives in the air, just over short cover, just enough bat on it to get over the man there

22.4

Pathan to Clarke, 1 run, on the legs, flicked to backward square

22.5

Pathan to Ponting, no run, driven out to the covers this time

22.6

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, on the legs, tucked out to short midwicket, and they scramble through the single

End of over 23 (6 runs) Australia 144/2 (RR: 6.26)
RT Ponting    60* (62b 5x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    5-0-30-0
MJ Clarke    6* (7b)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-17-0

23.1

I Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, outside off, a short ball into the covers, Robin Uthappa gets the direct hit at the non-striker's but it ricochets off to allow them the overthrow

I used to know a Rick O'Shay. Fact. And an Albert Hall

23.2

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, good length on off, driven out to mid-off

23.3

I Sharma to Clarke, 2 runs, outside off, tucks it round to midwicket for a comfortable single

23.4

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, pushed it in a good length and his height helped him get some steepling bounce, the ball jagging in off the seam and defended down well off the back foot

23.5

I Sharma to Clarke, no run, outside off, played down off the back foot to the gully region

23.6

I Sharma to Clarke, 3 runs, overpitches on off, Clarke drives out off the pads and there's some good running for three

End of over 24 (6 runs) Australia 150/2 (RR: 6.25)
MJ Clarke    11* (12b)      I Sharma    6-0-43-0
RT Ponting    61* (63b 5x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    5-0-30-0

24.1

Pathan to Clarke, 1 run, the keeper's up by the way, full on off and driven to mid-off

24.2

Pathan to Ponting, no run, pushed forward again

24.3

Pathan to Ponting, FOUR, outside off, driven hard through the covers for a great shot

24.4

Pathan to Ponting, 3 runs, wide outside off, cut hard off the base of the bat in the air up over to third man where Ishant does well with the slide and they get back for a well-run three

Good cricket in that ball

24.5

Pathan to Clarke, 1 run, outside off again, cut hard into the ground and it runs down softly to third man now

24.6

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, on leg, turned out to short midwicket and they scramble through

End of over 25 (10 runs) Australia 160/2 (RR: 6.40)
RT Ponting    69* (67b 6x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    6-0-40-0
MJ Clarke    13* (14b)      I Sharma    6-0-43-0

25.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, low full toss on leg, driven out to mid-on easily

25.2

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 1 run, full toss again, driven out to mid-off

25.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, pushed a touch wide down off, the ball straightens and is cut out to point

25.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, on off, turned round off the legs behind square

25.5

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 1 run, outside off, driven hard to the covers, they race through the single

25.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, on off and middle, a slight risk as the batsman paddles the ball in front of the sticks round through the 45

End of over 26 (4 runs) Australia 164/2 (RR: 6.30)
RT Ponting    71* (71b 6x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-21-0
MJ Clarke    15* (16b)      IK Pathan    6-0-40-0

Yuvraj into the attack now

26.1

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, 1 run, bends it on to leg stump and it's brushed out to square leg

26.2

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, swivelled in on middle and leg, full, and defended on the front foot

26.3

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 1 run, outside off, waits on the back foot and drives back out to the covers

26.4

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, no run, checks a drive back to the bowler

26.5

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, 1 run, outside off, good length, Clarke forces a drive out to mid-off

26.6

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, pushed back to the bowler

A tidy over there from Yuvraj

End of over 27 (3 runs) Australia 167/2 (RR: 6.18)
RT Ponting    72* (74b 6x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-3-0
MJ Clarke    17* (19b)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-21-0

27.1

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, up there on leg, driven out to wide mid-on

27.2

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, comes down the track to clip off the legs from in line with off

27.3

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, on off, doesn't quite hold of a drive out to mid-on

27.4

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, an easy drive out to mid-on now

27.5

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, turned off the legs from in line with leg out to midwicket

27.6

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke backs away and pulls hard through midwicket

End of over 28 (5 runs) Australia 172/2 (RR: 6.14)
MJ Clarke    20* (23b)      V Sehwag    3-0-13-0
RT Ponting    74* (76b 6x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-3-0

28.1

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, no run, outside off, pushed out to short midwicket

28.2

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, 1 run, backs away and waits on the back foot to carve out to the covers on the toes

28.3

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 1 run, steps out to drive to the covers

28.4

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, 2 runs, outside off, width, cut hard through point and the fielder comes round to tidy up

28.5

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, 1 run, turns in from outside off to middle, cut back out to the covers

28.6

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, driven out to the covers again

End of over 29 (5 runs) Australia 177/2 (RR: 6.10)
RT Ponting    75* (78b 6x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-8-0
MJ Clarke    24* (27b)      V Sehwag    3-0-13-0

29.1

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, veers down leg and it's pulled round to square

29.2

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, flatbatted down the ground with an aerial swat out to long on

29.3

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, waits on the back foot and pushes out to mid-off

29.4

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, defended this time

29.5

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, comes down the track to meet the ball on off and flicks out to midwicket, not quite getting hold of it, his back leg shooting up with the effort

29.6

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, tucked out to mid-on now

End of over 30 (5 runs) Australia 182/2 (RR: 6.06)
MJ Clarke    27* (30b)      V Sehwag    4-0-18-0
RT Ponting    77* (81b 6x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-8-0

If you double it from 30 then, Australia are on for around 360, 370

30.1

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, 2 runs, outside off, swept round behind square

30.2

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, 1 run, swivelled in from outside off, driven back out straight without too much trouble or power

30.3

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 1 run, on off, good length, driven back out to mid-on, the score just ticking over now

30.4

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, no run, outside off, turned out a touch, the batsman rocks back to give himself room to cut out

30.5

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, 1 run, outside off, driven off the back foot into the covers

30.6

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 3 runs, down on one knee early, the ball dies on to leg and is swivel-swept round through fine leg

"Indian curry vs Aussie toast" reads a sign in the crowd

End of over 31 (8 runs) Australia 190/2 (RR: 6.12)
RT Ponting    81* (83b 6x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-16-0
MJ Clarke    31* (34b)      V Sehwag    4-0-18-0

31.1

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, comes out on off to meet a regulation delivery, played forward on the front foot

31.2

Sehwag to Ponting, 4 wides, very wide down leg, Ponting goes to sweep it, comes round too late on the shot and it goes past Dhoni unsurprisingly, then they run three

31.2

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot this time

31.3

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, driven out to mid-on now

31.4

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, backs away on the back foot, drives out to mid-off and Ponting instructs: "Wait there, Pup!"

31.5

Sehwag to Clarke, OUT, down leg and Clarke goes for the pull, connects hard but picks out Rohit Sharma who sticks out his hands to his right and takes a firm catch

MJ Clarke c RG Sharma b Sehwag 31 (41m 38b 0x4 0x6) SR: 81.57

Sehwag celebrates hard, he liked that strike

Drinks taken. Symonds to the crease

31.6

Sehwag to Symonds, 1 run, full and wide down off, driven out to the covers first up

31.7

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run

End of over 32 (6 runs) Australia 196/3 (RR: 6.09)
RT Ponting    82* (85b 6x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    5-0-24-1
A Symonds    1* (1b)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-16-0

32.1

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 1 run, outside off, punched off the middle but without much power to the covers

32.2

Yuvraj Singh to Symonds, no run, bends back in from outside off, defended into the ground forward

32.3

Yuvraj Singh to Symonds, 1 run, outside off, pushed off the back foot to the covers

32.4

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 2 runs, outside off, driven to the covers again on the front foot, just past the diving fielder

32.5

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, a quiet defence this time

32.6

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 2 runs, rocks back and uses all available power to cut hard through the covers and nearly to the rope

End of over 33 (6 runs) Australia 202/3 (RR: 6.12)
RT Ponting    87* (89b 6x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-22-0
A Symonds    2* (3b)      V Sehwag    5-0-24-1

33.1

Sehwag to Symonds, no run, worked out to short midwicket off the back foot from off

33.2

Sehwag to Symonds, 1 run, on leg and a touch short, turned round to midwicket

33.3

Sehwag to Ponting, 3 runs, Ponting goes aerial now with a huge drive wide of mid-on and Ishant comes round to collect, just managing to keep the ball in the rope with a big dive

33.4

Sehwag to Symonds, no run, turned back in from outside off, defended on the front foot

33.5

Sehwag to Symonds, no run, more of the same, keeping him quiet for two balls

33.6

Sehwag to Symonds, no run, outside off, forced off the back foot to mid-on

End of over 34 (4 runs) Australia 206/3 (RR: 6.05)
A Symonds    3* (8b)      V Sehwag    6-0-28-1
RT Ponting    90* (90b 6x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-22-0

34.1

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 1 run, outside off, worked out to mid-on

34.2

Yuvraj Singh to Symonds, no run, defended on the front foot

34.3

Yuvraj Singh to Symonds, no run, width outside off, cut to point

34.4

Yuvraj Singh to Symonds, no run, can't force it away again, too good in his line and length, defended on the back foot

34.5

Yuvraj Singh to Symonds, 1 run, worked out to mid-on now

34.6

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 1 run, reaches out down leg as the ball strays down there to sweep it to fine leg

End of over 35 (3 runs) Australia 209/3 (RR: 5.97)
RT Ponting    92* (92b 6x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    5-0-25-0
A Symonds    4* (12b)      V Sehwag    6-0-28-1

35.1

I Sharma to Ponting, no run, cuts in a touch from outside off, short, and is pulled out to square

35.2

I Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, a full delivery on off, driven out to mid-off for a quick single

35.3

I Sharma to Symonds, 1 run, another seamless single

35.4

I Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, clips from outside off through square and they look for the two

35.5

I Sharma to Symonds, 1 run, comes back in off the seam outside off, pushed to the covers and they look for the quick single

35.6

I Sharma to Ponting, no run, short ball cramps up Ponting given its awkward bounce, tucked down off the back foot

End of over 36 (4 runs) Australia 213/3 (RR: 5.91)
RT Ponting    94* (96b 6x4 1x6)      I Sharma    7-0-47-0
A Symonds    6* (14b)      Yuvraj Singh    5-0-25-0

36.1

Yuvraj Singh to Symonds, no run, driven back to mid-off

36.2

Yuvraj Singh to Symonds, no run, defended on the front foot this time

36.3

Yuvraj Singh to Symonds, 1 run, cut out to point

36.4

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 1 run, driven back forward towards the bowler

36.5

Yuvraj Singh to Symonds, no run, and again

36.6

Yuvraj Singh to Symonds, 1 run, driven right back to mid-on

Symonds just taking his time to settle in. Australia are on for around 300

End of over 37 (3 runs) Australia 216/3 (RR: 5.83)
A Symonds    8* (19b)      Yuvraj Singh    6-0-28-0
RT Ponting    95* (97b 6x4 1x6)      I Sharma    7-0-47-0

37.1

Sreesanth to Symonds, FOUR, comes out of his crease to meet the ball on line with off, driving hard through the covers

37.2

Sreesanth to Symonds, 1 run, very tight on off, Symonds makes room to cut back through gully - not much room there at all, really

37.3

Sreesanth to Ponting, no run, straight ball on off, the batsman comes out looking for the drive and has to adjust at the last second to defend on the front foot

37.4

Sreesanth to Ponting, no run, on middle and leg, good length, driven out to mid-on

37.5

Sreesanth to Ponting, no run, on a good line and length, the batsman comes out of his crease and defends on the front foot

37.6

Sreesanth to Ponting, 1 run, on off, a quick single to mid-on to retain the strike

End of over 38 (6 runs) Australia 222/3 (RR: 5.84)
RT Ponting    96* (101b 6x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    7-0-53-1
A Symonds    13* (21b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    6-0-28-0

38.1

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, right up there on off, Ponting presses forward defensively without too much trouble

38.2

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, and again he is solid in defence

38.3

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 1 run, room outside off, and driven out through the covers

38.4

Yuvraj Singh to Symonds, 1 run, turned in on leg, driven back out to mid-on

38.5

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, comes out and defends on the front foot

38.6

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, worked back down off the back foot to gully

End of over 39 (2 runs) Australia 224/3 (RR: 5.74)
RT Ponting    97* (106b 6x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    7-0-30-0
A Symonds    14* (22b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    7-0-53-1

Harbhajan now

39.1

Harbhajan Singh to Symonds, no run, fullish delivery on middle and leg, pushed out off the back foot to short midwicket

39.2

Harbhajan Singh to Symonds, FOUR, down the track and a trademark shot as Symonds drives hard and aerial straight past the bowler

39.3

Harbhajan Singh to Symonds, 1 run, driven back forward this time

39.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, on leg, Ponting pulls round through square for another single

39.5

Harbhajan Singh to Symonds, 1 run, waits on leg, and fast hands whip the ball - having to make all of the power themselves - in front of square

39.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, up there on off, and defended on the front foot

End of over 40 (7 runs) Australia 231/3 (RR: 5.77)
RT Ponting    98* (108b 6x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-28-0
A Symonds    20* (26b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    7-0-30-0

Last ten overs coming up now and Australia could be about to launch a huge assault - once Ponting gets his hundred

40.1

Yuvraj Singh to Symonds, no run, driven on the front foot straight to cover

40.2

Yuvraj Singh to Symonds, no run, turned in to a good length in line with off, driven out to the covers

40.3

Yuvraj Singh to Symonds, no run, turns back in, he whips it back out to the gully and there's a half-appeal

40.4

Yuvraj Singh to Symonds, FOUR, waited and drove inside with a fullsome aerial drive over cover

40.5

Yuvraj Singh to Symonds, no run, defended solidly on the front foot

40.6

Yuvraj Singh to Symonds, FOUR, another booming drive through the covers

End of over 41 (8 runs) Australia 239/3 (RR: 5.82)
A Symonds    28* (32b 4x4)      Yuvraj Singh    8-0-38-0
RT Ponting    98* (108b 6x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-28-0

Irfan now

41.1

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, across the right hander just outside off, Ponting waits and then flicks down behind gully for another single to take him on the brink of his century

41.2

Pathan to Symonds, no run, defended forward

41.3

Pathan to Symonds, FOUR, outside off, short, and pulled round strongly in front of midwicket

41.4

Pathan to Symonds, 1 run, swung on to leg, clipped out to square

huge roar for Ponting as the crowd want his hundred almost as much as he does

41.5

Pathan to Ponting, no run, a back foot defence to point

41.6

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, driven forward to mid-off for his century, his second ODI ton at the SCG and his 26th overall, that coming up off 111 balls

Ponting punches the air with joy and huge relief. About 30,000 cheerleaders heave and sigh with Australia's captain

End of over 42 (7 runs) Australia 246/3 (RR: 5.85)
RT Ponting    100* (111b 6x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    7-0-47-0
A Symonds    33* (35b 5x4)      Yuvraj Singh    8-0-38-0

42.1

I Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, goes over the top now some of the pressure if off, with a cover drive

42.2

I Sharma to Symonds, 1 run, cut into the ground on off this time

42.3

I Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, outside off, driven out to the covers now

42.4

I Sharma to Symonds, 1 run, outside off, a touch short, Symonds looks to pull it through midwicket, the ball going back into the ground

42.5

I Sharma to Ponting, no run, outside off, Ponting follows it and cuts into the ground

42.6

I Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, comes out and does what Symonds just did - pulled hard into the ground, not quite timing it

End of over 43 (5 runs) Australia 251/3 (RR: 5.83)
RT Ponting    103* (115b 6x4 1x6)      I Sharma    8-0-52-0
A Symonds    35* (37b 5x4)      IK Pathan    7-0-47-0

43.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, driven out to mid-on

43.2

Harbhajan Singh to Symonds, 1 run, turned out to midwicket now

43.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, and to midwicket again

43.4

Harbhajan Singh to Symonds, SIX, Symonds steps down and beasts the ball from outside off with a full-blooded shot wide of long-on

43.5

Harbhajan Singh to Symonds, 1 run, driven straight back through Harbhajan's fingers

43.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 wide, a big wide down leg, seeing that Ponting was going to charge him

43.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 3 runs, on the legs again, tighter this time though, and Ponting tucks it off his legs very fine

End of over 44 (14 runs) Australia 265/3 (RR: 6.02)
RT Ponting    108* (118b 6x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-42-0
A Symonds    43* (40b 5x4 1x6)      I Sharma    8-0-52-0

Irfan again, as Dhoni continues to switch his bowlers

44.1

Pathan to Ponting, 2 runs, over the wicket across the right hander, Ponting drives out to long off, straight, and they hare back for the second

44.2

Pathan to Ponting, no run, outside off, pulled to midwicket

44.3

Pathan to Ponting, FOUR, outside off, Ponting gets down on one knee to meet a wideish one and drive aerially over extra cover

44.4

Pathan to Ponting, no run, outside off again, driven out mid-off

44.5

Pathan to Ponting, 2 runs, greets a half-volley on off with a full drive through long-off and there was an easy two on

44.6

Pathan to Ponting, no run, outside off, drives back into his pads, sets off, but scrambles back into his crease when he realises there isn't one on

End of over 45 (8 runs) Australia 273/3 (RR: 6.06)
RT Ponting    116* (124b 7x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    8-0-55-0
A Symonds    43* (40b 5x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-42-0

45.1

I Sharma to Symonds, no run, low full toss, Symonds misses out by backing away and trying to force the cut through

45.2

I Sharma to Symonds, 1 run, outside off, low, sliced away down to third man off the back foot

45.3

I Sharma to Ponting, no run, slower ball, well disguised, Ponting was through the shot - a full-blooded drive outside off - before the ball was on to him

45.4

I Sharma to Ponting, 2 runs, short ball, pulled out in front of Raina at deep midwicket, taking his eyes off the ball

45.5

I Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, driven out to the covers this time

45.6

I Sharma to Symonds, no run, full toss on leg, Symonds backs away and tris to force it out to the covers but a dot results

End of over 46 (4 runs) Australia 277/3 (RR: 6.02)
A Symonds    44* (43b 5x4 1x6)      I Sharma    9-0-56-0
RT Ponting    119* (127b 7x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    8-0-55-0

46.1

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, driven out to the leg-side for an easy run

46.2

Pathan to Symonds, SIX, slower ball outside off, short, and Symonds smashes the ball over midwicket for an entertaining fifty

46.3

Pathan to Symonds, 2 runs, jumps back into the leg-side, drives out off the back foot to the covers and they get back for a comfortable two

46.4

Pathan to Symonds, 1 run, thigh-high full toss, Ponting drives hard to the covers

46.5

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run

46.6

Pathan to Symonds, (no ball) FOUR, outside off, cut hard off the back foot through point. That was also a no-ball on height so no free hit, though an extra ball

46.6

Pathan to Symonds, 2 runs, outside off, driven out to mid-off

End of over 47 (18 runs) Australia 295/3 (RR: 6.27)
A Symonds    59* (48b 6x4 2x6)      IK Pathan    9-0-73-0
RT Ponting    121* (129b 7x4 1x6)      I Sharma    9-0-56-0

47.1

I Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, full ball on off and middle, driven out to long on

47.2

I Sharma to Symonds, OUT, the slower ball pays dividends as Ishant cleans up Symonds with one which pitches on off and turns back in to take middle and off, Symonds moving back to leave the stumps exposed

A Symonds b I Sharma 59 (54m 49b 6x4 2x6) SR: 120.40

Ishant points at Symonds and it looks like he's saying "Off, off, off"

47.3

I Sharma to Hussey, 5 runs, a cheeky single to get Ponting back on sgtrike and Jussey would have been out if he had hit but Yuvraj's throw goes for overthrows to the short boundary

47.4

I Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, full toss quite high, Ponting peels off an aerial drive to mid-on

47.5

I Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, low one on middle and leg, whipped round behind square

It seems Symonds also had a word to Ishant, so Ishant chats back. It all went on for a second

47.6

I Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, slower ball again, dug out for a quick single

End of over 48 (9 runs) Australia 304/4 (RR: 6.33)
RT Ponting    124* (132b 7x4 1x6)      I Sharma    10-0-65-1
MEK Hussey    6* (2b)      IK Pathan    9-0-73-0

Sreesanth is back into the attack

48.1

Sreesanth to Ponting, OUT, the change pays dividends as one comes in at 140kph, Ponting lashes out an aerial drive to long-off, and the leading edge is taken well by Irfan

RT Ponting c Pathan b Sreesanth 124 (190m 133b 7x4 1x6) SR: 93.23

He's roundly cheered off for his comeback innings

Hopes into bat now, Hussey on strike as they crossed

48.2

Sreesanth to Hussey, 1 run, outside off, pulled through midwicket

48.3

Sreesanth to Hopes, 1 run, a good-length ball, pushed to the covers, Harbhajan scores a direct hit but Hopes was well in

48.4

Sreesanth to Hussey, 2 runs, slower ball, Hussey digs it from outside off to long-off, good running there from the pair

48.5

Sreesanth to Hussey, 1 run, pushed up there in front of middle and leg, brushed out to square

48.6

Sreesanth to Hopes, no run, a swing and a miss down off, the batsman trying to take it from outside off through midwicket and getting nowhere near it

End of over 49 (5 runs) Australia 309/5 (RR: 6.30)
JR Hopes    1* (2b)      S Sreesanth    8-0-58-2
MEK Hussey    10* (5b)      I Sharma    10-0-65-1

Harbhajan to take the final over

49.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 2 runs, wide outside off, Hussey shuffles across to meet it and drives wide of long-off

49.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, pushed out to mid-on from outside off

49.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hopes, 3 runs, gets away with a cross-batted swat aimed towards square but which looped over the keeper from the top edge, a slower slower ball from Harbhajan

49.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 2 runs, low full toss driven hard out to long-off

49.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, OUT, outside off, pulled back to Harbhajan who picks it up cleanly and easily runs out Hopes at the non-striker's

JR Hopes run out 4 (8m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Brett Lee's coming out with a cap on

49.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, OUT, wide outside off, Hussey drives into the ground, Harbhajan picks up the ball and runs out Lee even despite a fumble

B Lee run out 0 (1m 0b 0x4 0x6) SR: -

So Hussey runs out two of his team-mates a la Sangakkara in Adelaide t'other day.

Well now, a hugely entertaining show from Australia whose batsmen have been under the cosh a bit. Question is, how will their bowlers now respond?

End of over 50 (8 runs) Australia 317/7
MEK Hussey    15* (10b)      Harbhajan Singh    9-0-50-0
     S Sreesanth    8-0-58-2
Tournament Results
Australia v India at Brisbane - Mar 4, 2008
India won by 9 runs
Australia v India at Sydney - Mar 2, 2008
India won by 6 wickets (with 25 balls remaining)
Australia v Sri Lanka at Melbourne - Feb 29, 2008
Sri Lanka won by 13 runs
India v Sri Lanka at Hobart - Feb 26, 2008
India won by 7 wickets (with 106 balls remaining)
Australia v India at Sydney - Feb 24, 2008
Australia won by 18 runs
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Photos

Feb 24, 2008

The Australians celebrate a wicket, Australia v India, 10th ODI, CB Series, Sydney, February 24, 2008

The Australians celebrate a wicket

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Feb 24, 2008

Brett Lee picked up his second five-for of the tournament, Australia v India, 10th ODI, CB Series, Sydney, February 24, 2008

Brett Lee picked up his second five-for of the tournament

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