Australia v India, CB Series, Adelaide February 12, 2012

Ice-cool Dhoni downs Australia

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India 6 for 270 (Gambhir 92, Dhoni 44*) beat Australia 8 for 269 (Hussey 72, Forrest 66) by four wickets
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A supremely calm MS Dhoni guided India to victory, with two balls to spare, over a sluggish Australia in the ODI at Adelaide Oval.

Dhoni's composure was best measured by how he paced his innings. It bordered on the statuesque early, before he raised tempo with swift running between the wickets. He saved his one stroke to the boundary - a towering six over long on - for when he most needed it: the third ball of the final over delivered by Clint McKay, which began with 13 still required.

The next ball was a high full toss that Dhoni swung to deep midwicket, but the no-ball - called for height - gifted India a third run in addition to the two scampered between the wickets. The next delivery was helped around to backward square leg, and the final three runs were collected to take India alongside Australia on two wins from three matches.

India's chase was anchored by Gautam Gambhir's fluent 92, before Dhoni and Suresh Raina took the visitors close with a stand of 61. Raina perished in the 47th over and Ravindra Jadeja followed in the 49th, but Dhoni remained to collar the remaining runs. Test match difficulties notwithstanding, he remains the master technician in limited-overs matches.

Australia's fielding display was its least attentive of the Michael Clarke era. Only one catch of note went down but outfield fumbles were legion, and both Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja could have been run-out in the closing stages had in-fielders held their nerve.

Of even greater concern was an apparent hamstring twinge for Michael Clarke, who was running gingerly from the innings' midpoint and hobbling noticeably by the end, having left the field briefly for treatment. Clarke may now be due a spell of rest after an unbroken sequence of Tests and ODIs dating back to his first tour as captain - to Bangladesh in April 2011.

Until the final over, McKay provided the most lasting threat for the home attack, maintaining a disciplined line and changing his pace, while Xavier Doherty bowled some particularly nagging deliveries at the death to make India work for the points.

Looking very much at home in international company, the debutant Peter Forrest had built Australia's total alongside David Hussey after the innings was in danger of stalling at 3 for 81. Clarke's fluent 38 had ended when he sallied forth to attack Umesh Yadav and dragged a slower ball wretchedly onto the stumps.

Forrest was strong square of the wicket and down the ground, while Hussey's innings was another reminder of his usefulness in most limited-overs contests. Following their departure, allrounder Daniel Christian put together a handy closing contribution at the home ground of his adopted state. Few boundaries were collected in the closing overs, reflecting some diligent bowling but also the slowing of an otherwise friendly batting surface.

Yadav and Zaheer Khan were the most effective of India's bowlers, attacking the stumps while also keeping the runs down, as the tourists sought a manageable target after the selectors chose to rest Sachin Tendulkar.

Ryan Harris and Mitchell Starc had found some bounce but no great pace and negligible movement when they shared the new ball, allowing Virender Sehwag and Gambhir the chance to play with freedom as they regularly pierced the offside field.

Clarke's brow was looking furrowed as the 50 was raised inside nine overs, but his introduction of McKay brought immediate results when Sehwag's leading edge to a nondescript delivery looped to point.

Gambhir and Kohli accumulated, albeit at a lesser pace, until the younger batsman tried to lace McKay over the offside field and offered a steepling chance to Forrest. Rohit Sharma's entry to the crease coincided with the introduction of spin, but after a period of thrust and parry the quicks returned.

Rohit's first response was to lash Starc over square leg for a glorious flat six, and next over he managed a cut that scorched to the fence from Christian. However some tension clearly remained in Rohit's arms, and he perished in trying to force Harris over the in-field.

Gambhir survived a chance on 88, David Warner shelling a sharp drive at short cover, but on 92 he was the victim of an lbw decision when all logic - and subsequent replays - suggested that McKay's delivery had pitched outside leg stump.

The duo of wickets forced Dhoni and Raina into salvage mode, trying to stabilise the innings even as the required-rate slithered up towards eight per over. They were helped by a series of misfields, uncharacteristic by the hosts' standards this summer.

Gradually a few boundaries closed the gap between runs and balls, Raina depositing Xavier Doherty into the crowd wide of long on. Thirty-one were required from the final four overs when Raina played over a delivery by Doherty to be bowled, leaving the stage to Dhoni.

Earlier in the day, the selectors rested Michael Hussey to give Forrest a first cap and dropped Matthew Wade down the order, shifting Ricky Ponting to the top, but neither he nor Warner had a significant impact on proceedings.

Upon winning the toss, Clarke had no hesitation batting first for the third time in as many matches in this series, but Ponting and Warner made a sluggish start against Zaheer and Vinay Kumar. Reaching out for the ball rather than letting it come to him, Ponting miscued a drive to point.

A horrid running mix-up resulted in Warner being stranded as Vinay collected Rohit's agile field-and-throw to the non-striker's end. Forrest and Clarke recalibrated somewhat before the debutant signalled his capabilities with a rasping cut from Yadav, followed by a crisp swing off Jadeja down the ground for six.

Clarke had lost some of his earlier momentum, and Yadav capitalised when his change of pace met a highly ambitious attempt to reach the boundary, leaving Hussey and Forrest to rebuild again. They did so with wisely-chosen shots - Forrest clattered a second six down the ground off the bowling of Rohit - and eager running between the wickets, lifting the hosts to 179 before Forrest presented a catch to deep midwicket.

Hussey went on in the company of Christian, scoring mainly in an efficient series of ones and twos, and looked ready to unfurl his cleanest hitting when Virender Sehwag dived smartly to hold a low chance at square leg. Christian accumulated neatly until he was heedlessly run out, and 57 from the final 10 overs proved inadequate as Dhoni held his nerve.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • RandyOZ on February 14, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    As usual, this loss can be put down to Arthur. What has he been telling Clarke?

  • ramli on February 13, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Oh... I thought India had won the match by holding their nerves ... and naturally expected unanimous appreciation from Indian fans .... it has now become very clear that Indian fans do not cherish team victory and hail only individual laurels (or bashing for that matter) ... very poor attitude... we can never remain united ... shame ... to those including Gambhir who say victory should have been obtained by 48th over ... is victory programmable ... or even predictable ... what if Dhoni had failed when trying to up the ante in 48th over ... hail the victors and hope for nice things ahead ... peace

  • on February 13, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    it was India's luck that india won the match, otherwise upto 49.2 overs dhoni was doing his worst so that india lose the match

  • kenishah on February 13, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    yay finaly india win. suprising they did it witout tendulkar soo thats a gud sign after the lil master goes.dhoni played well but he was jus putting pressure on himself but he also did the right ting cos if he was out then ther was no1 to get them 2 win cos he told raina n evry1 2 slog n he hmslef thot he shud tak single n let them slog soo full credit 2 dhoni for tinkin logicly.gambhir still hasent got a 100 for ong but he played realy well n i jus found out that wen gambhir playes well dhoni dos 2 n india win.cnt wait for the match against SL soo gud luck 2 india hope u win .

  • on February 13, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Although our captain cool pulled of yet another win through his power-hitting still I can't understand why Dhoni allowed so many balls to land keeper's gloves, if only had he gotten singles & two's we would have won with 2 overs to spare minimum. Now imagine had Dhoni been caught at long-on & the entire blame will/should fall on Dhoni only. But anyhow a win is a win & great work boys & keep up the good work.

  • VJGS on February 13, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    I seriously found the media reports and Ravi Shastri's commentary very, very irritating. During the test series, everyone were blaming the BCCI and team for not having the guts to drop/rest the seniors. When they finally do it, owing to a rotation policy which is working rather well, everyone are blaming them again. It is seriously like a no-win situation for the team management. Especially the commentary from Ravi Shastri - he asked what was the use in having Tendulkar in Australia if he is not going to play? So what was he proposing? Drop Rohit/Kohli/Raina/Gambhir? Then what is the reason for having them in Australia? I know no one can match Tendulkar's caliber but it is a team game and Tendulkar is only one of the eleven. Each and everyone is equally important. Does he really expect Tendulkar to win each and every game single-handedly? Please ask him how many match-winning knocks Tendulkar has when India is batting second(a.k.a chasing).

  • shaantanu on February 13, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Salman Mehboob: Cant agree with u more.Sachin sud have retired on a high....Players from the subcontinent just doesnt seem to time their retirement well unlike say Australians.......Now the 100th 100 has lost its shine.Its really evident that Sachin is playing for that only

  • on February 13, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    I really found Umesh Yadav impressive. He is really quick but need to land the balls more accurate lengths. I Sharma was also a big find but how much he detoriated since then..I like to say Umesh : Bowl Fast as much as you can.

  • PadamHCL on February 13, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Finally India has did it, now it is not possible for both the team to (Aus&Sri) to stop India from winining the cup. Every one should understand one thing before criticising some one that, win and lose are part of cricket .We should support Indian team and Dhoni to come back much stronger in remaining matches.

  • on February 13, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Bravo boys.. nice team work....good win...

  • RandyOZ on February 14, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    As usual, this loss can be put down to Arthur. What has he been telling Clarke?

  • ramli on February 13, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Oh... I thought India had won the match by holding their nerves ... and naturally expected unanimous appreciation from Indian fans .... it has now become very clear that Indian fans do not cherish team victory and hail only individual laurels (or bashing for that matter) ... very poor attitude... we can never remain united ... shame ... to those including Gambhir who say victory should have been obtained by 48th over ... is victory programmable ... or even predictable ... what if Dhoni had failed when trying to up the ante in 48th over ... hail the victors and hope for nice things ahead ... peace

  • on February 13, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    it was India's luck that india won the match, otherwise upto 49.2 overs dhoni was doing his worst so that india lose the match

  • kenishah on February 13, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    yay finaly india win. suprising they did it witout tendulkar soo thats a gud sign after the lil master goes.dhoni played well but he was jus putting pressure on himself but he also did the right ting cos if he was out then ther was no1 to get them 2 win cos he told raina n evry1 2 slog n he hmslef thot he shud tak single n let them slog soo full credit 2 dhoni for tinkin logicly.gambhir still hasent got a 100 for ong but he played realy well n i jus found out that wen gambhir playes well dhoni dos 2 n india win.cnt wait for the match against SL soo gud luck 2 india hope u win .

  • on February 13, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Although our captain cool pulled of yet another win through his power-hitting still I can't understand why Dhoni allowed so many balls to land keeper's gloves, if only had he gotten singles & two's we would have won with 2 overs to spare minimum. Now imagine had Dhoni been caught at long-on & the entire blame will/should fall on Dhoni only. But anyhow a win is a win & great work boys & keep up the good work.

  • VJGS on February 13, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    I seriously found the media reports and Ravi Shastri's commentary very, very irritating. During the test series, everyone were blaming the BCCI and team for not having the guts to drop/rest the seniors. When they finally do it, owing to a rotation policy which is working rather well, everyone are blaming them again. It is seriously like a no-win situation for the team management. Especially the commentary from Ravi Shastri - he asked what was the use in having Tendulkar in Australia if he is not going to play? So what was he proposing? Drop Rohit/Kohli/Raina/Gambhir? Then what is the reason for having them in Australia? I know no one can match Tendulkar's caliber but it is a team game and Tendulkar is only one of the eleven. Each and everyone is equally important. Does he really expect Tendulkar to win each and every game single-handedly? Please ask him how many match-winning knocks Tendulkar has when India is batting second(a.k.a chasing).

  • shaantanu on February 13, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Salman Mehboob: Cant agree with u more.Sachin sud have retired on a high....Players from the subcontinent just doesnt seem to time their retirement well unlike say Australians.......Now the 100th 100 has lost its shine.Its really evident that Sachin is playing for that only

  • on February 13, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    I really found Umesh Yadav impressive. He is really quick but need to land the balls more accurate lengths. I Sharma was also a big find but how much he detoriated since then..I like to say Umesh : Bowl Fast as much as you can.

  • PadamHCL on February 13, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Finally India has did it, now it is not possible for both the team to (Aus&Sri) to stop India from winining the cup. Every one should understand one thing before criticising some one that, win and lose are part of cricket .We should support Indian team and Dhoni to come back much stronger in remaining matches.

  • on February 13, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Bravo boys.. nice team work....good win...

  • zenboomerang on February 13, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Good win by India & deservedly won... Outplayed by a better captain - Clarke was abysmal again & showed that he struggles in the shorter formats with some of the worse fielding & bowling options that I have ever seen from an Oz captain... The differences in the captaincy was definitely the reason we lost... Lets see what happens in Sydney without Clarke & hopefully a decent batting line-up...

  • zenboomerang on February 13, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    @Steven Andrews... Can't see why you have dropped Christian (17n.o. /33 /39) when he has has been a leading batter & handy bowler?... Yet kept Ponting with scores of 2, 1, 6 & remains in your team... Agree about Wade though...

  • on February 13, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Sachin shud have retired frm ODI's whn India won the WC-2011,it would have been special...he can achieve his 100th ton milestone in test matches!!

  • jameswayne on February 13, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    Clarke trying to be too smart by changing the batting order and consistently selecting inconsistent bowlers like Starc who bowls well in one match and is hammered in the next 4 matches, and horror players like McKay who is not even good enough for domestic cricket. What was McKay smiling for even after being thrashed and humiliated for sixes and fours? Such clowns should be kicked out of the team for good. He got those 3 wickets only because he was playing against the Indian team who are well known to make heroes out of zeroes.

  • rkannancrown on February 13, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    The real worry for India is the continued inability of Rohit to score despite being given more opportunities than anybodyelse in Indian cricketing history. Jadeja is another talented player who does well in patches. The problem is Jadeja is not the batsman who can clear the ropes - a most esential trait for a no.7 batsman. it would be logical to shuffle the order a little bit , push Jadeja to No.4 (he qualifies ahead of Rohit as a better fielder & bowler) and try out Pathan at no.7. this would give a bowling option as well as strengthen the batting at the finish. It is also important to look at Manoj Tiwari & Rahane. Tiwari has a century in his last one day game & is a better fielder than Rohit.

  • ZMPK on February 13, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    At last India won....Sehwag Looked totaly unfit and Vulnerable.. Well played Dhoni....Congrats India

  • on February 13, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    @Vineetkarthi, I fully agree with you. It's time Dhoni thought of resting himself for some matches in this ODI series. Coming to the match proper; I thought the final over drama & hype(if I may call it) could have been avoided if only Dhoni & Jadeja found the gaps more often in the batting power play form the ones & twos. India should thing of planning their batting order such that a slogger is there for the batting power play. It was a good win and a huge moral booster for team India.

  • bhrangi on February 13, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    @yoohoo : I dont think u have see a full match, till 40 th over as u said it was under control., 74 from 60 ( thank god raina played well ) but the problem is later overs, he put pressure on raina and Jadeja. If u see in 48 th over last two ball he didn't score a single, as a result ashwin have to face the last over first ball. My opinon dhoni created un necessary pressure and became a hero in last over . I even doubted dhoni is fixed something like that to extend the match till last over. i used to be a fan of dhoni in ODI but not now.

  • on February 13, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    At last, we have won one ODI against Australia and that too, chasing a big total. Nice to see Gambhir, Raina, Rohit, Dhoni among the runs. Umesh Yadav and Zaheer Khan bowled well. Three run outs in Australian innings indicates improvement in the fielding. But, the players should remember to continue the same in the remaining matches, and it should not become "one-match" show. As experts say, form is temporary but class is permanent. Dhoni is a team player and motivating captain, who does not pressurise his players even if they fail. However, players like Rahane, Manoj Tiwari, Rahul Sharma and particularly Irfan Pathan should be played. (profably Dhoni is afraid, if Irfan Pathan performs well, it would be embarrassing to the captain to remove him, and wait and see, if Irfan is given a chance, he will bound to perform exceptionally, as he is a fighter).

  • VEGHA on February 13, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Gambhir should be made as Test Captain, Virat for T20 and Dhoni for One day matches and by this there will be different captains for different captains. Virat and Gambhir are aggressive and their approach will be good and Dhoni cannot be good test captain and by doing this Dhoni need not to be in test team whenever he is not scoring runs or he needs rest also he can do so.By this selectors also can rotate players

  • pradave17 on February 13, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    India won because they have dropped oldies who clinged on their personal scores. this time India had a team who play for the country. not for the personal scores. keep it up guys. we are with you

  • on February 13, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    WELL SAID @SCHUSTER GOVEAS SACHIN SHOULD QUIT THE GAME

  • praveen4honestremark on February 13, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Here is the analysis of the match with some important players to be noted: 1) Type of pitch: Pitch in this match was not a belter, and ball was not coming easily onto bat..but it was not bowler friendly too..so wicket is tricky, u settle and then u can score. Batsman from two sides settled and then played their shots.So achieving a strike rate of 80 is good here on this pitch..so u can say 280 is good score here, Clarke was saying the same 2) Players: a)McKay :He is tall ,and aggressive bowler..but ordinary in this pitches because he don't have enough variations to trouble batsman during slog overs for now but he is a future prospect for Australia.He may have become a villain but in a story one has to become villain and other a hero. Mckay was hero transformed to villain in last over..give him time, he will learn. he is best. b) Dhoni :Not in form n Was not fully good at health as was gasping very high, he said to himself" Be brave, try try and be patient to for ur chance".

  • subratachakrabarty on February 13, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    A win finally for Team India. Captain Cool finally delivered what was required and due from hi,m from a very long time. First time in the series, Openers looked really good. I am really impressed with Indian fielding as well. Off course, Oz were at their least in this ODI and we capitalize on them. I can't overlook bowling as well. I believe, Yadav is really good. He have pace (150 kmph), bowls good area and tries to maintain line. In Oz camp, the only player I am impressed with is Forrest. He is really very good and I see Michael Bevan in him. He has a long way to go and its too early to say, but the way he rotates the strikes is awesome. I guess, he is the find for Oz this summer. Good luck to both the team for rest of the series but never unlook SL. They are also in fine touch.

  • Witty_Cricketer on February 13, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    I really dont see why Dhoni had to wait until the last over to spring into action, it is this habit of Dhoni's to take the match until the last couple of overs is going to backfire sooner or later. Imagine a situation where he takes the match to the last over needing 10 or 12 runs and gets out, then it does not give other batsman no time what so ever, it is easier to score 25 runs of 3 overs rather than 10 runs of last 5 balls.

  • syedmkr on February 13, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    No one is talked about the ineffienciency of spinners against Aussies 18 overs went for 105 runs for no wicket by both Ashwin & Jadeja. Here Jadeja is in the team for all-rounder who can't send the ball to the boundary when needed and being expensive with the ball too. So the time for Irfan in the team is required at least against Aussies in the next game.

  • DINESHCC on February 13, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    BRUMBY90: What are you talking. Zimbabwe is one of the best fielding side in cricket. Don't compare any team with Zimbabwe's fielding.

  • heathrf1974 on February 13, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Good fielding and bowling by India. The Aussies need to learn to bowl yorkers at the death.

  • on February 13, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    so what all it need to beat Australian team---a full strength, experienced Indian team and mostly unheard, inexperienced players of Australian team.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 13, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    I swear its like Dhoni wants to steal the glory from gambhir. He did it in the world cup and he did it today. Man must hate gambhir a lot

  • on February 13, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    After Near About One Year India Played Like a Champion.........

  • derrida_derider on February 13, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    A strangely lethargic performance, especially by the Aussies. Frankly this was a fairly low standard match, with the exception of Dhoni's very profesional innings. But both teams are capable of much better - I think a long season is getting to them.

  • Precioustar84 on February 13, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    @HamsterSteve - "each shuffle is weakening the side."-Agreed re Aussies team. Regarding Sehwag, all Indian fans have been wondering the same. Why are they still persisting with him? I guess its because there's a vice-captain tag to him, or that he's unpredictable and would rather chance him but we fans would prefer couple players that are STILL warming up the bench. Sachin has no point to prove not IMO. Been great for Team India but he, too, needs to make room. For Dhoni, he's exactly this during ODIs and always has been a great ODI player for India. Dhoni does not have enough patience for tests though; only he can answer but one gets the feeling that tests have never interested him. He's been lucky because there is no one else to replace him immediately. Kohli is too-new. He is still immature, has plenty to learn and is not ready to captain. Also there's always "senority rules" in the team which might not go down well with the oldies IMO.

  • vineetkarthi on February 13, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    If you could define a player by LUCK, Dhoni is by far the luckiest the world has seen. @Kvsk Prasad - you are bang on. And if we are rotating players to give chances to others, why didnt Dhoni drop himself in England or Australia in the Tests - we could have easily found a new Keeper, a new Batsman and hopefully, a new Captain. I hope the Selectors are thinking.

  • gitapat on February 13, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    This match proved what is well-known but is never accepted by the selectors.Dhoni is a class act in 50-over ODIs and 20-20 games.He is a big failure in Tests-his batting in Test cricket is pathetic and his wicket-keeping is average.It is time that they dropped Dhoni and brought in Dinesh Karthick for Test cricket.And made Gambhir the captain of the Test side instead of Sehwag.Likewise it is time that Yuvi is not even considered for Test cricket.And replace VVS with Chetweshar Punja.India wil go back to winning Tests.

  • rare2823 on February 13, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    @HamsterSteve: kohli as captain... you should deff be kidding mate.... for reasons known to world dhoni got the capatincy ahead of Yuvi... for the same reason kohli shud never get it and will never... next capatin can be Gambir and late on may be a toss up between Ashwin and rain (if they continue to work on game and proove permamnent members of team)....

  • jameswayne on February 13, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    Kick that good for nothing McKay out of the team for good!!!

  • gregjones on February 13, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    If Clint McKay's bowling is international standard, then it has to be said that international cricket is no good. He was absolutely pathetic and showed exactly how not to bowl the last over of an innings. And the wickets he got were mostlt fortunate ones. Even the ball with which McKay dismissed Sehwag was atrocious.He got his wicket only because Sehwag is an equally atrocious batsman.If McKay palys another match for Australia, it would mean that they don't have the bowling resources for international cricket which is not the truth because there are so many fantastic bowlers on the sidelines like Ben Cutting, McDermott,Laughlin,Siddle, Copeland, Swan and many more but it is amazing that such fine bowlers are neglected and such ordinary bowlers like McKay and Starc are persisted with.

  • satanswish on February 13, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    McKay showed his inexperience during last over.

  • on February 13, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    The youngsters need to improve.Everyone in this middle order is talented enough to bat well. They have to learn to finish the games. They need to last longer. They are good enough to score runs if the just stay on the pitch. Just see the end result.

    For people using IFs If the aunt had a moustache, she'd be the uncle!!

  • Romenevans on February 13, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    LOL Sehwag from India...and Warner From Australia....Both plays hide and seek games and still in the team. Forrest is a good find i thought and look like Kallis with his stroke play and stance.

  • Bollo on February 13, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    @Rakhil Pakhetra.Why not include Dhoni`s complete ODI captaincy record against Aus, which didn`t begin in Jan 2008, but September the previous year? Not because India lost that series first 4-2 is it? Overall, with Dhoni as captain, Aus lead 11-10 in completed matches, with two-thirds of those having been played in India.

  • on February 13, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    India beats Australia in a T20 and ODI ....Guess who was missing on both occassions

  • on February 13, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    Dont know why Wade was dropped down to 7. Time also to keep rotating the bowlers, mckay and starc suck. bring in australia's best death bowler Ash McDermott. Faulkner also. Give Mitch Marsh a go. Warner, Wade, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Hussey, Marsh, Faulkner, Harris, Doherty, McDermott.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 13, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    This match was won by the youngsters - by their excellent fielding and batting. Their superb fielding and run outs kept the Aussies in check. Can you imagine playing this match with the Big 3? They are a liability in the field. The Big 3 would have leaked 10-15 runs each - Australian total would have been higher by 30-40 runs. We would have lost the match right there. Plus, they can barely bat. This would have been an ODI equivalent of an innings defeat if the Big 3 had played.

  • on February 13, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    India has Done a great job by winning but the question is, did really Dhoni deserve all the credit for this. When he hardly dId any thing to deserve it. He almost lost the match had the six on the last over was not there. I think his batting was opathetic and his rotation policy sucks. He is just lucky to be there without much potential as compared to Sachin, Sewang and Gottiie

  • the_blue_android on February 13, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    India's just getting into its stride in the ODI game and will play much better as the series progresses. By the end of CB series, India will show why they are the ODI champs. They should just get rid of that joker in the Indian team who scores 2 boundaries at the start of the innings and gets out every game under the pretext of "natural game".

  • on February 13, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    WRONG TITLE: It was a team effort. The last three balls faced by Captain cool helped. But, pl see others' contribution too. In the first innings,all the bowlers did a good job; particularly Yadav & Zaheer. Fielding was superior to what Aussies' display in the second innings. Gauti's effort is already recognized. Even the irresponsible (not, irrepressible) Viru's 20 helped. Raina's and Jadeja's decent contributions at a risky and high (higher than every one else in both teams put together) strike rate certainly compensated for the poor striking form of Dhoni ( except for the last three balls he faced) in the early part of his innings. Yes, certainly Dhoni's captaincy skills in the shorter versions and his finishing skill, once again took the team across the line. Total team show.

  • jonesy2 on February 13, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    stupidest game and the most lucky innngs by dhoni and gambhir. australia should have won easily. doherty and mckay (aside from his bizarre last over) were brilliant as usual, the two best bowlers in one day cricket

  • Gizza on February 13, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    @ddlj26, you're right. Dhoni possesses this energy and aura in ODI's and T20's which he doesn't have at all in Tests. He seems to enjoy the limited time and overs factor.

  • on February 12, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    Not sure I'm allowed to say this but I will anyway as no one else is. Why is Warner in this team? He is completely hit and miss and will miss out more than he will succeed. The same in the Test arena. I fear he's been hyped so much they won't drop him even after he fails and fails, waiting for the one in ten innings he succeeds. Watson and Wade should open, Punter needs to retire from ODI's at least and let Clarke bat at 3, Forrest at 4, the Hussey brothers then Christian. It was ridiculous moving Wade around when he's succeeded where Warner's failed.

  • HamsterSteve on February 12, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    As an Aussie fan, well done India to get another win. However, some questions about both teams. Australia - I understand the motivation for the rotation policy, but each shuffle is weakening the side. Exposed last night by no M Hussey, Ponting at 3 is a cheap wicket for any opponent (put him at 5 or 6), and then Wade at 6 ? Warner is a one innings in 10 wonder. And why McKay in the last over? He is always a bit loose (despite getting some wickets last night), and Starc would have been a better option. Forrest is a good find, but teams will work out he is essentially an off-side player pretty quickly. For India. Why are they persisting with Sehwag. Done nothing on this tour to influence proceedings. Once a great player now living on past glories. I would always play Sachin and Gambhir as openers - a much more reliable opening partnership. Dhoni - still highly defensive as captain, and while he won the match at the end, where has that form been all tour ? Make Kohli captain.

  • on February 12, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    If the general perception is that if you create a crisis first and then solve the crisis to be perceived as a Hero, then Dhoni definitely is a Hero. I tend to differ over here for he was way too slow to start with and it was this slowness that created the pressure. At one point, he was 16 runs off 35 balls !! The pressure was created by Dhoni in the first place. How come then that he is perceived as cool? A mistake committed in the last over would have meant that the Aussies had the match. To me, it Dhoni was not cool, but adventurous, someone who has out his team through the risk of loosing. It is actually disappointing to see him being perceived as a Hero.

  • SnowSnake on February 12, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    @Hayden Field: I think no one wants to play in IPL because every country has its own T20 league now-a-days. Forming 10 IPL teams with limited Indian players may be a reason why prices are going up. These high payments may lead to down fall of the IPL anyway. But you are correct, the price is irrational.

  • Fijicricket on February 12, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Strange- Dhoni kept growing the required run-rate while the batsman on the other end kept trying to win by hitting big shots to bring the runrate down! When batsman on the other end scored a four- DHONI WOULD HIT 4 DOT BALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dhoni did the same in the first game against Australia! When the required runrate became impossble- DHONI STARTED HITTNG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on February 12, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    Where David Hussy and the player like Clint McKay can play good cricket, any team can beat Austrailia. I found those two players useless. No talent especially Mckay. What's there in his bowling? He's the waste of the player. So keep rotating players like those as McKay, Starc. Foolish stuff from Australia to give these two players a chance.

  • on February 12, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Well played by India, and a good win. As an Aussie fan, though, I have to say that final over from McKay is the single worst piece of death bowling that I've ever seen. Clarke should have brought Starc back on..

  • bowzer on February 12, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    Last night showed why Australia's not that good at T20 cricket. The last 10-11 overs Australia was only 3 down yet they only manage to score 60-70 runs (6 runs an over). In the modern day most teams will be scoring almost 100 runs in the last 10 over with that many wickets in hand. David Hussey, who goes going at a run a ball, appeared to change tactics and looked like he was slowly down. The Aussies were still pushing for the single when thet should have been hitting the boundries and sixes. They would have probably got to the same total, evenif they were bowled out. India manage to got 80-90 runs in the last 10 overs and made it look easy.

  • MuraliUK on February 12, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Oh.....this win however achieved, was a team effort rather than Gambhir + Dhoni. Has brought some smiles back in the household again! Remember the Benoni match brought Tendulkar as the most accomplished successful opener? Remember the Mumbai 1st class match vs the full Aussie team - Sachin destroying Warne and eventually had the greatest impact factor later on in 2001? This match could very well be another India turning factor? Hope it is........

  • SanjivAwesome on February 12, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    On a connected analysis, Ashwin's performance has been average in a game that Australia lost rather than India won. I would consider switching him out of the top-11. Sorry, he is just not been top performing spinner material on this tour. Put him out of his misery. Watch out for Aus next game. They won't be this lethargic in their fielding for atleast another 20 games on the trot! And their next 49th over will be a lot tighter for any "ice cool" batter we may have!

  • SanjivAwesome on February 12, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    His unexpected performance in this game notwithstanding, Dhoni has been an average performerfor some time. First of all, thank you Dhoni for winning the game for us. I am being truly honest when I say that it is good to see us win. Thank you. Next the analysis. Our team needs a performance based culture. Based on that, I would drop Sehwag and Dhoni for the next match. Rather than being a match winner, Dhoni is a headache creator for our team - he is teaching the team bad habits like how not to pace themselves with sensible shot selection. For they all think that Dhoni can turn up in the last over, play the bollywood action hero, score big sixes in over 49 and we win the game. Bring in Tendulkar. Keep the rest of the young ones.

  • on February 12, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    Dhoni needs to bat higher up the order so he can hold the innings together

  • yoohoo on February 12, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    @FreeSpeech - What you don't understand is that both gambhir and Rohit got out right before the mandatory batting powerplay. So, when dhoni came into bat, immediately the powerplay was on, and so it was very tough to take singles as all the fielders were within the circle. And since already so many wickets had fallen, he didn't want to risk hitting shots in the air. Once the powerplay was finished, dhoni could easily rotate the strike, and then he kept his cool and finished the match. If there is anyone to blame, it must be gambhir and rohit for getting out in a silly manner right before the batting powerplay. couldn't rohit have delayed his aerial shots by one over so that he could take advantage of powerplays?

  • thinker on February 12, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    it's crazy people say this should have been done earlier or finish by 48th over. Dhoni has not stopped Raina & Jadeja. They couldnot finish and got out. Had Dhoni tried early and got out what could have happened. Remember Australia can win even in last. I don't think Dhoni planned. I think he just kept delaying taking the risk. When there is no choice he did it. Had umpire not called no ball and Dhoni out, don't know whether india won. Dhoni's strategy to get as close as target with out risks and then take it

  • ddlj26 on February 12, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    I would like to add that dhoni was sleep walking throughout the test series and till the 49th over of this innings..... and suddenly he woke up and realized oops i am going to fall down and saved himself from embarassment again like he has been doing over the last one month or so... I just keep wondering what happened to icy cool dhoni in the test series, it is time we admit it dhoni doesnt fit the bill for tests... yes he is a shrewd ODI player, but i have noticed his test captaincy and batting has affected him in the ODI's as welll.... good thing for india is he woke up before he took the whole team down

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 12, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    This is what I am talking about - get rid of non-performers and we will start seeing some results! We don't have a shortage of talent. On the contrary - we have abundance of talent. If we can get rid of seniority system and regionalism, we can be champions in all formats of this game. Note for selectors - selection should be based on present form, with an eye for future. It should NEVER be based on past accomplishments. Get rid of Big 4 NOW and start building a team for the future. Kohli and Rohit Sharma can form core of batting. Neglect bowlers at your peril. Give a chance to in-form bowlers like Irfan, Pathan, Ashok Dinda, TP Sudhindra, etc.

  • Itchy on February 12, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    @Taij Chand: forgotten the test series already, champ?! Selective memory, I think.

  • on February 12, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Can someone explain to me ho Jadeja is worth US$2 million. He bowls average, he bats average....please explain.

  • SnowSnake on February 12, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    I saw two things yesterday. First, Peter Forrest appears to be a good find for Australia and second, Yadav is showing some promise as a fast bowler.

  • Sakthiivel on February 12, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    @Ranjan Kapoor : ""What happened when there is not a no ball?"" Dhoni would have sent it out of the park..

  • AlpsRock on February 12, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Happy India won, despite trying best to loose again. I agree with Gauti, well said. Dhoni used to be good player in past, can trash any bowling but since captain he is different player. He is too defensive in all respect, well lucky to win the games for india tests and 1days. He gets the credit of whole team including WC Final and this one, luckily he hit that six and no ball (luck ball again for him) won the game. He need to learn from Clarke, who goes for kill rathter let Forrest and D Hussyey settle against the spin. Wasim / Shastri keep saying bring Yadav or Zahir for 1 or 2 overs, India needed wicket!!! Why is he afraid of loosing the captaincy & stupidly defensive? Oh well, India won :)....

  • Precioustar84 on February 12, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Ugh, I'm a Team India fan but I hate how media praises Dhoni alone for no good reason. Only 1 match won against Aussies this series but that was due to TEAM EFFORT. There is no I in Team but there is one in Dhoni, isn't that so media? Yes finally something to smile about for us fans but nothing praiseworthy from thunder-stealer Dhoni. Also, he was anything but ice-cool today. If he had been himself, he would've chased it in singles instead of a tense end. Luckily we know he didn't miss hit today. Just leave it at that and praise the team's effort instead of ignoring the rest of the players as usual. Gambhir was MoM rightly just like he should've been MoM at WC. I'm with Gambhir on this one, Dhoni shouldn't have left it for the last over as anything could've happened. Thanks for putting a smile on my face TEAM INDIA. Aussies will come back harder in next match for sure. Hope Clarke is ok!

  • on February 12, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    At least India won. I am happy for them . They are talented side but could not play with thier ability . They can do much better than that and hopefully they will..

  • JG2704 on February 12, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Well played Dhoni. Even when winning he seems to be a constant target for criticism. He did practically single handedly win the WC final vs SL.

  • addsmiles on February 12, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    It's looking good because it came off. Half the time a team requiring 13 will end up on the losing side. I agree with Gambhir, we should not have taken it this far. India scored 18 runs in the batting PP. Should have shown some intent in those five overs to get maybe 10 more runs and it would have been way easier. When you are not looking to hit any boundaries, why take the powerplay at all. Singles are easier to get when you do not have any field restrictions. I appreciate the way Raina played who I feel made a very important contribution kept India in the hunt. Dhoni's last over 6 just overshadowed Raina's and Gauti's contribution...

  • on February 12, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Congrats india for a deserving win...Ghambir looked entirely different from test matches ..though loads of people criticizing Dhoni for being slow but do not forget he won you the match..I am a Pakistani but i love to see Dhoni batting with the pride with which he has been the back bone for indian cricket team..keep it up guys

  • drmaverick on February 12, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    except for d last over Dhoni was worst batsmen of d lot ...but y? wat happened in d last 2 matches , lost plots....!! i dont blame him for bein overcautious n doubtful of his n his colleagues winning credentials at dat stage... so he stayed der, wat d heck... instead of playing big shots he hung in der n won d match....so we hav a win n dats d ultimate fact... it could hav been very easily oder way round n our early finishers sudnt say it , just finish it !! lets savour it guys n hope we play like a unit again... its just a game n i love it !!!

  • rajnyu on February 12, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    My dearest friend Daniel, I admire your recognization of Dhony calm.... Just want to mention you might forgot or naive to admit if Dhony would have played little better scoring a run a ball India would have won it comfortably in 45th over. Thank you again for praising Dhoni effort and ignoring Gambhir and Raina ....

  • on February 12, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Excellent Captainy inning by the Indian skipper. He had retained his wicket to finishing the game. In his 44 runs Non boundaries, just only 1 six!, which won the match.. Hats of to the Indian skipper. and of course Gambhir too...

  • on February 12, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Bowlers all over the world are smacking thir lips when Ponting bats at Nos. 1-3. Free wicket. Everyone knows that he IS NOT the batsman of previous years, why waste his wicket ?? Don't make any excueses Clarke, you were beaten by the team with more resource in a limited overs game. If you and AC pick a winning team, then you will win. At this stage, you can't afford to throw away wickets and hope to win.

  • IJustLoveCricket on February 12, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    It looks like this article has been written by someone who slept till 49th over of the second innings, woke up and saw MS Dhoni hitting a six, and thought wow... This guy is Ice cool, Super cool, Calm, Composed... I mean seriously.. What if everyone before Dhoni batted with the same Ice cool, Super cool composure and with the same kind of shot selection that Dhoni was referring too??? I guess we would have needed 36 runs in the last over. Where was this ice cool, super cool composure and shot selection during the test series Mr. Dhoni?

  • Vishal_07 on February 12, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Here comes the world champs. That is what this Indian ODI side is known for, a complete team win with Dhoni at the end to guide them through. Boy, have the fans been waiting for something like this outside of India in a while. @Nehru Sharma, yes one game doesn't make you ice-cool, not in this series anyways. But Dhoni has done it time and again, and I am strictly focusing on the ODI record (counting the series against England last year).

  • Test_Match_Fan on February 12, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    yawn......who cares. Cool Dhoni? refused a single, then hits a six, then no ball, then they ran 3 runs.......all off the best bowler in the match McKay.....give me a break. This is a match that has "fixed" written all over it. Reason why no body should waste their time watching 1 days or 20/20

  • on February 12, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    captain cool........done the job...wonderful

  • Sanj3 on February 12, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    So the lalaji and team finally won something. Dhoni is best as a ODI captain. Test matches require a animal of different type. This new coach has not done enough to prosper the team. Could he be another Greg Chappell but a different type.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 12, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    India wins when every body contributes - even Sehwag contributed with a useful 20. 20 is low for a top order batsman, but it's better than 10 or less he made in previous occasions. Rohit and Raina played useful knocks. I think playing Yadav was the game changer - PK is too slow to be effective in Australia. Even Pathan can bowl better than PK. Ashok Dinda has been bowling really well in Duleep trophy. He deserves a chance, in place of Ican't (take a wicket) Sharma.

  • knan on February 12, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Agree with Freespeech. As Gambhir said, the match should've finished much earlier. Dhoni seemed to be completely out of sorts and played too many dot balls. He should've rotated the strike more instead of leaving balls outside the offstump. His batting put more pressure on Raina and Jadeja. If Dhoni wants to play so many dot balls to get into groove, he is better off coming higher up the order. Gambhir looked the Gambhir of old, with his constant rotation of strike. Hopefully he will carry this form going forward in the other matches too.

  • on February 12, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    The should have and maybes' must take a rest. What matters is the end result. Let's look at the opposite result - then Tendulkar should played, maybe Dravid, maybe Sunil Gavaskar. Fantastic that Ricky boy opened or Wade at 7. Well done India and keep going.

  • on February 12, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Nice to s th youngsters performing. Next match out with Sehwag.

  • world.cricketer on February 12, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    I think The heading is sending a wrong message It is as If dhoni single handedly won the match for INDIA. made only 33 of 55 balls SR 60 before last over. He was lucky to get half volley in final over.

  • Divinetouch on February 12, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Congrats sons of BharatMa and may the divine grace of BHAGAVAN RAM be with all of you as you pursue more victories.

  • godshand on February 12, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Thanks, India for putting upa brave fight in the field and finally winning. Surprise that none has commented over the deliberate above-waist full toss by McKay. Had it been any asian bowler, people would have raised hue and cry over sportsman spirit...Any ways, Keep it up India. You deserve to be the best in all the formats.

  • Citizen1 on February 12, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Glad Dhoni was able to make it in the final over, otherwise it would have been an another disaster failure because of his slow batting style.

  • on February 12, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Dhoni's batting like typical old indian movie hero, failing with villains strong punches suddenly getting energy in a critical situation.Anyways...it was a good win..!I enjoyed Rohith's sixer more than that of Dhoni..

  • on February 12, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    at last win in indias pocket

  • IJustLoveCricket on February 12, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    A supremely calm MS Dhoni? Ice cool MS Dhoni? Are you kidding me??? So all the batsmen before him, who were trying to go for their shots, keep up with the run rate are all not so cool??? Please don't tell me this was needed. Eat up all the deliveries, wait till the last over, get all the laurels, come to the press conference and say "We should improve our shot selection".. What the hell... I thought Gambhir was absolutely spot on. We should have won this match with two overs to spare at least.

  • on February 12, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    @Lauren : see stats before talking .with dhoni as captain since jan 2008 India has won 8 Odis against Australia wid 4 wins coming in India and 4 wins coming in Australia.on the other hand during the same period Australia has won 7 Odis against India wid 4 wins coming in India and 3 in Australia...

  • on February 12, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Thanksssssssssssssss India

  • prafullobo on February 12, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    I guess India's problems have all been sorted out now that we are winning one day matches. I wish the Indian team could give the same effort in Test matches like they do in One day matches.

  • Nampally on February 12, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Finally, a Great deserving win for Indians!They outplayed the Aussies in all departments and for once the batting sowed its true colours. The bowling was not upto mark - only Yadev bowled well. Rahul Sharma would have been a much better choice than Jadeja, as a bowler. Dhoni needs to a have a wrist spinner who can spin the ball, if spinners are to be tricky. Jadeja hardly gets any turn.Ashwin with middle & leg will not be effective. He should go to half stump. In this game even Rohit, Raina & Dhoni showed up, though Raina threw away his wikt. unnecessarily Indian fielding outclassed the Aussies.When you are under pressure, it is the fielding that cracks first. This was expected & Clarke's excuses were unwarranted. Indian batting seems to be adjusting to the Aussie pitches now and even the XI appears to be taking shape.I expect India to win the Final against the Aussies because their batting is taking shape.Only Sehwag is still committing suicide!Rest are rising up & fielding well too!

  • on February 12, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    FreeSpeech- I salute you for your honest and to the point observation and criticism. The fact is that Dhoni actually plays selfish and gives his average a lot more importance than the winning of team. He almost invariably scores slow runs in each match, building the pressure on other end batsmen, who keep accelerating the rate, and in the process often lose their wicket. Then he bats with the tail, hits one or two shots, and claims that he hung on till the last!!! There are numerous examples of this, one recent one being the first T20 played against Australia. Only positive thing in his batting is his running between the wickets, otherwise, Raina and Rohit play much according to the situation. It is a great matter of luck that we won today, and had we lost the match, I think it would not have had been Clint McKay, but Dhoni should have been given the man of the match......

  • on February 12, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    India won since hey didn't have to chase any individual record. Hope they maintain the winning team for the future matches too

  • m_ilind on February 12, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    " We are World Champions and we won't be beat." Well done, MS!

  • MaruthuDelft on February 12, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    @ Shwetank Banthia, Yes. I too don't inderstand how someone with such a high level of cricketing skills looks so fallible in test matches. But it is so obvious Dhoni is so inadequate at the test level.

  • JoseBautista on February 12, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    good job guys...gotta win this!!! good job gambhir and dhoni...but i wish dhoni got back to his old self(2005-07) where he used to hit sixes

  • rahulcricket007 on February 12, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    RAJNIKANTH STYLE CRICKET FROM DHONI .

  • Sashi88 on February 12, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Well done india!!! Fine works by Dhoni and shows how much capable he is...

  • alltimegreat on February 12, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    @Nehru - Do you really think Dhoni has won just one game for Indian team???

  • on February 12, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Mr. Nasser Hussian and Channel Nine commentrators, how many donkeys did you spot fielding at Adelaide today ? It is about time that we come out of the stereo typing which the channel 9 and English commentrator excel at. The difference between two teams today was feilding. When India was at loosing end for bad feilding the brigade of balding ex captains of English teams were branding Indians as donkeys in the feild. Am little surprised with their muted criticism for lapse in the field for Aussies today. Anyways glad that the old day series is turning to be skightly different that the totally one sided test series.

  • spiritwithin on February 12, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    funny to see so much praise for Dhoni even though its bcoz of him that instead of winning the match comfortably it became so close and tense towards the end,lemme check when dhoni came into bat india were still comfortably placed at 92runs needed from 95balls with just 4 down,what dhoni did?yea he tried hard to give away as many dots as possible but luckily on the other side raina was comfortably rotating the strikes and also hit boundaries whenever run rate creeps up,its bcoz of raina that india came so close(38 of 30balls) and before that gambhir's valuable knocks otherwise dhoni almost made sure that india lose the match,its not often that u can score 6 and get a no ball in the last over while chasing,Dhoni sud make sure that rotating strikes consistently is more important rather than trying to be hero where he blocks all delivery and hit one ball for six,stupid tactics with great risks,both raina & jadeja perished to up the scoring rate which was bogged down by so called cool dhoni

  • on February 12, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    dhoni was not 100 percent fit today he was struggling in running between the wickets but winning a game doesn't that india has won the tournament n they fly in air for SL they r just out of the tournament previous tournament was a good one this one is boring. Mckay shud be out of the team siddle,cummins,hilfenhaus,mcdermott n many more r waiting to get their chance why did they drop wade to number 7 ponting now shud be left out of the side n in place of him mitch marsh shud come in to the side or even in place of dan christian dave hussey has again proved that he deserved to be in the team

  • Romenevans on February 12, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    WTH! Umesh Yadav was breathing fire. I mean he was bowling 151/kph and constantly over 148/kph, it was a treat to watch him bowl like that. Super stuff from this lad and i also liked the way Dohetry bowled.

  • ranjit.sg on February 12, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    @FreeSpeech: I'm totally with you on that. Dhoni's a great ODI player, but he nearly botched it today.

  • on February 12, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Hope MSD is ok, he looked ill as per the liquids he was drinking btwn overs and the low strike rate he had. Yet to see an innings of his with such few boundaries. Glad he won it for us in the end. Time for India to use this momentum and maintain winning ways.

  • on February 12, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    a real effort.....great fielding....good batting apart from a couple f unnecessary shots.....yadav's pace ws good 2 see.....dhonni's batting lukd frustrating in beginning bt ended it really well....

  • gandabhai on February 12, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Australia were gifted a crucial lbw yet again .

  • on February 12, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    superb from Indian captain

  • on February 12, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Good win for team India. I like Indian team performing better compare to Test Matches in Australia.

    Next match please provide opportunities for younger players like Irfan Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma.

    Indian team should start rebuilding test team by providing opportunities for younger players playing against Bangladesh, West Indies, Srilanka, Newzeland, Pakistan instead of playing stroner teams and loosing all matches.

  • AvidCricFan on February 12, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Given the nature of pitch, Sachin may have done much better than Shewag. People clamouring for Sachin being kept out are wrong. Rotations are good if the player getting chances perform. Shewag has failed over and over. He is 1 in 7 game wonder which India can't afford. Rotation in bowling paid off too. In the next match against AUS, Ashwin can be rested too. He has been ineffective in bowling against AUS in tests, ODI and T20 games. Rotation in middle order between Rohit Sharma, Raina and Tiwari is needed too.

  • rajachandra on February 12, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Ice Cool Dhoni ? This is caption when you happen to win by sheer luck ! But for that no ball in the last over, he might have been out despite that towering six ! Out of 58 Balls he faced 29 were dart balls. It was almost like Gavaskar's epic innings by an ugly pusher and shover. No sir the win cannot take away from the truth that India under Dhoni has been lucky most of the times. Take away that six, he looked unfit to be a player in any world team! You cannot gloss over the truth.

  • Lalindra2012 on February 12, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    can angelo mathews keep his head cool and pull off crucial matches 4 sri lanka? i don't think so,he in india when lanka was chasing 400 score ruinded the chase by not accelerating,scored too slow in England when the tournament was 2all and SL lost da series thanks to mathews,in SL in the 4 ODI WHEN SANGA AND MAHELA GOT OUT WHAT DID HE DO FACED A FEW BALLS DANCED DOWN THE TRACK AND SPOONED A CATCH 2 MID OFF,THE LATEST MATCH IN PERTH ,UNLIKE DHONI MATHEWS WAS SAVING HIS ENERGY TILL DA LAST OVER WHERE IF YOU SCORE A SIX EVEN IT WON'T BE ENOUGH!! SCENARIO..!! SHOULDN'T HAMMERED THAT SIX FEW OVERS BEFORE,WHAT WAS HE THINKING? GOD ONLY KNOWS WHY MALINGA DIDN'T FINISH HIS LAST OVER AND WHY MATHEWS SAVED HIS ENERGY TO LOSE THE MATCH 4 DA LANKAN'S BY 5 RUNS..,

  • on February 12, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Well am i relieved that the win came off a Clint Mckay over! I somehow despise his face, seems to overrate himself into the clouds. By the way, i totally agree that Dhonii wasn't ice-cool but was the other way round.

  • kunderanengineer on February 12, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Woke up at 4 a.m in Montreal to watch the end of this match and I'm glad it was worth it! However, I was a little puzzled by Dhoni's batting. Was this cricket's version of the "rope-a-dope" strategy employed by Muhammad Ali against George Foreman in Zaire or did Ashwin remind him in the last over that he was playing in a 50 over match and not a test? In any case, this just shows how thin the line is between being a scape goat and being a hero.

  • on February 12, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    In my opinion, Dhoni creates the trouble situation by playing unnecessary defensive strokes and lets the game go till the last over (13-15 needed) and then hits a SIX to become a hero. This gamble worked today but not always!.. What do you all say friends?

  • Universalthinker on February 12, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    A game which has to be won easily..Dhoni eat balls and didn't rotate strike when Raina was playing. Ghambir played superb innings, as he mentioned game should have been finished a little early. If rotation policy is there really, then even Dhoni should be kept outside.

  • Yolk_Eater on February 12, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    @FreeSpeech- totally spot on. And had India won with 2-3 overs remaining, India would have scored a psychological edge over Australia too...

  • Brumby90 on February 12, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    The worst fielding display I have ever seen from an Australian side. Comparable to Zimbabwe

  • Lallubhai on February 12, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Last match ,Chandimal , Sri Lanka's best batsmen of the day was given out UNFAIRLY at a crucial part of the match , Today Gauti , India's best batsmen of the day was given out UNFAIRLY at a crucial part of the match .

  • SRThero on February 12, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    finals must be between srilanka and India..Otherwise no exitements in series.Sehwag must be dropped.

  • i_m_cric on February 12, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    These Australian Bolwers are not able to trigger properly at their home ground ..what would happen to them when they will be playing on ASIAN SOIL...

  • jameswayne on February 12, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    What were Australia doing in this match? Demoting an in form opener Mathew Wade to No. 7 and promoting Ponting as opener only to accommodate Forrest.Absolutely Ridiculous. And what the hell is McKay doing in the team?? He is just an average bowler who was also given the last over and was promptly and brutally dispatched and exposed. So many superb fast bowlers like Cutting, Swan, Coulter- Nile, Hazlewood, Alistair Mcdermott etc available and they are going into the match with sub standard bowlers. Even Starc seems to be too inconsistent. Amusing and amazing to say the least. Where are the chief destroyers in the test series of the Indian batting line up Hilfenhaus,Pattinson and Siddle? Seems like the Aussies are trying to be too smart and this win by India was a well deserved slap on their oversmart faces.

  • on February 12, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Dhoni's batting is still not in the groove. It is his cool head which made India cross the finishing line. ONE coolly hit six is not indicative of good batting form; his tentative pushes and shoves at the ball were. In fact Jadeja should be sent ahead of him in the batting order, unless there is a middle order collapse, as a mini one happened today.

  • vertical on February 12, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Hah! we won finally.......Dhoni seemed sick or something today,usually does not eat up so many balls..

  • on February 12, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    It was overall a great performance by Indians,and perhaps a great victory at adelaide,but we should not forget that the austrailian fielding was not up to the mark Inspite of the good start,sehwag was not able to prove his inclusion again.Gambhir played splendidly,and the selectors should think twice before excluding the player like gambhir.I too believe that they want to give chances to the youngsters as a preparation for the next world cup.But Gambhir is just 30 and he can even play for next 2 world cups.Let him play his game and if you want to experiment rest the other old guys in the team.One should not forget his wonderful knock of 97 against srilanka in 2011 worldcup final.

  • on February 12, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Winning just one game does not make you ice-cool. Sorry but I disagree with heading.

  • on February 12, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    at last india won finally ...dont happen too often nw a days time for india to celebrate , good to see india nt getting whitewashed in ODI tournament

  • Hayes.Adam on February 12, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    The monotonous was killing me, atleast some spine shown by the visitors, lets hope Srilanka can push there cart aswell, the series lacks excitement.

  • csowmi7 on February 12, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    agree with okaybuddy. ashwin seems a different bowler against the Aussies. The hussey bros seem to tear him apart every time whether he bowls well or not. Even in the past i remember david hussey hitting ashwin for 21 runs in the clt20 super over in the match between csk vs bushrangers. Bring in rahul sharma against australia and ashwin against sri lanka. End of story awesome bowling combo. Rotation policy I reckon.:)

  • FreeSpeech on February 12, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    I believe Dhoni's calmness is way too overated. I agree it was a a great shot but if it hadn't been for his slow batting the victory would have been achieved much earlier... Both Raina and Jadeja perished because of the slow batting of Dhoni as they were trying to keep the required rate under control.... Guess what would have happened if they batted like him... then India would have required more than 30 in the last over....Then could Dhoni have won the match with his calmness... Its all great when it ends well but all the drama could have been avoided by just rotating the strike....At one stage Dhoni was batting on 2 from 16 deliveries... had he managed to scored 13-15 runs by just rotating the strike then India would have won the match quite comfortably and that according to me would have highlighted his calmness :)... not that I am trying to be overly critical but thought would just add one more perspective which no one was discussing just because India has one the match..

  • Romenevans on February 12, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Job well done India. On the other side, i really enjoyed watching Xavier Dohetry bowl. He has got some class about him and very difficult to hit him. Really good spinner for sure.

  • on February 12, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Well I feel as if the culprit became the hero today!!!

  • on February 12, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    this win only for Gambhir ,.... not at all dhoni,,, dhoni game is selfish,,,,

  • CricIndia208 on February 12, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    WORLD CHAMPIONS INDIA ARE THE BEST. India deserve to be ranked No.1 in ODIs.

  • hsingh2711 on February 12, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Wasn't he the one who made this match come to the final over, I mean if he had played at a good run rate then India would have easily won the match with 2-3 overs remaining.

  • MaruthuDelft on February 12, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Another failure from Sehwag. My God. We belived Sehwag like our ancestors and still many of us believe Swamies. We are fools. We believe anything.

  • i_m_cric on February 12, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    India will definitely win this CB series.. Dhoni should give rest to Sehwag & make play Sachin.. At least sachin scored around 40 always...

  • on February 12, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Dear Indian Selectors: Make Viru the captain of an "A" team, consisting of all fringe players, and players permanently parked on the benches, and sent them of IMMEDIATELY to tour England, NewZealand or South Africa. Please.

  • on February 12, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    young guys are helping india a lot theyre fielding is better everyone is contributing if they shoulda done this in the test series the results would have been different

  • AvidCricFan on February 12, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    The changes for India paid off. Gambhir batted well and Yadav bowled well. I am not sure who the umpire was in Gambhir's LBW decision. What happened to neutral umpires in international match? Shewag continues to waste his opportunities. People who want him as the next captain need to seriously think again. He can be rested in the rest of the series with Tendulkar and Gambhir to be opening pair. There needs to be rotation between Raina, Rohit Sharma and Tiwari. Tiwari is a good fielder and needs to be groomed for the next WC.

  • manisacumen on February 12, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    only Dhoni could have won us the game from that position in the 49th over. But I felt he wasted quite a few deliveries initially allowing them to go behind. And kept Raina away from the strike. Good win. MoM should have been Dhoni. Rohit, Sehwag and Kohli threw it away esp kohli and rohit needlessly. All that was required was to be at the wicket and take singles. India is paying dearly for ignoring DRS. When will good sense prevail. Defective it may be, it is helpful most of the times. India is paying dearly no doubt.

  • azzaman333 on February 12, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    That was the worst fielding effort I can remember seeing from an Australian team.

  • Gizza on February 12, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    It was the second most exciting cricket match of the Australian summer after the Hobart Test. It was close throughout and quite a decent advertisement for the 50-over game. I put above the recent Aus vs SL ODI in Perth because there was a long period where Australia were in a comfortable position until Mathews almost snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat. But here it wasn't almost - Dhoni managed to get the 12 off the final 6 deliveries (with a bit of help from McKay's no ball). As tends to be the case, the highest quality matches within Australia tends to be narrow Australian losses because it normally means the other team has risen in intensity and had to match Australia.

  • sweetspot on February 12, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    How does anyone ever write off someone with an average of over 50 and a strike rate of nearly 90? To top it all, he runs like a hare and is strong as a bull. This India captain is nothing less than an incredibly freakish talent all on his own in that zone.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 12, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    112 m six by dhoni . that shows the power of this man . thankfully sehwag will be RESTED for next match .

  • Marcio on February 12, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Hmm, an oddly terrible performance in the field from Australia. The fielding has been fantastic this season, but they were sloppy here. Not quite sure what MacKay was doing in that last over. Why was he smiling and laughing just before bowling lolly-pops and full-tosses? Not saying anything, of course. Maybe they just didn't care enough. India were more deserving of winning this one.

  • on February 12, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Why Sir Sachin rested after played so well against SL ? ... Unfair and stupid team selection!

  • mdev.mp on February 12, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    I dont understand why Sehwag always leaves his brain in Dressing room itself and comes to bat. Always says 'he is playing his natural game'. If you dont playing for winning the match, then wats the point of playing.

  • on February 12, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    india is true world champion in shorter form of the game. no doubt on this. Rohit, Kohli, Rahane, Tiwari, Raina ohhhhhh. our next gen is ready and hopfully yuvi will be there soon with dhoni. Gambhir is back in form also. look at our fielding, even Australia should learn few things from us!!!!!!! bowling is also very good.

  • mdev.mp on February 12, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    WOW India won without Sachin. Congratulations to the young INDIA. Its a team effort. Especially Gautam played very well with BAT and Vinay Kumar bowled and filelded well picking 2 wkts , 2 run outs. Its good. Now its SL to make series more interesting.

  • ProteaMan on February 12, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Wonderful India. I anyway support any team playing against the arrogant Oz

  • sportsfan on February 12, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    It is appropriate that gambhir got the man of the match as dhoni took only two wickets, that of raina and jadeja by his insanely slow strike rate, putting pressure on those batsman, while gambhir took the wickets of kholi and sharma and contributed to sehwag's fall by his slow strike rate. The man of the match adjudicators were right for once!!!!

  • rahulcricket007 on February 12, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    FEEL HAPPY FOR GAMBHIR THAT AT LAST HE IS BACK AMONG THE RUNS .

  • on February 12, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    chak de india..................................................................................

  • on February 12, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    The whole day wasted...hopeless Australia....could not save the match...very poor fielding...batting and bowling...full credit goes to India...Well done!

  • Desisd on February 12, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Congratulations to India and its great to see U Yadav´s bowling at average 148Kph which was higher than Australian bowlers. I hope India will get more bonus points in the tournament to reach finals.

  • krishchen on February 12, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    There s nothing ice cool about Dhoni, he just messed up an easy victory with his ugly dead bat forward prod. Credit should go to Gambhir & Raina, and not Dhoni

  • on February 12, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Its not right, Dhoni was keeping his shot for the last over,but he was struggling to score through out the innings and hit the six in a do or die situation. One thing is correct he is a cool.

  • on February 12, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    What a SIX.... This one like the WC final nailed it for India... Finally something to smile about...

  • on February 12, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Congratulations Team India..Keep it up..we need ti win One day Tournament..Bleed Blue...

  • hsitasP on February 12, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Good win for India. also good to see Tendulkar sit out for this match. The positive feeling got from putting team over self should stand him in good stead for a big knock in the coming games.

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Well done team India for your fantastic victory and these wishes is from a Team Pakistan fan, hope so we can see a bilateral series between india and Pak very soon in the future...

  • Chenn_Krishna on February 12, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    It is good win for India, but they should have done it more easily as Dhnoi taking too much balls to settle , he should play quickly and must rotate strike.

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Finally, Sachin contributed to India's' win in an ODI in Australia in this series by not playing!! Therefore Sachin and not Gambhir should be considered the MOM for this game. From now on, the best way for Sachin to single handedly contribute to India winning is by being in the Team but not playing!!! Way to go Sir.

  • MaruthuDelft on February 12, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Ashwin doesn't believe in proper cricket. He doesn't havethe inner confidence of a young man; else he would have gone for victory in the last test against Windies. He talks like a confident guy. But today again he went for that ugly flick to fineleg when under pressure. Why can't you smack it staight? The brave way. The people who avoid brave straightforward ways are actually cowards; Ashwin is one of them. All in all he is not a confident cricketer as we are all fooled by his words. He must be dropped.

  • gkannuchamy on February 12, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    The match summary has got the following (during presentation); Dav: "Sucks all the life out the innings, makes me lose all faith in his ability, then nonchelantly rescues victory from the jaws of defeat. I swear Dhoni does it on purpose."

    It should be 'nonchalantly' with an 'a' and not 'e'. Thanks.

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    A question to all those who are praising Dhoni's innings: "What if there was no no-ball in last over? (It would have been 6 run needed from 2 balls without Dhoni) The problem I see with Dhoni that he applies brakes instead of switching to 1st gear

  • IndiaNumeroUno on February 12, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    The only batsman in the world who can pull things like this off is Dhoni!

    Hats off to the greatest ever Captain!!!

  • thinktank1 on February 12, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Ashwin's bowling against Australia is a big concern. Michael Hussey knows in and out about ashwin and Aus are cashing in big time. I feel India should rest ashwin against Australia. That will be a big surprise. -Raja

  • Redbac on February 12, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    I have just returned from the Adelaide Oval, having witnessed the stirring finish. I am on the one hand furious with the team for the sloppy fielding, fumbles and overthrows costing us possibly as many as ten runs. At square leg in the upper level of the members' stand, I could see that Dhoni was so far back in his crease in Over 50 that he was in danger of hittng wicket with his backlift. McKay tried to bowl a yorker, but the ball was fullish only, with enough room for Dhoni to get under it and deposit it into the Indian supporters at long on - the match-winning shot. McKay was visibly rattled and the next ball was the no ball that - despite its shoulder level height - was loopy enough for Dhoni to swing high behind square. I was on my feet at the catch just inside the rope, but pounding the railing in the same breath as my roar of triumph to see the umpire's arm extended. On the other hand, it's good to see a contest. This should sting Clarke and his men, equal on points with India.

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Good match- presence of Raina and Rohita made a huge difference Rohita and Raina should be in any format.

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    plzzz stop that rotation policy and give return ticket to sehwag....

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    It amazes me how someone so calm, inventive, and aggressive in the one-day formats of the game exhibits such timid and docile behaviour in the longer format. For all his follies as a test-quality batsman, MS Dhoni has a captaining brain that only a few years ago Ian Chappell put at the top of his list to captain a World XI from the current crop of international players. Many India fans would agree that it was the lack of fight and grit during the Test series that hurt the most. Pessimests as they generally are (myself included), they would have still accepted a a whitewash if the team showed spirit and character to push Australia to the edge. That was the steely resolve MS showed today, and in the World Cup final, and it is badly needed in the Test arena if India are to register more 5-day wins.

  • jmcilhinney on February 12, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Like many, I'm not fully convinced by Dhoni as a Test batsman but man is he good at limited-overs cricket. I think that he would probably be most people's first choice to have in at the death of a close game. Sehwag looked better today but he continues to frustrate with his refusal to move his feet. I wonder whether anyone is actually telling him that he needs to learn to use move his feet and, if they are, whether he is just refusing. Well done to Gambhir. Another player who looks more comfortable playing more aggressively on Australian wickets.

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Great win! Well played Gambhir and Dhoni. Once again, it was a combination of talent and experience. Please replace Vinay with Pathan and remove Rohit. End the silly experimentation at the top. We need all three: Sehwag, Tendulkar and Gambhir.

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Well Done Dhoni!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You deserved to win this match in the end, though some bad cricket in the middle.

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Take a bow, here come the World Champions. Go India !!

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Dhoni finally finds form :) Good gob Gambhir.

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    It was "vintage" dash & dynamism of Dhoni that we alone brought the thrilling win over the Oz for the first time in the series. Due credit is also due to Gambhir, who shed his inhibitions and went for his strokes .. Clarke made a major blunder in NOT fielding the "settled" opening pair of W-squared--Warner & Wade--just to accommodate his pal Rickie, who seemed out of sorts, not only with the bat but also in his usual place within the ring, giving away some easy runs for India ... A lot of strategic mts wjuld take place in their camp to work out fresh inputs to Out-Dhoni in the next game ..

  • zuber21886 on February 12, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    clap clap, a good cricket match, that is what i'll say

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Gambhir Back in Action....Rohit Sharma need Break.Nothing working for him last few matches...Sehwag..No words..Raina..Gud ..Dhoni needs more fours and sixes..

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Its Great to see INDIA back on winning Track.

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    You stole our heart ...., MSD!!!!!!

  • Chuck_Nunchuck on February 12, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    totally kick-ass win. and yes as i thought australia arent the same team as in the tests and so are the Indians. India is better in One Dayers! Now only if we can manage to get a decent outfit for the tests. Awesome game. India lets win this!

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    dhoni is like a hollywood hero knows when to defend and strike.

  • jonesy2 on February 12, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    very very very strange batting from australia and very very strange fielding also, the indians were suicidal between wickets, there should have been many many run outs, australia shouldve won that easy. kick up the back side, the next game they will have motivation to win. i hope skipper is ok with his hammy. mitch marsh and hopefully pat cummins to come in next game

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  • jonesy2 on February 12, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    very very very strange batting from australia and very very strange fielding also, the indians were suicidal between wickets, there should have been many many run outs, australia shouldve won that easy. kick up the back side, the next game they will have motivation to win. i hope skipper is ok with his hammy. mitch marsh and hopefully pat cummins to come in next game

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    dhoni is like a hollywood hero knows when to defend and strike.

  • Chuck_Nunchuck on February 12, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    totally kick-ass win. and yes as i thought australia arent the same team as in the tests and so are the Indians. India is better in One Dayers! Now only if we can manage to get a decent outfit for the tests. Awesome game. India lets win this!

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    You stole our heart ...., MSD!!!!!!

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Its Great to see INDIA back on winning Track.

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Gambhir Back in Action....Rohit Sharma need Break.Nothing working for him last few matches...Sehwag..No words..Raina..Gud ..Dhoni needs more fours and sixes..

  • zuber21886 on February 12, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    clap clap, a good cricket match, that is what i'll say

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    It was "vintage" dash & dynamism of Dhoni that we alone brought the thrilling win over the Oz for the first time in the series. Due credit is also due to Gambhir, who shed his inhibitions and went for his strokes .. Clarke made a major blunder in NOT fielding the "settled" opening pair of W-squared--Warner & Wade--just to accommodate his pal Rickie, who seemed out of sorts, not only with the bat but also in his usual place within the ring, giving away some easy runs for India ... A lot of strategic mts wjuld take place in their camp to work out fresh inputs to Out-Dhoni in the next game ..

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Dhoni finally finds form :) Good gob Gambhir.

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Take a bow, here come the World Champions. Go India !!