Australia v India, CB Series, Brisbane February 19, 2012

Hilfenhaus and Lee seal bonus-point win

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Australia 5 for 288 (M Hussey 59, Forrest 52, Irfan 3-61) beat India 178 (Dhoni 56, Hilfenhaus 5-33, Lee 3-49) by 110 runs
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Ben Hilfenhaus and Brett Lee splintered India to return Australia to the top of the table with a 110-run victory that reaped a bonus point at the Gabba. On a day when Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar both glimpsed their mortality in the limited-overs game, Australia's 5 for 288 proved far too tall a target for India's batsmen, who looked as uncomfortable as ever when faced by Brisbane's bounce and a home side recovering from two straight losses.

Making use of a hard, fast pitch and the early swing offered by the new ball, Lee and Hilfenhaus nipped out four wickets between them to slide India to 4 for 36, and had snared eight by the end of the night. Hilfenhaus was playing his first ODI since November 2009, in place of the ill Clint McKay, and made a strong case for his retention by moving the ball at good pace on a disciplined line to take five wickets for the first time. He had an ideal counterpoint in Lee, who offered slippery pace and plenty of aggression.

Tendulkar played a particularly fretful innings, struck on the helmet by Lee, caught at third man off Hilfenhaus. Soon after, Kohli lingered unhappily at the crease after video evidence was used to confirm he had been caught at slip by David Hussey. MS Dhoni's innings proved merely a parting shot as the match faded out.

Ponting won the toss in what is expected to be his last match in charge before Michael Clarke returns. David Warner made a wasteful exit for a swift 43, Ponting struggled badly for placement and occupied 26 balls for 7, and Matthew Wade fought his way to 45 only to give it up with a tame return catch.

Peter Forrest and Michael Hussey righted the ship with a century partnership, but Christian and David Hussey made equally vital contributions with a stand of 65 in the final six overs. Michael Hussey's innings might have been over on 1, when MS Dhoni appealed for a stumping. Replays showed Hussey may have had some of his back foot safely behind the line, and there was some surprise when the red "out" signal flashed on the big screen. However Hussey's trudge off the field was swiftly aborted by the umpires, as it emerged that the wrong verdict from the third umpire Bruce Oxenford had somehow been relayed.

Needing close to six runs per over, India needed a strong start, but were unlikely to get one from the moment Lee found a way past Gautam Gambhir. In the Tests Gambhir had often been out fencing at deliveries going across him, but Lee's delivery gave him little choice, starting to bend in before seaming the other way off the track to clip the outside edge.

Tendulkar's unhappy tour gained another chapter of discontent against the new ball. Struck a hefty blow on the head by a Lee bouncer, he struggled to lay a bat on Hilfenhaus' away swing, and when he did connect, the ball floated down to Xavier Doherty, who had dropped Kohli the ball before. Tendulkar seems even further away from the barrier of 100 international centuries than he had been at the start of the summer.

Not for the first time, Kohli had looked distracted by crowd chants in the field, and he carried that anger with him to the crease. He watched Rohit Sharma's undoing, waving his bat at Lee's bounce and away movement, then took his dismissal for 12, via Hussey's low catch, as something approaching a personal slight. He waited for some time after the verdict to leave the field.

Suresh Raina sallied forth to deposit Mitchell Starc into the stands. However Christian was delivering a neat spell, and he gained the break with a delivery running across Raina that caught a nick.

Dhoni went on to 56 as the required rate climbed, but his dismissal, pulling Hilfenhaus to midwicket, signalled the end of formal resistance.

During the Australian innings, Wade and Warner found the early going slow against tight bowling from Vinay Kumar and Zaheer Khan. Wade enjoyed an escape off the second ball of the match, edging Zaheer towards Tendulkar at first slip, only for Rohit to dive across from second and knock the ball away from the man best placed to catch it. Warner began to look fluent, but he was to curse himself with some venom when he chipped the last ball of the 13th over to a waiting midwicket.

The ensuing passage was dominated by Ponting's struggles. He made a deliberate start, defending staunchly against Raina's modest offerings, then found himself struggling to find the boundaries to counterbalance this early conservatism. One charge down the wicket resulted in an edge to third man, and Ponting was still searching for momentum when he picked up a Zaheer delivery and sent it looping into deep midwicket's hands. His scores for the series now read 2, 1, 6, 2 and 7.

Hussey and Forrest fought with determination and intelligence, finding the odd boundary but mainly keeping the innings going with their running between the wickets. Apart from his stumping reprieve, Hussey was also dropped twice, while Forrest endured numerous periods without free-scoring but lifted his rate as he went.

Their stand was worth 100 when Hussey fell to combination of urgency and fatigue, swinging Irfan into the deep, and in the same over Forrest did likewise, ending another innings of promise by the prospective Test batsman. David Hussey and Christian added some clean blows to swell the total in the final overs, distorting Vinay's figures by taking his last over for 18 runs. Another 15 were spirited away from the last, leaving India with a chase that proved well beyond their means.

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

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  • Al_Bundy1 on February 22, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar should have retired in one days after 2011 world cup final ending on a high note. Now he is making a fool of himself in front of the whole world.

  • TheGreatBCCI on February 21, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    @CricketPissek Men in Blue are always optimistic and we will will the CB series this time also, India the World champions......

  • Meety on February 20, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    @99999ggg44 - it would appear to me that Dhoni doesn't actually make "quick runs" that often.

  • 99999ggg44 on February 20, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    @Chrishan and CricketPissek .in which world are you living man.yu say that sangakarra is a better batsman.let me remind yu that dhoni has got 7000 runsin 200 matches at the average of 50 coming down at 5 or 6th place.sangakkara has got 10000 runs in nearly 300 matches coming down at 3 when there is no pressure to make quick runs.whereas dhoni has to make quick runs.as for those who say that sangakarra has proven himself against all types of conditions and bowling .he was a complete failure in england last year

  • CricketPissek on February 20, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    @Karthi_2K11- last time Sri Lanka was down there, the boys beat Australia 1-0 in the T20 and went 2-0 up and ended 2-1 in the ODI series. Before than, in 2007 when the tri series was last played (before it became a bilateral series) I believe India beat Australia in the finals. So I think the boys in blue have reason to be optimistic!

  • zapeta on February 20, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    @CricketPissek -- I think you are more greedy of the Indian Cricket Status. we provide opportunities for People across Globe through IPL and lot of ORdinary Players turned out Stars overnight. You are correct Many Countries earns thru Indian Cricket Fans and throws eggs in return.. IPL was conducted in SA and breeded money for SA.. India Travel to Srilanka on routine basis to help SLC generate Funds.. We help The World and no body even recognises the Importance of Indian Cricket FAn. Cricket is our Religion not Sport....

  • TheGreatBCCI on February 20, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @CricketPissek @Chrishan -- india supporters never feel belittle of other country players, if we think so no Foreign player will be paidly that heavily in IPL and many stars have emerged out of IPL. we are #1 team and the World champions. We already proved it.. Dhoni has already has all three Feathers in his Hat .. T20 WC, 2011 WC, No.1 Test side.. Unlike Sanga he never wants to step down citing silly reasons. Dhoni u True champ and a LEader.. Ask his IPL Abroad Players like Hussey about his Skills..Some eggs for you Pissek..

  • Imad_K on February 20, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Fast bouncy track with a couple of good bolwers back in the team and India resume normal service.

  • Valavan on February 20, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    SL have a good chance of taking this game. Mahela should get his captaincy groove, Dhoni is out and just Sehwag or Gambhir will be standby, All knows Sehwag's and Gambir's captaincy in IPL. So Mahela can rally his troops effectively to present India with 2 consecutive defeats. Dhoni cant save India everytime. Also Dhoni had a bad habit of giving excuses which he began since 3rd Test vs WI in Dominica. Maybe he is running out of excuses, so he gives new excuses like senior fielders leak runs, dhoni is partly correct bcos Nasser pointed the same thing but called insanely "Donkey". India was never a formidable fielding side, Sehwag, Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Ishanth Sharma, all are just butter fingers, ofcourse Sachin have no same reflexes which he had some yearr ago. Dhoni blamed DRS, Umpires, injuries, crowd, since his loosing streak is continuing he have to find something or somebody to blame at, so he comes up with such excuses. cricinfo please publish

  • CricketingStargazer on February 20, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Since the World Cup SRT has played 11 Tests. He has scored 6x50, with a top score of 94 and averages 37.0 as against a career average of 55.4. Decent figures, but far below what one might expect of him. He has only played 4 ODIs, all in Australia, since the World Cup for a total of 68 runs @ 17.0. I wonder if he made a mistake by missing the tour of the Caribbean last year.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 22, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar should have retired in one days after 2011 world cup final ending on a high note. Now he is making a fool of himself in front of the whole world.

  • TheGreatBCCI on February 21, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    @CricketPissek Men in Blue are always optimistic and we will will the CB series this time also, India the World champions......

  • Meety on February 20, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    @99999ggg44 - it would appear to me that Dhoni doesn't actually make "quick runs" that often.

  • 99999ggg44 on February 20, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    @Chrishan and CricketPissek .in which world are you living man.yu say that sangakarra is a better batsman.let me remind yu that dhoni has got 7000 runsin 200 matches at the average of 50 coming down at 5 or 6th place.sangakkara has got 10000 runs in nearly 300 matches coming down at 3 when there is no pressure to make quick runs.whereas dhoni has to make quick runs.as for those who say that sangakarra has proven himself against all types of conditions and bowling .he was a complete failure in england last year

  • CricketPissek on February 20, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    @Karthi_2K11- last time Sri Lanka was down there, the boys beat Australia 1-0 in the T20 and went 2-0 up and ended 2-1 in the ODI series. Before than, in 2007 when the tri series was last played (before it became a bilateral series) I believe India beat Australia in the finals. So I think the boys in blue have reason to be optimistic!

  • zapeta on February 20, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    @CricketPissek -- I think you are more greedy of the Indian Cricket Status. we provide opportunities for People across Globe through IPL and lot of ORdinary Players turned out Stars overnight. You are correct Many Countries earns thru Indian Cricket Fans and throws eggs in return.. IPL was conducted in SA and breeded money for SA.. India Travel to Srilanka on routine basis to help SLC generate Funds.. We help The World and no body even recognises the Importance of Indian Cricket FAn. Cricket is our Religion not Sport....

  • TheGreatBCCI on February 20, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @CricketPissek @Chrishan -- india supporters never feel belittle of other country players, if we think so no Foreign player will be paidly that heavily in IPL and many stars have emerged out of IPL. we are #1 team and the World champions. We already proved it.. Dhoni has already has all three Feathers in his Hat .. T20 WC, 2011 WC, No.1 Test side.. Unlike Sanga he never wants to step down citing silly reasons. Dhoni u True champ and a LEader.. Ask his IPL Abroad Players like Hussey about his Skills..Some eggs for you Pissek..

  • Imad_K on February 20, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Fast bouncy track with a couple of good bolwers back in the team and India resume normal service.

  • Valavan on February 20, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    SL have a good chance of taking this game. Mahela should get his captaincy groove, Dhoni is out and just Sehwag or Gambhir will be standby, All knows Sehwag's and Gambir's captaincy in IPL. So Mahela can rally his troops effectively to present India with 2 consecutive defeats. Dhoni cant save India everytime. Also Dhoni had a bad habit of giving excuses which he began since 3rd Test vs WI in Dominica. Maybe he is running out of excuses, so he gives new excuses like senior fielders leak runs, dhoni is partly correct bcos Nasser pointed the same thing but called insanely "Donkey". India was never a formidable fielding side, Sehwag, Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Ishanth Sharma, all are just butter fingers, ofcourse Sachin have no same reflexes which he had some yearr ago. Dhoni blamed DRS, Umpires, injuries, crowd, since his loosing streak is continuing he have to find something or somebody to blame at, so he comes up with such excuses. cricinfo please publish

  • CricketingStargazer on February 20, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Since the World Cup SRT has played 11 Tests. He has scored 6x50, with a top score of 94 and averages 37.0 as against a career average of 55.4. Decent figures, but far below what one might expect of him. He has only played 4 ODIs, all in Australia, since the World Cup for a total of 68 runs @ 17.0. I wonder if he made a mistake by missing the tour of the Caribbean last year.

  • Andy83 on February 20, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    @fadms. May I know why you are glad that India was hammered by Australia? What is so bad about the team? Any personal animosity towards them?

  • Sakthiivel on February 20, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Dont put Sehwag as captain for the next match. If so the case better put return ticket to India.

  • CricketPissek on February 20, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    @Chrishan - completely agree with you mate. Sadly, most Indian fans on Cricinfo feel it's their patriotic duty to belittle other countries' players and prop up their own regardless of the conversation. More often than not, they end up with egg on their face after someone points out the holes in their argument. Dhoni is a well accomplished limited overs captain and his nerves of steel and flat track bullying has won India many games. However, to say he's better than Sanga, even in ODI cricket, is a bit of a joke. Sanga has proven himself in all conditions, against all types of bowling, and has nothing to prove even the fiercest critic. Let alone one-eyed nationalist fans who want their man to be #1

  • Dolci on February 20, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    @yorkslanka You are spot on - Sri Lanka has been impressive as usual.

  • basusri133b on February 20, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    The slightest hint of pace, and we crumble.

    Our cricketers need to conquer this demon,we have to prepare bouncy tracks in India,this will help both our batsmen & bowlers to develop their skill and confidence. Our weakness is being horribly exposed.

    The BCCI can no longer ignore this problem.

    Tendulkar's awesome legacy is in danger of being tarnished, he does not deserve this fate. He needs to rest, take some time off and rejuvenate.

    The tour of England & Australia has been a serious set back to Indian cricket. Remedial action should have been taken immediately after our disaster in England, we are now reaping the consequences of our inaction.

  • fadms on February 20, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Am glad India got hammered. Hopefully Sri Lanka will hammer them again

  • TheIndiaRockers on February 20, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    @wjkalana - Wow wow wow Before last match indians are top on the points table can u belive it. s u have to believe it after a huge defeat we are going to hunt lions thats for sure. wjkalana dont worry yar still lions have not beat india in this tri series.

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    "SACHIN IS KING OF KINGS. THE BEST BATSMEN THERE IS, THE BEST THERE WAS & THE BEST THERE EVER WILL BE..."

  • ujverm on February 20, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    India faired badly in y'day's match only because of the top order failure. Barring Gambhir's wicket none of the top order batsmen were out on great deliveries. They played reckless shot and got out. People may term Dhoni as slow but he showed what should have been done on this wicket. If the top order order batsmen have shown some patience the result would not have been that disastrous. At least when Dhoni can do then everyone else can do it. Its high time that Dhoni should promote himself up the order.

  • DINESHCC on February 20, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    The dream run of Raina, Rohit, Jadeja, Tendulkar, Sehwag continues. Hope Ashwin and Virat also join the list soon.

  • BULTY on February 20, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Well said Suresh Margabandu. There were quite a blunder committed by the Indians on the field. First of all, there was no need for Rohit to do that acrobatic jump for a straight forward catch going to Saching who was well positioned for that (He didn't do any better with the bat either getting out for a duck!!). Dhoni's wicket keeping acrimonious, to say the least. As noted, there were at least two occasions when the batsman could have been easily run out. Why take a specialist spinner(read Jadeja) when he did not bowl a single over. Ashwin could have been better. Now coming to the Indian innings. The rule of short pitched deliveries being declared "no ball" or "wide" seems to be applied only for IND & SL and not the Aussies; for the main wickets lost by India were for short pitched deliveries which could well have been declared "no ball" or "wide".

  • DINESHCC on February 20, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    who is the next captain? Sehwag! Then what is the return flight timings from Brisbane to New Delhi?

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    There is no way that SL is ever going to qualify for the CB finals...it will be India vs Aus for sure....SL has always been a team to complete the formality of being the third team in the seires and it'll be the same, beating AUS once does not make thema good team ..

  • Tisse on February 20, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    There are only 2 teams in this competetion, the other one is in pieces, one blaming the other, the Gambir Run-out shows that Dhoni wanted him out so that he could be the sole hero, now he has stareted to attch Sachin, Shewag abd Ganbir, as a Sri Lankan I fear these 3 more than anyone else in the Indian team,

    We hope that India does well and it will be an all asia final, but it looks like this will not happen. Indian fans stop bashing SL, we are your closest friends and the only ones you have in Asia. Go on and bash the Aussies they are the ones that embarrass your team with thundering defeats.

  • Karthi_2K11 on February 20, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Aus are hurtling towards their 20th "World Tri-series" cup title after having reached the finals 26 times already; and are on course to reach their 27th, out of the 30 times this series has been played, in the last 33 years. That is a staggering success rate of 90 % of the time - that it reaches the finals ! And Aus wins the cup a staggering 75 % of the time when it reaches the finals. Another startling statistic is that, every time it reaches the best-of-three finals, Aus blanks the opposition in "straight sets," or by a margin of 2-0, 75 % of the time. So, if Ind or SL, is entertaining any realistic hope of winning the cup, they have to hope to shut Aus out at the play-offs stage itself, which has only happened 3 times. For that to happen, Ind and SL have to both win, at a minimum, 2 of the 3 (for Ind) and 2 out of 4 (for SL) league matches that they have left to play, and one of these 2 - have to go on to win, 3 out of 4 matches (for SL) or 3 out of 3 (for Ind) matches left to play.

  • alonetiger on February 20, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Here we go again..lol..the real fast bowlers came into pictures for australia and we all seen that australia once again on top by breaking the back of the indian batting line up.they always claim that they are stars in the batting but the realty couldnt hide.brett lee and hilfy are the biggest headeche for india and pattinson is abt to come..good luck indian batting now..lol

  • Just_Do_It_Now on February 20, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    India should have won this match easily against the weaker Aussie..without their GEM Michael Clarke...but his Quad of so-called Young-stars Virat..Rohit..Jadeja..Raina have failed to deliver...They should have shown the guts to stand up & deliver....the batting from this Quad has been horrible & shameful..!! Sachin has delivered enough & its time to GO NOW...pls take a graceful exit..Sehwag should be dropped atleast for another year to prove himself again... YUVI....we're missing you a lot....there's no substitute..no replacement for you..pls get WELL SOON...& come back ...your country needs you !!

  • anv-sh on February 20, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    sachin ramesh tendulkar, you made 100-1 and you have to get inspired from all those 99 and add +1 and i hope u wil make in the cb series finals on a winning course .suresh raina , saving his energy for ipl 5

  • GMathews on February 20, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    BEN HILFENHAUS MUST BE PUNISHED,THEY WAY HE WAS SIGNALING UMPIRES TO HAVE THIRD UMPIRE REVIEW ABOUT KOHLI'S DISMISSAL.How can he show like that when there is no DRS in the series??????????????

  • SeamingWicket on February 20, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Posted by neutral_boy on (February 19 2012, 18:49 PM GMT) looking at the India's poor performance (normal performance) i get a feeling BCCI will think to force to make pitches in touring country's as home tracks. It can done using BCCI huge financial power. I hope this thing will never happen ---------------------------------------- It already happened. In New Zealand several years ago. Batsmen friendly tracks were prepared for Indias tour. And India won or drew. Cant remember exactly. Before that on their previous tour to NZ they played on grassy tracks and suffered terribly. Many wondered aloud why NZ would prepare pitches that favoured India and not themselves.

  • Super70s on February 20, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    If Sachin's 100th 100 is such a big issue, wonder why they didn't play him for the WI ODIs in India. That should have done it and Sachin could have gracefully retired. Leaving the young guns to struggle abroad and gorge themselves at home. I don't think India is going to be winning tests abroad anytime soon, regardless of whether the seniors play or the young guns.

  • viswanav on February 20, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    @ Anita Chopda: Very well said! Dhoni's image consciousness has a lot of parallels with that of MG Ramachandran (actor and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu). I'm sure Dhoni has political aspirations as well. It's a pity most people don't realize this.

    @Anthony Francis: Couldn't agree with you more.

  • Ameega on February 20, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    @zapeta "... many more stars emerged out of india's careless performances...". I can understand you, you need 100% perfect Indian team and 100% perfect DRS.

  • on February 20, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Seaming wicket, I agree with you. This Indian team has more problems than SL team.

  • on February 20, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    Tendulkar is Old and boring. India shld drop him or he will collect a century of failures.lol

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 20, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    For the sake of India cricket...DROP SRT NOW and don't take Sehwag outside the subcontinent. The younger generation will be turned off from cicket if India keeps on losing like this. The Younger generation does not care about Sachin's 100th ton. They want to see India winning. Clearly Sachin has been sorted out by Australian bowlers. Playing Sachin these days is like swimming with a dead weight tied to your body. If India wants to win, and retain the young viewers, drop deadweights like 10dulkar and Sehwag.

  • on February 20, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    I was at the match last night, well done the aussies. I noticed when india were fielding the number of times when australia would hit a boundary how quick dhoni was to have to change his field around then they'd hit another boundary and so he'd change it again. Certainly didn't make it difficult for the batsmen.

  • cricfan_aus on February 20, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Its game of mistakes from india. Too many loose balls and wides from the bowlers, shabby fielding, dropped catches and keeping blunders and reckless shots. This could have been a easy game for India, but few mistakes from each department means nothing but a easy win for Aus. I hate the Idea of changing fielders for every delivery of the over, why cant these bowlers able to ask for a field and bowl to it, they supposed to be international players.

  • Meety on February 20, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    Good win by Oz, well done Hilfy. Please selectors, please limit Hilfy to just Tests! Goes to show Lee still has it. He was a shade unlucky not to have 5 wickets.

  • Radha4krishnan on February 20, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    My probable for team India : Gambhir, Tiwary, Kohli, Rohit, Jadeja, Dhoni, Ashwin, Irfan, Yadav, Zaheer and Raina. For god sake Sachin and Shewag shall think about the nation and youngsters. Please..................Sachin has palyed enough. I dont say he cant score any more runs. It is my humble request please let the young guns to learn to fire.....time to move on.

  • Deepak_Toronto on February 20, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    ITS TIME TO PLAY ALL YOUNGSTERS IN THE NEXT MATCH AND SEE HOW THEY PERFORM: 1.GAMBHIR 2.PARTHIV 3.KOHLI 4.ROHIT 5.MANOJ TIWARY 6.ASWIN 7.PATHAN 8.JADEJA/RAINA 9.PRAVEEN KR/VINAY KR 10. RAHUL SHARMA 11.UMESH YADAV NO DHONI/SEWAG/TENDULAKAR/RAINA/ZAEER : THEY NEED REST FOR THE REST OF THE SERIES.POOR GUYS PLAYING SO MUCH AND NOT TAKING ANY REST.ALL OF THEM NEED REST TO RECOVER THEIR ENERGY.

  • Ameega on February 19, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    I guess there should be an amendment to this bonus point system. Loosing team must be deducted one point if they loose in a way winners can earn a bonus. Otherwise the third party will be unfairly affected. Look, for example, if teams A,B and C are all win 4 and loose 4 while A gives 1 bonus to B and B gives 1 bonus to A. Then at the final points table A & B will be ahead of C, but C has done nothing wrong to be at the BOTTOM of the table. (however this is not the case in this series so far)

  • ddlj26 on February 19, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    I believe dhoni's comment on sachin, sehwag and gambhir seem to be uncalled for, a leader of his caliber should not be making such silly comments, anyways coming back to this game i think India lost the game in the field... a score of 240-250 would have meant india would not have to go so hard at the target from the beginning and could have settled down and played solidly to win the game, dropped catches, missed run outs and more importantly some bizarre selection and field placements by the captain... dhoni lost his cool during the game and never seemed to have recovered

  • Radha4krishnan on February 19, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    Now, Ian Chappell has a chance to write an article about Dhoni and team India. He would probably say that Dhoni cant perform always under pressure and no longer worth of all the name and fame. As a captain Dhoni fails to prove is consistency and should rethink whether he can lead the country for next world cup down under. It is time for team India to find the future captain or else the boat will sink. Common Mr.Ian Chappell you can do it.

  • irmark on February 19, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    "Don't forget guys...ponting has scored more than 600 runs in test series at average more that 100"

    and you don't forget that this is One day and that is Test, you might have noticed they were white and test matches and colours in one day theya re different Games

    Ponting has scored 18 runs at an average of 3.6 in this one day series...

  • spinkingKK on February 19, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    I don't think Kohli's catch was cleanly taken. That was a turning point in the match because Kohli is the second most important wicket after Gambhir. After that, when Dhoni and Raina failed to improve the run rate, the match was already lost. India should have tried something different by sending Pathan or Dhoni early and holding back Tendulkar. But, nothing has been done and they have lost. I have seen some people making comments about Sharma being far behind Kohli. When they both started the tour, both scored a half century in the tour opener and Sharma was slightly better. Kohli went on to play the entire test series which Sharma missed entirely. So, Kohli had more exposure to the conditions than Sharma. So, it is very unfair to say that Sharma is nowhere near Kohli. It would have been different if Sharma was given opportunity in the test series. Sharma's talent can only be tested when India bats first in an ODI and he gets the opportunity to come before 25th over.

  • vk6848 on February 19, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    May I ask why the losing team does not get penalised (minus one point) when they give away a Bonus point win to the other side? The current system allows teams to play terrible half the time but still get through on points. It also allows teams to lose badly strategically to influence who gets through to the next stage. That cannot happen if the losing team also loses points- Vasanth Kumar

  • Buggsy on February 19, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    I'm probably the last person on Earth to be considered an Indian fan, but sheesh, give Dhoni a break guys. As a batter he's doing his job perfectly; it's the top order that's not. Anyway, this is still a fantastic series, each game is totally unpredictable. Anyone can still win it. Welcome back tri-series!

  • on February 19, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    why is no one talking about the dumbest mistakes Dhoni made? He supposed to stand behind the stumps to collect the throw from the fielders to have any chance running out. He missed 2 runouts because of these.

  • Nampally on February 19, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    @Kyle_Jones235: I am surprised that you agree with Seamingwicket. Of course that is your choice.Cricinfo has not published my response yet!. As for Kohli's Out, I did not see it hence cannot comment on it. Unfortunately, the younger generation of Indian cricketers do not observe the same Cricket ettiquette as of Tendulkar & Dravids' generation. This does not apply to more educated guys - e.g. Ashwin. Talking about etiquette, I did not observe much in most of the Aussies team. The way they pointed their finger directing the outgoing batsmen to pavilion in the Tests was uncouth & arrogant. Is it any wonder that younger Indian cricketers appear to be learning the same code of conduct from the Aussies ettiquette.As for the indian performance, it was very poor on the day. The XI selected by Dhoni was irrationally poor. India will bounce back in the next game against SL. The "rule of 3" does not apply in Cricket.If India selects the right XI, they likely will beat Australia as well as SL.

  • CricketingStargazer on February 19, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    @Rushikey, it is not SRT bashing. That 10th hundred has been a distraction to him and to the team for a year and now it is becoming an albatros around his neck. Do you want him remember for going on for one tour too many in a desperate attempt to get a personal milestone when his place is history is assured anyway??? If it is that important, arrange a Test series in Bangladesh and get it over with. Do you really think that it's a coincidence that India's results have nosedived since that 100th hundred became the only thing that mattered?????

  • nkvernekar on February 19, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Raina can play only in "made in India pitches". All the shots played were risky and airborne.

  • Eccafrog on February 19, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Ponting, GO,GO,GO. It is painful to watch you scratching around against mediocre bowling. Strike rate around 27!!!!!!

  • Mappi on February 19, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    It seems Tendulkar will wait for another series to score is 100th Centuary, of course BCCI & its selectors doesnt have that belief to drop him , its him to decide when to quit gracefully as very soon Australian selectors will decide Mr Ponting faith in One Day cricket, as Clarke & Watson will return very soon, they have already inducted Peter in the middle order, Micheal Hussey will survive another season with his twin brothe David. India overall are struggling, winning few matches doesnt help the real problem, they have to make some important changes as in near future they are just playing in sub continent, may be therewil lbe some relief forthem.

  • nkvernekar on February 19, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar should have retired in one days after 2011 world cup final ending on a high note. It is foolishness to continue and embarrass himself. This series, no much of experience of his has been seen. Youngsters with good batting temperament and technique is the need for the indian team. I'M GREAT FAN OF SACHIN, but its time to move on.

  • on February 19, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Don't forget guys...ponting has scored more than 600 runs in test series at average more that 100

  • SriLankanLions on February 19, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Comparing the comments of the Indian fans in last two matches is so funny. LOL

  • Brambletonian on February 19, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    I don't understand why on earth everyone were supporting Rohit sharma......this guy is a joke and can play only in Indian pitches..can't imagine this guy replacing Dravid\Laxman in tests.Only god can save India.

  • handsomedoc on February 19, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    team for next match parthiv, gambhir,irfan pathan,ashwin,kohli,rohit,raina,manoj tiwari,parveen,vinay,umesh. irfan and aswin as pinch hitters higher the order. look at batting depth with rohit, raina and tiwari at 6,7.8, young and fresh look- 5 specialist bowlers

  • neutral_boy on February 19, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    looking at the India's poor performance (normal performance) i get a feeling BCCI will think to force to make pitches in touring country's as home tracks. It can done using BCCI huge financial power. I hope this thing will never happen.

  • on February 19, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    We are no one to ask SRT to retire are we the ones who have played 188 test matches and 457 odi? are we the ones who have 18000+odi and 15000+ test runs ?are we the ones who have an avg of 55.44 in test 44.88 in ODI ,are we the one who have 51 test and 48 in ODI(99 international centuries) so what if the 100 doesnt come ?are we the ones who endless list of 70,80,90 which have been match winning knocks? are we the ones who were prime inspiration of a world cup winning team? are we the ones who have been carrying the burden of a billon for 23 years since tennage ? the answer is a big NO and hence we have no rights to ask SRT to retire ,he has done enough for the counrty to have the choice when to retire , no matter what I and you all feel( i too feel he should Quit) . looking at some comments it looks like MSD is the reason for the loss ,thats nonsense he is only guy performing consistently and all those who have commented , its not that if you were captain we wont lose a match

  • zapeta on February 19, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Hilfenhaus is a Lucky Star for Aussies against India these days, Salman Butt, Naved ul hasan, Jayawardene, Chanderpaul, Andy Flower, Peitersen and many more stars emerged out of india's careless performances...

  • Romenevans on February 19, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    THE VERY VERY TALENTED ROHIT SHARMA!! What a joke! People compare Rhit with Kohli. On what base they compare these guys? Kohli is million light years ahead of Sharma. Where Sharma is a hopeless sluggish cricketer who scores some runs here and there in IPL or may be some domestic cricket and gets in the team on his so called "Special Talent" where the hell is rahane? did they dropped him for nothing? or for carrying drinks?

  • xylo on February 19, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    @TRAM: How about a) Bringing on Rohit Sharma to bowl and immediately getting a wicket b) Placing Umesh Yadav, and Rohit Sharma at the right positions at the right them? That they dropped the catches isn't a captain's fault. c) Bowling out Zaheer after getting to know that he was beginning to cramp. d) Getting Sachin to rest so that he could be fresh for the chase. e) Getting Raina to bowl 10 overs and cushion the blow. f) Showing some spine in the chase.

  • kitten on February 19, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    It is about time we start getting serious about the game. Let's be brutally frank, Tendulkar is getting past it, and should be dropped from the ODIs, Sehwag is also on the way out. Zaheer Khan is having difficulty coping with 10 overs, Gambhir is slow in the field, and Rohit Sharma, is failing time and time again. He has had enough chances, and should be dropped, temporarily, and Manoj given a chance. The above gentlemen should be gently eased out of the team, one or two at a time, and youngsters inserted in. We are not playing this game for people to get records, we are playing to win, and unless something drastic is done(to hell with reputations), we will join Zimbabwe, WI, and BD very shortly. Enough said.

  • Aussie5566 on February 19, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    My congrats for the Australian team. Don't worry Mr.Ponting,I can see another momentum from you soon like you did in the test series. I think it'll be better.Now all are keep watching you,good time to beat them.

  • only_sehwag on February 19, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    No matter what happens, more opportunities should be given to Rohit - he is still learning, another 200 one-dayers and he will finally graduate !!!

  • Rushikey on February 19, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    All SRT bashers, this is not old Tendulkar who dropped the 3 catches and 2 run outs. its young Rohit sharma! It would have saved atleast quick 30 runs scored by M Hussey after that. He also again displayed his poor batting(duck) performance. On the contrary, eventhough he was injured his leg, Sachin came out to bat, just to make sure he would contribute atleast something in this crucial match. but he failed. How people forgot so conveniently, he is performing consistently in last two years. Even though he didn't heat a century, but he scored plenty of >50 scores.

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan I always admire Indian players wwhen it comes to gentlemenship cricket. but nowadays these guys are over rated and over payed by IPL. first of all these youngsters never respected umpire desicions. look how virat kohil reactions. Second is very very poor fieldings by indians. catches win matches. Dhoni made a biggest mistake by dropping Ashwin. dhoni would have dropped Umesh Yadav and played with Ashwin. I saw last match against SL. Ashwin played a great innings. Sachin is a flop big time (His God image should be removed and given a joker image) Rohith sharma another flop. why did DHoni used ZAHEER all of his overs he should have left 2 over atleast for the death overs. see the death overs he dont have any good bowlers. As a SL fan I am quiet sure SL will beat India. cos SL have a great captain.

  • mars2009 on February 19, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Green uniform always haunt Indians!!

  • Rushikey on February 19, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Too much experimentation is not good for a team, I am remember Sachin was stroking all the balls from a middle of a bat for his first 2 consecutive matches. The moment he got rested due to rotation policy, His form wobbled. Sachin is kind of palyer who takes Cricket as a life. If you force him to live his life in a prime time. He will be definitely sad! Dhoni is very brilliant in talking and acting like a most wise person in the world! but Dhoni remember, its not you who bow the seeds, you are eating fruits of trees which is planted by Ganguly! please don't spoil it

  • Precioustar84 on February 19, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Ponting once again failed. I wish Indian team management would do with Sachin. Repeated failures and still there is no talk of dropping Sachin but look at media news about Ponting. Both are great players, both aren't consistent but at least Ponting knows he can't take his place for granted. For Sachin, its like 10 step backwards. Virat if you are going to act like a baby, you should go too. Such as embarrassment to Indians like me. Ugh.

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    dump the Rotation policy to support the inclusion of Rohit Sharma. He is agressively trying to get out with his stupid shots.

  • TRAM on February 19, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Can any one please point out at least ONE good captaincy move by Dhoni in this match?

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    it was a great lesson to team India from Aussies,because when they play against what ever opposition teams in Indian grounds specially indian stupid commentators often make comments indian team just like a unbeatable team..but their nonsense have been a mess when india plays overseas just like 5-0 beat by ENG 4-0 beat by Aussies it shows they are just good for their home grounds only.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on February 19, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Sad to see Ponting & Sachin scratching around. Both should limit themselves to Tests immediately. Both teams would be better served by finding an up & coming Test player by blooding them here in these near pointless limited over cash generators. Or is Channel 9 picking the teams? Loved Dhoni's comment about his bowlers suffering with cramp trying to bowl 10 overs in the Brisbane furnace. Ha ha ha

  • sandy_bangalore on February 19, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Its absolutely ridiculous to see someone like Tendulkar, who is well past his sell-by date, pick and choose tours and the board and selctors bowing to his every need. He is anyway not going to retire gracefully, and today was given a torrid time by the Aussie pacemen. I am sure MSD would be hoping that he picks up some major injury which keeps him out for months and a good promising youngster can take his place and atleast then the selectors can pass on the message in no uncertain terms that he has to earn his place back.

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Come on Sachin..ur time is up..look at Brian Lara..he left the game gracefully..he was still good enough when he left the game.Infact his last tet innings was double ton!

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    From the start of Mr. Cool's Captaincy...I was very sure that he does not want Tendu in his team like Dada and Dravid. But due to his clout (of Tendu) he could not do anything about it.

    But as the things are changed now and Tendulkar is also not performing to his potential, Cool has found the golden chance to pressurize him and force him to take some decision (about retirement).

    From the start I have no doubt that MSD is great politician and he will be on the highest post of Indian Parliament if he is allowed to do his politics. Long live Indian Politics.

    MSD, please spare the person because of whom at least 20% public is watching cricket. high-lows are part of life but respect the setting sun.

  • Precioustar84 on February 19, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Firstly Congratulations Australia. Well played honestly!! ...For me, Team India had lost the entire match once that first ball catch was dropped. That moment and knowing Sachin was included in the line-up AGAIN summed up the result. We've lost every match that Sachin has been in so far except 1 tie. How is his inclusion truly helping the team?? I am not blaming him for losses because its team that lost but I'd rather lose with someone else in that spot. Dhoni keeps referring to WC2015 but truly Sachin is NOT going to play then so why are they wasting time? Fans have been saying this for months and months now but Indian team management is not realizing it. Also, if people want to blame Dhoni for worrying about his averages and whatnot, then you all should realize Dhoni has helped WIN matches unlike Sachin.

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Gambhir, Sachin, Rohit, Raina, Kohli... if all 5 specialist batsmen fail, how can India win? Team Management has to re-think on Sachin, Rohit and Raina in the next game. Even Sehwag has failed in several matches. Instead, they can play Rahane, Manoj Tiwari etc. All bowlers except Zaheer were uneconomical. Though Irfan took 3 wickets, 61 runs in 10 overs is not justified, and it requires immediate corrective measures on the part of Irfan. He has to check his line and length thoroughly.

  • roshdbest on February 19, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Kholi......This is the game of gentleman.

  • on February 19, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    I hate that Kohli guy.He has no respect for the umpires and to the spirit of cricket.Evrytime he gets out, he stands there utterly bemused and takes a long time to get bck. While walking he looks bck frequentLY shaking his head.

  • hnlns on February 19, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    This tri-series has been all about teams playing very mediocre quality of cricket, with each team losing big to other in a bad way after a very good performance. Goes to show all 3 teams are nowhere near complete and are trying to rebuild and figure out what works out best. India in particular have played poorly giving away bonus point wins twice to the Aussies. They have make up for this on Tuesday with a real big win against the Lankans. Else, they will be out of this series very quickly.

  • RajeevRamadugu on February 19, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Sachin, please go home.. I didn't mean to disrespect but come on.. how many ODI's you keep batting like this... Looks like Dhoni can only perform if blowing is below par...with some bounce everyone struggled.. damn... I won't be surprised if India gets kicked out of tournament.

  • KENNETH2007 on February 19, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Waste of time to point out the culprit... it's time for the selectors to change the course... change rohit to manoj,sachin to rahane( i think he plays the pull shots better) and to teach the rest of the batsmen to take some responsibility not to just loose but fight till the end.. to our consideration the lankan batsmen are more skilled in the pulling shot...

  • yusuf97 on February 19, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    every time dhoni cant stand up and save india from loosing . in previous 3 matches dhoni saved india. why not rohit,jadeja amd kohli perform. and rohit was really childish for trying to take a catch that was going to first slip...to win the praise.it would have put early pressure on aussies and wades 45 run innings would have ended on 0.

  • vinodzz on February 19, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Ishant Sharma shud be played in ODIs... batsmen can leave any no. of gud deliveries in TEST cricket... bowlers have to be patient else may loose confidence... but that can't happen in ODIs.. batsmen have to play most of the deliveries... much possibilty for bowlers to pick wickets.... master the line & length.. gain more confidence n consistency.....

    HOW CAN A BOWLER WITHOUT MUCH EXPERIENCE IN ODI's CAN BE PLAYED IN TEST CRICKET...

    pravin n vinay kumar, yadav are first played in ODIs b4 test... which is reversed in Ishant's case... ..

  • ksethukrisp on February 19, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    First let KHOLI show his aggression in the game not displeasure with the crowd. He signeled SILENCE to crowd - But the game made him to be silence when he was caught - Now the crowed's turn to signal him - do not stand in the middle, silently go to povilian. Let him first change his body language and behavier in the field. Lakhs of Indians watching the game felt ashamed

  • Zehere on February 19, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Grand salute to indian team for insluting us to be fan of such a wonderful team who doesn't know how to play in tough condition. & "YOU ALL STUPID INDIAN TEAM FOLLOWER STOP WATCHING CRICKET ,GET BACK TO YOUR JOB & DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME & MONEY FOR SUCH SILLY CRICKETER WHO FILL PROUD TO BE A INDIAN CRICKET. Shame on all

  • Zehere on February 19, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Grand salute to indian team for insluting us to be fan of such a wonderful team who doesn't know how to play in tough condition. & "YOU ALL STUPID INDIAN TEAM FOLLOWER STOP WATCHING CRICKET ,GET BACK TO YOUR JOB & DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME & MONEY FOR SUCH SILLY CRICKETER WHO FILL PROUD TO BE A INDIAN CRICKET. Shame on all

  • on February 19, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    @SeamingWicket..wow nice..to the point and accurate. Couldn't have said it better myself

  • on February 19, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Now that Dhoni is suspended for the next match, it'll be a mini miracle if India beat Sri Lanka on Tuesday!

  • Nampally on February 19, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Another irrational selection of the XI resultd in India folding up like nine pins.There was no point in playing 2 all rounders, Pathan & jadeja. The worst thing was that Jadeja played just for batting, did not bowl a single ball!. Is he a more recognized batsman than Tiwary? Jadeja is an excellent fielder but he was off colour today in missing out a couple of runouts on direct hits.With a total of about 30 runs in the last 3 ODI's& no wkts. at 9 runs/over, does Jadeja justify his spot in XI? There were 4 seamers in the side. Having 3 of them around 130 KPH did not provide any variety. Rahul Sharma deserved a spot.Only speed merchant Yadev was not used till after 20 overs were bowled- no advantage of New ball! Hillfenhause& Lee dismissed 4 Indians for 38, early on. Genuine pace was needed to be successful. Yadev bowled just 6 overs & was expensive.Had he been brought on first change he would have been more effective.It will be tough to win Vs.SL without Dhoni. Parthiv-Sehwag may open!

  • rahulcricket007 on February 19, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    I WONDER IF NOW BCCI SHOULD MAKE AN ENQUIRY FOR LOSS IN AUS & ENG .

  • popped on February 19, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    @ Shrikant Bhoir IND is far better than SL?? jeez thanx for that mate I laughed out of my skin for that joke ... good one keep it coming

  • SamRoy on February 19, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Jadeja is the greatest cricketer in the world... at least the best ODI all rounder in India..It's not my opinion.. it is Captain Cool's opinion...and probably the opinion of CSK fans... I am sick and tired of this cricketer... somebody please take him out of the team.. can't play any bowler of quality.. can't play another shot apart from the cut ..on a flat pitch or a seaming pitch gets hammered every time.. and he is our best all rounder.. oh god. Both Irfan and Ashwin are better with the bat than him.

  • Zehere on February 19, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    EnJoy u lankan & ozies this is your's cup & don't worry about this indian team they will be back on track in ipl coz they are now resting mode in their dresng room since last year ipl.So that they would again fully fitted to showing greatness in our indian primear legae .& then get inJured some player come back to lose again t20 wc .this is the future of india & nobody can change it . This future news nobody can give u accept me hat's of 2me.

  • agatha.francis on February 19, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    its high time that MSD start to come to bat at No. 4...he should remember that we dnt have a regular Number 4 in Yuvraj...being a man in form and captain he should look to take onus and bat as many overs as possible...coming at no. 6 makes no sense coz then he has no one to anchor the innings with...plus the form of Rohit is a question...bring in Tiwary as a change...another problem in an old well known one...balling in Death Overs..I dnt understand y MSD finished off with Zacks over so early...and where was Jadeja today, y didnt he ball when Umesh was leaking runs?? god save India

  • ujan.s on February 19, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    excellent performance by d OZs...happy to see 'em back on the winning track! it was kind of boring to see india give up so early! reminds me of the early days of the Sri Lanka team wen dey wud lose too many wickets early and then try and play out the 50 overs occupying the crease without trying to win the game in d end! cant believe dis very same wimpy bunch holds da world champ title!

  • amilag on February 19, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Sachin is closing opportunities of thousands of talented Indian batsman for more than 5 years where he should have retired with dignity and reputation. Now people have no hesitation to name Brian Lara as the greatest batsmen of modern era.

  • AvidCricFan on February 19, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Australia needs to bring back Siddle too. Hilfenhaus, Lee, Siddle will be formidable bowling attack against Indians than what they have been fielding in ODI.

  • on February 19, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    very poor cricket show from Indians. not only batting ,bowling or fielding but also their discipline in the ground. Virat Kohli Should be go back home and concentrate of his behavior first rather than concentrate his batting. bcz if he loose his discipline in the ground all the efforts that he put for cricket will be over. its really worry even though i am not an indian. because he is a very good batsman.

  • RAJIV_XI on February 19, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Matthew Wade.....What a find he is for Australia.Two rippers that he took at the end to dismiss Zaheer and Irfan of hilfy covering huge ground and diving full length were truly sensational.Also considering Australia were already in very comfortable position.I guess no other current keeper would have even went for them knowing that they are winning easily.This shows his steely determination and dedication towards winning and not giving opponents any chance.A real pleasure to watch.Wad surely is the Man for future of Australia.........Hope the Indian Players learn something from him and stop giving excuses and whine about the conditions.

  • AvidCricFan on February 19, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Rohit Sharma, Shewag and SRT have been big disappointment in this series. Unfortunately we don't have many options in the opening. Rohit Sharma has not helped his cause at all. He simply doesn't have batting game plan. The same can be said of Raina. The team can't win on two batsmen performance. India may squeak through in finals, but I don't see it winning. The only time this team shows any life is when wicket is placid. They will not get it in finals.

  • on February 19, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Whoever was in charge of playing the music in the stadium between balls/overs/wickets should be given Man of the Match. American 80's Night was a lot of fun.

  • SJinUS on February 19, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Bad decisions with regards to use of bowling changes, not using Jadeja, poor fielding placements, missed run out chances, dropped catches and game delays contributed to India's loss today. Finger pointing to any particular person is not the right thing to do, but Dhoni is responsible for all of those problems except dropped catches. He is still immature in captaincy and tactically a poor decision maker. Truly deserves to be fined and being on the bench the next game. He earned it!

  • sheenu on February 19, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    India has lost the 7th match of the tournament, and that too very badly due to sloppiness in all departments of the game. However, I am sure they will win the 15th match of the tournament!!

  • street_smart on February 19, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    How Indian team management & selectors already decided that only kohli, Rohit & Raina will be in 2015 WC & no other youngsters... WC is still far & other youngsters deserve a chance. MSD, plz stop playing your csk team mate Raina & your would be csk team mate jadeja.. & give Tiwary a go for couple of matches...

  • MathewF on February 19, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    @CricSpirit love ur comment. MSD is just concerned abt his average. During the WC 2011, he just happened to captain the best ever side lined up for Indian cricket. Sub continental conditions helped MSD in the cause. A good captain shud accept that the opponents played the best cricket on the day.... but he never does and never say a word of praise to the opponents. He somehow finds excuses which the listener care to give is only a deaf ear. Indian players shud behave themselves and control their gestures. They looks an arrogant side. what dhoni did today was never acceptable for me... He knows that hussey was not out and kept on arguing with the umpires. He shud have concentrated on game rather. I think its time for him to step down as captain for poor results abroad. And i hope India doesn't go to the finals of CB Series for a better future of Indian Cricket

  • on February 19, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    i think kohli thinks he is still under 19 player..if he is going to be indian captain we can watch action packed bollywood movie..hahahahahhahahahhah

  • pramod101 on February 19, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Time for Tendulkar to go typical Indian mentality to linger on til you are kicked away. Only God knows why Fletcher is still the coach of India brother does not have a clue wheater he is coming or going . Tendulkar does not deserve this 100th ton and he will not get it on aus soil cause that is one place you have to earn your respect. The greatest batsman will always be brian lara even if Sachin score 20 hundreds more cause he is mentally weak and this has been proven on this tour.

  • armchair_critic on February 19, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Can we request for 5 foreign players in the playing XI? :P

  • on February 19, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    CA has to change the bonus point rule..becoz india handing over 2 bonus points to aussies is unfair to srilanka..my suggestion is if Srilanka gain a bonus point against australia then deduct one point from australia..then it will give best two teams in to finals..

  • sweetspot on February 19, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Oh, please! One loss and all the solution pundits are out in force! Sack him, throw him, take him, beat him, kill him - what kind of nonsense is all this? India just went through "process" today, just trying some things, instead of ruthlessly going for points. So what? This is a tournament where anybody can be beaten by anybody, and it's hard to say who will pip whom. So what? How about just enjoying the game? Some of you seriously think you know more about the game than Dhoni? Seriously? Isn't that a bit of a stretch already?

  • Jack_India on February 19, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    The key here was to see the new ball without taking any chances and attack when the ball was 8-9 overs old. That's what Warner and Wade did. Gambhir and Sachin didn't.

  • on February 19, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Indian Cricket Administrators and selectors MAY (not sure, though -- after reading Srinivasan's observations after the test fiasco) take things seriously, only if India gets eliminated, disgracefully.

  • Raju_Iyer on February 19, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Having read the comments so far, I am reminded of the old story of a man, his son and their donkey - whatever he does he attracts criticism. Last year cricinfo posts were full of "Why is Jadeja not in the team, why is Irfan not in the team, earlier this year in the tests, Why is Rohit not in the team? Now it is drop Jadeja, drop Irfan, drop Rohit, why is Manoj Tiwari not in the team... What we should not forget is that only 11 can play at one time and for sure these names are not pulled out at random. The plain truth of the matter is that when your opposition plays better than you, you lose, fair and square. Frankly these days the differences between the top few teams are not considerable and fans must learn to accept that. Isn't it surprising that England drubbed India in the tests in England, got drubbed in the ODIs in India, then lost the Test series against Pakistan badly and have now just won the ODI series against them. We must enjoy this diversity in results! Good Luck India !

  • on February 19, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Perhaps the worst performance of the tour so far.

    In the first place India was not inspired enough to encash the psychological advantage of Australia being on the mat after two defeats .. A major failure of Dhoni the "LEADER".

    Secondly the team selection was wrong. It is the second time that India picked four seamers on this tour and the result is the same. Ashwin should never be dropped. He is always (unconditionally) more effective tha any FOURTH seam bowler.

    Thirdly poor captaincy and very poor handling of bowlers. Failure of Dhoni the captain.

    Fourthly deplorable batting performance. Tendulkar did not inspire the batsmen to follow .. out to poor shot & so did Rohit, Raina, Virat.

    Dhoni's batting was equally disgraceful. This is not the Dhoni we all know him to be. He is making amends for poor test performance by trying to just stay at the crease.

    To add insult to injury, Dhoni has been suspended for one match. In all, a VERY BAD DAY for MSD. No sympathies though !!

  • Silverbails on February 19, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Well, well, well, this IS THE TRUE Indian team now on display. Abny team that wants to call itself the No.1 Team in ANY FORMAT of the game NEEDS to be able to bat and bowl well on bouncing, seaming pitches. Unfortunately, this PATHETIC Indian team seems incapable of EVER winning on such pitches. One ONLY needs to look at THE best TEAM EVER - i.e. the Windies from the '70's and '80's - to see how it's done!! And, WITHOUT any of this constant sledging that the Aussies seem so adept at!! Will India progress in the CB series - who knows. But, one thing is certain: they WILL need to IMPROVE dramatically in AWAY TEST series... None of the ODI's matter a jott....But, IF they could win this CB Trophy, well at least that would be something to come away from Australia with, especially after SUCH a wretched and completely forgettable tour...

  • mdev.mp on February 19, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Cheer up guys INDIA are surely reach CB series finals since a match is tie under dhoni....its now interesting weather its IND V AUS or IND V SL in best of 3 finals........good luck SL n AUS

  • Chandrurec5 on February 19, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    India's form will be back once they play in 'rank flat' wickets like Adelaide

  • SriLankanLions on February 19, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    With brilliance in the field and MJ's captaincy, Sri Lanka is more favorable to win the next match against India. Malinga should work hard on his fielding though. MJ should open as the other day. I wouldn't mind giving the gloves to Chandimal as Sanga seems not that athletic as he used to be. And after all Chandi is the future wicket keeper in the side. Don't think India could continue with SRT and Jadeja. Looking for a wonderful game of cricket and to hear the Lions roar once again. Cheers!

  • DArcha on February 19, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Sri Lanka the most competitive side in this tournament, will crush their vulnerble neighbours.

  • wjkalana on February 19, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Hello indian fans what are u r excuses, if u guys can remember me I made some predictions before the start of the game, let me tell u those again, India will bundled out for less than 200, Gambir, Raina, and Jadeja combined will score around 50 runs as they cant bat on short pitch and swinging stuff, And they score only around 55 runs. As far as the tournament is concern India wont win any more matches as no more matches on flat tracks for india. Above mentioned 3 are flat track bullies. When I predict that way before the game starts some fans said keep dreaming. Well I just checked again it wasnt a dream it was the reality. Scorecard says India all out for 178. Theres only 3 more matches for India then they have to start packing.

  • playitstraight on February 19, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    For the next game, Sachin definitely needs to be rotated with Sehwag. Ashwin needs to come back for Zaheer Khan, who was absolutely hopeless. Zak shoudld be saved for only the Tests, so he can play all of them. Rohit Sharma just keeps on wasting his countless chances, only God knows how many more chances he will get. Dhoni counter-attacked with a 50, but it was not enough. Since he is not playing the next game, then Parthiv Patel will definitely come in, hopefully he will make some type of impact.

  • Zehere on February 19, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    I think indian will not contendor to go into final unless sachin or sehvak hit ton in bouncy condition.coz gambhir,raina,Jadega are the flat & slower pitch player don't accept from them to win us cb cup .

  • WishIndiaImprove on February 19, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    It is fine today guys. You cannot win all the games. Understand that we are playing game or politics. My worry is that why SRT is not understanding where is he now. If he loves the Cricket, why can't he start mentoring and building the young team. Why MSD is not picking the right combination for future!!! Pathan is worried about his place than his bowling..... We are all supporting our team.. and ready to accept the defeat... but not going to tolerate the STAR value and favourism

  • Romenevans on February 19, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    ROFLMAO! What the heck Sachin is waiting for to retire? He's waiting his Son's debut in India team, then he'll go? He is next Jaysuriya from India. Never wanted to retire and then had to be kicked out of team forcefully. What a joker this guy has become.

  • Noboundary on February 19, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Very well said Seamingwicket. I am an Indian and would love to see them at the top but this present team, present bunch of selectors, fanatic fans, stooges who double up as journalists do not deserve to be anywhere near the top. Arrogance of champions is understandable... but the arrogance a team of past-expiry-date players, unfit and unmotivated and with an attitude to boot is disgusting.

  • EmeraldEye on February 19, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    The Indian team selection for this match is baffling, what was Jadeja doing in the match, well, i dont consider him as a good all rounder. He didnt get opportunity to bowl and didnt do anything with the bat either. Its disappointing that the first four batsmen went back cheaply and in addition Dhoni is suspended for the next match!.

  • Romenevans on February 19, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    @ USIndianFan - Sachin has done the best in this series? BWahahahahha Wake up dude. Virat Kohli was the highest runs scorer in Test and now Gambhir is on top from India in ODIs. Sachin is just a liability on the team nothing else. And because he has done "SO MUCH" for Indian cricket by making "Records" selectors have no guts to drop him by his performance, in fact they can not even dare to think about it. Money controlled puppets i tell you...Directed from some 7 star posh hotel in Chennai.

  • smsin on February 19, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    After the pitch report and Toss I know team India will loose the match surely by more than a margin of 100 runs. Particluarly after the toss and Ausies posted a huge total on the board surely knew it will be march fast to the pavillion when they come on to chase. How can we expect these flat track bullies to perform on a pitch where there is a decent bounce and seam movement. We are asking/expecting too much from Team India. Better India should not play in these kind of pitches and play only on flat tracks even in abroad too. Very soon BCCI will take steps in future by fixing the venues which offers only a flat track in abroad series.

  • thinktank1 on February 19, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Both catching and keeping were pathetic.. India could have saved at least 30 to 40 runs had they fielded well. Rahane or any other decent batsman has to come in place of sachin.

  • Marcio on February 19, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    I think Indian fans are being very tough on Tendulkar. The guy was clearly injured, but went out to face the music in difficult conditions. He could have dropped himself down the order. Then he got sconned right on the noggin. That has to unsettle any bastman. Give him a break!

  • Romenevans on February 19, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    1. What exactly the role of this guy called "Sachin Records Tendulkar" in the team? 2. How many chances this bloke "The Very Talented" Rohit Sharma will get to convert his so called talent into performances? 3. What's wrong with Dhoni? He bowled Yadav after 27 overs? He was bowling 153/kph and its no joke for Christ sake!!! He is so precious to be wasted like this because we got him after millions of years of fast bowlers drought. 4. Who is this "Irfan Pathan" what kind of a lolly pop bowler he is? are we resting Praveen for him? What a joke. He came into the team, we tied with Sri Lanka, and now lost to Australia, he is just useless. 5. Pathetic Dhoni and his tectics. 6. Every time Dhoni goes with 4 pacers, he gets a next match ban for slow over rate.

  • ramAB83 on February 19, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Thats aussies, india win aus in close match in this series that to stuggled a lot in final overs, but aus won 2 match against india in a manner that they are a no 1 odi team( both match 5 points).. this prove that australia is better team then india.. hats of hilfy and mike hussey:)

  • Chrishan on February 19, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    When the article on Sangakkara reaching 10000 runs came up, most Indian fans were quick to say that Dhoni is better in terms of average. Sadly, these fans don't realise that the number of not outs play a big part in determining a player's average. Isn't it funny how the 'great' Dhoni will hide behind every batsman, Kholi, Raina, Sharma when chasing down a big score like in today's game and then score a 50 not out despite losing the game, thus maintaining his average. But when the score is small (and when the game is more or less in the bag for India), for instance the 2nd T20 against Aus he will come ahead of Raina and Sharma and score the winning runs and be the big 'hero' for India. Being the in-form batsman he should have batted up the order, that was the only way India had a chance today.

  • gopaldhal on February 19, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    It will be a blessing if India is knocked out of this tournament. It is painful to see the struggles of 'GOD'. Moreover, it will allow the 'CRAMPED' superstars enough tome tu un-cramp themselves so that they are ready for IPL (sic.)

  • kunderanengineer on February 19, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Well it looks like one of India's tormenters (Hilfenhaus) is back. All the Aussies have to do now is bring back Siddle and/or Pattinson to continue the torture.On second thought that shouldn't be necessary. After this pathetic performance it appears that only Sri Lanka is capable of putting up some resistance against the Aussies.

  • ramAB83 on February 19, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    GAMBHIR GOT LBW LESS THEN 30'S IN LAST MATCH AGAINST INDIA.. BUT HE SHOW'S BAT TO UMPIRE AS THAT IT CONTACTED WITH BAT.. THUS COST A MATCH FOR SRILANKA, BUT TODAY AUSSIES GIVEN NO CHANCE TO HIM LIKE DAT, INCREDEBLE BALL FROM LEE TO SEND HIM BACK, HATS OF LEE:)

  • on February 19, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    While everyone is hailing Dhoni as Captain Cool etc, let me disagree and call him captain coward. In both the successful chases(including the tie) Dhoni somehow managed to raise the asking rate from a comfortable 5 an over to more than 9 (12 in case of the Oz chase). Is it easier to attach Perreira with 4 overs remaining or attack Malinga in the last over? Anyway, coming to todays match against Australia, why was Yadav under utilised? Isnt Yadav our best bowler? Yes he can be expensive but he is a wicket taker! Not bowling him till the 20th over in conditions favouring fast bowling was an extremely defensive and cowardly move. The Captain and the Indian team management needs to show faith in Yadav and boost his confidence. Right through the tour we have seen Dhoni treating Yadav shabbily. Dhoni for some reason prefers dibbly dobbly military medium pacers to fast bowlers. Is it surprising that under Dhoni, our fast bowlers sacrifice pace, our spinners sacrifice spin?

  • Kays789 on February 19, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    just like i expected. a pitch with a bit of bounce and the indians are rubbish. good to see the aussies put this over-hyped team back in their place. the players and fans are alike, disgraceful in their conduct. just not acceptable.

  • on February 19, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    I am disgusted and disappointed to read so many adverse comments about Tendulkar's below par performance. How ungrateful these fans can be. One guy even wrote to say that the so called god SRT should be 10 00% confiedentnt that before this series is over he would score the century and shut the foul mouths of all these people who have already written him off.

  • Asintha on February 19, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    @SeamingWicket I am With You budy !!!!!!

  • on February 19, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    I think we are back to square1, & what's worse, the way in which the bowlers were handled by our skipper MSD & if we're going to lose the next match vs SRL then it'll be very difficult for us to keep ourselves in contention to the finals. But it's very heartening to note Irfan Pathan all-round performance. Why Raina keep on doing the same mistake i.e., after hitting a sixer the very next over he's perishing to a poor selection of shots & someone has to put sense on Rohit otherwise he'll go unnoticed with the so much talent. I am not cricticizing our Indian team for their defeats against Aussies but the way in which they succumbed to the defeat giving away bonus points. Come on guys go for win & even if you lose bow down bravely.

  • Sakthiivel on February 19, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Most talent batsman Rohit Sharma, Most talent allrounder R Jadeja, Most talent player of india history Sachin. OMG give me a break how many days these selectors and commentators say these. Drop them and see in the bench Rahane, Manoj tiwari, Robin uttappa, Mukund. What you want more? keep all the most talent in the team and loss all the matches.

  • raza_87 on February 19, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Sachin should move out now.It is becoming embarrassment to such an iconic player for last 2 decades to continue failing like that and its not about comparison with others, we should now look for future. They should try Manoj Tiwari on place of any youngsters. Don't make him opener in Australian condition.

  • Sakthiivel on February 19, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    @ MaruthuDelft : WC was in India mate. That itself a lottery , We can beat any team their regularly, Even we white wash aussies in last test series in India. But we are not good enough outside India. That will suit to other team visiting india also.

  • SLfan on February 19, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    @ SeamingWicket - "But Australia was a genuine team of champions and their arrogance was not this bad"...Well said mate. Even these days Aussies are not arrogant at all (apart from Brett Lee's behavior in last 2 ODIs; but still love him because he's always a great guy who is not hesitant to give the credit to the opposition players when they deserve it). That's why most Sri Lankans like this Aussie team and I'm sure most Sri Lankans Cheer you guys in this series when you play against India...Well played Aussies and you showed that you are champions as always !

  • Master_Mihil on February 19, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Dhoni is out of the next match!!!! Team India might as well pack their bags to go home!!

  • on February 19, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Actually,our batting failed today to take us out of woods particularly Rohit sharma,he is simply a burden on team bcoz he regularly drops catches,every time gets out around twenty and still he is in team and no one is bothered about Tiwary who scored ton in his last match.besides that Dhoni was not up to the task in keeping and our ground fielding too was below average level.the mistakes committed today mustn't be repeated in next game.GUD LUCK INDIA FOR NEXT GAME.

  • on February 19, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    how pathetic is this indians, whenever they get a lively pitch they get hammered, everytime, so who's the real flat track bullies?

  • Sakthiivel on February 19, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    @ MaruthuDelft : WC was in India mate. That itself a lottery , We can beat any team their regularly, Even we white wash aussies in last test series in India. But we are not good enough outside India. That will suit to other team visiting india also.

  • on February 19, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Actually,our batting failed today to take us out of woods particularly Rohit sharma,he is simply a burden on team bcoz he regularly drops catches,every time gets out around twenty and still he is in team and no one is bothered about Tiwary who scored ton in his last match.besides that Dhoni was not up to the task in keeping and our ground fielding too was below average level.the mistakes committed today mustn't be repeated in next game.GUD LUCK INDIA FOR NEXT GAME.

  • on February 19, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Frankly, I don't recall when was the last time that Sachin looked so ugly and uncomfortable at the crease. Trouble is that we have a middle order that is too fragile. High time for Rohit Sharma to deliver, that is ofcourse, if he is serious about his career !!

  • Sakthiivel on February 19, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Why you rest Ashwin? His batting is missed and blowing too..

  • Nuwas on February 19, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Congratzzz Aussies....

    @Master_Mihil: SL need not any lessons about discipline from any team,coz they are the most spirited team in the game of cricket...Yet an arrogantly misbehaving team like India needs some lessons as to behave well...

    @Shrikant Bhoir: Yes stop comparing GREAT SL team with lousy IND team...can't you see the HUGE difference between both when they're in the field...didn't you see what happened to so called "GREAT CHAMPS" !!!!

    @All indian friends: I saw most indian fellows commenting on previous match reports stating the greatness of their WC champs. Truth is they won the finals on a flat pitch which they prepared for their sake...Indain team is utterly vulnerable outside IND on bouncy pitches...look at today's scorecard,9 catches out of 5 behind the wicket by the keeper...It all says about Indian Team "BEST UNADAPTABLE TEAM IN WORLD CRICKET... Things won't get any better for you guys on juicy bouncy wickets, to come in next few games...

  • on February 19, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Are you really that silly that you would end a story like that? Made me feel confused, I watched the game?

  • Sakthiivel on February 19, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    @SeamingWicket : What you mean by Aussie arrogance was not bad. World know how aussies as bad as their fans. BCCI will do what ever they want. Is anybody their to stop them, Even we would be happy about that.

  • on February 19, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Dhoni banned for next match...

  • on February 19, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    wt d hell d young Indians r doing now!!!!! partying on d crease ?? who will go fastest 2 d pavilion...jst a mad batting show from India.....bounce nd pace whch players learn in their camp,indian players do not learn!!!!!!!!!!!

  • yorkslanka on February 19, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    come on Kohli, take a leaf out of Murali's book..when he toured Aus he was treated in an awful manner by many crowds( not all i hasten to add) but he let his performances quieten the crowd..the fact is Kohli should view the crowds thoughts to him as a positive..Aussie crowds turn on opposition players they see as a real challenge to their own team and so it is becuase they RATE him that they are having a go...as a neutral, difficult to see so many Indian "fans" turning on SRT..he has saved you many a time, but imho he needs to retire himslef before he ruins all the good he has done for his country in the past...

  • Herath-UK on February 19, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    A spineless display by the Indians giving easy bonus points to Aussies which may prove decisive in the final counting.Kohli like Sreenath has more antics than his worth sadly.Come on Lankans there is a fair chance now that you can make the final. Ranil Herath-Kent

  • on February 19, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    ponting should be rested for 3 ODI so that he can prepare himself to get the best form for final

  • AlbertPintoGussaHua on February 19, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    What a pathetic display by the world champs. They need to be thrashed in every game to knock some sense in these over-rated, over-paid, arrogant bunch of jokers who call themselves professionals.

  • NAJD_PINCHHITTER on February 19, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    hey every one dis is coled giv n get dey gave to Srilanka n Got frm India de Typical Australia India n Srilanka are some way dey are same India = good win, win, tie, bad lose = descending Srilanka = bad Lose, lose, Tie, Good win= Ascending

    winning early matches that doesn't mean you can win all

  • Chris_P on February 19, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Not too bad of an effort, our fielding still needs to rise a little more to the standard we try to maintain, bowling was solid, batting impoved a lot. As long as we win more than we lose, which has been the case for a time now, I am happy enough. Of course, these tournaments don't mean anything like a test series but it helps development of rising stars. Some of the posts by some of the Indian fans really do defy intelligent logic. You do your country and this great sport a great disservice with these inane statements.

  • abhi026 on February 19, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    ok! ENOUGH chances to rohit? should we go with manoj tiwari who looks more confident and hungry of run. The worst thing about rohit is casual approach towards batting at the highest level.he does not seem to be one who likes to fight with the condition and happenings.He is given so many chances but he is destroying his chances himself by playing some poor shots.It would be no less than surprise if he remains in the side for the game against SL.Tactically one would like to give him one more chance but it could proove suicidal as the game against SL is the last chance for india to reach into final because if they loose it will be very tough to beat aus and sl in consecutive games.Next game India should go with the full strenth team if they want to paly final.Otherwise its upto selectors.

  • shrastogi on February 19, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Again the decision to play 4 fast bwolers has backfired. Until unless there is proven case of conditions helping pace bowlers India should for heavens sake never play 4 fast bowlers. Today sloppy fielding didnt help but that would happen once in a while. If there is nofaith in Ashwin then play Rahul Sharma. Rohit Sharma is making things difficult for him and For Tendulkar lesser said the better. BCCI should organise a series with Zimababwe or Bangladesh for him to get 100. He played the worst stroke of all the batsmen as there was no respect for conditions and state of match. With 3 wickets going early the others were hapless spectators. Had Sehwag also been playing and getting out India would have been prime candidate for less than 100. Now that Dhoni has gone for one match India would have to play very well against SL.

  • Scube on February 19, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Dhoni might be one of the best ODI batmen currently, but he is taking Indian cricket down the drain by consistently picking his close coterie of junkies like Rohit, RJ & Raina! They can all have fun at CSK, but should spare India from consistent embarassment You can't find a more hopeless lower middle order!

  • Okakaboka on February 19, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Well, it is time to OFFICIALLY let Haddin know he will no longer be representing Australia in any form unless there are injuries. Wade is heaps better behind the stumps....energy plus!.....as we saw tonight! Wade and Nevill MUST go to the West Indies. I bet NSW selectors are spitting chips that they had to play Haddin and not the better keeper and batsman in Nevill. Wade should be told to relax....develop his skills to the next level and he will be Australia's wicket keeper for the next 6 to 10 years.

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

    Tendulkar's international scores since he arrived in Australia three months ago: 73, 32, 41, 80, 15, 8, 25, 13, 2, 48, 15 and 3: 355 runs in 12 innings at an average of just 29.58. What more does he have to do to get dropped? In fact, in the last 6 matches his average has been a paltry 16.12. Do former greats get to play on for as long as they want? I suspect that Gavaskar would score as many runs as Tendulkar in 2012.

  • on February 19, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    I think lndia Could have sent under 19 team to australia tour so that they can win in future .Senior team should have been rested for IPL

  • Kyle_Jones235 on February 19, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    @SeamingWicket Completely agree. The Indians, typically the younger batsmen in the team are way too arrogant. I believe it is due to two major factors, the fans and the IPL. Both of which make the Indians players look like Gods, and this mentality has rubbed off on the players. The way Kohli acted today was nothing less than a disgrace, I've seen Under 15's players play with more maturity...

    I hate seeing Brett Lee smack talking after every decent ball he delivers. I don't mind a bit of sledging but he does it way too much, it makes it seem like he relies on it to take wickets. Let the ball do the talking Brett! On games like today the sledging actually doesn't look so bad, but it doesn't look very good when he isn't so successful like in the Sydney game.

    @Shrikant Bhoir Ah ofcourse, more seemingly arrogant Indian fans as expected. Same Australian batting line up played against SL buddy :), I recommend you keep that in mind and reserve such comments until tuesday's match.

  • on February 19, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Kapil in bowling and Sachin in batting are my all time favorites among Indian cricketers. Kapil made a pitiable sight in his last few appearances, when he just hanged on ( and selectors indulged him too ) to overtake Hadlee's World record. Felt sorry for that great man, at that time... Now the same story is getting repeated with Sachin, who has already achieved everything which need to be achieved in batting. Now, Sachin, please help us to keep you in our memories, not only as the greatest batsman ever, since Don Bradman....., but also a great cricketer who knew when to leave gracefully, with all the halo in tact. Please!

  • on February 19, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Shachin has again Shown clearly his selfishness....... if he is a great batsman he should be able to play in any position but he open even when he was unable to run.. that initial overs it self brought the required run rate more than 6. which put lot of burden to the following batsmen. also Dhoni's approach also questionable as he was so slow at the start made raina and jadeja to go unwanted shots

  • Potatis on February 19, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    I didn't think that the Australians could turn around their game from just 2 days ago in another city. They looked tired, or at least not with it. I was pleased that Hilfenhaus got a game, and bowled well. Most Australian batsmen got runs, which is good for their confidence, especially with Clarke still to return. The Australian batsmen just need to be more consistent, the skills are there. I'm not sure the Indian rotation policy is doing anything special for Tendulkar or Sehwag, but maybe they'll come good when it matters. The Indian side looks good on their day, but today wasn't their day.

  • on February 19, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    I recommend Cricinfo to have thumbs up-down button in this form coz I really love certain comments in this forum ,where i want to give my thumbs up....

  • jasonpete on February 19, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Well played guys.good to get bonus point.whats with kohli after given out stood up to confirm whether its taken cleanly or not? I guess samething done by not long ago from mahela jayawardene with us? It will be good to see on Tuesday who manages bounce better among subcontinent teams.

  • on February 19, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Better to say Deviliers is the best finisher

  • Penny71 on February 19, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Now is the time for SL to show how a true world champions should play. Do you ever see this kind of "I am god" attitude from any SL player. I am pretty sure SL will exploit Indians in their next encounter. Dhoni is no match for Mahela's brilliance.

    SL domination in the next match will make India really vulnerable (Yes Sanga, I agree)

  • on February 19, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    @shrikanth - ROFLOL...your comparison logic is awesome. You win the "Typical Indian" award. Your logic defies common sense...LOL...

    "@deol84 why are you Criticising tendulkar. see ponting's record in odi series if you are asking tendulkar to retire why not ponting ???????????? "

  • Scube on February 19, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Dear Cricinfo experts, can you pls confirm if Rohit is the best ODI # 4 going around currently or is he the all time best # 4!?! Also, is it true that he is averaging 120+ at a strike rate of 180+ in the nets since getting selected for India that the selectors are waiting for him to translate these stats in the international stage? Thanks for sharing the secrets!

  • on February 19, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    i agree with some of the arrogant indian fans writting here. being a SL fan, i too think india is better team than SL. SL has 50% winning chance against any top team,aus,eng,sa,pak but Sl's winning chance reduces to 20% or 30% when play with india. india will win the next game for sure. SL needs to come up with a way to make their winning chance atleast 40% against india.

    about pointing, he should retire from ODI. same with sachin. sachin is a great batsman but he should get his so called 100th 100 n retire on a high. He deserves a top send off when he has 1 year or more cricket left in him. He shouldnt wait till he be dropped from team.

  • on February 19, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Wow congratulations Australia. As I commented on the last match Indian fans were in the sky after one each win Against Australia and us. Unfortunately both wins were with little margins and not convincing.But Australian Wins over India are with Bonus points. And also Srilankan Are showing a great signs of solidity. as i said in the last match Indian player should be watching the final in the TV in India

  • impressa on February 19, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Oh yes high time the God of India retires!!whats he hanging on for?Shame on you S.T

  • csowmi7 on February 19, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    The main problem for India is the lack of a stable middle order. Yuvraj Singh's absence has been a major setback. Dhoni's captaincy leaves a lot to be desired and he was stupid in leaving out ashwin on a wicket which offers good bounce and on which raina bowled 10 overs for 44 and doherty 10 overs for 29 runs. Umesh yadav should be given a go with the new ball with it seaming around. Manoj Tiwary should definitely feature in place of raina/sharma. These batsman should know that they are not invincible and their place is certainly in jeopardy if they perform badly like this.

  • trickec on February 19, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Time for Ponting and Tendulkar to retire. No point to ride on former glory. Sachin's hunt for 100 international hundreds is a joke, and mocks the game with irrelevant statistics. India will lose to SL, as they are highly vulnerable - plus the rotation policy is as useful as not using DRS. The BCCI are on a roll with bad decisions.

  • impressa on February 19, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    I totally agree with Seaming Wicket.Well said.Its just not the players and fans,even there Crude unsporty Ravi Shastri is a disgrace.He feels India is the best team and they are no 1 in the world!! Their God too is a failure.They copied the Captain Cool name from us,now he thinks people will laud him for his rude behaviour on the field with the umpires.Dhoni only knows to copy others.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 19, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    @SHRIKANT BOLAIR . IND MUCH BETTER THAN SL . ARE YOU KDDING ME ? SL BATSMEN ARE MUCH BETTER THAN INDIA . THEY PLAY HOOK & PULL SHOT COMFORTABLY AGAINST SHORT PITCH BALLS WHILE OUR INDIAN BATSMEN ARE HOPELSS AGINST SHORT DELVERIES .

  • musingsofamoron on February 19, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Glad to see India's young brigade performing admirably under pressure. India should not change this team even though we lose 50 matches on the trot because its the future that is important and it would be the future that would be important even after losing 50 matches!!!

  • GibyBangalore on February 19, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Another floppy show from the famous batters. At least, the Indian batters should have learned one or few lessons from the Ausis batsmen as how they adjusted with the condition and got a big score. They had application in the filed which is totally lacking from almost all the Indian players. Indian batsmen were tring to make shots without having any idea how to win the game. It was sad to see that the Indian batsmen were praying for drop catches as they did in the field!

  • csowmi7 on February 19, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    I dont know why everyone is so eager to get rid of sachin. These are the same fans that treated him like god when he scored his 50th ton against south africa. What about the likes of raina, rohit sharma, jadeja and even kohli to a certain degree. These batsman should learn a lesson or two about how they conduct themselves in a professional match instead of throwing tantrums and gifting their wicket away.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 19, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    IS DHONI WILL NOT BE FINED FOR SLOW OVER RATE ? HE TOOK MORE THAN HALF HOUR FOR FINSHING 50 OVERS . HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN BANNED FOR 1 ODI MATCH .

  • CricSpirit on February 19, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    The Finisher (MSD) left out with unfinished business today. He is more concern about his average than strike rate these days.

  • on February 19, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    So called "Cricket God"SRT need to retire gracefully and time is up for him now.The way he he is batting now looks like a beginer.

  • spiritwithin on February 19, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    if we look closely at india's performance they struggled to win the two match and somehow managed to tie a match which was there for taking,whereas SL inspite of two loses from four match r still very competitive in all games they played,aus apart from one match against SL is very competitive in all matches,india were spanked in two game against aus,what we want is some fight from indian team but when they lose they lose it big nowadays with no fight whatsoever,the indian batting is still struggling with only dhoni & gambhir contributing,bowling looks clueless especially in death overs..if BCCI still thinks they does not need any scrutiny of india's performance then God save indian cricket

  • USIndianFan on February 19, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    I keep reading Tendulkar bashing comments. The fact is that he has probably done the best among the Indian's in this series. It's a collective failure. Excuses and pointing fingers doesn't help.

  • suve on February 19, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    @Master_Mihil- Your right, Kohli should learn from past international players like Murali, who would get treated unfairly anywhere he went in Aus, but Murali managed to overcome them and do well. Just get on with the game Kohli.

  • Imrazf on February 19, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    It's high time the selectors drop Sachin.. How greedy can a cricketer be. He keeps being picked and he never performs. High time he retires when there is some respect shown to him or else it's gonna be like jayasuriya's farewell

  • Aussie5566 on February 19, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Well done Aussies.Nice come back. PONTINGS TEAM GAVE 5 POINTS TO SRI LANKANS AND THEN TAKE IT BACK FROM INDIANS. I'm sure that Ponting will find his form again soon as like as the test series. Once again,my congrats to the Australian Cricket Team.

  • trumpoz on February 19, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    can someone please remind Virat Kohli that you leave the arena after the umpire has given you out (and there is no DRS)? that was a disgrace. One of the senior Indian players needs to get in his ear about how to conduct himself in a match. I like that he gives it back to the Aussie crowds as well as the players onfield (Adelaide test anyone). But, you do not argue with, show dissent towards or stand in disbelief towards an upmire.... pure and simple. Top win by the Aussies - great to see the over-hyped Indian team crushed.

  • Master_Mihil on February 19, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    More alibies from Dhoni "Our bowlers were cramping, Blah! Blah! Blah!" fielders too were cramping very much. Catches win matches and runout's too. Dhoni's attitude towards DRS also doesn't help. But he is the best Batsman in the indian team right now. He was lucky to have a strong team for world cup, now he's carrying the burden of carrying the dead weight of non-performers.

  • SeamingWicket on February 19, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Sri Lanka and Australia both have the chance to send India out of the tri series now. If they dont, they have themselves to blame. Both have to be ruthless. I dont want to see India winning this trophy as it will allow arrogant and delusional Indians to ignore their 4-0 Test series defeat and pretend everything is fine. Indian players are disgraceful in their conduct, Indian fans arrogant. Even the BCCI makes remarks which no other board would make ('We dont care about losing abroad as we know we will win in India, and thats all that matters'). BCCI already has plans to prevent India from playing outside of the subcontinent for a long time, so India can sneak their way back up the rankings. Australia was arrogant when it dominated cricket. But Australia was a genuine team of champions and their arrogance was not this bad. When WI dominated in the 1970s and 80s they were even better in their attitude. Indias arrogance does to match the skill level of the team

  • rockanpur on February 19, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    India is again in its old course due to its hypothetical thinking .Rohit Sharma is hypothetically most talented batsman, Rravindra jadeja is most resourceful no 6 player available in India and Now hard working Tendulkar needs most secreative place in field to hide him.

  • Ameega on February 19, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    India proved that they are vulnerable at times so did Aussies the other night. Same time SL showed relatively better consistency in this series (2 losses by small margins + a tie + a convincing win). However they have more to prove. This turn out to be a great competition in next few days.

  • on February 19, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    I to think that Ponting should either retire or be dropped. He was fortunate enough to have a great test series against ordinary Indian bowling, and that was his opportunity to exit on a high. I think at age 38 your good runs are going to be fewer and further between. Yes, he had a great test series against some ordinary Indian bowling, and some reasonable scores in South Africa, but take these out of the picture, and he has had an absolutely horrible 2010 and 2011 in tests and ODIs, and now a horrible one day series in 2012. No one else would be allowed to stay in an international side after nearly two years of horrid performances-except perhaps for Sachin Tendulakar-in order to get his 100th century in international cricket! I feel his situation is very similar to Ponting's in that he too is now an over-aged and almost devoid of all his former great prowess. He has had a wonderful career since he entered the Indian side as a 16 year old, so he has had a great run. Time to step aside.

  • unregisteredalien on February 19, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Dhoni is a likeable guy, but seriously, there was far too much petulant behaviour and questioning of umpires' decisions from him and his side today, and exceeding their allocated time in the field by fully half an hour was ridiculous. How about a bit less arrogance and a bit more focus and character, fellas?

  • on February 19, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    penny are 100% right,another poor display of cricket from home champions,kohli's sportsmanship put India in very deep hole,but those kind of behaviour is not new thing for India,as spectators and players their ground behaver ware not that good in history.well done Australia.another bonus points win.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 19, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    @BALAJI1968 . AND WHAT ABOUT YOUR VINAY KUMAR ? GIVE 60 RUNS WITHOUT A WKT . LOL . ALSO IF YOU HAVE LOOK VINAY'S BATTING HE WAS GOING AFTER EVERY BALLL WHILE IRFAN WAS PLAYING SENSIBLE SHOTS UNLESS DHONI GETS OUT .

  • on February 19, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    I am of the firm view that this Indian ODI team could be rated as one of the poorest fieldiovers ng sides in the world. We should not have allowed Australia to reach anywhere beyond 250. Our bowling in the death overs is woefully short of ideas. Our field placing is also without imagination. I earnestly feel that Sachin should retire from all forms of cricket because today he appeared to be not even 5% of the wonderful batsman he once was. Lack of consistency in performance is our main problem.

  • on February 19, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    @deol84 why are you Criticising tendulkar. see ponting's record in odi series if you are asking tendulkar to retire why not ponting ???????????? and stop comparing SL with IND. IND is far better than SL

  • dsig3 on February 19, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Kohli, you reap what you sow mate. If you want to play the tough guy then fine, but dont cry when the fans turn on you. India have to be really carefull with Kohli, he is their best batsmen by FAR, but his attitude is terrible and I think his run of form is nearly done. Brett Lee was not far off either. No idea what got him so angry in the match. Do the talking with ball, no point talking to Dhoni.

  • on February 19, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    @ARUN T.V.MALAI/.............. PLZ DNT GIVE ROHIT SHARMA ANY MORE CHANCES..............ASHWIN IS ALWAYS GREAT SUPPORTER....U HAVE TO BEAT SRILANKA DAY AFTER.........R INDIA SHUD HAVE TO PACK UP THINGS

  • frank2011 on February 19, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Great game from the Aussies today. Set up a competitive total and bowled brilliantly. Welcome back Haus! Looks like the Lankan's are going to be our real challenge to overcome. Also, I'd like to note that we witnessed some real unprofessional behavior from the Indians today. You are representing your country, its not a game played in the backyard or at lunch time at school. Behave like adults. If you can't take the heat from the crowd or you don't agree with the umpires you shouldn't be playing professional cricket!

  • rahulcricket007 on February 19, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    HATE TO SAY THIS BUT SL BATSMEN ARE MUCH BETTER PLAYER OF SHORT BALLS THAN OUR HOPELESS INDIANS . THE SAME BRETT LEE WAS PULLED THRICE FOR BOUNDARIES BY DILSHAN WHILE GAMBHIR & SACHIN GETS OUT CHEAPLY .

  • on February 19, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    India Finished !!! Now Will See Sri Lanka vs India..

  • rahulcricket007 on February 19, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    DHONI SAID WE ARE GIVING CHANCES TO YOUNSTERS BECAUSE THEY WILL PLAY HERE IN 2015 WC . LOL . IF INDIA PLAY WITH USELESS JADEJA WHO IS NEITHER A GOOD BOWLER & BATSMEN ON THESE AUS PITCHES WE ARE BOUND TO LOSE . JADEJA CAN'T HIT THE BALL HARD . EVEN PATHAN HIT A SIX OF STARC . PLEASE DROP JADEJA FROM TEAM .ALSO HOW LONG WILL WE CARRY ROHIT IN THE TEAM ? TIWARI DESERAVES A CHANCE NOW . DROP ROHIT .ALSO WHY UMESH YADAV WAS NOT ASSIGNED OVERS EARLY WITH NEW BALL ? EVEN WASIM AKRAM WAS VERY UPSET BY DHONI'S STRATEGY OF BRINGING YADAV IN 23 RD OVER OF INNINGS .

  • Lasom on February 19, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    OMG, what's happened to ice cool Dhoni?

    India is on the limelight!

  • on February 19, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Give the grand old man some rest. Get a game against Bangladesh or Zim to get his 100th century. Get Shewag back. Irrespective of the win or loss, the crowds are entertained.

  • truebleue_cricfan on February 19, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    In the last tour to Aus in 2008, Tendulkar was going through a similar lean patch and was called the elephant in the room by Manjrekar. It looks as if the elephant is still around in the dressing room.

  • on February 19, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    RecoSharma's last 7 innings - 21, 0, 21, 10, 33, 15, 0 SRaina last 7 innings - 16*, 14, 4, 24, 38, 8, 28

  • Master_Mihil on February 19, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Anjelo mathews and Virat kohli were both captains in U-19 teams in their respective countries. A leader should be example.disgraceful behaviour for a leader by kohli. I see good reason for him not to be chosen as captain in any format..

  • here2rock on February 19, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Indian selectors need to get the heads together and show Tendulkar the dorr becuase he is not going to retire. They can not let Tendulkar ruin every big run chase with ameteure batting from someone who has scored 99 international hundreds. They need to send the message to the rest of the team.

  • on February 19, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    where is Manoj Tiwary? was he taken to Australia for this series to carry drinks???? and how many chances would be provided to Rohit Sharma??? Failures after Failures..Disappointing performance by the Blues

  • jason79 on February 19, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Indian Team should be modelled on the basis of the australian, always kept on toes, no one can take their place for granted , be it the captain or a rookie..Problem with our players are most of them lets say like Gambhir, Sehwag, tendulkar, even the younger lot like Raina, Kohli , they know they cannot be replaced atleast for a long period of time ...so till then why worry , play and make a bundle of money ..the hunger to win is not there like how with the aussies or the english team ..if you see the way the English played the ODI's against pakistan , u can feel that hunger, the desire to avenge for the test defeat , but unfortunately with the asian teams those character are missing ..problem is not only with India , but also with pakistan and Srilanka which is why they win 1 match , then go lose 10 match ..lack of consistency...anyway all is not lost for this series, India still have a chance to get to the final and who know may emerge as champion..cricket is an unpredictable game

  • on February 19, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    i am sure that sachin will play 2015 wc and even 2019 wc when gambhir or kohli are the skippers..... sachin is the greediest person to me. team india please remove rohit, he cant play bounce, lacks patience and the whole team just relies on dhoni and dhoni hits a fifty and departs, the OLD AND A COMMON indian cricket team story. if india wants to beat lanka they have to remove sachin from their playing 11 and bring back sehwag or tiwary.......

  • csowmi7 on February 19, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    @ravi vilayanur "After all how many batsmen are given the privilege of being permitted to play about 26 innings without crossing 25 at least once". get your facts straight first. Yes tendulkar is in poor form but he has crossed 50 on a number of occasions after his last 100. For example his 85 against pakistan in the world cup semi final, his 94 against west indies in mumbai, his 56 in nottingham, 91 in the oval, 76 in Kolkota against west indies, 73 in melbourne,and his 80 in sydney. You say he hasn't crossed 25 once in 26 innings. here's 7 fifties in 23 innings. :)

  • Master_Mihil on February 19, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    India thoroughly spanked by the Ausies. SL did that for ausies. Now SL is yet to be disciplined wel by a side. We'll see who will!

  • on February 19, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    india need to win next game for sure........

  • on February 19, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Aussies are back in business with Hilfenhaus, bring in Siddle and Lyon and the CB series is theirs for the taking. India is still rubbish. India winning the last series counts for nothing. They are still poor travellers. The world cup win against Australia is a long forgotten memory. No one cares about Ponting's single form, he led them to a win in Clarke's absence. SL watch out, the Aussies want revenge.

  • on February 19, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    India should play with minovs nations for the next three before they can play with other big players like austrailia ,south africa and paksitan!!

  • Sports4Youth on February 19, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Why does Dhoni think that Jadega can be selected for his batting alone ?

  • Sports4Youth on February 19, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    It looks like Mathew Wade has buried Bradd Haddin in the shorter format of the game.

  • Sports4Youth on February 19, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Somebody please tell Kohli that it is the spectators who are paying for all the cricket and he gets paid. Secondly spectators all over the world do that, even in India. If he keeps behaving like this soon he may go the Vinod Kambli way. its not good for him. Also it is so disgraceful for the indian team. Dont the senior players say anything to him?

  • Penny71 on February 19, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    losing like world champions??? Need to lean a thing or two from SL. Disgraceful match behavior and attitude.Indians are poor losers

  • Sports4Youth on February 19, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @ jason79 on (Feb 19 2012, 09:01 AM GMT) :- Plese dont talk about the 100th. Now i dont think that he will get it against a good team. He may get it against lower ranked teams like Bangladesh, WI, NZ, Zimbabwe. But it will be a real shame if he is selected to play against lower ranked teams. Even if a plays for a littile longer he should have the decency of saying that he will play against tought teams only so that the chance of playing weeker teams is concenred it should go to youngsters.

  • Sports4Youth on February 19, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    @ Dinesh K. Singh on (Feb 19 2012, 08:24 AM GMT) : - Yes man you are right. It is always the old man (38 yrs 301 ds) who has to take all the beating for Indias sake. First it was U.Yadav's express pace when SRT was hit hard on the shin, he was fiedling at 2nd slip then. He decided to stay indoors (dressing room) after that and did no more fielding. Later it was that wicked man Brett Lee who banged a fast bouncer into SRT's helment. That must have rattled the old man, and very soon again he decided to go indoors (dressing room) and cool down.

  • yorkslanka on February 19, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    @dolci- you have seen tight matches and interesting cricket- courtesy of the Sri Lankan team....

  • MisterObvious on February 19, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Seriously, Ponting is now trying to outdo Shaun Marsh's recent effort in the test series against Ind. Yes, I've crunched the numbers & in five matches in the current CB series Ponting is showing symptoms of extreme Shaunmarsh-itis. FIRST MATCH v. Ind (Melb) Ponting made 2 runs from 11 balls, lowest score on team, lowest strike rate for either team. SECOND MATCH v. SL (Perth) made 1 from 4, lowest score on team, 2nd lowest S/R. THIRD MATCH v. Ind (Adel) made 6 from 14, lowest S/R for either team, lowest score for team except for McKay who was run out. FOURTH MATCH v. SL (Syd) made 2 from 10, lowest score & lowest S/R for either team. FIFTH MATCH v Ind (Bris) made 7 from 26, lowest score on team (next lowest = 26 not out), lowest S/R on team of 26.92 (next lowest = 67.16). So, after five matches Ponting has scored a total of 18 runs from 65 balls for a match average of 3.6 runs at a S/R of 27.7. Beyond pathetic. That he stays in the AUS team based on past glory is sickening to me.

  • AussieTez on February 19, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Does Ishant no longer play ODI's?

  • on February 19, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Anyone who thinks Kohli's catch didn't carry may want to have eyes checked. Went straight in! Trouble is 2-D cameras make everything look questionable at some angles. Overhead angle showed clear catch. Bemusing that India don't want DRS but happy to have wickets checked for a no ball, or stand there for referral for catches. Hypocrisy?

  • deol84 on February 19, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Why Tendulkar tau is not retiring,such a great player waiting to be dropped from the selactors.

  • Sports4Youth on February 19, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    I was resisting for a long time. But now at 114.6 its enough. I'll just write this blog and go to sleep. just now in the 31st ove Jadega's misery at the crease ended. This was the funniest Captiancy i have seen in a long time. Jadega in the but did not bowl a single over, though Suresh Raina sent down 10 overs and Rohit Sharm sent down 3 overs. Are you telling me the R.Jadega played as a specialist batsman. Are you kidding me ? What's wrong with Dhoni. Actually what ever interest was there in the game was gone when our over-hyped SRT was out on 3. And the procession that started in the 2nd over of the innings is coninuing till now. Let me confess thogh that uptill now in this series India has done fairly well (except this match). Because after the Test seies i had lost all hope. BUT ATLEAST NOW CAN WE PLEASE START PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE. This rotation poslicy is doing half the job in ODI's. I hope in Test we just replace the oldies instead of rotation.

  • yorkslanka on February 19, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    @chokkashoka- are you saying you're team can only do well on home wickets? That's the challenge of international cricket my friend,adaptability...don't make excuses for a poor show from your team...

  • infaz9999 on February 19, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    They are loosing again...... Tendulkar please go home!!

  • on February 19, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    @Bala Jadeja is still batting

  • ajayrcs on February 19, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Kohli should be fined such a disgraceful behavior. People need to tell him keep his attitude at his home. Its the spectator for whom he is playing for, what if spectator don't comes to the ground.

  • indianshashi on February 19, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    what s with these fans???they love their team thru wins only!!!some shots went wrong..no need to praise..but stil..

  • chokkashokka on February 19, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    i'm so sick of these wickets - what a waste of time and effort. Can't wait for the english and aussies to visit India.

  • on February 19, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Another miserable performance by the much hyped and overrated Tendukar .An amazing combination of incompetence and obstinacy to cling on so hoping that the Gods themselves will take pity on him and grant him the boon of hundred centuries out of sheer desperation .After all how many batsmen are given the privilege of being permitted to play about 26 innings without crossing 25 at least once?

  • Dolci on February 19, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    India - you have ruined my summer (again). I was expecting a summer of tight contests and great cricket, instead I am looking for other things todo.

    Common India you are better than this. Perhaps the Indian team should go for a training camp in Pakistan :)

  • indianshashi on February 19, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    do u think kohli was caughtout?????i can c d ball pitchin in front...

  • CricSpirit on February 19, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    IND does not want DRS but they are reveiwing catches by the 3rd upire. That is also called DRS. I wonder they want DRS to only reveiw in their favour.

  • MaruthuDelft on February 19, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    India winning WC was a lottery. India never deserved to be in even the Semi Finals.

  • on February 19, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    loved the look on Virat Kohli's face when he got out

  • jason79 on February 19, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    AS USUAL TENDULKAR FAILS AGAIN..HOW LONG IS INDIA GOING TO CARRY ON WITH THIS DINOSOUR?????? SEEMS HE PURPOSEFULLY FAILS SO HE WONT BE ASKED TO RETIRE AFTER SCORING HIS 100TH TON ....HA

  • on February 19, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    Jadeja is the most overrated player and why Dhoni picks him up consistently in the playing XI?. Really defies all logic. Dhoni protects Jadeja , the 'bowler' , by not given him overs to bowl?. How he is going tp protect the 'batsman' Jadeja?. And this Rohit Sharma, another failure. Ashwin was not a great success against Australia.........fine, but still better bet than players like Jadeja and can bat better than many, including Jadeja. Why Manoj not been picked up? Dhoni, probably be stripped of ODI captaincy besides that of test matches.

  • on February 19, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    I thought R Ashwin instead of Vinay Kumar should have been chosen. No logic in playing 4 pacers. Ultimately we payed the price in slow over rate.

  • Dbatsman on February 19, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    It seems like Indian top orders were trying to keep up with overrate to finish up the game early

  • RoJayao on February 19, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    The behaviour of many Indian players during this match, most notably Kohli but also Dhoni and Sharma, has been extremely poor. Challenging umpires seems contagious with Dhoni teams and is highly unsportsmanlike. I've enjoyed Kohli's brave play and spunk this tour but tonight he's behaving like an impetuous child. His refusal to walk off even when the umpires reviewed his dismissal was ridiculous. Grow up you clowns!

  • FAB_ALI on February 19, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    India should atleast get one chance of Batting First. It looks to be the only way for me that India's top order can find some form.

  • Adoh on February 19, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Kholi has a career in Bollywood awaiting.

  • om.pani on February 19, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    SRT please take some rest go back home.give some chance to young players.

  • on February 19, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Top 3 back in pav... Dhoni should prove it now, if what he defended about his strategy is true bullying Gautam Gambir's perspective of game.... If not Dhoni should remember that he is the captain of best Indian cricket team...

  • on February 19, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    poor Tendulkar got hit on leg while fielding and got hit on the head by batting. How long he will suffer for India.

    BTW that chap Rohit has proven to be Nohit again gone for 0 he has dropped two catches and got one wicket for his contribution to this match. I dont unde3rstand why he is kept and not Manoj Tewari.

  • jmcilhinney on February 19, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Is it significant that Ponting was the only batsman to miss out? I was always confident that Ponting would regain some form while all those people were calling for him to retire. That said, I also don't believe that he is the batsman he was or that he ever will be again. Given that Australia seem to have far more players who look ready to step up in limited-overs than in Test matches, maybe it is time for Ponting to go, either voluntarily or otherwise, from the ODI team. Does anyone really believe that he will be around for the 2015 WC anyway? That should be what all ODI teams are building towards and Ponting doesn't seem to be adding anything towards that at the moment. Even if he does regain form, I doubt that he will do more than several other younger players could.

  • balajik1968 on February 19, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Irfan Pathan needs to be dropped. He took 3 wickets, but bowled like a scared rookie, not someone who has 100+ wickets in LOI's.

  • dharmendra123456 on February 19, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Michael Hussey's innings might have been over on 1, when MS Dhoni appealed for a stumping. Replays showed Hussey may have had some of his back foot safely behind the line, and there was some surprise when the red "out" signal flashed on the big screen.

  • bramville on February 19, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Its very easy for all of us to sit behind a computer and make post match analysis of what should have been done and what should not have. Lets bear in mind that nothing of what we write here is going to make any difference to what has already happend or what might happen. So lets just watch the game and enjoy it, without making any post mortem and releasing any frustrations at the way the game was played.

  • on February 19, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Not sure why the hell Jadeja playing if he is not bowling?????. Dhoni should have given chance to Manoj Tiwary

  • Dbatsman on February 19, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    India was really poor in bowling and I think Indian bowling attack is the worst in the world and really unpredictable. Australia can win this by huge margin which is set up by Husseys, Forrest and Christian.

  • on February 19, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    IT JUST BLOWS MY MIND!!!!!!! dont knw wat indian selectors r thynkin choosin all pace attack wen our real strength lies in d slow bowling... anyway its nt lyk v hve bowlers of d quality of shane bond n glen mcgrath do depend on???

  • NP_NY on February 19, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    No Ashwin, Jadeja not bowled, Zaheer finishes spell in 40th over, two missed run-outs, four dropped catches, several overthrows and misfields, and slow over rate. I have not seen such a terrible display on the field in a long time. I can understand the test team fielding badly but what's wrong with these guys? India does not deserve to win this match.

  • on February 19, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    I waana know who is the manager of team india now becoz seeing Dhoni nowerdays especially in this match he seems to be managing the team instead leading the team!! I think he should be the one who need rest,misses 3 run outs today and seems very loose behind the wicket....

  • on February 19, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    @Natraja -- Vinay Kumar ha ha ha . By far the worst bowler I have seen. As long as he is in the team India can never win

  • gabrialgihan on February 19, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    indias very ordinary bowling allow all australians to get their form back.. so its going to be hard for srilanka.. with srilanka no one had the chance.At the moment india got weakest balling attach in the world with shakib al hasan and co bangaladesh have a better bowling attack.

  • Bharucha on February 19, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    Dhoni is best when it comes to stumping.

  • on February 19, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    why ashwin is not playing.........??

  • Natraja on February 19, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    What a bowling by Vinay. Its hard to believe people were calling for his head a few weeks ago.

  • VivGilchrist on February 19, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    In the 6 overs Ponting was at the crease Australia scored 13 runs. Any team needs a good in form no3, not a liability. This is a 280+ pitch, I hope we can still get there now that he's gone.

  • Natraja on February 19, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has derailed Indian bowling by dropping that catch. That wicket would have put lot of pressure on Australians.

  • Natraja on February 19, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    Umesh and Irfan both are playing. But what a bowling from Vinay and Zaheer ( for 10 overs) on this batting pitch. Keep the pressure up guys.

  • farkin on February 19, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    my moneys on India with inponternet as captain of Australia

  • on February 19, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    i think its not p. Kumar but u. Yadav in that india's playing 11...plz.correct it..

  • on February 19, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Why haven't India included the only fast bowler we ever had ?

  • on February 19, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    indian side seems to be more balanced ......................

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  • on February 19, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    indian side seems to be more balanced ......................

  • on February 19, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Why haven't India included the only fast bowler we ever had ?

  • on February 19, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    i think its not p. Kumar but u. Yadav in that india's playing 11...plz.correct it..

  • farkin on February 19, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    my moneys on India with inponternet as captain of Australia

  • Natraja on February 19, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    Umesh and Irfan both are playing. But what a bowling from Vinay and Zaheer ( for 10 overs) on this batting pitch. Keep the pressure up guys.

  • Natraja on February 19, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has derailed Indian bowling by dropping that catch. That wicket would have put lot of pressure on Australians.

  • VivGilchrist on February 19, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    In the 6 overs Ponting was at the crease Australia scored 13 runs. Any team needs a good in form no3, not a liability. This is a 280+ pitch, I hope we can still get there now that he's gone.

  • Natraja on February 19, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    What a bowling by Vinay. Its hard to believe people were calling for his head a few weeks ago.

  • on February 19, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    why ashwin is not playing.........??

  • Bharucha on February 19, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    Dhoni is best when it comes to stumping.