Commonwealth Bank Series, 4th Match: Australia v India at Adelaide, Feb 12, 2012
India won by 4 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Played at Adelaide Oval
12 February 2012 - day/night match (50-over match)

Welcome back. Rajneesh Gupta tweets: "Highest successful chase at Adelaide:303-9 by SL v Eng in 1999,highest for India:239-8 v SL in 2008."

Sehwag and Gambhir walk out. Harris to bowl

0.1

Harris to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir chases a ball moving away wide of the off stump, bad ball and bad shot

0.2

Harris to Gambhir, no run, much better, he gets across and leaves it alone to the keeper

0.3

Harris to Gambhir, no run, 134.5 kph, Harris gets good carry through to the keeper, Gambhir is careful outside the off stump

0.4

Harris to Gambhir, no run, goes back to being circumspect again, the width is tempting him and he chases at one rooted to the crease

He has 2 slips

0.5

Harris to Gambhir, no run, gets nicely beside it this time and steers it to the off side

0.6

Harris to Gambhir, 1 run, brilliance from Ponting at point to stop that, nicely punched off the back foot, looked like a boundary

End of over 1 (1 run) India 1/0 (269 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 5.48)

    • G Gambhir 1 (6b)
    • V Sehwag 0 (0b)
    • RJ Harris 1-0-1-0
1.1

Starc to Gambhir, no run, clipped off the hips straight towards square leg

1.2

Starc to Gambhir, no run, trapped on the pads and Starc appeals but that looked like missing the leg stump, kept a touch lower than expected

1.3

Starc to Gambhir, no run, gets behind the line and defends to the off side

1.4

Starc to Gambhir, 1 run, fuller in length and on middle and leg, times it nicely off the back foot and mid-on fields

1.5

Starc to Sehwag, 1 run, punched off the back foot and it's in the air but Hussey did well to dive to his left, Sehwag had to scamper that single

1.6

Starc to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir takes the initiative by stepping down the track and smashing it along the turf past the gap between mid-off and cover

End of over 2 (6 runs) India 7/0 (263 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 5.47)

    • G Gambhir 6 (11b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 1 (1b)
    • MA Starc 1-0-6-0
    • RJ Harris 1-0-1-0
2.1

Harris to Sehwag, FOUR, Harris overpitches and Sehwag doesn't have to do much at all, at the crease, minimal foot movement and he got the meat of the bat behind the ball to beat cover

2.2

Harris to Sehwag, 1 wide, bangs it in short down the leg side and the umpire calls it one bouncer for the over

2.2

Harris to Sehwag, FOUR, superbly timed! A fraction short and it was moving away, he rides the bounce well, punches it crisply past a diving Hussey at point, third man was square but it was too quick for him

2.3

Harris to Sehwag, no run, tries to repeat the previous shot but he's beaten

2.4

Harris to Sehwag, 1 leg bye, drifts on the pads and he tucks it off his legs down to midwicket

2.5

Harris to Gambhir, 1 run, angles on the pads and he rolls his wrists and places it down to fine leg

2.6

Harris to Sehwag, 2 runs, lofts him over mid-off but he doesn't quite time it well enough

End of over 3 (13 runs) India 20/0 (250 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 6.66, RRR: 5.31)

    • V Sehwag 11 (6b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 7 (12b 1x4)
    • RJ Harris 2-0-13-0
    • MA Starc 1-0-6-0
3.1

Starc to Gambhir, no run, hurries him up for pace as he tries to work it to the on side, clips his pads and rolls away

3.2

Starc to Gambhir, no run, short of a length and he nicely tucks it away straight to square leg

3.3

Starc to Gambhir, no run, traps him on the pads again as he tries to whip it away to the on side but outside the line of the leg stump, Gambhir not really at ease with Starc's incoming ball

3.4

Starc to Gambhir, FOUR, that's a good response! Short ball fetched from outside the off stump, he rode the bounce well and slapped it across the line wide of square leg

3.5

Starc to Gambhir, no run, gets beside the line and steers it to the off side

3.6

Starc to Gambhir, no run

End of over 4 (4 runs) India 24/0 (246 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 5.34)

    • G Gambhir 11 (18b 2x4)
    • V Sehwag 11 (6b 2x4)
    • MA Starc 2-0-10-0
    • RJ Harris 2-0-13-0
4.1

Harris to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag always gives you that chance with the odd slash outside off

4.2

Harris to Sehwag, 1 run, gets across and clips it down towards midwcket

4.3

Harris to Gambhir, no run, gets across and taps it with soft hands to the off side

4.4

Harris to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, pitches outside leg and hits his pads and rolls away to the off side, they take a leg bye

4.5

Harris to Sehwag, no run, goes back and punches it down towards cover

4.6

Harris to Sehwag, no run, slightly short and he punches it towards cover

End of over 5 (2 runs) India 26/0 (244 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 5.20, RRR: 5.42)

    • V Sehwag 12 (10b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 11 (20b 2x4)
    • RJ Harris 3-0-14-0
    • MA Starc 2-0-10-0
5.1

Starc to Gambhir, FOUR, crisp shot, Starc pitches up outside off and Gambhir leans onto the front foot drive and places it in the gap at cover, very well timed and a good attempt to try and pull it back

5.2

Starc to Gambhir, 1 run, cuts wide of point but third man's square

5.3

Starc to Sehwag, no run, goes back and punches it towards cover

5.4

Starc to Sehwag, no run, gets right across his stumps but changes his shot and pushes it down towards mid-off

5.5

Starc to Sehwag, 2 runs, really full and wide and Sehwag stays at the crease and slashes one-handed at third man

5.6

Starc to Sehwag, no run, stays back and clips it down to mid-on

End of over 6 (7 runs) India 33/0 (237 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 5.38)

    • V Sehwag 14 (14b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 16 (22b 3x4)
    • MA Starc 3-0-17-0
    • RJ Harris 3-0-14-0
6.1

Harris to Gambhir, no run, that was an absolute peach which kicked up off a good length and sneaks past his glove

6.2

Harris to Gambhir, 2 runs, fuller in length and he clips it wide of midwicket

6.3

Harris to Gambhir, no run, drops it with soft hands to the off side and tells Sehwag to wait

6.4

Harris to Gambhir, no run, goes back at the crease and softly pats it to the off side

6.5

Harris to Gambhir, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and pushes it softly towards point

6.6

Harris to Sehwag, 1 run, slightly short and he arches backwards and dabs it down to third man

End of over 7 (4 runs) India 37/0 (233 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 5.28, RRR: 5.41)

    • V Sehwag 15 (15b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 19 (27b 3x4)
    • RJ Harris 4-0-18-0
    • MA Starc 3-0-17-0
7.1

Starc to Sehwag, no run, length ball is clubbed by Sehwag towards mid-on, on the bounce to the fielder

7.2

Starc to Sehwag, 1 run, pitched up and just outside off, driven crisply towards extra cover and a sharp single is taken

7.3

Starc to Gambhir, 1 wide, slants it down the leg side, Wade dives acrobatically to collect that

7.3

Starc to Gambhir, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, pushed to the off side for a quick single

7.4

Starc to Sehwag, no run, a slower bouncer from Starc, Sehwag was tricked by that one, he was looking to swipe it towards midwicket but didn't spot the change of pace and was easily beaten

7.5

Starc to Sehwag, no run, no feet from Sehwag as he punches the ball towards cover, straight at the fielder, Gambhir initially wants one but gets back to the non-striker's end after a chorus of No's

7.6

Starc to Sehwag, FOUR, there is a tiny gap in the crowded field around point, Sehwag manages to find it, it was a wide delivery from Starc, Sehwag lashes that for four, there a dive in the outfield but the fielder can't stop the ball

End of over 8 (7 runs) India 44/0 (226 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 5.38)

    • V Sehwag 20 (20b 3x4)
    • G Gambhir 20 (28b 3x4)
    • MA Starc 4-0-24-0
    • RJ Harris 4-0-18-0
8.1

Harris to Gambhir, no run, defended towards extra cover from the crease

8.2

Harris to Gambhir, no run, close call for Sehwag, pitched up, on middle stump, pushed towards mid-on by Gambhir, who screamed 'No' early, Sehwag had already set off, was slow to turn, a direct hit and Sehwag was a goner

8.3

Harris to Gambhir, FOUR, streaky from Gambhir, a shortish ball outside off, takes the edge and flies high over slip, Clarke leaps but he had no chance, four chancy runs

8.4

Harris to Gambhir, no run

8.5

Harris to Gambhir, FOUR, lovely hit from Gambhir, a full ball is caressed past extra cover by Gambhir, timing and placement perfect, the 50 is up for India. 50 for 0 isn't a scoreline India have seen often on this tour

8.6

Harris to Gambhir, no run, much shorter from Harris, Gambhir stays back and pokes the ball towards point

End of over 9 (8 runs) India 52/0 (218 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 5.77, RRR: 5.31)

    • G Gambhir 28 (34b 5x4)
    • V Sehwag 20 (20b 3x4)
    • RJ Harris 5-0-26-0
    • MA Starc 4-0-24-0
9.1

McKay to Sehwag, OUT, the opening stand is over, Sehwag is gone, an ordinary delivery from McKay, short of length ball that was slanting down the leg side, should have been easily helped away, instead Sehwag closes the face too early, leading edge results, and the ball pops up for a simple catch to point, a sign of the poor form he is in

V Sehwag c Hussey b McKay 20 (38m 21b 3x4 0x6) SR: 95.23

Virat Kohli is in, recently voted by GQ magazine as one of the top 10 best-dressed men in the world (or something like that)

9.2

McKay to Kohli, no run, a length ball on the stumps, carefully defended to the off side

9.3

McKay to Kohli, no run, blocked off the front foot to the left of the bowler

9.4

McKay to Kohli, no run, length ball outside off, left alone by Kohli

9.5

McKay to Kohli, no run, short of length ball just outside off, defended from the crease by Kohli

9.6

McKay to Kohli, no run, length ball on off stump, punched confidently towards mid-on

End of over 10 (wicket maiden) India 52/1 (218 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 5.20, RRR: 5.45)

    • V Kohli 0 (5b)
    • G Gambhir 28 (34b 5x4)
    • CJ McKay 1-1-0-1
    • RJ Harris 5-0-26-0
10.1

Harris to Gambhir, no run, fullish delivery outside off and he defends to the off side

10.2

Harris to Gambhir, no run, drops it with soft hands to the off side and thinks of a single

10.3

Harris to Gambhir, 1 run, excellent calling and running this time, Kohli knew as soon as Gambhir dropped it behind the pitch that there was a single for the taking

10.4

Harris to Kohli, 1 run, spooned in the air and it flies past the vacant gully region

10.5

Harris to Gambhir, 3 runs, seemed risky at first, Gambhir knew there was just a slip in place so he edged that deliberately where a third slip would have been, third man does well to cut it off

10.6

Harris to Kohli, no run, drifts on the pads and he closes the face of the bat and clips it to square leg

Pratyush: "Time for introspection Mr. Sehwag. Sometimes you do have to mend your ways. Always hiding behind the natural game theory won't work for long."

End of over 11 (5 runs) India 57/1 (213 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 5.18, RRR: 5.46)

    • V Kohli 1 (7b)
    • G Gambhir 32 (38b 5x4)
    • RJ Harris 6-0-31-0
    • CJ McKay 1-1-0-1
11.1

McKay to Gambhir, 1 run, full outside off and he steers it down to third man

11.2

McKay to Kohli, no run, nicely punched off the back foot straight to short extra cover

11.3

McKay to Kohli, no run, shuffles across and nicely clips it away down to square leg, good shots but straight to the fielders

11.4

McKay to Kohli, 1 run, drops it with soft hands to the off side and sets off quickly

11.5

McKay to Gambhir, no run, clips him down to square leg

11.6

McKay to Gambhir, no run, gives him a bit of width and he chops that down to point

End of over 12 (2 runs) India 59/1 (211 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.91, RRR: 5.55)

    • G Gambhir 33 (41b 5x4)
    • V Kohli 2 (10b)
    • CJ McKay 2-1-2-1
    • RJ Harris 6-0-31-0
12.1

Starc to Kohli, no run, Kohli gets excited seeing that width but the ball is pitched up and he nearly feathers an outside edge to the keeper

12.2

Starc to Kohli, no run, full and swinging in, he clips it off the toe of the bat down to mid-on

12.3

Starc to Kohli, 1 run, they're doing the singles well, quick shuffle and clip towards mid-on and he calls quickly

12.4

Starc to Gambhir, 1 run, another quick single, Gambhir clips a full delivery across the line towards midwicket and Kohli was off the blocks

12.5

Starc to Kohli, no run, fullish in length outside off and he drives straight to mid-off, can't beat the fielder

12.6

Starc to Kohli, no run, drops it towards mid-off and sets off but Gambhir wisely stays put, Warner fails to gather and ends up colliding with Gambhir on the move

End of over 13 (2 runs) India 61/1 (209 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.69, RRR: 5.64)

    • V Kohli 3 (15b)
    • G Gambhir 34 (42b 5x4)
    • MA Starc 5-0-26-0
    • CJ McKay 2-1-2-1

Wade is up to the stumps

13.1

Christian to Gambhir, 1 run, comes round the wicket and gives him width, he cuts to deep point

Now Wade stays back for Kohli

13.2

Christian to Kohli, no run, good length outside off and he punches it down to point

13.3

Christian to Kohli, no run, gets beside the line and punches it down to point

13.4

Christian to Kohli, 1 run, good length on middle and leg and he clips him down towards square leg

13.5

Christian to Gambhir, 1 run, excellent running again! Warner picked it up at short cover and Wade was ready to collect the throw but Kohli was quicker than everyone

13.6

Christian to Kohli, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and steers him down to third man

End of over 14 (4 runs) India 65/1 (205 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.64, RRR: 5.69)

    • V Kohli 5 (19b)
    • G Gambhir 36 (44b 5x4)
    • DT Christian 1-0-4-0
    • MA Starc 5-0-26-0
14.1

Starc to Kohli, 1 run, gets across his stumps and he clips him down to deep square leg

14.2

Starc to Gambhir, 1 run, short and wide outside off and he reaches out and dabs it to third man

14.3

Starc to Kohli, 3 runs, lovely straight drive, punches a half volley down the ground and the umpire does well to get out of the way

14.4

Starc to Gambhir, 1 run

14.5

Starc to Kohli, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it down to sweeper cover

14.6

Starc to Gambhir, 2 runs, shuffles and clips it down to the vacant spaces at deep square leg, he runs the first one well

End of over 15 (9 runs) India 74/1 (196 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.93, RRR: 5.60)

    • G Gambhir 40 (47b 5x4)
    • V Kohli 10 (22b)
    • MA Starc 6-0-35-0
    • DT Christian 1-0-4-0
15.1

Christian to Kohli, 1 run, a little short of a length outside the off stump and he drives square and Ponting slides and fumbles at point

15.2

Christian to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir nearly falls for the trap, Clarke had placed himself at a short third man position and Gambhir dabbed it straight to him

15.3

Christian to Gambhir, no run, drops it with soft hands to the off side

15.4

Christian to Gambhir, 2 runs, angles on the pads and he clips him down towards fine leg

15.5

Christian to Gambhir, no run, steers it down to Ponting at cover point, Ponting took a blow on the hand after that earlier misfield

15.6

Christian to Gambhir, 1 run, gets beside the line and steers it down to deep cover

End of over 16 (4 runs) India 78/1 (192 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.87, RRR: 5.64)

    • G Gambhir 43 (52b 5x4)
    • V Kohli 11 (23b)
    • DT Christian 2-0-8-0
    • MA Starc 6-0-35-0
16.1

McKay to Gambhir, no run, punched down the pitch but straight to McKay

16.2

McKay to Gambhir, no run, gets across his stumps and defends with soft hands

16.3

McKay to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir tries to break the blues by giving the charge but he ends up mistiming it to mid-off

16.4

McKay to Gambhir, 1 wide, too wide down the leg side and Gambhir can't chase that

16.4

McKay to Gambhir, 1 run, chips it in the air wide of mid-on, a short midwicket would have swallowed that

16.5

McKay to Kohli, 1 run, reaches out to a length delivery and places it down to sweeper cover

16.6

McKay to Gambhir, 1 run, good running again, drops it in front of him and Kohli sets off

I need to ask this. What on earth do some of you mean by vague comments like "Please send." Send what?

Shiv: "In spite of all the promising youngsters, Yuvraj is sorely missed. Vivid memories of numerous occasions when the man provided solidity and finished games. Our sincere prayers for his quick recovery."

End of over 17 (4 runs) India 82/1 (188 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.82, RRR: 5.69)

    • G Gambhir 45 (57b 5x4)
    • V Kohli 12 (24b)
    • CJ McKay 3-1-6-1
    • DT Christian 2-0-8-0
17.1

Christian to Gambhir, no run, slower ball and he taps it down to cover

17.2

Christian to Gambhir, 1 run, sprays that full and wide and he smacks that off the front foot to deep cover

17.3

Christian to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli chips it in the air down to deep square leg but he can afford to do that because the field is spread out

17.4

Christian to Gambhir, 1 run, short and wide and he cuts him down to third man

17.5

Christian to Kohli, FOUR, lovely pull, a fraction short and Kohli fetches that from outside off and pulls it past square leg

17.6

Christian to Kohli, 1 run, takes a single down towards long-on

End of over 18 (8 runs) India 90/1 (180 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.62)

    • V Kohli 18 (27b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 47 (60b 5x4)
    • DT Christian 3-0-16-0
    • CJ McKay 3-1-6-1
18.1

McKay to Kohli, OUT, just when Kohli was looking set, he tries to go over the top of the off side, stays at the crease and doesn't get the elevation, Forrest takes it at sweeper cover

V Kohli c Forrest b McKay 18 (41m 28b 1x4 0x6) SR: 64.28

Rohit Sharma is in. He was India's best batsman in the Test series, never to have played a Test

18.2

McKay to Gambhir, 1 run, good length outside the off stump and he plays to sweeper cover

18.3

McKay to Sharma, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and dabs him down to third man

18.4

McKay to Gambhir, no run, dabs it down towards gully

18.5

McKay to Gambhir, FOUR, brings up his fifty with a gentle nudge around the corner off his pads, the short fine leg was up and McKay was made to pay for his error

18.6

McKay to Gambhir, no run, gets his front pad across and shoulders arms

End of over 19 (6 runs) India 96/2 (174 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 5.05, RRR: 5.61)

    • G Gambhir 52 (64b 6x4)
    • RG Sharma 1 (1b)
    • CJ McKay 4-1-12-2
    • DT Christian 3-0-16-0
19.1

Christian to Sharma, no run, gets across and defends to the off side

19.2

Christian to Sharma, no run, pushes this one towards cover point

19.3

Christian to Sharma, 1 run, shuffles and clips him off the pads down to deep square leg

Wade continues to stand up to the stumps for Gambhir

19.4

Christian to Gambhir, 1 run, angles it in the body and he clips him down towards square leg

19.5

Christian to Sharma, no run, tucks him up for room and he pats it back to the bowler

19.6

Christian to Sharma, 1 run, short of a length and he punches it down to sweeper cover

Ash: "I think resting Sachin was almost a check-test by the BCCI, to see how people will cope, come the day he retires. I have no doubt that, unfortunately, come that day, India's interest in the game of cricket will plummet. Such is the extent of the Indian people's excessive fascination with a man who is simply put, a very good batsman, and that is that."

End of over 20 (3 runs) India 99/2 (171 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.95, RRR: 5.70)

    • RG Sharma 3 (6b)
    • G Gambhir 53 (65b 6x4)
    • DT Christian 4-0-19-0
    • CJ McKay 4-1-12-2
20.1

Hussey to Sharma, 1 run, gives him width outside the off stump, he makes room and cuts to sweeper cover

20.2

Hussey to Gambhir, 1 run, knocks it off his pads to the on side

20.3

Hussey to Sharma, no run, punches it down towards cover

20.4

Hussey to Sharma, 1 run, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives to long-off

20.5

Hussey to Gambhir, 1 run, low full toss and he punches it hard down to long-off

20.6

Hussey to Sharma, no run, tossed up outside off and he jams it to short midwicket

End of over 21 (4 runs) India 103/2 (167 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.90, RRR: 5.75)

    • RG Sharma 5 (10b)
    • G Gambhir 55 (67b 6x4)
    • DJ Hussey 1-0-4-0
    • DT Christian 4-0-19-0

Here's Xavier Doherty

21.1

Doherty to Gambhir, 2 runs, drops the ball short and he rocks back and slices it in the air to deep point, safe shot

21.2

Doherty to Gambhir, no run, tucks it off his pads to the on side

21.3

Doherty to Gambhir, no run, defends and the ball spins back towards Wade who tries to back-flick it onto the stumps

21.4

Doherty to Gambhir, 4 wides, drifts down the leg side and Gambhir tries to paddle it away but fails to make contact

21.4

Doherty to Sharma, no run, chipped in the air but Rohit comes in the way

21.5

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run

21.6

Doherty to Gambhir, 1 run, clips it with the turn to the leg side

End of over 22 (8 runs) India 111/2 (159 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.04, RRR: 5.67)

    • G Gambhir 58 (71b 6x4)
    • RG Sharma 6 (12b)
    • XJ Doherty 1-0-8-0
    • DJ Hussey 1-0-4-0
22.1

Hussey to Gambhir, 1 run, works it down to square leg

22.2

Hussey to Sharma, 1 run

22.3

Hussey to Gambhir, 1 run, close call! Gambhir clipped it wide of the keeper and set off, Wade gathers and takes aim at the stumps in one motion but the throw is wide

22.4

Hussey to Sharma, no run, gets forward and defends to the off side

22.5

Hussey to Sharma, 1 run, pushes it down to long-on

22.6

Hussey to Gambhir, 1 run, clips it with the turn to square leg

End of over 23 (5 runs) India 116/2 (154 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.04, RRR: 5.70)

    • G Gambhir 61 (74b 6x4)
    • RG Sharma 8 (15b)
    • DJ Hussey 2-0-9-0
    • XJ Doherty 1-0-8-0
23.1

Doherty to Gambhir, no run, clips it down to midwicket and there's confusion in the calling

23.2

Doherty to Gambhir, 1 run, drives it towards long-on

23.3

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, goes back and slaps it to the off side

23.4

Doherty to Gambhir, 1 run, clips him easily down to square leg

23.5

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, comes down the track and works him down towards long-on

23.6

Doherty to Gambhir, 1 run

End of over 24 (5 runs) India 121/2 (149 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 5.04, RRR: 5.73)

    • G Gambhir 64 (78b 6x4)
    • RG Sharma 10 (17b)
    • XJ Doherty 2-0-13-0
    • DJ Hussey 2-0-9-0
24.1

Hussey to Gambhir, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and glides it wide of cover

24.2

Hussey to Sharma, 1 run, clips it in front of midwicket

24.3

Hussey to Gambhir, 1 run, works it wide of point

24.4

Hussey to Sharma, no run

24.5

Hussey to Sharma, no run, goes back and clips him down to midwicket

24.6

Hussey to Sharma, 1 run, gets forward and knocks it wide of cover

End of over 25 (4 runs) India 125/2 (145 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.80)

    • RG Sharma 12 (21b)
    • G Gambhir 66 (80b 6x4)
    • DJ Hussey 3-0-13-0
    • XJ Doherty 2-0-13-0
25.1

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, flatter delivery that skids through, he rocks back and slaps it to sweeper cover

25.2

Doherty to Gambhir, no run, tries to work it to the on side but ends up pushing it down the track

25.3

Doherty to Gambhir, 1 run, chips down the track and he works it to long-on

25.4

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, drives outside off towards point

25.5

Doherty to Gambhir, 1 run, dabs it towards short third man and he hurries the single

25.6

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, stays back and punches it past the diving Doherty

End of over 26 (5 runs) India 130/2 (140 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.83)

    • RG Sharma 15 (24b)
    • G Gambhir 68 (83b 6x4)
    • XJ Doherty 3-0-18-0
    • DJ Hussey 3-0-13-0

Starc's back

26.1

Starc to Sharma, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he clips him down to the on side

26.2

Starc to Gambhir, 1 run, a fraction short and he dabs it to third man

26.3

Starc to Sharma, no run, full delivery on the pads and he knocks it back towards the bowler

26.4

Starc to Sharma, 1 run, Rohit gets an inside edge past the stumps as he shapes to place it on the off side

26.5

Starc to Gambhir, 1 run, gets a big across and knocks it to the leg side

26.6

Starc to Sharma, no run, stays beside the line and steers it straight to point

KV: "@Ash: I agree but we must also consider that barring the 2011 WC, Tendulkar's been more or less removed from the ODI format since playing South Africa in 2010. I think interest in the new team will sustain over time though. Just have to give the country time to adjust and idolise the youngsters :)"

End of over 27 (4 runs) India 134/2 (136 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.96, RRR: 5.91)

    • RG Sharma 17 (28b)
    • G Gambhir 70 (85b 6x4)
    • MA Starc 7-0-39-0
    • XJ Doherty 3-0-18-0
27.1

Doherty to Gambhir, 1 run, clipped softly towards short square leg and Warner in all his enthusiasm to pick up and throw misfields

27.2

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, goes back and punches it to sweeper cover

27.3

Doherty to Gambhir, no run

27.4

Doherty to Gambhir, 2 runs, chips down the track and clips it with ease down to deep midwicket

27.5

Doherty to Gambhir, no run, stays back and punches it down to short third man

27.6

Doherty to Gambhir, no run, comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

These two are doing this in a calm and collected manner. Very well-paced stand

End of over 28 (4 runs) India 138/2 (132 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.92, RRR: 6.00)

    • G Gambhir 73 (90b 6x4)
    • RG Sharma 18 (29b)
    • XJ Doherty 4-0-22-0
    • MA Starc 7-0-39-0
28.1

Starc to Sharma, 1 run, punches it towards point and a rare misfield by Ponting who moves to his left

28.2

Starc to Gambhir, 1 run, nice placement, bisects the gap between point and short third man

28.3

Starc to Sharma, SIX, Rohit really bludgeoned that! He dropped it short and Rohot swiveled and clubbed that several rows back over deep square leg

28.4

Starc to Sharma, 1 run, fuller delivery and he pushes it down to sweeper cover

28.5

Starc to Gambhir, no run, drops it with soft hands down the pitch

28.6

Starc to Gambhir, 1 run, full and swinging in, he squirts it out to mid-on

This could be a match-winning 50 stand for India

End of over 29 (10 runs) India 148/2 (122 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 5.10, RRR: 5.80)

    • G Gambhir 75 (93b 6x4)
    • RG Sharma 26 (32b 1x6)
    • MA Starc 8-0-49-0
    • XJ Doherty 4-0-22-0
29.1

Christian to Gambhir, no run, tries to nudge it off his hips and it rolls to the on side

29.2

Christian to Gambhir, 1 run, down the pitch and pulled in front of square, Hussey does well to slide and cut it off at deep midwicket

29.3

Christian to Sharma, no run, stays back and defends down the track

29.4

Christian to Sharma, 1 run, an ungainly pull and he gets an inside edge towards deep square leg

29.5

Christian to Gambhir, 1 run, stays back and clips it across the line to deep square leg

29.6

Christian to Sharma, FOUR, classic cut from Rohit, Christian was generous with his width, Rohit didn't try to hit it too hard, just sliced it and the fielder at sweeper cover dived in vain

End of over 30 (7 runs) India 155/2 (115 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.16, RRR: 5.75)

    • RG Sharma 31 (35b 1x4 1x6)
    • G Gambhir 77 (96b 6x4)
    • DT Christian 5-0-26-0
    • MA Starc 8-0-49-0
30.1

Harris to Gambhir, 1 run

30.2

Harris to Sharma, no run, a little short in length and he goes back to defend

30.3

Harris to Sharma, no run, gets behind the line and punches it down to mid-off

30.4

Harris to Sharma, 1 run, effortlessly punches it off the back foot down to long-off

30.5

Harris to Gambhir, FOUR, easily done, too full on the pads, all he had to do was get across his stumps slightly and gently clip it past the diving keeper down to fine leg

30.6

Harris to Gambhir, no run, clips it down to midwicket

End of over 31 (6 runs) India 161/2 (109 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.19, RRR: 5.73)

    • G Gambhir 82 (99b 7x4)
    • RG Sharma 32 (38b 1x4 1x6)
    • RJ Harris 7-0-37-0
    • DT Christian 5-0-26-0
31.1

Christian to Sharma, no run, goes back at the crease and defends

31.2

Christian to Sharma, 1 run, stays at the crease and punches it off the back foot past the big gap on the off side

31.3

Christian to Gambhir, no run, angles it across the left-hander and he leaves it alone to the keeper

31.4

Christian to Gambhir, no run, goes back and chops it down to point

31.5

Christian to Gambhir, 2 runs, slower ball on the pads and he whips him wide of midwicket, another easy run

31.6

Christian to Gambhir, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and steers him down to third man

End of over 32 (4 runs) India 165/2 (105 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.15, RRR: 5.83)

    • G Gambhir 85 (103b 7x4)
    • RG Sharma 33 (40b 1x4 1x6)
    • DT Christian 6-0-30-0
    • RJ Harris 7-0-37-0
32.1

Harris to Gambhir, 1 run, gives him width and he has the time to dab it down to third man

32.2

Harris to Sharma, OUT, Rohit's thrown it away! Very similar to Kohli's dismissal, he tries to loft through the line off a length ball, he skies it to Starc who runs forward from long-on. Rohit probably didn't realise it takes a lot more power to clear the straight boundaries

RG Sharma c Starc b Harris 33 (49m 41b 1x4 1x6) SR: 80.48

32.3

Harris to Gambhir, 1 run, shuffles and clips him down to deep square leg

32.4

Harris to Raina, FOUR, such deliveries will ease the pressure off India, juicy half volley on the pads and Raina just gets a faint nudge and it's enough to beat fine leg

32.5

Harris to Raina, 1 run, tucks it down to square leg for a single

32.6

Harris to Gambhir, 1 run, a touch full and he opens the face of the bat and dabs it down to third man

Ramesh: "Regardless of what ICC do, the teams will try and take the batting powerplay as late as possible. I feel ICC must offer a better incentive to take PP early. My proposal is that the batting team can get 5 PP overs if taken between overs 15-25, 4 PP overs when taken between 26-40 and 3 if taken after 40 overs."

End of over 33 (8 runs) India 173/3 (97 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.24, RRR: 5.70)

    • G Gambhir 88 (106b 7x4)
    • SK Raina 5 (2b 1x4)
    • RJ Harris 8-0-45-1
    • DT Christian 6-0-30-0
33.1

Christian to Gambhir, 2 runs, Dropped Tough one for Warner, Gambhir spoons it over short cover and warner leaps and gets a hand to it

33.2

Christian to Gambhir, 1 run, rides the width and steers him down to third man

33.3

Christian to Raina, 1 run, the short ball tests Raina a bit but he manages to keep it down and place it to the legside

33.4

Christian to Gambhir, no run, gets across and taps it with soft hands to the off side

33.5

Christian to Gambhir, 1 run, the angle across the left-hander doesn't trouble the left-hander as he easily steers it square on the off side

33.6

Christian to Raina, no run, gets an inside edge onto the pads but Christian appeals

End of over 34 (5 runs) India 178/3 (92 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.23, RRR: 5.75)

    • SK Raina 6 (4b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 92 (110b 7x4)
    • DT Christian 7-0-35-0
    • RJ Harris 8-0-45-1
34.1

McKay to Gambhir, OUT, the bowling change works! Lands it on leg, Gambhir had already shuffled across the stumps a bit and had exposed the leg stump, the ball nipped in slightly and hit his pads, the umpire reckoned that was hitting leg, on seeing the pitch map, the ball looked like pitching on the border of the leg stump line

G Gambhir lbw b McKay 92 (140m 111b 7x4 0x6) SR: 82.88

Gambhir should feel good about this innings. Too bad he couldn't get to his century.

34.2

McKay to Dhoni, no run, leaves it alone to the keeper

34.3

McKay to Dhoni, no run

34.4

McKay to Dhoni, no run, gets beside the line and taps it to the off side

34.5

McKay to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni watchfully leaves this alone as well to the keeper

34.6

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, goes back at the crease and taps it towards cover and gets off the mark

Sanjay Manjrekar tweets: "if i was indian coach i would make rohit sharma write a 100 times in his book ' i will not hit the ball in the air '"

End of over 35 (1 run) India 179/4 (91 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.11, RRR: 6.06)

    • MS Dhoni 1 (5b)
    • SK Raina 6 (4b 1x4)
    • CJ McKay 5-1-13-3
    • DT Christian 7-0-35-0

India have taken the Powerplay

35.1

Christian to Dhoni, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and steers it to the off side behind point

35.2

Christian to Raina, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he clips him down towards fine leg

35.3

Christian to Dhoni, no run, he pushes it down towards cover, the off side is quite packed

35.4

Christian to Dhoni, no run, stays back and pats it down towards point, he's struggling to get it away

35.5

Christian to Dhoni, no run, gets well forward and drives towards cover

35.6

Christian to Dhoni, no run, gets it to move back in and Dhoni watchfully leaves it alone

End of over 36 (2 runs) India 181/4 (89 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.02, RRR: 6.35)

    • MS Dhoni 2 (10b)
    • SK Raina 7 (5b 1x4)
    • DT Christian 8-0-37-0
    • CJ McKay 5-1-13-3
36.1

McKay to Raina, 1 run, bit short of a length and he clips it away behind square

36.2

McKay to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni's watchful again outside the off stump

36.3

McKay to Dhoni, no run, now Dhoni tries to chase one leaving the right-hander, he's rooted to the crease and is beaten

36.4

McKay to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni's watchful again outside the off stump

36.5

McKay to Dhoni, no run, once again McKay tests him out with his wide outside off stump line, Dhoni looks very circumspect

36.6

McKay to Dhoni, no run, short and wide outside off and he slashes and misses, this Power play is getting wasted

End of over 37 (1 run) India 182/4 (88 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.91, RRR: 6.76)

    • MS Dhoni 2 (15b)
    • SK Raina 8 (6b 1x4)
    • CJ McKay 6-1-14-3
    • DT Christian 8-0-37-0
37.1

Christian to Raina, 1 run, gets forward and clips him down to midwicket

37.2

Christian to Dhoni, no run, tries to punch it through but can't beat mid-off, the struggle continues

37.3

Christian to Dhoni, 1 run, he manages to pierce it past the off side infield this time, sweeper cover fumbles a bit but it doesn't cost anything

37.4

Christian to Raina, no run, gets across and taps it to the off side

37.5

Christian to Raina, 1 run, clips it in front of mid-on and has to hurry that single, he dives but he's safe from the direct hit

37.6

Christian to Dhoni, 2 runs, turns it wide of mid-on and they take the first one quickly, excellent running, India need this kind of energy

End of over 38 (5 runs) India 187/4 (83 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.92, RRR: 6.91)

    • MS Dhoni 5 (18b)
    • SK Raina 10 (9b 1x4)
    • DT Christian 9-0-42-0
    • CJ McKay 6-1-14-3
38.1

McKay to Raina, 1 wide, strays really wide down the leg side and wide called

38.1

McKay to Raina, no run, shuffles and clips it down towards square leg

38.2

McKay to Raina, no run, swings it on the pads and he clips it across the line but can't beat midwicket

38.3

McKay to Raina, no run, swings across the line and he's hit on the pads but he may have got an inside edge, McKay appeals

38.4

McKay to Raina, FOUR, too straight, pitched up on the pads and he stylishly flicks it in the air over midwicket, finally India make use of the vacant gaps

38.5

McKay to Raina, 1 run, pulls straight to Clarke at midwicket

38.6

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, good length outside off and he taps it to point

End of over 39 (7 runs) India 194/4 (76 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.97, RRR: 6.90)

    • MS Dhoni 6 (19b)
    • SK Raina 15 (14b 2x4)
    • CJ McKay 7-1-21-3
    • DT Christian 9-0-42-0
39.1

Christian to Dhoni, no run

39.2

Christian to Dhoni, no run, full delivery and he thuds it hard down towards short extra cover

39.3

Christian to Dhoni, no run, the ball kicks up on him from a good length and he ends up stabbing at it

39.4

Christian to Dhoni, 1 run, he cuts that towards point to get off the strike

39.5

Christian to Raina, 1 run, drives straight to extra cover and Warner fumbles

39.6

Christian to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length outside the off stump and he punches it down to sweeper cover

End of over 40 (3 runs) India 197/4 (73 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.92, RRR: 7.30)

    • MS Dhoni 8 (24b)
    • SK Raina 16 (15b 2x4)
    • DT Christian 10-0-45-0
    • CJ McKay 7-1-21-3
40.1

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 wide, tossed up outside the off stump and it's too wide

40.1

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, tossed up outside off and driven down to cover

40.2

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, beaten in flight and there's an appeal for a stumping, Dhoni ensured his back foot was back

40.3

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it down towards long-off

40.4

Doherty to Raina, 1 run, gets on his knee and sweeps him down to fine leg

40.5

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, fires that in the blockhole outside off and he squeezes it out down to third man

40.6

Doherty to Raina, 1 run, gives the charge and drives down to sweeper cover, India need to find the bigger gaps

Just 18 runs off the Powerplay

End of over 41 (5 runs) India 202/4 (68 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.92, RRR: 7.55)

    • SK Raina 18 (17b 2x4)
    • MS Dhoni 10 (28b)
    • XJ Doherty 5-0-27-0
    • DT Christian 10-0-45-0
41.1

Harris to Raina, 2 runs, overthrows! Flicked towards square leg and Doherty has a shy at the bowler's end and the throw is wide of the stumps

41.2

Harris to Raina, 1 run, clipped down to deep midwicket and there could have been two there but Raina was happy with one

41.3

Harris to Dhoni, no run, fuller delivery and defended back to the bowler

41.4

Harris to Dhoni, 1 run, forces it through the line down to long-off

41.5

Harris to Raina, 1 run, goes right across his stumps and clips him down to long-on

41.6

Harris to Dhoni, 2 runs, tucked away off the pads behind square on the on side and Dhoni does really well by taking the first run quickly, good running

Rajesh: "Dhoni' s inablity to milk around the ball for singles has created unnecessary pressure on the run chase. Hes responsible for turning a very gettable chase to a panicky one."

End of over 42 (7 runs) India 209/4 (61 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.97, RRR: 7.62)

    • MS Dhoni 13 (31b)
    • SK Raina 22 (20b 2x4)
    • RJ Harris 9-0-52-1
    • XJ Doherty 5-0-27-0
42.1

Doherty to Raina, no run, gets across and knocks it to the on side

42.2

Doherty to Raina, SIX, Raina finally steps down the track and targets his favourite area, he gets to the pitch of the ball and slams it over deep midwicket

42.3

Doherty to Raina, 1 run, gets forward and drives wide of cover

42.4

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, gets forward and pushes it to the off side

42.5

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, drives hard but can't beat cover

42.6

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, Harris fumbles at point and that allows a single

End of over 43 (8 runs) India 217/4 (53 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.04, RRR: 7.57)

    • MS Dhoni 14 (34b)
    • SK Raina 29 (23b 2x4 1x6)
    • XJ Doherty 6-0-35-0
    • RJ Harris 9-0-52-1

India finding some semblance of control here

43.1

Harris to Dhoni, 2 runs, drifts on the pads and he shuffles and clips him wide of square leg

43.2

Harris to Dhoni, no run, on the blockhole outside off and he squeezes it back to the bowler

43.3

Harris to Dhoni, no run, mistimes it towards midwicket

43.4

Harris to Dhoni, 1 run, bowls it full outside off and he forces it down to long-off

43.5

Harris to Raina, 1 run, gets beside the line and steers it down towards sweeper cover

43.6

Harris to Dhoni, 1 run, on the blockhole and he squeezes it out towards cover

Stage set for a pulsating finish. Neither team entirely on top yet.

End of over 44 (5 runs) India 222/4 (48 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.04, RRR: 8.00)

    • MS Dhoni 18 (39b)
    • SK Raina 30 (24b 2x4 1x6)
    • RJ Harris 10-0-57-1
    • XJ Doherty 6-0-35-0
44.1

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, low full toss and he chips down the track and places it to sweeper cover

44.2

Doherty to Raina, 1 run, tossed up outside the off stump and he jams it down to long-off

44.3

Doherty to Dhoni, 2 runs, reaches out to a full and wide delivery and places it just wide of sweeper cover

44.4

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, Doherty gets away with a low full toss which only costs him a single to long-off

These two have added 49

44.5

Doherty to Raina, 1 run, comes down the pitch and clips a low full toss down to midwicket and that's the 50 stand, off 64 balls

44.6

Doherty to Dhoni, 2 runs, drives square on the off side and there's a fumble by Forrest which allows a couple

End of over 45 (8 runs) India 230/4 (40 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.11, RRR: 8.00)

    • MS Dhoni 24 (43b)
    • SK Raina 32 (26b 2x4 1x6)
    • XJ Doherty 7-0-43-0
    • RJ Harris 10-0-57-1

Australia haven't been at their best in the field today

45.1

McKay to Raina, 1 run, he strays wide outside the off stump from round the wicket, drives on the up down to sweeper cover

45.2

McKay to Dhoni, 2 runs, Dhoni scampers a single towards point and he just manages to make his ground before Ponting's direct hit, they take an overthrow off the deflection, the third umpire takes a look

45.3

McKay to Dhoni, no run, drives but can't beat short extra cover, Dhoni's not been his most convincing through the off side

45.4

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, jams out a full delivery past the bowler and down to long-off

45.5

McKay to Raina, FOUR, in the slot and Raina capitalised on that, it was a touch full, Raina stayed at the crease and thrashed it over extra cover

45.6

McKay to Raina, 1 run, fullish in length on the off stump and pounded down the ground to long-off

End of over 46 (9 runs) India 239/4 (31 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.19, RRR: 7.75)

    • SK Raina 38 (29b 3x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 27 (46b)
    • CJ McKay 8-1-30-3
    • XJ Doherty 7-0-43-0
46.1

Doherty to Raina, OUT, well is that a twist? Credit to the bowler here, he tossed it up and invited Raina to give him the charge, Raina almost ended up yorking himself, the ball went straight through the gap between bat and pad and thudded the stumps

SK Raina b Doherty 38 (65m 30b 3x4 1x6) SR: 126.66

Jadeja has proven in the past that he can be a game-changer

46.2

Doherty to Jadeja, 1 run, doesn't take him long to get off the mark, down to long-on

46.3

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, terrible throw by Harris! Could have had Jadeja run-out, Dhoni pushed it to cover point and Jadeja was a long way out, Harris underarmed it and lobbed it up it was way too high

46.4

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, driven back to the bowler

46.5

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, full outside off and he squirts it out to third man for a single

46.6

Doherty to Jadeja, 2 runs, he clips a full toss down to deep midwicket and they take a couple

End of over 47 (4 runs) India 243/5 (27 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.17, RRR: 9.00)

    • RA Jadeja 3 (2b)
    • MS Dhoni 28 (49b)
    • XJ Doherty 8-0-47-1
    • CJ McKay 8-1-30-3
47.1

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, stabs it to cover and takes a quick single and a direct hit would have had Dhoni in trouble

47.2

McKay to Jadeja, 2 runs, Jadeja lofts inside out and the fielder at deep extra cover managed to get around it

47.3

McKay to Jadeja, 3 runs, well played, the ball is on the pads and Jadeja swivels and forces it past short fine leg and Starc does really well to chase and cut it off

47.4

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, jams out a full delivery down towards long-on

47.5

McKay to Jadeja, 1 run, mistimes the pull in front of square and they scamper a single there as well

47.6

McKay to Dhoni, 2 runs, drags a full delivery from the off stump and places it to long-on, Jadeja hurries him for the second and they make it

End of over 48 (10 runs) India 253/5 (17 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.27, RRR: 8.50)

    • MS Dhoni 32 (52b)
    • RA Jadeja 9 (5b)
    • CJ McKay 9-1-40-3
    • XJ Doherty 8-0-47-1

17off 12. Down to the wire!

48.1

Doherty to Jadeja, 1 run, low full toss and Jadeja slams it hard down to deep midwicket, just the one

48.2

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, makes room and squeezes out a full and faster one down to Harris at cover point

48.3

Doherty to Jadeja, 2 runs, scoops it over extra cover and Jadeja just fails to find the rope

48.4

Doherty to Jadeja, OUT, another twist! Doherty bowls this one a bit flatter, Jadeja gets on his knee and slogs and tries to clear deep midwicket, straight down Ponting's throat

RA Jadeja c Ponting b Doherty 12 (11m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Ashwin walks in

48.5

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, a dot ball! Dhoni makes room and can only slap it to extra cover

Ice-cool performance by Doherty here. Interesting that Ponting's at the deep

48.6

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, and yet another dot ball! Dhoni thuds it right back at Doherty to his left, just four off this over

End of over 49 (4 runs) India 257/6 (13 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.24, RRR: 13.00)

    • MS Dhoni 33 (55b)
    • R Ashwin 0 (0b)
    • XJ Doherty 9-0-51-2
    • CJ McKay 9-1-40-3

13 needed off the final over! India needn't have stretched it this far, really.

49.1

McKay to Ashwin, no run, Ashwin goes right across his stumps and tries to wham it over short fine leg, close to the off stump

49.2

McKay to Ashwin, 1 run, clears the front leg and mistimes the shot to midwicket, only a single!

All pressure on Dhoni

49.3

McKay to Dhoni, SIX, he delivers just when India needed a big hit! Stays at the crease and picks a length delivery from outside off and carts it high over wide long-on

49.4

McKay to Dhoni, (no ball) 2 runs, it's a waist-high no-ball! McKay lets that slip, Dhoni clubbed that and was caught at deep square leg, the umpire called it a no-ball immediatrely

49.4

McKay to Dhoni, 3 runs, India have pulled it off at the nick of time! Almost! Dhoni pulls a slower ball behind square on the on side and the fielder, I think it was Warner, dived at the boundary and cut it off but India had time to take the third

So McKay crumbles under pressure in the final over. With 13 needed, Australia would have fancied their chances but Dhoni quietly saved his best for the last over. It was a strange old knock but in end India got home in a heart-stopper.

India beat Australia for the first time at Adelaide and it's their first win against a Clarke-led side on this tour. It's quite ironic looking back at the abuse Dhoni received when he was struggling, to the response now. Abuse to praise in 60 seconds... Here's an example:

Dav: "Sucks all the life out the innings, makes me lose all faith in his ability, then nonchelantly rescues victory from the jaws of defeat. I swear Dhoni does it on purpose."

Here's another interesting stat from Rajneesh Gupta: "Highest batting avg in successful chases (Min.25 inns): Dhoni (104.89), M Clarke (89.20),Bevan (86.25) & M Hussey (83.87)."

Here's the presentation:

Clarke: "Dhoni is a very good one-day player. We were 10-20 short and the fielding was sloppy. Great to see Forrest get an opportunity."

Gambhir is the Man of the Match: "Any runs in Australia is special. Dhoni is a good finisher and he stays calm and that's important. I want Yuvraj to get well soon and we hope he comes back soon."

Dhoni: " This six was very special. The World Cup six was too but we could have done that with singles. You have to analyse whether you should be playing that shot. There were a few shots we shouldn't have played in this game so we need to work on that. We need to now concentrate one game at a time. Yuvraj will get well soon and I believe he will come out strong."

112 meters - that was the length of that last-over six. In Adelaide Oval it's no joke.

It was good fun bringing this game to you today. Thanks for the mails and the Forrest puns! Look forward to your company on Tuesday for India v Sri Lanka. Cheers!

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