Commonwealth Bank Series - 7th match

Australia v India

Australia won by 110 runs

Welcome back. We're about five minutes away from the chase. Loud cheers as Tendulkar walks out. His shin's fine. Just watching the action from the T20 in New Zealand. India wouldn't mind batting there now, chasing this target at that stamp-sized ground in Hamilton.

Kapil: "India needs to be realistic here. Only Sachin can win this match. If he gets out early, they should just look to prevent Aus from getting the bonus point."

0.1

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, FOUR, that knocks four off the target straightaway, swinging in and landing on the half volley, crisply driven down the ground wide of long-of

0.2

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run, swings away and he squeezes it out back to the bowler

0.3

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, 1 wide, down the leg side and Gambhir tries to run it down to fine leg and the bowler thought he got a touch to it

0.3

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, no run

0.4

Hilfenhaus to Gambhir, 1 run, inside edge on the drive and Forrest dives at square leg but can't cut it off cleanly

Loud cheers as Sachin takes strike

0.5

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, no run, swings it away outside the off stump and he leaves it alone

0.6

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, 1 run, swings it towards the off stump and he clips it towards mid-on, didn't look very comfortable when running

End of over 1 (7 runs) India 7/0 (282 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 5.75)
SR Tendulkar    1* (2b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-7-0
G Gambhir    5* (4b 1x4)     

Tendulkar will hope he won't have too much running to do

1.1

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, he gets a fizzer from Lee straightaway, balloons up and Tendulkar fends it off one hand close to his face, luckily it drops short of Lee

1.2

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, fends off another short one to the off side and takes the single easily this time

1.3

Lee to Gambhir, OUT, Lee has got rid of the in-form man! Peach of a delivery on the corridor outside the off stump, Gambhir was tentative on the defense, didn't move his feet across and he was beaten for a bit of extra pace too, thin edge taken by Wade

G Gambhir c †Wade b Lee 5 (6m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Kohli should look to bat through. He is very capable of doing that

1.4

Lee to Kohli, no run, stays right behind the line and defends

1.5

Lee to Kohli, no run, wide and quick and he chops it towards slip, gets an under edge

1.6

Lee to Kohli, no run, gets behind the line and punches it to the off side

End of over 2 (1 run) India 8/1 (281 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 5.85)
V Kohli    0* (3b)      B Lee    1-0-1-1
SR Tendulkar    2* (4b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-7-0

2.1

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, 1 run, steers it with the angle down to cover and pushes Kohli for the single, Tendulkar's shin seems to be fine, no apparent discomfort there

2.2

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, short of a length and he goes back and defends

2.3

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, 1 run, a touch too wide and he opens the face of the bat and dabs it down to third man

2.4

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, no run, induces the false shot! Pitches it up and swings it away and Tendulkar slashes and misses

2.5

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, 1 no ball, he oversteps! Too full outside off and he can only drive it back to the bowler

2.5

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, no run, Free Hit And Tendulkar fails to put it away, to the bowler's credit, it was quite difficult to hit, on the blockhole outside off

2.6

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, no run, another slash outside the off stump, Tendulkar's rooted to the crease

End of over 3 (3 runs) India 11/1 (278 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 3.66, RRR: 5.91)
SR Tendulkar    3* (9b)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-10-0
V Kohli    1* (5b)      B Lee    1-0-1-1

3.1

Lee to Kohli, no run, 141 kph, angles it on the body and he stays back and defends

3.2

Lee to Kohli, no run, 143.8 kph, Lee keeping it tight here, Kohli goes back and defends it solidly

3.3

Lee to Kohli, no run, fuller in length and Kohli gets forward and solidly defends that

Fine leg comes up, square leg goes back

3.4

Lee to Kohli, 1 run, crashed off the front foot and extra cover fumbled, the ball really flew off the bat on that occasion

3.5

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, he tries to create a scoring opportunity by giving room but he steers it down to point

3.6

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, There's an appeal for a catch to mid-on and the umpire Davis perhaps reckoned that hit his helmet, in fact he was right, it was a brute of a delivery that kicked up and balooned off the helmet and mid-on (Doherty) ran forward and took it, Davis was not interested, all the Australians thought they had him

End of over 4 (1 run) India 12/1 (277 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 6.02)
SR Tendulkar    3* (11b)      B Lee    2-0-2-1
V Kohli    2* (9b)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-10-0

4.1

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, 2 runs, short outside off and he carves it over cover point

4.2

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run

4.3

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, 1 run, Dropped Doherty this time! Kohli goes for a wild slash and the top edge swirls towards third man, Doherty does well to run across to his left but he fluffed it

4.4

Hilfenhaus to Tendulkar, OUT, Doherty again! But this time he hangs on to it easily! Tendulkar arches backward to a short delivery to play one of his signature shots - the upper cut over the slips and third man - didn't get the elevation and Doherty at third man barely had to move

SR Tendulkar c Doherty b Hilfenhaus 3 (21m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

4.5

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, goes back and defends

4.6

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, short and wide and it was a boundary ball that had to be smashed but he stayed rooted to the crease and slashed and missed

That ends a crazy over indeed

End of over 5 (3 runs) India 15/2 (274 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 6.08)
V Kohli    5* (14b)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-0-13-1
RG Sharma    0* (0b)      B Lee    2-0-2-1

5.1

Lee to Sharma, no run, keeps it outside the off stump and he safely leaves it alone

5.2

Lee to Sharma, no run, 145.5 kph, left alone outside off again, good bounce and carry

5.3

Lee to Sharma, 1 wide, the bouncer and it's too high for Rohit

5.3

Lee to Sharma, no run, gets it to move away after pitching and asks questions for the batsman, good probing stuff from Lee

5.4

Lee to Sharma, no run, the slower ball this time and he does well to get forward and defends

5.5

Lee to Sharma, OUT, slashed and edged! Length ball outside off, Rohit is tempted to slash it away and he does by staying rooted to the crease, thick edge to Wade and Bowden raises the crooked finger and immediately cautions the batsman to wait, just to check if it was a front-foot no-ball. It's legal and a peeved Rohit exchanges a few words to the fielders. Perhaps they said something to provoke him

RG Sharma c †Wade b Lee 0 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

5.6

Lee to Raina, no run, pacy delivery outside off and he safely leaves it alone

End of over 6 (1 run) India 16/3 (273 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 2.66, RRR: 6.20)
SK Raina    0* (1b)      B Lee    3-0-3-2
V Kohli    5* (14b)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-0-13-1

6.1

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, 1 run, shapes away from Kohli but he safely steers it down to third man

6.2

Hilfenhaus to Raina, no run, chops it down to the off side and refuses the single

6.3

Hilfenhaus to Raina, 1 run, they test him out with the short delivery and he flat-bats it down to square leg, looks like we'll see more such deliveries at Raina

6.4

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, 1 run, tucks it down to deep square leg

6.5

Hilfenhaus to Raina, 1 run, opens the face and runs it down to third man

6.6

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, gets good shape away from the right-hander and he leaves it alone

Prakash: "I am a great fan of Sachin but it is sad to see sachin not realizing that his time has come to leave with dignity. He made a big mistake of making himself available for ODIs which clearly displayed his hunger for records. He is spoiling his reputation and image by continuing, at least in ODIs."

End of over 7 (4 runs) India 20/3 (269 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 2.85, RRR: 6.25)
V Kohli    7* (17b)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-0-17-1
SK Raina    2* (4b)      B Lee    3-0-3-2

7.1

Lee to Raina, no run, tucks him up for room and he chops it to the off side

7.2

Lee to Raina, FOUR, good improvisation by Raina, he made just a hint of room to create more width to punch that past cover, good timing too

7.3

Lee to Raina, no run, lands outside the off stump and he safely leaves it alone

7.4

Lee to Raina, 1 run, gets a bit of width and he runs it down to third man

7.5

Lee to Kohli, no run, a bit short of a length and he stays right back and defends it down the track

7.6

Lee to Kohli, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and he steers it down to third man

In Hamilton, that Tendulkar upper cut would have cleared the rope, surely

End of over 8 (6 runs) India 26/3 (263 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 3.25, RRR: 6.26)
V Kohli    8* (19b)      B Lee    4-0-9-2
SK Raina    7* (8b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-0-17-1

8.1

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, Hilfenhaus getting good away movement again, Kohli safely leaves it alone

8.2

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, no run, the spooned drive off the backfoot to point and the fielders get a bit excited

8.3

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, 3 runs, nicely punched through the arc between cover point and cover and Warner does really well to slide and fire in that throw

8.4

Hilfenhaus to Raina, no run, swings it in late and Raina gets a thick inside edge onto his pads

8.5

Hilfenhaus to Raina, no run, nips it back in and traps him high on the pad above the line of the stumps

8.6

Hilfenhaus to Raina, no run, drifts it inwards and Raina goes back and defends

Manjrekar tweets: 'indian top order clearly rattled by the pace & bounce with the new ball... trying to attack their way out of trouble wont work."

End of over 9 (3 runs) India 29/3 (260 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 3.22, RRR: 6.34)
SK Raina    7* (11b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-0-20-1
V Kohli    11* (22b)      B Lee    4-0-9-2

9.1

Christian to Kohli, no run, full outside the off stump and he thrashes that straight to extra cover

9.2

Christian to Kohli, 1 run, gets across and nicely whips it off his pads in front of square on the on side

9.3

Christian to Raina, 2 runs, Raina gets a big shuffle across and whips it high in the air behind square, Hilfenhaus is square at fine leg, no chance of catching it

9.4

Christian to Raina, no run, goes right across his stumps and punches it on the up down to mid-off

9.5

Christian to Raina, no run, gets across and defends back to the bowler

9.6

Christian to Raina, 1 run, goes right across his stumps and clips it on the up down to deep square leg

SLCricket: "In Hamilton my forward defense would clear the rope."

End of over 10 (4 runs) India 33/3 (256 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 3.30, RRR: 6.40)
SK Raina    10* (15b 1x4)      DT Christian    1-0-4-0
V Kohli    12* (24b)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-0-20-1

10.1

Hilfenhaus to Raina, 2 leg byes, strays on the pads and he shuffles and clips it past the keeper

10.2

Hilfenhaus to Raina, 1 run, short and wide outside the off stump and he slashes it down to third man

10.3

Hilfenhaus to Kohli, OUT, Appeal for a catch at slip, Kohli isn't sure if that carried to David Hussey at slip, outside edge travels low to Hussey's right and the catcher was certain he took it cleanly, the umpires have a chat and refer it upstairs, from the square leg angle it looked alright and the third umpire is convinced. Kohli doesn't look too pleased but he has to go

V Kohli c DJ Hussey b Hilfenhaus 12 (44m 25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 48.00

10.4

Hilfenhaus to Dhoni, no run, gets beside the line and steers it to the off side

10.5

Hilfenhaus to Dhoni, no run, gives him the charge straightaway and he pounds it straight to extra cover

10.6

Hilfenhaus to Dhoni, 1 run, exaggerated shuffle across his stumps, he clips it to square leg

End of over 11 (4 runs) India 37/4 (252 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 3.36, RRR: 6.46)
MS Dhoni    1* (3b)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-0-22-2
SK Raina    11* (17b 1x4)      DT Christian    1-0-4-0

11.1

Christian to Dhoni, no run, fires it full outside off and he squeezes it to the off side, gets a bit of late swing

11.2

Christian to Dhoni, no run, goes behind the line and defends to the off side

11.3

Christian to Dhoni, 2 runs, full outside off and he drives it to sweeper cover for a couple

11.4

Christian to Dhoni, no run, gets forward and drives it down to mid-off

11.5

Christian to Dhoni, no run, gets forward and drives him down to mid-on

11.6

Christian to Dhoni, 1 wide, too wide outside the off stump

11.6

Christian to Dhoni, no run

End of over 12 (3 runs) India 40/4 (249 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 3.33, RRR: 6.55)
MS Dhoni    3* (9b)      DT Christian    2-0-7-0
SK Raina    11* (17b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-0-22-2

12.1

Starc to Raina, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he shuffles and clips him in the air over the vacant square leg region

12.2

Starc to Dhoni, no run, length ball wide of the off stump and in the slot to slash it away, Dhoni fails to make contact

12.3

Starc to Dhoni, no run, gets beside the line and punches it to the off side

12.4

Starc to Dhoni, no run, swings it in late and he gets behind the line to defend

12.5

Starc to Dhoni, 1 run, swings it in late on the pads and he tucks it with the angle to square leg

12.6

Starc to Raina, no run, goes back at the crease and tucks it to the on side

End of over 13 (2 runs) India 42/4 (247 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 3.23, RRR: 6.67)
SK Raina    12* (19b 1x4)      MA Starc    1-0-2-0
MS Dhoni    4* (13b)      DT Christian    2-0-7-0

13.1

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, stays back at the crease and pushes it towards point

13.2

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, opens the face of the bat and steers him to short third man

13.3

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, takes a quick single to point and Raina is on all fours at the crease but the throw is wide

13.4

Doherty to Raina, no run, gets across and clips it down to midwicket

13.5

Doherty to Raina, 1 run, goes back and tucks it down to fine leg

13.6

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, really wide of the off stump and he thumps it to sweeper cover

India desperately need a quick move-on, but the early wickets has made it all the more difficult.

CSB: "Pretty poor show by Kohli really... compare his reaction to Michael Hussey's to a mistake by the 3rd ump. Huss was walking off without complaint."

End of over 14 (3 runs) India 45/4 (244 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 3.21, RRR: 6.77)
MS Dhoni    6* (17b)      XJ Doherty    1-0-3-0
SK Raina    13* (21b 1x4)      MA Starc    1-0-2-0

14.1

Starc to Dhoni, no run

14.2

Starc to Dhoni, no run, angles it away from the right-hander and he leaves it alone

14.3

Starc to Dhoni, 2 runs, tries to drive a full delivery outside off and he gets an inside edge to the on side

14.4

Starc to Dhoni, 2 runs, stays back at the crease and punches it wide of point for a couple

14.5

Starc to Dhoni, no run, good length outside off and he defends back to the bowler

14.6

Starc to Dhoni, no run, lands it outside off and he safely leaves it alone

Jason: "During the tests Ian Chappell kept banging on and on and on.... about Rohit being the best player of the bounce in India and how it was a travesty for him to sit out of the team. What does he have to say for Rohit now? Rohit's problem is his lack of responsibility and laziness which make him highly inconsistent overseas."

End of over 15 (4 runs) India 49/4 (240 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 3.26, RRR: 6.85)
MS Dhoni    10* (23b)      MA Starc    2-0-6-0
SK Raina    13* (21b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-3-0

15.1

Doherty to Raina, 2 runs, shuffles at the crease and clips it to the leg side

15.2

Doherty to Raina, no run, comes down the track and drives on the up but it's short of mid-off

15.3

Doherty to Raina, 1 run, bowls it flat and gets it to skid, he whips i across the line

15.4

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, drops it towards cover and he sets off for a quick single

15.5

Doherty to Raina, no run, goes back and punches it back to the bowler

15.6

Doherty to Raina, no run, goes back at the cease and punches it to the off side

End of over 16 (4 runs) India 53/4 (236 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 3.31, RRR: 6.94)
SK Raina    16* (26b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-7-0
MS Dhoni    11* (24b)      MA Starc    2-0-6-0

16.1

Starc to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length outside off and he runs it down to third man

16.2

Starc to Raina, 1 run, shuffles and clips it down to the on side

16.3

Starc to Dhoni, no run, fullish in length outside off and he thuds it down to extra cover

16.4

Starc to Dhoni, no run, full outside off and it invites the off drive but he misses it completely

16.5

Starc to Dhoni, no run, pushes it back to the bowler and Starc contemplates firing it back at the stumps

16.6

Starc to Dhoni, 1 wide, sprays it too wide outside the off stump and he doesn't chase that

16.6

Starc to Dhoni, 1 run, works it off his pads and he clips it wide of midwicket

Commenting on the rotation, I think it's high time someone makes way for Tiwary. Being a passenger for such an extended period cannot be fun at all

End of over 17 (4 runs) India 57/4 (232 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 3.35, RRR: 7.03)
MS Dhoni    13* (29b)      MA Starc    3-0-10-0
SK Raina    17* (27b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-7-0

17.1

Lee to Dhoni, 2 runs, shuffles and clips him down to square leg

17.2

Lee to Dhoni, no run

17.3

Lee to Dhoni, no run, and Lee nearly sends him packing there, close to the off stump and Dhoni nearly edged it as he tried to steer that to third man

Dhoni and Lee have a chat. Nothing serious

17.4

Lee to Dhoni, 1 run, stops on him a little bit, he stabs it down to deep point

17.5

Lee to Raina, 1 run, short of a length outside the off stump and he steers him down to sweeper cover

17.6

Lee to Dhoni, no run, just short of a length outside the off stump and tucks him up for room again as he chooses to leave it alone

End of over 18 (4 runs) India 61/4 (228 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 3.38, RRR: 7.12)
MS Dhoni    16* (34b)      B Lee    5-0-13-2
SK Raina    18* (28b 1x4)      MA Starc    3-0-10-0

18.1

Starc to Raina, 1 run, full and wide and Raina can't resist a front-foot slash down to third man, drops short of the fielder

18.2

Starc to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, shuffles and clips him down to square leg

18.3

Starc to Raina, 1 run, brings it back in to Raina and he gets a leading edge to the off side

18.4

Starc to Dhoni, no run, fullish on the stumps and he drives hard but can't beat Starc

18.5

Starc to Dhoni, 1 run, fullish in length outside the off stump and he drives him down to point

18.6

Starc to Raina, no run, gets nicely behind the line and drives a full ball straight to mid-off

Sid: "The powers that be in the Indian team need to sit Kohli down and talk to him about his attitude. It seems all well and good when he's getting runs but if allowed to get out of hand, one only need to look at another young talented performer who had the world at his feet, Sreesanth who is nowhere to be found now."

End of over 19 (4 runs) India 65/4 (224 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 3.42, RRR: 7.22)
SK Raina    20* (31b 1x4)      MA Starc    4-0-13-0
MS Dhoni    17* (37b)      B Lee    5-0-13-2

19.1

Lee to Dhoni, FOUR, short on the body and Dhoni gets a top edge over the slips, he resumes his conversation with Lee, think it went off his shoulder

19.2

Lee to Dhoni, no run, this one really fizzes past the outside edge just wide of the off stump, good comeback

19.3

Lee to Dhoni, no run, this time he allows it to go through to the keeper

19.4

Lee to Dhoni, 1 run, gets on his toes and fends off a short ball to the off side and takes a quick single

19.5

Lee to Raina, no run, thumps it down to point and tells Dhoni to wait

19.6

Lee to Raina, no run, tests out Raina with a quick-fire bouncer which forces him arch backwards to evade it

End of over 20 (5 runs) India 70/4 (219 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 7.30)
SK Raina    20* (33b 1x4)      B Lee    6-0-18-2
MS Dhoni    22* (41b 1x4)      MA Starc    4-0-13-0

First slip is quite wide

20.1

Starc to Dhoni, no run, lands outside leg and clips his pads as he tries to work it away

20.2

Starc to Dhoni, 1 run, shorter in length and he pats it to the off side and tells Raina to wait

20.3

Starc to Raina, 1 run, punches it towards mid-off and calls early, good running and communication

20.4

Starc to Dhoni, 1 run, clips a short delivery on the body to the leg side

20.5

Starc to Raina, no run, fullish on the of stump and he pushes it to cover

20.6

Starc to Raina, SIX, about time for India, Starc pitches it up on the off stump and Raina has the space to reach out and scoop it over the sight-screen

End of over 21 (9 runs) India 79/4 (210 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 3.76, RRR: 7.24)
SK Raina    27* (36b 1x4 1x6)      MA Starc    5-0-22-0
MS Dhoni    24* (44b 1x4)      B Lee    6-0-18-2

21.1

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, comes down the track and tucks it back to the bowler

21.2

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, gets forward and defends to cover point

21.3

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

21.4

Doherty to Raina, 1 wide, too far wide down the leg side

21.4

Doherty to Raina, no run, tucks it to midwicket but straight to the fielder

21.5

Doherty to Raina, no run, clips it to midwicket again

21.6

Doherty to Raina, 1 run, bowls it a touch flatter, he knocks it to point

If India are to make a fight of this, they have to target Doherty. He's bowled three overs for just ten

End of over 22 (3 runs) India 82/4 (207 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 3.72, RRR: 7.39)
SK Raina    28* (39b 1x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    3-0-10-0
MS Dhoni    25* (47b 1x4)      MA Starc    5-0-22-0

22.1

Christian to Raina, no run, nicely driven down the track but can't beat the bowler

22.2

Christian to Raina, OUT, soft dismissal for Raina, won't exactly call it a wicket-taking delivery because it was slanting quite wide across the left-hander which could have been left alone, Raina couldn't resist chasing it and ended up driving away from the body, thick edge again

SK Raina c †Wade b Christian 28 (76m 41b 1x4 1x6) SR: 68.29

Good chance for Jadeja to show that he can build an innings

22.3

Christian to Jadeja, 1 run, gets off the mark with an extravagant slash down to third man, it was short and wide

22.4

Christian to Dhoni, 1 run, stays back at the crease and punches it down to sweeper cover

22.5

Christian to Jadeja, 2 runs, full on the off stump and nicely driven down towards sweeper cover

22.6

Christian to Jadeja, no run, this time he holds the length back and nearly induces the edge, Jadeja wasn't sure where his off stump was

End of over 23 (4 runs) India 86/5 (203 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 3.73, RRR: 7.51)
RA Jadeja    3* (3b)      DT Christian    3-0-11-1
MS Dhoni    26* (48b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-10-0

23.1

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, goes back and punches it hard down to sweeper cover

23.2

Doherty to Jadeja, no run, driven hard down the track back to the bowler

23.3

Doherty to Jadeja, no run, gets across and clips it to midwicket

23.4

Doherty to Jadeja, 1 run, gets across and tucks it down to fine leg

23.5

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, nearly slaps it back to the bowler on the full, the ball straightened but didn't turn as much as he expected

23.6

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

End of over 24 (2 runs) India 88/5 (201 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 3.66, RRR: 7.73)
MS Dhoni    27* (51b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    4-0-12-0
RA Jadeja    4* (6b)      DT Christian    3-0-11-1

24.1

Christian to Jadeja, no run, bowls the same probing line on the off stump and he safely leaves it alone

24.2

Christian to Jadeja, no run, short outside off and he chops it down to backward point

24.3

Christian to Jadeja, no run, a touch shorter and he chops it down to backward point

24.4

Christian to Jadeja, no run

24.5

Christian to Jadeja, no run, once again Jadeja flirts with danger outside the off stump, he stays at the crease and tries to work it to third man

24.6

Christian to Jadeja, 1 run, goes back and clips him down to midwicket

End of over 25 (1 run) India 89/5 (200 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 3.56, RRR: 8.00)
RA Jadeja    5* (12b)      DT Christian    4-0-12-1
MS Dhoni    27* (51b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    4-0-12-0

25.1

Doherty to Jadeja, FOUR, drifts on the pads and he runs it down to fine leg

25.2

Doherty to Jadeja, no run, clips it towards midwicket

25.3

Doherty to Jadeja, no run, steers it down to backward point

25.4

Doherty to Jadeja, no run, gets forward and blocks it to the off side

25.5

Doherty to Jadeja, no run, stays back and clips it to midwicket

25.6

Doherty to Jadeja, no run, drops it down to short midwicket

End of over 26 (4 runs) India 93/5 (196 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 3.57, RRR: 8.16)
RA Jadeja    9* (18b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    5-0-16-0
MS Dhoni    27* (51b 1x4)      DT Christian    4-0-12-1

26.1

Christian to Dhoni, 3 runs, risky! Dhoni takes a chance by driving over the leaping short cover fielder, it was there to be hit, got the elevation there

26.2

Christian to Jadeja, 2 runs, a touch short and he swivels and pulls him down to deep square leg

26.3

Christian to Jadeja, 1 run, gets well forward and drives just wide of mid-off

26.4

Christian to Dhoni, 1 run, short outside off and he goes back and punches it to sweeper cover

26.5

Christian to Jadeja, 1 run, gets forward and pushes a full delivery down to sweeper cover

26.6

Christian to Dhoni, 1 run

End of over 27 (9 runs) India 102/5 (187 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 3.77, RRR: 8.13)
MS Dhoni    32* (54b 1x4)      DT Christian    5-0-21-1
RA Jadeja    13* (21b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    5-0-16-0

27.1

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it down to sweeper cover

27.2

Doherty to Jadeja, no run, goes back and clips it to the on side

27.3

Doherty to Jadeja, no run, bounces a bit more outside off and beats the bat

27.4

Doherty to Jadeja, no run, tucks it to the on side

I really don;t see why Doherty has to grunt like Sharapova! He's not hurling it at 100 mph yet...

27.5

Doherty to Jadeja, 1 wide, down the leg side

27.5

Doherty to Jadeja, 1 run, stays back and punches it towards mid-off

27.6

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni chops it down to point

End of over 28 (3 runs) India 105/5 (184 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 3.75, RRR: 8.36)
MS Dhoni    33* (56b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    6-0-19-0
RA Jadeja    14* (25b 1x4)      DT Christian    5-0-21-1

28.1

Christian to Jadeja, no run, he shapes to defend and gets a thick inside edge onto the pads

28.2

Christian to Jadeja, 1 run, tucks it down towards midwicket for a single

28.3

Christian to Dhoni, no run, stays at the crease and chops it towards point

28.4

Christian to Dhoni, 2 runs, drifts on the leg stump and he eases it away off his pads, Forrest had a lot of work to do but Dhoni was happy with two

28.5

Christian to Dhoni, 1 wide, full and too wide of the off stump, we've seen quite a few extras today

28.5

Christian to Dhoni, 1 run, angles on the pads and he eases it away wide of midwicket

28.6

Christian to Jadeja, 1 run, steers it down to sweeper cover to retain the strike

Is Dhoni setting himself up for another mad slog?

End of over 29 (6 runs) India 111/5 (178 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 3.82, RRR: 8.47)
RA Jadeja    16* (28b 1x4)      DT Christian    6-0-27-1
MS Dhoni    36* (59b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    6-0-19-0

29.1

Doherty to Jadeja, 1 run, gets forward and clips it down to midwicket

29.2

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, tucks it off the pads to midwicket again singles won't win it

29.3

Doherty to Jadeja, no run, driven hard straight to short cover, looked like he spooned it to the fielder

29.4

Doherty to Jadeja, 1 run, goes back and steers it to third man

29.5

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, gets well forward and drives to cover

29.6

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, lunges forward and drives to cover again

Manu: "It was weird that Jadeja didnt get to bowl. Tiwary would have got the place then. Anyway its a chance for Jadeja and then to Irfan to show how valuable a spinning and a fast bowling allrounders are to the team."

End of over 30 (3 runs) India 114/5 (175 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 3.80, RRR: 8.75)
MS Dhoni    37* (62b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    7-0-22-0
RA Jadeja    18* (31b 1x4)      DT Christian    6-0-27-1

30.1

Starc to Jadeja, no run, Jadeja tries to force it through the off side but he misses

30.2

Starc to Jadeja, no run, and another slash outside off, Jadeja not moving his feet

30.3

Starc to Jadeja, no run

30.4

Starc to Jadeja, OUT, Forrest takes a sharp catch! Jadeja tries to force the pace by carving a full delivery over the off-side field, plays away from the body and gets forward and skies it behind cover point, three fielders converge but Forrest runs forward from the deep and takes it on the fall

RA Jadeja c Forrest b Starc 18 (29m 35b 1x4 0x6) SR: 51.42

Australia need to restrict India to 230 or less to get the bonus point

30.5

Starc to Dhoni, 1 wide, Starc drifts a bit too wide of the off stump, wide called, seemed a bit harsh

30.5

Starc to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, drifts on the body and the ball rolls to the on side off his pads

30.6

Starc to Pathan, no run, gets across and taps it to the on side

End of over 31 (2 runs) India 116/6 (173 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.74, RRR: 9.10)
IK Pathan    0* (1b)      MA Starc    6-0-23-1
MS Dhoni    37* (63b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    7-0-22-0

31.1

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, drops it short and wide outside off and he punches it to sweeper cover

31.2

Doherty to Pathan, no run, goes on the back foot and defends

31.3

Doherty to Pathan, 1 run, goes back and punches it square of the wicket on the off side

31.4

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, flatter delivery, he punches it to sweeper cover again

31.5

Doherty to Pathan, no run, nudges it down to short midwicket

31.6

Doherty to Pathan, no run

End of over 32 (3 runs) India 119/6 (170 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 3.71, RRR: 9.44)
IK Pathan    1* (5b)      XJ Doherty    8-0-25-0
MS Dhoni    39* (65b 1x4)      MA Starc    6-0-23-1

32.1

Starc to Dhoni, no run, comes back in and it hits him high on the pad and rolls away

32.2

Starc to Dhoni, no run, skids through and hits his pads and Starc appeals but that was pitching outside leg anyway

32.3

Starc to Dhoni, 1 run, bangs it in short and he controls the pull down to square leg

32.4

Starc to Pathan, no run, pitches it up and he drives square but cannot beat backward point

32.5

Starc to Pathan, no run

32.6

Starc to Pathan, SIX, nothing like an audacious shot to break a lean spell! Awesome stuff from Irfan, picks a length ball form the off stump and with one free swing clears deep backward square leg, wish one could measure the bat speed

End of over 33 (7 runs) India 126/6 (163 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 3.81, RRR: 9.58)
IK Pathan    7* (8b 1x6)      MA Starc    7-0-30-1
MS Dhoni    40* (68b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    8-0-25-0

33.1

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, lunges forward and defends down the track

33.2

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, gets forward and smothers the spin

33.3

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, tries to paddle it away but it hits him outside the line of leg, Wade appeals anyway

33.4

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, gets well forward and drives to cover

33.5

Doherty to Pathan, no run, gets a bit more turn this time, Pathan tries to work it away but gets an inside edge

33.6

Doherty to Pathan, no run, driven straight to short cover

End of over 34 (1 run) India 127/6 (162 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 3.73, RRR: 10.12)
IK Pathan    7* (10b 1x6)      XJ Doherty    9-0-26-0
MS Dhoni    41* (72b 1x4)      MA Starc    7-0-30-1

Looks like Dhoni's playing for 230. It's the batting Powerplay

34.1

Lee to Dhoni, no run, full outside off and he pushes it down to mid-on

34.2

Lee to Dhoni, SIX, Dhoni wakes up from his slumber, pitched up outside off and he muscles it over long-off, he made a bit of room as well

34.3

Lee to Dhoni, FOUR, tries to repeat that and he's nearly caught, makes room to scoop it over mid-off, the fielderleaps and gets a hand to it, all power, that brings up yet another fifty

34.4

Lee to Dhoni, no run, holds the length back and defends to the off side

34.5

Lee to Dhoni, 1 wide, the slower bouncer and it's too high for Dhoni to chase

34.5

Lee to Dhoni, 1 run, extra pace and bounce and he gets a leading edge down to point

34.6

Lee to Pathan, no run, bowls a full delivery on the stumps and he defends down the track

End of over 35 (12 runs) India 139/6 (150 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 3.97, RRR: 10.00)
IK Pathan    7* (11b 1x6)      B Lee    7-0-30-2
MS Dhoni    52* (77b 2x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    9-0-26-0

India's problem in this chase is that they've failed to pick a weaklink in the attack

35.1

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, stays back and slaps him down to sweeper cover

35.2

Doherty to Pathan, no run, a touch short and Pathan slashes and it drops short of David Hussey at point

35.3

Doherty to Pathan, no run, pounded down the track and Doherty gets a hand to it, saved a straight four I think

35.4

Doherty to Pathan, 1 run, gets across and tucks it down to midwicket

35.5

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, lunges forward and drives it back to the bowler

35.6

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, stays back and punches it down to long-on

Doherty has done a fine job.

Dinesh: "Looking @ the way Doherty has bowled, did India miss a trick, by not playing Ashwin?"

End of over 36 (3 runs) India 142/6 (147 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 3.94, RRR: 10.50)
MS Dhoni    54* (80b 2x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    10-0-29-0
IK Pathan    8* (14b 1x6)      B Lee    7-0-30-2

36.1

Lee to Dhoni, 1 run, gets beside the line and he steers it down to the off side

36.2

Lee to Pathan, no run, bangs it in short and it's a slower bouncer from round the wicket, Irfan swishes at thin air

36.3

Lee to Pathan, 1 run, short and wide and he slashes it down towards deep point in the air

36.4

Lee to Dhoni, 1 run, keeps it short outside off and he steers it down to third man, Lee and Dhoni never fail to catch up

36.5

Lee to Pathan, FOUR, a fluke boundary for Irfan, he fails to read a slower bouncer from round the wicket, fetches that from wide outside off and is lucky to get a top edge that clears the keeper

36.6

Lee to Pathan, no run, wild swing and miss outside off, Irfan tries to hoick that across the line

Boris: "You barely hear any criticism about Doherty these days because he's doing what he's in the team to do perfectly. He's not going to be a Shane Warne but he's a reliable, dependable operator who can keep things tight to support a strong pace attack."

End of over 37 (7 runs) India 149/6 (140 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.02, RRR: 10.76)
IK Pathan    13* (18b 1x4 1x6)      B Lee    8-0-37-2
MS Dhoni    56* (82b 2x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    10-0-29-0

37.1

Hilfenhaus to Dhoni, no run, short of a length on the off stump and he's tucked him up for room, he defends

37.2

Hilfenhaus to Dhoni, OUT, now even 230 looks like a mirage for India, short delivery again and on the body, Dhoni tries to pull that in front of square on the on side, ends up finding Christian at midwicket, it appeared like a slower ball

MS Dhoni c Christian b Hilfenhaus 56 (115m 84b 2x4 1x6) SR: 66.66

No Dhoni heart-stopper this time

37.3

Hilfenhaus to Vinay Kumar, no run, Vinay gets a bouncer straight away

37.4

Hilfenhaus to Vinay Kumar, 2 runs, Vinay goes for broke and gets a big top edge down to third man and Lee sprints across and nearly has it covered, the ball drops short of him

37.5

Hilfenhaus to Vinay Kumar, no run

37.6

Hilfenhaus to Vinay Kumar, no run, shuffles and clips him down to fine leg

End of over 38 (2 runs) India 151/7 (138 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 3.97, RRR: 11.50)
R Vinay Kumar    2* (4b)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-0-24-3
IK Pathan    13* (18b 1x4 1x6)      B Lee    8-0-37-2

38.1

Lee to Pathan, no run, powers this one straight to mid-on

38.2

Lee to Pathan, no run, Irfan tries to hit through the line and it's in the air but straight to mid-off

38.3

Lee to Pathan, 1 run, full and wide outside the off stump and he drives on the up down to sweeper cover

38.4

Lee to Vinay Kumar, no run, slower ball outside the off stump and he chooses to leave it alone

38.5

Lee to Vinay Kumar, 1 wide, strays too wide down the leg side and wide called

38.5

Lee to Vinay Kumar, no run, Vinay makes room to slash that over the off side but he didn't pick the slower ball

38.6

Lee to Vinay Kumar, no run, probes outside the off stump and beats Vinay all ends up

End of over 39 (2 runs) India 153/7 (136 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 3.92, RRR: 12.36)
R Vinay Kumar    2* (7b)      B Lee    9-0-39-2
IK Pathan    14* (21b 1x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-0-24-3

This match meanders on.. and on.. Hilfenhaus to bowl.

39.1

Hilfenhaus to Pathan, 1 run, short ball on the pads, Irfan flicks with one knee in the air to backward square leg.

39.2

Hilfenhaus to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, on the pads, Vinay clips it square for another single.

39.3

Hilfenhaus to Pathan, 1 run, short ball, Irfan guides the pull to deep midwicket.

39.4

Hilfenhaus to Vinay Kumar, 1 run

39.5

Hilfenhaus to Pathan, 1 run, full ball outside off stump, Irfan drives into the covers.

39.6

Hilfenhaus to Vinay Kumar, no run, back of a length, defended to the leg side carefully.

End of over 40 (5 runs) India 158/7 (131 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 3.95, RRR: 13.10)
R Vinay Kumar    4* (10b)      BW Hilfenhaus    8-0-29-3
IK Pathan    17* (24b 1x4 1x6)      B Lee    9-0-39-2

40.1

Lee to Pathan, (no ball) 1 run, he oversteps, jams it on the blockhole outside off and he places it to long-on

40.1

Lee to Vinay Kumar, 2 runs, Free Hit: short and down the leg side and Vinay backs away and hooks, two fielders converge at long leg

40.2

Lee to Vinay Kumar, OUT, Vinay gives Lee the charge but the yorker was too good for him, makes room exposes the woodwork and the ball hammers the base of leg stump

R Vinay Kumar b Lee 6 (14m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Just a matter of how soon we can all go home..I suppose some of you are already at home

40.3

Lee to Khan, 1 run, 142.3 kph, another yorker, squeezed to the on side to get off the mark

40.4

Lee to Pathan, 1 run, short from round the wicket and he pulls him down to deep square leg

40.5

Lee to Khan, no run, fast yorker outside off and he makes room but fails to dig it out

40.6

Lee to Khan, FOUR, fullish in length on the off stump and he uses his wrists well and clips it wide of midwicket, beats the diving fielder

End of over 41 (10 runs) India 168/8 (121 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.09, RRR: 13.44)
Z Khan    5* (3b 1x4)      B Lee    10-0-49-3
IK Pathan    19* (26b 1x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    8-0-29-3

41.1

Hilfenhaus to Pathan, OUT, Pathan aims to slog that over the on side, made room and had a wild swing and got a thick top edge that swirled behind him, Wade did extremely well to sprint to his left and take the catch on the fall

IK Pathan c †Wade b Hilfenhaus 19 (52m 27b 1x4 1x6) SR: 70.37

41.2

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run

41.3

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, makes room and he swings and misses

41.4

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, sharp bouncer and the bowler gets a warning from the square leg umpire

41.5

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, makes room and thumps a short delivery down to mid-on

41.6

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, Zaheer looks like he's out to chop an imaginary tree, swinging his axe and failing to make contact, too bad Forrest isn't bowling

End of over 42 (wicket maiden) India 168/9 (121 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.00, RRR: 15.12)
Z Khan    5* (8b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    9-1-29-4
UT Yadav    0* (0b)      B Lee    10-0-49-3

42.1

Starc to Yadav, no run, Starc beats him outside the off stump

42.2

Starc to Yadav, FOUR, makes room and he carves it towards deep cover and Michael Hussey completely fluffs it and concedes a four

42.3

Starc to Yadav, no run

42.4

Starc to Yadav, no run, lands it outside the off stump and he safely leaves it alone

42.5

Starc to Yadav, no run, backs away to a full delivery and swings and misses

42.6

Starc to Yadav, 2 runs, makes room and carves it over extra cover

End of over 43 (6 runs) India 174/9 (115 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.04, RRR: 16.42)
UT Yadav    6* (6b 1x4)      MA Starc    8-0-36-1
Z Khan    5* (8b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    9-1-29-4

43.1

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, makes room and Zaheer checks his shot and plays it back to the bowler

43.2

Hilfenhaus to Khan, FOUR, another misfield! Zaheer makes room and he slams it wide of mid-off, Lee slides and fails to get a hand to it

43.3

Hilfenhaus to Khan, OUT, Five for Hilfenhaus! He really must buy Wade a few drinks for this catch, Zaheer makes room to a short delivery on the body, takes his eyes off the ball and top edges the pull, Wade runs all the way towards short square leg and takes the catch on the dive, very similar to the one that got Irfan. Five catches for Wade as well!

Z Khan c †Wade b Hilfenhaus 9 (14m 11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 81.81

Presentation:

Dhoni: The breakthroughs put pressure on us. People often think about the asking rate. The two new balls make it a bit difficult so you have to respect that early on. It gets a bit easier to hit in the middle overs. Our bowlers were affected by the heat, they were cramping so it affected their execution."

Hilfenhaus is the Man of the Match: "The new white ball swings a lot and I like it for sure. I couldn't get Sachin through the Test series so I had to get him sometime."

Ponting: I thought out score was just above par. The Indians didn't hit that many boundaries so we were fantastic. We've turned the momentum back our way. We knew the pitch would offer a bit more at night. Great for Brett the way he bowled."

The debate over India's rotation will continue before their next match on Tuesday.

That's it from us. Thanks for your company. The cricket continues. Cheers everyone!

End of match: Australia move to the top of the table, thanks in no small way to a lackluster performance by India. They now move to the top of the table. Anything above 260 was always going to intimidate India, going by the last few chases, so Australia practically won this game when they stepped out for the second innings. Lee and Hilfenhaus had the better of the bowling conditions and ensured the Indian top order didn't turn things around.

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Ben Hilfenhaus led Australia's charge with a five-for, Australia v India, CB Series, Brisbane, February 19, 2012

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