Commonwealth Bank Series - 10th match

Australia v India

Australia won by 87 runs

Warner to face. Praveen to bowl. Overcast skies, and forecast for rain later.. All good at the moment, though. Here we go. Two slips, round the stumps.

Tendulkar has been given the SCG life membership. A great honour. He won't have to buy tickets when he comes here for a cricket match. Assuming he isn't playing, that is .. I guess there are some other associated perks too.

"Whatever happens in the World Cup finals, we just need a match referee who can hear the skippers CLEARLY!" Good one, Hisham.

"You've never posted any of my comments but hopefully this one makes it through. On this tour India have won 3 of 13 tosses in all internationals, Aus 9 of 13 and SL 4 of 6. This tour has confirmed my view of the failings of using a random activity to decide such an important part of each game. I think there should only be one toss at the start of each series. The winner chooses for the first game and then it alternates. This way there is at least a fair chance to each team, on average, over the course of the series. Thanks" Harik, what happens in the World Cup final?

Watson wins the toss and Australia will bat. Again. India are yet to bat first in this series. Australia are yet to chase. Shred your probability theory books. Now.

Watson: "Very excited to be back and to captain the team is a great honour. I am feeling good, last couple of weeks have been good to build up the cricketing workload. Must win game for us, and we are really excited. Ryan Harris is out and Clint McKay is in."

Dhoni: "Watson brings stability to their side, but we have worries of our own [Succinct, that]. We are yet to win any toss in this tournament, we too were looking to bat first. But until we win a toss, we will have to chase. Good to have the big three bag, they are very experienced, dangerous batsmen. They can rotate the strike and go for the big shots." [This time, Dhoni doesn't make a sideways comment about the big three's fielding.]

"Shred probability books? Each toss is an independent event, and is not dependent on the previous outcomes." I am aware Vikram, but why would you let that stop you from shredding those hopelessly complex books?

Will the scoreboard read -20 for 0 before the first ball is bowled? Just wondering.

Changes to the India team: Praveen Kumar in for the injured Vinay Kumar. And Dhoni replaces Parthiv Patel after serving his ban. Ashwin plays despite looking listless against Australia in the ODIs, and Zaheer stays out with injury.

The pitch for this game is the same one on which Sri Lanka thumped Australia last week, with a bonus point. Sri Lanka's seamers did well on that day, before Dilshan set up a quick chase. It should favour batting today, according to Messrs. Moody and Akram. Probably some spin later on.

So Virender Sehwag gets rotated out of a match. He comes back and becomes captain. MS Dhoni gets banned for slow over-rates. He comes back and becomes captain. Michael Clarke misses a game with a calf strain. He comes back and becomes captain. Shane Watson misses a few months of cricket with an injury. He comes back and becomes captain. Spare a thought for Ricky Ponting - for him, the fortunes have swung the other way. Welcome to Game 10 of the Rotation, Rifts and Revolving-door captaincy Series.

Australia are set to play their third captain in three games. Michael Clarke is out again today with a sore back. Shane Watson will lead in his comeback game. Here's our preview to the game. India have spent too long in Australia without accomplishing anything of note. It's sudden death for them from here on in, a situation they have largely brought upon themselves.

A crucial non-match announcement before the toss: Last week we offered our readers the chance of a role in ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball commentary team. The response was amazing, many thanks for that. The spots are filled (several times over). We can't respond individually to each of you but those of you who've made the cut will get to know of it over the next few days. Watch this space for more such opportunities in future.

0.1

Kumar to Warner, no run, full swinging ball, lands on middle and straightens down the line. Warner defends off the front foot.

0.2

Kumar to Warner, no run, 125.5 kph, but the ball again straightens nicely from a full length outside off. Warner defends to point with an opened face.

0.3

Kumar to Warner, no run, Warner gets a little too far across as he defends another ball that straightens from middle and off.

0.4

Kumar to Warner, no run, back of a length, PK is getting the ball to angle in and go straight. Warner defends.

0.5

Kumar to Warner, no run, goes further short, but no width - generally good lines. Warner defends to cover.

0.6

Kumar to Warner, no run, top start from PK. After getting five of them to go away, he bends one in drastically and catches Warner unawares. The ball bursts through to hit his pad as he looks to work to leg from the crease.

End of over 1 (maiden) Australia 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
DA Warner    0* (6b)      P Kumar    1-1-0-0
SR Watson    0* (0b)     

Irfan for the second over. Left arm over, with two slips. Watto is on strike.

1.1

Pathan to Watson, no run, swing for Irfan now. The ball yo-yos back into Watson from outside off, and he defends cautiously with bat and pad thrust forward.

1.2

Pathan to Watson, no run, 133 kph, fuller and swinging down the line. Watson gets the front pad across and plays a tad around it, to the leg side.

1.3

Pathan to Watson, no run, Watson defends with very soft hands as Irfan swings it in again. Played so softly that it spun back, but didn't go near the stumps.

1.4

Pathan to Watson, no run, this is a good start from India. Ten balls on the money. Irfan again looks for the lbw with a pleasing shape into the right hander. Watson inside-edges the front-foot defensive onto his pad.

1.5

Pathan to Watson, 1 run, Australia are away. Watson is away. Short of a length outside off, he stays back and chops it to Umesh at third man.

1.6

Pathan to Warner, FOUR, too short, but gets it to swing again. Warner stays back and gets a thick edge as the ball deviates away from his clam-fisted steer. The edge flies over the heads of the slip fielders down to the third man boundary.

End of over 2 (5 runs) Australia 5/0 (RR: 2.50)
DA Warner    4* (7b 1x4)      IK Pathan    1-0-5-0
SR Watson    1* (5b)      P Kumar    1-1-0-0

2.1

Kumar to Watson, no run, back of a length to Watson, he defends after getting half forward. Soft hands again, very typical of Watson.

2.2

Kumar to Watson, OUT, If you remember the CB Series final from 2008, this is almost exactly how PK got rid of Ricky Ponting. Back of a length, a hint of wobble away from the batsman. Watson goes back and looks to bang it over the leg side, but miscues it, perhaps because of the deviation away from the bat, and the pull loops gingerly to mid-on. India have struck early, Watson goes back after a short-lived comeback.

SR Watson c Yadav b Kumar 1 (9m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

Forrest is in at No. 3.

2.3

Kumar to Forrest, no run, PK continues to swerve it away from the right hander, but this is too wide of off stump to trouble Forrest.

2.4

Kumar to Forrest, no run, makes him play with a fuller length ball. Forrest plays the line cautiously. Defended to the off side.

2.5

Kumar to Forrest, no run, back of a length, Forrest pokes it to the off side from the crease.

2.6

Kumar to Forrest, 1 run, Forrest is away, as PK bowls his first ball that's not on target. On the pads, nudged cautiously in front of square leg for one.

End of over 3 (1 run) Australia 6/1 (RR: 2.00)
PJ Forrest    1* (4b)      P Kumar    2-1-1-1
DA Warner    4* (7b 1x4)      IK Pathan    1-0-5-0

This happened before the game: MS Dhoni has blamed the media for quoting him selectively to Virender Sehwag to elicit replies that suggested a grave communication gap in the team. He said no such problem existed, and there was no need to straighten it out. However, he said that it did create an awkward situation because it was possible Sehwag might have actually believed hat the press told him Dhoni had said. He hadn't, Dhoni said.

Sid Monga will have all the details up for us in a bit.

3.1

Pathan to Forrest, no run, PK curls one in from outside off and Forrest is caught pushing tentatively inside the line... India are abuzz here.

3.2

Pathan to Forrest, no run, straighter, swinging in towards middle and off, and it is defended to the on side.

3.3

Pathan to Forrest, no run, stays crease-bound and blocks a length ball to cover.

3.4

Pathan to Forrest, no run, Forrest stays in the crease and defends to the off side again. He does play a generous number of dot-balls this man. Though, this is still early days in his innings.

3.5

Pathan to Forrest, no run, the sucker ball, Irfan gets it to hold its line as it angles across. Forrest wisely lets it go.

3.6

Pathan to Forrest, no run, pins him in the crease yet again with a length ball that straightens. Forrest blocks to mid-on. Maiden for Irfan now.

End of over 4 (maiden) Australia 6/1 (RR: 1.50)
PJ Forrest    1* (10b)      IK Pathan    2-1-5-0
DA Warner    4* (7b 1x4)      P Kumar    2-1-1-1

4.1

Kumar to Warner, 1 run, Warner pushes a single into the wide mid-off region as PK keeps it on a length outside off.

4.2

Kumar to Forrest, no run, PK gets so close to the stumps from over the wicket that he knocks the bails off. (No, he wasn't attempting the Mankad.) Forrest defends from the crease to point.

4.3

Kumar to Forrest, 1 wide, PK slants one too far down the leg side and it is called a wide. First really poor ball of the day.

4.3

Kumar to Forrest, 1 run, short of a length outside off. Forrest opens the face and dabs to point for a single.

4.4

Kumar to Warner, 1 run, the big curve-ball from PK that bends in drastically from wide of the crease, round the stumps, and restricts Warner's scoring ideas through the off side. This came in too far, and Warner tucked it to the leg side for one.

Back over the stumps to Forrest.

4.5

Kumar to Forrest, no run, and this one comes in sharply the other way. Can you believe India have been benching this man through the series? Forrest manages to keep this one out.

4.6

Kumar to Forrest, no run, straighter this time, Forrest can't work the ball away cleanly off the pads.

End of over 5 (4 runs) Australia 10/1 (RR: 2.00)
PJ Forrest    2* (14b)      P Kumar    3-1-5-1
DA Warner    6* (9b 1x4)      IK Pathan    2-1-5-0

5.1

Pathan to Warner, 3 runs, top timing from Warner. He sets up a solid base as he shuffles across and punches hard wide of mid-on. Gambhir's the man there, and he chases it down and slides to pull it in.

"The fact that Watson didn't make a score can be expected. He was rushed back to the side without enough warm up matches and added the pressure of being captain due to a clare injury and the dropping of ponting. The sad thing is watson wont save 20 runs in the field. This is a bad move by the selectors to drop ponting while clarke's back was still suspect and watson barely ready to return to action," says Joab Johnstone.

5.2

Pathan to Forrest, FOUR, finally some release for Australia. Irfan drifts the indipper onto the pads, and Forrest smartly gets inside the line and helps it along to fine leg. Easy runs.

5.3

Pathan to Forrest, no run, over-pitched outside off stump, Forrest makes a proud front-foot press and drives to mid-off.

5.4

Pathan to Forrest, 1 run, edgy, but safe. Stays back and goes at a short ball angling across with hard hands. There's no one at gully to catch it.

One slip for Warner.

5.5

Pathan to Warner, 4 leg byes, Irfan's fluffed his lines in this over. This one goes too far down the leg side as he attempts a yorker, and it goes off Warner's boot to fine leg as he attempts the flick.

5.6

Pathan to Warner, 1 run, hard hands again. 132 kph, Irfan swings it away from Warner, who edges it through gully which is vacant once more. 13 off the over.

End of over 6 (13 runs) Australia 23/1 (RR: 3.83)
DA Warner    10* (12b 1x4)      IK Pathan    3-1-14-0
PJ Forrest    7* (17b 1x4)      P Kumar    3-1-5-1

PK round the stumps to Warner.

6.1

Kumar to Warner, 3 runs, jabbed away. PK drops marginally short, Warner falls back in the crease and whips efficiently through wide mid-on. Gambhir is again the man chasing, and the fielding wasn't too shabby. Three runs taken though.

6.2

Kumar to Forrest, OUT, PK does it again. Slower ball from PK, he rolled the fingers over and got it to stop on Forrest and go away. Forrest tries to push to the off side, but gets a thin inside edge that drops onto the stumps.

PJ Forrest b Kumar 7 (17m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 38.88

I'll eat Geoffrey Boycott's hat if PK turns another CB Series India's way.. Mikey Hussey is in at No. 4 today.

6.3

Kumar to MEK Hussey, no run, angled across Huss from over the stumps. He stays in the crease and shoulders arms.

6.4

Kumar to MEK Hussey, no run, back of a length this time, Hussey stays in the crease and defends compactly.

6.5

Kumar to MEK Hussey, no run, pitched up wide of off stump and it straightens down the line. Hussey doesn't try to play it.

6.6

Kumar to MEK Hussey, no run, sharp slant away from the left hander. PK has made a strong comeback to the India side. Hussey lets this one go.

End of over 7 (3 runs) Australia 26/2 (RR: 3.71)
MEK Hussey    0* (4b)      P Kumar    4-1-8-2
DA Warner    13* (13b 1x4)      IK Pathan    3-1-14-0

"Australia's top order has been fragile at best for far too long. Please tell me i'm not the only one that has noticed that once we lose one wicket, there tends to be a domino effect more often than not?," says a worried Arron.

7.1

Pathan to Warner, 2 runs, Warner seems to have got the measure of Irfan at the moment. Back of a length again, the ball straightens into the middle of Warner's bat as he punches between point and cover.

"ummm, Nitin... Im not sure Sir Geoff Boycott will like that." I am not sure I will, Dev.

7.2

Pathan to Warner, no run, fuller length, draws Warner forward and gets him to block to mid-on.

7.3

Pathan to Warner, FOUR, rubbish ball, carved away with intent. 134 kph, pitched well up and swinging, but it was about two feet wide of off stump. Warner did well to reach it despite not moving the feet and just slashed it over the covers.

7.4

Pathan to Warner, FOUR, Warner's toying with Irfan now. Over-compensates with a short of length offering, Warner jumps back - he seemed to expect that - and whips gloriously through midwicket for four more.

Short cover in place. Sehwag it is.

7.5

Pathan to Warner, no run, another poor ball, this time he escapes. Warner hacks a short and wide ball without timing to short cover.

7.6

Pathan to Warner, no run, and again. Over-pitched on the pads, that was asking to be swiped through midwicket, but Warner finds the fielder. 23 from 2 very average overs from Irfan, after a strong start.

End of over 8 (10 runs) Australia 36/2 (RR: 4.50)
DA Warner    23* (19b 3x4)      IK Pathan    4-1-24-0
MEK Hussey    0* (4b)      P Kumar    4-1-8-2

"You'll eat Geoff Boycott's hat? I'm certain that Tony Greig's would be far more delicious," says Phil, who seems to have some experience in the matter.

8.1

Kumar to MEK Hussey, no run, PK continues to drop on a good length and angle it across the left hander. Hussey leaves.

8.2

Kumar to MEK Hussey, no run, shapes away after angling across towards off stump. Another leave from Hussey.

Trust @Rameshsrivats to come up with this. "Days since SRT's last century: 352. 3+5+2=10. b) Year: 2012. 2+0+1+2=5. c) Month: 2. d) Multiply the above: 10x5x2=100. | Yay."

8.3

Kumar to MEK Hussey, no run, full length ball on off stump, Hussey reaches out to cover the line and blocks to cover.

8.4

Kumar to MEK Hussey, no run, pitched up wide of off stump, Hussey lets another one go.

8.5

Kumar to MEK Hussey, 1 run, edged, but safe. Hussey was looking to swing what seemed to be a short ball angling across him to the leg side, but the ball swing away devilishly to take a top edge. It flew high but didn't have the legs to carry to third man. And third man (Ashwin) surely didn't have the legs to get anywhere near it. Landed at least 10 yards away.

8.6

Kumar to Warner, no run, short of a length to Warner, he stays in the crease and defends to the off side.

End of over 9 (1 run) Australia 37/2 (RR: 4.11)
DA Warner    23* (20b 3x4)      P Kumar    5-1-9-2
MEK Hussey    1* (9b)      IK Pathan    4-1-24-0

Dhoni is back. Puts the gloves back on. Irfan continues.

Dhoni has gone off the field, so there's a brief hold-up in play. Nature's call?

"By the way, on the selection comments re: Watson/Clarke/Ponting. Last night Ponting scored 75 not out of 78 balls in the domestic one-day final last night and a thrilling tie. He almost got Tasmania home, but was stuck at the non-strikers end for the whole last over. (The way Australia are going at the moment, they probably wouldn't mind a 75 of 78 from Ponting in this match.)," says Rod.

9.1

Pathan to MEK Hussey, no run, full length from over the stumps, and Hussey defends.

9.2

Pathan to MEK Hussey, no run, Irfan surely prefers having Warner at his end. Hussey leans out and defends to point again.

9.3

Pathan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Hussey drives a full swinging ball to mid-off and sets off for a quick single. Gambhir fields, the ball is following Senior No. 3 today.

9.4

Pathan to Warner, 1 run, angled into Warner's pads and he whips behind square for a single.

"There are some stuff that you don't leave it till last over, like nature's call.. Smart thinking dhoni!" points out Anil_ck.

9.5

Pathan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, another single for Hussey, who presses forward and pushes into the covers.

9.6

Pathan to Warner, 1 run, Warner's turn now to push a length ball past short cover for another single.

End of over 10 (4 runs) Australia 41/2 (RR: 4.10)
DA Warner    25* (22b 3x4)      IK Pathan    5-1-28-0
MEK Hussey    3* (13b)      P Kumar    5-1-9-2

Long spell for PK.

10.1

Kumar to Warner, no run, that swung in from wide of the crease. PK must love this two new-balls rule. Warner stays back and defends to the off side.

10.2

Kumar to Warner, 1 run, shorter and straighter. Warner goes back in the crease and forces through wide mid-on for a single.

10.3

Kumar to MEK Hussey, FOUR, PK is hit for a four at long last. Hussey gets a fractionally shorter ball outside off and guides it expertly through cover point for four. Timing at its best.

10.4

Kumar to MEK Hussey, no run, back of a length again, but no width. Hussey defends to the off side.

"On Ponting's innings last night - he (again) looked very scratchy and was dropped twice! The selectors made the right call in getting rid of him, his time was up," says Michael.

10.5

Kumar to MEK Hussey, no run, back of a length outside off from round the stumps. Hussey stays in the crease and chops to point.

10.6

Kumar to MEK Hussey, no run, angled in from wide of the crease. Hussey defends towards mid-on.

End of over 11 (5 runs) Australia 46/2 (RR: 4.18)
MEK Hussey    7* (17b 1x4)      P Kumar    6-1-14-2
DA Warner    26* (24b 3x4)      IK Pathan    5-1-28-0

In between Powerplays, a bowling change. R Ashwin comes on for some offies. Round the stumps with a slip.

11.1

Ashwin to Warner, no run, tossed up outside off, Warner lunges out confidently and drives to mid-off.

11.2

Ashwin to Warner, no run, straighter, that drifted in towards the pad and Warner defends.

11.3

Ashwin to Warner, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, and straightening. Warner plays it back to the bowler.

11.4

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, on the pad, Warner works it behind square for a single.

"I bet Watson is enjoying his comeback. Handed the captaincy and a spot in the team on a plate only batted for 10 minutes so he wouldnt break down again. What a wonderful life he enjoys," says a sarcastic Brad.

11.5

Ashwin to MEK Hussey, no run, tossed up on Hussey's pads, he turns it straight to midwicket.

11.6

Ashwin to MEK Hussey, no run, good start from Ashwin. Flighted outside off and Hussey leans out to defend to the covers.

End of over 12 (1 run) Australia 47/2 (RR: 3.91)
MEK Hussey    7* (19b 1x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-1-0
DA Warner    27* (28b 3x4)      P Kumar    6-1-14-2

"Er.. i seem to be a bit behind the times here but what on earth happened to the rotation policy?" Welcome to the real world, Satheesh. PK gets another over.

12.1

Kumar to Warner, 2 runs, inside edged, but past the stumps. Short of a length ball outside off, Warner tries to cut despite having no room and chops it past the stumps. He hustles back for the second. Top running this.

12.2

Kumar to Warner, 2 runs, on the pads this time, and Warner plays that punchy whip for the nth time today. Two more through midwicket, and the 50 is up. Most of them, courtesy Irfan Pathan.

12.3

Kumar to Warner, no run, pushes Warner back with a 125 kph ball. Warner stays back and defends to the leg side.

12.4

Kumar to Warner, no run, angled into the pads once more. Warner tucks it straight to midwicket.

12.5

Kumar to Warner, 1 wide, slow bumper at 124 kph. The leg umpire calls it a wide as Warner lets it go.

12.5

Kumar to Warner, 1 run, onto the pads again. PK is not swinging it much any more. Warner tucks it square for a single.

12.6

Kumar to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, what delightful running from Hussey and Warner! Back of a length and on the pads, Hussey turns it to square leg dexterously and sets off. Jadeja had acres to cover before he could get ti it, and that allowed a couple more to be added.

End of over 13 (8 runs) Australia 55/2 (RR: 4.23)
MEK Hussey    9* (20b 1x4)      P Kumar    7-1-22-2
DA Warner    32* (33b 3x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-1-0

13.1

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, slow, high and loopy on the stumps. Warner presses forward and drives through mid-off for a single

13.2

Ashwin to MEK Hussey, 1 run, OUT, a youngster misfields, and it results in a run-out. Maybe, MS Dhoni has a point. Tossed up on off stump, Hussey leans out and drives it straight through Raina at short cover. The single is taken, as Irfan runs around from wide long-off to field it. They decide to go for the second even as Irfan lines up his throw. And then Warner sends Hussey back. No chance. Good throw, straight to Ashwin, who whips the bails out as Hussey dives in. Replays are in, the problem was that Warner started the first run late. He didn't have enough time for the second really ...

MEK Hussey run out 10 (33m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 47.61

13.3

Ashwin to Warner, 1 wide, slips this one down the leg side.

13.3

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, flighted outside off, Warner drives to Irfan again, and this time Irfan fumbles a couple of times. No harm done.

13.4

Ashwin to DJ Hussey, no run, spin and bounce, and an appeal for a bat-pad chance. DJ was looking to flick and missed. It went off pad to the leg side and Dhoni ran across to pouch it.

13.5

Ashwin to DJ Hussey, 1 run, DJ is away, the ball spins in towards the pads and is tucked towards the leg side for one.

13.6

Ashwin to Warner, 2 runs, too short. Warner hacks it square for a single ... PK misfields now and they come back for the second. Whoa, PK nearly throws the stumps down from 50 yards away, but DJ seemed safely in anyway.

End of over 14 (7 runs) Australia 62/3 (RR: 4.42)
DA Warner    36* (36b 3x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-8-0
DJ Hussey    1* (2b)      P Kumar    7-1-22-2

Umesh Yadav comes on at second change.

14.1

Yadav to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, Praveen misfields again. Short of a length outside off, punched into the covers and his misfield allows the second.

14.2

Yadav to DJ Hussey, 3 runs, over-pitched to DJ, who drives superbly through mid-off. The dive is in vain, and Tiwary runs back towards the boundary to pull it in.

14.3

Yadav to Warner, FOUR, short ball from Yadav, shoddy start from him, and Warner's looking increasingly comfortable. He skips back and heaves easily off the hips through backward square leg for four more.,

14.4

Yadav to Warner, no run, goes very full now, he isn't trying the in-between lengths at all. Warner drills it straight to mid-off.

14.5

Yadav to Warner, no run, 146 kph, but Warner is still early on the push-drive. He nearly scoops it straight to mid-off, but it drops short ...

14.6

Yadav to Warner, 1 run, angled into the pads now, Warner slaps it from the crease through backward square leg for a single.

End of over 15 (10 runs) Australia 72/3 (RR: 4.80)
DA Warner    41* (40b 4x4)      UT Yadav    1-0-10-0
DJ Hussey    6* (4b)      R Ashwin    2-0-8-0

Drinks break before the Powerplay, thanks to India's perennially shoddy over-rates. Ashwin continues. Powerplay it is.

15.1

Ashwin to Warner, no run, drifts in from back of a length, and Warner defends to the leg side.

15.2

Ashwin to Warner, no run, short of a length, but no width for Warner as he tries to cut. Can't time it and it is fielded at cover.

15.3

Ashwin to Warner, no run, three dots to start the PP. Tossed up on the stumps and played back to the bowler.

15.4

Ashwin to Warner, 2 runs, Warner gets the score going again, worked off the pads through wide mid-on. Gambhir is the man on the boundary and they take a two. He hits the stumps, but DJ is well in.

15.5

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, short to Warner, he hacks again and PK puts in a tumble to field it in the covers.

Round the stumps to the right hander.

15.6

Ashwin to DJ Hussey, no run, full and straightening from the off stump line. Defended off the front foot.

End of over 16 (3 runs) Australia 75/3 (RR: 4.68)
DJ Hussey    6* (5b)      R Ashwin    3-0-11-0
DA Warner    44* (45b 4x4)      UT Yadav    1-0-10-0

Umesh round the stumps.

16.1

Yadav to Warner, no run, over-pitched on the pads, Warner drills it straight to mid-on. That was a boundary ball.

16.2

Yadav to Warner, 2 runs, another shoddy delivery, angling helpfully onto the pads and Warner clips it through midwicket for a couple.

16.3

Yadav to Warner, FOUR, Warner at his best, and he has a 50 at long last! Over-pitched once more by Umesh, who is looking out of depth in this format. Warner sets himself up strongly in the crease, waits to get under the ball and bangs it away through the covers for four.

16.4

Yadav to Warner, no run, on a length outside off stump, chopped without much timing to point.

16.5

Yadav to Warner, FOUR, Dhoni should make a note in his scratch pad. Gambhir has conceded two runs with his sloppiness on the third man boundary. Umesh delivers a short slower all wide of off stump at 115 kph. Warner cracks it away through point, and Gambhir doesn't bend low enough to stop it on the boundary. India are slackening alarmingly.

16.6

Yadav to Warner, no run, better ball. Good length at good pace on the stumps, and defended to the leg side.

End of over 17 (10 runs) Australia 85/3 (RR: 5.00)
DA Warner    54* (51b 6x4)      UT Yadav    2-0-20-0
DJ Hussey    6* (5b)      R Ashwin    3-0-11-0

Ashwin continues round the stumps to the right hander. He must have his reasons.

17.1

Ashwin to DJ Hussey, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, worked with the angle to the leg side for one.

17.2

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, Ashwin lets one through now, though DJ unintentionally may have made it tough for him. Full ball on the stumps, pushed past Ashwin for one.

17.3

Ashwin to DJ Hussey, 1 run, there's a single for DJ every single ball if he wants it. Ashwin tossed up on the toes, DK tuns it to the leg side for one. Easy.

17.4

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, Warner punches to the leg side for one now.

17.5

Ashwin to DJ Hussey, 1 run, short of a length, same line and angle. DJ gets yet another single with a nudge to leg.

17.6

Ashwin to Warner, no run, tossed up on the off stump, Warner leans out and drives to cover. Dot ball after five singles.

End of over 18 (5 runs) Australia 90/3 (RR: 5.00)
DA Warner    56* (54b 6x4)      R Ashwin    4-0-16-0
DJ Hussey    9* (8b)      UT Yadav    2-0-20-0

Jadeja comes on. In the Powerplay. This could be fun. Yadav has been hit out of the attack.

18.1

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, 1 run, tossed up from round the stumps, driven with the turn through cover.

18.2

Jadeja to Warner, 1 run, back of a length on the pads, Warner turns it square for another single.

18.3

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, 1 run, loopy ball that curves in from wide of the crease. DJ presses forward and drives through mid-off for one.

18.4

Jadeja to Warner, 1 run, flatter and on the pads, easy single for Warner to the leg side.

18.5

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, 1 run, good line and a hint of inward drift. DJ has no problem driving it through extra cover for one.

18.6

Jadeja to Warner, 3 runs, short ball at long last. Warner thumps it away wide of mid-off and Ashwin labours after it before pulling it in on the boundary. Bollywood actors run faster than that in slow-motion sequences.

End of over 19 (8 runs) Australia 98/3 (RR: 5.15)
DA Warner    61* (57b 6x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-8-0
DJ Hussey    12* (11b)      R Ashwin    4-0-16-0

19.1

Ashwin to Warner, FOUR, listless bowling this. Ashwin drops another one short and Warner knifes it away into the covers for four more.

19.2

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, fuller, Warner leans out and pushes to long-off for a single.

India have been woeful from the moment Forrest chopped PK on. Hussey's run out was a bonus.

19.3

Ashwin to DJ Hussey, no run, tossed up outside off, and are my eyes playing tricks on me, or did DJ miss out on a single scoring option? Played back to the bowler.

19.4

Ashwin to DJ Hussey, 1 run, DJ goes back in the crease and works a single to the leg side.

19.5

Ashwin to Warner, no run, Sehwag makes up for some of Gauti's shoddiness. Dives away at square leg and stop s a Warner pull.

19.6

Ashwin to Warner, no run, edged, but lands safe. Ashwin gets the ball to bounce on Warner who goes hard at a cut and gets a thick top edge. The ball loops up and lands just short of Tendulkar at short third man...

End of over 20 (6 runs) Australia 104/3 (RR: 5.20)
DA Warner    66* (61b 7x4)      R Ashwin    5-0-22-0
DJ Hussey    13* (13b)      RA Jadeja    1-0-8-0

Powerplay done. 32 for 0 in it.

20.1

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, 1 run, back of a length outside off, DJ pushes through the covers for a single.

20.2

Jadeja to Warner, no run, full ball at 91.5 kph on the stumps. Warner defends to the off side.

20.3

Jadeja to Warner, no run, on the pads, Warner turns it square and Raina intercepts.

20.4

Jadeja to Warner, 2 runs, flighted generously, Warner drives through wide mid-off for two. Ashwin's throw comes back as slowly as he runs in the outfield.

20.5

Jadeja to Warner, no run, short of a length, Warner has no room to cut and finds point.

20.6

Jadeja to Warner, OUT, Australia lose one, India might have lost two. Full ball from Jadeja, Warner looked to sweep it with the turn, and got a top edge that took off into the Sydney sky. Raina runs back from square leg. Irfan runs in from deep fine leg. Like a silent movie, there was no calling between the two men, both transfixed on the orb in the sky. Irfan belatedly saw Raina hurtling towards him, and his eyes popped out in shock, but there was still no calling. Raina completes a superb catch and then they crash into each other. Raina inadvertedly punches Irfan in the chest, but he holds on to the ball tight. Both men are down. Irfan feels his chest gingerly as he goes off the field. A bit of a smile in there, which is good. Raina seems ok now. Great presence of mind to hold onto the ball through that collision. Raina does some stretches.

DA Warner c Raina b Jadeja 68 (98m 66b 7x4 0x6) SR: 103.03

End of over 21 (3 runs) Australia 107/4 (RR: 5.09)
     RA Jadeja    2-0-11-1
DJ Hussey    14* (14b)      R Ashwin    5-0-22-0

Wade is the new man in.

21.1

Ashwin to Wade, no run, tossed up on the stumps, defended to the off side.

21.2

Ashwin to Wade, 2 runs, Warner is away, he leans out and defends to the off side. India's fielding continues to swing one way and another. A sloppy effort concedes the second.

21.3

Ashwin to Wade, 1 run, Wade steers to the off side for another single.

21.4

Ashwin to DJ Hussey, no run, pitched up on DJ's off stump, and he turns it to mid-on for one.

21.5

Ashwin to DJ Hussey, 1 run, gets away with a disastrous ball. Short and a yard outside leg. DJ sweeps without leaving it, it would have been a wide. Goes straight to fine leg.

A slip in for Wade.

21.6

Ashwin to Wade, 1 run, flighted generously outside off stump, Wade drills it to long-off for one.

End of over 22 (5 runs) Australia 112/4 (RR: 5.09)
MS Wade    4* (4b)      R Ashwin    6-0-27-0
DJ Hussey    15* (16b)      RA Jadeja    2-0-11-1

Stirring story emerged over yesterday, that Wade is a cancer survivor. Inspiring to see him make it big.

22.1

Jadeja to Wade, 1 run, Wade steals a single, leans out and defends to point for one.

22.2

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, 1 run, there you go, on DJ's pads from round the stumps. Single worked to the leg side.

22.3

Jadeja to Wade, 2 runs, short of a length and wide of leg stump. Wade slaps it down to fine leg instead of encashing the wide.

22.4

Jadeja to Wade, 1 run, too short, Wade thumps it straight to deep midwicket for a single.

22.5

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, no run, fuller, gets DJ to lean out and defend.

22.6

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, no run, again, good finish to the over. Flighted outside off and DJ drives straight to cover.

End of over 23 (5 runs) Australia 117/4 (RR: 5.08)
DJ Hussey    16* (19b)      RA Jadeja    3-0-16-1
MS Wade    8* (7b)      R Ashwin    6-0-27-0

Ashwin continues. Over the stumps with a slip to the left hander.

23.1

Ashwin to Wade, 1 leg bye, tossed up outside leg, turned with the angle to the leg side for one.

Over the stumps now to DJ. At long last.

23.2

Ashwin to DJ Hussey, 1 run, another misfield, this time from Raina at mid-on. Bad bounce? Single for DJ.

23.3

Ashwin to Wade, no run, tossed up outside off, Wade leans out to meet it and steers towards point.

23.4

Ashwin to Wade, no run, deceives him in the flight, Wade plays from the crease when he should have been forward. Defends it anyway.

23.5

Ashwin to Wade, no run, fuller, Wade leans out and defends to the off side.

23.6

Ashwin to Wade, 1 run, Is history being made here? Dhoni has appealed for DJ's wicket for the batsman obstructing the field. What's with India captains and run outs! DJ could be in trouble here. Full ball on off stump, Wade drives to Raina at short cover for a quick single. The throw was heading towards Dhoni, DJ was unintentionally in the way as he ran a straight line from his crease. He puts his right hand out to stop the ball from hitting him. Mind you, the ball wasn't travelling at pace, it wouldn't have wounded DJ if it had hit him. Can you be given out for doing that? According to the new ICC rules, yes. Dhoni has asked for it.. This will be harsh on DJ, but by the rules this could be out. Bowden and Taufel are taking their time over this with the third umpire having a close look. The third umpire has decided that DJ didn't put his hand out to save his wicket, but to save himself from damage. Dhoni is explaining to the umpires that he thinks otherwise. The spirit of cricket discussions can begin afresh! The rule is a fairly strange one, and the ICC has clearly not thought it through. The over-rates continue to take a beating!

End of over 24 (3 runs) Australia 120/4 (RR: 5.00)
MS Wade    9* (12b)      R Ashwin    7-0-29-0
DJ Hussey    17* (20b)      RA Jadeja    3-0-16-1

24.1

Jadeja to Wade, no run, full ball on the pads, Wade defends to the leg side.

24.2

Jadeja to Wade, 2 runs, poor ball, angling down the leg side, and Wade laps it to fine leg for a couple.

24.3

Jadeja to Wade, 1 run, tossed up wide of off stump, Wade skips out and drives through mid-off.

Remember Inzamam's comical run out, also against India, in 2006? He played a textbook forward defensive from mid-pitch when the ball was heading to his stumps. Guess who was the fielder ... Raina!

24.4

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, 1 run, DJ works a ball to the leg side and takes a single ... Throw comes in to the bowler's end, the crowd loves it!

24.5

Jadeja to Wade, no run, Wade is beaten outside off by a ball that skids through from a length.

24.6

Jadeja to Wade, 1 run, worked off the pads to the leg side for one more.

End of over 25 (5 runs) Australia 125/4 (RR: 5.00)
MS Wade    13* (17b)      RA Jadeja    4-0-21-1
DJ Hussey    18* (21b)      R Ashwin    7-0-29-0

Sehwag comes on now.. Round the stumps.

25.1

Sehwag to Wade, no run, tossed up outside off, Wade mistimes the cut.

25.2

Sehwag to Wade, no run, fuller ball, gets him forward and defends to the off side.

I remember Raina taking a painful blow on his shin while running a single in the previous game. He was limping for a while after that. Perhaps he should have hit it away with the bat?

25.3

Sehwag to Wade, 1 run, Wade gets a single now, through wide mid-on.

25.4

Sehwag to DJ Hussey, no run

25.5

Sehwag to DJ Hussey, 1 run, DJ nurdles with the spin through mid-on for a single.

25.6

Sehwag to Wade, 1 run, Wade skips out and drives through long-off for a single.

End of over 26 (3 runs) Australia 128/4 (RR: 4.92)
MS Wade    15* (21b)      V Sehwag    1-0-3-0
DJ Hussey    19* (23b)      RA Jadeja    4-0-21-1

"Regarding that Inzi dismissal, Simon Taufel was also umpiring, and Dhoni keeping ... the only difference was the color of Dhoni's hair!" Well remembered, Tuhins!

26.1

Jadeja to Wade, no run, short of a length from Jadeja, Wade defends to the leg side.

26.2

Jadeja to Wade, 2 runs, not for the first time, Jadeja tosses it down the leg side and Wade lap sweeps to fine leg for two.

26.3

Jadeja to Wade, 1 run, Wade skips out and opens the face to steer to point for one.

The crowd is booing its heart out!

26.4

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, no run, angled in from wide of the crease, defended off the front foot.

26.5

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, no run, angled in, DJ gets half forward and defends.

26.6

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, 1 run, another short ball, DJ pulls to deep square leg for one.

End of over 27 (4 runs) Australia 132/4 (RR: 4.88)
DJ Hussey    20* (26b)      RA Jadeja    5-0-25-1
MS Wade    18* (24b)      V Sehwag    1-0-3-0

Sehwag round the stumps.

27.1

Sehwag to DJ Hussey, 1 run, back of a length outside off, pushed to cover for one.

I wonder if MSD is worried about Irfan's condition. He's still off the field. Perhaps that's why Sehwag is on.

27.2

Sehwag to Wade, no run, full ball on the leg stump line, defended back to the bowler.

27.3

Sehwag to Wade, 1 run, good work from Umesh, but he throws to the wrong end. Wade was gone for all money as he ran back half the way for the second run, but Yadav had flung it to Dhoni's end. Dhoni's relay to the bowler's end missed. Ahem, Wade deliberately came in the way this time. Does anyone know the rules? I suspect I don't!

27.4

Sehwag to DJ Hussey, 1 run, on DJ's pads, turned to the leg side for a single.

27.5

Sehwag to Wade, no run, Wade leans out and defends to the off side.

27.6

Sehwag to Wade, 1 run, shorter ball, Wade stays back and guides it to point for one.

End of over 28 (4 runs) Australia 136/4 (RR: 4.85)
MS Wade    20* (28b)      V Sehwag    2-0-7-0
DJ Hussey    22* (28b)      RA Jadeja    5-0-25-1

28.1

Jadeja to Wade, 1 run, tossed up to Wade, he drives through extra cover for one.

Wade is playing himself in nicely against part-timers forced on by Irfan's condition. Or by the poor over rates.

28.2

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, 1 run, DJ goes back and forces a length ball into the covers for one.

28.3

Jadeja to Wade, 1 run, easy pinch of a single for Wade, he leans out and tucks to midwicket which is as vacant as a desolate mansion on a highway.

28.4

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, 1 run, DJ's turn to get the front foot across and work to midwicket.

28.5

Jadeja to Wade, 1 run, short of a length on the pads, Wade nudges to the leg side for one more single.

28.6

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, no run, DJ defends a full ball watchfully down the track.

End of over 29 (5 runs) Australia 141/4 (RR: 4.86)
DJ Hussey    24* (31b)      RA Jadeja    6-0-30-1
MS Wade    23* (31b)      V Sehwag    2-0-7-0

"Indians are as soft as a sponge in the bath tub." Lovely simile Laurie, but India just appealed for something most captains wouldn't have.

29.1

Sehwag to Wade, no run, tossed up outside off, Wade defends to the off side.

29.2

Sehwag to Wade, 1 run, on Wade's pads, he nudges to the leg side for another easy single.

Paul: "Regarding Wade's almost run out, I don't think he should have been given out. Dhoni's throw was no way near the stumps that time - to give him out as punishment for running in front of the stumps then would have been a bit unfair, IMO. " Paul, Wade was in the way and Dhoni had to throw in a way that would avoid Wade, which ruled out the direct hit.

29.3

Sehwag to DJ Hussey, 1 run

29.4

Sehwag to Wade, 1 run, flighted to Wade who skips out and drives a single through mid-off.

29.5

Sehwag to DJ Hussey, 1 run, back in the crease is DJ for a resourceful dink to the leg side for one.

29.6

Sehwag to Wade, no run, Wade works one from middle stump towards backward square leg.

End of over 30 (4 runs) Australia 145/4 (RR: 4.83)
MS Wade    25* (35b)      V Sehwag    3-0-11-0
DJ Hussey    26* (33b)      RA Jadeja    6-0-30-1

30.1

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, no run, loud appeal for lbw, but he seems to have been saved by the height. Or an inside edge. Tossed up and holding its line as DJ presses forward.

30.2

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, no run, another one curves in towards the pads, DJ defends off the front foot.

30.3

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, 1 run, run out attempt, no controversy! Wade dives in as Raina flings from cover to Dhoni, ball and runner in different trajectories.

30.4

Jadeja to Wade, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Wade drives though mid-off for one.

India's over-rate is looking up now.

30.5

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, no run, DJ defends off the front foot to cover.

30.6

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, no run, short ball, Jadeja escapes as DJ hacks it straight to midwicket.

End of over 31 (2 runs) Australia 147/4 (RR: 4.74)
DJ Hussey    27* (38b)      RA Jadeja    7-0-32-1
MS Wade    26* (36b)      V Sehwag    3-0-11-0

Was the media at fault for talk of a rift in the Indian team, as MS Dhoni has claimed? ESPNcricinfo provides transcripts of the relevant press conferences to let you decide. Here you go.

31.1

Sehwag to Wade, FOUR, Wade wades into Sehwag. He runs down the pitch, gets to the flight of a full ball and slams it over midwicket. Boundary after a long time.

31.2

Sehwag to Wade, 1 run, Wade stays in the crease and pushes with the spin through extra cover for one.

Round the stumps to DJ, who must be loving this.

31.3

Sehwag to DJ Hussey, 1 run, worked off the pads to square leg for yet another gifted single.

31.4

Sehwag to Wade, no run, back of a length on the stumps, Wade defends from the crease to the off side.

31.5

Sehwag to Wade, no run, Wade tries to work a length ball to the leg side, but can't get it away.

31.6

Sehwag to Wade, no run, Wade jumps out and defends as Sehwag smartly pulls the length back. Good finish to the over.

End of over 32 (6 runs) Australia 153/4 (RR: 4.78)
MS Wade    31* (41b 1x4)      V Sehwag    4-0-17-0
DJ Hussey    28* (39b)      RA Jadeja    7-0-32-1

32.1

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, 1 run

32.2

Jadeja to Wade, no run, short ball, Wade misses out as he mistimes the pull, straight to midwicket.

32.3

Jadeja to Wade, 1 run, stays back to a length ball and opens the face to steer behind point.

32.4

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, DJ stays in the crease and chops a short ball hard through point.,

32.5

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, 1 run, fuller and slower, draws DJ forward and he drives to long-off.

50-run stand up just like that. India aren't even looking for wickets, which is strange when you have a side 4 down for 100 and a bit.

32.6

Jadeja to Wade, 1 run, on the pads again, Wade nurdles another single to the leg side.

End of over 33 (6 runs) Australia 159/4 (RR: 4.81)
MS Wade    33* (44b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    8-0-38-1
DJ Hussey    32* (42b)      V Sehwag    4-0-17-0

Irfan is back on the field. He's recovered from the Raina punch, escaped with a bruise. Sehwag continues.

33.1

Sehwag to Wade, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, driven with the turn through mid-off.

33.2

Sehwag to DJ Hussey, no run, full on the stumps from round the wicket. Defended off the front foot.

33.3

Sehwag to DJ Hussey, no run, straighter, DJ's flick goes straight to midwicket.

33.4

Sehwag to DJ Hussey, no run, back of a length on the stumps, DJ nudges with the turn to the leg side and misses out on another single.

33.5

Sehwag to DJ Hussey, FOUR, he's made up for the two dots with a murderous pull as Sehwag drops hopelessly short. DJ pranced back in the crease and pulled resourcefully through midwicket.

33.6

Sehwag to DJ Hussey, 1 run, tossed up to end the over, driven to mid on and it is drinks.

End of over 34 (6 runs) Australia 165/4 (RR: 4.85)
DJ Hussey    37* (47b 1x4)      V Sehwag    5-0-23-0
MS Wade    34* (45b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    8-0-38-1

"Will India travel out of Sydney without a controversy?" Good one, Vishnu. Batting Powerplay comes on one over earlier than it becomes compulsory. Jadeja continues. Cripes!

34.1

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, FOUR, boy, what a horrible ball. Drops it in his half, Hussey jumps back and thrashes him through square leg for another four.

Two men behind square on the leg side, inside the ring now.

34.2

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, no run, better line, full on leg, worked straight to one of those two fielders.

34.3

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, 3 runs, too straight now, DJ calmly flicks it down towards fine leg. Tendulkar runs back and saves the fourth run.

Three men back on the leg side boundary for Wade.. Where will Jadeja bowl?

34.4

Jadeja to Wade, FOUR, but of course, short of a length wide of off stump. India have burnt the script and drowned the ashes. Wade stays back and opens the face to steer a four to third man., Easy as they come. MSD has a word with Jadeja.

34.5

Jadeja to Wade, no run, that's going down in Jadeja's CV. "Bowled Dot ball in batting Powerplay in Sydney"

34.6

Jadeja to Wade, 1 run, on the pads, Wade goes back and whips a single to square leg.

End of over 35 (12 runs) Australia 177/4 (RR: 5.05)
MS Wade    39* (48b 2x4)      RA Jadeja    9-0-50-1
DJ Hussey    44* (50b 2x4)      V Sehwag    5-0-23-0

Ashwin comes on now. He is more of a Powerplay specialist than Jadeja. He has an off side field.

35.1

Ashwin to Wade, 2 leg byes, Ashwin's turn to bowl down the leg side now, and Wade gets some pad on it as it trickles down to fine leg for runs.

35.2

Ashwin to Wade, 1 run, on the pads again, worked with the angle to square leg for one.

Mid-on and midwicket back. Has to go middle and leg now, as Akmram points out. Round the stumps.

35.3

Ashwin to DJ Hussey, 1 run, tossed up outside leg, DJ drives to long-on for a single.

35.4

Ashwin to Wade, 1 run, on a length outside off, Wade opens the face and dabs behind point for one.

35.5

Ashwin to DJ Hussey, no run, stops on Hussey from a length and he plays it back uppishly, but it lands well short of Ashwin.

35.6

Ashwin to DJ Hussey, no run, good end to the over. Full ball on off stump, DJ looks to dab square but can't beat point.

End of over 36 (5 runs) Australia 182/4 (RR: 5.05)
DJ Hussey    45* (53b 2x4)      R Ashwin    8-0-32-0
MS Wade    41* (51b 2x4)      RA Jadeja    9-0-50-1

"So the find of the Test series is not good enough to bowl after 2 overs?" Pinal, the find of the Test series has been found out in the one-day series. Praveen Kumar to bowl now. Irfan has gone off the field once again. This is big trouble for India.

36.1

Kumar to Wade, no run, short of a length outside off from round the stumps. Steered to point.

36.2

Kumar to Wade, no run, back of a length again, Wade looks for the dab behind point but finds the fielder. Single denied once more.

PK comes over the stumps now.

36.3

Kumar to Wade, 2 runs, length ball on the pads, Wade tickles it through square leg and thet hustle back for a second before Jadeja can run in and cover it.

36.4

Kumar to Wade, 1 run, short ball now, Wade sets up nicely and pulls hard, but there's protection in the deep.

36.5

Kumar to DJ Hussey, 1 run, PK slips down the leg side and DJ glances down to fine leg. They want two, but Tendulkar has the strongest arm in this side. He fires in a howitzer throw, and Wade wisely abandons ideas of the second.

Mark Taylor apparently said he'd have given DJ out for obstructing the field. But plenty of others would disagree with him there.

36.6

Kumar to Wade, 1 run, on the pads now, Wade whips and sprints for a single.

End of over 37 (5 runs) Australia 187/4 (RR: 5.05)
MS Wade    45* (56b 2x4)      P Kumar    8-1-27-2
DJ Hussey    46* (54b 2x4)      R Ashwin    8-0-32-0

Should the question of "Would have he been out if he hadn't blocked the ball" apply? How does one judge that? A rule can't be more nebulous than this one.

37.1

Ashwin to Wade, no run, back of a length, Wade tries to force to the leg side but can't get it away.

37.2

Ashwin to Wade, SIX, Ashwin's turn now to bowl an ugly long-hop and Wade has shredded it with a visceral pull over midwicket for six. That's his 50, and he's been allowed to play really well here.

37.3

Ashwin to Wade, 1 run, fuller length, pushed in front of square for one.

37.4

Ashwin to DJ Hussey, 1 run, on the pads to DJ, who whips it into the midwicket for a single.

37.5

Ashwin to Wade, no run, fuller on the pads, Wade leans out and works it to the leg side.

37.6

Ashwin to Wade, no run, back of a length, Wade tries to nudge square but can't get the gap. Two dots to end another Ashwin over.

End of over 38 (8 runs) Australia 195/4 (RR: 5.13)
MS Wade    52* (61b 2x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    9-0-40-0
DJ Hussey    47* (55b 2x4)      P Kumar    8-1-27-2

38.1

Kumar to DJ Hussey, no run, well done by PK on his follow through. Full length ball, pushed down the ground, and PK dives full length to his right to field it.

38.2

Kumar to DJ Hussey, 1 run, too full, too straight and DJ trumpets it away through midwicket. He manages to find Ashwin inside the circle at midwicket.

"The problem he's had against Australia is that he has given lots of runs and hasn't taken any wickets" - Shastri gets incisive on why Ashwin is struggling.

38.3

Kumar to Wade, 1 run, on the pads, works it easily through square leg for another single.

38.4

Kumar to DJ Hussey, 1 run, DJ jumps out, Praveen sees him and keeps it full and straight on leg stump. DJ has no room to work with, and pushes a quick single to mid-on.

38.5

Kumar to Wade, no run, yorker, effective even at 124.8 kph. Wade digs it out to the off side.

38.6

Kumar to Wade, 1 run, another full ball, driven to Ashwin in the covers, who takes a while releasing the ball to allow the single.

End of over 39 (4 runs) Australia 199/4 (RR: 5.10)
MS Wade    54* (64b 2x4 1x6)      P Kumar    9-1-31-2
DJ Hussey    49* (58b 2x4)      R Ashwin    9-0-40-0

Despite bowling a lot of average stuff, India concede only 34 in the Powerplay. The last ten overs loom ominously ahead of them. Good news - Irfan Pathan is back on the field and limbering up. Umesh Yadav to bowl his third over.

39.1

Yadav to Wade, 2 runs, length ball at pace on the pads, Wade flicks behind square for a couple. Not the best line to bowl with fine leg inside the circle.

39.2

Yadav to Wade, OUT, Yadav has a wicket! He can't believe his luck, he turns back and appeals after getting a healthy edge to the keeper. A bowler with pace makes a different straight away. Wade tries to open the face and steer a length ball behind square on the off side. Extra pace and bounce, forces the edge straight into Dhoni's mitts.

MS Wade c †Dhoni b Yadav 56 (65m 66b 2x4 1x6) SR: 84.84

Christian in at 7. India should look for another wicket if they can. There's a long way to go, and Australia are into their lower order. Christian can whack it, mind you.

39.3

Yadav to Christian, no run, short of a length outside off, Christian stays on the crease and defends to the off side.

39.4

Yadav to Christian, 1 run, thick outside edge once again as Yadav hustles Christian with a fast ball outside off. It bounds down to third man.

39.5

Yadav to DJ Hussey, 1 run, Intentional dab to third man from DJ, who uses Yadav's pace to pick another single. His fifty is up, it looks like he's got a 50 every time he's come out to bat in this series.

"The problem with Umesh is he is bowling quick but is often misses the good line if he sticks to bowl on a good length then he is a real difficult bowler to get away with. I suppose he would definitely take some time to pick these up," says Melwin. A slip in place now.

39.6

Yadav to Christian, 1 wide, ah, blown it. Too short, too wide and it is called. Christian tries to carve it over the off side, but misses.

39.6

Yadav to Christian, 1 run, ends this over with a good length ball on the pads, that Christian works square for a single.

End of over 40 (6 runs) Australia 205/5 (RR: 5.12)
DT Christian    2* (3b)      UT Yadav    3-0-26-1
DJ Hussey    50* (59b 2x4)      P Kumar    9-1-31-2

Jadeja back, now that the Powerplay is safely out of the way.

40.1

Jadeja to Christian, no run, good length, and a tight line. Christian defends.

40.2

Jadeja to Christian, no run, fired in again, Christian looks to work to leg and gets some pad on it.

40.3

Jadeja to Christian, no run, another dot ball, full ball outside off that is played down the track.

40.4

Jadeja to Christian, 1 leg bye, huge lbw shout turned down. Christian was across the stumps and looking to nudge to leg, the ball struck him in front of leg, but it was sliding down.

40.5

Jadeja to DJ Hussey, 1 run, tossed up to Hussey, who pushes a single into the covers.

40.6

Jadeja to Christian, no run, excellent finish from Jadeja, keeps Christian in the crease with a full ball that is blocked into the covers.

End of over 41 (2 runs) Australia 207/5 (RR: 5.04)
DT Christian    2* (8b)      RA Jadeja    10-0-51-1
DJ Hussey    51* (60b 2x4)      UT Yadav    3-0-26-1

Ashwin comes on for his last over. It will be all seam after that... Unless Raina and Kohli come on for slog-over bursts.

41.1

Ashwin to DJ Hussey, 1 run, thrown up on the stumps, DJ works it through mid-on for a single.

41.2

Ashwin to Christian, 1 run, full ball on leg stump, Christian drives now through long-on for one more.

41.3

Ashwin to DJ Hussey, 1 run, DJ is kept to a single as he leans across and drives through the covers. Jadeja does well to cut off the second.

41.4

Ashwin to Christian, no run, carrom ball lands outside leg and straightens, Christian ticles to the leg side.

41.5

Ashwin to Christian, 1 run, flighted on the stumps, Christian drives to long-on for one. It goes through DJ at the non-striker's end, admittedly quite low. But Hussey jumps over to let it go. Doesn't use his hands. Just saying.

41.6

Ashwin to DJ Hussey, 1 run, good finish from Ashwin too as Australia wind up for a bang. Back of a length on the stumps, whipped through midwicket for one. In three games against Australia in the CB series, Ashwin has 0 wickets.

End of over 42 (5 runs) Australia 212/5 (RR: 5.04)
DJ Hussey    54* (63b 2x4)      R Ashwin    10-0-45-0
DT Christian    4* (11b)      RA Jadeja    10-0-51-1

42.1

Yadav to DJ Hussey, OUT, Yadav is on a roll. He's brought India back into this game with a twin-strike. Bowling your fastest bowler seems to be a good idea after all. Short of a length, hustled by the pace, DJ goes for the pull but the ball is through him very quickly. Another edge, straight to Dhoni, even as DJ loses his grip on the bat.. Yadav smiles, this is the first bit of good news he's had in a long time.

DJ Hussey c †Dhoni b Yadav 54 (113m 64b 2x4 0x6) SR: 84.37

McKay is in. So is slip.

42.2

Yadav to McKay, 1 run, short of a length outside off, dabbed behind point for a single.

42.3

Yadav to Christian, no run, short of a length on the stumps, Christian jabs it down the track.

Sachin and the Don in one picture.

42.4

Yadav to Christian, FOUR, another short ball, this time the batsman sees it and plays the pull shot early. He strong-arms the pull shot through midwicket for four. Good timing, it went in front of square.

42.5

Yadav to Christian, no run, tries the yorker this time, tails in to Christian who is late coming forward, but he keeps it out.

42.6

Yadav to Christian, no run, slower ball at 116 kph, Christian defends sedately.

End of over 43 (5 runs) Australia 217/6 (RR: 5.04)
DT Christian    8* (15b 1x4)      UT Yadav    4-0-31-2
CJ McKay    1* (1b)      R Ashwin    10-0-45-0

Sehwag bowls now... Round the stumps.

43.1

Sehwag to McKay, OUT, Sehwag strikes. Dhoni has a stumping. Sehwag and Dhoni do a high-five. Superb keeping from the captain. The ball skidded along from a good length without spinning in. McKay was leaning out and it went past the outside edge. His backfoot stepped up for a fraction of a second, and Dhoni was waiting. The bails are off before you could have said "Rift".

CJ McKay st †Dhoni b Sehwag 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Lee is back in, and India are back in this. Wonder why they didn't go for these wickets earlier, though. Over-rates and Pathan's injury surely altered their plans.

43.2

Sehwag to Lee, no run, full ball on the stumps, Lee looks to sweep and is hit on the pad.

43.3

Sehwag to Lee, 2 runs, slipping down the leg. Lee slaps it round the corner, and Gambhir puts in the slide on the fine leg boundary and a relay throw to keep them to two.

43.4

Sehwag to Lee, no run, Lee looks to steer to the off side, but can't get the ball away.

43.5

Sehwag to Lee, no run, another dot ball, as Lee nudges with the spin straight to square leg.

43.6

Sehwag to Lee, no run, another superb over for India. Lee works a length ball straight to square leg.

End of over 44 (2 runs) Australia 219/7 (RR: 4.97)
B Lee    2* (5b)      V Sehwag    6-0-25-1
DT Christian    8* (15b 1x4)      UT Yadav    4-0-31-2

"The only rift there in McKay's wicket was between the bat and the ball," points out Sravan.

44.1

Yadav to Christian, no run, full ball tailing in late, Christian digs it out down the ground and Yadav parries it away.

The run rate has dropped below 5.

44.2

Yadav to Christian, no run, Australia are getting stuck now. Full length ball comes in towards the pads and Christian works it straight to Sehwag at midwicket.

44.3

Yadav to Christian, 1 run, slower ball at 113 kph, drops it fractionally short and Christian pulls. There's protection at deep midwicket, and it is one of the honorary members of the SCG.

44.4

Yadav to Lee, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Lee can't get any power on the square drive and it goes straight to point.

44.5

Yadav to Lee, no run, 136 kph on a lifting short ball that gave Lee absolutely no room. He tried to upper cut from beside his face, and made no contact.

44.6

Yadav to Lee, 1 wide, the slower ball goes down the leg side and is called a wide.

44.6

Yadav to Lee, no run, another big curve ball that comes in at pace. Lee can't get it away. Bright phase this for India.

End of over 45 (2 runs) Australia 221/7 (RR: 4.91)
B Lee    2* (8b)      UT Yadav    5-0-33-2
DT Christian    9* (18b 1x4)      V Sehwag    6-0-25-1

Sehwag keeps bowling. Clearly Dhoni believes in his man!

45.1

Sehwag to Christian, 1 run, tossed up full outside off stump, swept square for a single.

45.2

Sehwag to Lee, no run, Lee leans out and works a full ball to mid-on.

45.3

Sehwag to Lee, 1 run, Gambhir is the one man having a wonky day. Length ball on the pads, worked behind square leg and Gambhir over-runs it but it doesn't cost a second.

45.4

Sehwag to Christian, 1 run, on the pads, tucked square for a single.

45.5

Sehwag to Lee, no run, pitches this one up, and Lee pushes it back down the track.

45.6

Sehwag to Lee, no run, Lee tries to sweep a full ball on the stumps, but it hits the pad. India appeal for the lbw, but it is not given. Pitched outside leg.

End of over 46 (3 runs) Australia 224/7 (RR: 4.86)
B Lee    3* (12b)      V Sehwag    7-0-28-1
DT Christian    11* (20b 1x4)      UT Yadav    5-0-33-2

46.1

Yadav to Christian, no run, Yadav does extremely well to make that look like a chance. Christan blasts a length ball straight back down the track and Yadav gets his hands to it, but it doesn't stick. Thankfully, the fingers don't fall off.

46.2

Yadav to Christian, 1 run, short ball now, Christian bunts for a single.

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46.3

Yadav to Lee, 1 run, slower ball to Lee, who laboriously drags it through wide mid-on for a single.

46.4

Yadav to Christian, no run, slow legspinner, stops and sleeps on Christian who hacks to the off side. Raina rumbles in to cut off the single.

46.5

Yadav to Christian, FOUR, yorker misses the mark by an inch or so, and at Yadav's pace that's all it takes. Christian flicks it expertly through midwicket and the ball disappears through to the ropes.

46.6

Yadav to Christian, 1 leg bye, that nipped in at pace, Christian couldn't get the bat on it and it goes off the pad to the off side for a leg bye.

End of over 47 (7 runs) Australia 231/7 (RR: 4.91)
DT Christian    16* (25b 2x4)      UT Yadav    6-0-39-2
B Lee    4* (13b)      V Sehwag    7-0-28-1

Last 5 overs - 19 for 2. Sehwag keeps bowling.

47.1

Sehwag to Christian, 1 run, short ball, Christian pulls it hard but there's protection at deep midwicket, so he gets only one.

47.2

Sehwag to Lee, no run, flat and fast outside off, Lee goes back and hacks straight to Irfan in the off side. The momentum is gone.

47.3

Sehwag to Lee, OUT, and now Lee is gone. Having fired a couple through, Sehwag slows this one in the air and holds it back to hoodwink Lee as he charges out of the crease. He ends up swinging his swipe across the line, and the ball goes straight to Kohli at deep square leg.

B Lee c Kohli b Sehwag 4 (14m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 26.66

I suspect Dhoni's usage of Sehwag today is intended to prove a point to people suggesting a rift in the side. The move has paid off, so that's two birds with one stone.

47.4

Sehwag to Christian, 1 run, length ball on the pads, Dan C goes back and works a single behind square.

47.5

Sehwag to Doherty, no run, drift outside off stump, Doherty mistimes the cut to point.

47.6

Sehwag to Doherty, no run, another one curls in out of Sehwag's fingers. Doherty chops it listlessly to point. Boy, how fast the tables have turned since Yadav came back on!

End of over 48 (2 runs) Australia 233/8 (RR: 4.85)
XJ Doherty    0* (2b)      V Sehwag    8-0-30-2
DT Christian    18* (27b 2x4)      UT Yadav    6-0-39-2

@sidvee slips in a sly tweet: "I think Dhoni's message to Sehwag is clear. "You have the potential to be the next Joginder Sharma." PK comes back on now.

48.1

Kumar to Christian, 1 run, full and straight at the toes as Dan Christian chips out of the crease. Only a single available as the ball dribbles to the off side.

"Infact thats 3 birds in 1 stone fore a change.The rift , the move paying off and the dramatic improvement in over rate." True, Sridhar.

48.2

Kumar to Doherty, no run, full length ball squeezes past Doherty's outside edge as he tries to drive through the off side.

48.3

Kumar to Doherty, 1 run, super tight lines. Doherty advances and moves to the leg side as he does, and PK follows him. Straight on the boot, squeezed to the leg side for a single.

48.4

Kumar to Christian, 1 run, India somehow seem to have fielders everywhere now. Horror ball from PK, full toss down the leg side, and Christian manages to swing it straight to Irfan on the boundary behind square.

48.5

Kumar to Doherty, 1 run, full length to Doherty at 123 kph, he drills it into the ground and PK leaps to parry it to mid-off. Single taken.

48.6

Kumar to Christian, 2 runs, PK's lack of pace means Dan Christian's well-executed ramp shot doesn't go for four. 120 kph on a full length delivery outside off. Christian shuffles across and laps it over short fine leg and gets a couple as fine leg comes around to field.

End of over 49 (6 runs) Australia 239/8 (RR: 4.87)
DT Christian    22* (30b 2x4)      P Kumar    10-1-37-2
XJ Doherty    2* (5b)      V Sehwag    8-0-30-2

Sensational this. Sehwag is back on for the 50th over!

49.1

Sehwag to Doherty, 2 runs, Full ball, tossed up outside off and Dohertly slogs laboriously to long-on for two.

49.2

Sehwag to Doherty, 2 runs, tossed up outside off, and sparks fly 20 yards from the cover fence where Kohli pulls off a magical save. He ran across fast to his left and dived full length to save a sure four.

49.3

Sehwag to Doherty, SIX, ah, the Sehwag magic is fading in the last over. Doherty goes down on a knee and heaves a length ball miles over the midwicket boundary.

49.4

Sehwag to Doherty, 1 run, over-pitches a slow and full ball well wide off off stump. Doherty carves it over the covers for one.

49.5

Sehwag to Christian, 2 runs, poor throw from Gambhir allows Christian to pinch a second. Length ball, he skipped out to slam it over the leg side, but mis-hit it through square leg. Gambhir ran in from the deep and his throw came through slowly, bounced twice and was a good two yards off the stumps. Christian was in by the time Dhoni could break the stumps.

49.6

Sehwag to Christian, OUT, another wicket for Sehwag. Australia have made only 47 in the last 10 overs, and that despite 13 runs coming in this over. Christian skipped out, got to the pitch and muscled this strongly down to long on, but he didn't have the elevation to clear the boundary. Well held in the deep, and there are smiles on the Indian faces as the trot off.

DT Christian c Jadeja b Sehwag 24 (45m 32b 2x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Dan Brettig has it all in his innings report. You guys read that, or Sid Monga's explanation of the DJ Hussey controversy, while I check out the entire transcript of the Dhoni presser chronicles. See you on the other side of the break.

A thoroughly engrossing session of play, with all the ebbs and flows that make ODI cricket fun to watch. Swing from Praveen to start off, early damage to Australia, followed by a tempered 50 from Warner. His dismissal was pivotal to the course of the game, as it put Irfan out of commission, even as it took Warner out of the equation. India had to bowl part-timers to make up the over-rate and Irfan's quota. That allowed Wade and DJ Hussey to settle in superbly for the big swing. Who would have thought that India were about to pull the carpet from below Aussie feet in the last 10, and that too through Sehwag and Umesh Yadav... Add a controversial obstructing the field incident, and you have all the elements for an engrossing suspense thriller of Stieg Larsson-esque proportions.

End of over 50 (13 runs) Australia 252/9
     V Sehwag    9-0-43-3
XJ Doherty    13* (9b 1x6)      P Kumar    10-1-37-2
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