ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 2nd quarter final

India v Australia

India won by 5 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)

Sachin and Sehwag are out there. Motera is abuzz. Lee has the ball. Sehwag faces. 5 first-balls went for 4s. What about the sixth? Two slips.

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Dhruv: "Even Kenya made 261 against Australia. IndoPak time in Mohali folks." Aha. That was a complete different pitch. The optimism is appreciated though.

Gocho from London: "Munaf's ordinary performance today should hopefully get sreesanth a 2nd chance (against Pak). Oh, did I say I was an optimist?" Always, the eternal optimist!

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The delicious chase should begin in five minutes or so. Sachin and Sehwag v Lee-Tait-Johnson. This should be fun!

0.1

Lee to Sehwag, no run, no four! Mini-victory for Lee. Sehwag stands back and punches a length ball to mid on.

0.2

Lee to Sehwag, no run, hohho! 143 kph and late swing on a full ball on leg stump, Sehwag looks to flick and gets a leading edge down the track. Lee collects and lines up a throw. Sehwag hurries back into the crease

0.3

Lee to Sehwag, 1 wide, half an appeal as Lee looks to squeeze Sehwag down the leg side. Clips the thigh, but wrongly called a wide

0.3

Lee to Sehwag, FOUR, Motera is a blur on my TV screen. 147 kph, length ball outside off. Sehwag stays exactly where he is and bludgeons on the up through the covers. Lee has a half smile. Watson in the slips looks flustered. Sehwag quietly taps the pitch. The crowd roars.

0.4

Lee to Sehwag, no run, angles in from around middle and off, Sehwag plays back out to mid on

0.5

Lee to Sehwag, no run, gets away with this one. Seemed like it deserved to be wided. 147 kph from Lee. Who says he is old! Short and wide, Sehwag looks to upper cut and misses.

0.6

Lee to Sehwag, no run, Australia review a caught behind appeal that was turned down. Monster away seamer from Lee, he's doing Shane Warne at 145 kph. Lands on middle and off stump, short of a length, Sehwag looks to play back and is groping inside the line as the ball nips off. Did he edge it? He moved his back foot across to cover the line and the ball moved away so much, it missed the pad as well. Haddin collected and appealed. Replays don't suggest an edge. Watson and Hussey indicated as much. Ponting went for the review immediately. Lee's appeal was a little start-stop. Lots of replays. Nothing conclusive. They are taking their time over this one. Given not out in the end. Right decision, by the looks of it.

End of over 1 (5 runs) India 5/0 (256 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.22)
V Sehwag    4* (6b 1x4)      B Lee    1-0-5-0
SR Tendulkar    0* (0b)     

That over had everything. Except a wicket. Tait comes on from the other end.

1.1

Tait to Tendulkar, FOUR, No first-ball four for Sehwag. Who cares. First ball four for the other guy, what's his name. Tait begins with a gentle 134 kph loosener outside off. Mistake. Lands back of a length and gives him width outside off. The little man stays put, gets half across, opens the face and convinces the ball to roll along to the point boundary. Class.

1.2

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 wide, bad start. Tait wides down the leg side.

1.2

Tait to Tendulkar, FOUR, deja vu. The last time I saw Tendulkar do this in a World Cup was 2003. Centurion. Against one Shoaib Akhtar. Tait is just as fast. The ball is going just as fast. Short ball outside off. Sachin gets under it and upper cuts it almost all the way to the third man fence.

1.3

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, aha, Tait gets one back, slips a pacy short of length ball outside off. Sachin looks to cut and misses. Tait tells him what he thinks about it.

1.4

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 wide, 149 kph. The pace is up, but the direction is still a little awry. Very wide outside off and called.

1.4

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, Tait gets one on the spot, back of a length outside off and jumping up into Sachin's blade as he pushes off the front foot

1.5

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, this is a family site, so I won't say what Tait just told Tendulkar. The ball was fine though - hustling Sachin with a mean bouncer, Sachin just got under it and let it go.

1.6

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 run, ends with another wide and short ball, it was so wide Sachin could not middle the cut. He under-edges it to third man, and looks at the bat.

Talat: "Ponting just personified the phrase "Form is temporary - Class is permanent".... time for sachin to personify "Form is permanent - Class is Permanent"!"

End of over 2 (11 runs) India 16/0 (245 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 5.10)
SR Tendulkar    9* (6b 2x4)      SW Tait    1-0-11-0
V Sehwag    4* (6b 1x4)      B Lee    1-0-5-0

2.1

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, ahem, length ball on off stump, Sachin pushes into the covers and takes off. Sehwag takes around a year to make the single.

Second slip makes away to short cover.

2.2

Lee to Sehwag, 1 run, 144 kph, and slanting into the pads, Sehwag tucks it away backward of the man at leg gully for a single

2.3

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, draws him out with a full delivery at 146 kph on off stump, Sachin leans into a drive but ends up playing it back down the track.

I wonder if Munaf Patel is watching the speeds on Lee's bowling. I wonder what he makes of it.

2.4

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, not in control this time. Lee gets this one to bounce extra as Sachin cuts and he plays uppishly backward if point for a single. The top hand came off in an attempt to control that.

2.5

Lee to Sehwag, 1 run, nice ball, well played. Short and aimed at Sehwag's ribs at 143 kph, he hangs back, rides the bounce and taps it to the leg side past the leg gully for a single

2.6

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, good searching delivery to end the over, 146.6 kph away seamer outside off, but Sachin shoulders arms

Frank Einstein: "A weathervane can be modeled on Shaun Tait's point of delivery pose." Good one, Einstein.

End of over 3 (4 runs) India 20/0 (241 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 6.66, RRR: 5.12)
SR Tendulkar    11* (10b 2x4)      B Lee    2-0-9-0
V Sehwag    6* (8b 1x4)      SW Tait    1-0-11-0

Mukunth: "Munaf might as well think that someone replaced the speedometer with an Auto Meter!"

Tait continues.

3.1

Tait to Sehwag, no run, full length ball outside off, Sehwag doesn't really come forward as he drives powerfully to wide mid off

3.2

Tait to Sehwag, 1 no ball, uh oh, Tait bowls a pretty good bouncer but he's over stepped. Sehwag ducked under this one. He won't duck under the next one.

3.2

Tait to Sehwag, no run, can't believe I got that wrong! Sehwag ducks under the free hit. He backs away to the leg side, Tait follows him with a bouncer and Sehwag can't do anything.

3.3

Tait to Sehwag, 1 wide, Tait's direction is conspicuous by its absence. Another wide down the leg side.

3.3

Tait to Sehwag, FOUR, whiplash. Tait sprays a length ball on the pads. Normal batsmen would have glanced this behind square, and Lee at fine leg would have kept it to a single. Sehwag, on the other hand, motors the wrists into action and keeps it in front of square. Lee has no chance.

3.4

Tait to Sehwag, no run, back of a length, Sehwag plays from the crease and defends down the track

3.5

Tait to Sehwag, no run, over-pitched on off stump at 147 kph. Too full for Sehwag to get under and time the drive, he plays it off the lower end of the bat into the covers

3.6

Tait to Sehwag, no run, 150.3 kph bumper to end the over. Sehwag hops back, rides the bounce and defends it with comfort rarely associated with Indian batsmen, to the off side

End of over 4 (6 runs) India 26/0 (235 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 5.10)
V Sehwag    10* (15b 2x4)      SW Tait    2-0-17-0
SR Tendulkar    11* (10b 2x4)      B Lee    2-0-9-0

4.1

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, Lee has Sachin where he wants him - at the non-striker's end. Short ball, hustling into Sachin at 143 kph and he tucks it through the now vacant leg gully for one

4.2

Lee to Sehwag, 1 run, another good ball, Sehwag plays a short ball at 137 kph off the back foot to midwicket and gets a single

4.3

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, fuller at 143 kph, looks to get Sachin driving and he punches with accomplishment straight to mid on

4.4

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, aha, interesting movements from Sachin. He seemed to be setting himself for the cut, late or square, but Lee did not give him that much width, though he was short at 138 kph. Sachin slaps it without timing to cover

Amol Palekar is in the stands. No one is upto any golmaal, just yet.

4.5

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, full and straight at 149 kph, Sachin punches to mid off

4.6

Lee to Tendulkar, 2 runs, width to end the over, Sachin's timing is ominous as he opens the face and steers backward of point. That speeds away almost for four, until Johnson comes in the way running in from third man and sliding.

End of over 5 (4 runs) India 30/0 (231 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 5.13)
SR Tendulkar    14* (15b 2x4)      B Lee    3-0-13-0
V Sehwag    11* (16b 2x4)      SW Tait    2-0-17-0

Johnson gets a bowl now. Over the wicket with a slip.

5.1

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, ooh, whips in an inducker on middle at 138 kph and Sehwag looks to flick from the crease. Inside edge onto the pad.

5.2

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, good start from Mitch. The good Mitch has turned up, by the looks of it. 139 kph and no room to do anything. Sehwag politely pats to mid on from the crease.

5.3

Johnson to Sehwag, 1 wide, I might have spoken too early. Mitch whangs a wide down the leg side

Nitin: "Hope Amol Palekar's boss doesn't catch him seeing the match" Hahaha! By the way, Rajnikanth played Amol's role in the Tamil version of the movie - "Thillu mullu"

5.3

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, back of a length, Sehwag again hangs back and defends down the track

5.4

Johnson to Sehwag, 3 runs, Sehwag cashes in on the first loose ball from Mitch. Length ball, curving in and ending on the pads, Sehwag whips through midwicket for three. Lee hares after it, slides and saves the fourth.

5.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length on off stump, Sachin gets half across and defends down the track again.

Mukunth: "The no. of matches Tait has played is less by 2 compared to Sachin's age. See, who is having a go at whom!"

Aha. Meanwhile, some problems behind the sightscreen. Getting sorted. We have put men on the moon, we may even have Sachin play cricket on the moon, but this problem will never be solved.

Mike: "Amol Palekar?? Golmaal?? Please explain?"

Palekar - Bollywood legend. Glmaal - great Bollywood movie. Google for other details.

5.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length, wide outside off, Sachin lets it go to the keeper

Kevin: "And there is Pankaj Udhas in the crowd! And Udhas unlike his name is Happy."

Udhas - great singer of ghazals. Google for more info.

End of over 6 (4 runs) India 34/0 (227 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 5.15)
SR Tendulkar    14* (17b 2x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-4-0
V Sehwag    14* (20b 2x4)      B Lee    3-0-13-0

Watto comes on. Aus need a wicket.

6.1

Watson to Sehwag, 1 run, length ball at 131 kph, the drop in pace is telling. Sehwag whips off the pads through midwicket for a single

6.2

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length just outside off, Sachin again gets across to off stump and defends

6.3

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, over-pitched on off stump, Sachin leans into a square drive and finds point. Good timing, but the placement wasn't there.

6.4

Watson to Tendulkar, FOUR, many a slip between cup and lip, but none standing next to Haddin. Watson's slow legcutter gets Sachin's outside edge as he drives away from the body. The ball goes agonisingly far enough from Haddin. No slips to take it.

6.5

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, full and angled into the pads, Sachin flicks straight to wide mid on

6.6

Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, 134 kph, back of a length outside off and cutting into Sachin who makes room and powers the back foot drive wide of point. They think of two today, but no luck.

End of over 7 (6 runs) India 40/0 (221 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 5.71, RRR: 5.13)
SR Tendulkar    19* (22b 3x4)      SR Watson    1-0-6-0
V Sehwag    15* (21b 2x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-4-0

Short cover in place. The ball is stopping a bit ..

7.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, short cover in business. Sachin doesn't get completely across into the cover drive, and plays it a touch uppishly to short cover.

7.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, full on off stump and angling across, Sachin gets the full face behind it and drives to mid off

7.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, oho, 144 kph length ball outside off, Sachin looks to steer and it stays low. He crouches in a hurry, but the ball whizzes through to the keeper, under the bat

7.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, FOUR, pulled away. Emphatically. That's not been pulled, as much as yanked and shoved away. 146 kph bouncer, Sachin is so early into position that he plays it from middle and off line through the gap between midwicket and mid on.

7.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, fuller length on off stump, compact defence from Sachin towards mid off

7.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, over-pitched outside off at 144 kph and for once, Sachin mistimes a drive. Inside edged back down the track.

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End of over 8 (4 runs) India 44/0 (217 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 5.16)
SR Tendulkar    23* (28b 4x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-8-0
V Sehwag    15* (21b 2x4)      SR Watson    1-0-6-0

8.1

Watson to Sehwag, OUT, Sehwag is gone. He hasn't looked his best through this innings. Watson has got him with a bouncer that wasn't very high on pace, but was spot on with its direction. It angled in from outside off, cramping Sehwag for room as it came in, but he still looked to pull. The top edge ballooned up and landed in Hussey's hands at square leg, running back inside the circle. Huge wicket for Australia. I reckon, the huger one is at the other end though.

V Sehwag c MEK Hussey b Watson 15 (46m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 68.18

Gambhir is in at 3. Sachin has strike. Slip is in.

8.2

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, length ball outside off, Sachin looks to play back and steer, but can't get it away

8.3

Watson to Tendulkar, FOUR, Sachin's timed a cover drive so well that Lee from mid off gives up the chase. Slower ball, over-pitched outside off, Sachin gets the front foot gingerly into line and coaxes it through the covers. Narendra Modi, in the stands, (google for more info), applauds.

In cricketing parlance, he is the 'other' Modi.

8.4

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, lets the next one go outside off, fuller length and Sachin shoulders arms.

8.5

Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, Sachin pinches a single, tapping a length ball outside off with an angled face to point. Direct hit comes in, but they complete the single in time.

8.6

Watson to Gambhir, no run, nervy start from Gambhir. Looks to leave a back of length ball outside off as he stays rooted on the crease. Late decision to leave, the ball hits the face of the bat before he can drag it away, but the shot doesn't carry to the keeper

End of over 9 (5 runs) India 49/1 (212 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 5.44, RRR: 5.17)
G Gambhir    0* (1b)      SR Watson    2-0-11-1
SR Tendulkar    28* (32b 5x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-8-0

9.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, whanged in on leg stump, short of a length and Sachin looks to whip around the corner. He can't get it away.

9.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, fuller and angling across at decent pace, Sachin gets onto the front foot and pushes into the covers

Vijay: ""Google for more info". To know more about google, bing it."

9.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, another front foot push from Sachin, he gets half forward to a length ball and plays sedately down the track

9.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, a feeler for the outside edge, 141 kph and dangled well wide, with a widish slip waiting. Sachin leaves, and is disappointed that it's not been wided.

9.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, fuller length well wide of off stump, Sachin goes down on a knee to play the square drive. Played into the turf, and an acrobatic stop by the man at short point. Bump ball. Doesn't fool too many people, but it fooled Ravi Shastri on air.

9.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, 1 run, India have 50, nudging a length ball on middle and leg towards midwicket for a single

End of over 10 (1 run) India 50/1 (211 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.27)
SR Tendulkar    29* (38b 5x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-9-0
G Gambhir    0* (1b)      SR Watson    2-0-11-1

Bowling Powerplay taken.

10.1

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, Watson keeps things tight. Full on off, Sachin drives firmly back down the track and Watson fields well on his follow through. Gambhir was backing up a long way.

10.2

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length on the pads, Sachin turns it away to the leg side quietly

10.3

Watson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, over-pitched on the pads at 129 kph, Sachin tickles it away off the toes through square leg for a couple more.

10.4

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, another outside edge. Watson sends in a dobbler that nips away at 126 kph, and Sachin looks to open the face and steer. The legcutter takes the outside edge, but lands well short of slip.

10.5

Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, Sachin hangs back on the crease to a back of a length ball outside off and guides in front of point for a single

10.6

Watson to Gambhir, 1 wide, Watson sprays one well down the leg side and it is called a wide

10.6

Watson to Gambhir, no run, What's this going to be? Ponting takes a low dipping catch diving forward from square leg. Is it a bump ball? He says he doesn't know. It is being referred. Short ball, aimed at Gambhir's ribs but not much pace on it. Gambhir can't keep the nudge to the leg side down. It pops up, Ponting comes forward and dives forward. Oh, that's clearly bounced. Good old one-pitch catch. In gully cricket, Gambhir would have been out. Ponting might not have known, he was diving full length forward with the hands well in front.

End of over 11 (4 runs) India 54/1 (207 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 4.90, RRR: 5.30)
G Gambhir    0* (2b)      SR Watson    3-0-15-1
SR Tendulkar    32* (43b 5x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-9-0

11.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, FOUR, Sachin plays the shot of the evening. Length ball on middle and angling across Sachin, who walks into position and whips it on the trot through midwicket.

Sriram Veera reckons only Sunny Gavaskar could have played it better, if at all.

11.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, FOUR, Sachin is bettering himself. He again makes the pace and room as Johnson keeps one on a length just outside off. Sachin steers it with the dexterity you would associate with Michael Shumacher in Monaco. Top shot, beats point. Beats third man.

11.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, fuller and on middle stump, Sachin defends from the crease, cautiously

Mitch round the wicket now.

11.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, not a very good ball, short and angling into the pads, Sachin nurdles it off the pads through backward square leg. Lee runs back from the circle to cut off the boundary.

Karthik: "SRT has just entered the Cheat code and turned on the God Mode."

11.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, fuller length outside off, Sachin lets it go

11.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, 1 run, ominous timing from Sachin. Length ball outside off, Sachin moves the front foot into position and brings the bat down in the smoothest of arcs, bisecting the covers. Good thing for Australia there was protection in the deep

Sachin closes in on 18,000 runs. He will be the first person to get there. Just stating the obvious, I know.

End of over 12 (11 runs) India 65/1 (196 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 5.41, RRR: 5.15)
SR Tendulkar    43* (49b 7x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-20-0
G Gambhir    0* (2b)      SR Watson    3-0-15-1

12.1

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, over-pitched on off, Sachin times the straight drive well and Watson does well to field on his follow through

12.2

Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, bouncer outside off, Sachin seemed to know it a year in advance, moving across to off stump and hanging back in the crease. He rolls his wrists and plays the pull down to deep midwicket

Two slips for Gambhir.

12.3

Watson to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir looks to drive from the crease to a length ball and ends up getting a nervy inside edge past the leg stump.

12.4

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, ooh, nice offcutter from Watson comes in sharply as Sachin looks to push the front pad outside the line. He is rapped on the move, but outside the line. Not given. Not referred.

12.5

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, offcutter coming in from outside off, Sachin belatedly looks to whip through mid on, but finds the fielder

Sree: "Just wanted to let you know, I am one of the biggest critics of Sachin; but nice to see he is pretty much taking care of all the gripe points I had with him."

12.6

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, Watson is bowling some canny stuff here, another buzzing offcutter than gives Sachin the illusion of room before curving in, and he inside edges the on-the-knee steer onto the pads.

Drinks break. Over to Abhishek for commentary. I am going across to Chatterbox. Enthraller on our hands here.

End of over 13 (2 runs) India 67/1 (194 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 5.15, RRR: 5.24)
SR Tendulkar    44* (54b 7x4)      SR Watson    4-0-17-1
G Gambhir    1* (3b)      MG Johnson    4-0-20-0

Brett Lee in to the attack after drinks

ColinfromLondon: "18,000 runs! If runs were dinners it would take 50years to eat them. (well technically 49.31506 but still)"

Matt: "@Sree: What possible gripe could you have with SRT? The 17999 runs scored against everybody?"

Thanks Nitin. This could go down to the wire, as someone would have said. Growler: "@Sree... SRT has covered off all your gripes in an innings of 44!!! What sort of gripes were these?"

13.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, and right away beats Gautam with a 147.7 kph length ball from round the stumps that Gautam decides to have a poke at

13.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, gets forward and tries to drive a fuller delivery, but cannot time it

13.3

Lee to Gambhir, no run, decides to have a go at a fuller delivery that shapes away late and is beaten again, was in no position for the drive, lucky he did not get an edge

13.4

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, Lee gives him the shorter one, and he stands beside the line to guide it past the slips

13.5

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, and there is the 18,000th run to loud cheers, he gets out to a length ball and pushes it to sweeper cover, 18,000, ridiculously massive

13.6

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, gets one where he likes it, fullish on the pads and right away flicks it in front of square

End of over 14 (3 runs) India 70/1 (191 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.30)
G Gambhir    3* (8b)      B Lee    4-0-16-0
SR Tendulkar    45* (55b 7x4)      SR Watson    4-0-17-1

14.1

Watson to Gambhir, FOUR, Gautam charges down the track for that lofted shot over extra cover, and gets it off the middle of the blade, loud crack as it flies over the off side infield

14.2

Watson to Gambhir, no run, now he gets in to a tangle as he looks to work away a fullish delivery, rolls away down the track

14.3

Watson to Gambhir, no run, gets it to cut away from leg stump, and Gautam defends calmly off the back foot

14.4

Watson to Gambhir, 1 run, pushes a fuller one towards mid off, and rushes for the single, looked very tight initially, but he managed it comfortably in the end

Utkarsh: 'I think I have crossed all boundaries when it comes to superstitions .. I took off my left shoe and Ponting got out .. some time later I took off my right shoe and Sehwag got out . Now am walking around with one shoe in my office !! "

14.5

Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, guided to third man off the back foot, that was wide outside off stump

14.6

Watson to Gambhir, no run, Gautam is living on the edge literally, fortunately he is not nicking these deliveries that are beating him outside off stump, another one is angled across and he decided to have a loose waft

End of over 15 (6 runs) India 76/1 (185 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 5.06, RRR: 5.28)
G Gambhir    8* (13b 1x4)      SR Watson    5-0-23-1
SR Tendulkar    46* (56b 7x4)      B Lee    4-0-16-0

15.1

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, 157.1 kph short ball, Sachin is caught in two minds, decides to weave away first, then tries to send it over the keeper with a late dab, but misses, Lee smiles

15.2

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, whipped away off the pads to fine leg, easily done

15.3

Lee to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir is looking very edgy, nervy, tentative, pushes at one that goes off the edge perilously close to the stumps, bounces past them in the end

15.4

Lee to Gambhir, 1 wide, now he bangs one in from round the wicket, and Gambhir lets it go down the leg side

15.4

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, punches at a length ball outside off and gets it down to third man

15.5

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, full toss outside off stump, Sachin punches to mid off

15.6

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, Sachin survives, how did he manage that, he backed away initially before deciding to late cut in the air, the ball looped slowly to Krejza at third man, he looked to have it covered, maybe was a bit slow in coming forward, maybe lost it in the lights, dropped just short of him

End of over 16 (4 runs) India 80/1 (181 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.32)
SR Tendulkar    48* (60b 7x4)      B Lee    5-0-20-0
G Gambhir    9* (15b 1x4)      SR Watson    5-0-23-1

Shaun Tait is back

16.1

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 wide, and right away slings this one down the leg side

16.1

Tait to Tendulkar, 2 runs, gets to the half-century with a delicious flick off the pads, deep square leg comes charging to his right and saves the boundary, picks up the ball and relays it to fine leg who throws the ball in

16.2

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, 140.2 kph ball that stops on Sachin, he is sucked in to the drive, bat turns in his hands, and the ball rolls to mid off

16.3

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, this time he is neatly behind the line of a length ball, loud defensive crack of the bat

16.4

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, 148.5 kph Tait is looking to fire them in full and on the stumps, he gets behind the line again and pushes down the track

16.5

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 run, how is he reading these short deliveries, he was into position right away, it was banged in, and he unfurled the smoothest of pulls, down to deep square leg, got right outside the line as he did that

16.6

Tait to Gambhir, 1 wide, Haddin goes full stretch to his right to take a 148.4 kph screamer that Tait had bowled down the leg side

16.6

Tait to Gambhir, 1 run, gets some width outside off stump and flashes the full-blooded cut, too bad he gets only a single to third man for that

End of over 17 (6 runs) India 86/1 (175 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 5.05, RRR: 5.30)
G Gambhir    10* (16b 1x4)      SW Tait    3-0-23-0
SR Tendulkar    51* (65b 7x4)      B Lee    5-0-20-0

Jason Krejza in to the attack, this will be interesting, how much turn will he get?

17.1

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, and right away Gautam is down the track and lofts him inside out towards sweeper cover

no slip, but short fine leg in place

17.2

Krejza to Tendulkar, 1 run, short ball, turning in, pulled away to deep midwicket

17.3

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, more turn, but outside off, going further away, cut to sweeper cover

17.4

Krejza to Tendulkar, 1 run, one more short ball to Sachin, he swivels, twirls the bat as he launches in to the pull to deep midiwicket

17.5

Krejza to Gambhir, FOUR, this time he is not getting away with the short ball, Gambhir is quick to latch on to the pull and dismiss it through midwicket

17.6

Krejza to Gambhir, no run, better, fuller and played out on the off side

End of over 18 (8 runs) India 94/1 (167 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 5.22, RRR: 5.21)
G Gambhir    16* (20b 2x4)      JJ Krejza    1-0-8-0
SR Tendulkar    53* (67b 7x4)      SW Tait    3-0-23-0

18.1

Tait to Tendulkar, OUT, Sachin is gone, or is he, is that a back foot no-ball, it was a length ball outside off stump, and he nibbled it on its way to Haddin, it was very close to being a no-ball, but Tait got away with it, he hadn't grounded the back heel on the line, Sachin has to walk back

SR Tendulkar c †Haddin b Tait 53 (93m 68b 7x4 0x6) SR: 77.94

Virat comes in now

18.2

Tait to Kohli, no run, right forward in defence to the length ball outside off

18.3

Tait to Kohli, no run, this one zooms in for Kohli's throat, he has to hurry out of harm;s way, got in to some tangle but managed to back away in the end

18.4

Tait to Kohli, 1 run, gets off the mark with a flick to fine leg off the pads

Neeraj: "Utkarsh, you removed your shoe?"

18.5

Tait to Gambhir, 1 no ball, lets one go outside off stump, Tait has overstepped this time, free hit coming up

18.5

Tait to Gambhir, 1 run, backs away, and goes for the cut to a shortish one, but not much power in the shot, and gets it down to third man on the bounce

18.6

Tait to Kohli, 1 run, another one on the pads at 148.7 kph, Kohli shuffles and whips it away to Mitch at fine leg

End of over 19 (4 runs) India 98/2 (163 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 5.15, RRR: 5.25)
V Kohli    2* (4b)      SW Tait    4-0-27-1
G Gambhir    17* (22b 2x4)      JJ Krejza    1-0-8-0

backward short leg in place

19.1

Krejza to Kohli, 1 run, Krejza is yet to find the proper length on this track, another shortish one is whipped away through midwicket

round the wicket to Gautam

19.2

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, almost gets him, looks to work a fuller one against the turn, and the leading edge goes in the air, but between cover and point

19.3

Krejza to Kohli, no run, worked away in front of midwicket, cannot get the single

19.4

Krejza to Kohli, 1 run, turning on leg stump, whipped away to fine leg

19.5

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, skips down the track, he bowls it a little wider, but gautam adjusts to push it to sweeper cover

19.6

Krejza to Kohli, no run, big turn and bounce for Krejza, Kohli wanted to whip it away on the leg side, but got it off the inside edge on to pad, Haddin was late in getting around to try and take it, Krejza was all excited

End of over 20 (4 runs) India 102/2 (159 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 5.10, RRR: 5.30)
V Kohli    4* (8b)      JJ Krejza    2-0-12-0
G Gambhir    19* (24b 2x4)      SW Tait    4-0-27-1

20.1

Tait to Gambhir, 1 run, these two are sharp between the wickets, and pinch a quick one to mid on

20.2

Tait to Kohli, no run, cuts in from some way outside off stump, left alone

20.3

Tait to Kohli, 1 run, targets him with the 148.4 kph bouncer, Kohli gets outside the line and fends it away backward of square leg, tackled it well

20.4

Tait to Gambhir, 1 run, 152.7 kph fuller one slung in on the stumps, from round the wicket, he flicks it wide of midwicket

20.5

Tait to Kohli, 1 run, whips a back of a length ball wide of mid on and the single is on

20.6

Tait to Gambhir, 2 runs, places the cut deftly wide of third man and past point to pick up a couple

End of over 21 (6 runs) India 108/2 (153 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 5.14, RRR: 5.27)
G Gambhir    23* (27b 2x4)      SW Tait    5-0-33-1
V Kohli    6* (11b)      JJ Krejza    2-0-12-0

21.1

Krejza to Kohli, 1 run, turns in to Kohli who makes room outside leg and works it backward of square

21.2

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up outside off, but still not full enough, he backs away and cuts to sweeper cover

21.3

Krejza to Kohli, no run, gets well forward and works a fuller one with the turn to midwicket

21.4

Krejza to Kohli, no run, has him go for the whiplash drive to a flighted one outside off stump, off the inner half down the track

21.5

Krejza to Kohli, no run, and again, Kohli is going for his trademark cover drive against the turn, cannot beat the infield though

21.6

Krejza to Kohli, 1 run, a touch short again, turns towards the leg side and he goes back to work it behind square

End of over 22 (3 runs) India 111/2 (150 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.04, RRR: 5.35)
V Kohli    8* (16b)      JJ Krejza    3-0-15-0
G Gambhir    24* (28b 2x4)      SW Tait    5-0-33-1

Michael Clarke in to the attack, hmm

22.1

Clarke to Kohli, 1 run, punched off the back foot, Ponting lets it slip through his fingers at extra cover

22.2

Clarke to Gambhir, 1 run, slowly bowled, turning in on leg stump, calmly nudged to short fine leg

22.3

Clarke to Kohli, no run, flatter and pushed out in to the off side

22.4

Clarke to Kohli, no run, goes reaching out at one that turns from outside off and gets an edge in the air but no damage done

22.5

Clarke to Kohli, 1 run, fuller one and he eases it down to long on

22.6

Clarke to Gambhir, 1 run, Gautam gets the single this time, working it away to deep square leg

End of over 23 (4 runs) India 115/2 (146 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.40)
G Gambhir    26* (30b 2x4)      MJ Clarke    1-0-4-0
V Kohli    10* (20b)      JJ Krejza    3-0-15-0

23.1

Krejza to Gambhir, no run, oops, what was that, flighted on leg stump, Gautam looked to push with the turn, but this one jagged away sharply to leave him in a mess, and just missed off stump

23.2

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, this time gets the single down the ground

23.3

Krejza to Kohli, no run, he is looking to constantly drive the fuller one, mistimes it again

23.4

Krejza to Kohli, 1 run, almost holes out to deep midwicket, launches in to the big pull but it falls short

23.5

Krejza to Gambhir, no run, he skips down the track, and the ball almost sneaks past, just got the bat down in time

23.6

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, shouts from the fielders as Gautam drives inside out in the air to sweeper cover

End of over 24 (3 runs) India 118/2 (143 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.91, RRR: 5.50)
G Gambhir    28* (34b 2x4)      JJ Krejza    4-0-18-0
V Kohli    11* (22b)      MJ Clarke    1-0-4-0

some issues with the ball, gone very murky in color

24.1

Clarke to Gambhir, no run, turned in to the leg side off the front foot

24.2

Clarke to Gambhir, 1 run, down the track, to the pitch, and pushes for the single to long on

24.3

Clarke to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli with that whiplash of a drive, gets it off the middle and it screams away to sweeper cover

24.4

Clarke to Gambhir, 1 run, worked in to the leg side for another run

24.5

Clarke to Kohli, 1 run, now he works it away through square leg

24.6

Clarke to Gambhir, 1 run, that's the way to go about it, yet another single, down the ground to long on, calmly done

End of over 25 (5 runs) India 123/2 (138 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.92, RRR: 5.52)
G Gambhir    31* (38b 2x4)      MJ Clarke    2-0-9-0
V Kohli    13* (24b)      JJ Krejza    4-0-18-0

25.1

Krejza to Gambhir, 2 runs, down the track, takes it on the full, and hits it through midwicket, but not enough power to beat the man running in from deep midwicket

25.2

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, trying to get the big turn from leg stump, too full again and worked away for a single on the leg side

25.3

Krejza to Kohli, 1 run, this time Kohli gets the single, no risk at all

25.4

Krejza to Gambhir, 2 runs, leaves the crease and drives inside out with the turn wide of long off to pick up a couple

25.5

Krejza to Gambhir, no run, some tangle he gets in to now, this one pitches on leg and straightens to strike him high on the pad

25.6

Krejza to Gambhir, no run, Gautam is looking very eager to take toll of every ball, almost yorks himself as he charges to meet this fuller delivery, ball rolls away on the off side

End of over 26 (6 runs) India 129/2 (132 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.96, RRR: 5.50)
G Gambhir    36* (43b 2x4)      JJ Krejza    5-0-24-0
V Kohli    14* (25b)      MJ Clarke    2-0-9-0

David Hussey on for some off spin now

26.1

DJ Hussey to Kohli, 1 run, swats a shortish one down to long on off the back foot

26.2

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, 1 run, fuller now, and worked towards square leg, there is no one there, midwicket charges to field

26.3

DJ Hussey to Kohli, no run, goes for a forcing shot, but mistimes it to the bowler

26.4

DJ Hussey to Kohli, 1 run, fuller this time, and he bashes it in the air, Gambhir ducks underneath the missile as it flies at him, goes towards long on

26.5

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, no run, some turn for David, bounce too, played uncertainly on the off side

26.6

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, no run, played out on the off side, this time there is no single

End of over 27 (3 runs) India 132/2 (129 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.88, RRR: 5.60)
G Gambhir    37* (46b 2x4)      DJ Hussey    1-0-3-0
V Kohli    16* (28b)      JJ Krejza    5-0-24-0

27.1

Clarke to Kohli, 1 run, loopy full toss, Kohli misses out, slaps it away right to sweeper cover

27.2

Clarke to Gambhir, 1 run, angles across the left-hander, tapped away late towards point, deft

27.3

Clarke to Kohli, FOUR, finally Kohli gets some reward for those meaty whiplash drives, drives with the turn past extra cover, no chance for sweeper cover

Nagraj frm the ground: "first boundary after 57 balls."

27.4

Clarke to Kohli, 1 run, bowler and keeper interested as they think there might be some pad, this one was guided fine on the off side

27.5

Clarke to Gambhir, 1 run, worked in front of square leg

27.6

Clarke to Kohli, 2 runs, whipped away off the back foot in front of square leg

End of over 28 (10 runs) India 142/2 (119 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.07, RRR: 5.40)
V Kohli    24* (32b 1x4)      MJ Clarke    3-0-19-0
G Gambhir    39* (48b 2x4)      DJ Hussey    1-0-3-0

28.1

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, no run, defended off the front foot calmly

28.2

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, 1 run, guided towards point, they take on the fielder and get the single easily

28.3

DJ Hussey to Kohli, OUT, Kohli has thrown it away totally against the run of play, full toss on the stumps, he threw his bat wildly at it, but only found the man at midwicket, David cannot believe it, he is smiling wildly, Virat is disappointed but he has to go

V Kohli c Clarke b DJ Hussey 24 (38m 33b 1x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

That will be drinks. Australia with their atrocious over rate haven't reached even 30 overs yet, but they won't mind it as long as they take the wickets. Final swap for the game. Nitin to take over here, while I hop over to Chatter box.

Thanks Abhishek. Yuvraj faces Hussey after drinks. Thriller this!

28.4

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, another full toss! Another heave over the leg side, but Yuvraj gets well under it and slams it over midwicket. Just. He's away with a boundary.

28.5

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, no run, faster ball, fired in at 97 kph outside off, Yuvraj just lets it go

28.6

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Hussey slips in the armer, Yuvraj misses as he plays for the turn and is struck, but that might have been sliding down the leg side

End of over 29 (5 runs) India 147/3 (114 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 5.06, RRR: 5.42)
Yuvraj Singh    4* (3b 1x4)      DJ Hussey    2-0-8-1
G Gambhir    40* (50b 2x4)      MJ Clarke    3-0-19-0

29.1

Krejza to Gambhir, 2 runs, Gambhir shimmies down the track, gets to the pitch of an offie on off stump and powers it through extra cover for a couple. He's looking good against spin.

29.2

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a length on the pads, Gambhir stays back and taps to square leg. 150 up.

29.3

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Yuvraj has played this paddle sweep well in this World Cup. It's not a shot he played much previously, but boy he's hitting them alright. Krejza drops this well outside leg, the bat comes over it from cover and swipes it easily through to fine leg

29.4

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, fired in fast and full, Yuvraj misses the whip and gets a leg bye to the leg side

29.5

Krejza to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir jumps out again, real early, Krejza sees him and holds it back and gets it to grip and turn away. Gambhir is left stranded mid-pitch, groping for it, but manages to stab it away.

29.6

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, again he trots out, but this time it is very full on the pads and he heaves to the leg side for one

End of over 30 (9 runs) India 156/3 (105 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.20, RRR: 5.25)
G Gambhir    44* (54b 2x4)      JJ Krejza    6-0-32-0
Yuvraj Singh    8* (5b 2x4)      DJ Hussey    2-0-8-1

30.1

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, 1 run, Hussey tosses it up on the pads, Gambhir gets inside the line and nudges to square leg

30.2

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Yuvraj seems to mean business, huge follow through as he check drives to long off for one

30.3

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir is fidgetting all around the crease, this time he backs away and looks for the cut, but ends up defending as Hussey fires it in straight.

30.4

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, no run, down the track, gets to the pitch and cover drives well, but can't beat the infield

30.5

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, no run, pushes a length ball to mid off, Yuvraj wants one, but Gambhir doesn't

30.6

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, no run, plays back to another sharp armer that comes in, and Gambhir manages to stab away through backward point for one

End of over 31 (2 runs) India 158/3 (103 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.09, RRR: 5.42)
G Gambhir    45* (59b 2x4)      DJ Hussey    3-0-10-1
Yuvraj Singh    9* (6b 2x4)      JJ Krejza    6-0-32-0

31.1

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, Yuvraj is looking good, camps on the back foot for Krejza's offie to come on around off stump and then whips easily through midwicket

31.2

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, on the back foot again, punched with the spin through mid off for one.

India need 100 to win.

31.3

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, uppish but safely so. Tossed up outside off, Gambhir looks to play the inside out carve over point and gets it out to the outfield.

31.4

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, heart in mouth moment for Yuvraj. Sweeps a delivery from outside off, against the turn, with a man in the deep and gets a top edge that hangs in the air for ever. When it comes down behind square leg, it lands in vacant real estate

31.5

Krejza to Gambhir, 2 runs, Gambhir does his sashay down the pitch and pick up with the spin again, more control this time as he spoons it to deep extra cover for two more.

31.6

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, single to end the over as Gambhir waits for a back of length ball on off stump and guides again through point

Sagar: "DJ's inclusion is turning out to be a masterstroke from Pontingso far... now, will I jinx him?" Not sure why he wasn't played earlier actually.

End of over 32 (8 runs) India 166/3 (95 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.18, RRR: 5.27)
G Gambhir    49* (62b 2x4)      JJ Krejza    7-0-40-0
Yuvraj Singh    13* (9b 2x4)      DJ Hussey    3-0-10-1

Pace is back. Mitch it is. He will look for reverse swing.

32.1

Johnson to Gambhir, 1 run, 50 for Gambhir, his third in the World Cup. And he's apparently not in form, according to some. Full length ball outside off, seemed to be going away as Gambhir covered the line and opened the face to steer through point

32.2

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, through Yuvraj. Oohs and aahs from the crowd. He neither gets forward nor stays back and pokes at a length ball that comes in with the angle from amidships. Misses the inside edge and the stumps.

32.3

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tight line from Mitch, no reverse yet. Holds its line from short of a length and Yuvraj defends to point from the crease

32.4

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, oh boy, Gambhir escapes. Ponting misses the stumps. Full on the toes, Yuvraj times the flick really well and Gambhir took off, but Yuvraj had hit it straight to Ponting at midwicket. He lines up a throw and lets fly. Gambhir had given up. Miss and he survives.

32.5

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short ball, cramping Yuvraj for room and tucking him up, he does well to jump and nudge to the leg side for one

32.6

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, similar ball to Gambhir, who also leaps onto the backfoot to leap and drop it down

Karthik: "Heart in the mouth moment for yuvraj, heart in the mouth moment for the whole of India. No more thrillers please. "

End of over 33 (2 runs) India 168/3 (93 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.09, RRR: 5.47)
G Gambhir    50* (64b 2x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-22-0
Yuvraj Singh    14* (13b 2x4)      JJ Krejza    7-0-40-0

33.1

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, no run, this is horrendous running. Complete communication breakdown, says Sanjay Manjrekar. Arm ball on the stumps, Yuvraj plays all around it and it pops away to the leg side. Gambhir starts and stops. Yuvraj starts and stops. The throw goes to the batter's end. Should have gone to the other end.

33.2

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, infantile running. Gambhir is gone. That was even more horrendous. Not sure what was happening there again. Yuvraj guides a ball outside off backward of square, very fine on the off side. The ball went nowhere, and first slip was after it. Gambhir wants a single and runs three-fourths of the way down the track. Yuvraj hasn't budged. Not sure what Gambhir was thinking. He turned and then gave up, he didn't have a chance anyway. Gambhir just looks miffed with Yuvraj, as he bad-mouths on the way back. The fault was entirely his.

G Gambhir run out 50 (116m 64b 2x4 0x6) SR: 78.12

33.3

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, no run

33.4

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, this match is alive. India are stuttering for no reason. Yuvraj is early into a chip into the off side and it is nearly played right back at Hussey who puts the right arm out on his follow through. Too far away though.

33.5

DJ Hussey to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni leans out to a delivery breaking in from outside off and gets a single

33.6

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Yuvraj nudges a full ball to midwicket, lots of chatter even before they get a single to a vacabt midwicket area.

End of over 34 (3 runs) India 171/4 (90 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.02, RRR: 5.62)
Yuvraj Singh    16* (18b 2x4)      DJ Hussey    4-0-13-1
MS Dhoni    1* (1b)      MG Johnson    5-0-22-0

A newer ball in Mitch's hands now.

34.1

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, top delivery from Mitch, bouncer that curls away in the air after landing. Yuvraj looks out of his range as he weaves on the back foot as it goes away.

Uday: "If it went to short third man it was Gambhir's (non strikers) call. Why was it Gambhir's fault? " Coz there was no single there. And Yuvraj did not budge.

34.2

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fuller delivery on off, Yuvraj gingerly gets onto the front foot and pushes to mid off.

34.3

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, over-pitched and slanted onto the pads, Yuvraj looks to whip and it runs away backward of square leg for one. Off the pads.

34.4

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, full delivery outside off, Dhoni gets the foot half across and drops into the covers for a single

34.5

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Mitch is making Yuvraj look ordinary. He lands one back of a length on the seam and gets it to jar away as Yuvraj gropes inside the line.

34.6

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Yuvraj goes fishing outside off again, and misses. Looked to steer to third man, and just as well for him that he didn't get bat on it.

End of over 35 (2 runs) India 173/4 (88 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.94, RRR: 5.86)
Yuvraj Singh    16* (23b 2x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-23-0
MS Dhoni    2* (2b)      DJ Hussey    4-0-13-1

35.1

DJ Hussey to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni's got a boundary to release some of the pressure. Poor delivery from Hussey, lands it midway and it turns in a little, but there was enough room for Dhoni to whack the cut through the covers. Ponting makes a huge effort in the infield and injures his already dodgy little finger. Deep point runs across and makes an extraordinary effort, but it is four.

35.2

DJ Hussey to Dhoni, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Dhoni powers the cover drive away for one more

35.3

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, no run, back of a length on off and middle, Yuvraj defends from the crease

35.4

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full toss on off stump, Yuvraj misses out, completely mistiming the cover drive and he gets it out to point

35.5

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Hussey escapes with a poor ball, short and going down the leg side, Yuvraj looks to paddle-pull to fine leg, but Ponting at short fine leg is on it. Today, Ponting has been everywhere!

35.6

DJ Hussey to Dhoni, no run, again it is Ponting, this time at cover. Dhoni pushes a full delivery on off to his right, but the Aussie captain slides and slips away to deny him the single

Sathya: "For once, India is chasing well under pressure. I really really hope they dont throw it away. Virat's horrendous shot and now the run out.. "

End of over 36 (6 runs) India 179/4 (82 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.97, RRR: 5.85)
MS Dhoni    7* (5b 1x4)      DJ Hussey    5-0-19-1
Yuvraj Singh    17* (26b 2x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-23-0

36.1

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, imprint lbw delivery, full and tailing into the pads, but Yuvraj manages to get the bat down at the last moment and flick to deep square leg. Lee cleans up as they get a second.

36.2

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short ball, Yuvraj is readily on the back foot and hops back to the 143 kph bumper to drop it to the leg side

36.3

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, there are no fish in the Kankaria lake in Ahmedabad, but Yuvraj is really fishing hard. Another lazy flail at a back of length ball outside off, swish and a miss.

36.4

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, and you wonder why he does that fishing thing, when he can play shots like these. 143 kph delivery angling into the pads, Yuvraj gets the front foot into line and thumps it through the line, between the bowler and mid on. Right out of the screws, as they say.

36.5

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, another good shot as Mitch again searches for the lbw, with one angling into the pads, Yuvraj whips it backward of square and Lee puts in a huge effort at deep backward square leg to save four.

36.6

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, ooh, Mitch gets one to nip in a touch as Yuvraj pushes outside the line and looks to defend. Bat first? Pad first? No appeal.

End of over 37 (8 runs) India 187/4 (74 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.05, RRR: 5.69)
Yuvraj Singh    25* (32b 3x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-31-0
MS Dhoni    7* (5b 1x4)      DJ Hussey    5-0-19-1

Lee comes on. This spell could break the game open.

37.1

Lee to Dhoni, no run, India are running like a dodgy tummy that's eaten more spices that it should have. Sharp inducking bouncer at Dhoni who hops back and defends off the inside edge to the leg side. Yuvraj wants a single now. What's this affliction for running non-existent singles? Gets back just in time.

37.2

Lee to Dhoni, no run, reverse swing. Horror shot. Dhoni survives. Lee gets a full delivery at 143 kph to curl in, Dhoni has a huge swing at it and misses. It goes in through the bat and pad gap to the keeper.

37.3

Lee to Dhoni, OUT, Dhoni has perished. He's not been in great form, and clearly that's affecting his thinking. After the last two balls, you'd have expected better than a wild airy cut to a short ball. That was again pacy from Lee, got it to bounce extra and Dhoni had no control on the cut. Seemed like he wanted to hit it right through Clarke at point. Pup keeps his cool and holds a blinder as the ball buzzes away to his right. India are throwing this away.

MS Dhoni c Clarke b Lee 7 (19m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

Raina in at 7. The tail begins after him.

Abhishek: "Looks like Indian players are getting ready for IPL ...."

37.4

Lee to Raina, no run, firmly planted on the back foot as he's expecting a bouncer, but Lee delivers this full and wide outside off. Raina pushes it without much assurance to the off side

37.5

Lee to Raina, no run, short ball from round the wicket, ends up outside off as Raina hangs back and taps towards point. Dot ball. Required rate is over six, for the first time tonight.

37.6

Lee to Raina, no run, fantastic stuff from Lee. Wicket-maiden on his return to the attack. Length ball angling in from outside off, Raina stays in the crease and plays into the covers

End of over 38 (wicket maiden) India 187/5 (74 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.92, RRR: 6.16)
SK Raina    0* (3b)      B Lee    6-1-20-1
Yuvraj Singh    25* (32b 3x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-31-0

Tait with a slip, over the wicket. Australia are going for the kill.

38.1

Tait to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short ball aimed at the body, Yuvraj hops back and whips through square leg for one. Could have been two. Poor running.

38.2

Tait to Raina, 1 run, Raina plays his own brand of the controlled pull. He's sitting back and plays it in ginger fashion to deep square leg for one

38.3

Tait to Yuvraj Singh, no run, another short ball, Yuvraj jumps up and back in the crease and defends to the off side

38.4

Tait to Yuvraj Singh, no run, late swing, full at 151 kph and curving away from middle and leg towards off. Yuvraj squeezes it off the outside half of the bat to point

38.5

Tait to Yuvraj Singh, no run, still can't get the single. Tait keeps it short from round the wicket, Yuvraj looks to steer backward of point but finds the fielder

38.6

Tait to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Yuvraj's hit a stunning boundary here. Somewhat risky and in the air, but he seemed to know what he was doing. Tait gives him just enough width outside off to get under and crack it over point. It nearly carries all the way, a couple of metres inside the ropes.

End of over 39 (6 runs) India 193/5 (68 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.94, RRR: 6.18)
Yuvraj Singh    30* (37b 4x4)      SW Tait    6-0-39-1
SK Raina    1* (4b)      B Lee    6-1-20-1

39.1

Lee to Raina, FOUR, that's as assured as you will ever see Raina playing a short ball. He camps back in the crease, waiting for the ball that's coming at the ribs, but this one from Lee doesn't lift so much. Raina has it in his range and rolls the wrists over the pull and through to midwicket for four more.

39.2

Lee to Raina, 1 run, the crowd finds some energy again, Raina drops a length ball into the covers and gets a single to cover. For a change, some good running.

39.3

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, Lee slips one too far wide outside off.

39.3

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, aha, swing and a miss. Oohs and aahs! Yuvraj sets up a strong base on leg stump line and looks to go up and over the off side. The ball whizzes past, short of a length.

39.4

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, top shot from Yuvraj. India are turning it back to an even keel. How did he get that away? That was a stunning yorker from Lee. Coming in from wide of the crease and ending on off stump, at the toes. Yuvraj calmly comes down on it, and opens the face to send it scurrying fine of third man. How?!

39.5

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, aha, back of a length, Yuvraj pushes to cover. Raina wants one, is sent back and dives in before the throw comes in.

39.6

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, sensational counter-punch this from Yuvraj. He knows momentum is everything in this chase now. Short of a length ball outside off, Yuvraj is on the front foot as he walks into a murderous carve over cover point.

End of over 40 (14 runs) India 207/5 (54 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.17, RRR: 5.40)
Yuvraj Singh    38* (41b 6x4)      B Lee    7-1-34-1
SK Raina    6* (6b 1x4)      SW Tait    6-0-39-1

40.1

Tait to Raina, 1 run, Raina does the sane thing. Short ball angling across, he hops back and guides backward of point for a single

40.2

Tait to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, overthrows now. It's all happening. Yuvraj calmly taps a length ball to the off side and they run a single. The throw is horrendous. Haddin doesn't collect. They get a second. Ponting thinks they should not have run, since Raina was in Haddin's way. Doesn't seem to really have a case.

40.3

Tait to Yuvraj Singh, 5 wides, Tait's gifted five more and an extra ball. He's slanted this a mile outside off. Haddin can't collect.

40.3

Tait to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, slower ball at 127 kph. Yuvraj spots it and taps to cover point for a single.

The noise is UNBELIEVABLE.

40.4

Tait to Raina, 2 runs, Raina's pull again. He's pulled Lee. He's now pulled Tait. On this pitch, the short ball is not a worry. He manages to swivel around and keep it down to deep midwicket as it comes towards the waist. 25 have come off the last 10 balls.

40.5

Tait to Raina, no run, the pressure is showing on everyone! Raina looks to heave a cover drive to a ball well outside off, without getting across. Inside edge misses the stumps, Haddin comes across to stop it, Raina wanders out and hurries back in. Tait tells him what he thinks of it.

Tait goes round the wicket for the last ball.

40.6

Tait to Raina, 2 runs, scorcher of a yorker, but he's ended up sliding it onto the pads. Raina skips inside the line and flicks neatly to the deep. Australia are not fielding at their best now. Horror throw comes in mid-pitch and they get a second easily.

End of over 41 (13 runs) India 220/5 (41 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.36, RRR: 4.55)
SK Raina    11* (10b 1x4)      SW Tait    7-0-52-1
Yuvraj Singh    41* (43b 6x4)      B Lee    7-1-34-1

Krejza comes on. Make or break moment. Round the wicket.

41.1

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up outside off, driven carefully to cover. A rare dot ball.

41.2

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, smart play from Yuvraj. Short of a length on middle and leg, he taps it to the vacant midwicket region for one

41.3

Krejza to Raina, no run, is that Krejza or Murali? Curls in with the arm, lands outside off and then breaks away sharply as Raina feels for it. Hmm.

41.4

Krejza to Raina, no run, leading edge now. Krejza again gets big spin from leg stump line and Raina looks to work it to the leg side. Plays it back to the bowler.

41.5

Krejza to Raina, no run, fuller on middle and off, Raina is stout in defence, reaching out and smothering it this time.,

41.6

Krejza to Raina, 1 run, Krejza drops short, he has done that off and on today. Raina waits and forces him off the back foot through the covers for a single

Sasank: "When ever I move from my desk , I see a wicket down.. Now holding my bladder tight... India you will do it...."

Jim: "Shoes! Shoes! everyone take off your shoes!"

End of over 42 (2 runs) India 222/5 (39 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.28, RRR: 4.87)
SK Raina    12* (14b 1x4)      JJ Krejza    8-0-42-0
Yuvraj Singh    42* (45b 6x4)      SW Tait    7-0-52-1

Watson comes on now.

42.1

Watson to Raina, 1 run, back of a length on the leg stump, worked to the leg side for a single

Tait's lack of direction seems to have forced Ponting to use Watson again. Lee and Johnson have six overs between them.

42.2

Watson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short ball on the pads, Yuvraj quietly tucks it to midwicket for a single

42.3

Watson to Raina, 1 run, Raina shuffles across like a card dealer in Las Vegas would. Gets prone on middle stump but works it in front of square leg for one

42.4

Watson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, hmm, straight and slowish, Yuvraj is early on the forcing shot through on side and just keeps it down.

42.5

Watson to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, you have to feel for Lee. He's made a monumental effort at fine leg, but it is still four. Short ball on leg stump, Yuvraj gets inside the line and plays down on it, the pull hurries down to fine leg. Lee runs a mile to his left and then dives full length. He gets a hand on the ball, but the ball bounces up and hits him in the eye. The man doesn't even flinch. He watches in agony as the ball rolls away from him, and inevitably to the boundary. Lee is up, he has blood gushing out of a cut to the right of his right eye. What a player. He's away for some repair work now.

42.6

Watson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, back of a length on off stump, Yuvraj plays it calmly into the covers

End of over 43 (7 runs) India 229/5 (32 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.32, RRR: 4.57)
Yuvraj Singh    47* (49b 7x4)      SR Watson    6-0-30-1
SK Raina    14* (16b 1x4)      JJ Krejza    8-0-42-0

Krejza now.

43.1

Krejza to Raina, 1 run, tossed up and turning away from outside off, Raina lunges to the flight of the ball and dabs it into the covers for one

43.2

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, on Yuvraj's pads, he dinks another easy single to square leg

43.3

Krejza to Raina, no run, can someone teach Krejza the lbw law please? Short ball lands on leg, doesn't turn is going too high, well over the tenth stump if there were one. Raina looks to heave and misses. Krejza appeals.

43.4

Krejza to Raina, 1 run, fuller outside off, Raina taps into the covers for another single

43.5

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, no run, huge spin, lands on leg and more than straightens. Yuvraj is almost opened up as he turns the bat too early.

43.6

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short but no turn, hurries along as Yuvraj looks to cut. Bottom edged onto the turf.

End of over 44 (3 runs) India 232/5 (29 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.27, RRR: 4.83)
Yuvraj Singh    48* (52b 7x4)      JJ Krejza    9-0-45-0
SK Raina    16* (19b 1x4)      SR Watson    6-0-30-1

Lee is back! With a bandage in place.

44.1

Watson to Raina, 1 run, length ball from Watson on the leg stump, Raina looks to muscle it over deep square leg, but doesn't time it so well. Just as well, on the bounce to the man in the deep.

44.2

Watson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Yuvraj runs in like a fiend. Defends a length ball to David Hussey and mid off, runs like a man possessed and dives like Ian Thorpe, full on and into the crease. Would have made his ground if it had hit. It didn't

44.3

Watson to Raina, 1 run, another bouncer at Raina, he somehow manages to redirect it to midwicket for a single

44.4

Watson to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, Fifty to Yuvraj. Each run has come under immense pressure. Fourth fifty of the World Cup. Length ball on the pads, Yuvraj is inside the line and hops onto the back foot as he nudges to deep backward square leg for a couple.

44.5

Watson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, he's doing it easily at the moment. This is top-notch one-day batting on display. Length ball angling across him, Yuvraj opens the face of the bat as he dabs to third man for one more

44.6

Watson to Raina, 1 run, Raina gets one more, stays on the back foot but whips in front of square easily for a single.

End of over 45 (7 runs) India 239/5 (22 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.31, RRR: 4.40)
SK Raina    19* (22b 1x4)      SR Watson    7-0-37-1
Yuvraj Singh    52* (55b 7x4)      JJ Krejza    9-0-45-0

India's biggest nemesis comes on. The Batting Powerplay. They can't delay it anymore. Lee, the champion, has the ball. 22 off 30. Slip in place. Round the wicket.

45.1

Lee to Raina, SIX, Raina has smeared him over long on. Lee lands one on the length, in Raina's business area. Mid on is inside the circle. Raina needs no more incentive to go over the top, he gets the front foot into line and mows it a long way. Huge moment.

45.2

Lee to Raina, 1 run, back of a length and coming into the pads, Raina dabs through square leg for a single

45.3

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, bouncer at 146.9 kph, he does his best to hustle Yuvraj into the corner, but Yuvraj leaps back in the crease and defends towards point. He had that under complete control.

45.4

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, another short ball, at 143 kph and targetted at the body. Yuvraj stays put on the crease and defends down the track

45.5

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Lee has not given up. He sends down a skidding yorker, and Yuvraj plays forward to it and ends up meeting it on the full. Just as well, the outside edge takes it away from the stumps and then it thuds into the turf on the way to Haddin.

45.6

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, back of a length to end the over, Yuvraj is completely focused - no pressure on him despite playing four successive dot balls. He works it to the leg side of the pitch and stays put in the crease.

End of over 46 (7 runs) India 246/5 (15 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.34, RRR: 3.75)
Yuvraj Singh    52* (59b 7x4)      B Lee    8-1-41-1
SK Raina    26* (24b 1x4 1x6)      SR Watson    7-0-37-1

46.1

Johnson to Raina, FOUR, India are running home in a hurry. Johnson sends a bouncer down, but misses the line by a fraction. That's exactly what Raina is playing for when he hops inside the line to a bouncer. This one ends up to the right of his body and he glances it along, using Mitch's pace, and it screams away to fine leg.

Md Akhtar: "I am not moving from my place, old Indian trick. Fingers crossed. :-)"

46.2

Johnson to Raina, 1 run, short and fast outside off, Raina has things under control now. He opens the face of the bat and runs it down to third man for a single

46.3

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, slanting into the pads, Yuvraj gets some pad on it as he looks to flick. Leg bye. India get closer.

46.4

Johnson to Raina, 1 run, Raina backs away a touch, but Mitch follows him and Raina steers a short ball to deep backward point for a single

46.5

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, the crowd is delirious. Mitch slants another wide down the leg side. Ponting looks gutted. India are taking this away.

46.5

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, slow and back of a length outside off, Yuvraj looks to guide backward of point and he gets an inside edge onto the pads for a single into the off side.

46.6

Johnson to Raina, 2 runs, another Raina dink through the leg side. Mitch drops a short ball on the pads and Raina will keep tucking them there all day if he has to. There are no fielders there. Easy couple to India. The parties have started in the stands, says Ravi Shastri.

End of over 47 (11 runs) India 257/5 (4 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.46, RRR: 1.33)
SK Raina    34* (28b 2x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    8-0-41-0
Yuvraj Singh    53* (61b 7x4)      B Lee    8-1-41-1

India are a shot away.

47.1

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Lee is still not giving up. Yorker at 139 kph on off stump, Yuvraj looks to deflect it to third man but finds point

47.2

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, another yorker on middle and leg, Yuvraj can't get anything under it as he drives straight to mid off

47.3

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, another yorker, marginally off-line, ends up on the toes and Yuvraj could have flicked through backward square leg but couldn't get it away.

47.4

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, a poetic moment for the Indian fans. Australia's reign has ended. The crowd has lost it. Yuvraj is on the turf, mid-pitch, arms aloft, looking up at the sky and then waving his bat away in a frenzy of emotions. And just as well. We will have new World Champions, for the first time since 1999. Length ball on off stump, Yuvraj wanted to do it at one go, he backed away marginally and caned it through the covers. Everything is a blur. Australia are out. India will play Pakistan in Mohali.

On behalf of Abhishek and the rest of the gang, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Join us tomorrow for another Mirpur magnifico - South Africa v New Zealand. Ta!

Sriram Veera's bulletin on the game is here. Stay glued to the site, there will be a lot of analysis from Sambit Bal, Sharda Ugra, Brydon Coverdale, Nagraj Gollapudi and everyone else coming in.

After hurtling through the group stages unconvincingly, India have put up their best performance of the World Cup against the defending champions. This was by no means a flawless show, the mid-innings freeze and the mad running will have to be addressed. The pressure will be more in the semis, where Afridi's boys will be waiting. But, for the first time in the World Cup, India looked like a side that's deserving of the title.

For the sixth time on the trot, there will be at least one Asian team in the World Cup final. Will Sri Lanka make it as well?

Manjunaath: "Well, Facebook & Twitter better brace themselves with powerful servers on whats to come on the 30th!!" Not to forget, ourselves!

Kalyan: "Though India won, this match will be remembered for Ponting's magnificent innings."

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Yuvraj has made a good habit of winning the Man of the Match. Fourth time in the World Cup: "I don't know about hitting any purple patch, but the pressure today, playing Australia, it was something else. When Dhoni got out, I knew we still had Raina to come, and thought if we added 40 odd runs it would be good. I told Gautam (after the run-out) I am not Virender Sehwag, I can't run like that ... Well, may be it was my fault. I have gone through a tough year, but coming into the World Cup, getting that 50 against England, it was good. 260 was a good score, Ponting batted outstandingly but we chased well."

Dhoni: "70-odd runs needed with the last batting pair, it basically meant if we played 50 overs with Yuvraj and Raina, we would make it. There was pressure, and it was about handling it. Yusuf at No. 7 was going for the runs, but Raina is technically better and we were keen on batting 50 overs. That's why we went with Raina, but we know Yusuf can be dangerous. I'd have been satisfied keeping them to 250, we had our best fielding unit today. I think we saved around 15 runs that we hence did not need to chase. India v Pakistan semi-finals - it doesn't get better. The pressure will be big, but in reality it makes no difference to us."

Ahmedabad does itself a disservice by booing Ponting: "We needed more wickets in the middle of the innings. With 15 overs to go, it was touch and go, but Yuvraj and Raina played really well. It's disappointing to bow out, we are a better team than we have played."

August: "When was the last time India won 5 games in a World Cup and none has Tendulkar as 'Man of the Match', even after scoring two centuries and one '50' :)" Is the answer August? ;-)

Sanjib: "Ponting the tragic hero, scored a Century in his very last innings of the World Cup Cricket. GREATEST EXIT, hats off for you." Indeed. Reminds me of Saeed Anwar's sparkling exit in 2003.

Hemant: "Yuvi reminded me Mohindar Amarnath in 1983 World cup."

NV: "This is a last and final call for all passengers travelling non stop to Australia on Air Quantas!"

Sai: "Buh-Bye! Restroom here i come!!"

Sumesh: "Congrats to ourselves! I was not looking away from the screen since Dhoni got out and it worked! :-)"

Kedar: "This innings ranks at the very top for Yuvraj... a gem of an innings under immense pressure, what a transformation!"

Priyadarshini: "The last time Australia hadn't played the world cup final was 1992. Things changes and I am loving it."

But above all, contemplate all that Yuvraj has been through in the last year. He lost his form. He lost his fans. He lost his fitness with an injury. Controversy followed him like a faithful pet. He lost his Test spot. He almost lost his limited-overs spots. He hung in there. And he's taking India past every hurdle in this World Cup. With bat, with ball, and on the field. Yuvraj, take a bow.

A day for champions. Ponting may have played his last World Cup game. But don't forget what he accomplished today. He overcame poor form, in tough conditions and played a top-class innings. Don't forget Lee, charging in like his life depended on it, spilling blood in an attempt to save four, but running in at 155+ kph and making India sweat all the way. And I don't need to remind you not to forget Sachin, who played among the most fluent innings Lee-Johnson-Tait would have ever seen.

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Mar 24, 2011

Sachin Tendulkar gestures to Ricky Ponting as Virender Sehwag looks on, India v Australia, 2nd quarter-final, World Cup, Ahmedabad, March 24, 2011

Sachin Tendulkar gestures to Ricky Ponting as Virender Sehwag looks on

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Mar 24, 2011

Brett Lee suffers a cut above his eye while fielding, India v Australia, 2nd quarter-final, Ahmedabad, World Cup 2011, March 24, 2011

Brett Lee suffers a cut above his eye while fielding

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