Australia tour of India, 2007/08 / Commentary

Australia in India T20I Match

India v Australia

India won by 7 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)

Toss: Australia have won the toss and will bat.

Ponting: "The wicket looks very dry underneath. That indicates it will slow down as the game goes on. I don't think it will swing much today. Our bowlers were not swinging it in the warm-up. Hopefully both teams will provide good entertainment to the crowd."

Dhoni: "its a very different format. You have to keep thinking throughout the game. you have to keep up with the pace. We will try to restrict them to a decent total. I am backing the bowlers. "

Joginder Sharma, the man who bowled the last over in the Twenty20 final, misses out and Yousuf Pathan, who replaced the injured Sehwag in the that final, too is not playing. So Murali Kartik and Sehwag are back today.

Australia: ML Hayden, AC Gilchrist, RT Ponting, A Symonds, MJ Clarke, BJ Hodge, BJ Haddin, B Lee, BW Hilfenhaus, NW Bracken, SR Clark.

Anand Vasu, our man at the ground, sends us this: "Music blaring down the loudspeakers and dancers at it in the four corners of the ground. The volume is really loud, ear-splitting, even.

Surprisingly it's far from a full house as one whole stand is about 50% full. That's the one where each ticket costs Rs 10000."

The lights are quite low out here at the stadium. As Barry Richards says, "We have four suns out here, hanging low!." The dew factor too might kick in. All in all, an interesting night ahead of us.

All set. Gilchrist is taking guard. RP Singh to bowl first. Here we go.

0.1

Singh to Gilchrist, no run, Full, outside off and Gilchrist drives - times it sweetly- and Rohit Sharma dives to his left at cover to make a fine stop. The crowd roar their approval

One slip in.

0.2

Singh to Gilchrist, FOUR, Streaky edge between the 'keeper and slip! Full in length and well outside off stump, Gilchrist frees his arms and has a slash and the ball races between Dhoni and Sehwag who is standing slightly wide

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0.3

Singh to Gilchrist, FOUR, The white ball has begun to fly already. Again room outside off and Gilchrist throws the kitchen sink at it. A feisty slash and the ball flies over point. The fine leg comes up inside the circle and there is a deep point

0.4

Singh to Gilchrist, FOUR, Ah! and where does this one go. To the fine leg boundary. Short in length, on the middle and leg and Gilly swivels off the front foot to pull it past the short fine-leg fielder. What a start

0.5

Singh to Gilchrist, OUT, Two fours and then he is cleaned up. The middle stump has gone for a walk. A screaming yorker, on the middle stump line and Gilchrist plays all around it. RP is pumped up and Gilchrist walks back to the hutch. Frenetic start to this Twenty20 showdown.

AC Gilchrist b Singh 12 (3m 5b 3x4 0x6) SR: 240.00

0.6

Singh to Ponting, no run, beaten. In the zone outside off stump, off a length, Ponting has a lazy push at it but inside the line and the ball teases the outside edge.

End of over 1 (12 runs) Australia 12/1 (RR: 12.00)
RT Ponting    0* (1b)      RP Singh    1-0-12-1
ML Hayden    0* (0b)     

Sreesanth to bowl. No slips.

1.1

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, beaten. Some posthumous swing there. The length delivery outside off stump and Hayden stabs inside the line and the ball swings after it passes the stumps. Hence posthumous.

1.2

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, fuller, closer to the off stump and Hayden gets on to the front foot to drive to mid-off.

1.3

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, on the stumps, shaping in after landing on a length around middle and off line, Hayden drives on the up but the inward movement the ball went off the inner half of the bat towards square leg.

1.4

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, back to the corridor outside off stump, moving away with the angle and Hayden allows Dhoni come into play. Four dot balls so far. Will Hayden impose himself now?

1.5

Sreesanth to Hayden, 1 wide, One way of not allowing him to impose himself is to bowl a wide. Way outside off, first bad delivery of the over

1.5

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, again well outside off, Hayden shoulders arms and looks at the umpire with hope. Nope, its not a wide. Just on the border line.

1.6

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, again outside off stump, full in length, Hayden tries to drive but the ball was getting away from him and his bat-handle rotates and he ends up mistiming it to right of Sreesanth. End of a tight over from Sreesanth.

End of over 2 (1 run) Australia 13/1 (RR: 6.50)
ML Hayden    0* (6b)      S Sreesanth    1-0-1-0
RT Ponting    0* (1b)      RP Singh    1-0-12-1

2.1

Singh to Ponting, FOUR, edged to third man boundary. Really wide outside off stump, Ponting stretched across and went for a square drive and got a bottom edge wide of the slip fielder. It would have been called a wide had he left it.

2.2

Singh to Ponting, no run, closer to the off and driven to mid-off

2.3

Singh to Ponting, no run, better, on a length, around the off stump and Ponting comes forward to push it towards mid-on.

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2.4

Singh to Ponting, no run, another length delivery, angling away from Ponting who lunges forward, as his wont, and pushes it to cover. Robin fires in a direct hit at the striker's end but Ponting is inside the crease.

2.5

Singh to Ponting, FOUR, Classy shot on the up. Short of length delivery on the off stump, Ponting leans forward and knives it on the up over mid-on. Fab strike.

2.6

Singh to Ponting, FOUR, A sharp bouncer and Ponting is surprised, is late on the pull and top edges it to long leg boundary.

End of over 3 (12 runs) Australia 25/1 (RR: 8.33)
RT Ponting    12* (7b 3x4)      RP Singh    2-0-24-1
ML Hayden    0* (6b)      S Sreesanth    1-0-1-0

Short fine leg in

3.1

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, The bat broke! Short in length, outside off stump, Hayden tries to pull it off the front foot, rather flat-bat it straight, and the ball crashes into the bottom half of the bat and there is a chip of the bat flying to the off side. Broke bat mountain. Err... sorry couldn't resist it.

3.2

Sreesanth to Hayden, FOUR, Creamed through wide mid-off. Full in length, outside off and Hayden thrashes it to right of mid-off

3.3

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, that imperious Haydos walk down the track. And he had a heave across the line to a length delivery but can't connect

3.4

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, well outside off stump, on a length, Hayden again tries to hit on the up and straight and since the ball was slightly wider, he ended up mistiming it to mid-off. He would be better off creaming it through the off side.

3.5

Sreesanth to Hayden, SIX, Massive. Banged in short and Hayden pulls off the front foot over long-leg boundary. It flew deep into the stands. He had got on to the front foot - you could see why Sreesanth bowled the short one - but was quick to swivel around to cream it.

3.6

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, length delivery, just outside off stump, punched to the off side

End of over 4 (10 runs) Australia 35/1 (RR: 8.75)
ML Hayden    10* (12b 1x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    2-0-11-0
RT Ponting    12* (7b 3x4)      RP Singh    2-0-24-1

We have some dancers, like we had in the Twenty20 tourney in South Africa, here and they are dancing away merrily.

4.1

Singh to Ponting, no run, Full and outside off, Ponting is beaten, trying to go for an expansive cover drive

4.2

Singh to Ponting, no run, on a length, around off stump, pushed to point

4.3

Singh to Ponting, 1 run, another sharp bouncer and it curved in, cramping Ponting who adjusts by arching back and taking the bottom-hand off the handle before steering it to third man

4.4

Singh to Hayden, no run, fullish, just short of the yorker length, on the middle stump line and Hayden drives straight back at RP who makes a half-stop and the ball rolls to hit the sticks at the non-striker's end

4.5

Singh to Hayden, SIX, Hayden goes downtown. Full pitched, on the off and middle and Hayden leans forward to smoke it over the long-off boundary. Clean hit.

4.6

Singh to Hayden, no run, yorker on the middle line, Hayden jabs at it and gets a inside edge on to the front boot and the ball rolls away to the off side.

End of over 5 (7 runs) Australia 42/1 (RR: 8.40)
ML Hayden    16* (15b 1x4 2x6)      RP Singh    3-0-31-1
RT Ponting    13* (10b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    2-0-11-0

Irfan Pathan replaces Sreesanth

5.1

Pathan to Ponting, FOUR, short in length outside off stump and Ponting rocks back to square cut it past backward point. RP Singh gets across from the wide third man position and throws in a dive but is slow in doing so

5.2

Pathan to Ponting, FOUR, edged to third man boundary. Full and outside off, Ponting drives and gets a thick outside edge to the third man boundary

5.3

Pathan to Ponting, no run, slow off cutter, on the middle and off stump line, driven to midwicket

HRG, our statistician:" Hayden becomes the 2nd batsman to aggregate 300 plus runs in Twenty20 games. First one to do so was Graeme Smith."

5.4

Pathan to Ponting, FOUR, Third one of the over. Runs are coming in a flood here. Full pitched, outside off stump and Ponting plays a lovely off drive to the right of mid-off

5.5

Pathan to Ponting, no run

5.6

Pathan to Ponting, FOUR, Another one. The fourth of the over. Australia are off to a blazing start. Ponting charges out, Pathan hurls it wider outside off but Ponting adjusts by lunging across to scoop it over cover. Few bounces and over the ropes. What a ballistic start to the game.

End of over 6 (16 runs) Australia 58/1 (RR: 9.66)
RT Ponting    29* (16b 7x4)      IK Pathan    1-0-16-0
ML Hayden    16* (15b 1x4 2x6)      RP Singh    3-0-31-1

Harbhajan Singh is on.

6.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, no run, flighted delivery outside off stump, Hayden leans forward to guide it to backward point

Symonds does some gardening down the track. He is now ready.

6.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, 1 run, ah! tries to reverse sweep before he changes his mind. Rather Harbhajan makes him change tack by floating it outside leg stump and Hayden nudges it behind square leg

6.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, on the middle and off, top edges a paddle sweep to short fine leg region

HRG: "Hayden and Imran Nazir have 13 sixes in TWenty20 games. Craig McMillan has the record with 14 sixes.

6.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, full and on the middle stump line, turning in, driven to long-on for a single

6.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, no run, fuller, almost on the yorker length, on the off and middle, jabbed away to cover

6.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, OUT, dragged on! The chinese cut goes awry. Full and outside off stump, Hayden tries to thrash it through cover but the bat comes outside the line and he gets a fatal inside edge. Hard luck.

ML Hayden b Harbhajan Singh 17 (34m 19b 1x4 2x6) SR: 89.47

End of over 7 (2 runs) Australia 60/2 (RR: 8.57)
     Harbhajan Singh    1-0-2-1
RT Ponting    30* (18b 7x4)      IK Pathan    1-0-16-0

7.1

Kartik to Ponting, 1 run, flighted from round the stumps, on the off and middle, driven to long-off

7.2

Kartik to Symonds, 1 run, beaten in the flight. Landed on a length, around the middle stump and spun away, Symonds leans forward, is beaten in the flight before nudging it to cover point

7.3

Kartik to Ponting, 1 run, gets off the strike with a drive to long on

7.4

Kartik to Symonds, 1 run, leans forward to place the ball to cover point

7.5

Kartik to Ponting, FOUR, slipping to the leg side and Ponting plays a cute paddle shot to the fine-leg boundary. The dancers are up doing their job.

7.6

Kartik to Ponting, 1 run, arm-ball and Ponting is beaten. It came in with the arm, on the middle and off line, Ponting tries to play a late-cut and gets a inside edge to the on side.

End of over 8 (9 runs) Australia 69/2 (RR: 8.62)
RT Ponting    37* (22b 8x4)      M Kartik    1-0-9-0
A Symonds    2* (2b)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-2-1

8.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, goes back to work it with the turn to square leg for a single

8.2

Harbhajan Singh to Symonds, no run, threatens to come out and Harbhajan drags back the length and Symonds taps it to the on side

8.3

Harbhajan Singh to Symonds, 1 run, comes out this time, to the pitch of a flighted delivery and drives to long-off

8.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, on the off and middle, full and Ponting drives to long-on for another single.

8.5

Harbhajan Singh to Symonds, 1 run, flights full and on the leg and middle stump line, Symonds takes it on the full and turns it quietly to long leg.

8.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, full, just short of the blockhole and Ponting picks up a single with a drive to long-on.

End of over 9 (5 runs) Australia 74/2 (RR: 8.22)
RT Ponting    40* (25b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-7-1
A Symonds    4* (5b)      M Kartik    1-0-9-0

9.1

Kartik to Ponting, 1 run, Repeats the delivery he bowled last. An arm-ball. Ponting plays it carefully into the gap at cover point for a single

9.2

Kartik to Symonds, 1 run, worked past midwicket for another single

9.3

Kartik to Ponting, 1 run, slower in the air, again comes on straight with the arm, Ponting waits on the ball before turning it past midwicket

9.4

Kartik to Symonds, no run, quicker, shorter as he sees Symonds threatening to come out and pushed to the off side

9.5

Kartik to Symonds, 2 runs, slower and fuller, outside leg stump, Symonds eases it to wide long-on region

9.6

Kartik to Symonds, 2 runs, dealing largely in arm-balls. Another one on the middle, a tad quick and Symonds gets his bat in front of the pad and works it behind square leg

End of over 10 (7 runs) Australia 81/2 (RR: 8.10)
A Symonds    9* (9b)      M Kartik    2-0-16-0
RT Ponting    42* (27b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-7-1

Irfan comes back. His first over went for 16 runs.

10.1

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, slow off cutter, outside off stump, driven to sweeper cover

10.2

Pathan to Symonds, 1 run, 120.01 kmph, another slow off cutter, full and on the midde, driven uppishly to long-on

10.3

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, 138.2, full length delivery, outside off stump, driven to long-off for a single

10.4

Pathan to Symonds, 1 run, back to the off cutter, on the middle and driven to long-on for a single

10.5

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, another slow off cutter, 119 k, spins away after landing on a length around middle and off, Ponting leans forward to push it wide of extra cover

10.6

Pathan to Symonds, 1 run, 118 k, on a length, around the off stump, pushed to cover point and will retain the strike. Pathan has been concentrating on taking the pace off the ball and Murali Kartik is focusing on arm-balls

End of over 11 (6 runs) Australia 87/2 (RR: 7.90)
A Symonds    12* (12b)      IK Pathan    2-0-22-0
RT Ponting    45* (30b 8x4)      M Kartik    2-0-16-0

11.1

Kartik to Symonds, 1 leg bye, another arm-ball, just outside off stump and Symonds is struck on the pad and stifled appeal goes up. Struck outside off stump

11.2

Kartik to Ponting, 1 leg bye, this one turns away and it beats the forward prod and Ponting picks up a leg bye

11.3

Kartik to Symonds, FOUR, charges out and lofts over the infield on the off side. He didn't quite reach the pitch , was beaten in the flight but went through with the shot

11.4

Kartik to Symonds, 2 runs

11.5

Kartik to Symonds, 1 run, full and around off stump, driven hard but Yuvraj Singh dives at extra cover to make a smart stop

11.6

Kartik to Ponting, no run, he has started to mix things up nicely. This one spins away sharply and past the outside edge as Ponting stabbed at it

End of over 12 (9 runs) Australia 96/2 (RR: 8.00)
RT Ponting    45* (32b 8x4)      M Kartik    3-0-23-0
A Symonds    19* (16b 1x4)      IK Pathan    2-0-22-0

Sreesanth to bowl

12.1

Sreesanth to Symonds, no run, full in length, straight, on the middle and off, Symonds backed away a touch and cut it hard but straight to Yuvraj at point.

Wide slip in place.

12.2

Sreesanth to Symonds, 1 run, Fab stop from Yuvraj. A tad short in length and Symonds cuts to right of Yuvraj who dives to make a half-stop

12.3

Sreesanth to Ponting, FOUR, dropped by Dhoni. . Full in length and outside off stump, Ponting goes for a slash across the line - a pull shot off the front foot - and got a thick edge. It was travelling at some speed and Dhoni sprang to his right but ended up palming it over.

12.4

Sreesanth to Ponting, FOUR, short in length and Ponting unfurls a neat pull shot. Four more

12.5

Sreesanth to Ponting, FOUR, skies a pull but its in the gap. Another shortish delivery and Ponting goes for a pull and the ball soars high in the air towards wide midwicket region

12.6

Sreesanth to Ponting, 1 run, full in length, on the off stump line, driven through mid-off for a single

End of over 13 (14 runs) Australia 110/2 (RR: 8.46)
RT Ponting    58* (36b 11x4)      S Sreesanth    3-0-25-0
A Symonds    20* (18b 1x4)      M Kartik    3-0-23-0

13.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, OUT, what drama. Ponting almost gives a return catch off a leading edge and as it turns out it is Symonds who is run out. It was floated in the air, full and it curved away at the last minute, Ponting tried to play across the line and got a leading edge. The ball lobbed up towards say .. short cover and Harbhajan couldn't reach it. Huge hesitation as Ponting sets off for a run before stopping and again proceeding before stopping again! Symonds was sold a dummy and couldn't get back to the non-striker's end. Harbhajan Singh threw the ball to Yuvraj who takes the bails off. Chaos.

A Symonds run out 20 (23m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 111.11

13.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, leans forward to drive through the on side

13.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hodge, 1 run, pushes to extra cover for a quick single

13.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run

13.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hodge, no run, flighted one, slower in the air and it spins in to evade to forward prod and strikes him on the pad

13.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hodge, no run, flighted full into the blockhole, jabbed back down the track

End of over 14 (3 runs) Australia 113/3 (RR: 8.07)
BJ Hodge    1* (3b)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-10-1
RT Ponting    60* (39b 11x4)      S Sreesanth    3-0-25-0

14.1

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, full and around the off stump, driven to the off side

14.2

Pathan to Hodge, no run, 115.5 kmph, slow off cutter, fullish, Hodge is early into the drive and hits it back to Pathan who dives forward and to his right to make the stop

14.3

Pathan to Hodge, 1 run, Full and outside off stump, carved to right of sweeper cover

14.4

Pathan to Ponting, no run, appeal for stumping. Full in length, on the middle and off and it slants away. Ponting is beaten, going for a pull and Dhoni takes the bails off in a flash. Ponting's back foot is planted inside the crease.

14.5

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, back to the slow off cutter. Full and outside off, driven to long-off for a single

14.6

Pathan to Hodge, OUT, The middle stump has been pegged back and settles into Dhoni's gloves. Length delivery, no slow off cutter this time, and Hodge goes for a pull but misses it completely. Gone. Hodge's nightmarish tour ends.

BJ Hodge b Pathan 2 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 15 (3 runs) Australia 116/4 (RR: 7.73)
     IK Pathan    3-0-25-1
RT Ponting    62* (42b 11x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-10-1

15.1

Kartik to Ponting, 1 run, pushes forward, the ball hits the pad and rolls to the on side

15.2

Kartik to Clarke, 2 runs, tossed-up, on a length, on the off and middle and it spins away, Clarke drives and gets a outside edge through backward point

15.3

Kartik to Clarke, 1 run, arm-ball, full and homing in on the off stump, Clarke backs away to cut it past point

15.4

Kartik to Ponting, no run, comes out of the crease and Kartik fired it in shorter and Ponting is struck on the pad

15.5

Kartik to Ponting, no run, ripper. It landed on a length, on the middle and off stump, Ponting is caught at the crease, tries to cut it to the off side and the ball spins past the bat and just over the off stump.

15.6

Kartik to Ponting, no run, on the middle and leg, tries to sweep but it bounces more than he expects and is struck on the pad. Impressive over comes to an end

End of over 16 (4 runs) Australia 120/4 (RR: 7.50)
RT Ponting    63* (46b 11x4)      M Kartik    4-0-27-0
MJ Clarke    3* (2b)      IK Pathan    3-0-25-1

16.1

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, no run, short in length, spinning in from outside off, Clarke is on the front foot and turns it to midwicket

16.2

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 1 run, slower, on the middle stump line, turning in, swept past square leg

16.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run

Tendulkar is sitting alongside Ravi Shastri and Niranjan Shah, the BCCI secretary and watching the game

16.4

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 2 runs, hurls it full, on the yorker length, turned away past square leg. Sreesanth, running in from long leg, fumbles and they complete the second run

16.5

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 2 runs, again full, on the yorker length, Clarke takes it on the full and turns it to deep midwicket

16.6

Harbhajan Singh to Clarke, 1 run, full again, Clarke comes out, almost yorks himself in the process and jabs it through mid-on

End of over 17 (7 runs) Australia 127/4 (RR: 7.47)
MJ Clarke    9* (7b)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-17-1
RT Ponting    64* (47b 11x4)      M Kartik    4-0-27-0

17.1

Sreesanth to Clarke, FOUR, good ol' lemon cut. Full in length, on the stumps, Clarke goes for a on-the-up drive and ends up nicking it past the leg stump

17.2

Sreesanth to Clarke, 1 run, length delivery on the middle and leg, Clarke stays adjacent to the line and gets a outside edge to backward point

SRK and Deepika Padukone, actors, are there too. The camera pans to Deepika and then shows Dhoni's face. He is smiling. Ah!

17.3

Sreesanth to Ponting, FOUR, Leans forward to pull it off the front foot, the ball flies off the inner-half of the bat and Harbhajan makes a sliding stop near the ropes but the right foot had touched the ropes.

Bollywood has a heavy presence at the stands. Raveena Tandon too is seen there. hmm... ok don't abuse me .. will stick to cricket...

17.4

Sreesanth to Ponting, 1 run, full in length, outside off, driven to long-off

17.5

Sreesanth to Clarke, 3 runs, another length delivery outside off, driven on the up, through the line towards long-off where Robin fumbles and gives away an extra run

17.6

Sreesanth to Ponting, 5 wides, banged in short and it sails well above Ponting's head. Both Ponting and Dhoni can't reach it

17.6

Sreesanth to Ponting, FOUR, fab off drive. Fullish, on the off stump line and Ponting leans into his drive and pings the wide long-on boundary. Caressed away. No violence. Classy.

End of over 18 (22 runs) Australia 149/4 (RR: 8.27)
RT Ponting    73* (50b 13x4)      S Sreesanth    4-0-47-0
MJ Clarke    17* (10b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-17-1

18.1

Pathan to Clarke, FOUR, off cutter, on the off stump line, Clarke forces it through cover region and Rohit Sharma, coming across from sweeper cover, makes a awful fumble and gives away a boundary.

18.2

Pathan to Clarke, 1 run, yorker, on the off stump line, jabbed away through mid-off

18.3

Pathan to Ponting, 1 run, again full, on the off stump line, Ponting goes for a off drive and makes contact with the inner half of the bat and the ball rolls away to midwicket

18.4

Pathan to Clarke, 1 run, slow off cutter, spinning in from middle and leg, turned past square leg

18.5

Pathan to Ponting, 2 runs, full in length, on the stumps, Ponting takes out the front leg off the line and hits it to right of Uthappa at long-on

18.6

Pathan to Ponting, OUT, Another batsman drags it on. Full in length, on the off and middle, angling away, Ponting goes for a ambitious pull and gets a fatal inside edge.

RT Ponting b Pathan 76 (79m 53b 13x4 0x6) SR: 143.39

End of over 19 (9 runs) Australia 158/5 (RR: 8.31)
     IK Pathan    4-0-34-2
MJ Clarke    23* (13b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    4-0-47-0

19.1

Singh to Clarke, 1 run, yorker to start off the last over, pushed to extra cover. Five balls to go.

19.2

Singh to Haddin, no run, Dot ball. full in length, outside off stump, Haddin goes for a big heave across the line but no wood on leather though.

19.3

Singh to Haddin, 1 wide, appeal for a catch behind and umpire Saheba calls it a wide. ah! Way outside off stump, Haddin tries to reach it and gets a edge but the umpire didn't pick it. RP can't believe it and you can guess what hindi expletive he would have uttered...!

19.3

Singh to Haddin, 2 runs, full in length, outside off stump, driven to wide long-off for couple of runs

19.4

Singh to Haddin, 2 runs, And again. Another full delivery and Haddin pings the wide long-off region

19.5

Singh to Haddin, 1 run, full in length, on the off stump line, driven to long-off for a single

19.6

Singh to Clarke, 1 run, yorker, just outside off stump, Clarke can only stab at it and picks up a single to cover region. Good tight over from RP and Australia end up on 166.

The spinners - Murali Kartik and Harbhajan Singh - applied the brakes to the Australian innings which was off to a ballistic start. Few wickets, few tight overs before Australia recovered to post 166. Game on now. Join me, Sriram Veera, in a short while for the chase.

HRG: "Ponting's 13 fours in his innings of 76 is next to Gibbs' 14 fours against West Indies at Jo'burg on 11.09.07."

End of over 20 (8 runs) Australia 166/5
MJ Clarke    25* (15b 2x4)      RP Singh    4-0-39-1
BJ Haddin    5* (4b)      IK Pathan    4-0-34-2
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Oct 20, 2007

Suresh Shastri directs some spectators to move away from the sightscreen, Indian v Australia, Twenty20 International, Mumbai, October 20, 2007

Suresh Shastri directs some spectators to move away from the sightscreen

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Oct 20, 2007

Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni walk off after the victory, India v Australia, Twenty20 international, Mumbai, October 20, 2007

Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni walk off after the victory

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