Commonwealth Bank Series, 1st Final: Australia v England at Melbourne, Feb 9, 2007
England won by 4 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
9 February 2007 - day/night match (50-over match)
  Australia innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal AC Gilchrist c Flintoff b Mahmood 5 28 10 0 0 50.00
5.3 GOT HIM! And that's a big breakthrough. It was full and in Gilchrist's slot, but a touch slower, and a big swipe came straight off the toe of the bat, for Andrew Flintoff to circle beneath in the covers and take a comfortable catch. Vital wicket for England! 32/1
View dismissal ML Hayden c Mahmood b Dalrymple 82 152 102 7 0 80.39
33.2 big, big, swing, and that's an excellent catch from Mahmood on the long-on boundary! Hayden went for the big yahoo, looked to have hit it clean out of the ground but got fractionally underneath it. The ball topped out somewhere near floodlight height, but Mahmood kept his cool, and acknowledged his inevitable barrackers in the crowd 180/3
View dismissal RT Ponting* c Collingwood b Panesar 75 109 75 7 0 100.00
30.1 What a catch! Brilliant pluck from Collingwood at short cover - that was a bit of a filthy long-hop from Panesar, to be honest, but Ponting rocked back and clobbered it - it was in the air for too long and Collingwood dived back and across to his left, and clung onto a one-handed screamer! 170/2
View dismissal MJ Clarke run out (Collingwood) 33 51 39 0 1 84.61
42.2 from Flintoff, slower ball, played into the off side, Collingwood swoops and throws down the stumps at the non-striker's end. Clarke must have assumed he was safe as he didn't stretch and replays show that he was a couple of inches short. A big cheer as the third umpire's verdict is shown 229/5
View dismissal BJ Hodge lbw b Panesar 5 12 10 0 0 50.00
36.5 Panesar has his second! Hodge was down on the sweep, and umpire Harper upholds a massive appeal! That was not a clever decision, to be honest. Hodge was a long way down, and it was way outside the line of off stump. Apart from that, pretty good 196/4
View dismissal MEK Hussey c †Nixon b Flintoff 17 29 19 1 0 89.47
42.3 two in two! just short of a length, Hussey shapes to run the ball to third man but it's too close to him and he gets a thin nick to Nixon. Hussey doesn't even wait for the decision ... 229/6
View dismissal SR Watson c Bell b Mahmood 9 31 13 0 0 69.23
47.4 another one bites the dust ... Watson is undone by a slower ball which he lamely chips to Bell at midwicket. Watson's ignominy was compounded by the fact he then headed off towards the wrong exit and had to make a sudden and big navigational correction when he realised his mistake. The crowd spotted it and gave him a few jeers ... 250/9
View dismissal GB Hogg c Bell b Flintoff 10 16 11 1 0 90.90
46.1 Hogg steps back and thumps it straight to Bell at extra cover. He timed it but right into the fielder's midriff 248/7
View dismissal B Lee run out (Collingwood) 0 5 5 0 0 0.00
46.6 from Flintoff, Collingwood is on fire! Lee, clearly frustrated, swished and missed, the ball cannoned off his pads to Collingwood at backward point and his underarm throw hit the stumps with Lee, diving full length, a yard short 248/8
NW Bracken not out 3 9 5 0 0 60.00
View dismissal GD McGrath b Flintoff 0 4 2 0 0 0.00
48.3 full and straight and McGrath's 37th birthday present from Flintoff is to have his stumps scattered 252/10
Extras (lb 4, w 9) 13
  Total (all out; 48.3 overs; 231 mins) 252 (5.19 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
  LE Plunkett 10 0 56 0 5.60 28 4 0 (4w)
View wickets SI Mahmood 8 0 45 2 5.62 27 5 0 (2w)
5.3 to Gilchrist, GOT HIM! And that's a big breakthrough. It was full and in Gilchrist's slot, but a touch slower, and a big swipe came straight off the toe of the bat, for Andrew Flintoff to circle beneath in the covers and take a comfortable catch. Vital wicket for England! 32/1
47.4 to Watson, another one bites the dust ... Watson is undone by a slower ball which he lamely chips to Bell at midwicket. Watson's ignominy was compounded by the fact he then headed off towards the wrong exit and had to make a sudden and big navigational correction when he realised his mistake. The crowd spotted it and gave him a few jeers ... 250/9
View wickets A Flintoff 9.3 1 41 3 4.31 31 4 0 (2w)
42.3 to Hussey, two in two! just short of a length, Hussey shapes to run the ball to third man but it's too close to him and he gets a thin nick to Nixon. Hussey doesn't even wait for the decision ... 229/6
46.1 to Hogg, Hogg steps back and thumps it straight to Bell at extra cover. He timed it but right into the fielder's midriff 248/7
48.3 to McGrath, full and straight and McGrath's 37th birthday present from Flintoff is to have his stumps scattered 252/10
View wickets MS Panesar 10 0 44 2 4.40 25 2 0
30.1 to Ponting, What a catch! Brilliant pluck from Collingwood at short cover - that was a bit of a filthy long-hop from Panesar, to be honest, but Ponting rocked back and clobbered it - it was in the air for too long and Collingwood dived back and across to his left, and clung onto a one-handed screamer! 170/2
36.5 to Hodge, Panesar has his second! Hodge was down on the sweep, and umpire Harper upholds a massive appeal! That was not a clever decision, to be honest. Hodge was a long way down, and it was way outside the line of off stump. Apart from that, pretty good 196/4
  PD Collingwood 4 0 21 0 5.25 8 0 0
View wicket JWM Dalrymple 7 0 41 1 5.85 17 1 1 (1w)
33.2 to Hayden, big, big, swing, and that's an excellent catch from Mahmood on the long-on boundary! Hayden went for the big yahoo, looked to have hit it clean out of the ground but got fractionally underneath it. The ball topped out somewhere near floodlight height, but Mahmood kept his cool, and acknowledged his inevitable barrackers in the crowd 180/3
  England innings (target: 253 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal EC Joyce c McGrath b Lee 6 21 18 1 0 33.33
4.6 GONE! That was a horrible misjudgment from Joyce - tried to work a straighter delivery over midwicket, but instead chipped tamely to Glenn McGrath, who had to stoop forward as the ball plopped into his palms 14/2
View dismissal MB Loye lbw b Lee 0 9 6 0 0 0.00
2.2 The slower ball does the trick! This one was fuller, and Loye was deceived as he shuffled across his stumps. A huge appeal is upheld by umpire Harper, but Hawkeye reckons that was sliding down leg ... 1/1
View dismissal IR Bell b Lee 65 147 90 3 0 72.22
32.6 there it is! huge breakthrough for Australia. Pinpoint yorker from Lee and Bell can't get his bat down in time. Hint of reverse swing and missed it by the width of his bat 148/4
View dismissal AJ Strauss lbw b Bracken 0 3 2 0 0 0.00
5.4 another one gone! This is getting rather chaotic for England now. A nothing sort of shot from Strauss, he shuffled across his stumps, tried to work to leg, and was trapped plumb in front. All too easy for Australia at the moment 15/3
PD Collingwood not out 120 222 133 7 1 90.22
View dismissal A Flintoff* c †Gilchrist b Watson 35 65 36 0 1 97.22
45.2 short, Flintoff swishes, and that's gone! It was a bit flat-footed from Flintoff, and a very, very thin graze through to Gilchrist! Watson has made the breakthrough! The end of an excellent 74-run stand, and is this a late glimmer for Australia? 222/5
View dismissal JWM Dalrymple run out (Clarke/McGrath) 3 6 5 0 0 60.00
46.1 from McGrath, McGrath's made the difference! Inswinging low full-toss, an excellent ball in the circumstances, squirted out to point, and Clark's return to the bowler is pinpoint! Dalrymple was late setting off and was never in the frame ... 225/6
PA Nixon not out 11 19 10 0 0 110.00
Extras (lb 3, w 7, nb 3) 13
  Total (6 wickets; 49.3 overs; 240 mins) 253 (5.11 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets B Lee 10 0 41 3 4.10 35 2 0 (1nb, 3w)
2.2 to Loye, The slower ball does the trick! This one was fuller, and Loye was deceived as he shuffled across his stumps. A huge appeal is upheld by umpire Harper, but Hawkeye reckons that was sliding down leg ... 1/1
4.6 to Joyce, GONE! That was a horrible misjudgment from Joyce - tried to work a straighter delivery over midwicket, but instead chipped tamely to Glenn McGrath, who had to stoop forward as the ball plopped into his palms 14/2
32.6 to Bell, there it is! huge breakthrough for Australia. Pinpoint yorker from Lee and Bell can't get his bat down in time. Hint of reverse swing and missed it by the width of his bat 148/4
View wicket NW Bracken 8.3 1 38 1 4.47 28 3 0
5.4 to Strauss, another one gone! This is getting rather chaotic for England now. A nothing sort of shot from Strauss, he shuffled across his stumps, tried to work to leg, and was trapped plumb in front. All too easy for Australia at the moment 15/3
  GD McGrath 10 0 53 0 5.30 26 1 1 (1nb)
View wicket SR Watson 8 0 51 1 6.37 19 5 0 (1nb)
45.2 to Flintoff, short, Flintoff swishes, and that's gone! It was a bit flat-footed from Flintoff, and a very, very thin graze through to Gilchrist! Watson has made the breakthrough! The end of an excellent 74-run stand, and is this a late glimmer for Australia? 222/5
  GB Hogg 10 0 52 0 5.20 21 0 1 (2w)
  MJ Clarke 3 0 15 0 5.00 5 0 0 (2w)

Match details


Toss - Australia, who chose to bat
Series - England led the best-of-3-finals 1-0
Umpires - Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and DJ Harper
TV umpire - RL Parry
Match referee - MJ Procter (South Africa)
Reserve umpire - JD Ward

Match Notes


    • Australia innings
    • Australia: 50 runs in 9.2 overs (60 balls), Extras 7
    • Power Play 2: Overs 10.1 - 15.0
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 58 balls (ML Hayden 20, RT Ponting 27, Ex 3)
    • Drinks: Australia - 85/1 in 15.0 overs (ML Hayden 43, RT Ponting 28)
    • ML Hayden: 50 off 64 balls (5 x 4)
    • Australia: 100 runs in 19.4 overs (124 balls), Extras 9
    • Power Play 3: Overs 22.1 - 27.0
    • 2nd Wicket: 100 runs in 120 balls (ML Hayden 46, RT Ponting 49, Ex 5)
    • RT Ponting: 50 off 57 balls (4 x 4)
    • Australia: 150 runs in 27.1 overs (171 balls), Extras 12
    • Drinks: Australia - 170/2 in 30.1 overs (ML Hayden 78)
    • Australia: 200 runs in 37.3 overs (233 balls), Extras 12
    • Australia: 250 runs in 47.3 overs (294 balls), Extras 13
    • England innings
    • Power Play 2: Overs 10.1 - 15.0
    • Drinks: England - 45/3 in 16.0 overs (IR Bell 24, PD Collingwood 14)
    • Power Play 3: Overs 16.1 - 21.0
    • England: 50 runs in 17.2 overs (105 balls), Extras 1
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 84 balls (IR Bell 22, PD Collingwood 28, Ex 3)
    • England: 100 runs in 22.4 overs (140 balls), Extras 7
    • PD Collingwood: 50 off 60 balls (3 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • 4th Wicket: 100 runs in 126 balls (IR Bell 39, PD Collingwood 52, Ex 9)
    • IR Bell: 50 off 72 balls (3 x 4)
    • Drinks: England - 144/3 in 32.0 overs (IR Bell 62, PD Collingwood 66)
    • England: 150 runs in 33.2 overs (207 balls), Extras 10
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 55 balls (PD Collingwood 28, A Flintoff 22, Ex 0)
    • England: 200 runs in 42.2 overs (261 balls), Extras 10
    • PD Collingwood: 100 off 120 balls (4 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • England: 250 runs in 49.1 overs (305 balls), Extras 13
    • One Day International Scorers: Sajan Nair and Binoy George
 
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