Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AJ Finch
36(23) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %62%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on back foot
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
2 0 2 7 0 9 1 5
G Gambhir
56(60) 4x4 - 0x6
Control %65%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 11 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 1 3 5 1 6 1 2

Best performances - Bowlers

GB Hogg
O3.0
M0
R19
W1
Eco6.33
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
P Kumar
O3.0
M0
R21
W2
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

10.50 pm No major celebrations from Gambhir and Dhoni, a shake of the hands and smiles as they walk off the MCG. India won this game pretty comfortably, and the victory was built by a superb fielding effort that began with Gambhir taking a good catch to dismiss Warner. Gambhir then held the chase together with a measured half-century. He'd be a favourite for Man of the Match but I'd give it to Ravindra Jadeja, for his excellent run-outs from point and an economical spell 3-0-16-1.

George Bailey: "It wasn't as close as it looked. Well short with the bat tonight. Four run-outs is the big difference. We were clearly out-fielded."

MS Dhoni gets a huge cheer as he walks up for the presentation. "The fielding was exceptional. Best fielding side, I've seen. It will be hard to beat this effort. We are a side that relies a lot on a good start, not about the runs, a good, calm start is what we look for. Overall it was a good effort by the bowlers and equally by the top three batsmen."

The Man of the Match is Ravindra Jadeja, for his fielding and spell of 3-0-16-1. He says he was trying to play his natural game, that's all. And a fine game it was.

Thank you for all your emails today. That's all I've got for you today. See you for the triangular series, which begins on Sunday. Cheers.

19.4
4
McKay to Gambhir, FOUR runs, this time he finds the gap, with a drive from the crease between midwicket and mid-on, India have won their first game on this tour of Australia. This tour, although terrible, will not be described as 'winless' as India's tour of England is.

India being made to wait here ...

19.3
0
McKay to Gambhir, no run, that's too full outside off to try and cut and Gambhir gets beaten on the back foot, three to go ... Dhoni goes up to have a chat

A wicket might spice things up a bit ...

19.2
0
McKay to Gambhir, no run, good length once again, Gambhir pulls but can't beat midwicket ...
19.1
0
McKay to Gambhir, no run, length ball outside off stump, cut off the back foot to point. Five balls to go ...

Gambhir's got his helmet back to face McKay, as Dhoni looks on helmetless. All the fielders are in the circle.

END OF OVER:
19 | 2 Runs | INDIA: 131/2

  • MS Dhoni21 (18b)
  • G Gambhir52 (56b)
  • DJ Hussey2-0-8-0
  • MR Marsh4-0-30-1
18.6
0
Hussey to Dhoni, no run, pushed off the front foot to cover
18.5
0
Hussey to Dhoni, no run, nudged off the pads to square leg

Dhoni's asked for Gambhir's helmet for some reason. Odd. Dhoni wasn't wearing a helmet before.

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AJ Finch
36(23) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %62%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on back foot
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
2 0 2 7 0 9 1 5
G Gambhir
56(60) 4x4 - 0x6
Control %65%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 11 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 1 3 5 1 6 1 2

Best performances - Bowlers

GB Hogg
O3.0
M0
R19
W1
Eco6.33
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
P Kumar
O3.0
M0
R21
W2
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF