Welcome back. Australia need to chase down the target under lights to take this into the third final. The dew might play a part too. Will this series go to Adelaide? Or will India shut it out now and here. It's a mouth-watering contest.

Adam Gilchrist walks out for the last time at the Gabba. Matthew Hayden joins him. Praveen Kumar has the new ball.

0.1
0
Kumar to Gilchrist, no run, bit of shape outside off, starts on off and moves away, left alone
0.2
2
Kumar to Gilchrist, 2 runs, short of a length, moving away a bit and Gilchrist is away, off the back foot, through the covers for a couple, confident start
0.3
W
Kumar to Gilchrist, OUT, and he's walked! Praveen Kumar has done the trick again, starts outside off and moving a shade away, tentative poke from Gilchrist and the ball kisses the outside edge on its way to the keeper, big appeal and he is on his way, Praveen can't contain his excitement, dream start for India, Gilchrist walks off to a rousing ovation, probably for the last time in a one-dayer

AC Gilchrist c †Dhoni b Kumar 2 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

0.4
0
Kumar to Ponting, no run, outside off and he's shouldered arms, good probing line from Praveen, he's highly rated in the domestic circuit
0.5
0
Kumar to Ponting, no run, defended down the ground
0.6
0
Kumar to Ponting, no run, short of a length, straight to him, pushed to cover

END OF OVER:
1 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 2/1 (257 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 5.24)

  • RT Ponting0 (3b)
  • ML Hayden0 (0b)
  • P Kumar1-0-2-1

Hayden to face now. Sreesanth at the top of his mark

1.1
0
Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, swing straight away, full and on middle, moving into Hayden's pads, he tries to flick it away but too cramped for room
1.2
0
Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, follows up with one outside off, shoulders arms, some late swing there, Australia have a job on their hands here
1.3
0
Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, full and outside off, 134.9kph, good pace there, Hayden digs out one that's almost yorker length, the fielders are swooping down quick, egging Sreesanth on, bit of lip here

Glenda chirps in: "Ease up Mr. Commentator ... "...probably for the last time ..." How about writing "possibly" instead of writing the Aussies off !!!!"

1.4
4
Sreesanth to Hayden, FOUR, full and on middle, smashed down the ground with a touch of arrogance, on the front foot and thumped past the bowler, past mid-off and through to the fence, no chance for the fielders there
1.5
1
Sreesanth to Hayden, 1 run, full outside off, holds back the pace a bit, chipped tentatively to the leg side and takes off for a single, attempted direct hit but he makes his ground
1.6
1
Sreesanth to Ponting, 1 run, short of a length on middle, turned to the leg side, sloppy effort from Harbhajan at midwicket allows them a single, a few boos going around the ground, surely that's not for Ponting

END OF OVER:
2 | 6 Runs | AUS: 8/1 (251 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 5.22)

  • RT Ponting1 (4b)
  • ML Hayden5 (5b)
  • S Sreesanth1-0-6-0
  • P Kumar1-0-2-1
2.1
0
Kumar to Ponting, no run, bit of inswing for Kumar, Ponting watches it closely before tucking it to the on side, straight to the fielder
2.2
0
Kumar to Ponting, no run, more inswing, 127.6kph, jagging back from off, strikes Ponting on the pads and a muted appeal but that was going high, the ball nestles in Ponting's pads

Manish: "Any guesses for what the scenerio would be if harbhajan would run into Hayden or Symonds like Clarke did to Sachin?" Now, now ...

2.3
W
Kumar to Ponting, OUT, got 'em, now then, now then, short and outside off, Ponting goes for the pull and can't get hold of it, spoons an easy catch to Yuvraj at mid-on, that seemed to stop on him a bit, Yuvraj can't contain his excitement, Kumar is cock-a-hoop, what a start for him, someone must be planning a party in Meerut today

RT Ponting c Yuvraj Singh b Kumar 1 (9m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

Michael Clarke comes in

2.4
0
Kumar to Clarke, no run, huge appeal, that was perilously close, what a first-baller to get, swinging in sharp from outside off, strikes him in front but the height was probably in question, Kumar is causing plenty of problems here, Tony Hill thought about it but said, 'No'.
2.5
0
Kumar to Clarke, no run, outside off, that was a bit straighter, left alone from Clarke, he's keeping him guessing here
2.6
0
Kumar to Clarke, no run, more movement, this time swinging into the right-hander, pushed back down the ground, back to the bowler, Kumar is making the ball talk here

END OF OVER:
3 | (wicket maiden) | AUS: 8/2 (251 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 2.66, RRR: 5.34)

  • MJ Clarke0 (3b)
  • ML Hayden5 (5b)
  • P Kumar2-1-2-2
  • S Sreesanth1-0-6-0
3.1
0
Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, good length and outside off, 137kph this time, he's running in a bit more smoothly now, Hayden shoulders arms
3.2
0
Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, full and on middle and off, touch of movement into the left-hander, punched to the covers

Neeti: "I agree with Glenda I must confess. As ardent an Indian fan as I am, the fact is that the Aussies just can't be written off. They can bounce back from any situation."

3.3
1
Sreesanth to Hayden, 1 run, dropped, full and outside off, nice bit of swing away from the left-hander, Hayden swishes and the ball takes the edge, Dhoni dives to his left but can only get a slight deflection, strikes Tendulkar on his left shoulder as the ball trickles away, Tendulkar in pain, Dhoni can't believe he fluffed that

Tendulkar is being treated now, that ball was travelling, he's off the field for now

3.4
0
Sreesanth to Clarke, no run, full and outsde off, driven hard to cover

Surya: "Hi, I am from Meerut, currently in Equatorial Guinea(Africa), following the game in Australia cheering for an Indian and a fellow Meerutian. Three cheers to Kumar."

3.5
0
Sreesanth to Clarke, no run, good length outside off, moving away, fine swing, lets it go
3.6
2
Sreesanth to Clarke, 2 runs, full and on off, driven confidently down the ground, Sreesanth can't get his hand to it, they pick up a couple

END OF OVER:
4 | 3 Runs | AUS: 11/2 (248 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 2.75, RRR: 5.39)

  • MJ Clarke2 (6b)
  • ML Hayden6 (8b)
  • S Sreesanth2-0-9-0
  • P Kumar2-1-2-2
4.1
0
Kumar to Hayden, no run, short of a length, 126kph, moving away, Hayden lets it go, swing is doing the trick here