Player of the Match
Player of the Match
86dThe Bulletin by Peter English

Ponting century outweighs fine Gambhir fightback

A spirited chase led by Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa fell 18 short as Australia celebrated the end of Ricky Ponting's rocky batting patch with a tight victory

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

RT Ponting
124(133) 7x4 - 1x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 39 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
5 10 17 3 32 14 16 27
G Gambhir
113(119) 9x4 - 1x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 37 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
13 16 25 15 13 16 2 13

Best performances - Bowlers

B Lee
O9.1
M1
R58
W5
Eco6.32
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SR Clark
O10
M0
R55
W2
Eco5.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

10.35pm Ponting is indeed Man of the Match. "Another good win by us," he says. "It had been coming for a while, the top order were going to get some runs. I spoke to the guys this morning about trying to get some momentum going into the finals and all the guys did that."

Thanks for joining me today, do come back for some more fun on Tuesday when Sri Lanka face off against India.

10.30pm "There were quite a few positives," reckons Dhoni. "The way we kept them to 318 was a good one." They've not made it to the finals of course. "We would like to win that game so that we can go through," he says of the next encounter on Tuesday.

10.25pm Well that's been an excellent day's cricket at the SCG. Both sides' batting at last came good and provided some full-on entertainment, with both Ponting and Gambhir posting hundreds.

Stay with me for the reaction and the Man of the Match. Ponting? While we're waiting for that, actually, in a press conference during the Chappell-Hadlee earlier this summer Ponting was miffed when, scoring runs for fun, not one of the press asked him in his post-match press conference in Adelaide. "By the way I got a hundred today, boys," he smirked, but you can bet all the questions will be for his batting tonight after he recovered his form in some style.

A smiling Lee now says "All in all in was a great day for everyone." And then that sportsman's cliche... stepping up to the plate? Nearly. "Everyone put their hand up." It's true, though.

49.1
W
Lee to I Sharma, OUT, the yorker zeros in on off, Sharma's too late on it and watches his stumps castle. Terrific bowling from Lee, those no-balls apart ahem, and he ends with five

I Sharma b Lee 2 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

The last over coming, a mere 19 required. Here's Lee

END OF OVER:
49 | 9 Runs | INDIA: 299/9 (19 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.10, RRR: 19.00)

  • S Sreesanth3 (4b)
  • I Sharma2 (3b)
  • NW Bracken10-0-53-1
  • B Lee9-1-58-4
48.6
0
Bracken to Sreesanth, no run, wide outside off, the batsman goes to cut hard, and the ball goes on through to the keeper
48.5
1
Bracken to I Sharma, 1 run, runs outside off and pushes out to mid-on and they scramble through
48.4
1
Bracken to Sreesanth, 1 run, pitched right up there, dug out to fine leg
48.3
2
Bracken to Sreesanth, 2 runs, driven out to mid-off
48.2
1
Bracken to I Sharma, 1 run, driven out forward and there's a throw, a direct hit would have been close

India 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st3SR TendulkarV Sehwag
2nd42G GambhirV Sehwag
3rd1G GambhirRG Sharma
4th5Yuvraj SinghG Gambhir
5th98MS DhoniG Gambhir
6th67G GambhirRV Uthappa
7th41RV UthappaIK Pathan
8th33Harbhajan SinghRV Uthappa
9th0RV UthappaS Sreesanth
10th9S SreesanthI Sharma