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267dThe Bulletin by S Rajesh

Magnificent Tendulkar seals victory

An outstanding unbeaten 117 by Sachin Tendulkar - his first in Australia, and his 42nd in all - sealed a six-wicket win for India in the first final of the CB Series in Sydney

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SR Tendulkar
117(120) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 41 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
21 9 15 15 39 5 4 9
ML Hayden
82(88) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 25 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
12 3 16 4 18 2 15 12

Best performances - Bowlers

Harbhajan Singh
O10
M0
R38
W2
Eco3.80
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JR Hopes
O8.5
M0
R42
W2
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Australia , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

India led the best-of-3-finals 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.15 start, First Session 14.15-17.45 Interval 17.45-18.30, Second Session 18.30-22.00

Match days

2 March 2008 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

India thoroughly deserved their win through Tendulkar's excellent century, his 42nd ODI ton, and eighth against Australia, but the first against them in their country.

Here's Ponting. "We were probably 20 or 30 runs short. The wicket held together really well. Another sloppy performance, not only from our batters but I thought our bowlers bowled as badly as they have all series. A good batting effort from Sachin, though.

On to Brisbane where "it's just about getting our heads right, a couple of the guys are disappointed with the way they got out."

Now here's Dhoni. "It was a good track to bat on. We got the wickets, that really put the brakes on the Aussie innings in the middle overs. The wicket was very exploited by Harbhajan and Piyush Chawla."

Ishant has done something to his blood vessel, he says, so there will be an update soon on that.

"It's always a pleasure to see him bat the way he batted," he says of guess who, yes Tendulkar. "He was batting well, running well, he carries the youngsters. If he is there in the middle then you won't have too much of trouble chasing whatever you're chasing. The whole team enjoyed the innings, but it's important to keep in mind too that games are yet to come."

Here's the Man of the Match, Tendulkar. "It was a terrific effort by the whole team. Rohit Sharma really batted well, full credit to him. He has a terrific head on his shoulders, he's calm and composed, and today I batted with him for the first time for such a long time.

"It was important today that the second half of the game we played well and that's what we did." He's got a groin strain. "The niggle has been there for a while. It's wonderful that I'm still able to get out in the middle and score some runs." Indeed it is.

So then, will you be joining us again on Tuesday for the second final, when a win for India will give them a series? Or will Australia bounce back? Come back then to find out, but in the meantime thanks for joining me today.

45.5
4
Hopes to Dhoni, FOUR runs, short ball, hooked round into the gap through square and that's a well-won victory for India
45.4
0
Hopes to Dhoni, no run, left alone outside off this time
45.3
0
Hopes to Dhoni, no run, outside off, flashed a drive, a play and a miss
45.2
1
Hopes to Tendulkar, 1 run, outside off, cut down to third man this time
45.1
1
Hopes to Dhoni, 1 run, short ball outside off, cut to the deep cover region

END OF OVER:
45 | 12 Runs | INDIA: 236/4 (4 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.24, RRR: 0.80)

  • SR Tendulkar116 (119b)
  • MS Dhoni10 (8b)
  • MG Johnson10-0-70-0
  • JR Hopes8-0-36-2
44.6
2
Johnson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, driven out on the back foot through backward point
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India 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st50SR TendulkarRV Uthappa
2nd6SR TendulkarG Gambhir
3rd31SR TendulkarYuvraj Singh
4th123SR TendulkarRG Sharma
5th32SR TendulkarMS Dhoni