Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SR Tendulkar
91(121) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 20 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
7 6 6 35 10 8 11 8
JR Hopes
63(80) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %66%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 17 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 2 10 7 7 12 6 19

Best performances - Bowlers

P Kumar
O10.0
M2
R46
W4
Eco4.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
NW Bracken
O9.0
M1
R31
W3
Eco3.44
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

Hopes is disconsolate, India love it, Ishant Sharma, injured for this match, runs on to join in the celebrations. So, India take the CB Series after winning the finals 2-0. Yet again Australia head into the finals on top of the table and lose 2-0, England - who had a woeful tournament - did that to them last year.

So, Gilchrist's last match couldn't end in success and Hogg, not picked for this game, has also ended his international career it has been confirmed, with Australia not progressing to Adelaide and a third final. Gilchrist is all smiles as he takes some hugs from his colleagues.

Harbhajan loves it, watch out for the pics on this website and in the papers tomorrow, grabbing a stump and celebrating hard and harder with pure joy in his eyes.

Praveen Kumar is the Man of the Match for his four wickets and he looks a bit embarrassed, all beams he has to be taken on to the stage by his captain, Dhoni, a touching moment. He takes the cheque and runs back off the stage, grinning, still embarrassed.

Nathan Bracken is a deserved Man of the Series, he's bowled really well throughout. "India played well, congratulations to them, they outplayed us."

Brad Hogg now comes up on to the stage. He gets a trophy for his contributions to cricket. On whether he wished he'd played today: "I've spent a few games as 12th man. It's a privilege to be here and represent Australia. I'd have loved to have been going to Adelaide, I might have got a game, that's the way it goes. I've loved every minute of it, it's been a childhood dream. I'm still pinching myself."

And now it's Adam Gilchrist to the stage. He gets a mysterious box instead of a trophy. "It's been going on a bit too long, all these thankyous, so I'll keep it short. Thanks to India, thanks to my family friends and the many, many fans around the world. To Ricky and the team, it's just been magic."

Ricky Ponting comes up to accept the replica stump for coming second. There are cheers and boos and it's all a little odd. "It is two years in a row now. All credit has to go to the Indian team, the way they've played over the last week and deserve to go home with the trophy.

"No excuses, we've lost three games in a row. Our level of cricket over the last week has dropped off. That's disappointing and we did the same thing last year, so we may have to have a look at the way we go about these things."

Here's Mahendra Singh Dhoni now and he too takes a stump for winning. "It's the toughest conditions out here. The way we improved our batting and backing each other was an important point. The way Sachin started the last few matches was at the right time. It's really good to have a team that's performing.

"It doesn't get better than this, beating the top side in the world."

The India team have now come on stage and are holding up a huge trophy above their heads, and blue and yellow confetti rains down.

Well, thanks very much for joining us throughout this series, it looks like India will be celebrating long into the night. Good night.

49.4
W
Pathan to Hopes, OUT, outside off and Hopes drives it up to Chawla at mid-on who takes the catch calmly and India win!

JR Hopes c Chawla b Pathan 63 (105m 80b 4x4 1x6) SR: 78.75

Ten from three balls needed, then

49.3
2
Pathan to Hopes, 2 runs, swinging yorker dug out to long-off and some good running there has them home

Good stuff from the young fielder who held his nerve. Australia will be relieved that Hopes will be on strike as they crossed

49.2
W
Pathan to Bracken, OUT, full delivery comes in slow on off, Bracken swipes it up to midwicket where a pedalling Chawla runs over and takes it over his head at the second grasp

NW Bracken c Chawla b Pathan 1 (7m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Bracken to face, then

49.1
1
Pathan to Hopes, 1 run, a big drive, and an outside edge loops over wide to a very wide third man, around very deep backward point

Irfan to have the privilege. Australia need this, remember, to stay alive. Hopes pulls out as Irfan runs in, so he will have to charge up again

END OF OVER:
49 | 9 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 246/8 (13 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.02, RRR: 13.00)

  • JR Hopes60 (77b)
  • NW Bracken1 (1b)
  • S Sreesanth9-0-43-2
  • Harbhajan Singh10-0-44-1

Last over now, here's a huge task for the bowler. "It could be a field day for journalists tomorrow with this name Hopes, couldn't it," says Ebony Rainford-Brent

48.6
1
Sreesanth to Hopes, 1 run, full toss, driven out hard to mid-off to take the strike

Don't write Australia off just yet

48.5
6
Sreesanth to Hopes, SIX, short ball outside off and Hopes scythes a full-blooded pull up and over long-on, wide of it, that travelled flat and hard for a maximum

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SR Tendulkar
91(121) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 20 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
7 6 6 35 10 8 11 8
JR Hopes
63(80) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %66%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 17 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 2 10 7 7 12 6 19

Best performances - Bowlers

P Kumar
O10.0
M2
R46
W4
Eco4.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
NW Bracken
O9.0
M1
R31
W3
Eco3.44
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF