Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Congrats Australia, a team battered with injuries has hung on for a memorable win.. Sixty one years ago, at the end of a tour of England by Don Bradman's famous pack, John Arlott put it thus: "Australianism," wrote Arlott, "means single-minded determination to win - to win within the laws but, if necessary, to the last limit within them. It means where the 'impossible' is within the realm of what the human body can do, there are Australians who believe that they can do it - and who have succeeded often enough to make us wonder if anything is impossible to them. It means they have never lost a match - particularly a Test match - until the last run is scored or their last wicket down."

Spare a thought for Sachin Tendulkar. He seemed to have done everything possible but didn't last the final lap. That will really hurt him no doubt but that's that. Australia go ahead in the series.

Milan Beeka: "ODI no. 2923 will always be remembered for Sachin- 17 000 runs and a knock for the ages, Marsh's maiden century and the Australian spirit for winning against all odds! What a true spectacle.:

Hang on for the quotes from the post-match ceremony

Dhoni: "They got off to a good start and we never got into a postion to contain them. It was up to us to chase it. We got a good start and we came in the end due to Tendulkar and Raina. We lost it in our mental calculation, not because of our talent. It was one of the good ODI tracks we have seen in India, you have to be smart. Hopefully we will be up for the next two games."

Ponting " It was one of the amazing games and certainly one of the best innings ever from Sachin. You just have to keep hanging in there, you just have tell your bowlers to keep bowling to the plan. just one bad shot and we could come in but Sachin didn't play many bad shots today! Its really unbelievable how we have played, considering al the injuries. Marsh played realy well.:"

Man of the Match is Sachin Tendulkar: "I thought we started off really well then lost wickets. Suresh and I had a good partnership but in the end, it was disappointing. yeah It was one of my best knocks, the pressure to keep scoring runs was there and we took it very close. I thought Suresh has a terrific talent; he can play the big shots, so if we can get the partnership going, and with powerplay left, the game can go anyway. I care about playing for India, it's a passion and I have been absoloutely honoured to play for India so long."

That's it from us. See you next game.

Watson to Kumar, 1 run, OUT, Hauritz you beauty! Hauritz with the deadly throw and PK is run out. It was referred to third umpire,. It was driven hard to left of long-off and they go for the second run. Hauritz fires it to the striker's end where PK is scampering hard. He reaches out with his bat and tries to slide it in. Perhaps, he should have tried to dive in. The ball rushes past him, reaches Manou who breaks the stumps with the bat just outside the line! Australianism prevails. They refused to fade away, refused to give an inch and India, despite a great knock from Sachin, fall short. Just like that last dismissal. What a game. Immense fun.

P Kumar run out (Hauritz/†Manou) 9 (16m 9b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Watson to Patel, 1 bye, oh what nervous drama here. Tension killing everyone. IT was the length delivery that moved past Munaf to the keeper. But PK was charging down the track. Manou under-arms the throw but misses the stumps
Watson to Kumar, 1 run, goes for the big hit and drags it to right of midwicket. He was aiming for the long-on there. He is not happy with himself. Munaf back on strike
Watson to Patel, 1 run, really full delivery and Munaf very calmly steers it to third man. Crowd go mad.

And so after a dramatic evening, it has come down to this. The last over.

49 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | INDIA: 343/9 (8 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 8.00)

  • Munaf Patel1 (1b)
  • Praveen Kumar7 (7b)
  • Doug Bollinger10-0-75-1
  • Clint McKay10-0-59-3
Bollinger to Patel, 1 run, from round the stumps, back of length, skids in just outside off, Munaf stays adjacent to the line and steers it to third man. He will be on strike. Hope floats for Australia. They will reckon one good ball or even a nervous run out
Bollinger to Kumar, 1 leg bye, backs outside leg stump, Bollinger follows him and it bounds off his pad to third man. Munaf has one ball left to face. Can Bollinger take him out? Can Munaf hang on?
Bollinger to Kumar, no run, moves outside leg, Bollinger fires in a yorker and it just about misses the off stump ... ooh .. Bollingger stares down the pitch
Bollinger to Kumar, no run, length delivery on the middle stump, steered to backward point and PK screams out NOOOO and Munaf, who had moved down the track, gets back in time
Bollinger to Kumar, SIX runs, OMG! PK has hit a six over long-off! He moved outside leg stump and biffed it high over long-off. The stunned crowd suddenly find their voice.

India 2nd innings Partnerships

66SR TendulkarV Sehwag
26SR TendulkarG Gambhir
34SR TendulkarYuvraj Singh
36SR TendulkarMS Dhoni
137SR TendulkarSK Raina
1SR TendulkarHarbhajan Singh
32SR TendulkarRA Jadeja
1P KumarRA Jadeja
2A NehraP Kumar
12MM PatelP Kumar