Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
90 | (maiden) | INDIA: 269/7

  • Ishant Sharma2 (20b)
  • Anil Kumble9 (52b)
  • Andrew Symonds22-4-52-1
  • Brad Hogg12-3-53-1

5.26 pm local time: Kumble has declared and play has been called off. the match is drawn and Australia take the series 2-1.

Adam Gilchrist receives hugs from all the Australian players. He and Ponting share a few words and then Kumble goes up to offer his congratulations. Gilchrist puts his arm around Kumble and shakes his hand. He walks off to a rousing ovation and leads the team off the field.

The PA then announced thanks for Gilchrist and "his magnificent career", at which point the ground rose as one. Then more cheers as he walked off the ground, the team staying behind standing on the pitch to cheer him off. He walks up the pavilion steps and it seems the rest of the team are reluctant to get off the pitch.

It's most likely the final Test for Tendulkar, Kumble, Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman as well in Australia and haven't they entertained the crowds here. Both teams shake hands at the end of a closely fought series. Australia have been the better team, not by much though, and win it 2-1 but India fought hard and not too many teams have been able to do that in Australia. I'll have the presentation ceremony for you in a bit.

Gilchrist is on the field with his family - his wife and three kids - and the photographers are queuing up to take his pictures. The teams are out there applauding him again.

The Man of the Match is Sachin Tendulkar for his 153 in the first innings. It was possibly his last Test in Australia and he's made it memorable. The Man of the Series is Brett Lee, who's been awesome with 24 wickets in the series and 40 in the entire summer. He drops his glass trophy but it survives the fall without damage.

Anil Kumble: "It was a tough, hard series. I'd like to congratulate Ricky and his team and my team-mates for a fantastic effort. On behalf of the Indian team, Adam congratulations on a fantastic career and all the best for the future. It's very tough to tour Australia and we showed that we could compete with the best."

Adam Gilchrist: "Thank you very much for the over whelming support since my announcement a few days ago. I've been stunned and I really appreciate it. Congratulations to Anil and his team for fighting hard right through the series. Thank you to my team-mates, for all your support throughout my career." He says he's looking forward to spending time with his family now to make up for time lost with them during his career.

Ricky Ponting: "It's been an enjoyable series played in great spirit. The Indian team can be proud of what they've achieved on this tour and they are now the No 2 side in the world.

"Adam Gilchrist is a once in a generation player, with the ability of changing the course of a match with the bat. He's been an electrifying batsman. I've thoroughly enjoyed every moment playing with him. Gilly, for me it's been an absolute please, congratulations mate and I hope we continue to catch up after our cricket careers are over."

The rest of the team goes up to join Ponting and the Australians pose with the Border-Gavaskar trophy, which they've retained. It's been an eventful series to say the least. We've had a lot of controversy but more importantly we've witnessed a lot of fantastic cricket too.

Thank you for all your emails right through this series. On behalf of all the other commentators through the four Tests - Jenny Thompson, Anand Vasu and Jamie Alter - this is George Binoy signing off. See you all for the Twenty20 international and the CB Series which follows. It will be Gilchrist's final international series and a last chance to watch him open the batting again. Good bye Gilly - from the Test circuit - and thank you for the entertainment.

89.6
0
Symonds to Sharma, no run, bowled straight on off stump, defended on the back foot
89.5
0
Symonds to Sharma, no run, pushed off the front foot towards cover for a single
89.4
0
Symonds to Sharma, no run, Ishant tries to defend on the front foot but gets an outside edge past slip
89.3
0
Symonds to Sharma, no run, this one spins and bounces from outside off, Ishant gets beaten

Lots of laughter from the Australians in the middle. The game will be drawn and they have the series.

89.2
0
Symonds to Sharma, no run, Ishant comes forward again and defends to the off side
89.1
0
Symonds to Sharma, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Ishant drives off the front foot

END OF OVER:
89 | (maiden) | INDIA: 269/7

  • Anil Kumble9 (52b)
  • Ishant Sharma2 (14b)
  • Brad Hogg12-3-53-1
  • Andrew Symonds21-3-52-1
88.6
0
Hogg to Kumble, no run, defended on the front foot to the off side
88.5
0
Hogg to Kumble, no run, Kumble forward and defends a quicker ball, 'Bowled George,' chirps Gilchrist.
88.4
0
Hogg to Kumble, no run, Kumble tries to drive and gets an inside edge on to the boot
88.3
0
Hogg to Kumble, no run, Kumble gets on to the front foot outside the line of off stump and tries to drive, the ball hits the pad first, Bowden declines another lbw shout
88.2
0
Hogg to Kumble, no run, pushed towards mid off on the front foot
88.1
0
Hogg to Kumble, no run, padded away to the leg side

"I can't understand the fuss about asking India to declare. There is absolutely no reason why India should declare. They are already 2 fielders down and can use all the batting practice they can get," says Rajesh.

END OF OVER:
88 | 2 Runs | INDIA: 269/7

  • Ishant Sharma2 (14b)
  • Anil Kumble9 (46b)
  • Andrew Symonds21-3-52-1
  • Brad Hogg11-2-53-1
87.6
0
Symonds to Sharma, no run, Ishant comes forward and defends to silly point
87.5
0
Symonds to Sharma, no run, defended on the front foot to silly point
87.4
2
Symonds to Sharma, 2 runs, Ishant leans forward and drives through extra cover, Clarke gives chase
87.3
0
Symonds to Sharma, no run, defended off the back foot towards point
87.2
0
Symonds to Sharma, no run, Ishant strides forward and defends
87.1
0
Symonds to Sharma, no run, bowled quick outside the off stump, Ishant tries to play off the back foot but gets beaten

END OF OVER:
87 | (maiden) | INDIA: 267/7

  • Anil Kumble9 (46b)
  • Ishant Sharma0 (8b)
  • Brad Hogg11-2-53-1
  • Andrew Symonds20-3-50-1

Both captains have the option of calling off the match after five overs if they want to.

86.6
0
Hogg to Kumble, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side
86.5
0
Hogg to Kumble, no run, wide outside off stump, Kumble lets it go
86.4
0
Hogg to Kumble, no run, Kumble pushes the wrong'un towards the off side
86.3
0
Hogg to Kumble, no run, played off the back foot towards point
86.2
0
Hogg to Kumble, no run, defended on the front foot by Kumble
86.1
0
Hogg to Kumble, no run, Kumble strides forward to defend but gets hit high on the pad, Bowden says no to the lbw shout again
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India 3rd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st2V SehwagIK Pathan
2nd55R DravidV Sehwag
2nd71SR TendulkarV Sehwag
3rd34SC GangulyV Sehwag
4th24VVS LaxmanV Sehwag
5th51MS DhoniV Sehwag
6th16A KumbleV Sehwag
7th11A KumbleHarbhajan Singh
8th5A KumbleI Sharma