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9th Match, Centurion, Sep 28 2009, Group A (D/N), ICC Champions Trophy
(42.3/50 ov)
No result
• The Bulletin by Brydon Coverdale

Washout hits India's semis chances

India will live to fight another day in the Champions Trophy after rain prevented a result at Centurion, where Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey had led a strong Australian batting effort

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Scorecard summary
Australia234/4(42.3 overs)

19.45 So that is all from us. Thanks for all your emails. We will see you tomorrow for England v New Zealand in Johannesburg. Bye for now!

19.35 The match has been called off. The rain has subsided, it's only a drizzle now, but there is just too much water on the ground. Game over. Points shared.

19.25 One light tower isn't working! It was struck by lightning so they have switched it off.

19.15 Supersoppers working in vain. Honestly, there is no chance of play happening, because so much water has gathered. They will need at least an hour to get the ground ready, so in all honesty the real cut off time is about 20.15. The official cut off is still 21.25, however.

19.10 Okay, lets clear the air. People have misread the post at 18.40. First of all, IF this match is abandoned Pakistan are through.

This is with reference to my earlier comment: "So that means for India to go on they will have to beat West Indies, Pakistan will have to beat Australia, and even then India's net run rate will have to be good for them."

Many fans appear to have misread this statement, it clearly states For India to go on. The criteria listed out in that comment purely applies to India and what they need to do to go through to the next stage if this match gets abandoned.

Lets get this clear - Pakistan are currently on 4 points, Australia on 2 and India nil. Now lets consider the situation if this match gets abandoned and the two teams split points. India will have one point, and Australia 3.

In the next game, if Australia beat Pakistan, then the situation is straightforward. Australia will move to 5, Pakistan will stay on 4 and India will be knocked out, because even if they beat West Indies, they'll only remain on 3.

If Australia lose to Pakistan, and India beat West Indies, then it's a fight between India and Australia to go through to the semis. Australia will then remain on 3 points, India will also have 3 and the team with the better net run-rate goes through.

19.05 The cut off time is 21.25. It is raining heavily. There are huge puddles in the ground and it doesn't look like any match will happen today.

18.55 Hundreds of emails about the post at 18.40. People are getting confused with the line "For Australia, a win or a split point will take them through." That line does not refer to this match. It refers to their next game against Pakistan. NOT this match. Pakistan have already beaten West Indies. If Australia beat Pakistan, then both those teams are through.

18.50 Here's the deal - I will post a notice as soon as it stops raining or if the match is called off. As of now it is still raining in Jo'burg.

18.40 Heavy rain. Pools of water all around. Looks awful. Unlikely play will resume any time soon. I will say it again - there is no reserve day. Even for the final. India and Australia will just share points. So that means for India to go on they will have to beat West Indies, Pakistan will have to beat Australia, and even then India's net run rate will have to be good for them. For Australia, a win or a split point will take them through. Even if they lose they can make it on net run rate. If Australia win their next game, India are virtually out.

18.35 Keith Lane, one of Cricinfo's South African residents, says it is hard to predict even a 20 overs game as it is bucketing down.

18.30 Tony Lewis, of Duckworth and Lewis, has emailed giving us the correct permutation. A newer version of the software was implemented for this tournament, which Tony has. Per the new WinCODA2 software being used by Tony and the scorers in South Africa, India's target will be 266 in 42 overs, and 166 for 20 overs. Thanks for that Tony. Appreciated. And no, this system apparently does not take into consideration Powerplays.

18.15 Still raining and the covers are still on. Rather heavy. Lots of lightning. There are many emails asking how India's target will be 263 in 42 overs. Let me try and clarify. This was computed via a D/L software. It is accurate. Australia have plenty of wickets in hand, so the system assumes they could have made the last seven count. Had they been 234 for 8 the target would have been 238. That is how the program works.

17.55 If Australia's innings ends now, India's target in 42 overs is 263. If its reduced to 20 overs then 153. I have asked our people at the ground for further updates about the rain. Stay tuned, be patient.

17.50 Good evening everyone. Thanks, Sriram. Enjoy Nagpur. Still no good news. Rain is coming down pretty hard. There is no reserve day.

17.38 Rain has stopped play. It has got slightly heavier now. The covers come on. The players get back. Thunder and lightning.

And I would take leave of you here. Jamie Alter would take up the commentary..

Sharma to Ferguson, no run
walks down the track, Ishant bangs it in shorter, pushed out to covers

The umbrellas and rain coats are out. Drizzling. Lightning.

Sharma to Ferguson, no run
short in length, bouncing outside off, holding its line, steered to backward point
Sharma to White, 1 run
leans forward to drive down to long-on

Rich has a plea: "Message to India: Aussie speaking. Fact is, the Poms can't beat us at ODI's so they want to get rid of them. Let Australia and India be forever united in the eternal preservation of 50 over cricket I say!" England are doing pretty well in this tournament boss

end of over 423 runs
AUS: 233/4CRR: 5.54 
Callum Ferguson2 (5)
Cameron White34 (29)
Harbhajan Singh9-0-54-0
Ishant Sharma7-0-52-1
Harbhajan Singh to Ferguson, no run
leans forward to push it to midwicket

It's drizzling now

Harbhajan Singh to Ferguson, no run
slows up the pace , on the middle, nurdled to short fine-leg
Harbhajan Singh to White, 1 run
moves outside leg before moving back to his original position and pushes this ball through point
Harbhajan Singh to Ferguson, 1 run
dips in on a length on the off stump line, worked through to long-on
Harbhajan Singh to White, 1 run
fullish, on the off stump line, driven to Nehra at long-on
Harbhajan Singh to White, no run
stays back to push the off break to midwicket

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end of over 413 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 230/4CRR: 5.6 
Callum Ferguson1 (2)
Cameron White32 (26)
Ishant Sharma7-0-52-1
Amit Mishra9-0-45-1
Sharma to Ferguson, no run
full in length around the off stump, steered to Kohli
Sharma to White, 1 run
leans forward to punch a short-of-length delivery to the right of the diving Kohli for a single
Sharma to White, no run
slower one, dipping in front of the middle, almost on the boot, defended to the on side
Sharma to Ferguson, 1 run
slips to the legs, flicked away for a single
Sharma to White, 1 run
full in length, 129 kmph, driven to long-off
Sharma to Hussey, OUT
holes out to long-off. It was full and well outside off stump, Hussey reached out to lift it straight to Sachin. Lucky break for Ishant. Hussey walks back after a fine knock
MEK Hussey c Tendulkar b Sharma 67 (101m 65b 5x4 0x6) SR: 103.07
end of over 4012 runs
AUS: 227/3CRR: 5.67 
Cameron White30 (23)
Michael Hussey67 (64)
Amit Mishra9-0-45-1
Ashish Nehra8-1-38-1
Mishra to White, SIX runs
Bang! squeezed out full on the middle stump line, White goes down on his knee to slog sweep it high and way over midwicket boundary.
Mishra to Hussey, 1 run
googly around the off and middle, pushed out to covers
Mishra to Hussey, 1 wide
skids on just outside leg, Hussey misses the flick and Dhoni collects
Best performances - batsmen
MEK Hussey
67 runs (65)
5 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
19 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
RT Ponting
65 runs (88)
4 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
26 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
A Nehra
A Mishra
Match details
SuperSport Park, Centurion
TossAustralia , elected to bat first
SeriesICC Champions Trophy 2009
Match numberODI no. 2901
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days28 September 2009 - day/night match (50-over match)
Billy Bowden
Ian Gould
TV Umpire
Asad Rauf
Reserve Umpire
Tony Hill
Match Referee
Jeff Crowe
PointsAustralia 1, India 1