Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Mongia is left stranded on 63 but you have to question his decision to keep taking singles and exposing the tailenders. It would have been commended had it come off but fact is that it didn't work.

Lee's fibe wickets came at all the right times He dismissed Tendulkar and Sehwag cheaply, came back and broke a threatening partnership by snaring Dhoni before returning at the death to snap up the tail. Mongia's 63 was the only meaningful contribution in the Indian innings.

Australia have won by 18 runs and have secured a place in Sunday's final againt West Indies. India on the other hand will be packing their bags to return home. It's been a very eventful day with more than a fair share of controversy. Do read S Rajesh's bulletin for more details.

Lee wins the Man-of-the-Match award for his searing spell. He deserves it too! A word though for Haddin and Hogg who came together when Australia were sinking at 117 for 6 and wrested the initiative from India with some superb and sensible strokeplay.

Well that's it from us at Cricinfo. Do join us on Sunday when Australia take on West Indies in the final. Cheers!

43.5
W
Lee to Patel, OUT, and he doesn't last even one! Australia pull off a remarkable victory. Good length and straight, Munaf backs away and drives in the air towards cover, Symonds dives to his right and pulls off a sharp catch to give Lee his fifth wicket

MM Patel c Symonds b Lee 1 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Munaf has two balls to face

43.4
1
Lee to Mongia, 1 run, outside off stump anf full, Mongia drives but gets a thick edge wide off point for one
43.3
0
Lee to Mongia, no run, good length and dead straight, driven back to Lee on the back foot
43.2
1
Lee to Patel, 1 run, punched in the air through covers for one

Munaf Patel is the new batsman

You can't help but question the wisdom of Mongia's decision to take the single of the final ball of the last over

43.1
W
Lee to Singh, OUT, and he strikes with his first ball! Good length, on off stump, RP Singh tries to drive through the line and gets a thick outside edge straight to point

RP Singh c Hussey b Lee 4 (10m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Brett Lee comes back into the attack

END OF OVER:
43 | 4 Runs | INDIA: 193/8 (21 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.48, RRR: 3.00)

  • RP Singh4 (11b)
  • Dinesh Mongia62 (88b)
  • Glenn McGrath8-1-25-0
  • Brad Hogg10-0-48-2

Mongia isn't too intent on keeping strike even though there are only two wickets left, RP Singh will face the next over

42.6
1
McGrath to Singh, 1 run, full on off stump, the batsman drives to cover and they run one

RP Singh has one ball to face in the over

42.5
1
McGrath to Mongia, 1 run, short of a length, driven down the ground for one
42.4
1
McGrath to Singh, 1 run,

RP Singh has three balls to face from McGrath

42.3
1
McGrath to Mongia, 1 run, this time he takes the single, driven to deep cover
42.2
0
McGrath to Mongia, no run, cut off the back foot but straight to point
42.1
0
McGrath to Mongia, no run, good length on off stump, Mongia drives through the line to mid-off, RP Singh sets off but Mongia sends him back

McGrath replaces Symonds, he has three overs to go. He's bowling over the wicket to Mongia

END OF OVER:
42 | 2 Runs | INDIA: 189/8 (25 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.50, RRR: 3.12)

  • Dinesh Mongia60 (84b)
  • RP Singh2 (9b)
  • Brad Hogg10-0-48-2
  • Andrew Symonds9-0-41-1
41.6
1
Hogg to Mongia, 1 run, full ball, Mongia tries to drive but gets an edge down to fine leg to retain strike
41.5
1
Hogg to Singh, 1 run, driven to mid-off for a single off the fifth ball of the over, Mongia is on strike
41.4
0
Hogg to Singh, no run, outside off stump and flatter, the batsman tries to defend and gets beaten
41.3
0
Hogg to Singh, no run, th wrong one tossed up on leg and middle, the batsman plays forward and gets an outside edge to point
41.2
0
Hogg to Singh, no run, fuller length on off and middle stump, driven back to the bowler
41.1
0
Hogg to Singh, no run, tossed up on off stump, defended on the front foot

Hogg is bowling his last over

END OF OVER:
41 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | INDIA: 187/8 (27 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.56, RRR: 3.00)

  • RP Singh1 (4b)
  • Dinesh Mongia59 (83b)
  • Andrew Symonds9-0-41-1
  • Brad Hogg9-0-46-2

Replays show that Harbhajan might not have nicked that one

40.6
1
Symonds to Singh, 1 run,
40.5
0
Symonds to Singh, no run,
40.4
0
Symonds to Singh, no run, beaten outside the off stump
40.3
0
Symonds to Singh, no run, defended to cover
40.2
W
Symonds to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, and he's gone as well! quicker ball outside off stump, Harbhajan prods forward at it and gets a feather of an edge, Haddin takes the catch and India are eight down

Harbhajan Singh c †Haddin b Symonds 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Australia won't mind giving the single if they can get Harbhajan on strike

40.1
1
Symonds to Mongia, 1 run, short outside off stump, driven on the back foot through cover

India need just 29 runs but Australia have to get only three wickets. Symonds to continue

END OF OVER:
40 | 9 Runs 1 Wkt | INDIA: 185/7 (29 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.62, RRR: 2.90)

  • Harbhajan Singh0 (1b)
  • Dinesh Mongia58 (82b)
  • Brad Hogg9-0-46-2
  • Andrew Symonds8-0-39-0
39.6
0
Hogg to Harbhajan Singh, no run,

Harbhajan Singh is the new batsman. Lots of pressure on Mongia now

39.5
W
Hogg to Agarkar, OUT, fired in quicker, Agarkar goes back to pull, misses and is struck absolutely plumb in front of middle stump. You won't see a plumber leg before than that one!

AB Agarkar lbw b Hogg 9 (17m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

India 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st7SR TendulkarV Sehwag
2nd13M KaifV Sehwag
3rd27R DravidM Kaif
4th3R DravidD Mongia
5th46D MongiaSK Raina
6th62MS DhoniD Mongia
7th27AB AgarkarD Mongia
8th1Harbhajan SinghD Mongia
9th7D MongiaRP Singh
10th2D MongiaMM Patel