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292dThe Bulletin by S Rajesh

Australia storm into the finals

Displaying more hunger, drive and common sense than India, the Australians eked out an 18-run win in the all-important last league match of the DLF Cup to make it to the final

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

D Mongia
63(90) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 19 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
3 13 1 12 5 6 8 15
ML Hayden
54(66) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 23 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
0 4 3 0 8 18 9 12

Best performances - Bowlers

B Lee
O8.5
M0
R38
W5
Eco4.30
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SR Clark
O8
M0
R36
W2
Eco4.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

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

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