2nd ODI, Kochi, Oct 2 2007, Australia tour of India
(47.3/50 ov, target 307)222
Australia won by 84 runs
Player Of The Match
87* (69)

So that ends what's been a largely one-sided clash with Australia taking a 1-0 lead. They posted a 300-plus score for the second successive game and recovered from a shaky start as they had done in Bangalore.

Chasing 307 was never going to be easy and India's top-order wobble meant they were always playing catch up. The Australians bowled with discipline and fielded with energy and the spinners finally sealed the issue on a wearing pitch.

There will be talk about India's decision at the toss but Australia were no doubt the better team overall. The series now moves to Hyderabad where the team clash in the third one-dayer on October 5.

Thank you for joining us for this one. From me, Siddhartha Vaidyanathan, and my fellow commentator Kanishkaa Balachandran it's good night and good luck.

Hogg to Dhoni, OUT

Got 'em! All over. The googly ends it all, Dhoni flashes at one outside off and the top-edge flies to short third man where Brad Hodge dived full length and completed a fine catch

MS Dhoni c Hodge b Hogg 58 (134m 88b 2x4 2x6) SR: 65.9

Raghu says: I hope that this game and the aborted Indian innings in the 1st ODI will make the selectors realise that it is time to blood new players. The Fab 3 Sachin, Saurav and Rahul have given yeoman service to Indian cricket but it is time to make changes. The selectors should think of even sacrificing the present series in order to give young players a sustained run in the side to build

Hogg to Dhoni, SIX runs

flighted up outside off, Dhoni brings out the whiplash and smotes it over midwicket for six

Hogg to Sreesanth, 1 run

outside leg stump, flicked away for a single

end of over 472 runs
INDIA: 215/9CRR: 4.57 RRR: 30.66
Sreesanth6 (24)
MS Dhoni52 (86)
James Hopes 7-0-33-1
Brad Hogg 9-0-33-2
Hopes to Sreesanth, 1 run

slower ball this time and Sreesanth defends it to mid-off and takes off for a single

Hopes to Dhoni, 1 run

tapped to cover for a single

Hopes to Dhoni, no run

smacked down to long-off but he doesn't take a single

Hopes to Dhoni, no run

That's a KO. Full and straight, Dhoni cracks it powerfully and knocks Sreesanth out cold. He can't get out of the way, in the non-striker's end, and seems to have suffered a serious blow to the head. The Australian fielders are surrounding him and he's getting some treatment now. That would have been painful, especially in front of his home crowd.

He's back up now and even manages a smile. Wants to bat on. Now that gets a cheer from the Kochi crowd.

Hopes to Dhoni, no run

defended back to the bowler, still keeping it tight

Hopes to Dhoni, no run

straight and full, smacked to square leg but they decline the single

James Hopes on with India having no hopes. Ouch