and Australia go up 3-1 in the Future Cup as Gilchrist rounds off his outstanding day in the field by tucking one into the gap at midwicket for one
A nine-wicket win for the visitors, as comprehensive as they come. The pace bowlers, lead by Brett Lee and five-wicket hero Mitchell Johnson, suffocated the trigger-happy top order and with only two partnerships to speak of, one worth 41 from the last two batsmen, India limped to a total of 148. They failed to even bat out 40 overs. Only four men reached double figures.
Australia then cantered to a nine-wicket win. Adam Gilchrist had a great day, pocketing six catches, being part of a run out, and then getting into some form with an unbeaten 79 from 77 deliveries.
India were under the gun from the first over of the match when some classically indecisive running between Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar gave Australia the initiative, and Rahul Dravid's first-ball dismissal hurt them hard. It was a tricky pitch initially with the ball staying low and stopping on the batsmen, but India just couldnt cope with Australia's attack.
A win at Nagpur will secure a series victory for Australia. Johnson is the Man of the Match for his sterling effort of a career-best 5 for 26. The best bowling for an Australian pace bowler in India.
Thats all we have for you today, but do join us for the next match on October 14. I thank you for tuning in to Cricinfo again and hope you've enjoyed our coverage. This is Jamie Alter, your commentator, signing off. Cheers.
One to win ...
a shot away from victory, as Gilchrist comes out and drills a full delivery back past Kartik's hand, and its screams away for four
quicker ball, flatter line and length, Gilchrist goes back and plays it back to Kartik
and again he sweeps from outside off, not timed well but the top-edge lands well in front of Harbhajan running around from fine leg
tossed up outside off stump and Gilchrist just clouts that up and over midwicket for four more .. effortless batting from him right now
now its tossed up down leg, and Ponting sweeps easily into the gap for four more
short and wide, he uses the room to punch that through the covers and no one can chase that down ... India limp
flighted from around the stumps, Gilchrist sweeps from outside off out to midwicket
tossed up again on middle and off Ponting easily drives back down the ground
comes out initially, Harbhajan changes the length, then Gilchrist waits on it and turns it into the gap at midwicket
tossed up on middle and off, Ponting dances down and drives out to long-on
quicker ball, pushed through and Gilchrist drives to RP at backward point
tossed up nicely on a length, spins back into Gilchrist who defends it easily
tossed up outside off stump, Gilchrist leaves it alone
short ball again, this time he works it to the fielder at midwicket
short on the stumps, pulled out to deep midwicket, Ganguly fields
short ball, pulled out to deep midwicket for four
a touch wide of off stump and Ponting shapes up to cut, but he's cramped and misses ... oohs and aahs all round
pushed through on a length, forcing Ponting back and he defends it to short leg
quicker delivery, flat on middle and off, Ponting uses the feet and flicks out to deep midwicket for two