and that is the match and the series for Australia, Harbhajan swats the final ball - a full toss - to the wide long on boundary but it matters not a jot, the Australians run in to celebrate a series victory that has been in the offing ever since that rained out fixture in Bangalore
The Australians celebrate in a huddle on the field while Zaheer and Harbhajan wait to shake hands. Symonds is the center of most celebrations and justifiably so for he's had an outstanding match. He scored 107 off 88 balls to lead Australia to 317 for 8 and then bowled 10 overs for 39 runs while Tendulkar and Ganguly were in the middle of a solid partnership.
Australia have an unattainable 4-1 lead with a dead rubber to play in Mumbai. India were in with a strong chance after a superb start to the run-chase. It was the period between overs 35 and 42 where they scored only 22 runs in seven overs that the chase lost direction and momentum and that's all that Australia needed to close out the game.
Andrew Symonds is the Man of the Match, they haven't announced it yet but I'm taking the liberty of jumping the gun. Ricky Ponting is incredibly pleased with the victory because India isn't an "easy place to play cricket". He says that Andrew Symonds is playing "unbelievable cricket" at the moment and credits Brad Hogg for his spell of 4 for 49 too.
That's all we've got for you today, thank you for your attention. On behalf of Kanishkaa as well, this is George Binoy signing off. Cheers.
full toss outside off stump, Zaheer backs away and lofts down towards Lee at long off
full ball on middle stump, driven to long on for one more
another yorker, he can bowl them in his sleep by the looks of it, Zaheer backs away and drives to long-on
Bracken bowls the yorker on off and middle stump, Harbhajan keeps it out and gets single towards midwicket, Australia have won unless Bracken bowls a no-ball or two
pushed down to long-on for a single, 27 needed from five balls
beaten outside the off stump once again, Harbhajan doesn't connect with the slog over midwicket, Johnson completes a double-wicket maiden in the 49th over, how's that for a knock-out punch
full ball outside the off stump, Harbhajan tries to drive but gets beaten
and that should be the match for Australia! Dhoni gets under a ball and hits it high in the air, Ponting runs back from mid-on and settles under the steepling catch, the crowds fall silent as the series all but slips away from India's reach
Dhoni charges and has a wild swing at a slower delivery outside off stump, he was no where close to making contact
driven powerfully off the back foot but straight o Symonds at cover
Harbhajan is the new batsman but Dhoni will be on strike. He needs face the bulk of the deliveries henceforth if India want to get close.
caught! Uthappa walks down the pitch one too many times and tries to loft Johnson down the ground, the outside edge flies high in the air in the direction of point where Hopes moves to his right and takes a well-judged catch, Australia have taken a crucial wicket
India need 28 off the last two overs.
full toss and this time it isn't low, Dhoni stands his ground and pulls it wide of the fielder at long-on for four more
excellent stuff from Bracken, Uthappa charges him and Bracken fires one into the block hole, driven to long on for another single
full ball on off stump, Dhoni hits it hard into the ground towards cover for a quick single
another low full toss, Uthappa can't get under it and drives to long on for one more
another full toss outside off stump, Dhoni throws his bat at it but mis-times the flat-bat shot to long off
Uthappa drives a low full toss to long-on for a single
Dhoni drives and mises the ball, the ball hits Gilchrist on the way to the third man boundary for four byes
dropped, would you believe it, Lee has dropped what is arguably the easiest catch one can hope to get, Uthappa moved across his stumps to play a Misbahesque scoop over short fine leg, he lobbed a slow looping catch to Lee who hardly had to move, it popped in and popped out