result
6th ODI, Nagpur, Oct 14 2007, Australia tour of India
(50 ov, target 318)299/7
Australia won by 18 runs
Player Of The Match
107* (88)
andrew-symonds
14y
• The Bulletin by Dileep Premachandran

Symonds special seals the series

Australia clinched the series with one match to spare, easing to an 18-run win in the sixth game in Nagpur

Match centre 
Scorecard summary
Australia317/8(50 overs)
India299/7(50 overs)
end of over 509 runs
INDIA: 299/7CRR: 5.98 
Harbhajan Singh6 (5)
Zaheer Khan3 (3)
Nathan Bracken 8-0-54-0
Mitchell Johnson 9-1-39-2

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.

49.6
4
Bracken to Harbhajan, FOUR runs

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

49.5
1
Bracken to Khan, 1 run

full toss outside off stump, Zaheer backs away and lofts down towards Lee at long off

49.4
1
Bracken to Harbhajan, 1 run

full ball on middle stump, driven to long on for one more

49.3
1
Bracken to Khan, 1 run

another yorker, he can bowl them in his sleep by the looks of it, Zaheer backs away and drives to long-on

49.2
1
Bracken to Harbhajan, 1 run

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

49.1
1
Bracken to Khan, 1 run

pushed down to long-on for a single, 27 needed from five balls

end of over 49Wicket maiden
INDIA: 290/7CRR: 5.91 RRR: 28.00
Harbhajan Singh0 (2)
Zaheer Khan0 (0)
Mitchell Johnson 9-1-39-2
Nathan Bracken 7-0-45-0
48.6
Johnson to Harbhajan, no run

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

48.5
Johnson to Harbhajan, no run

full ball outside the off stump, Harbhajan tries to drive but gets beaten

48.4
W
Johnson to Dhoni, OUT

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

MS Dhoni c Ponting b Johnson 26 (44m 29b 2x4 1x6) SR: 89.65
48.3
Johnson to Dhoni, no run

Dhoni charges and has a wild swing at a slower delivery outside off stump, he was no where close to making contact

48.2
Johnson to Dhoni, no run

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.

48.1
W
Johnson to Uthappa, OUT

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

Robin Uthappa c Hopes b Johnson 44 (33m 28b 5x4 2x6) SR: 157.14

India need 28 off the last two overs.

end of over 489 runs
INDIA: 290/5CRR: 6.04 RRR: 14.00
MS Dhoni26 (26)
Robin Uthappa44 (27)
Nathan Bracken 7-0-45-0
Mitchell Johnson 8-0-39-0
47.6
4
Bracken to Dhoni, FOUR runs

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

47.5
1
Bracken to Uthappa, 1 run

excellent stuff from Bracken, Uthappa charges him and Bracken fires one into the block hole, driven to long on for another single

47.4
1
Bracken to Dhoni, 1 run

full ball on off stump, Dhoni hits it hard into the ground towards cover for a quick single

47.3
1
Bracken to Uthappa, 1 run

another low full toss, Uthappa can't get under it and drives to long on for one more

47.2
1
Bracken to Dhoni, 1 run

another full toss outside off stump, Dhoni throws his bat at it but mis-times the flat-bat shot to long off

47.1
1
Bracken to Uthappa, 1 run

Uthappa drives a low full toss to long-on for a single

end of over 479 runs
INDIA: 281/5CRR: 5.97 RRR: 12.33
MS Dhoni20 (23)
Robin Uthappa41 (24)
Mitchell Johnson 8-0-39-0
Nathan Bracken 6-0-36-0
46.6
4b
Johnson to Dhoni, 4 byes

Dhoni drives and mises the ball, the ball hits Gilchrist on the way to the third man boundary for four byes

46.5
1
Johnson to Uthappa, 1 run

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

Best performances - batters
Andrew Symonds, player portrait
A Symonds AUS
107 runs (88)
9 fours
4 sixes
Control82%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
26 runs
3 fours
0 six
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Sourav Ganguly portrait
SC Ganguly INDIA
86 runs (111)
7 fours
2 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
29 runs
5 fours
0 six
641616128618
Best performances - bowlers
Brad Hogg player pic
GB Hogg AUS
O
10
M
0
R
49
W
4
ECO
4.9
Mitchell Johnson player pic
MG Johnson AUS
O
9
M
1
R
39
W
2
ECO
4.33
Match details
Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of India
Season2007/08
Player Of The Match
Andrew Symonds
Andrew Symonds
Series resultAustralia led the 7-match series 4-1
Match numberODI no. 2631
Match days14 October 2007 - day (50-over match)
Umpires
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Aleem Dar
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Amiesh Saheba
TV Umpire
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Suresh Shastri
Reserve Umpire
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R Radhakrishnan
Match Referee
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Chris Broad
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