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1st ODI, Vadodara, Oct 25 2009, Australia tour of India
(50 ov, target 293)288/8
Australia won by 4 runs
Player Of The Match
73 (54)
michael-hussey
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• The Bulletin by Brydon Coverdale

Australia survive for tense victory

If the best way to spark interest in a seven-match ODI series is to stage a brilliantly tense opener, then Australia and India achieved their goal in Vadodara

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Scorecard summary
Australia292/8(50 overs)
India288/8(50 overs)
end of over 504 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 288/8CRR: 5.76 
Ashish Nehra2 (2)
Praveen Kumar40 (32)
Peter Siddle 9-0-55-1
Shane Watson 10-0-70-2

Both teams shake hands and they wait for the post-match ceremony. Hang on for a short while, we would bring you the breathless quotes from that. Hopefully, we would know why Brett Lee wasn't used in the end. Was he injured? He was there on the field, though. Let's see if they ask Ricky the question.

Dhoni: "What we wanted to do was to take the game till the end. Five overs of powerplay was left and we should have achieved it but ... Thanks to Harbhajan and Praveen who made it such an interesting game. I would have been with a 270 score [When Australia batted]. We need to improve the death bowling and batsmen to carry on to make big scores."

Ponting: "It was a pretty good performance other than six or seven overs in the end. The wicket held up nicely and the outfield was fast. We were just good enough to hold out in the end. The top order did a good job today; unfortunately we couldn't get on to score a hundred. TOld Siddle to be just calm and have one thought .. just keep it simple. Harbhajan played well in the end."

Hussey is the Man of the Match: "It was good fun. I really enjoyed the partnership with White in particular and the assault in the end came good. We had good partnerships higher up the order ... Paine and Ponting. It was important to have wickets for the end. There was no target set; we tried to get to 300. The outfield is small is some places and very very fast; it's a difficult ground to defend. The series should be very entertaining to the crowds."

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49.6
1
Siddle to Nehra, 1 run

And Australia win the thriller. Full delivery, driven down to Lee, who has only bowled six overs, at long-on. Phew. What a game. Immense fun.

Six from the last ball. It's not Javed Miandad on strike

49.5
1
Siddle to Praveen, 1 run

just a single. Another really full delivery, dug out towards midwicket. The batsmen get across for a chat. Gary kirsten stares ahead from his position.

49.4
Siddle to Praveen, no run

really full delivery on the middle, dug out back down the track, Siddle jumps to stop it . the ball bounds behind him... The batsmen think about a single but decide against it as Siddle rushes back

49.3
1
Siddle to Nehra, 1 run

goes for the yorker, just about squeezed out to the on side and PK rushes across. It's up to him now. Siddle V PK.

49.2
W
Siddle to Harbhajan, OUT

Clatter! The off stump has been pegged back. Siddle roars and the crowd applaud the departing Harbhajan. He opened up his stance and tried to swing the length delivery across the line but missed. Timber! Enter Ashish Nehra. what a fine knock this has been from Harbhajan.

Harbhajan Singh b Siddle 49 (48m 31b 4x4 3x6) SR: 158.06
49.1
1lb
Siddle to Praveen, 1 leg bye

goes for the yorker, lands up short of the block hole and its on the legs as well but PK can' connect; the ball rolls of the pad to short fine-leg

9 from 6. Siddle to bowl

end of over 4920 runs
INDIA: 284/7CRR: 5.79 RRR: 9.00
Harbhajan Singh49 (30)
Praveen Kumar39 (29)
Shane Watson 10-0-70-2
Peter Siddle 8-0-52-0
48.6
6
Watson to Harbhajan, SIX runs

Harbhajan has got the crowd going. Kohli jumps up and down in the dressing room. It was yet another full toss, would you believe it. Pressure. Tension. Harbhajan waited on the back foot and slapped it high over backward point. Super slice. Gone up and over!

48.5
4
Watson to Harbhajan, FOUR runs

WAtson keeps bowling well outside off again and again and the batsman have by now well caught on to that fact. Harbhajan moves towards off and slices it over backward point. Marsh rushes across and tries a tumbling stop but the ball goes through his grasp

48.4
1
Watson to Praveen, 1 run

full delivery but not a full toss, carved away to deep point region

48.3
4
Watson to Praveen, FOUR runs

What is happening out there. WAtson shrugs his shoulder in apology. It was another full toss and PK slams it to extra cover boundary.

48.2
4
Watson to Praveen, FOUR runs

Full toss well outside the off stump, PK reaches out to drive and edges it through vacant slip region. Crowd are going mad here

48.1
1
Watson to Harbhajan, 1 run

full delivery outside off, sliced away to covers where White makes a tumbling stop

end of over 4813 runs
INDIA: 264/7CRR: 5.50 RRR: 14.50
Harbhajan Singh38 (27)
Praveen Kumar30 (26)
Peter Siddle 8-0-52-0
Shane Watson 9-0-50-2
47.6
1
Siddle to Harbhajan, 1 run

another yorker, dug out towards co ver, Ponting rushes forward and puts in a desperate dive but cant' reach it

47.5
Siddle to Harbhajan, no run

yorker length delivery, goes past the attempted jab and between Harbhajan's legs

47.4
Siddle to Harbhajan, no run

now he moves to over the stumps. Really full delivery outside off, Harbhajan tries to squeeze it to third man but no wood on leather. Dot ball.

47.3
4
Siddle to Harbhajan, FOUR runs

Even better. It was full delivery - Siddle still operating from round the stumps - Habrhajan walks across, steadies himself, clears the front foot and some how manages to wrist it to deep backward square-leg boundary. Neatly done.

47.2
6
Siddle to Harbhajan, SIX runs

What a stunner! It was the waist-high full toss, from round the stumps, and Harbhajan just swatted it away over fine-leg boundary

47.1
1
Siddle to Praveen, 1 run

still from round the stumps, on the middle stump line, squeezed to backward point

47.1
1w
Siddle to Praveen, 1 wide

well down the leg side and Paine does well to collect it

42 from 18. Where is Keiron Pullhaaarrrrddddddd! [TM] (Said so memorably during the Champions League in the forum at caribbeancricket site) Meanwhile, Siddle to bowl now

end of over 478 runs
INDIA: 251/7CRR: 5.34 RRR: 14.00
Praveen Kumar29 (25)
Harbhajan Singh27 (22)
Shane Watson 9-0-50-2
Nathan Hauritz 9-1-34-1
46.6
1
Watson to Praveen, 1 run

another full toss, hit hard but straight down to long-off

Best performances - batters
Ricky Ponting player pic
RT Ponting AUS
74 runs (85)
8 fours
2 sixes
Control79%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
22 runs
2 fours
1 six
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Michael Hussey player pic
MEK Hussey AUS
73 runs (54)
8 fours
1 six
Control80%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
26 runs
3 fours
1 six
107251161220
Best performances - bowlers
Ishant Sharma portrait
I Sharma INDIA
O
10
M
0
R
50
W
3
ECO
5
Ashish Nehra
A Nehra INDIA
O
10
M
0
R
58
W
2
ECO
5.8
Match details
Reliance Stadium, Vadodara
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of India
Season2009/10
Player Of The Match
Michael Hussey
Michael Hussey
Series resultAustralia led the 7-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 2913
Hours of play (local time)09.00 start, First Session 09.00-12.30, Interval 12.30-13.15, Second Session 13.15-16.45
Match days25 October 2009 - day (50-over match)
Umpires
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Amiesh Saheba
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Shavir Tarapore
TV Umpire
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Sudhir Asnani
Reserve Umpire
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Mark Benson
Match Referee
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Chris Broad