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Australia vs India, Final at Sharjah, , Apr 24 1998 - Full Scorecard

Final (D/N), Sharjah, April 24, 1998, Coca-Cola Cup
(48.3/50 ov, T:273) 275/4

India won by 6 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
134 (131)
Player Of The Series
435 runs • 2 wkts
Australia Innings
India Innings
Match Flow
Australia  (50 ovs maximum)
c †Mongia b Agarkar714170050.00
c †Mongia b Kanitkar4560946075.00
c †Mongia b Prasad1220050.00
c †Mongia b Agarkar1590020.00
run out (Laxman/Kumble)4563872071.42
c Agarkar b Kanitkar7071834198.59
c Sanghvi b Kumble70597951118.64
run out (Jadeja/Prasad)1618251088.88
not out 67130085.71
c Kanitkar b Prasad022000.00
not out 1240050.00
Extras(b 4, lb 3, nb 1, w 2)10
TOTAL50 Ov (RR: 5.44)272/9
Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Mark Waugh, 3.5 ov), 2-19 (Ricky Ponting, 4.1 ov), 3-26 (Tom Moody, 5.5 ov), 4-85 (Adam Gilchrist, 20.1 ov), 5-121 (Michael Bevan, 26.6 ov), 6-224 (Steve Waugh, 42.6 ov), 7-255 (Darren Lehmann, 47.2 ov), 8-263 (Damien Martyn, 48.3 ov), 9-264 (Michael Kasprowicz, 48.6 ov)
4.1 to RT Ponting, two in three balls, and Prasad gets the reward for his discipline! Lovely length, probing away in that fifth-stump channel, angling in and possibly straightening just a touch. Ponting strides forward to defend, and gets a thin edge through to Mongia. It was wide enough to leave, possibly, so Ponting probably didn't need to play at it if all he was looking to do was defend. But then, the initial angle may have drawn him into playing. 19/2
48.6 to MS Kasprowicz, another slower one, fuller this time and a little wider. Goes hard at it, looking for the big one down the ground, and doesn't middle it at all. Balloons for a simple catch to Kanitkar at long-off. That is Prasad's 100th ODI wicket, and it's appropriate that he gets it with a legcutter. 264/9
3.5 to ME Waugh, well, well, that isn't the best of deliveries, but it's got the big wicket of Waugh. Wide line, swinging away almost from the time it leaves the bowler's hand, pitching just short of a good length. Waugh looks to cut, well away from his body, and gets a top-edge that Mongia accepts gleefully. He can be erratic, but he's got the happy knack of picking up wickets, Agarkar. 18/1
5.5 to TM Moody, big appeal, and Steve Bucknor walks away from his position, looking uninterested, but he gestures to his square-leg colleague Javed Akhtar... Is he asking him whether that carried to the keeper? Low chance for Mongia after Moody drove with an angled bat at a full one outside off stump. It goes low to Mongia, inches above the ground, and he appears to take it cleanly enough, with both gloves, but he barely appeals, and that might be because Moody hasn't edged it. It's not very clear, but if he has edged it at all, it's come right off the toe-end of the bat. The decision goes up to the third umpire, and I suppose all he's been asked is whether the ball carried. The red light flashes to send Moody on his way. 26/3
47.2 to DS Lehmann, down the track again, making himself plenty of room, and this time he doesn't get to the pitch of Kumble's wrong'un. Looks to hit over deep midwicket, but the ball skews up off the outside half of his bat, and it baloons down to long-on. Lehmann goes for 70 off 59 balls, a brilliant innings no matter what the situation but especially brilliant given the circumstances when he came in to bat. 255/7
20.1 to AC Gilchrist, what a bowling option. He has been used before the other specialist spinner, primarily because he is likely to take it away from the two left-hand batsmen. Gilchrist has been a little edgy of late. This time he looks to go back to cut a length ball, but this is not short enough. All he manages is an edge for Mongia to gobble. 85/4
42.6 to SR Waugh, flighted ball on off stump, and Kanitkar picks up Waugh with his last ball to add to the wicket of Gilchrist. Waugh had decided it was time for him to have a proper dip, but he can't quite get the power behind his lofted drive to clear the straight boundary. Agarkar takes a very good catch, sprinting full-tilt to his left at long-on, juggling it once, but not losing his cool despite being on the move. 224/6
India  (T: 273 runs from 50 ovs)
c Moody b Fleming2342362054.76
lbw b Kasprowicz134131195123102.29
c †Gilchrist b Fleming2841693068.29
c †Gilchrist b Kasprowicz58641015090.62
not out 1114190078.57
not out 62610300.00
Extras(b 1, lb 7, nb 2, w 5)15
TOTAL48.3 Ov (RR: 5.67)275/4
Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Sourav Ganguly, 8.5 ov), 2-128 (Nayan Mongia, 24.2 ov), 3-248 (Sachin Tendulkar, 44.3 ov), 4-261 (Mohammad Azharuddin, 46.6 ov)
8.5 to SC Ganguly, they have shut Ganguly down over the last few overs, and now they have got him out too. He rocks back to try to manufacture a pull, but the ball is perhaps not short enough, and he ends up getting a leading edge for a simple catch to mid-on. 39/1
24.2 to NR Mongia, back of a length outside off, and is he walking? Seems like it, and it seems as if umpire Akhtar only raised his finger once Mongia started to move. Looks to open his bat face and run it down to third man, and he seems to have got a little tickle through to Gilchrist. Fleming has given Australia the breakthrough they wanted almost as soon as he came back. Mongia goes for a well-made 28. 128/2
44.3 to SR Tendulkar, oh that is a shocker. How can that be out lbw? Kasprowicz has bowled from wide on the crease from around the wicket, and he has been given out lbw. This is the worst decision I have even seen. This is not even full. So there is no way it is physically and scientifically possible for the ball to pitch in line and then cut back enough to be hitting the stumps. This is missing off by a mile. You have to really praise Tendulkar for taking this decision in his stride, and not do the equivalent of snatching a cap from an umpire. This is really abysmal umpiring from Akhtar. Nevertheless a great innings has come to an end, and the crowd sure knows it. I am sure he wanted to see India through, but he has been sawn off, and he accepts the applause just as he is about to exit the scene. 248/3
46.6 to M Azharuddin, wide down the leg side. Oh it is not. He has been given out. I am rubbing my eyes here. India are not playing Australia here. They are playing Umpire Akhtar, and coming up short. This is a big wide down the leg side, and apropos of nothing, Akhtar raises his finger to give him out caught behind. 261/4
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TossIndia, elected to field first
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Series resultIndia won the 1997/98 Coca-Cola Cup
Match numberODI no. 1327
Match daysdaynight (50-over match)
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