2nd Final (D/N), Brisbane, Mar 4 2008, Commonwealth Bank Series
(49.4/50 ov, target 259)249
India won by 9 runs
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
21 wkts
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Scorecard summary
India258/9(50 overs)
Australia249/10(49.4 overs)

Hopes is disconsolate, India love it, Ishant Sharma, injured for this match, runs on to join in the celebrations. So, India take the CB Series after winning the finals 2-0. Yet again Australia head into the finals on top of the table and lose 2-0, England - who had a woeful tournament - did that to them last year.

So, Gilchrist's last match couldn't end in success and Hogg, not picked for this game, has also ended his international career it has been confirmed, with Australia not progressing to Adelaide and a third final. Gilchrist is all smiles as he takes some hugs from his colleagues.

Harbhajan loves it, watch out for the pics on this website and in the papers tomorrow, grabbing a stump and celebrating hard and harder with pure joy in his eyes.

Praveen Kumar is the Man of the Match for his four wickets and he looks a bit embarrassed, all beams he has to be taken on to the stage by his captain, Dhoni, a touching moment. He takes the cheque and runs back off the stage, grinning, still embarrassed.

Nathan Bracken is a deserved Man of the Series, he's bowled really well throughout. "India played well, congratulations to them, they outplayed us."

Brad Hogg now comes up on to the stage. He gets a trophy for his contributions to cricket. On whether he wished he'd played today: "I've spent a few games as 12th man. It's a privilege to be here and represent Australia. I'd have loved to have been going to Adelaide, I might have got a game, that's the way it goes. I've loved every minute of it, it's been a childhood dream. I'm still pinching myself."

And now it's Adam Gilchrist to the stage. He gets a mysterious box instead of a trophy. "It's been going on a bit too long, all these thankyous, so I'll keep it short. Thanks to India, thanks to my family friends and the many, many fans around the world. To Ricky and the team, it's just been magic."

Ricky Ponting comes up to accept the replica stump for coming second. There are cheers and boos and it's all a little odd. "It is two years in a row now. All credit has to go to the Indian team, the way they've played over the last week and deserve to go home with the trophy.

"No excuses, we've lost three games in a row. Our level of cricket over the last week has dropped off. That's disappointing and we did the same thing last year, so we may have to have a look at the way we go about these things."

Here's Mahendra Singh Dhoni now and he too takes a stump for winning. "It's the toughest conditions out here. The way we improved our batting and backing each other was an important point. The way Sachin started the last few matches was at the right time. It's really good to have a team that's performing.

"It doesn't get better than this, beating the top side in the world."

The India team have now come on stage and are holding up a huge trophy above their heads, and blue and yellow confetti rains down.

Well, thanks very much for joining us throughout this series, it looks like India will be celebrating long into the night. Good night.

Pathan to Hopes, OUT

outside off and Hopes drives it up to Chawla at mid-on who takes the catch calmly and India win!

James Hopes c Chawla b Pathan 63 (105m 80b 4x4 1x6) SR: 78.75

Ten from three balls needed, then

Pathan to Hopes, 2 runs

swinging yorker dug out to long-off and some good running there has them home

Good stuff from the young fielder who held his nerve. Australia will be relieved that Hopes will be on strike as they crossed

Pathan to Bracken, OUT

full delivery comes in slow on off, Bracken swipes it up to midwicket where a pedalling Chawla runs over and takes it over his head at the second grasp

Nathan Bracken c Chawla b Pathan 1 (7m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50

Bracken to face, then

Pathan to Hopes, 1 run

a big drive, and an outside edge loops over wide to a very wide third man, around very deep backward point

Irfan to have the privilege. Australia need this, remember, to stay alive. Hopes pulls out as Irfan runs in, so he will have to charge up again

end of over 499 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 246/8CRR: 5.02 RRR: 13.00
James Hopes60 (77)
Nathan Bracken1 (1)
Sreesanth 9-0-43-2
Harbhajan Singh 10-0-44-1

Last over now, here's a huge task for the bowler. "It could be a field day for journalists tomorrow with this name Hopes, couldn't it," says Ebony Rainford-Brent

Sreesanth to Hopes, 1 run

full toss, driven out hard to mid-off to take the strike

Don't write Australia off just yet

Sreesanth to Hopes, SIX runs

short ball outside off and Hopes scythes a full-blooded pull up and over long-on, wide of it, that travelled flat and hard for a maximum

Sreesanth to Hopes, no run

outside off, very well bowled slower ball, the batsman looking to hockey-style sweep it standing up from outside off, a good legbreak there

Sreesanth comes charging in and then pulls out of his run-up

Sreesanth to Bracken, 1 run

on middle, driven out to mid-on for a quick single

Bracken to face the music now

No replays required this time

Sreesanth to Johnson, OUT

got him! A big edge through to Dhoni off the back foot, Sreesanth gets another wicket in similar fashion, a short ball way outside off, Johnson goes for the huge pull to midwicket and the under edge slicks through to the keeper

Mitchell Johnson c †Dhoni b Sreesanth 8 (9m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33
Sreesanth to Hopes, 1 run

full ball on off, driven out straight to long-off and it was hit so hard they can only take the single

Sreesanth back on now

end of over 488 runs
AUS: 237/7CRR: 4.93 RRR: 11.00
James Hopes52 (73)
Mitchell Johnson8 (5)
Harbhajan Singh 10-0-44-1
Praveen Kumar 10-2-46-4
Harbhajan to Hopes, 1 run

full toss on the legs, swept round out to deep backward square leg

Harbhajan to Hopes, no run

outside off, Hopes goes to drive to the covers and gets the inside edge which goes past Dhoni

Harbhajan to Johnson, 1 run

dipping full toss on leg, tucked out in front of square to bring Hopes back on strike

Harbhajan to Johnson, 2 runs

pushes it on off, and turned out square for a quick two

Harbhajan to Johnson, no run

well bowled up there on off, Johnson gets right behind the ball and defends forward

Harbhajan to Johnson, FOUR runs

round the wicket and Johnson flashes away from the body, a huge edge goes wide of the keeper and the ball runs on

Harbhajan now, Hopes would like to be back on strike but it's Johnson first up

end of over 473 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 229/7CRR: 4.87 RRR: 10.00
James Hopes51 (71)
Mitchell Johnson1 (1)
Praveen Kumar 10-2-46-4
Harbhajan Singh 9-0-36-1

Big three ocvers coming up now, then

Praveen to Hopes, no run

comes outside off and booms hard towards the covers, but misses the ball and that rounds off another impressive spell from the composed Praveen

Praveen to Johnson, 1 run

outside off, curled in an attempted yorker, Johnson inside edges back out square

So tense still, three wickets left. Here's Johnson, and Praveen coming round the wicket

Praveen to Lee, OUT

cleans him up this time with the slower one, Lee going for the huge pull across the line and the ball crashes on to the sticks

Brett Lee b Kumar 7 (20m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 58.33
Praveen to Lee, no run

rolls it in at 132.3kph, the batsman tries to cut out off the back foot to point

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JR Hopes AUS
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Match details
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
TossIndia, elected to bat first
SeriesCommonwealth Bank SeriesIndia tour of Australia
Player Of The Match
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar
Player Of The Series
Nathan Bracken
Nathan Bracken
Series resultIndia won the best-of-3-finals 2-0
Match numberODI no. 2689
Hours of play (local time)13.15 start, First Session 13.15-16.45 Interval 16.45-17.30, Second Session 17.30-21.00
Match days4 March 2008 - daynight (50-over match)
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Simon Taufel
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Tony Hill
TV Umpire
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Bruce Oxenford
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Tim Laycock
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Jeff Crowe
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