thats a wide one, very short down leg stump, and the MCG erupts as India win game four of the CB Series by five wickets!
India have beaten the world champions in their back yard.
It pretty much all went India's way after Australia opted to bat first on a hard MCG surface. Their seam bowlers turned in a top display, led by young Ishant Sharma, who came back marvelously from an 18-run over to dent Australia with 4 for 38, his career-best effort in ODIs. He continues to grow in stature with each outing. The others backed him up and dismissed the hosts for 159 in 43.1 overs.
In reply, India lost wickets at regular intervals but ultimately eased home with five wickets and 25 deliveries remaining. Its their first win against Australia at the MCG since January 31, 1986. A satisfying win for them, and they now lead the CB Series points table. They did not get the bonus point (they had to win in 40 overs for that) but they emerged victors in a hard-fought game of cricket. Plenty of confidence gained from this win.
Ishant deservedly receives the Man-of-the-Match award for setting up this win.
Thats all we have for you, folks, and I thank you for tuning in. Do join us for game five, between India and Sri Lanka at Canberra on February 12, (10:00 local, 23:00 GMT). On behalf of all of us at Cricinfo, this is Jamie Alter signing off. Cheers!
and the scores are level as he pulls a short one to deep midwicket
no room to work with so Rohit drives it back to Symonds' left
flat and quick on middle and off, he shuffles and drives to mid-on
much flatter now, he still walks across the stumps and drives it back
tossed up on off stump, Dhoni works it across the line and Symonds fields
Last Powerplay taken
flat on the stumps, this time he uses his feet and nudges into the gap
flat again outside off stump and he plays towards point
flatter and shorter, he impatiently gets back and thumps it to cover
tossed up a touch wider, inviting the drive, but he leaves it be
tossed up on middle and off this time, but he plays it back again
flat on middle and off, played back to the bowler
Just five to win from six overs. Clarke comes back on.
good shot, as he stands and again drives on the up, this time along the ground and wide of extra cover and mid-off to end a good over
slides down the pads and he eases that into the corner for one
thats the 150 as Rohit gives himself room, dancing down and going inside-out over extra cover but the ball stops up in the deep
flat again, off stump, and he plays it back to Symonds again
flatter on off stump, uses his feet and drives it back to Symonds
tossed up outside off stump, he waits for the spin and plays to point
Another good display from Johnson.
back of a length, he gets across and pokes it to point
Last ball of Johnson's spell ....
pushed across him off a fuller length, he covers off stump and leaves