RESULT
4th Match (D/N), Melbourne, February 10, 2008, Commonwealth Bank Series
(45.5/50 ov) 160/5

India won by 5 wickets (with 25 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
4/38
ishant-sharma
INDIA
Full commentary

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!

45.6
1w
Symonds to Rohit Sharma, 1 wide

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!

45.5
2
Symonds to Rohit Sharma, 2 runs

and the scores are level as he pulls a short one to deep midwicket

45.4
Symonds to Rohit Sharma, no run

no room to work with so Rohit drives it back to Symonds' left

45.3
1
Symonds to Dhoni, 1 run

flat and quick on middle and off, he shuffles and drives to mid-on

45.2
Symonds to Dhoni, no run

much flatter now, he still walks across the stumps and drives it back

45.1
Symonds to Dhoni, no run

tossed up on off stump, Dhoni works it across the line and Symonds fields

Last Powerplay taken

end of over 451 run
INDIA: 156/5CRR: 3.46 RRR: 0.80
MS Dhoni16 (51)
Rohit Sharma37 (59)
Michael Clarke 4-0-12-0
Andrew Symonds 2-0-15-0
44.6
1
Clarke to Dhoni, 1 run

flat on the stumps, this time he uses his feet and nudges into the gap

44.5
Clarke to Dhoni, no run

flat again outside off stump and he plays towards point

44.4
Clarke to Dhoni, no run

flatter and shorter, he impatiently gets back and thumps it to cover

44.3
Clarke to Dhoni, no run

tossed up a touch wider, inviting the drive, but he leaves it be

44.2
Clarke to Dhoni, no run

tossed up on middle and off this time, but he plays it back again

44.1
Clarke to Dhoni, no run

flat on middle and off, played back to the bowler

Just five to win from six overs. Clarke comes back on.

end of over 448 runs
INDIA: 155/5CRR: 3.52 RRR: 0.83
Rohit Sharma37 (59)
MS Dhoni15 (45)
Andrew Symonds 2-0-15-0
Mitchell Johnson 10-1-24-2
43.6
4
Symonds to Rohit Sharma, FOUR runs

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

43.5
1lb
Symonds to Dhoni, 1 leg bye

slides down the pads and he eases that into the corner for one

43.4
3
Symonds to Rohit Sharma, 3 runs

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

43.3
Symonds to Rohit Sharma, no run

flat again, off stump, and he plays it back to Symonds again

43.2
Symonds to Rohit Sharma, no run

flatter on off stump, uses his feet and drives it back to Symonds

43.1
Symonds to Rohit Sharma, no run

tossed up outside off stump, he waits for the spin and plays to point

end of over 432 runs
INDIA: 147/5CRR: 3.41 RRR: 1.85
MS Dhoni15 (44)
Rohit Sharma30 (54)
Mitchell Johnson 10-1-24-2
Andrew Symonds 1-0-8-0

Another good display from Johnson.

42.6
Johnson to Dhoni, no run

back of a length, he gets across and pokes it to point

Last ball of Johnson's spell ....

42.5
Johnson to Dhoni, no run

pushed across him off a fuller length, he covers off stump and leaves

 
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