7th Match (D/N), Adelaide, Feb 17 2008, Commonwealth Bank Series
(41.2/50 ov, target 204)153
Australia won by 50 runs
Player Of The Match
79 (108)

So Australia beat India by 50 runs, pocketing a bonus point as well. India did so well to keep the hosts to 203 but their batting just didn't click. Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the lot, with 3 for 42, but he was well supported by Hopes, Bracken and Hogg.

Michael Clarke's sensible 79 was the backbone of Australia's total. India's seam bowlers were excellent again, with Ishant Sharma starting the slide and Pathan reverse-swinging the ball well to bag 4 for 41. It all came up futile as India's batsmen failed to back their bowlers. Australia stay at the top of the points table.

India versus Sri Lanka, at Adelaide on February 19 (13:45 local, 03:15 GMT), now becomes a tighter contest.

Over to the post-match presentation: Dhoni is disappointed about the way his side approached their chase of a small target. Says its a learning process for the youngsters. Doesn't think Yuvraj's useless shot was the turning point. Is still a bit annoyed at the call that ran himself out.

Ponting isn't impressed with his team's batting but thanks his bowlers for turning in a sharp night. He's happy to take the bonus point. Knew that if he got early wickets he had a chance, because India were a batsman short. Credits Hopes for his two wickets. Ponting looks forward to a three-day rest before Australia travel to Melbourne.

The Man-of-the-Match award is handed over to Clarke for his half-century.

Thats all we have for you tonight. Do join us for game eight. Until then, cheers!

Bracken to Patel, OUT

edged and well held! Bracken moves around the stumps and gets Munaf edging to Gilchrist, who initially moves to his left but adjusts to pluck a good one-handed catch to his right ... thats five dismissals for him today and he jumps about in celebration

Munaf Patel c †Gilchrist b Bracken 0 (11m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Bracken to Sharma, 1 run

serves up a low full toss that he drives to cover, there was a second there but Munaf stands his ground

Nathan Bracken comes back

end of over 41Maiden
INDIA: 152/9CRR: 3.70 RRR: 5.77
Munaf Patel0 (8)
Ishant Sharma1 (9)
Brad Hogg 8-1-30-2
Mitchell Johnson 10-1-42-3
Hogg to Patel, no run

full and flat and Munaf makes room, driving the ball to cover

"Come on, George, clean 'em up!" chirps Gilchrist

Hogg to Patel, no run

this one spins across him and he steers it to the man at gully

Hogg to Patel, no run

quicker one, 98ks on leg stump, played back to Hogg

Hogg to Patel, no run

flatter one spins down and Munaf awkwardly plays it back to Hogg

Hogg to Patel, no run

sweeps a flat one on leg stump, a hard throw comes back to Hogg's end

Hogg to Patel, no run

beaten in the flight as Hogg pushes it through quicker outside off stump

end of over 40Maiden
INDIA: 152/9CRR: 3.80 RRR: 5.20
Ishant Sharma1 (9)
Munaf Patel0 (2)
Mitchell Johnson 10-1-42-3
Brad Hogg 7-0-30-2

Sorry about the earlier error about Ishant being the last batsman!

Johnson to Sharma, no run

slower one slips out a full toss but he doesn't pick it, and misses

Johnson to Sharma, no run

beaten by the shorter one, as he stands and wafts outside off stump

Johnson to Sharma, no run

full on the pads and he clips just in front of Hussey at short fine leg

Johnson to Sharma, no run

full and wide, inviting the drive but Ishant leaves that one be

Two slips in now

Johnson to Sharma, no run

straighter and fuller and he tentatively drives into the covers

Johnson to Sharma, no run

short, fast and rising and Ishant chases, missing by a country mile

end of over 392 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 152/9CRR: 3.89 RRR: 4.72
Munaf Patel0 (2)
Ishant Sharma1 (3)
Brad Hogg 7-0-30-2
Mitchell Johnson 9-0-42-3
Hogg to Patel, no run

flatter one outside off stump and he misses the line completely

Hogg to Patel, no run

quicker one outside off stump, he gets forward and plays to cover

Hogg to Sreesanth, OUT

stumped! Hogg proposes, Sreesanth accepts, dancing out and swiping across the line, he misses the wrong 'un and Gilchrist takes care of the rest

Sreesanth st †Gilchrist b Hogg 1 (15m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25
Hogg to Sharma, 1 run

fuller and flatter and Ishant flicks it to midwicket

Hogg to Sharma, no run

flighted up slow, Ishant plonks forward and takes the ball high on the knee roll, Gilchrist and Hogg appeal but umpire Parker reckons he was outside the line

Hogg to Sreesanth, 1 run

low full toss outside off stump, Sreesanth drives to cover for one

Hogg comes back

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