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Australia vs India, 4th Match at Adelaide, , Feb 12 2012 - Match Result

RESULT
4th Match (D/N), Adelaide, February 12, 2012, Commonwealth Bank Series
(49.4/50 ov, T:270) 270/6

India won by 4 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
92 (111)
gautam-gambhir
Match centre 
Scores: Sanjay Murari | Comms: Kanishkaa Balachandran
Scorecard summary
Australia 269/8(50 overs)
72 (76)
2/49 (10)
2/58 (10)
India 270/6(49.4 overs)
3/53 (9.4)
44* (58)

So McKay crumbles under pressure in the final over. With 13 needed, Australia would have fancied their chances but Dhoni quietly saved his best for the last over. It was a strange old knock but in end India got home in a heart-stopper.

India beat Australia for the first time at Adelaide and it's their first win against a Clarke-led side on this tour. It's quite ironic looking back at the abuse Dhoni received when he was struggling, to the response now. Abuse to praise in 60 seconds... Here's an example:

Dav: "Sucks all the life out the innings, makes me lose all faith in his ability, then nonchelantly rescues victory from the jaws of defeat. I swear Dhoni does it on purpose."

Here's another interesting stat from Rajneesh Gupta: "Highest batting avg in successful chases (Min.25 inns): Dhoni (104.89), M Clarke (89.20),Bevan (86.25) & M Hussey (83.87)."

Here's the presentation:

Clarke: "Dhoni is a very good one-day player. We were 10-20 short and the fielding was sloppy. Great to see Forrest get an opportunity."

Gambhir is the Man of the Match: "Any runs in Australia is special. Dhoni is a good finisher and he stays calm and that's important. I want Yuvraj to get well soon and we hope he comes back soon."

Dhoni: " This six was very special. The World Cup six was too but we could have done that with singles. You have to analyse whether you should be playing that shot. There were a few shots we shouldn't have played in this game so we need to work on that. We need to now concentrate one game at a time. Yuvraj will get well soon and I believe he will come out strong."

112 meters - that was the length of that last-over six. In Adelaide Oval it's no joke.

It was good fun bringing this game to you today. Thanks for the mails and the Forrest puns! Look forward to your company on Tuesday for India v Sri Lanka. Cheers!

49.4
3
McKay to Dhoni, 3 runs

India have pulled it off at the nick of time! Almost! Dhoni pulls a slower ball behind square on the on side and the fielder, I think it was Warner, dived at the boundary and cut it off but India had time to take the third

49.4
3nb
McKay to Dhoni, (no ball) 2 runs

it's a waist-high no-ball! McKay lets that slip, Dhoni clubbed that and was caught at deep square leg, the umpire called it a no-ball immediatrely

49.3
6
McKay to Dhoni, SIX runs

he delivers just when India needed a big hit! Stays at the crease and picks a length delivery from outside off and carts it high over wide long-on

All pressure on Dhoni

49.2
1
McKay to Ashwin, 1 run

clears the front leg and mistimes the shot to midwicket, only a single!

49.1
McKay to Ashwin, no run

Ashwin goes right across his stumps and tries to wham it over short fine leg, close to the off stump

13 needed off the final over! India needn't have stretched it this far, really.

end of over 494 runs • 1 wicket
IND: 257/6CRR: 5.24 RRR: 13.00
MS Dhoni33 (55b)
Ravichandran Ashwin0 (0b)
Xavier Doherty 9-0-51-2
Clint McKay 9-1-40-3
48.6
Doherty to Dhoni, no run

and yet another dot ball! Dhoni thuds it right back at Doherty to his left, just four off this over

Ice-cool performance by Doherty here. Interesting that Ponting's at the deep

48.5
Doherty to Dhoni, no run

a dot ball! Dhoni makes room and can only slap it to extra cover

Ashwin walks in

48.4
W
Doherty to Jadeja, OUT

another twist! Doherty bowls this one a bit flatter, Jadeja gets on his knee and slogs and tries to clear deep midwicket, straight down Ponting's throat

Ravindra Jadeja c Ponting b Doherty 12 (8b 0x4 0x6 11m) SR: 150
48.3
2
Doherty to Jadeja, 2 runs

scoops it over extra cover and Jadeja just fails to find the rope

48.2
1
Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run

makes room and squeezes out a full and faster one down to Harris at cover point

48.1
1
Doherty to Jadeja, 1 run

low full toss and Jadeja slams it hard down to deep midwicket, just the one

17off 12. Down to the wire!

end of over 4810 runs
IND: 253/5CRR: 5.27 RRR: 8.50
MS Dhoni32 (52b)
Ravindra Jadeja9 (5b)
Clint McKay 9-1-40-3
Xavier Doherty 8-0-47-1
47.6
2
McKay to Dhoni, 2 runs

drags a full delivery from the off stump and places it to long-on, Jadeja hurries him for the second and they make it

47.5
1
McKay to Jadeja, 1 run

mistimes the pull in front of square and they scamper a single there as well

47.4
1
McKay to Dhoni, 1 run

jams out a full delivery down towards long-on

47.3
3
McKay to Jadeja, 3 runs

well played, the ball is on the pads and Jadeja swivels and forces it past short fine leg and Starc does really well to chase and cut it off

47.2
2
McKay to Jadeja, 2 runs

Jadeja lofts inside out and the fielder at deep extra cover managed to get around it

47.1
1
McKay to Dhoni, 1 run

stabs it to cover and takes a quick single and a direct hit would have had Dhoni in trouble

end of over 474 runs • 1 wicket
IND: 243/5CRR: 5.17 RRR: 9.00
Ravindra Jadeja3 (2b)
MS Dhoni28 (49b)
Xavier Doherty 8-0-47-1
Clint McKay 8-1-30-3
46.6
2
Doherty to Jadeja, 2 runs

he clips a full toss down to deep midwicket and they take a couple

46.5
1
Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run

full outside off and he squirts it out to third man for a single

46.4
Doherty to Dhoni, no run

driven back to the bowler

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
G Gambhir
92 runs (111)
7 fours0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
35 runs
2 fours0 six
Control
81%
DJ Hussey
72 runs (76)
5 fours0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
16 runs
0 four0 six
Control
88%
Best performances - bowlers
CJ McKay
O
9.4
M
1
R
53
W
3
ECO
5.48
UT Yadav
O
10
M
1
R
49
W
2
ECO
4.9
Match details
Adelaide Oval
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
Series
Season2011/12
Player Of The Match
Match numberODI no. 3237
Hours of play (local time)13.50 start, First Session 13.50-17.20, Interval 17.20-18.05, Second Session 18.05-21.35
Match days12 February 2012 - daynight (50-over match)
ODI debut
Umpires
TV Umpire
Match Referee
PointsIndia 4, Australia 0
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