result
6th Match (D/N), Kuala Lumpur, Sep 22 2006, DLF Cup
(43.5/50 ov, target 214)195
Australia won by 18 runs
Player Of The Match
5/38
brett-lee
15y
• The Bulletin by S Rajesh

Australia storm into the finals

Displaying more hunger, drive and common sense than India, the Australians eked out an 18-run win in the all-important last league match of the DLF Cup to make it to the final

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Scorecard summary
Australia213/10(48.1 overs)
RP Singh2/43(9.1)
India195/10(43.5 overs)
Brett Lee5/38(8.5)

Mongia is left stranded on 63 but you have to question his decision to keep taking singles and exposing the tailenders. It would have been commended had it come off but fact is that it didn't work.

Lee's fibe wickets came at all the right times He dismissed Tendulkar and Sehwag cheaply, came back and broke a threatening partnership by snaring Dhoni before returning at the death to snap up the tail. Mongia's 63 was the only meaningful contribution in the Indian innings.

Australia have won by 18 runs and have secured a place in Sunday's final againt West Indies. India on the other hand will be packing their bags to return home. It's been a very eventful day with more than a fair share of controversy. Do read S Rajesh's bulletin for more details.

Lee wins the Man-of-the-Match award for his searing spell. He deserves it too! A word though for Haddin and Hogg who came together when Australia were sinking at 117 for 6 and wrested the initiative from India with some superb and sensible strokeplay.

Well that's it from us at Cricinfo. Do join us on Sunday when Australia take on West Indies in the final. Cheers!

43.5
W
Lee to Patel, OUT

and he doesn't last even one! Australia pull off a remarkable victory. Good length and straight, Munaf backs away and drives in the air towards cover, Symonds dives to his right and pulls off a sharp catch to give Lee his fifth wicket

Munaf Patel c Symonds b Lee 1 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50

Munaf has two balls to face

43.4
1
Lee to Mongia, 1 run

outside off stump anf full, Mongia drives but gets a thick edge wide off point for one

43.3
Lee to Mongia, no run

good length and dead straight, driven back to Lee on the back foot

43.2
1
Lee to Patel, 1 run

punched in the air through covers for one

Munaf Patel is the new batsman

You can't help but question the wisdom of Mongia's decision to take the single of the final ball of the last over

43.1
W
Lee to Singh, OUT

and he strikes with his first ball! Good length, on off stump, RP Singh tries to drive through the line and gets a thick outside edge straight to point

RP Singh c Hussey b Lee 4 (10m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Brett Lee comes back into the attack

end of over 434 runs
INDIA: 193/8CRR: 4.48 RRR: 3.00
RP Singh4 (11)
Dinesh Mongia62 (88)
Glenn McGrath 8-1-25-0
Brad Hogg 10-0-48-2

Mongia isn't too intent on keeping strike even though there are only two wickets left, RP Singh will face the next over

42.6
1
McGrath to Singh, 1 run

full on off stump, the batsman drives to cover and they run one

RP Singh has one ball to face in the over

42.5
1
McGrath to Mongia, 1 run

short of a length, driven down the ground for one

42.4
1
McGrath to Singh, 1 run

RP Singh has three balls to face from McGrath

42.3
1
McGrath to Mongia, 1 run

this time he takes the single, driven to deep cover

42.2
McGrath to Mongia, no run

cut off the back foot but straight to point

42.1
McGrath to Mongia, no run

good length on off stump, Mongia drives through the line to mid-off, RP Singh sets off but Mongia sends him back

McGrath replaces Symonds, he has three overs to go. He's bowling over the wicket to Mongia

end of over 422 runs
INDIA: 189/8CRR: 4.50 RRR: 3.12
Dinesh Mongia60 (84)
RP Singh2 (9)
Brad Hogg 10-0-48-2
Andrew Symonds 9-0-41-1
41.6
1
Hogg to Mongia, 1 run

full ball, Mongia tries to drive but gets an edge down to fine leg to retain strike

41.5
1
Hogg to Singh, 1 run

driven to mid-off for a single off the fifth ball of the over, Mongia is on strike

41.4
Hogg to Singh, no run

outside off stump and flatter, the batsman tries to defend and gets beaten

41.3
Hogg to Singh, no run

th wrong one tossed up on leg and middle, the batsman plays forward and gets an outside edge to point

41.2
Hogg to Singh, no run

fuller length on off and middle stump, driven back to the bowler

41.1
Hogg to Singh, no run

tossed up on off stump, defended on the front foot

Hogg is bowling his last over

end of over 412 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 187/8CRR: 4.56 RRR: 3.00
RP Singh1 (4)
Dinesh Mongia59 (83)
Andrew Symonds 9-0-41-1
Brad Hogg 9-0-46-2

Replays show that Harbhajan might not have nicked that one

40.6
1
Symonds to Singh, 1 run
40.5
Symonds to Singh, no run
40.4
Symonds to Singh, no run

beaten outside the off stump

Best performances - batters
Dinesh Mongia
D Mongia INDIA
63 runs (90)
5 fours
0 six
Control84%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
19 runs
3 fours
0 six
31311256815
Matthew Hayden sits waiting for his turn in the nets
ML Hayden AUS
54 runs (66)
9 fours
0 six
Control84%
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
23 runs
4 fours
0 six
0430818912
Best performances - bowlers
Brett Lee player pic
B Lee AUS
O
8.5
M
0
R
38
W
5
ECO
4.3
Stuart Clark, player portrait
SR Clark AUS
O
8
M
0
R
36
W
2
ECO
4.5
Match details
Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesDLF Cup
Season2006/07
Player Of The Match
Brett Lee
Brett Lee
Match numberODI no. 2421
Hours of play (local time)13.30 start, First Session 13.30-17.00 Interval 17.00-17.45, Second Session 17.45-21.15
Match days22 September 2006 - daynight (50-over match)
Umpires
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Asad Rauf
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Mark Benson
TV Umpire
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Tony Hill
Reserve Umpire
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Sarika Prasad
Match Referee
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Chris Broad
PointsAustralia 4, India 0
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