18th Match (D/N), Chandigarh, Oct 29 2006, ICC Champions Trophy
(45.4/50 ov, target 250)252/4
Australia won by 6 wickets (with 26 balls remaining)
player of the match
Damien Martyn

Rahul Dravid chose to bat first. Remember, the last time India beat Australia chasing was hmm.... ahh..... 1998. Yep, that desert-storm by Sachin Tendulkar. So it seemed a pretty wise decision. India did well at the start before slowing in the middle and were unable to break free at the end. 249 looked to be a defendable total but Australia never looked back after a blazing start.

This is Sriram Veera, and along with Jamie Alter, signing off for the day. Please join us on November 1st for the first semi-final. Till then, goodbye and goodluck.

Patel to Martyn, FOUR runs

That's it... Martyn gets the winning runs. Flicks a low full-toss past midwicket. Martyn gets all pumped up, hops and skips in joy. The pumped-up fist is also on display and why not. Australia have knocked out India and are through to the semi-finals.

Patel to Martyn, 2 runs

Well-directed bouncer this time, swatted away past square-leg.

Patel to Martyn, 1 wide

Munaf doesn't tease Martyn. Bangs in a bouncer down the leg side.

Patel to Clarke, 1 run

Gets an outside edge to thirdman this time. Again the intent was to defend - he is trying to tease us a bit I think .

Patel to Clarke, no run

Clarke leans forward, head over the ball, left elbow high and pushes a length-delivery to cover!

end of over 453 runs
AUS: 244/4CRR: 5.42 RRR: 1.20 • Need 6 runs from 30b
Damien Martyn67 (102)
Michael Clarke1 (5)
Irfan Pathan7-0-42-1
Munaf Patel8-0-53-0
Pathan to Martyn, no run

Martyn was looking for a single to retain the strike but couldn't get Pathan away. Choked him with a length-delivery on the off and middle.

Pathan to Martyn, 1 wide

Down the legside, faint tickle could have fetched Martyn a four but ...

Pathan to Clarke, 1 run

gets Martyn on strike with a push-drive to midwicket

Pathan to Clarke, no run

no confusion this time, lets it go through to Dhoni

Pathan to Clarke, no run

Clarke is beaten outside offstump. He pushes outside the line of a slanted delivery. Acts as if he intended to leave it but Mate! you can't fool the camera!

Pathan to Martyn, 1 run

on the hips.. tucked away behind square-leg

Can Australia win? er.. in this over ie...

Pathan to Martyn, no run

Martyn moves outside legstump, Pathan pushes it outside off, Martyn doesn't chase it.