result
18th Match (D/N), Chandigarh, Oct 29 2006, ICC Champions Trophy
249/8
(45.4/50 ov, target 250)252/4
Australia won by 6 wickets (with 26 balls remaining)
player of the match
Damien Martyn
Australia
14y
• The Bulletin by S Rajesh

Impressive Australia overwhelm India

Australia thrashed India by six wickets to emphatically move into the semi-finals of the tournament

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Scorecard summary
India249/8(50 overs)
Australia252/4(45.4 overs)

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.

45.4
4
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.

45.3
2
Patel to Martyn, 2 runs

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

45.3
1w
Patel to Martyn, 1 wide

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

45.2
1
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 .

45.1
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 from 30b
Damien Martyn67 (102)
Michael Clarke1 (5)
Irfan Pathan7-0-42-1
Munaf Patel8-0-53-0
44.6
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.

44.6
1w
Pathan to Martyn, 1 wide

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

44.5
1
Pathan to Clarke, 1 run

gets Martyn on strike with a push-drive to midwicket

44.4
Pathan to Clarke, no run

no confusion this time, lets it go through to Dhoni

44.3
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!

44.2
1
Pathan to Martyn, 1 run

on the hips.. tucked away behind square-leg

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

44.1
Pathan to Martyn, no run

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

end of over 4411 runs
AUS: 241/4CRR: 5.47 RRR: 1.50 • Need 9 from 36b
Michael Clarke0 (2)
Damien Martyn66 (99)
Munaf Patel8-0-53-0
Irfan Pathan6-0-39-1
43.6
Patel to Clarke, no run

in the zone outside the offstump, left alone. Give it a whack little pup!

43.5
Patel to Clarke, no run

well outside the offstump, Clarke covers the stumps, shoulders arms

43.4
1
Patel to Martyn, 1 run

Again he backs away, Munaf keeps it on the stumps, chopped down to thirdman

43.3
4
Patel to Martyn, FOUR runs

Only ten runs left now. Martyn backs away to drill a blistering square-drive past point.

43.2
4
Patel to Martyn, FOUR runs

Martyn peppers the cover fence again. Elegant inside-out drive past extra cover. No fuss.

43.1
2
Patel to Martyn, 2 runs
end of over 432 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 230/4CRR: 5.34 RRR: 2.86 • Need 20 from 42b
Damien Martyn55 (95)
Irfan Pathan6-0-39-1
Munaf Patel7-0-42-0
42.6
W
Pathan to Symonds, OUT

Pathan gets a cheap wicket. Symonds backed away to slog, missed and was cleaned up.

Andrew Symonds b Pathan 20 (36m 24b 3x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Meanwhile half the crowd have left! Don't want to see Australia win!

42.5
Pathan to Symonds, no run
Best performances - batters
Damien Martyn portrait
DR Martyn
73 runs (104)
8 fours
0 six
Control71%
Productive shot
leg glance
22 runs
1 four
0 six
41148941320
Virender Sehwag portrait
V Sehwag
65 runs (90)
9 fours
0 six
Control70%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
22 runs
4 fours
0 six
7591021544
Best performances - bowlers
Glenn McGrath portrait
GD McGrath
O
10
M
1
R
34
W
2
ECO
3.4
S Sreesanth
S Sreesanth
O
8
M
1
R
43
W
2
ECO
5.37
Match details
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
TossIndia, elected to bat first
SeriesICC Champions Trophy
Season2006/07
Player Of The Match
Damien Martyn
Damien Martyn
Match numberODI no. 2440
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00 Interval 18.00-18.30, Second Session 18.30-22.00
Match days29 October 2006 - daynight(50-over match)
Umpires
New Zealand Image
Billy Bowden
West Indies Image
Steve Bucknor
TV Umpire
England Image
Mark Benson
Reserve Umpire
South Africa Image
Rudi Koertzen
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Ranjan Madugalle
PointsAustralia 2, India 0