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2nd T20I (N), Melbourne, Feb 3 2012, India tour of Australia
(19.4/20 ov, target 132)135/2
India won by 8 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
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• The Report by Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Sparkling India level T20 series

ndia finally broke through for their first win of the tour thanks to a dazzling display in the field

Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: George Binoy
Scorecard summary
Australia131/10(19.4 overs)
Aaron Finch36 (23)
Matthew Wade32 (29)
India135/2(19.4 overs)

10.50 pm No major celebrations from Gambhir and Dhoni, a shake of the hands and smiles as they walk off the MCG. India won this game pretty comfortably, and the victory was built by a superb fielding effort that began with Gambhir taking a good catch to dismiss Warner. Gambhir then held the chase together with a measured half-century. He'd be a favourite for Man of the Match but I'd give it to Ravindra Jadeja, for his excellent run-outs from point and an economical spell 3-0-16-1.

George Bailey: "It wasn't as close as it looked. Well short with the bat tonight. Four run-outs is the big difference. We were clearly out-fielded."

MS Dhoni gets a huge cheer as he walks up for the presentation. "The fielding was exceptional. Best fielding side, I've seen. It will be hard to beat this effort. We are a side that relies a lot on a good start, not about the runs, a good, calm start is what we look for. Overall it was a good effort by the bowlers and equally by the top three batsmen."

The Man of the Match is Ravindra Jadeja, for his fielding and spell of 3-0-16-1. He says he was trying to play his natural game, that's all. And a fine game it was.

Thank you for all your emails today. That's all I've got for you today. See you for the triangular series, which begins on Sunday. Cheers.

19.4
4
McKay to Gambhir, FOUR runs

this time he finds the gap, with a drive from the crease between midwicket and mid-on, India have won their first game on this tour of Australia. This tour, although terrible, will not be described as 'winless' as India's tour of England is.

India being made to wait here ...

19.3
McKay to Gambhir, no run

that's too full outside off to try and cut and Gambhir gets beaten on the back foot, three to go ... Dhoni goes up to have a chat

A wicket might spice things up a bit ...

19.2
McKay to Gambhir, no run

good length once again, Gambhir pulls but can't beat midwicket ...

19.1
McKay to Gambhir, no run

length ball outside off stump, cut off the back foot to point. Five balls to go ...

Gambhir's got his helmet back to face McKay, as Dhoni looks on helmetless. All the fielders are in the circle.

end of over 192 runs
INDIA: 131/2CRR: 6.89 RRR: 1.00 • Need 1 from 6b
MS Dhoni21 (18)
Gautam Gambhir52 (56)
David Hussey2-0-8-0
Mitchell Marsh4-0-30-1
18.6
Hussey to Dhoni, no run

pushed off the front foot to cover

18.5
Hussey to Dhoni, no run

nudged off the pads to square leg

Dhoni's asked for Gambhir's helmet for some reason. Odd. Dhoni wasn't wearing a helmet before.

18.4
1
Hussey to Gambhir, 1 run

Gambhir gets an outside edge as he dabs towards third man to bring the scores level

18.3
1
Hussey to Dhoni, 1 run

worked off the pads behind square

18.2
Hussey to Dhoni, no run

driven hard but to the fielder at cover

18.1
Hussey to Dhoni, no run

Dhoni stays in his crease and plays to midwicket

end of over 189 runs
INDIA: 129/2CRR: 7.16 RRR: 1.50 • Need 3 from 12b
MS Dhoni20 (13)
Gautam Gambhir51 (55)
Mitchell Marsh4-0-30-1
Brett Lee4-0-24-0
17.6
1
Marsh to Dhoni, 1 run

length ball outside off, Dhoni steers it through point and retains strike with three to get

17.5
1
Marsh to Gambhir, 1 run

worked off the pads through square leg

17.4
3
Marsh to Dhoni, 3 runs

Dhoni's played a tennis shot of sorts, clubbing the ball with the bottom of the bat towards deep midwicket, not very aesthetic

17.3
3
Marsh to Gambhir, 3 runs

Gambhir gets to his fifty by dabbing a full toss off his pads behind square, and then running for the overthrow. He's steered this chase rather well

17.2
Marsh to Gambhir, no run

short of a length outside off, with only 11 to get off 17 balls, Gambhir can afford the luxury of letting it go

17.1
1
Marsh to Dhoni, 1 run

short ball and Dhoni pulls it hard towards the fielder on the midwicket boundary

end of over 178 runs
INDIA: 120/2CRR: 7.05 RRR: 4.00 • Need 12 from 18b
Gautam Gambhir47 (52)
MS Dhoni15 (10)
Brett Lee4-0-24-0
Mitchell Marsh3-0-21-1
16.6
Lee to Gambhir, no run

short of a length and straight, Gambhir stays in his crease and defends towards point

16.5
1
Lee to Dhoni, 1 run

Dhoni swivels and pulls once again to McKay on the fine leg boundary

16.4
4
Lee to Dhoni, FOUR runs

Dhoni moves towards the off and pulls a short of a length delivery towards long leg, McKay runs to his right on the boundary and slides, he gets a hand on the ball but it trickles past him to the boundary

16.3
1
Lee to Gambhir, 1 run

short of a length at the body, Gambhir drops the ball close on the leg side and runs, Lee ambles across to pick it up

Best performances - batters
Gautam Gambhir portrait
G Gambhir INDIA
56 runs (60)
4 fours
0 six
Control73%
Productive shot
leg glance
25 runs
2 fours
0 six
6612104657
Aaron Finch portrait
AJ Finch AUS
36 runs (23)
6 fours
0 six
Control67%
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
15 runs
3 fours
0 six
602120925
Best performances - bowlers
Praveen Kumar player pic
P Kumar INDIA
O
3
M
0
R
21
W
2
ECO
7
Rahul Sharma portrait
R Sharma INDIA
O
3.4
M
0
R
29
W
2
ECO
7.9
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of Australia
Season2011/12
Player Of The Match
Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja
Series result2-match series drawn 1-1
Match numberT20I no. 218
Hours of play (local time)19.35 start, First Session 19.35-20.55, Interval 20.55-21.15, Second Session 21.15-22.35
Match days3 February 2012 - night(20-over match)
Umpires
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Bruce Oxenford
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Simon Fry
TV Umpire
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Paul Reiffel
Reserve Umpire
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Geoff Joshua
Match Referee
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Andy Pycroft