all over for Pakistan, tossed up wide outside the off stump, Gul goes for an almighty slog, miscues it high in the air to Siddle at mid-off.
Australia win by 36 runs and they are very much excited, hugs and hand shakes, well done, what a turnaround by Australia. Standing ovation for the Australian team. Now the Australian players shake hands with the Pakistan team. Smiles all around. Hauritz picks up five wickets for the innings. Take a moment to reflect on Pakistan team, they had dominated the game for 3 days and losing it on the 4th day is shattering. Yes the fielding was terrible on the 3rd day, catches being dropped but they only had to stay at the wicket today to get to that target, It is easy to write but to play out there is difficult. A fantastic match, exciting stuff.
Haddin: "We knew today, if we had got to 150, we could run it close. The boys did a great job and Hauritz bowled well, Siddle stuck it out there and he supported Hussey well".
Hughes: "To get a win first game after coming back to the team, is exciting, Hussey was excellent and Hauritz bowled well"
Yousuf: "We are disappointed, they batted well in the second innings, everyone tried hard, 175 was chaseable, one has to be positive and we should have won it. Siddle batted well and was inspiring. We surely will try our best for the next Test at Hobbart."
Ponting: "The wicket was challenging and the way the guys struck out was wonderful, the first half an hour would have told the story, how the game was going. we held on to our catches and the boys bowled well. Yousuf's wicket was massive and Haddin's catch was excellent, once we exposed the Pakistan tail the game was over. A great win for us and the boys will celebrate. Not many changes at Hobart and all of guys were terrific."
Hussey Man-of-the-Match: "Not finished as a Test cricketer, Siddle showed character and application.It is hard to think where to place this 100. It is hard to score a century, I will cherish this 100. In the first innings the pitch was difficult to bat on, it played well today. 175 was a tricky target, we were able to pick up quick wickets and that put them on the backfoot."
It was a fascinating game of Test cricket. We enjoyed bringing you the ball by ball commentary, hope you have enjoyed too. Thanks for all the emails. It was a pleasure reading them. Do join us for the third Test at Hobart. On behalf of David Walsh, Siddhartha Talya, Sanjay Murari and Gopi Rangarajan, this is Binoy George signing off.
uses his feet and hits it in the air over the fielder at mid-on and to the fence for a boundary.
Vrushank: "It's amazing! Pakistan had a firm grip on all the 3 days of the match apart from today. And they are being made to pay for that."
Hauritz to Gul.
So now it is all down to Gul and Asif.
there goes Kaneria, tossed up delivery outside the off stump and Kaneria looking to go over the midwicket fence, miscues it high in the air and down the throat of Watson at deep midwicket.
cuts and misses outside the off stump as the ball spins in from outside the off stump.
sweeps from outside the off stump to Bollinger at deep backward square leg and picks up a single.
moves back and defends to the off side.
Pakistan need 42 runs with 2 wickets remaining.
moves forward and pushes in the gap through cover for a single.
Mid-on and midwicket are all open, no fielders in sight.
short of a length delivery and Gul guides it down towards Hussey at gully.
a bouncer and Gul ducks under.
Three slips, gully and short leg in place.
short down the leg side, pulls and off the pad the ball lobs up over Hughes at short leg.
moves forward in line with the delivery and drives to mid-off.
Two slips and a short leg in place.
bouncer and Gul ducks under it.
moves forward and pushes down the track back to the bowler.
moves forward and drives to mid-off.
mistimes the drive to mid-off.
moves forward and defends, off the pad the ball lobs up over the fielder at silly-point.
moves back and defends to the off side.
pushes and gets a thickish edge along the ground to backward point.
Hauritz to Kaneria. Slip, silly-point and short leg in.
good length delivery defended to mid-off.
Kaneria is the new batsman but it will be Gul on strike. Two slips and a short leg in place.
Akmal falls to Bollinger, fuller delivery outside the off stump and Umar Akmal looks to go over the infield, miscues it high in the air to extra cover, Johnson runs back and takes a good catch. There goes Pakistan's chance of a win.
|Sydney Cricket Ground|
|Toss||Australia, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Australia led the 3-match series 2-0|
|Match number||Test no. 1945|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.00am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30|
|Match days||3,4,5,6 January 2010 - day (5-day match)|
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