Australia vs India
Australia Win By 87 Runs
An utterly poor display with the bat, starting with Sehwag's ongoing ill-discipline and ending with Dhoni's severe ability to dig his side into an irrevocable hole. Australia put one foot in the tri-series final ,while India are on the brink of crashing out of the competition.
Over 39.3 Doherty 0-0-W
165-10 - WICKET Praveen swats one onto his stumps and that's the ball game, folks.
Over 39 Lee 6-0-1wd-W-1-1nb-0-0
165-9 - Pathan carts high and hard over long-on for an almighty six, but those are his last runs for the day. WICKET! Later attempting to cart a full toss into the stands, the left-hander is beaten for pace as the top edge screams into the sky. Hussey steadies himself under the catch at deep backward square-leg and finally takes it comfortably. Yadav is the last man in.
Over 38 Doherty 4-1-0-4-0-W
156-8 - Pathan and Ashwin aid the their collective cause with a boundary each but it's the bowler to have the last laugh. WICKET! Doherty spoons an average down the leg-side, which Ashwin in turn bobbles to mid-on. He poked at it away from his body, with a rogue leading edge. Easiest catch Watson will ever take. India eight down and circling the drain. Praveen in now.
Over 37 Lee 1-1-1-3-1-0
147-7 - This batting Powerplay, definitely, is not going according to plan for India. It's two overs deep and just 11 runs from it.
Over 36 Doherty 0-2-0-1-0-1
140-7 - The batting Powerplay commences. Only three fielders allowed outside the inner ring. One of them is long-off, who prevents Pathan's lofted drive from fetching four. Australia will secure a bonus point if they keep India under 201 today, by the way.
Over 35 Hilfenhaus 0-0-0-0-0-1nb-6
136-7 - DROPPED! Unable to orchestrate a repeat of the superb return catch he snared to get rid of Sehwag earlier, Hilfenhaus spills Pathan's straight hit mid-followthrough. He the coughs up a no-ball and the subsequent free-hit is tonked high and hard over midwicket by the left-hander.
Over 34 Doherty 0-1-0-0-1-1
129-7 - Suddenly the asking rate is bordering on eight, made all the more daunting by a mere three wickets in hand. Pathan and Ashwin have to start searching for the fence soon.
Over 33 Hilfenhaus 0-4-0-1-W-1wd-0
127-7 - WICKET! Dhoni perishes a couple of overs before the batting Powerplay. All his hard work in looking to lay a solid foundation ahead of the five-over tactic goes to waste. Hilfenhaus gets rid of him lbw. It struck him quite high, and might've been bobbling over leg-stump, but umpire Bowden thinks it's good to go and raises his finger. Off goes the Indian captain, in comes Pathan.
Over 32 Doherty 0-1-0-0-1-1
121-6 - The left-arm bravely floats 'em up rather than dart 'em in, and still the Indian duo won't attack to any genuine extent.
Over 31 Hilfenhaus 0-1-0-0-2-0
118-6 - Some urgency from Dhoni for once as he goes over the top of the off-side - not quite middled, but he makes do with two as the boundary riders in the thirdman region combine well to prevent the boundary. Drinks break, meanwhile.
Over 30 Doherty 0-0-1-0-0-1
115-6 - Plenty of boundary riders stationed in in anticipation of Dhoni going big. Still not, though, with measured ground strokes still the Indian captain's route of choice.
Over 29 Christian 0-1-1-2-0-0
113-6 - Christian digs in a short ball or two, which Ashwin takes on on the pull to no avail. That asking rate is bordering on seven now. No budging from Dhoni, regardless.
Over 28 Doherty 1-1-1-0-0-1
109-6 - Ashwin eager to push the ball through point but can't find the gap so eventually settles on a swat across the on-side for one. Dhoni, meanwhile, still just milking singles. Digging his team into a hole or setting himself up for the batting Powerplay, I can't decide...
Over 27 Jadeja 0-0-W-0-1wd-0
105-6 - WICKET! Christian takes out Jadeja. Much like Watson got rid of Raina earlier, another left-hander can't succesfully negotiate the angle nor seam movement. Watson is at hand for the catch, making no mistake to his left this time around. India are into the tail, even if Ashwin, at the crease now, and Irfan sport all-rounder ambitions.
Over 26 Doherty 1-0-1-0-0-0
104-5 - A rather late entry into the attack for the spinner, who looks to exploit the dry conditions. No real grip and hold for him yet, though. Dhoni, meanwhile, using his feet to the slow bowler despite any real follow-through.
Over 25 McKay 4-1-0-1-0-0
102-5 - Jadeja ends the boundary drought by slicing the bowler's errant width through backward point for four as India bring up there 100. The seamer learns a quick lesson and corrects his approach, duly cleaning up the over on the quiet.
Over 24 Watson 0-0-2-0-0-0
96-5 - Remarkable from the cool, calm and collected Dhoni, who isn't at all fazed by the climbing asking rate. He knows exactly what he is doing out there, and for the time being it's all about occupying the crease.
Over 23 McKay 1-0-0-0-1-0
94-5 - One edge drops short of Watson in the slips but the next carries, with the Aussie skipper putting down a relatively early chance. Dhoni struggling to ride the seam movement, but enjoying his fair share of luck in the process.
Over 22 Watson 0-0-0-0-0-0
92-5 - Watson won't give an inch to his opposite number, who is forced to block out a maiden and the asking rate edges closer to six.
- 26th Feb 2012
- B F Bowden and S J A Taufel
india BATTING CARD
|Kohli||c Christian b Watson||21|
|Dhoni||lbw b Hilfenhaus||14|
|Jadeja||c Watson b Christian||8|
|Ashwin||c Watson b Doherty||26|
|Pathan||c Hussey b Lee||22|
|Extras||3nb, 8w, 4b, 8lb||23|
|Total||All out, 39.3 Overs||165|