Zeenews Sports Bureau
Adelaide: Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni fired India home against Australia in the fourth ODI with 2 balls to spare in a match that offered plenty of twists and turn on Sunday.
Over 48.4: Jadeja OUT!! Jadeja, going for a slog sweep off Doherty, ended up in the hands of Ponting. Departed scoring 12 runs of 8 balls.
Over 46: Raina was clean bowled by Xavier Doherty as India stare at defeat. Scored 38 off 30 balls. India 243/5 after 47 overs.
Over 45: Dhoni and Suresh Raina steadied Indian chase after Gambhir`s departure and completed 50 runs partnership in the process. India were 40 runs away from victory with 30 balls to go. India were 230/4 at the end of the over.
Over 41: Indians were 68 runs away from the victory with six wickets in hand at the end of the over.
Over 34: Australians got their much needed breakthrough. Gautam Gambhir fell short of a century by 8 runs. McKay trapped Gambhir before wicket. He departed scoring 92 off 111 balls. India were 178/4 after 34 overs.
Over 32.2: Rohit Sharma failed to convert the good start. Fell after a poor shot towards long off where he was caught by Starc. His 31 runs off 41 balls included one four and one six.
Over 26:India need another 140 runs to beat Australia as they reach 130/2 after 26 overs. Australia eying for a breakthrough as Gambhir looked well set. Gambhir stood at 69 with a good strike rate of 82.14.
Over 20.1:100 runs for India with Gambhir and Rohit Sharma on the crease.
Over 18.5: Gambhir completed his half century with a boundary off McKay.
Over 18.1: Kohli was caught at cover by Forrest when trying for a big hit off McKay. That brought an end to the 38-run partnership between Gambhir and Kohli. Scored 18 off 28 balls.
Overs 5-9.1: SEHWAG GONE for 20 runs!!! A fuller from Clint McKay brought the curtains down on Sehwag`s innings. Gave a simple catch to Hussey at point. India 52/1 after 10 overs.
Overs 5-9: A Gambhir boundary to the deep extra cover brought India the first FIFTY runs.
Overs 1-4: Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, here on the crease with a mission, started on a positive note in chase of 270 runs on a ground where India have never managed to pull off an ODI victory against the Australians. Four boundaries came inside the first four overs. India were 24 for no loss at the end of the over.
Over 49.6: Another slower ball outside off, Clint McKay, who got an inside edge through to Dhoni, looked for a quick quick single but was soon undone on the other end by Vinay, thanks to a good throw by Dhoni. Australia ended up at 269/8.
Over 49.2: Matthew Wade OUT!! A clever slow delivery from Vinay on to the stumps removed Wade, who looked to slog but missed.
Over 47.4: Brilliant fielding from Ravindra Jadeja ended Daniel Christian`s innings. Christian pushed it to long-on and tried for the second run but was well short as an accurate throw from Jadeja did it for the fielding team. He scored 39 off 36 balls.
Over 46: Australia reached 245/5, which is the highest score by any team in the series so far.
Over 44.2: David Hussey OUT!! Zaheer fired a full to Hussey, who clipped it in the air low to the right of Sehwag at square leg. He scored 72 off 76 balls.
Over 42.4: Fifty-run partnership for Hussey and Christian (51 from 44 balls). David Hussey got inside the line to a well tossed up delivery and went inside out over extra cover for a boundary in the fourth ball of the over. Australia were 230 for 4 at the end of the over.
Overs 38 - 39: A 300 or above total looked easy as Australians reached the 200-run mark with the loss of 4 wickets in the 39th over with Hussey (58) and Christian (15) on the crease at the end of the over.
Over 36.3: FIFTY FOR HUSSEY!!!
Over 35.3: Forrest OUT!!! Umesh Yadav strikes to remove Forrest after the batting powerplay has been taken. The in-form Forrest tried to pull a short delivery outside off only to gift a simple catch to Vinay, who ran in from deep square leg. He scored 66 off 83 balls, including 5 boundaries and 2 sixes. Australia were 179/4.
Over 32: FIFTY ON DEBUT!!! Peter Forrest angled a length delivery off Vinay Kumar outside off behind square on the off-side for a single to complete his fifty. Australia were 154 for 3. Forrest became 11th Australian to score a fifty on debut.
Over 31:150 runs came up for Australia after 31 overs with a well set Forrest and Hussey on the crease. Australians were up o a huge total as they lost only three of their wickets at that stage.
Overs 26 - 27: David Hussey punished Ashwin with three consecutive boundaries in the 27th over - one off short ball and other two off good length balls. Australia reached 132/3 after 27 overs. Forrest 40 and Hussey 26.
Over 25: Australia reached 118 for the loss of 3 wickets after 25 overs with Forrest and David Hussey looking strong on the crease.
Over 20.4: Australia 102/3. Debutante Forrest cut a short and wide delivery into the gap between cover and short point to the boundary.
Over 17.5: MIchael Clarke OUT!! A slow delivery from Umesh Yadav did the trick for India. Australia`s danger man, who moved wider to the on-side, had to reach out for the wide off delivery. A bottom edge took the bails off the captain. He scored 38 runs off 43 balls.
Over 13.4: 151 kph!! Umesh Yadav kept up the pace and often clocked over 150 kph. One particular delivery crossed 151 kph in the fourth ball of the 14th over.
Over 9.2: WARNER DEPARTS: India`s good show on the field continued. Warner punched a Vinay Kumar delivery outside off at backward point. Rohit Sharma dived and stopped the ball, lobbed it to Vinay who whipped the bails off at the bowler`s end.
Australia were 53 for 2. Warner contributed to the scoreboard with a meagre 18 runs off 24 balls.
Over 8: FIFTY FOR AUSTRALIA!! Australia reached fifty in the eight over with a boundary from David Warner. Fractionally short and wide outside off, Warner cracked it off the frontfoot and got it wide of cover point for a boundary.
Michael Clarke, who came in at number 3, continued his good form on a ground where he scored his Test double against India recently. In the fifth over off Zaheer, he picked the length early and played the lofted on-drive over mid-wicket for a boundary.
The Aussie captain followed it up in the next ball when he drove another on the up past mid-off for a boundary off Zaheer. He continued it in the next over too by hitting two consecutive boundaries off Vinay Kumar.
Overs 4-5: Australia started off cautiously, and interestingly, was the best for them in the series so far. They reached 27 for the loss of 1 wicket after 5 overs.
Over 3: OUT!! Ponting was caught by Virat Kohli. Vinay Kumar got the early wicket. This was full and swung. Ponting was late to cover for the swing and ended up slicing it in the air to Virat Kohli at point.
The move to bring Ponting early back fired for the Aussies as the former captain left the crease with 14 runs on the board. He scored 6 runs off 14 balls.
Over 1: For a change former Australian captain Ricky Ponting came up in the order to open the innings alongside David Warner.
Australia captain Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bat first against India in the fourth match of the tri-series at Adelaide ODI on Sunday.
Teams: Australia: David Warner, Matthew Wade, Ricky Ponting, Peter Forrest, Michael Clarke, David Hussey, Daniel Christian, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.
India: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, R Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav.