A trifecta of form reversals by Ricky Ponting, 124/133b (7x4, 1x6) , Andrew Symonds, 59/49b (6x4, 2x6) and Matthew Hayden,54/62b (5x4, 1 x6) put colour back into the cheeks of the ailing Australian batting as the side stroked and biffed its way to an apparently, at least by the standards of the series so far, unsurmountable 7/317. Vintage batting, especially by captain Ponting, who needed this innings more than any of his team mates.
In reply India lost 4/51 from 62 balls and the game looked as if it was about to, as so many one sided ODIs do, move into mopping up mode. Brett Lee, Nathan Bracken and Stuart Clark shared the early wickets, but Gautam Gambhir 113/119b (9x4, 1x6) and most of the rest of the Indian team fought hard and came close to pulling off an impossible win. Lee, as is his custom, didn't give up and his 5/ 58 runs from 9.1 overs kept his team's head in front.
I'm sorry to admit that I switched off when India were 4/51. I thought that they had