CB Series, Second Final 2007, India Win By nine runs:
MS Dhoni just began his captaincy career and was leading a fresh side in Australia.
The side didn’t have stars like Ganguly and Dravid while Sehwag was injured.
The most experienced member on the side was Sachin Tendulkar.
The tour to Australia that year met with a lot of controversies and was on its final chapter.
India won the first final and needed to win the second to win the series.
They never beat Australia twice in a row in ODIs, and the takes were made tougher with Sachin injured.
Sachin Tendulkar played through injury and made 91 in the finals,
He was supported well by Uthappa, who played very patiently.
Yuvraj Singh did well to accelerate the innings with a quick 38, while Dhoni hung around to ensure India get to a decent score.
India managed to get 258, a decent score in a final, especially when it is up in the series.
The Australians had an excellent top order, and India needed quick wickets to have a chance.
Dhoni has proven to be an unorthodox captain in the t20 world cup and did the same in the CB series.
He handed the new ball to Praveen Kumar and also played Piyush Chawla, who didn’t play the league games.
Praveen Kumar provided India with early breakthroughs, and the game kept shifting in momentum.
After early wickets, a partnership between Hopes and Michael Hussey kept the game alive until Hussey was dismissed.
Hopes kept going strong as Harbhajan dismissed Symonds but was out for 63, with Australia falling short by nine runs.
It was an important win for India as they found their core group of players with three years left for the world cup.
The win was the perfect stepping stone to the 2011 World Cup triumph.
2012, CB Series, Adelaide, India won by four wickets:
India came into the CB series after a 4-0 defeat in the mighty Australians’ tests.
The team was low on confidence and was rebuilding after the 2011 World Cup.
The team had one game against Sri Lanka but lost the opener to Australia before their third game.
They sent Australia in to bat with Ponting opening the innings.
Peter Forrest and David Hussey made half-centuries as the Australians finished with 269.
The Indians got off to a good start, which was new as the openers struggled to build partnerships throughout the tour.
Gambhir held the innings with his 92, and India was four down with 92 needed in 97 balls after his dismissal.
Suresh Raina ensured the run-rate stays in control, but Dhoni struggled to get going at the other end.
Raina fell in the 47th over with 31 needed off 23.
It came down to 12 off four, with Dhoni on 33 off 55.
He didn’t hit a single boundary and was facing Clint Mckay in the final over.
What followed was one of Dhoni’s most famous sixes, as he hit the ball 112m over long-on.
The six rattled Mckay as he bowled a waist-high no-ball making the chase easy to complete.
The chase was a perfect example of how the opposition blinked before Dhoni in a high-pressure pursuit.
VB Series, 2003-2004, Sydney, Australia won by two wickets:
India came into the game with an undercooked top order.
Sehwag and Sachin were both injured as the side had to put together a new set of openers.
In the absence of the openers, VVS Laxman stood up on one of his favorite grounds.
Laxman has always been a tormenter to the Australians, and his century proved why he loves the Australians.
He was supported well by Yuvraj Singh, who made 139, as the Indians made 296.
It was a good score, but Gilchrist provided a strong start to deflate the chase early on.
Australia was 73 in the tenth over when the rain halted play.
The target was revised to 225 in 34 overs.
Gilchrist and Ponting continued their work as the equation went down to 75 in 78.
Irfan Pathan turned the match around with some quick wickets while Murali Karthik and Sourav Ganguly joined him.
Clarke’s dismissal left Australia eight down with 15 needed off 12.
Tight bowling bought the equation to seven off three, with Balaji bowling.
Brett Lee hit a six off Balaji and finished the game for Australia.
2007 CB Series, fourth match, Melbourne, India won by five wickets:
Australia was set in to bat on a hard and bouncy Melbourne pitch.
The ball was carrying well, with Dhoni standing beyond the thirty-yard circle but still catching at head high.
Barring Michael Hussey, none of the Australian batsmen got going.
Hussey made 65 runs, and the Australians finished with 159.
Ishant Sharma took four wickets and enjoyed bowling on the bouncy surface.
The target may have been low, but the chase was not a straightforward one.
The ball was coming off the surface fast, and Australia had the perfect attack to make use of a helpful pitch.
Australia dismissed Sehwag and Pathan early as Sachin Tendulkar held the innings together with his 44.
Sachin enjoyed a nice and friendly battle with Brett Lee.
The battle was crucial as it set up India’s chase nicely.
He was dismissed for 44, and India needed 58 runs with six wickets in hand.
Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni batted well under pressure and patiently took India closer to the target.
The chase was finished in the 46th over with Rohit Sharma only hitting two boundaries in his 39.
1992 World Cup, Brisbane, Australia won by one run:
The 1992 World Cup was not India’s best.
They managed just two wins in the tournament.
Australia’s was a bit better as they won four games.
They didn’t win enough to qualify, which is a disappointment for them.
The two sides met in a must-win match, and Australia batted first.
They got off to a poor start, losing two wickets in the first ten overs.
The Australians managed to come back with good innings from Dean Jones.
Tom Moody and Steve Waugh provided support well as they finished with 237.
India’s chase started poorly, with Kris Srikkanth dismissed early.
Rain then revised the target to 236 in 47 overs.
After the break, Ravi Shastri played a momentum-sucking innings with his 25 off 67 balls.
The innings almost lost India the game, but cameos from Kapil Dev and Sanjay Manjrekar and a 93 from Azharuddin helped India fight back.
Azhar and Manjrekar were then run-out in succession as the side needed twenty off twelve to win.
The equation went down to thirteen of six and later five off four with Tom Moody bowling.
More’s wicket and Manoj Prabhakaran’s runout brought it down to four off the last ball.
Javagal Srinath made a decent connection to the final ball, but a runout during the third run made India fall agonizingly short.
They lost by one run in one of the closest games in world cup history.