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India beat Aussies by four wickets

The Australians were stopped in their tracks by India who beat them by four wickets with two balls to spare in their second meeting of the Commonwealth Bank Tri series game under lights at the Adelaide Oval, yesterday. The Indians who lost to Australia in Perth, did well to win this game and now the two teams are on equal term with one win each. Sri Lanka the other team in the tourney are still without a win.

After Australia made 269 for 7, India had the batting to chase this score provided their reputed batsmen made it their business to go about getting the runs in a disciplined manner.

When the last over began, India required 13 runs. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who was surprisingly slow in his approach, suddenly showed his big hitting old with a huge six, that helped finally seal victory for India and signalled Australia’s first defeat. He finally remained unbeaten on 44 in 58 balls with only a six as a boundary.

For India was a great triumph. Openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag showed the way by hoisting 52 for the first wicket which set the tone for Virat Kohli 18, Rohit Sharma 33 and Suresh Raina 38 to bolster the run rate.

Gambhir who seemed headed for a century was unfortunate to be ruled out LBW to a ball that pitched outside leg for 92. Gambhir was named Player of the match. He hit 7 fours in a 111 ball knock. Sehwag made 20.

While the Aussie bowlers tried hard, their ground fielding left much to be desired.

Australia gave Peter Forrest his one day debut and he was jubilant when former Australian captain Ricky Pointing presented him the baggy green cap, cheered on Australia brought in Forrest for Mike Hussey who was resting in Perth, after two strenuous games against India and Sri Lanka in Perth.

Australia won their two games against India and Australia and is well on their way to the best of three finals.

India who won their first game against Sri Lanka, left out veteran Sachin Tendulkar and tossed in Gautam Gambhir who missed the one against Sri Lanka.

Australia won the toss and decided to bat on a wicket that looked to be on the slow side, but certainly not difficult for batting and were off to a shock start losing Ricky Ponting who opened batting with David Warner.

Ponting who is not having a good run, was prompted to open hoping that he would get among the runs. But that was not to be as holed out to point for 6 with the score on 14.

Another shock followed when David Warner who is known to massacre opposing bowlers went for 18 with the score on 53. But with good partnerships between Michael Clarke and debutant Peter Forrest, Forrest and David Hussey and Forrest and Daniel Christian recovered to post the final score, which should not be a big ask if the Indian batsmen bat in the manner born.

Right hander Forrest made his 66 in 83 balls with 5 fours and two well hit sixes.

David Hussey hit with terrific force to make 72 in 76 with 5 fours. Clarke had 2 fours in his 38 made in 36 balls.

Australia finally mad 269 for 8 in 50 overs at 5.38 runs per over.

Of the Indian bowlers - Vinay Kumar had 2 for 58 in 10 and Umesh Yadav 2 for 49 in 10.



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