India beat Australia by 37 runs in the triangular Limited Overs International cricket match of the TVS Cup at the Roop Singh stadium on Sunday. Riding on twin centuries from Sachin Tendulkar and V V S Laxman, India posted a competitive 283 for five in their allotted 50 overs at the Roop Singh stadium. The World Cup finalists then restricted the Aussies to 246 for nine to draw first blood in the round-robin format tournament. Zaheer Khan grabbed 3-49 but it was Anil Kumble (2-28) and part time off-spinner Virender Sehwag (2-36) who made inroads into the Australian batting after Adam Gilchrist (83) and Matthew Hayden (47) had provided the visitors a solid start.
Earlier, Tendulkar (100) scored his seventh century against Australia, surpassing West Indian Desmond Haynes' tally of six against the World Champions. Tendulkar and Laxman (102) put on 190 runs for the second wicket to offset the loss of Sehwag for nought in the first over of the match. India now has nine points from two matches followed by New Zealand with three points from the opening match against the hosts that was abandoned due to rain in Chennai on Oct 23.
Australia takes on New Zealand in the next match at Faridabad on Wednesday. The final is slated for November 18 at Kolkata.