India clinch an edge-of-the-seat thriller

Published: Sunday, September 23, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: India clinched an edge-of-the-seat thriller against Aussies in the second semi-final of the Twenty20 World Cup at Kingsmead in Durban on Saturday.

India edged out Aussies by 15 runs in the game which meandered till the last over to set up a mouth-watering title clash with Pakistan.

India riding on Yuvraj's blistering 30-ball 70 runs set Australia a competitive 189-run target. Uthappa (34) and Dhoni (36) were the other major contributors. Medium pacer Mitchell Johnson was Australia's most effective bowler with a return of two for 31.


In reply Australia started off well with the skipper Gilchrist taking on RP Singh early. Gilly struck RP for two towering sixes in his 13-ball 22 knock before conceding wicket to Sreesanth. However it was Hayden (62 off 47) and Symonds (43 off 26) who threatned to take the game away from India with a stand of 66 runs in just six overs. Sreesanth, who tormented Hayden in his first spell, disturbed the woodwork of the towering southpaw with a peach of an yorker. Infact it was the dismissal of Hayden changed the things for Indians as wickets tumbled in regular intervels.

Sreesanth bowled to a nice rhythm. He pitched on right areas, extracted the swing and bounce, bowled slower ones. He bowled a handful of dot balls and that too against formidable Aussie top order. His final analysis read 4-112-2. RP though struggled in first spell but made a strong comeback in his second conceding just 2 runs . Offie Harbhajan too with great control.

Brief Scores:

India 188 for 5 in 20 overs (Yuvraj Singh 70, Dhoni 36, Uthappa 34; Johnson 2 for 31, Clarke 1 for 13) beat Australia 173 for 7 in 20 overs (Hayden 62, Symonds 43, Gilchrist 22; Sreesanth 2 for 12, Joginder 2 for 37, Irfan Pathan 2 for 44) by 15 runs.


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