Clarke takes Aussies to mammoth 307

Published: Saturday, September 29, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: The first ODI between India and Australia was abandoned due to wet ground conditions at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

India were nine for one chasing 308 for victory against Australia in the first one-dayer when rain stopped play.

Left-arm paceman Mitchell Johnson trapped Sachin Tendulkar for nought before heavy showers forced the players off the field in the day-night encounter after 2.4 overs.

Earlier, Clarke struck a fine century to power Australia to a mammoth 307/7.

Clarke (130) and Haddin (69) added a valuable 144 runs for the fifth wicket stand to revive Aussie innings after a disastorous start.

The News South Wales man's 132-ball 130 runs knock included 10 boundaries and 3 sixs.

Sreesanth continueing his Twenty20 World form bowled exceptionally well for his 3 for 55 in 10 overs. Zaheer took 2 wickets.

Aussie skipper Gilchrist's decision to bat first backfired with India new-ball attack Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth taking the advantage of the seamer-friendly wicket delivered early blows on visitors. Zaheer drew the first blood when Gilly's square-cut flew to the point. Yuvraj stationed there held on a blinder of a catch.

Sreesanth in his second over sent Brad Hodge packing.  Sree after bowling a wayward deliveries in his first over bowled a peach of a delivery that was fuller in length and swung back to deceive Hodge for a plumb LBW.

Pupps Clarke joined Hayden and they both added 60 runs for the third wicket stand in just under 12 overs before Srresanth coming round the wicket in his second spell disturbed the latter's woodwork with a delivery pitched outside the off and angled in. Hayden made a brisk 34 studded with five boundary hits and a towering six over fine-leg.

Three overs later Sreesanth struck again removing Symonds with a slower one that beat Symmo all ends for a clear LBW decision. Haddin joined Clarke and revived the tottering Aussie innings. They milked 144 runs for the fifth wicket stand before Yuvi lured Haddin out of the crease with a flighted delivery for a easy stumping.

The New South Wales duo batted sensibly rotating the strike regularly and scoring an odd boundary every over. Clarke and Hopes targetted Powar and RP to rake up 71 runs in just under 8 overs. Batting all-rounder Hopes a replacement for injured Hussey played a little cameo of 37 off 25 to guide his side past 300.

India after a good start lost its way in the middle overs with first change bowler RP and spinner Powar combined conceded 117 runs in 16 overs and to add to it went wicketless.

New ICC rules implemented: The first one-dayer between India-Australia was played with new rules passed by ICC in its annaul meet at Dubai in July. Based on the recommendations made by the committee headed by Sunny Gavaskar ICC agreed to implement free-hit rule - if a bowler bowls a front foot no-ball in an ODI, the next delivery will be a free-hit and the batsman cannot be dismissed by the bowler from that delivery.

There will be a mandatory change of the ball after 35 overs of each innings in an ODI.

An additional fielder will be allowed outside the fielding circle during the second or third Powerplays.

Brief Score:

Australia 307 for 7 in 50 overs (Clarke 130, Haddin 69, James Hopes 37, Hayden 34; Sreesanth 3 for 55, Zaheer 2 for 64) Vs India 9 for 1 (Gambhir 4 n o; Johnson 1 for 1).


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