Hyderabad: Late charge from Andrew Symonds powered Australia to 290 against India in the third one-dayer here at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium on Friday.
Symonds' 67-ball 89 runs knock included five towering sixes and as many boundary hits. He added a crucial 123 runs with Clarke (59 off 71 balls) for the fourth wicket stand after Australia frettered away a strong start in the middle overs, thanks to the rusty innings from skipper Ponting who is making a comeback after a long lay-off .
Openers got Australia off to a sound start with Hayden pounded successive boundaries in Zaheer Khan's opening over and hit two more in an over from Sreesanth as 61 came from the first 10 overs.
Adam Gilchrist shared 76 with Matthew Hayden before he was bowled by Irfan Pathan in the 14th over.
Gilchrist was deceived by a slower ball off Pathan. Gilly's swipe across the line was bit too early only to and the ball which was in middle stump line did the rest.
Hayden quickly advanced to 60 from 70 balls, striking 10 boundaries, before he got a bottom edge to a rank poor widesh delivery to give a regulation catch to gloveman Dhoni off Pathan.
Ricky Ponting, returning to the side after injury, made a scratchy 25 before he was well caught at long-off.
Harbhajan bowled exceptionally well. Bhajji though went wicketless bowled to an immaculate line and length conceding measly 38 runs in his 10 overs. India seamers Zaheer, Sreesanth and Pathan claimed two wickets apiece while left-arm slow-ball bowler Yuvraj Singh accounted for Ponting's wicket.
India recalled Romit Sharma for Ramesh Powar while Ganguly who is going thro the rehablitation process was rested for this tie too. Australia man-in-form Brad Haddin makes way for match-fit Ponting.
Australia 290 for 7 in 50 overs (Symonds 89, Hayden 60, Clarke 59, Gilchrist 29; Pathan 2 for 57, Sreesanth 2 for 58, Zaheer 2 for 61, Yuvi 1 for 49) Vs India.