Symonds, Hayden feast on Indian attack

Published: Friday, October 5, 2007, 13:44 [IST]
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Andrew Symonds and Matthew Hayden smashed half-centuries to help Australia post a challenging 290-7 against India in the third one-day international here.

Symonds hammered a 67-ball 89 and Hayden a brisk 60 as Australia dominated the Indian attack after winning the toss on a good track to boost hopes of extending their 1-0 lead in the seven-match series.

The tourists won the second match by 84 runs at Kochi after the first one-dayer was abandoned due to rain at Bangalore.

Left-handed Hayden and Symonds were not the only batsmen to make merry as Michael Clarke chipped in a valuable 71-ball 59 to help his side plunder 83 in the closing 10 overs.

Symonds followed his second-match 87 with yet another blazing knock, hitting five sixes and as many fours. He punished spinner Yuvraj Singh in the closing stages, hitting two sixes and a four off successive balls.

Skipper Ricky Ponting (25), returning to the side after missing the first two matches due to a hamstring injury, and Brad Hodge (three) missed out on big scores.

Hayden, who made 75 in the previous match, showed the way with his rich strokeplay as he provided a blistering start with wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist (29).

The pair put on 76 in 13.2 overs before Symonds and Clarke consolidated with a 123-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Gilchrist was bowled by left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan while playing across the line to a slower ball but there was no respite for the Indian bowlers and fielders as Hayden, Symonds and Clarke gathered runs with ease.

The Indian fielding left a lot to be desired under pressure.

Zaheer Khan squandered an easy chance to run Hayden out, dislodging the bails at the non-striker's end with his hands after failing to gather the ball with the batsman yards out of the crease. Hayden was then on 47.

Seamer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth then dropped a high return catch off James Hopes in the last over before removing him and Symonds off successive balls.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was the pick of bowlers, conceding just 38 off 10 overs against the free-scoring Australian batsmen.

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