Ruthless Aussies humiliate insipid India

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Vadodara: Mitchell Johnson and Adam Gilchrist helped Australia annihilate India by nine wickets in the fifth one-dayer here at the IPCL Sports Complex Ground on Thursday.

Aussies go 3-1 up in the seven-match ODI series with two more to go.

Johnson grabbed 5 for 26 as India were skittled for 148 while Gilchrist backed his fast bowlers, superbly, taking six catches - a world record for a keeper - and returning to hit a blazing 79* (7 X 4s, 4 X 6) to help his side romp home by nine wickets win in just under 26 overs.

RP Singh accounted for the lone Aussie wicket to fall Hayden.

Only Sachin Tendulkar, playing his 400th ODI match, was the lone specialist batsman to offer resistance as he top-scored with 47 on a two paced pitch. But he received support only from Irfan Pathan (26), adding 49 for the sixth wicket.

It was a 41-run stand for the last wicket between Zaheer Khan (28) and Rudra Pratap Singh (12 not out) that brought India near the 150-mark.

India had come into the game buoyed by Monday's win in Chandigarh but the batting problems that had afflicted them before that match returned with a vengeance.

Hosts looked clueless from the word go against the quality pace attack and never recovered after losing five wickets for 43 runs in the opening 10 overs.

Johnson removed three batsmen in quick succession in a sharp opening spell just after India had lost two wickets in Lee's opening over to make their worst start in the ongoing series.

Nothing went right for India after skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni elected to bat as Sourav Ganguly was run out following a misunderstanding with Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid fell for a first-ball duck in Lee's opening over.

Johnson then stole the show with three wickets in four overs, starting with the dismissal of Yuvraj Singh.

It was a smart catch by Gilchrist that accounted for Yuvraj. Gilchrist initially moved to his left before holding an inside-edge low to his right.

Johnson then trapped Robin Uthappa leg-before and had Dhoni caught behind to finish his opening six-over spell with three wickets for just 19 runs.

Tendulkar kept the Australian attack at bay before he was caught behind in Lee's second spell. He hit nine fours in his 73-ball knock.

He is only the second player to reach 400 one-day internationals after Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya.

Brief Scores:

India 148 all out in 39.4 overs ( Tendulkar 47, Zaheer 28, Pathan 26; Johnson 5 for 26, Lee 2 for 48) lost to Australia 149 for 1 in 25.5 overs ( Gilchrist 79 n o, Ponting 39 n o, Hayden 29; RP 1 for 15).


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