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Six-wicket Karthik restricts Aussies to 193

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Mumbai: India spinner Murali Kartik claimed his first five-wicket haul in one-day internationals to restrict Australia to a modest 193 in 41.3 overs in the seventh and final one-day international on Wednesday.

Left-armer Kartik took six for 27 in a single spell of 10 overs and spun a web around the middle order after a classy half-century from skipper Ricky Ponting provided Australia with a fine start.

Kartik, 31, took the wickets of Brad Hodge (16), Andrew Symonds (0), Brad Haddin (19), Brad Hogg (0), Brett Lee (0) and James Hopes (22) as Australia collapsed from 117-3 in the 20th over after choosing to bat. The visitors lead the series 4-1.

Ponting hit a stylish 57 and shared in two half-century stands in the day/night match but Kartik took wickets with consecutive deliveries on two occasions to put the brakes on the world champions.

Michael Clarke, opening the innings in the place of injured Matthew Hayden, fell first ball to Zaheer Khan for the second straight game.

Ponting put on 60 for the second wicket with opener Adam Gilchrist (19) and 57 for the next with Hodge before Kartik's double strike.

The left-arm spinner, who returned to international cricket during this series after a 20-month injury layoff, had Hodge caught at slip by Dinesh Karthik and in-form Symonds driving uppishly to Sachin Tendulkar at point off the next ball.

Ponting fell to paceman Rudra Pratap Singh, slashing at a wide delivery to be caught behind and then Kartik took three wickets in the 32nd over without conceding a run.

Kartik had Haddin lbw before having Hogg caught at short leg and Lee caught at second slip off consecutive balls to peg back the visitors. Kartik bowled Hopes in his last over.

Reuters

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