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Indian batsmen cut sorry figures at MCG

Published: Friday, February 1, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: Batsmen put up an insipid batting display as India was bundled out for paltry 74 in the T20 clash against Australia at MCG, Melbourne on Friday.

Team India tumbled like pack of cards as their batsmen succumbed to the questionable shots. Pathan top scored with 26 off 30 balls.

World champions narrowly averted setting a new record for lowest total ever in the ultra-abridged version having bettered Kenya by one run. Kenya was skittled out for 73 by New Zealand in T20 World Cup last Sept.

The Indians never recovered after an electrifying spell from new-ball pair Brett Lee and Nathan Bracken left the tourists on the skids at 20/4 in the fourth over.

Irfan Pathan, who made 26 from 30 balls, was the only batsman to reach double figures in a woeful exhibition of batting by the Indians, who managed just three boundaries for the innings and whose highest partnership was just 17.

All Aussie bowlers shared the spoils, with Bracken grabbing 3 for 11 and Adam Voges 2 for 5.

India, opting to bat first ,had a nightmarish of starts losing both the openers early in quick succession. Michael Clarke ran out Virender Sehwag with an exceptional piece of fielding.

After diving to his preferred left side, Clarke threw down the stumps at the non-striker's end with Sehwag well short of his ground. Gambhir followed his partner immediatly caught at mid-off of a drive off a slower one from Bracken.

The crowd which had come expecting fireworks with the bat instead saw them being detonated by the ball as Bracken and a fired up Lee rocked the Indian top order.

Bracken claimed the wickets of Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa, while Lee unleashed a 155km/h thunderbolt of a full toss which castled Dinesh Karthik to uproot his off stump.

India, reeling at 20/4, was then forced to play conservatively in order to avoid being embarrassingly dismissed inside its allotted 20 overs.

Skipper Mahendra Dhoni, one of the most explosive batsmen in world cricket, characterised the sudden change in tempo of the match, taking eight balls to get off the mark.

But his heart rate would have gone through the roof after seeing Rohit Sharma bowled trying to swipe James Hopes into the Great Southern Stand in the seventh over.

The skipper departed five overs later, holing out in the deep to Lee to give David Hussey his first international wicket.

Any hope of the tail wagging for India evaporated when fiery pair Harbhajan Singh and Sreesanth departed in consecutive balls.

Brief Scores:

India 74 all out in 17.3 overs (Pathan 26; Bracken 3 for 11, Voges 2 for 5) Vs Australia.

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