Lee shines as Aussies restrict India to 194

Published: Sunday, February 3, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Brisbane: India recovered from 102-6 to score 194 off 45 overs in a rain-affected one-day international against Australia at the Gabba here Sunday.

Fast bowler Brett Lee took 5-27 to keep the Indian batsmen in check after Gautam Gambhir and 20-year-old Rohit Sharma had looked to be guiding the visitors to a 250-plus score.

But a middle order collapse which saw the Indians lose four wickets for just 15 runs meant they struggled to reach a competitive total.

After Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and chose to bat, veteran openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar began in confident fashion.

Sehwag was the first to go when on six he tried to cut left-armer Nathan Bracken and succeeded only in chopping the ball onto his stumps with the score on 12.

Soon after Tendulkar (10) played back to Lee and stepped on the base of the stumps to be dismissed hit wicket for the first time in his long career.

Gambhir and Sharma, who were controversially brought into the Indian one-day side in place of Rahul Dravid and Saurav Ganguly, then added an entertaining 65 before Gambhir was trapped leg before for 39.

That signalled the start of a collapse as Sharma (29) edged Lee to Adam Gilchrist, Manoj Tiwari (2) was bowled by a Lee yorker and Robin Uthappa (5) was caught in the gully by Michael Clarke off the bowling of Australian debutant Ashley Noffke.

Dhoni and Irfan Pathan tried to regroup and salvage something from the Indian innings, but the rain that had been threatening since the start of play finally came at the start of the 36th over, forcing the players from the field with the score at 128-6.

When they came back the Indian innings was reduced to 45 overs.

Pathan (21) hit a huge six off Noffke but was run out next ball from a Ricky Ponting direct throw.

That brought Harbhajan Singh to the crease, with the abrasive spinner booed all the way to the middle following his dispute with crowd favourite and local boy Andrew Symonds.

But Singh (27) and Donhi (37) combined to smash 42 runs in quick time and at least give their bowlers something to defend.


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