Rain hits India's semi-final hopes

Published: Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 7:04 [IST]
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Rain hits India's semi-final hopes

Centurion: India's semi-final chances suffered a big blow after their game against Australia was abandoned due to heavy rain at Centurion.

Both India and Australia were awarded with one point each, with Australia moving to three in the group, one behind leaders Pakistan, while India (one) and West Indies (none) prop up the table.

Scorecard: India Vs Australia

To qualify for Champions Trophy semi-finals, India must West Indies by a huge margin in its last match at Wanderers on Wednesday while hoping Australia lose to Pakistan, who have already qualified for the semis after the India-Australia match.

Indian prospects look bleak as Australians (+1.000) are far ahead of the India in ther net run-rate(-1.080).

Only 42.3 overs play were possible at Centurion on Monday with Aussies amassing 234 for four thanks largely to half centuries from Tim Paine (56), Michael Hussey (67) and the captain himself, who made 65.

When the rain sent the players off the field, the free-stroking Cameron White (35 not out, 30b, 2x4, 1x6) and Callum Ferguson (2 not out) were at the crease.

Deciding to bat first, Australia lost an early wicket when Shane Watson pulled left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra to Harbhajan Singh at mid-wicket.

Ponting and Paine then steered the innings with an 84-run stand for the second wicket, gathering runs comfortably against both pace and spin.

Paine was more aggressive than his captain, once pulling seamer Ishant Sharma for a six and also hitting seven fours in his 58-ball knock. His flourish ended when he was caught by Harbhajan off leg-spinner Amit Mishra.

But there was no respite for India as Hussey and Ponting consolidated their team's position with an 88-run partnership for the third wicket.


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