India restrict Australia to 229/5

Published: Saturday, October 31, 2009, 17:54 [IST]
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Kotla: Some clinical display of spin bowling by Indian spinners restricted Australia to 229 for five in 50 overs in the third match of the five-match series here on Saturday.


After Australian captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat, his team made 229 runs for the loss of five wickets.

Two individual half-centuries were scored for Australia – Ricky Ponting (59) and Michael Hussey (83* ).

Earlier, India waited for 16 long overs to get their first breakthrough when Australian opener Shane Watson departed for 41 runs, thanks to a joint effort made by Yuvraj Singh and wicketkeeper MS Dhoni.

Dhoni was swift enough to blow away the bails from the wicket off a Yuvraj Singh delivery, thus, leaving the visitors at 72-1.

Australian openers Shane Watson and Ricky Ponting played a slow yet steady game to put up a 71 run partnership for the opening wicket.

For India, Jadeja claimed two for 41. Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina picked one wicket each.

The Kotla pitch is expected to aid spin and slow further during the course of play.

Aussie pacer Brett Lee was ruled out of the match because of a elbow injury.


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