India fold for 214

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Published: Sunday, February 13, 2011, 18:04 [IST]
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India fold for 214

In their World Cup 2011 warm-up match at Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium, Australia bowled India out for 214 in 44.3 overs with Virender Sehwag top-scoring with 54 off 56 balls and Aussie fast bowler Brett Lee taking 3/35 of his 10 overs.

After India passed the halfway point in their innings at 122/5, the slide continued. Raina and Pathan were playing comfortably against Jason Krejza, taking the off-spinner for 9 runs in the 27th over. But as soon as the express pace of Brett Lee returned, there was trouble. Raina was caught behind for 12, chasing an off-stump delivery and then two balls later, Harbahjan Singh was cleaned up for 4.

Yusuf came in for a bit of good fortune in the 29th over when he was dropped by the keeper off Lee's bowling. But Piyush Chawla didn't have any such luck when he was clean-bowled for a duck by the pacemen 3 balls later. Lee had picked up his 3rd scalp and India had slumped to 138/8 in 29.5 overs.

In the 33rd over, R Ashwin took a single of Johnson as India's score moved onto 150/8. Soon afterward, Ashwin got Bollinger away for a four in an attempt to break the shackles. Pathan had a second stroke of luck when he was dropped at slip off Johnson in the 35th over and immediately after, flicked the bowler for a boundary to midwicket.

In the 38th over, Yusuf cut loose, smashing off-spinner David Hussey for two huge sixes. The crowd finally, had something to cheer as India approached the 200-run mark. But in the same over, he was caught by Krejza at midwicket, for 32 of 39 balls. At that point, India were 187/9 in 38.5 overs.

Ashish Nehra held out hope of India reaching two hunderd when he cut Krejza away for a four in the 40th over. Brett Lee bowled a wide in the 42nd over to allow India to sneak to 200. In the 44th over, Nehra created a flutter when he struck Johnson for two consecutive fours, but finally caved in to the off-spin of David Hussey when he was caught by Kejza at midwicket. Indian were all out for 214 in 44.3 overs.

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, India got off to a slightly shaky start. Aussie fast bowler Brett Lee nearly ran Gautam Gambhir out in the second ball, when he kicked a defensive push back at the stumps to miss them by a whisker. Then, Virender Sehwag struck the first four of the innings when he was gifted a full toss by Doug Bollinger in the first ball of the second over.

After himself striking a boundary, Gambhir was caught by Cameron White in the slips off Doug Bollinger for 6 and India were 12/1 in 3.1 overs, with Virat Kohli the new man at the crease. In the 5th over, Sehwag was nearly run out, but the throw from the mid on fielder Ricky Ponting, missed the stumps at the non-striker's end where the batsman was some ways out.

A boundary came off the each of the 5th, 6th and 7th overs, before Kohli and Sehwag teamed up to knock two fours off Bollinger in the 8th, as India climbed to 40/1 and 51/1 after 10 overs. In the12th over, David Hussey snapped up Kohli at point off John

Hastings, for 21 off 33 balls. India were 54/2 in 11.4 overs as Yuvraj strode out to the middle.Sehwag welcomed off-spinner Jason Krejza in the 14th over with a boundary to backward of point. But there was trouble at the other end when Mitchell Johnson had Yuvraj Singh caught behind for 1 as India stumbled to 63/3 in 14.3 overs.

The 17th over cost Australia 9 runs, largely due to 5 wides bowled by Johnson. Two overs later, Sehwag got stuck into Krejza, striking him for two fours as India climbed to 91/3 in 19 overs. Sehwag picked Krejza for a single in the 21st over to take India to 100/3. But soon after Dhoni palyed on noff Hasting and was on his way for 11 as India slipped to 101/4 in 21.4 overs.

In a dramatic 23rd over, Sehwag hit a six off Krejza just to play on in the next ball. He was on his way for 54 off 56 and India were deeper in trouble at 113/5 in 23 overs.

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