India in distress at halfway point

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Published: Sunday, February 13, 2011, 16:31 [IST]
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India in distress at halfway point

In their World Cup 2011 warm-up match at Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium, Australia hindered India's progress with wickets as the hosts slipped to 122/5 in 25 overs, with Yusuf Pathan and Suresh Raina at the crease.

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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