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Australia ease to 110-run victory in Brisbane

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Published: Sunday, February 19, 2012, 8:31 [IST]
 
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Australia crush India in Brisbane

Brisbane, Feb 19: Indian top order was blown away by the Australian fast bowlers on a bouncy Gabba wicket here as MS Dhoni and his men surrendered without a fight in their tri-series game on Sunday.

Michael Hussey and Forrest were involved in a 100-run partnerhip which helped the home team to recover from a poor start.

Towards the end, it was David Hussey (26 not out) and Daniel Christian (30 not out) who powered Australia with an unbroken sixth wicket partnership of 65 in six overs. In the final 10 overs, Australia plundered 101 runs for the loss of two wickets.

The left-handed Hussey enjoyed two dropped chances, one from Rohit Sharma and the other from Umesh Yadav to put Australia on course for a big total. However, paceman Irfan Pathan dismissed both M. Hussey and Forrest in the same over (45th) to trigger India's rally. But their come back was neutralised by David Hussey and Christian in the last 36 balls of the innings.

Apart from the two dropped catches for Michael Hussey, he was also involved in a stumping attempt where third umpire Bruce Oxenford of Australia wrongly adjudicated him to be out. At the time, he was batting on one run.

The incident happened in the 29th over bowled by Suresh Raina.

With Indian skipper MS Dhoni whipping the bails off as M. Hussey dragged his foot out of the crease, the decision went to the TV umpire. Oxenford, after seeing a couple of replays, seemed to have pressed the wrong button and "OUT" sign flashed on the giant screen. Indians started celebrating before ending abruptly.

As M. Hussey started to walk off, on-field umpire Billy Bowden of New Zealand stopped Hussey and recalled him indicating that it was an error to rule him out. The other on-field umpire Steve Davis of Australia too joined Bowden to get Hussey back to resume his innings.

However, amid all these funny moments, Dhoni lost his cool. Those certainly did not appear funny for the always calm and composed stumper. He was seen venting his ire at Bowden. It was a clear case of Captain Cool losing his cool. But in the end, it was the right decision to give M Hussey not out.

When on 57, M Hussey crossed 5,000 ODI runs in his 170th match. This was his 36th half century. For Forrest, it was his second fifty in three matches since making his debut against India two games back in the series.

There were also contributions from openers David Warner and Matthew Wade while stand-in captain Ricky Ponting's woeful form with the bat continued with yet another single digit score.

For India, it was Irfan Pathan who grabbed three wickets.

Sachin Tendulkar was off the field for most part of the innings after being hit on his left leg while fielding in slips.

Earlier Report

Pathan, Zaheer strike early as Australia lose two wickets early in the 7th ODI of the tri-series at Brisbane. Warner (43) and Ponting (7) both registered their highest scores in the series before being dismissed. India playing four pacers, while Aussies are playing three. Australia elected to bat first after winning the toss.

Having registered two consecutive losses, Australia are looking to end that run. With skipper Clarke ruled out of this ODI, Ponting continues to lead the side, which also means, Mike Hussey will continue to play in the absence of Clarke. Clint McKay is out with an illness as Ben Hilfenhaus gets a chance to play.

While India aim to extend their dominance as they have suddenly got into the groove by winning two matches as the fifth ODI against Sri Lanka ended in a tie. With a good track record at Gabba, India would like to extend their winning streak as they have won both their matches played at the venue.

India on the other hand, have rested Virender Sehwag (who has back spasms) as Gautam Gambhir continues to open the innings. Zaheer Khan comes in for Ashwin.

For the first time on the tour, India will be playing at the Gabba, Brisbane. The pitch is expected to assist batsmen while the fast bowlers can also get some assistance. Experts suggest that a score of around 260 is a good total here.

With Sri Lanka beating Australia by 8 wickets, and gaining points to reach 7 points, after a tie against India, looks like the tournament is still wide open as the remaining matches are crucial for all teams to qualify for the finals.

Teams

Australia: David Warner, Matthew Wade, Ricky Ponting, Peter Forrest, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Daniel Christian, Brett Lee, Mitchell Starc, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus.

India: Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Irfan Pathan, R Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav.

Umpires: Billy Bowden (New Zealand) and Steve Davis (Australia)

Third Umpire: Bruce Oxenford (Australia)

Match Referee: Andrew Pycroft (Zimbabwe)

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