Australia the world champions registered their second victory to take lead of 2-0 in Seven Match ODI series in 3rd One Day International at Hyderabad. Australia batting first piled a huge score of 290/7 in their 50 overs and then bowled out the Indians for 243/10 in 47.4 overs to register 47 runs victory over Indians.
Earlier Australian captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and decided to bat first. His decision was well supported by his opener Adam Gilchrist (29 runs of 31 balls) and Mathew Hayden (60 runs of 70 balls). Both put on 76 runs for the first wicket before Adam Gilchrist bowled by Irfan Pathan with beautiful slower one.
However rest of the Australian batsman continued their run feast on Indian soil, especially Andrew Symonds (89 runs of 67 balls) and Michael Clark (59 runs of 71 balls) who put on 123 runs for the 4th wicket.
Australia was eying another 300 plus score in the series but due to lost of some quick wickets at the end they manage 290/7. Only Harbhajan Singh able to restrict the Aussies to some extent by giving only 38 runs in his quota of 10 overs.
Chasing a target of 291, India made a disastrous start and they lost three quick wickets (Gambhir, Uthappa and Dravid) for just 13 runs in 4.1 over. However Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh tried to steady the Indian innings by putting 95 runs of 121 balls and when Indians looking like getting in to the match left armer Brad Hogg bowled Sachin with beauty of delivery when he was on 43 runs of 71 balls.
Yuvraj Singh then combined with Indian skipper Dhoni to put on 65 runs stand for the fifth wicket. But the required rate kept creeping on the batsmen, and India started losing their way as they lost another three wickets in quick succession of M.S Dhoni (33 runs of 37 balls), Rohit Sharma (1 runs of 4 balls) and Irfan Pathan (3 runs of 4 balls).
But Yuvraj Singh was the star of the show as he dazzled with a scintillating knock of 121 off just 115 balls with three huge sixes and twelve fours and kept India in hunt of the target throughout his innings.
Brett Lee was the pick of the bowlers for Australia as he scalped three wickets while Hogg also chipped in with three wickets in the end.
Andrew Symonds was declared Man of the Match for his scintillating knock of 89 runs of 67 balls.
Australia – 290/7 in 50 Overs
Andrew Symonds– 89 Mathew Hayden– 60
S.Sreesanth– 9-0-58-2 Irfan Pathan- 10-0-57-2
India – 243/10 in 47.4 Overs
Yuvraj Singh – 121 Sachin Tendulkar – 43
Brett Lee– 8-1-37-3 Brad Hogg- 9-0-46-3
Indian Squad for the rest of two ODI against Australia
India's left-arm spinner Murali Kartik has been recalled for the next two One Day Internationals of the ongoing home series against Australia to be held in Chandigarh and Vadodara.
Meanwhile, the Twenty20 team that won the World Championship in South Africa last month, has been retained for the one-off match to be played against Australia in Mumbai after the ongoing seven-match series with the exception of an injured Piyush Chawla.
Twenty20 squad: Mahendra Dhoni (capt), Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Robin Uthappa, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Irfan Pathan, Rudra Pratap Singh, S Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Joginder Sharma.
ODI squad: Mahendra Dhoni (C), Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Rahul Dravid, Rohit Sharma, Sourav Ganguly, Irfan Pathan, Rudra Pratap Singh, S Sreesanth, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, Dinesh Karthik.