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Monday, October 22, 2007

India beat Australia by 7 wickets in twenty20 at Mumbai

Indians the Twenty20 World Champions beat Aussies by 7 wickets with the help of Gautam Gambhir half century and some responsible batting display by Robin Uthappa and Yuvraj Singh.

Chasing a target of 167 for victory Indian didn’t have the start they wanted, they lost Virendra Sehwag when Indian score was 20 in the 3rd over. However Gautam Gambhir (63 runs of 52 balls) and Robin Uthappa (35 runs of 26 balls) batted really well to put 82 runs for the second wicket. However Robin Uthappa falls when he was on 35.

Yuvraj contributed with a fine unbeaten 31 off just 25 balls with a four and three sixes while skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored nine off five balls with a single six that got the winning runs for the hosts.

Earlier Australian Captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and decided to bat first.

Aussie vice-captain Adam Gilchrist set the tone for the visitors with three boundaries, in the very first over, before Rudra Pratap Singh bowled him for 12. Ponting then joined Hayden and added 48 runs for the second wicket before Harbhajan Singh bowled the latter for 17 off 19 balls.

Ricky Ponting played superbly to make an impressive half century (76 runs of 53 balls). However an Indian bowler who is playing twenty20 for the first time on their home soil did well to restrict the Australian to 166. Especially Harbhajan Singh bowls beautifully in his four over spell to give only 17 runs and picked one wickets.

Gautam Gambhir was declared Man of the Match.

Match Summary

Australia –166/5 in 20 Overs

Ricky Ponting – 76 Michael Clarke– 25*

Irfan Pathan – 4-0-34-2 Harbhajan Singh- 4-0-17-1

India –167/3 in 18.1 Overs

Gautam Gambhir – 63 Robin Uthappa– 35

Ben Hilfenhaus – 4-0-28-1 Michael Clarke- 2-0-14-1

India Vs Australia twenty20 Highlights


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posted by KANISH RANJAN @ 11:40 AM  
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