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Monday, February 11, 2008

India Vs Australia 4th ODI CB Series - India beat Australia by five wickets at MCG

Finally after the gap of 22 long years Indian team able to beat Australia at M.C.G by five wickets with the help of some fine bowling performance by their young fast bowlers. The star of the day were Delhi lads Ishant Sharma who help the Indians to bundle out the world champions for mere 159 runs in 43.1 overs.

Indian did struggle little bit in the process of achieving the target of 160 but some sensible batting by the Indian Captain M.S.Dhoni (17* runs) and Rohit Shamra (39* runs) guided India home by five wickets to get on top of the points table in on going CB series.

Yuvraj Singh (3 runs from 14 balls) dismal performance with the bat continues as he once again failed to deliver the runs with the bat when it’s most needed for his team.

Earlier Australian captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and decided to bat first in Day/Night encounter at MCG. However Australian didn’t get the start from their opener they were looking for, they lost their first wicket in the very first over of their inning when S.Sreesanth trapped Adam Gilchrist in front of the wicket.

After dismissal of Gilchrist, Australia captain Ricky Ponting arrives to the crease in hope to get some runs under his belt, however Ishant Sharma has some other idea he first sent M. Hayden back into the pavilion and then got rid of R.Ponting with the beautiful delivery.

At one stage Australian were tattering at 92/6, but thanks to M.Hussey (65 not out) and B.Lee who put on 56 runs for the seventh wicket. However Irfan Pathan finally break this dangerous looking partnership to give his team a much needed breakthrough. Hussey was not out on 65 as Sreesanth and Ishant came back to polish off the tail in 43.1 overs. The Kerala paceman finished with 3-31, Pathan had two to show along with Harbhajan's one, while captain Dhoni featured with five dismissals including a sharp stumping.

Ishant Sharma was declared Man of the Match for his brilliant bowling performance.

Match Summary

Australia –159/10 in 43.1 Overs

M.Hussey – 65* M.Hayden - 25

I.Sahma – 9.1-1-38-4 S.Sreesanth - 9-0-31-3

India –160/5 in 45.5 Overs

S.Tendulkar – 44 R.Sharma – 39*

M.Johnson – 10-1-24-2 S. Clark - 10-1-26-1

Highlights - India Vs Australia 4th ODI


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