Indian team will feel they were 20-30 run short after brilliant 1st wicket partnership between Sachin Tendulkar (91 runs of 121 balls) and Robin Uthappa (30 runs of 49 balls) who put on 94 runs in 20.4 overs.
India didn’t capitalize on the start given by their openers and they fail to accelerate their inning in the end loosing wickets at regular interval after Tendulkar dismissal in the 40th over. Australian bowler came back strongly in the last 10 overs of Indian inning gave only 52 runs while picking up five Indian wickets.
M.Clark and N.Bracken bowled brilliantly and picked up three wickets each. While B.Lee, A.Symonds and S.Clark chipped in with one wicket each to their credit.
Earlier M.S.Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat first at BRisbane ground. However their prime fast bowler was not able to recover from fingure injury and they have to bring S.Sreesanth in place of him, while they stick to same team combination which was played at Sydney.
Winning the first final on Sunday was one of the most comprehensive victories registered by the young Indian team on this tour so far but now they will be looking to wrap it up in the second final itself.
According to pitch curator Brisbane wicket will give assistant to the spinner in second half of the innings and that is good news for the Indians since they are playing with two quality spinners Piyush Chawla and Harbhajan Singh.
Final Playing XI for both Teams
India: Sachin Tendulkar, Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk, capt), Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, S Sreesanth.
Australia: Adam Gilchrist (wk), Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Michael Hussey, James Hopes, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Stuart Clark, Nathan Bracken.
India – 258/9 in 50 Overs
S.Tendulkar – 91 Y.Singh– 39
N.Bracken – 9-1-31-3 M.Clark- 10-0-52-3