Yuvraj Singh and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni produced scintillating knocks on a tricky track as India recovered from early jolts to spank Australia by six wickets in the third cricket one-dayer and take a 2-1 lead in the seven-match series here on Saturday.
India recorded their biggest win in terms of wickets against Australia in 3rd ODI at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.
Australia won the toss and elects to bat first. Australia set the target of 230 runs after loosing 5 wickets. India started their innings very slowly and India's first wicket in 37 overs as the score Virender Sehwag fell. Sehwag made 11 and bowled Johnson. After that The game was evenly balanced mid way during the chase with India in consolidation mode at 101 for 3, but Yuvraj and Dhoni slowly and surely pulled India ahead. They batted with restraint while settling in on this track because, as Michael Hussey proved earlier during an unbeaten 81, batting got easier with more time spent on it.Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni sealed a 2-1 lead over Australia with a stylish batting display on a tricky wicket at the Kotla Stadium. The duo joined forces with India tottering at 53-3 chasing 230. A steady partnership built on hard running and the occasional boundary was needed. Dhoni led the way, Yuvraj followed, and their fourth-wicket partnership slowly swelled to 148 runs to settle the game to Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni shared a serene 148-run stand help India win a battle of attrition on a sluggish track at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi and take a 2-1 lead in the seven-ODI series.
Indian team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni again turned on the screws against Australia, hitting 70 not out, even as fellow player Yuvraj Singh made 78 runs to put the home team at a comfortable pace to beat the tourists by 6 wickets in the third one-dayer in New Delhi on Saturday night.
India - 230-4 (48.2) -Runs - Balls - 4s - 6s
V Sehwag b Johnson 11 - 25 - 1 - 0
S Tendulkar run out (Johnson) 32 - 47 - 2 - 0
G Gambhir b Hauritz 6 - 15 - 0 - 0
Yuvraj Singh lbw b Henriques 78 - 96 - 8 - 2
MS Dhoni not out 71 - 95 - 6 - 0
S Raina not out 9 - 13 - 1 - 0
Australia O - M - R - W
MG Johnson 9.2 - 2 - 43 - 1
PM Siddle 10 - 0 - 41 - 0
DE Bollinger 10 - 0 - 26 - 0
MC Henriques 8 - 0 - 51 - 1
NM Hauritz 10 - 0 - 48 - 1
AC Voges 1 - 0 - 13 - 0