Saturday, October 31, 2009

Yuvraj, Dhoni win it for India

India romped home by six wickets against Australia in the third ODI after brilliant knocks by skipper MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh.

Moises Henriques picked up his maiden ODI wicket on debut, getting rid of Yuvraj Singh, who perished for a fabulous 78.

Dhoni continued his good form with another ODI fifty as India inched towards a victory against Australia.

Yuvraj Singh stormed away to his half-century as India started to turn the heat on Australia.

Dhoni and Yuvraj stitched up a gutsy partnership to help India find a footing after Australia picked up three quick wickets.

Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir are back in the hut.

Mitchell Johnson knocked off Virender Sehwag's middle stump to give Australia the first breakthrough.

Sachin Tendulkar after looking in great touch for most part of his 47 ball 32.

Australia are 229 for five

Brilliant half centuries by Michael Hussey and skipper Ricky Ponting helped Australia post a challenging total against India on a turning wicket in Delhi.

Ravinder Jadeja snapped up debutant Moises Henriques to claim his second wicket of the match.

Harbhajan Singh picked up his first one of the match when Adam Voges lost his patience and consequently his wicket, holding out to Praveen Kumar in the deep.
Michael Hussey brought up his third ODI fifty after battling hard in trying batting conditions in Delhi.

Suresh Raina was perhaps lucky to get Cameron White, who did not seem to edge the ball before MS Dhoni pouched it up.

Ravinder Jadeja struck a lethal blow on Australia, claiming skipper Ricky Ponting, who perished for a well made 59.

Ponting played a captain's knock for Australia, bringing up yet another ODI fifty on a wicket that has been tough to bat on.

Yuvraj Singh struck in his first over to lure Aussie opener Shane Watson out of his crease as MS Dhoni whipped the bails off in a flash.

Watson and Ricky Ponting had started to accelerate for Australia after a slow but steady start to the innings in Delhi.

India's new ball bowlers kept a tight leash on Australia's opening pair, who looked solid despite a difficult track.

The Toss

Australia have won the toss and opted to bat against India in the third one-dayer of the seven-match ODI series.

Buoyed by their emphatic victory in the last game, a confident India will seek to keep the momentum going in the third ODI.

India would be hoping to exploit a slow and low track.

With the seven-match series tied 1-1, both the teams will be keen to regain the initiative in what promises to be a thrilling floodlit contest at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground.

While the Indians looked a confident lot, the Aussies have a few problems to sort out, particularly in their bowling department with pace spearhead Brett Lee ruled out of the series because of an elbow injury.

The spate of injuries to some of their key players has weakened the World Champions to some extent and a depleted bowling attack have only compounded their misery.

India: SR Tendulkar, V Sehwag, G Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, SK Raina, MS Dhoni*†, RA Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, A Nehra, P Kumar, I Sharma.

Australia: SR Watson, RT Ponting*, CL White, MEK Hussey, AC Voges, MC Henriques, MG Johnson, GA Manou†, NM Hauritz, PM Siddle, DE Bollinger.

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