Australia beat India by 110 runs in the seventh ODI of the Commonwealth Bank series
Australian team pitched in a clinical performance with bat and ball to pulverize Indian team by 110 runs and also gained the bonus-point. Mike Hussey and Peter Forest cracked half-centuries and Daniel Christian’s breezy cameo in the end propelled Australia’s total to 288 runs in 50 overs. Chasing 289 to win, India was rolled over for 178 runs in 43.3 overs. Ben Hilfenhaus chalked up five wickets for 33 runs and was adjudged Man-of-the-Match.
Australia’s captain, Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat first. Australian opener Matthew wade was dropped by Rohit Sharma on the second ball of the match by Zaheer Khan. Wade nicked the ball, and Sharma, standing at second slip, dived towards the first slip and dropped the catch. Had Sharma not intervened, it would have been a simple catch for Sachin Tendulkar who was standing at the first slip.
Zaheer Khan and Vinay Kumar bowled exceptionally well in the initial overs, barring few deliveries, and didn’t give any chance to Wade and David Warner to open their arms. Australia made a sedate start and only garnered 31 runs in first eight overs. In the ninth over of the innings, bowled by Zaheer, Warner whacked two boundaries and a six to give impetus to Australian innings. Irfan Pathan snared Warner in the 13th over of the innings. Warner scored 43 runs off 46 balls. Ponting, who’ve had a wretched series so far, looked uncomfortable, and took 13 balls to get off the mark. He scratched out seven runs off 25 balls and Zaheer ended his agony. This was Ponting’s fifth single-digit score in five innings in this series.
Suresh Raina bowled tidily and only conceded 12 runs in his first five overs before Wade came down the track and belted him for six over the long-on. Rohit Sharma came to bowl in 28th over and struck in his first over. He deceived Wade by change in pace and nabbed the return catch.
On the third bowl of 29th over, bowled by Raina, Indian skipper and wicket-keeper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, appealed against Hussey for stumping. The appeal was referred to the third umpire, Bruce Oxenford, who wrongly pressed the ‘out’ button. Hussey started walking towards the pavilion, but was recalled by the on-field umpire Billy Bowden who informed him by the mistake from third umpire. Dhoni wasn’t amused at the gaffe from the third-umpire, and was seen chatting with the on-field umpires animatedly.
Hussey and Peter Forrest stitched the partnership of 100 runs before Hussey was dismissed by Pathan on 59 runs. Forest soon followed and was out on the last ball of the over. Kohli took a good catch. He made 52 runs. During the course of his innings, he became the 13th Australian batsman to complete 5,000 runs in ODIs.
David Hussey and Christian added 65 runs in last six overs. Christian flayed four boundaries in the 49th over of the innings bowled by Vinay Kumar. Last over by Pathan yielded 15 runs as Australia finished with 5-288 in 50 overs.
Brett Lee and Hilfenhaus ran through the Indian top order. Lee nipped out Gautam Gambhir and Sharma while Hilfenhaus devoured Tendulkar and Kohli. India were reeling at 4-36 in 11 overs. India never recovered from the strife and though Dhoni scored 56 runs, but India was never looking to overhaul the Australian total. Wickets kept on tumbling at regular intervals. Hilfenhaus, who was playing his first ODI since November 2009, chiselled five scalps for 33 runs. India were all-out for 178 runs in 43.3 overs.
- Australia v India – CB Series ODI no. 7
- Australia won by 110 runs
- Australia 288/5 (50 ov)
- India 178 (43.3 ov)
- Australia lead the CB Series Points Table with 14 points
- Player of the match – BW Hilfenhaus (Australia)
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Australia vs India CB Series 7th ODI Trivia, Milestones
- This is the ODI match number 3244.
- 7th match of the Common Wealth Bank Series.
- 5th consecutive single digit score for Ricky Ponting.
- 6 boundaries were hit in last 2 overs by Australia and four boundaries coming in 49th over bowled by Vinay Kumar.
- Both Australia and India hits same number of sixes(3 per side)
- Australia won the match with a bonus point.
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni suspended for one ODI due to slow over rate.
- Peter Forrest hits his 2nd ODI fifty
- Michael Hussey hits his 36th ODI fifty
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni hits his 45th ODI fifty
- Ben Hilfenhaus picks 5 wickets for 33 runs
Bowlers Number Game:
- Zaheer Khan – Wicket no. 277
- Irfan Pathan – Wicket no. 156, 157, 158.
- Rohith Sharma – Wicket no. 8
- Ben Hilfenhaus – Wicket no. 19, 20, 21, 22, 23.
- Brett Lee – Wicket no. 359, 360, 361.
- Daniel Christian – Wicket no. 4
- Mitchell Starc - Wicket no. 9
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