Australia comprehensively beat India by 87 runs in the tenth match of the
ODI tri-series involving Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.
India, chasing Australia's target of 253, were bowled out for 165. Indian
bowlers stifled Australia's batsmen in the death overs to restrict the
hosts to 252 for nine in a critical league match of the ongoing ODI
cricket tri-series on Sunday.
The hosts, struggling at 57 for 3 in the 14th over, hoisted themselves to
252/9 thanks to half centuries by David Warner (68), David Hussey (54) and
Matthew Wade (56).
Praveen Kumar provided two early wickets; Umesh Yadav chipped in with a
couple of scalps in the final two overs but Virender Sehwag was the
surprise package with 3 for 43 from his nine overs.
In the final 10 overs, India conceded only 47 runs. The talking point at
the ground though was the "obstructing the field" appeal by the Indians
against David Hussey in the 24th over which was over-ruled by onfield
umpires, after direction from third umpire Simon Fry.
was Ravichandran Ashwin's seventh over and Australia were 119 for 4 when
left-hander Matthew Wade hit the ball into the covers.
Suresh Raina swooped on the shot and threw it hard at the keeper Mahendra
Singh Dhoni. Hussey, then on 17, dashed down from the non-striker's end in
a flash. He found himself in line with the throw and instinctively thrust
out his right hand to fend himself.
However, the Indians viewed it as obstruction of field and skipper Dhoni
appealed against the batsman.
However, after long deliberation, the decision was given in favour of the
batsman. The umpires' view was that Hussey wasn't trying to obstruct the
field but was trying to save himself from a physical injury.
As umpire Billy Bowden resumed his position at the striker's end, Dhoni
and other Indian fielders followed him and argued. Dhoni clearly wasn't in
sync with the decision and gave the umpire his piece of mind.It was a
critical moment of the game for both teams, more so for India who were
just a wicket away from assuming the ascendancy in the game.
had begun well through Praveen, who immediately made his presence felt
after being given a game on account of Vinay Kumar's hamstring injury.
Praveen began with a maiden and then took the wickets of stand-in captain
Shane Watson (1) and Peter Forrest (7) in his first spell of 7-1-22-2.
Watson pulled a short-delivery from Praveen into the hands of the mid-on
fielder while Forrest tried to cut a rising delivery too close to him and
dragged it down on to his stumps.
Warner and Mike Hussey (10) then tried to stem the rot before the latter
fell by way of run-out. Hussey drove Ashwin past covers to long-off and
sensing a second run went for it as his partner Warner had initially
Warner then changed his mind and Hussey was too way down the track to turn
and regain the non-striker's crease. Fielder Irfan Pathan was good with
his throw and Ashwin did the rest. Australia were 57 for 3 in the 14th
India's stranglehold was loosened when Umesh Yadav was introduced in the
15th over. The medium-pacer conceded 20 runs in his two overs, much to
Warner's benefit who completed his half century by thrashing him through
the covers, needing 48 balls with five fours.
left as soon as the 100 of the innings was posted. He tried to sweep a
fullish delivery from Ravindra Jadeja in the 21st over.
As the ball looped up in the air, both Suresh Raina, from inside the
circle, and Irfan Pathan at fine leg, dashed for it.
Raina, running with the ball, took a splendid catch but couldn't avoid the
on-rushing Pathan and both collided in a terrible manner. However, both
escaped without any serious injury.
Warner made 68 off 66 balls and hit seven fours during his knock.
Australia were 107 for 4 in the 21st over and in trouble.
Then the "obstruction of field" appeal went Australia's way and Wade and
Hussey didn't need any other invitation to turn the situation around for
The two batsmen matched each other stroke for stroke and briskness between
the wickets. Wade completed his half century with a massive six over
midwicket off Ashwin.
However, the left-hander departed in the 40th over while trying to steer a
delivery from Umesh Yadav, caught comfortably by Dhoni.
Wade made 56 off 66 balls with two fours and a six and shared a 94-run
fifth wicket stand with Hussey off 110 balls. The latter completed his
half century in the same over, facing 58 balls and striking two fours.
Australia were 205 for 5 after 40 overs.
made it a twin strike when he made one rise on Hussey and the batsman,
trying to slash it, edged the chance behind the stumps. The junior Hussey
made 54 off 64 balls with two fours. Australia were 212 for 6 in the 43nd
India built on these two successes when Sehwag claimed a wicket in the
44th over, drawing Clint Mckay forward and Dhoni effecting a stumping.
Australia were 217 for 7 in the 44th over with last three wickets being
claimed in the space of 23 balls for 16 runs.
Sehwag too built on his success when he lured Brett Lee (4) into hitting a
catch in the deep where Virat Kohli held an easy catch.
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