2nd ODI: Australia win by 84 runs

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/m/mitchelljohnson1_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Chasing 307, India was bundled out for 222 in 2.3 overs to spare in the second one-dayer against Australia on Tuesday.

Updated: October 09, 2007 06:31 IST
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Australia defeated India by 84 runs in the second one-dayer at Kochi on Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead in the seven-match series.

Brad Haddin was named Man of the Match for his belligerent 87-run knock.

Chasing 307, India was bundled out for 222 in 2.3 overs to spare. Skipper MS Dhoni was scored 58 off 88 deliveries was the top scorer for India.

India suffered a setback pretty early in the chase as Gautam Gambhir was dislodged by Mitchell Johnson on the first delivery of the fourth over for seven runs.

Thereafter, Sachin Tendulkar and and Robin Uthappa broke lose and brought up a 47-run partnership in just 5.4 overs.

Uthappa went after Brett Lee the moment he arrived at the crease and Tendulkar too followed suit to smash the speedster for a towering six before being done in by Stuart Clark for 16 runs.

The new man in - Yuvraj Singh - also did not last long as he was foxed by a slower one form James Hopes. the left hander put a brief 21-run stand with Uthappa before walking back for 10 runs leaving India in deep trouble with the scoreboard reading 79 for three in 11.4 overs.

Nine runs later, Robin Uthappa was trapped in front by Clark as India slumped into deep trouble. Uthappa scored a quickfire 41 off 30 deliveries and struck four boundaries and two sixes.

Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni then steadied the innings with a crucial 49-run stand before Mitchell Johnson maintained his balance brilliantly to hold on to a superb catch on the boundary ropes to send Dravid back for 31 runs.

Symonds, Haddin stand

Earlier, a 108-run partnership between Andrew Symonds and Brad Haddin powered Australia to an imposing 306 for six after being put in to bat by India.

Like in Bangalore the world champions recovered after a shaky start. From 8 for 2, Symonds and Matthew Hayden propped them up before Haddin provided the finishing touches with a valuable 87.

Dhoni wanted his seamers to make use of the moisture in the pitch and they did not let him down. Zaheer Khan struck first up to dismiss the dangerous Australian opener Adam Gilchrist for a duck to India an early breakthrough.

Soon after, Sreesanth bowled a superb delivery to induce Brad Hodge to go for the front-foot drive and Dhoni took a low catch to send him back for three runs.

Matthew Hayden and Stuart Clarke then steadied the Australian innings and led the recovery with a 58-run partnership for the third wicket before a brilliant peice of stumping by Dhoni brought about Clarke's dismissal for 27 runs.

Clarke's exit brought the mighty Andrew Symonds to the crease. After facing a few deliveries, Symonds launched the assault on the Indian bowlers. He smashed three boundaries in an Irfan Pathan over to break the shackles.

After Hayden's departure, Symonds and Brad Haddin kept the momentum going with a 108-run partnership. They scored at a brisk pace to put the pressure back on India.

Harbhajan Singh and the red goggled Ramesh Powar were his other victims as he clobbered them for sixes.

Hayden struck his 31st ODI fifty and his fourth against India and along with Symonds consolidated the innings with a 94-run partnership, which threatened to take the edge away from India.

But a masterstoke from Pathan split the two Aussie batsmen as Hayden walked back after being bowled out for 75 off 89 deliveries which included five boundaries and three sixes.

After Hayden's departure, Symonds and Brad Haddin kept the momentum going with a 108-run partnership. They scored at a brisk pace to put the pressure back on India.

India made a couple of changes, bringing in Harbhajan Singh for RP Singh. Robin Uthappa came in for Sourav Ganguly, sitting out of the match because of a hamstring injury.

Australia were unchanged from the first game.

The start of play was delayed due to a wet pitch.

The first one-dayer at Bangalore was washed out due to rain.


India: Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Irfan Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Sreesanth, Ramesh Powar, Zaheer Khan.

Australia: Adam Gilchrist (C), Staurt Clark, Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Mathew Hayden, Brad Hodge, Mitchel Johnson, Brett Lee, Andrew Symonds, Brad Hogg, James Hopes.

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