3rd ODI: Australia thrash India

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/b/brettlee_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Australia thrashed India by 47 runs in the third one-dayer at Hyderabad on Friday to take a 2-0 lead in the seven-match series.

Updated: October 08, 2007 14:18 IST
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Australia put up a clinical display to win the third one-dayer at Hyderabad on Friday by 47 runs and take a 2-0 lead in the seven-match series.

Andrew Symonds was named the Man of the Match.

Chasing 291, India was all out for 243 with 2.2 overs to spare. India's batting card was the story of one man - Yuvraj Singh. His 121 off 115 deliveries went in vain as wickets kept falling regularly at the other end.

Australia had hosts on the mat at 13 for 3 and to make matters worse, runs were hard to come by. Sachin Tendulkar (43) and MS Dhoni (33) gave India hope but perished as the asking rate increased.

It was a collective perfomance from the bowlers, with Brad Hogg and Brett Lee taking three wickets apiece.

Earlier, India's bad run with the bat continued at Hyderabad as yet again - chasing a steep target - the openers failed to give the team the required start.

Brett Lee trapped Gautam Gambhir plumb in front for six runs first up to strike a telling blow. Robin Uthappa and Rahul Dravid followed him back to the pavilion soon after without scoring, as India lost three wickets in the space of just two overs.

After the early stutter, Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh stemmed the rot with a 95-run stand.

Symonds surge

Earlier, Andrew Symonds late charge boosted Australia to 290 for seven while Matthew Hayden and Michael Clarke chipped in with useful half-centuries after Ricky Ponting elected to bat.

As has been the pattern of the series so far - Australia bat first and piled on an imposing total. The only saving grace for India wass that they kept that down to under 300.

So far in the series, things slipped up for India after the 30th over and today was no different. They conceded 150 in the last 20 overs.

India made early breakthroughs in the first two one-dayers but they were struggling in Hyderabad. There's was a hint of swing early on but the bowlers could not really utilise it.

The new ball bowlers took quite a beating as Australia raced to 56 in the first 8 overs.

Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist cut, pulled and drove with style and in the process brought up 5000 runs among them in ODIs as an opening pair.

Irfan Pathan struck in the 14th over to give India a vital breakthrough as he clipped Gilchrist for 29 runs. The change of pace worked for Pathan as the Aussie opener was beaten by the slowness, and the ball crashes into his middle stump.

Hayden got a second life on 47 as Zaheer Khan making a total mess of the easiest of run-out chances.

He could only manage to add 13 more to that score of his, completing his 32nd ODI fifty before MS Dhoni pulled off a blinder behind the stumps. But he powered the Australian run-fest with a 70-ball 60 which included 10 hits to the fence.

The spinners did well to keep the Australians in check after Hayden's exit but with Ponting at the crease, the singles and twos kept coming easy.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh bowled with a lot of control, as he dried up the runs on one end. And with Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar bowling in tandem, India pulled things back slowly and steadily.

The Australian skipper, back in the side after missing the first two games, perished playing a half hearted loft off Yuvraj Singh for 25 runs. Just when it looked like Australia have been restrained Andrew Symonds decided to up the ante.

India made one change, bringing in Rohit Sharma for Ramesh Powar. Australia had omitted Brad Haddin, who scored fluent half-centuries in the first two games, for a fit Ricky Ponting.


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

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

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