Monday, February 11, 2008

India defeats Oz.....

India defeated Australia in an ODI in Melbourne after 22 years. Ponting decided to bat first and the young bowling attack ripped through the Oz defence, Ishant Sharma took 4 wickets, Sreesanth got 3 wickets and Pathan took 2 wickets. Harbhajan bowled well and got one wicket. Australia were bundled out for 159 in 43 overs, Michael Hussey's unbeaten 65 helped Australia to reach 159.

India's reply was shaky and Sehwag was out for 11, Sachin hit two consecutive fours of a Bret Lee over and was lucky to be given not out when he had nicked the ball to Gilchrist. Pathan was promoted to number three and hit a quickfire 18. Gambhir played some shots but he and Sachin fell quickly, Yuvi's horrible form continued and he was out for 3.

Dhoni and Rohit Singh played carefully and guided India to victory with 4 overs to spare.

It is time to drop Yuvraj and give Dinesh Kartik a chance; the batting has to find its soul and get enough runs on the board to supplement the excellent pace attack. India play Sri Lanka on Tuesday, an Indian victory might most probably book a place in the finals for India.

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