Australia beat India by 110 runs at Brisbane
Australia beat India by 110 runs and earned a bonus point on their way back to the top of the points table of the Commonwealth Bank Series at Brisbane on Sunday.
Winning the toss in his last match in charge before Michael Clarke’s return, Ricky Ponting chose to bat first and produced a torturously brief innings which Royal Challengers Bangalore spearhead Zaheer Khan ended. David Warner and Matthew Wade threw away their wickets after taking a long time to get set on the pitch which offered good bounce and carry for the pacers.
Mike Hussey and Peter Forrest repaired the innings from there. From 150/3 after 35 overs, Australia finished on 288/5 with David Hussey and Daniel Christian providing an explosive finish. Vinay Kumar had been reasonably good despite being wicketless till his last over but 18 off his last meant he finished with 0/60.
Brett Lee’s aggressive attack accounted for the in-form Gautam Gambhir early. Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Kohli survived a drop at third man but Tendulkar guided the very next ball by Hilfenhaus there to be caught by Doherty. Rohit Sharma followed the next over leaving India at 16/3 after 6 overs.
Hilfenhaus induced an edge from Virat Kohli which David Hussey caught in the first slips but the take looked questionable. Following consultation the umpires went ahead with the fielder’s word, Kohli going for 12 off 25balls and India on 37/4 after 11 overs.
Dhoni and Raina’s 46 run partnership showed promise briefly but it was cut short when Raina chased a wide one from Daniel Christian. Dhoni’s subsequent partnerships of 32 with Ravindra Jadeja and 35 with Irfan Pathan took India closer but the asking rate was already out of hand.
The bowlers swung, this time with the bat, connected with a few but the inevitable happened when Wade took his fifth catch of the evening in the 44th over to dismiss Zaheer Khan, also Hilfenhaus’s fifth wicket of the match. India's innings ended on 178, 110 runs short of the target with Hilfenhaus taking 5/33 and the Man of the Match award while Dhoni went back to the hotel with a fine and a one match ban for slow over rates.