Tuesday 2 October 2007 

All-Round Australian Performance Too Good For India

Australia 306 for 6 (Haddin 87no, Symonds 87, Hayden 75)
India 222 (Dhoni 58, Hogg 3-40, Clark 2-14) in Kochi
Australia lead the seven-match series 1-0 with five games to play

Australia delivered a brilliant all-round performance to beat India by 84 runs in the second one-day international in Kochi.

Their strength in depth was again to the fore as missing Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Shaun Tait, and Shane Watson, they were able to post an excellent score with the bat before bowling and fielding superbly to contain the Indian batting line-up.

A career-best of 87 not out for Brad Haddin, allied to half-centuries from Andrew Symonds and Matthew Hayden helped Australia post 306 for 6 before Brad Hogg took three wickets, and Stuart Clark, and Michael Clarke claimed two each.

India lost Gautam Gambhir early, but an innings of 41 from 30 balls from Robin Uthappa gave them impetus, and until his dismissal, leg before to Stuart Clark, who bowled magnificently for his 2 for 14, India were up with the run rate before wickets fell at regular intervals with spinners Hogg and Clarke frustrating the batsmen, building up pressure which led to their downfall.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit a patient 58 from 88 balls, but by the time he got to the middle, there was too much for even him to do.

For the second match in a row, Australia broke the 300 barrier, after having lost early wickets. Still missing Ponting with a hamstring strain, Adam Gilchrist fell for 0 and Brad Hodge for 3 and the hero of Bangalore Clarke managed only 27.

Hayden again provided stiff resistance with 75 from 89 balls before twin scores of 87 of differing character from Symonds and Haddin lifted Australia. Symonds was the more circumspect, using up 83 balls, while Haddin faced only 69, striking three sixes to Symonds' two.

Sreesanth impressed again with three wickets for 67 while Irfan Pathan took two for 47 after Dhoni won the toss and chose to bat.

The first match in the seven-match series was eventually abandoned due to rain in Bangalore.

India: Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Robin Uthappa, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c, wk), Irfan Pathan, Ramesh Powar, Harbhajan Singh, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Zaheer Khan

Australia: Adam Gilchrist (c, wk), Matthew Hayden, Brad Hodge, Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Brad Haddin, James Hopes, Brett Lee, Brad Hogg, Mitchell Johnson, Stuart Clark

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