Yuvraj And Dhoni Guide India Home In Delhi
Half-centuries from Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni guided India to a five-wicket win over Australia in the third One-Day International in Delhi, putting their side 2-1 up in the seven-match series.
Mike Hussey and Ricky Ponting guided Australia to a fighting score of 229 for five but a 148-run stand between Yuvraj and Dhoni for the fourth Indian wicket broke the back of a testing run chase.
Australia handed debuts to Moises Henriques and Graham Manou and Ponting opened the batting with Shane Watson after he won the toss and opted to bat first, going on to score 59 while Hussey was unbeaten on 81 in 82 balls.
Watson scored 41, putting on 72 for the first wicket with Ponting but India's spinners kept them in the match as Cameron White (0), Adam Voges (17) and Moises Henriques (12) were unable to kick on as Ravi Jadeja, with two wickets, and Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh with one apiece, kept things tight.
Hussey, en route to his third half-century in as many matches, hit three fours and Mitchell Johnson hit a six to be unbeaten on nine at the close of Australia's innings.
Missing Brett Lee, James Hopes and Tim Paine due to injury, Australia were forced to reshuffle their pack and they also introduced left-arm quick Doug Bollinger in place of Ben Hilfenhaus.
India, by contrast, were unchanged from the side that won by 99 runs in Nagpur to level the series after Australia's four-run victory in Vadodara and eventually they got home with ten balls to spare.
Virender Sehwag got things going hitting 11 before he was bowled by Johnson, who then ran out Sachin Tendulkar (32).
And when Gautam Gambhir was bowled by Nathan Hauritz for six, Australia were back in the game, but the partnership between Yuvraj and Dhoni turned things decisively in India's favour.
Yuvraj scored 78 in 96 balls with eight fours and two sixes with Dhoni unbeaten on 71 from 95 balls with six boundaries, Suresh Raina unbeaten on nine after Yuvraj was trapped in front by Henriques in the 44th over.
The fourth match is in Mohali on 2nd November.
Australia: Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting (captain), Cameron White, Mike Hussey, Adam Voges, Moises Henriques, Graham Manou, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Peter Siddle, Doug Bollinger
India: Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ravi Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Ishant Sharma
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