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India won by 6 wickets.

India vs Australia

India take series lead

Dhoni and Yuvraj thwart Australia in third one-dayer

Raina and Dhoni celebrate victory

Third One Day International
Australia 229-5 (M E K Hussey 81 no, R T Ponting 59) v India 230-4 (Yuvraj Singh 78, M S Dhoni 71 no)
India beat Australia by 6 wkts

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's unbeaten 71 guided India to a six-wicket triumph over Australia in the third one-day international.

India skipper Dhoni, fresh from his century in the second game, saw his side to a target of 230 with 10 balls to spare at the Feroz Shah Kotla - a result that puts the hosts 2-1 up in the seven-match series.

Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh shared a 148-run, fourth-wicket stand after coming together with India in trouble at 53-3 in the 16th over.

Mitchell Johnson (1-43) uprooted Virender Sehwag's middle stump for 11 to start a collapse that saw three wickets go down for 15 runs.

Johnson's direct hit from mid-off ran out Sachin Tendulkar (32) and Gautam Gamnhir (6) soon followed, bowled by a sharply turning Nathan Hauritz (1-48) off-break.

But Dhoni and Yuvraj combined for a match-turning partnership spanning 28.1 overs.

Yuvraj was the main aggressor, smashing eight fours and two sixes during his 78 off 96 balls.

The left-hander eventually perished lbw to seamer Moises Henriques (1-51) - one of two debutants in Australia's line-up alongside wicketkeeper Graham Manou - with India still requiring 29.

Dhoni and Suresh Raina (9no) finished off the job without further loss.


Earlier, Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey provided the mainstays of Australia's total of 229-5 after they opted to bat first on a slow pitch in Delhi.

Ponting, opening the batting for just the second time in 327 one-dayers due to a spate of injuries in Australia's squad, made a cautious 59 from 92 balls.

He shared a 72-run opening stand with Shane Watson (41) and added 56 alongside Hussey for the second wicket.

Ponting completed his 72nd one-day half-century before he was out leg before to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (2-41) but Hussey held firm.

Hussey finished unbeaten on 81 from 82 deliveries, his third successive one-day fifty.

Match Details

31st Oct 2009
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
A M Saheba and S K Tarapore


Batsman R
Sehwag b Johnson 11
Tendulkar run out 32
Gambhir b Hauritz 6
Singh lbw b Henriques 78
Dhoni not out 71
Raina not out 9
Extras 1nb, 14w, 4b, 4lb 23
Total Close, 48.2 Overs 230 - 4
Full Batting Card

australia BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Johnson 9.2 2 43 1
Siddle 10 0 41 0
Bollinger 10 0 26 0
Henriques 8 0 51 1
Hauritz 10 0 48 1
Voges 1 0 13 0
Full Bowling Card