Crushing win for Australia

World champions extend unbeaten streak to 13 matches

By Graeme Mair.   Last Updated: 02/10/07 6:26pm

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Haddin: 87 from 69 balls

Haddin: 87 from 69 balls

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Australia produced a ruthless performance to win the second one-day international against India by 84 runs in Kochi.

Andrew Symonds and Brad Haddin both made 87 as Australia piled-up 306-6 after being asked to bat, a total they had little trouble defending.

India's response stumbled to 222 all out in 47.3 overs with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 58 the only note of resistance.

Left-arm wrist spinner Brad Hogg led the way with three wickets, while Stuart Clark and Michael Clarke claimed two apiece during an impressive bowling display from the world champions.

Clark had Sachin Tendulkar (16) caught at backward point from an edged drive in his first over, and later won an lbw decision against the dangerous Robin Uthappa (41).

Rahul Dravid helped Dhoni add 49 for the fifth wicket before his innings was ended at 31 by a brilliant catch on the boundary from Mitchell Johnson. That dismissal reduced India to 135-6 and effectively sealed the result for Australia as Dhoni was left with just the tail for company.

Recovery

Earlier, Dhoni's decision to field first backfired as Australia recovered from 8-2 in the fourth over to post a formidable total.

A third-wicket stand of 58 between Matthew Hayden and Clarke partially repaired the early damage, before Clarke (27) was stumped off a wide delivery from Irfan Pathan.

Left-arm seamer Pathan (2-47) collected his second wicket by bowling Hayden between bat-and-pad for 75 to leave Australia at 160-4 in the 32nd over.

But Symonds and Haddin took control with a fifth-wicket stand of 108 in 15.4 overs.

Symonds hit nine fours and two sixes before being caught and bowled by Shantha Sreesanth for 87 from 83 balls, while Haddin finished unbeaten on 87 from just 69 balls - his best score in a one-day international.

The opener in Bangalore last Saturday was washed out, meaning Australia lead the seven-game series 1-0 ahead of the third match in Hyderabad on Friday.

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