Symonds blows away India

Yuvraj ton in vain as India's run chase falls short

By Graeme Mair.   Last Updated: 05/10/07 1:56pm

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Symonds: 89 from 67 balls

Symonds: 89 from 67 balls

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Andrew Symonds smashed 89 as Australia beat India by 47 runs in the third one-day international to claim a 2-0 lead in the seven-match series.

Symonds' knock came from just 67 balls and allowed Australia to pile up 290-7 after Ricky Ponting had opted to bat first in Hyderabad.

The Queensland all-rounder built on the work of Matthew Hayden and Michael Clarke, who set the platform for a formidable total with more sedate half-centuries.

India slumped to 13-3 in the fifth over of their reply before a 95-run stand in 20.1 overs between Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh revived the run chase.

But just as India were starting to bat themselves back into contention, Tendulkar (43) was bowled by Brad Hogg (3-46) to once again stall their progress.

And although Yuvraj continued to strike the ball in lordly fashion during an innings of 121 from 115 balls, he was given little support by the lower order.

With the required rate spiralling out of control, Yuvraj eventually became one of Brett Lee's three victims as India collapsed to 243 all out in 47.4 overs.

Ponting returns

Ponting, leading Australia for the first time in the series after overcoming a hamstring injury, decided to make first use of a worn-looking surface after winning the toss.

It proved a shrewd decision as Hayden and Adam Gilchrist shared a first-wicket stand of 76 at almost six an over.

Left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan (2-57) did remove both openers - bowling Gilchrist for 29, and seven overs later having Hayden caught behind for 60.

And although number three Ponting struggled to time the ball while making 25 from 43 balls, middle-order lynchpins Clarke and Symonds ensured the early momentum was not wasted.

The fourth-wicket pair shared a stand of 123, which was ended when Zaheer Khan (2-61) had Clarke caught for 59 in the 45th over.

Symonds continued to mete out punishment, striking five fours and five sixes before becoming one Shantha Sreesanth's two wickets in the final over of the innings.

Early inroads

Lee and Mitchell Johnson then steamed in with the new ball to send Gautam Gambhir (6), Robin Uthappa (0) and Rahul Dravid (0) to the pavilion within the first five overs.

Tendulkar and Yuvraj repaired that damage during their fourth-wicket stand, but could not retain control of the required rate.

The introduction of left-arm wrist spinner Hogg accounted for Tendulkar and brought captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to join Yuvraj with the score at 108-4 in the 25th over.

The fifth-wicket pair shared a 65-run stand before Lee (3-37) returned to have Dhoni (33) caught behind - a wicket that effectively sealed the result for Australia.

Yuvraj continued to dispatch the ball to all parts and reached his eighth one-day international century from 104 balls with 11 fours and one six.

The left-hander was eighth out when Johnson (2-51) destoyed his stumps with a yorker in the 44th over, and Australia sealed the win three overs later when Sreesanth (1) was bowled by Stuart Clark (1-44).

Australia now lead the series 2-0 - the opening game was washed out - ahead of Monday's fourth instalment in Chandigarh.

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