India clinch eight-run win over Australia


India pulled off a tense eight-run win over Australia in the fourth one-day international on Monday to narrow the visitors’ lead to 2-1 in the seven-match series.
Sachin Tendulkar top-scored with 79 to guide India to a solid 291 for four and Australia in reply were restricted to 283 for seven after mounting a fine chase on a slow pitch.
Left-arm seamer Rudra Pratap Singh checked Australia by removing the dangerous Andrew Symonds (75) and producing a run out in the 46th over.
Opener Matthew Hayden had led the chase by top-scoring with 92 before the tide turned in the home team’s favour in the final overs. It was India’s first one-day win over Australia since January 2006, a streak stretching to 11 games.
The fifth one-dayer will be played in Baroda on Thursday.

SCOREBOARD

INDIA:

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S. Ganguly c Gilchrist b Hopes 41
S. Tendulkar run out 79
Yuvraj Singh c Ponting b Hopes 39
M.S. Dhoni not out 50
R. Dravid b Bracken 13
R. Uthappa not out 30
EXTRAS: (b1, lb7, w31) 39
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TOTAL (for four wickets) 291
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WICKETS: 1-91 (Ganguly), 2-174 (Yuvraj), 3-221 (Tendulkar), 4-244 (Dravid).
BOWLING: Lee 7-1-26-0 (w3), Bracken 10-0-78-1 (w4), Johnson 8-0-51-0 (w3), Hopes 9-0-43-2 (w1), Symonds 7-0-39-0 (w3), Hogg 9-0-46-0 (w2).
OVERS: 50

AUSTRALIA:

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A. Gilchrist c Zaheer b Rudra Pratap 18
M. Hayden c Zaheer b Kartik 92
R. Ponting st Dhoni b Pathan 29
M. Clarke c and b Harbhajan 6
A. Symonds b Rudra Pratap 75
B. Hodge st Dhoni b Harbhajan 17
J. Hopes not out 23
B. Hogg run out Rudra Pratap 0
B. Lee not out 5
EXTRAS: (lb5, w13) 18
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TOTAL (for seven wickets) 283
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WICKETS: 1-37 (Gilchrist), 2-122 (Ponting), 3-132 (Clarke), 4-190 (Hayden), 5-246 (Hodge), 6-268 (Symonds), 7-268 (Hogg).
BOWLING: Zaheer 9-0-68-0 (w2), Rudra Pratap 10-1-66-2 (w9), Pathan 10-0-46-1 (w1), Ganguly 1-0-7-0, Harbhajan 10-0-43-2 (w1), Kartik 10-0-48-1.
RESULT: India won by eight runs
MAN OF THE MATCH: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
TOSS: India
UMPIRES: Steve Bucknor (WI), Suresh Shastri (IND)
TV UMPIRE: G. A. Pratap Kumar (IND)
MATCH REFEREE: Chris Broad (ENG)

Copyright Reuters, 2007

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