Oz run riot
Australia ahead 216 for five in rain-reduced ODI
Monday, February 06, 2012 - 18:35
Wicketkeeper Wade followed up his big-hitting 72 in the Twenty20 series with a belligerent 67 off 69 balls with two sixes and four fours to push the home side to a competitive total after rain reduced the scheduled 50-overs a side game.
David Hussey followed up with a sprightly 61 off 30 balls, including two sixes in the final over off Ravindra Jadeja to have the Australians scoring at 6.75 runs an over.
Australia were 35 for two after 11 overs when rain hit the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
But the home side came out blazing after the weather interruption adding 181 in 21 overs.
Paceman Ranganath Vinay Kumar was the best of India’s bowlers with three for 21 off seven overs, while the spinners were clobbered.
Ravi Ashwin went wicketless for 48 from his five overs, leg-spinner Rahul Sharma had one for 44 off 6.2 overs and Jadeja had 41 taken off 16 balls.
India had some early joy, removing the dangerous David Warner for eight, going for a slog only to be bowled by Vinay Kumar, while Ricky Ponting went for two after hitting straight to Suresh Raina at short extra cover off Kumar.
On Friday, India revived their Australian tour with a convincing eight-wicket win over the home side in the second Twenty20 international at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The tourists dazzled in the field with four run outs to restrict Australia to 131 off 19.4 overs before reaching the target at 135 for two with two balls to spare before 62,275 fans.
It was the Indians’ first victory on their tour of Australia after losing the opening T20 game by 31 runs in Sydney on Wednesday and receiving a 4-0 thrashing in the Test series.