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WC: Cocky Aus caught in India's spin web


Udayan Nag,Cricketnext.com
Feb 13, 2011 at 10:57pm IST

New Delhi: At 118/2 in the 22nd over, four time World Cup winners Australia would have been harbouring thoughts of a comprehensive morale boosting victory against Team India but what followed was a bizarre turn of events as the Aussies somehow managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy stadium.

A combination of poor shot selection and disciplined bowling by Indian spinners, Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla enabled hosts and World Cup favourites India to put it across the Australia by 38 runs in a World Cup warm up match on Sunday in front of a packed house.

After being bowled out for 214 in the 45th over, one might have been misled into believing that this was in fact just a warm up game for India and when Aussie openers Shane Watson and Tim Paine went about their business as if there was no tomorrow, the writing was well and truly on the wall.

WC: Cocky Aus caught in India's spin web

Australia fumbled chasing a modest total of 215 put up by India.

S Sreesanth provided India with their first breakthough by removing the dangerous Watson with the score on 51 in the 8th over.

Ponting who joined Paine then got into his groove and it seemed that it was more a matter of when rather than if as far as the final outcome of the match was concerned.

However injudicious shots from Paine and vice captain Michael Clarke allowed India back into the match as the rest of the batsmen found it hard to come to grips with a wicket that offering turn as well as bounce.

Harbhajan (3-15) and leg spinner Chawla (4-31) complimented each other brilliantly as the Australian innings folded up for 176 to give the Indians an unlikely victory in a match that was portrayed as a World Cup dress rehearsal clash between the two front runners for the ultimate trophy.

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