Symonds seals series for Australia

Australia beat India by 18 runs in the sixth one-dayer at Nagpur on Sunday to seal the seven-match series 4-1.

updated: October 17, 2007 07:48 IST
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Australia beat India by 18 runs in the sixth one-dayer at Nagpur on Sunday to seal the seven-match series 4-1.

Andrew Symonds, the Aussie star who scored 107 not out was named Man of the Match.

In reply to Australia's mammoth total of 317, India could only manage 299 for seven although the openers initiated a spirited start to their daunting run chase.

The Indian opening combo of Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar did exactly what they were expected to do.

They provided the foundation for the chase with a 140-run stand, but the Indians lost the plot in the middle overs to allow the asking rate to climb beyond manageable limits.

Robin Uthappa (44 off 28 balls) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (26 off 29 balls) made a last ditch effort to overhaul the target with some lusty hitting but both perished in quick succession in the 49th over to leave India stranded.

Irfan Pathan, who was promoted up the order, chipped in with an useful run-a-ball 29 before left-armer Brad Hogg claimed his wicket.

Left-arm spinner Brad Hogg was the pick of the Australian bowlers with impressive figures of four for 49 on a good batting strip.

Mitchell Johnson, who bowled a maiden in the 49th over, chipped in with two for 39 while Symonds followed up his batting exploits with an economic spell of 10-0-39-0.

Symonds powers Australia

Andrew Symonds' maiden century against India powered Australia to 317 for eight after electing to bat.

Dropped by Sreesanth when he was on two, Symonds went on to score an unbeaten 107 off only 88 balls which included nine fours and four sixes.

He put up 75 runs with Brad Hodge for the 5th wicket and then 90 with Brad Haddin for the 6th wicket, helping Australia register yet another 300 plus total in the series.

In the 38th over, with Australia at 204 for five, 300 looked far away, but regular partnerships helped them put up the daunting score.

India seemed to have run into the same old brick wall again at Nagpur - the solid Aussie batting line-up.

Australia won the toss at Nagpur and elected to bat first, but they had a dodgy situation right on top, with no Matthew Hayden to open the innings.

Michael Clarke was sent up the order to open with Adam Gilchrist. It was an unlucky edge and not a great ball that ended Clarke's stay at the crease, the right hander managing to knick one that was going down leg side.

However, Gilchrist and skipper Ricky Ponting completely took centre-stage, with a display of quality timing and stroke-play.

The Indians were not great on the field either, Rahul Dravid put down Adam Gilchrist at gully, when he was on 16. The Aussies going on very well at that stage, at well over 7 runs per over.

After Ricky Ponting and his deputy Adam Gilchrist took the Indian new ball bowlers to the cleaners, the slower bowlers managed to pull things back.

The Aussies were finding it increasingly difficult to read the Indian spinners. Ponting was dismissed by Harbhajan Singh courtesy a great take in the slips by Rahul Dravid.

It was Irfan Pathan who gave India the much needed wicket of danger-man Gilchrist. The Baroda pacer deceived Gilly with a slower one with Yuvraj completing an easy catch at covers.

Post that, it was Murali Kartik's turn to join in. The left arm spinner dismissed Brad Hodge in pretty much the same fashion as Ponting was taken care of - Dravid taking another great catch at first slip.

Despite the pitch doing plenty for the slower bowlers, Australia still managed to build on a rocket-fuelled start from Gilchrist and Ponting.


Australia: Adam Gilchrist, Brad Haddin, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Brad Hodge, Andrew Symonds, Brad Hogg, James Hopes, Brett Lee, Nathan Bracken, Mitchell Johnson.

India: Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Mahandra Singh Dhoni, Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, Murali Kartik, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth.