Australia vs India

Match info: International Triangular Series ODI at Melbourne - ODI

Date: 5th Feb 2012 Umpires: N J Llong and B N J Oxenford

32-over match

Home team and score Away team score

Australia

216/5 (32.0 Overs)

Result

India

151 All out (29.4 Overs)

Australia won by 65 runs. (Revised target - Duckworth-Lewis system)

  • Last Updated: February 5 2012, 13:15 GMT

Australia comfortably beat India by 65 runs in the opening match of the Commonwealth Bank ODI Tri-Series in Melbourne.

David Hussey in action in Melbourne
David Hussey in action in Melbourne

Defending a highly-competitive 216 for five in a contest reduced to 32 overs per side following the loss of more than three hours of play due to rain, the Australians bowled out the tourists for 151 in the 30th over.

Making his ODI debut, wicketkeeper/batsman Matthew Wade top-scored for the hosts with 67 and took man of the match honours.

Wade received great support from the Hussey brothers - David, who smashed an unbeaten 61 from 30 balls, and Michael, who belted 45 from 32.

Clint McKay returned the best figures for the Australians with four for 20.

The Indian innings started poorly and folded quickly.

Left-arm quick Mitchell Stark struck early when he had Sachin Tendulkar caught by a diving Ricky Ponting at backward point for two and Gautam Gambhir caught behind by Wade for eight.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli added 51 for the third wicket before both were dispatched in the space of three deliveries in McKay's opening over, the 12th of the innings.

Ponting held his second scorcher to remove Kohli for 31 while Rohit provided Wade with his second catch for 21.

India slumped to 77 for five when Australia's other one-day debutant, Dan Christian, had Suresh Raina caught at mid-off by David Hussey for five.

Skipper MS Dhoni and Ravi Jadeja advanced the score to 114 in the 24th over to give the tourists a sniff, but Jadeja's dismissal for 19 sparked a mini-collapse - four wickets for 14 in the space of three overs - and that, effectively, was that.

The Australian innings was interrupted when the first of a series of heavy showers swept across the ground at 3.10pm local time.

Despite a couple of breaks in the weather, play did not resume until 6.17pm.

In trouble at 58 for three at the midway point of their innings, the Aussies smashed 159 from the last 16 overs.

After being sent in, openers Wade and David Warner struggled to get bat to ball on a two-paced track in conditions that offered plenty of sideways movement for India's new-ball bowlers Vinay Kumar and Praveen Kumar.

Vinay got the breakthrough when he bowled a frustrated Warner for six in the fifth over and followed up with the wicket of Ponting, caught at cover for two.

Conscious of the need to step up the tempo on resumption, Michael Clarke chanced his arm and holed out to Rahul Sharma in the 15th over from the bowling of Rohit Sharma for 10.

Wade and Michael Hussey proceeded to take 73 runs from the next 50 deliveries - the key partnership of the Australian innings - when Wade played on to Rohit Sharma.

Wade's 67, scored at run-a-ball pace with four boundaries and two monster sixes, was an emphatic follow-up to his 72 on debut in last Wednesday T20 International.

After Michael Hussey was caught on the square leg boundary off Vinay Kumar, it was left to younger brother David to close the innings, and he did an outstanding job, smashing four boundaries and three sixes.

With him at the finish was Christian on 17 from 16 deliveries.