Australia vs India

Match info: International Triangular Series ODI at Brisbane - ODI

Date: 19th Feb 2012 Umpires: B F Bowden and S J Davis

50-over match

Home team and score Away team score


288/5 (50.0 Overs)



178 All out (43.3 Overs)

Australia won by 110 runs.

  • Last Updated: February 19 2012, 12:25 GMT

Australia moved top of the Commonwealth Bank Series table with a comprehensive 110-run bonus-point win over India in Brisbane.

Ben Hilfenhaus: Took five wickets
Ben Hilfenhaus: Took five wickets

Set 289 for victory, the visitors lost early wickets under sustained pressure from Ben Hilfenhaus (five for 33) and Brett Lee (three for 49), and were unable to fight their way back into the contest.

They were eventually bowled out for a lowly 178, despite the best efforts of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (56).

Australia's win takes them to 14 points, while India remain in second on 10 and Sri Lanka round out the table with seven.

The only negative for Australia was another failure for skipper Ricky Ponting.

The veteran failed to reach double figures for the fifth consecutive innings this series as he managed just seven - his highest score of the series - to leave his place in the 50-over set-up in jeopardy.

He was the only Australian batsman not to get a start though as half-centuries from Mike Hussey and Peter Forrest helped the hosts to 288 for five.

David Hussey (26 not out) and Dan Christian (30 not out) were pivotal in the final overs, icing the cake with an unbeaten 65 runs from 36 balls, including four consecutive boundaries to Christian and 18 runs from the penultimate over.

Australia then broke the game open when Hilfenhaus and Lee shared two wickets each in reducing India to 36 for four.

Dan Christian then removed Suresh Rain and, floundering at 89 for five at the halfway point of their chase, the India's bid was derailed.

Dhoni did briefly provide a spark for the tourists, launching Lee for a big six, but Hilfenhaus had him caught by Christian before running through the tail.

Earlier, David Warner and Matthew Wade got off to a solid start, adding 70, before Warner became the first wicket for Irfan Pathan (three for 61) after scoring 43 from 46 balls.

Ponting then struggled for fluency, taking 26 balls for his seven runs, before he fell for the trap laid by Zaheer Khan.

After belting the first six of his innings in the 26th over and seemingly building into top-gear, Wade had a concentration failure in the next, popping a gentle catch back down the wicket to give part-timer Rohit Sharma a wicket in his first over.

It was nearly a double disaster for the hosts when Hussey was given out stumped by the third umpire facing Raina in the next over, but he was quickly called back to the crease after a message was relayed to the centre-wicket umpires that the dismissal graphic had been incorrectly displayed on screen.

A glide through the off from Hussey brought up the Australian 150 in the 35th over and he continued to make the most of his reprieve, trashing Vinay Kumar for a pair of boundaries in the 37th over to start the Australian charge.

Zaheer should have had his second wicket into he 38th, but Hussey's luck stayed true and he was badly dropped by Umesh Yadav at mid-off.

The 50-run partnership between Michael Hussey and Forrest was brought up from 58 deliveries, and then David Hussey brought up his own half-ton at an even quicker clip, from just 45 balls.

Forrest notched his half-century, but made it a double-wicket over for Pathan when he scooped the final delivery out to Virat Kohli on the deep mid-wicket boundary.

David Hussey and Christian slogged and scraped their way through the final overs, keeping the run-rate on the increase until the final over.