A arranged Chinnaswamy amphitheater with 38,000 auspicious admirers got their money's account in Bangalore, area India scripted an amazing turnaround to win their aboriginal World Cup countdown bout adjoin Australia.
The atmosphere at the Chinnaswamy amphitheater was acceptable abundant for a World Cup final but some lacklustre batting from the Indians threatened to let the home army go abroad disappointed. That was until a 4 wicket spell from Piyush Chawla beatific the Australian average adjustment aback to the pavillion.
Chasing 215 runs to win - Shane Watson and Tim Paine opened up Australia's innings. They put up a 51-run affiliation and didn't attending like accepting out till Piyush Chawla took a blinder off Sreesanth to abolish Shane Watson (33 of 26 balls).
That brought skipper Ricky Ponting to the crease. Ponting was authoritative a improvement into the ancillary afterwards a feel abrasion and started off with three 4s in an Ashwin over. Afresh began the action amid Sreesanth and Ponting. Sreesanth actuality Sreesanth couldn't break quiet for continued and Ponting actuality Ponting wasn't one to about-face abroad afterwards giving it back. The exact barter brought the army to their anxiety and was followed up by a huge address for a bent abaft in the aforementioned over. Ponting looked out and the Indians alike started to bless but the Umpire didn't anticipate there was an edge.
Ponting and Tim Paine (37 off 57 balls) formed addition solid affiliation (67 off 83 balls) and with the Aussies at 117/1 the autograph seemed to be on the wall.
But this Indian aggregation has accepted that you can't address them off so easily. Tim Paine's wicket triggered off a mini-collapse which accustomed India to bend aback into the game. Michael Clarke (0 off 4 balls) larboard afterwards abashing the scorers aback he played Piyush Chawla assimilate the stumps. Chawla afresh best up Cameron White (4 off 13 balls) and David Hussey (0 off 1) who was addled by MS Dhoni. Callum Ferguson was let off at aboriginal blooper by Virat Kohli but he belted addition commitment to Kohli yet afresh in the aforementioned over giving Piyush Chawla his fourth wicket for the day. Chawla's spell silenced best of the agitation over his admittance into the World Cup squad, and as Dhoni said in the column bout columnist appointment - has accustomed India some added options.
Ricky Ponting (57 off 85 balls) was afresh addled by MS Dhoni off Harbhajan Singh's bowling with Australia on 166/7, throwing the bold advanced open. Addition ambiguous from Dhoni off Harbhajan beatific Mitchell Johnson (15 off 19 balls) aback and put India in the driver's seat. Harbhajan afresh best up Jason Krejza in the aforementioned over abrogation Australia with 30 runs to win with aloof one wicket in hand.
The end was abreast and anon abundant R Ashwin bowled Brett Lee (1 off 7 balls) to apple-pie up the Australian innings.
Earlier in the day, India absitively to blow Sachin Tendulkar and clip spearhead Zaheer Khan. The Indian captain afterwards said that both of them had actual accessory niggles. Dhoni would accept hoped that Sachin absence out would advice them analysis the blow of the batting - Kohli, Yuvraj and Raina, and finalise on India's average order. Things about didn't absolutely go to plan.
Virat Kohli (21 off 33 balls) accustomed at the bulge afterwards Gautam Gambhir's (6 off 15 balls) aboriginal abandonment and was attractive acceptable with some brittle drives until he cut a Hastings commitment beeline to David Hussey at point.
Kolhi's 42-run affiliation with India's added opener Virender Sehwag would about-face out to be the accomplished affiliation of the innings. Virender Sehwag (54 off 56 balls) aback afterwards a accept injury, concluded up actuality India's top scorer. Sehwag started off boring and didn't get a lot of the bang aboriginal on - he assuredly brought up his 50 in appearance with a huge six clobbered over long-off, but was out off the actual abutting brawl - a abbreviate one from Krejza.
Yuvraj Singh (1 off 7 balls) bootless to pale his affirmation for a abiding atom in the eleven. His changeable attempt alone managed to adviser the brawl into the easily of wicket-keeper Tim Paine. Captain MS Dhoni (11 off 24 balls) couldn't do abundant either and got an central bend from John Hastings assimilate his stumps.
India weren't in acceptable appearance at the center mark with the account on 122/5 and things didn't get abundant more good from there on. Suresh Raina (12 off 16 balls) headed aback anon - block and binding one alfresco the off butt as anon as Brett Lee absitively to appear about the wicket.
Next at the bulge was India's declared fresh all-rounder Harbhajan Singh (4 off 2 balls). The aboriginal brawl he faced went to the abuttals as he cut appear accomplished leg. The crowds joy was brief already afresh as Brett Lee beatific his average butt aerial with a absolute yorker off the actual abutting ball. Piyush Chawla was out for a avoid (0 off 6 balls), Brett Lee hitting the stumps yet afresh and acrimonious up his third wicket.
Yusuf Pathan (32 off 38 balls) got a activity aback he was alone by Shane Watson on 13 afterwards binding one to aboriginal blooper while attempting a drive off Mitchell Johnson. Pathan took his time alike as denticulate a brace of boundaries at the added end. The 39th over saw two huge sixes from Pathan and anybody was acquisitive for a replica of his aftermost innings in Bangalore. The accomplishment act about was brief as a awkward advance off David Hussey beatific him packing.
India's tailenders R Ashwin (25 not out off 47 balls) and Ashish Nehra (19 off 24 balls) denticulate some accessible runs appear the end and took India accomplished the 200-run mark afore the innings came to a abutting at 214 in aloof the 45th over.
India will now booty on Fresh Zealand in Chennai on Wednesday in their additional and final countdown match.