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India vs Australia, 7th ODI: Final ODI washed out (AUS-IND: 4-2|7)

Heavy rain washed out the seventh and final one-day international between India and Australia at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday, giving the tourists a 4-2 series win.
The game officials after inspecting the ground at 5 pm decided to cancel the match as persistent rain had rendered the pitch unplayable.

The Australian team will head back home on Thursday to prepare for the upcoming Test series against the West Indies. The Indian squad will get ready for the Test series against Sri Lanka to commence in Ahmedabad from Monday. Australian Shane Watson was declared Man of the Series. He scored 256 runs in 6 innings at an average of 42.66 and a strike rate of 91.10. His highest was 93 at Hyderabad.

India vs Australia, 6th ODI: Australia Clinch One-Day Series after beating India by 6 wickets (AUS-IND: 4-2|7)

After winning the toss and electing to bat, India received a big blow when Johnson took the wickets of both Sehwag and Gambhir in the very first over. The tumble of wickets continued in quick succession, thanks to an excellent performance by Bollinger (10-4-35-5). After 9 overs, India were 27/5 and it seemed like the Indian team may not be able to get their score into triple digits. But Ravindra Jadeja (57) and Praveen Kumar (54) withstood the Australian attack and took India to a somewhat respectable score of 170. The Indian bowlers did not succeed in taking wickets like their Australian counterparts. The first wicket came in the 5th over when Marsh was lbw to Patel. Watson was the top-scorer for the Aussies with 49 runs. Hussey contributed 35 runs and Ponting and White both made 25 runs each. For India, Harbhajan Singh brought down Watson and Ponting, but the Australians reached their target in 41.5 overs at the loss of only 4 wickets.

With this win, Australia has now clinched the One-Day Series winning 4 out of 7 games. Australia have done a commendable job of coming from behind when India led the series (1-2), winning three consecutive games and ensuring the series win (4-2).
Australia 172/4 (Watson 49, Hussey 35, Harbhajan Singh 2-23) beat India 170 (R.Jadeja 57, P.Kumar 54, Bollinger 5-35, Johnson 3-39) by six wickets

India vs Australia, 5th ODI: Australia beat India by 3 runs despite Tendulkar record (AUS-IND: 3-2|7)

Man-of-the-match Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to reach 17,000 runs in one-day international cricket, and reached his 45th century, in his 435th ODI, but it was not enough to give India a victory against Australia on Thursday. He hit a superb 175 off only 141 deliveries including 19 fours and four sixes, as India chased and missed Australia's imposing 350-4 by 3 runs.
An opening stand of 145 with Shaun Marsh scoring 112 and Shane Watson 93 helped Australia rack up the huge total.India was looking at a hugely unexpected win (19 needed off 18), when Tendulkar finally fell to McKay, caught by Nathan Hauritz. Later Praveen Kumar bludgeoned a six to leave the Indians wanting 10 off 10. Just eight was needed when the final over started, but with two balls to go, Praveen Kumar was run out. India had fallen four runs shy of what would have been the second-highest run chase in one-day internationals.
Australia 350/4 (Marsh 112, Watson 93, White 57) beat India 347 (Tendulkar 175, Raina 59, Watson 3-47, McKay 3-59) by three runs

India vs Australia, 4th ODI: Australia beat India by 24 runs to level ODI series (AUS-IND: 2-2|7)

Put in to bat after India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss, Shane Watson hit 49 and took three wickets as the Aussies fought back in Mohali to win the fourth one-day international. Cameron White made 62 and captain Ricky Ponting continued his impressive form by hitting 52 in Australia's total of 250 at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium. Before this match, teams batting first won nine day-night encounters at this venue, while teams batting second scored just five wins under lights.India were all out for 226 in 46.4 overs. Sachin Tendulkar top-scored for India with 40 from 68 balls, falling seven short of 17,000 ODI runs when he was lbw to Hauritz. Sehwag smashed seven boundaries off 13 balls before miscuing Bollinger to Watson at mid-off. Gautam Gambhir, who was hit on the neck by a pull shot from Ricky Ponting in the third ODI, was ruled out the match and replaced by Virat Kohli.There was a security scare as barely two hours before the start of the match, seven live cartridges were found wrapped in paper from a rest room in the second floor of the stadium by the personnel of the bomb detection squad and dog squad. The police said the matter was kept secret as it could have created unnecessary panic among the people.
Australia 250 (White 62, Ponting 52) beat India (Tendulkar 40, Harbhajan 31, Sehwag 30) by 24 runs

India vs Australia, 3rd ODI: Dhoni & Yuvraj see India through (AUS-IND: 1-2|7)

Yuvraj Singh (78 runs, 96 balls, 8x4s, 2x6s) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (71 runs, 95 balls, 6x4s) hit impressive half-centuries to steer India to a six-wicket victory in the third one-day international against Australia in Delhi on Saturday.
India surpassed the 230-run target with 10 balls to spare in the day-night encounter, to take a 2-1 lead in the 7 match series. Man of the match Yuvi and Dhoni put on 148 runs for the fourth wicket off 173 balls on a challenging track to pull India out of trouble after they were reeling at 53-3 in the 16th over. Earlier, Australia posted 229-5 after winning the toss. Mike Hussey scored his third successive fifty with 81 not out after captain Ricky Ponting, opening the innings, scored 59 while Shane Watson contributed 41 at the top of the order.
The fourth match will be played in Mohali on Monday.
India 230/4 (Yuvraj 78, Dhoni 71*) beat Australia 229/5 (Hussey 81*, Ponting 59, Watson 41) by six wickets

India vs Australia, 2nd ODI: Dhoni leads India to easy victory (AUS-IND: 1-1|7)

A quickfire century by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni 124 (107 balls, 9X4s, 3X6s) which he described as "special" set up India's 99-run win over Australia on Wednesday as the home team levelled the ODI series 1-1. It was Dhoni's fifth one-day hundred, and the total of 354 for 7 was India's fourth highest total in one-day internationals.
Dhoni shared century stands with Gautam Gambhir (76) and Suresh Raina (62) for the fourth and fifth wickets respectively. Australia slumped to 45-3 in the 11th over of their run chase and, despite a half-century from Michael Hussey, never got back in contention. Ravindra Jadeja took 3-35 to help dismiss Australia for 255. Meanwhile, the Indian selectors headed by Srikkanth have named an unchanged squad for the next two ODIs against Australia.
Indian Team for ODI 3 and 4: MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Amit Mishra, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Suresh Raina, Sudeep Tyagi, Yuvraj Singh.
India 354/7 (Dhoni 124, Gambhir 76, Raina 62*) beat Australia 255 (Hussey 53, Jadeja 3-35) by 99 runs

India vs Australia, 1st ODI: Harbhajan and Praveen dazzle, but Australia prevail (AUS-IND: 1-0|7)

Chasing Australia's 292/8, Harbhajan Singh 49 (31 balls, 4X4s, 3X6s) and Praveen Kumar 40 not out (32 balls, 5X4s, 1X6) played the innings of their lives, getting India to 285 - a mere 9 runs away from victory - from a hopless position of 201/7 in the 40th over, but still lost in the Vadodara one-dayer. They fell 4 runs short. For Australia, Ricky Ponting top scored with 74 and Man-of-the-match Michael Hussey hit 73 from 54 balls, while for India Gambhir top scored with 68 runs.
Australia 292/8 (Ponting 74, Hussey 73, White 51, Paine 50, Ishant 3-50) beat India 288/8 (Gambhir 68, Harbhajan 49) by 4 runs

Team Selection

Dravid dropped for Australia Series

36-year-old Indian batsman Rahul Dravid was dropped for the first two home matches against world champions Australia starting later this month. After spending nearly two years in the wilderness, he was recetly recalled for a tri-series in Sri Lanka last month and also played three more matches in the recent Champions Trophy in South Africa, during which period he scored 180 runs in five matches.

Dashing opener Virender Sehwag and all-rounder Yuvraj Singh returned to the squad after recovering from injuries while all-rounders Yusuf Pathan and Abhishek Nayar, batsman Dinesh Karthik and paceman Rudra Pratap Singh were dropped. Ravindra Jadeja, Munaf Patel and uncapped Sudeep Tyagi have been brought in to the 15 member squad.
The first of a seven-match series against Australia is scheduled to be held in Baroda on October 25.

India Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/wicket keeper), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Virat Kohli, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, Sudeep Tyagi.

Prasad and Robin sacked from coaching roles

Former Indian players Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh have been sacked as India's bowling and fielding coaches by the BCCI beacuse of the team's below par performance in the last two tournaments - the ICC World Twenty20 and the ICC Champions Trophy. A statement from BCCI secretary N. Srinivasan said the board had terminated their services with immediate effect, without providing any reasons.
Since replacements haven't been named, Indian coach Gary Kirsten and mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton will take the additional responsibilty during the seven ODI match series against the Australia.

Prasad and Singh were appointed around two years back, during the 2007 tour of Bangladesh, just after the disastrous 2007 World Cup campaign. They were working without formal contracts.
Prasad has played in 33 Tests, claiming 96 wickets besides 196 scalps in 161 one-day internationals. He is currently the bowling coach for Chennai Super Kings in Indian Premier League (IPL). Robin Singh has represented India in 136 ODIs, scoring 2336 runs at 25.75 and picking up 69 wickets at 43.26. He is currently the coach for Mumbai Indians in IPL.


Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.