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Australia’s all-round performance proved to be too much for India, thrashing them by 110 runs in the 7th ODI of the Commonwealth Bank series in Brisbane.
To add insult to injury, India’s Captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was handed a one-match ban for a slow over rate and will therefore be forced to miss the team’s next game against Sri Lanka.
Dhoni, who was also fined 40 per cent of his match fee, said: “It will affect our fielding in a big way, which means there will be more pressure on the batsmen to score those extra 20 runs.”
Australia who won the toss and chose to bat, dominated from the start of their inning, with decent innings from all their top and middle order batsmen. Peter Forrest and Michael Hussey both had half centuries, Forrest with 52 and Hussey with 59, as the hosts reached a competitive total of 288.
Irfan Pathan was the pick of the Indian bowlers, getting three wickets, in an attempt to try and restrict the Australians from posting a higher total.
Dhoni, blamed the weather for his bowlers under par performance. “Our bowlers were affected by the heat, they were cramping so it affected their execution” he said.
India, facing a target of 289 to win, never got out of starting blocks, as the Australian bowlers picked them off one by one. However, the only Indian batmen to make some sort of contribution was Captain Dhoni, who scored 56, before India were dismissed for 178.
Australian bowler, Ben Hilfenhaus, playing in his first ODI of the series, demolished the Indian batting lineup, taking five wickets, while wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, had five catches attributed to his own name.
Hilfenhaus, who was named Man of the Match, said: “The new white ball swings a lot and I like it for sure. I couldn’t get Sachin through the Test series so I had to get him sometime.”
Australian stand in Captain, Ricky Ponting, who is taking Michael Clarke’s place due to his hamstring injury, was ecstatic about the teams’ victory. “The Indians didn’t hit that many boundaries so we were fantastic. We’ve turned the momentum back our way” he said.
Dhoni also said that the continuous breakthroughs made it hard for the team to get near to the target.
India will be looking to put this loss behind them and defeating Sri Lanka without the help of Dhoni when the two teams meet at Brisbane on the 21st of February.