Leggie Chawla claims four as India win by 38 runs

first_imgPiyush Chawla scalped four as India beat Australia by 38 runs in their World Cup warm-up tie at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday.A low scoring match saw Australia batsmen getting out for a meager 176 in the 37th over in reply to India’s 214 all out.India leggie Piyush Chawla proved to the wrecker-in-chief scalping four wickets on the day.But that was post two good partnerships by the Aussies batsmen. First openers Shane Watson and Tim Paine forged a 51-run first wicket partnership and later skipper Ricky Ponting got busy with a 67-run second wicket partnership with Paine.The partnership was finally broken by Yuvraj Singh when Paine holed out to long-on where Munaf Patel took a fine catch. He fell for 37 as Australia were 118/2. But after his wicket, India got rid of another batsman in a jiffy with Piyush Chawla accounting for Michael Clarke on a duck. Australia were 120/3 at the stage.But Chawla hadn’t finished yet. He struck back to pack off Cameron White and David Hussey on consecutive balls to bring India back in the game. From 120-3 the Aussies were now on 138-5.But, Chawla was still hungry. Maybe he wanted to show his critics what devastation his bowling can do on Indian tracks. Soon he accounted to Callum Ferguson on 8 to push Aussies to the wall. The Australians were 148-6 at the stage.Piyush Chawla took four wickets on the day. APHowever, Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting was still at the crease and in such a scenario India were still far for a win. But, Harbhajan Singh made sure that he didn’t stay for too long and accounted for his wicket even as the Aussies score read 166-7. Ponting attempted a slog sweep but failed to connect and India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stumped him on 57.The rest was easy for the India bowlers as they quickly pressed for a win and that’s what they earned – winning the match by 38 runs in the 38th over.advertisementIndia inningsEarlier, India put on 214 with opener Virender Sehwag top scoring with 54 runs and Yusuf Pathan scored a quick-fire 32 even as the rest of the regular batsmen failed to make a mark.Early in the innings Dough Bollinger got the better of opener Gautam Gambhir. A good length ball pitched on the off got a thick outside edge of the India opener’s bat and the Cameron White did the rest in the second slip. He fell for 6 even as India slumped to 12-1.Just when Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli were looking set for a big partnership, John Hastings struck and sent back Kohli on 21. A good length outside off takes the edge off Kohli’s bat and David Hussey at backward point takes an easy. India were 54-2 at the stage.Soon Yuvraj Siingh too departed. A bouncer from Mitchell Johnson did the trick. Yuvraj failed to decide when and how to play the ball even as a weak upper edge carried away towards Tim Paine. He fell for 1 as India were 63/3.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni failed to shed his poor form and got out on 21 with Hastings accounting for his wicket as the hosts fell to 101-4.Virender Sehwag was the latest to fall. The opener had batted with gusto even as the rest of the batsmen made quick visits. He tried to cut Jason Krejza’s ball failed to connect and ended up edging into his own stumps. He scored 54 as India score read 113-5.Suresh Raina too could not stay at the crease for long and fell to Brett Lee’s pace. An away moving ball took the edge of Raina’s bat and wicketkeeper Tim Paine performed the final honours behind the stumps. He managed to score 12 even as India slumped to 132/6.Finally, it was left to Yusuf Pathan to push the scoring rate up with his batting blitzkrieg. He scored a fine 32 off 39 balls decorating his innings with two massive sixers. But post his dismissal it was all over for India as the Aussies needed just one wicket to end India’s innings and they did that by scalping Ashish Nehra on 19. India were all out for 214 in 44.3 overs.Surprisingly, India did not play Sachin Tendulkar in the game. Maybe the team management wanted him to get adequate rest ahead of the big tournament considering that he was recently injured during the India tour of South Africa and had to be flow back during the ODI series. Zaheer Khan too was rested in this warm-up match.advertisementlast_img

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