Forrest, Hussey guide Australia to 288/5 (Lead)

February 19th, 2012 - 3:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Sachin Tendulkar Brisbane, Feb 19 (IANS) Peter Forrest and Mike Hussey struck fifties in Australia’s daunting 288 for five against India in the seventh match of the ODI tri-series here Sunday.

Forrest (52) and Hussey (59) put up a century fourth wicket stand before David Hussey (26) and Daniel Christian (30) smashed 65 runs off 36 balls in the death overs to push Australia to a big total on a bouncy Gabba wicket. India were in control for major part of the innings but for the last 10 overs where Australia amassed 101 runs. Irfan Pathan took three wickets for 61 runs.

Australia, captained by Ricky Ponting in the absence of injured Michael Clarke, were off to a solid start with openers David Warner (43) and Matthew Wade (45) sharing a 70-run stand.

The duo of Forrest and Mike Hussey got together at 117 for three in 20th over and took the innings forward. Hussey collected six fours in his 52-ball knock which saw his signature strokes square off the wicket and short-arm pulls. Forrest, on the other hand, took some time to get into the groove before crossing the 50-run for the second time in his debut series. Both were dismissed in the 44th over, holing out in the deep off Pathan.

India, who bowled with discipline early on, became predictable towards the end with big-hitters David Hussey and Christian stepping on the gas. Christian hammered Vinay Kumar (0/60) for four consecutive fours in the second last over.

The Indians looked ragged in the field and dropped four catches.

Sachin Tendulkar was hit on the shin while fielding at the slips but was declared fit to bat in India’s chase.

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