Australia advance despite Tendulkar

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ROBERT WINDER

Australia 258; India 242 Australia win by 16 runs

At last: a close match. India and Australia proved that there was life in the new game yet in Bombay yesterday, putting on a resonant exhibition of hard-driving batting and steely bowling. Australia squeaked home, but only just. In the innings of the tournament so far, Sachin Tendulkar threatened to make the Australians wish they had added India to the list of countries they refuse to visit.

Faced with an imposing total of 258, he set about the bowling as if it was a 40-over match. He scored 56 out of the first 66, pulling and driving with ferocious ease. Glenn McGrath, in particular, felt the middle of his bat. After three maidens he went for 31 in his next three. One ball looked good when it left his hand; an instant later, Tendulkar had dumped it over the midwicket boundary for six.

Even the much-discussed tussle with Shane Warne lived up to the hype: Tendulkar flat-batted Warne's first ball into the sightscreen and took 10 off the over, but Warne fought back and soon looked like his unplayable self. Spinning the ball extravagantly across the right-handers, his next six overs cost only 12 runs and even Tendulkar, after a few leading edges, gave up trying to clump him.

When Australia took 100 off the first 20, with Mark Taylor throwing the bat for a rapid 59, it looked as though they would post an unassailable score. Mark Waugh, the man of the match, strolled to his second consecutive century, and the home crowd could smell defeat. But then the innings stumbled: the last five overs yielded just 14 (for the loss of four wickets), and the chase was on.

Damien Fleming immediately bowled Ajaysinhji Jadeja and Vinod Kambli, and India were 7 for 2. Then came Sachin. It did not even seem to matter too much when Mohammed Azharuddin mis-pulled a long hop on to his stumps. But with India sitting almost pretty at 144 for 3, Tendulkar charged a wide one from Mark Waugh. He was stumped, and so were India's hopes.

Sanjay Manjreka managed an accomplished 62, but the target was always receding. Fleming came back to wrap up the tail and he finished with 5 for 36. India will not mind losing too much, though: it means they will not have to go to Pakistan for the quarter-final. Among the bowed heads you could make out the slight hint of a smile.

(Australia won toss)

AUSTRALIA

M E Waugh run out 126

*M A Taylor c Srinath b Venkat Raju 59

R T Ponting c Manjrekar b Venkat Raju 12

S R Waugh run out 7

S G Law c and b Kumble 21

M G Bevan run out 6

S Lee run out 9

I A Healy c Kumble b Venkat Prasad 6

S K Warne c Azharuddin b Venkat Prasad 0

D W Fleming run out 0

G D McGrath not out 0

Extras (lb8, w2, nb2) 12

Total (50 overs) 258

Fall: 1-103, 2-140, 3-157, 4-232, 5-237, 6-244, 7-258, 8-258, 9-258.

Bowling: Prabhakar 10-0-54-0; Srinath 10-1-51-0; Venkatesh Prasad 10- 0-50-2; Kumble 10-1-47-1; Venkatapathy Raju 10-0-48-2.

INDIA

A D Jadeja lbw b Fleming 1

S R Tendulkar st Healy b M Waugh 90

V G Kambli b Fleming 0

*M Azharuddin b Fleming 10

S V Manjrekar c Healy b S Waugh 62

M Prabhakar run out 3

N R Mongia c Taylor b Warne 27

A R Kumble b Fleming 17

J Srinath c Lee b Fleming 7

Venkat Prasad c Bevan b S Waugh 0

Venkat Raju not out 3

Extras (b5, lb8, w8, nb1) 22

Total (48 overs) 242

Fall: 1-7, 2-7, 3-70, 4-143, 5-147, 6-201, 7-205, 8-224, 9-231.

Bowling: McGrath 8-3-48-0; Fleming 9-0-36-5; Warne 10-1-28-1; Lee 3-0- 23-0; M E Waugh 10-0-44-1; Bevan 5-0-28-0; S R Waugh 3-0-22-2.

Umpires: D R Shepherd (Eng), S G Dunne (NZ).

World Cup update

Group A

RESULTS SO FAR: West Indies (155-4) bt Zimbabwe (151-9) by 6 wkts; Sri Lanka bt Australia (forfeit); India (203-3) bt Kenya (199-6) by 7 wkts; India (174-5) bt West Indies (173) by 5 wkts; Sri Lanka (229-4) bt Zimbabwe (228-6) by 6 wkts; Australia (304-7) bt Kenya (207-7) by 97 runs; Sri Lanka bt West Indies (forfeit).

YESTERDAY: Zimbabwe beat Kenya by 5 wickets. Kenya 134 (P A Strang 5- 21); Zimbabwe 137 for 5 (at Moin-ul-Haq stadium, Patna, India). Australia bt India by 16 runs. Australia 258 (M E Waugh 126, M A Taylor 59); India 242 (S R Tendulkar 90, S V Manjrekar 62, D W Fleming 5-36) (at Wankhede stadium, Bombay).

P W L T NR Pts RR

Sri Lanka 3 3 0 0 0 6 1.63

Australia 3 2 1 0 0 4 1.13

India 3 2 1 0 0 4 0.56

W Indies 3 1 2 0 0 2 0.50

Zimbabwe 3 1 2 0 0 0 -0.83

Kenya 3 0 3 0 0 0 -1.24

Group B

RESULTS SO FAR: New Zealand (239-6) bt England (228-9) by 11 runs; South Africa (321-2) bt United Arab Emirates (152-8) by 169 runs; New Zealand (307-8) bt Netherlands (188-7) by 119 runs; England (140-2) bt United Arab Emirates (136) by 8 wickets; South Africa (178-5) bt New Zealand (177-9) by 5 wickets; England (279-4) bt Netherlands (230-6) by 49 runs; Pakistan (112-1) bt UAE (109-9) by 9 wickets; South Africa (230) bt England (152) by 78 runs; Pakistan (151-2) bt Netherlands (145-7) by 8 wickets.

YESTERDAY: New Zealand bt UAE by 109 runs. New Zealand 276 for 8 (R G Twose 92, C M Spearman 78); United Arab Emirates 167 for 9 (at Iqbal stadium, Faisalabad, Pakistan).

P W L T NR Pts RR

S Africa 3 3 0 0 0 6 2.11

N Zealand 4 3 1 0 0 6 0.94

Pakistan 2 2 0 0 0 4 2.42

England 4 2 2 0 0 4 0.14

Neth 3 0 3 0 0 0 -1.92

UAE 3 0 3 0 0 0 -2.53

TOMORROW

GROUP A: West Indies v Kenya (at Nehru stadiun, Poona, Ind). TV: Sky: highlights 1900-2200.

GROUP B: Pakistan v South Africa (at National stadium, Karachi, Pak). TV: Sky: live 0345-1200.

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