CRICKET: Australia cruise to victory

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Australia cruise to victory

Jason Gillespie and Glenn McGrath shattered India's top order batting with a five-wicket burst to take Australia to a 41-run victory in the Aiwa Cup triangular tournament. India, chasing Australia's 252 for eight from their 50 overs, crashed to 44 for 5, before a face-saving sixth wicket stand of 123 between Sadagopan Ramesh, who hit 71, and Robin Singh, with 75, lifted them to 211 all out in 48.3 overs. Earlier, the Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist had scored 77 off 84 balls to spur Australia to their impressive total. The World Cup winners have now won all four of their qualifying games, and have secured their place in the final. India, and hosts the Sri Lanka, will now play for the other berth. They meet in the last game today, with Sri Lanka ahead of India by two points.