Cricket: World champions outclass India

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India 151-7 Australia 159-2 Australia win by eight wkts (D/L method)

AUSTRALIA PLAYED like the world champions they are here yesterday as they demolished India by eight wickets in the second one-day match of the Aiwa Cup triangular one-day tournament.

The Australians restricted India to 151 for 7 in their 38 overs and then effortlessly scored 159 for 2 wickets using just 29.1 overs in the process. The winning target was set at 159, seven runs being added to the score of the team that batted first under a new rule affecting rain-affected matches.

Australia remained unruffled and eased home despite the loss of Mark Waugh in the fourth over when the score was 23.

Adam Gilchrist and Andrew Symonds at No 3 played with confidence to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Both batsmen appeared in no trouble and took the score to 155 before Gilchrist was caught out by Rahul Dravid off the bowling of Saurav Ganguly. Gilchrist scored 68 off 93 balls and hit seven boundaries. The partnership between Gilchrist and Symonds yielded 132 runs.

Symonds scored an unbeaten 68 off 68 balls, hitting seven fours and one six and Ricky Ponting finished one not out.

Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar, the India captain, won the toss and elected to bat. India made a sedate start, scoring 17 runs in the first five overs. They had to wait until the 16th over for their first boundary when Ajay Jadeja hit Tom Moody for four.

A downpour then halted play for 150 minutes with India on 65 for 3. Robin Singh, the Indian middle-order batsman, scored 38 before being trapped lbw by Jason Gillespie. His was the highest Indian score, coming off 52 balls and including the only six of the innings. Jadeja made 30 runs before falling to the spin of Shane Warne. The rest of the innings fell away, leaving the world champions a modest total to reach.

Australia also won the first match of the tournament when they beat Sri Lanka by 51 runs on Sunday.

From here the teams travel to Colombo where the remaining matches will be played. The next game is scheduled for tomorrow when India meet Sri Lanka in a day-night encounter. The final is on 31 August.

India won toss

India Innings

S C Ganguly lbw b Gillespie 10

*S R Tendulkar c Lehmann b Moody 14

R S Dravid c Gilchrist b Symonds 5

A D Jadeja c Fleming b Warne 30

A R Khurasiya c & b Moody 17

R R Singh bw b Gillespie 38

M S K Prasad b Warne 4

N Chopra not out 18

A Kumble not out 3

Extras (4lb, 6w, 2nb) 12

Total (for 7, 38 overs) 151

Fall: 1-25, 2-32, 3-38, 4-66, 5-92, 6-103, 7-139.

Did not bat: J Srinath, B K V Prasad

Bowling: Gillespie 8-0-30-2, Fleming 8-0-31-0, Moody 8-0-25-2, Symonds 7-0-25-1, Warne 7-0-36-2.

Australia Innings

M E Waugh c M S K Prasad b B K V Prasad 12

A C Gilchrist c Dravid b Ganguly 68

A Symonds not out 68

R T Ponting not out 1

Extras (6lb, 1w, 3nb) 10

Total (for 2, 29.1 overs) 159

Fall: 1-23, 2-155.

Did not bat: D S Lehmann, *S R Waugh, M G Bevan, T M Moody, S K Warne D W Fleming, J N Gillespie.

Bowling: Srinath 5-0-26-0, B K V Prasad 5.1-0-37-1, Kumble 6-0-35-0, Chopra 8-0-33-0, Singh 4-0-18-0, Ganguly 1-0-4-1.

Umpires: J V Jayasundara and P T Manuel.