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   IND vs AUS - India Beats Australia, 4-wicket win
Mahendra Singh Dhoni whipped a delivery from the off-stump over the long-on fence. Australia's stranglehold by snatching a nail-biting four-wicket victory over the hosts in the ODI tri-series on Sunday.

Australia to 269 for eight built largely around David Hussey's 72, the visitors overcame some jitters before overhauling the target with just two balls to spare in a dramatic last over to record their second successive win in the tournament.

Gautam Gambhir (92) led the way with an assured knock at the top of the order and the finish was provided by the reliable duo of Suresh Raina (38 off 30 balls) and Dhoni (44 not out) as the visitors chased down the record target of 270.

The match had hurtled towards a gripping climax. India, pursuing 270, required 13 runs off the final over. R. Ashwin took a single off the second delivery after missing the first. Then came Dhoni's big blow off the third.

Dhoni, cool and focussed amid all the pressure, pulled the next delivery and ran three as India clinched a humdinger with two deliveries remaining. Dhoni, the Finisher, found the right answers at the end with an unbeaten 58-ball 44.

Earlier, Man-of-the-Match Gautam Gambhir's 111-ball 92 (7x4) set up the pursuit for India. The left-hander innovated and created with his footwork on a surface favouring the batsmen.

Earlier, Australia rode on young debutant Peter Forrest's shoulders to raise 269 for eight in their allotted 50 overs. Forrest (66) and Hussey (72) combined brilliantly to put on 98 runs for the fourth wicket after the hosts had lost their footing at one stage to be 81 for three.

Dan Christian (39) provided a good hand towards the close but Australia could not quite make the best use of final 10 overs, adding only 57 runs to the total.

India were well served by their medium-pacers with Zaheer Khan (1 for 46), Umesh Yadav (2 for 49) and Vinay Kumar (2 for 58) picking wickets at critical intervals.
Sun 12 Feb, 2012,10:02:01 PM
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