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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 January, 2004, 12:32 GMT
Australia sneak home
VB Series, match 7, Sydney:
India 296-4 lost to Australia 225-8 by two wickets (D-L method)

Brett Lee
Australia P5 W4 L1 NR0 BP3 Pts 23 RR 1.06
India P5 W3 L2 NR0 BP3
Pts 18 RR 0.41
Zimbabwe P4 W0 L4 NR0 BP1 Pts 1 RR -1.71

Australia's Brett Lee struck a six on the third-last ball to seal a thrilling two-wicket win over India in Sydney.

Set a revised target of 225 off 34 overs after rain, Australia suffered a mid-order collapse from 150-1 and still needed 11 runs off the last over.

But Lee's last-gasp swipe over extra-cover off Lakshmipathy Balaji ensured Adam Gilchrist's blazing 95 off 72 balls did not go to waste.

Earlier, Yuvraj Singh and VVS Laxman scored centuries as India posted 296-4.

Yuvraj scored a brilliant 139 off 122 balls before he was bowled in the last over by Lee, who took 2-46 in nine overs.

Laxman, 106 not out, was not far behind as the pair shared a thrilling 213-run partnership.

It was his second one-day hundred against the Aussies in a week.

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj's second one-day century was not enough for India

Yuvraj blazed 16 boundaries and two sixes, both in one over as he belted five balls from Ian Harvey for 21 runs in the 48th over.

Australia had earlier claimed India's first three wickets for 80. Lee struck first to remove Sourav Ganguly in the second over, Gilchrist taking his 300th catch - a one-day record.

Australia lost Simon Katich, promoted to opener in the absence of Matthew Hayden, early on but made a flying start in reply, scoring at eight-an-over before the rain came in the 10th over.

Gilchrist passed 50 off 38 balls soon after the resumption and immediately set his sights on the Australian record for the fastest century, held jointly at 78 balls by himself and Allan Border.

He and Ricky Ponting put on 126 in fast time for the second wicket, but Australia lost 3-4 after the skipper went fishing outside the off-stump and was caught behind.

Irfan Pathan (3-51) was then on a hat-trick after removing the out-of-form Damien Martyn in the same way.

It did not happen, but Murali Kartik struck a huge blow when taking a sharp return catch to oust Gilchrist five short of his ton, a knock that included 14 boundaries and a six.

Australia were 176-5 after 26 overs when Andrew Symonds was caught in the deep off Ganguly (3-41), one ball after hitting the India skipper for six.

Ganguly then removed Michael Bevan (bowled) and Michael Clarke (caught) and had a hand in the run-out of Ian Harvey as India stuck their noses in front.

Australia still needed seven runs off the last three balls, but Lee followed his meaty wallop with a single off the second-last ball to ensure the hosts stayed on top of the VB Series table.

Australia: A Gilchrist (wkt), I Harvey, R Ponting (capt), D Martyn, A Symonds, M Clarke, M Bevan, A Bichel, B Lee, J Gillespie, N Bracken.

India: P A Patel (Wkt), S C Ganguly (Capt), V V S Laxman, R Dravid Yuvraj Singh, R S Gavaskar, H K Badani, A B Agarkar, M Kartik, I K Pathan, L Balaji.

Umpires: S A Bucknor and D J Harper

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