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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 October 2007, 09:26 GMT 10:26 UK
Australia overwhelm woeful India
Australia 149-1 (25.5 overs) bt India 148 (39.4 overs) by nine wickets

Mitchell Johnson celebrates the dismissal of Yuvraj Singh
Johnson left the Indians reeling with a devastating burst
Mitchell Johnson and Adam Gilchrist helped Australia hammer India by nine wickets to go 3-1 up in their one-day series with two matches remaining.

Johnson took 5-26 and Gilchrist matched the world record of six catches for a keeper as India were skittled for 148.

Only Sachin Tendulkar, who made 47 in his 400th ODI game, managed to trouble the world champions on a good pitch.

Gilchrist crashed a superb unbeaten 79, with three sixes in one over, as they eased home in just under 26 overs.

India came into the game buoyed by Monday's win in Chandigarh but the batting problems that afflicted them before that returned with a vengeance.

Sourav Ganguly was run out when Tendulkar sent him back in the first over and Brett Lee nipped the next ball back to trap Rahul Dravid plumb lbw.

Gilchrist held on brilliantly when Yuvraj Singh chased a ball outside off-stump in Johnson's second over, and the left-armer angled one in to win a leg-before verdict against Robin Uthappa.

When skipper Mahendra Dhoni flicked a leg-side delivery to a diving Gilchrist, severe embarrassment was on the cards, but a patient partnership for the sixth wicket averted that.

Irfan Pathan struck a huge six off spinner Brad Hogg in his 63-ball 26, while Tendulkar played some majestic drives to collect nine fours.

However, Lee and Johnson produced good deliveries to have both caught behind, before Harbhajan Singh and Murali Kartik perished in tame fashion.

Zaheer Khan clubbed Nathan Bracken and slog-swept Hogg for massive maximums but the 41 runs he added with RP Singh at the end were nothing more than a mild nuisance for the world champions.

Johnson finished with the best analysis for an Australian bowler in a limited-overs game in India leaving the hosts requiring something special to make a contest of it.

Dhoni caused a stir by opening with Harbhajan and the off-spinner troubled Matthew Hayden - who needed James Hopes to run for him after appearing to pull a hamstring in the first over - and Gilchrist by extracting sharp turn.

In fact, India had two spinners on by the seventh over, with Gilchrist fortunate when he sliced slow left-armer Kartik over Zaheer at mid-off.

Hayden was content to just club the pacemen from a standing position, collecting four boundaries before RP Singh bowled him for 29 off an inside edge.

Gilchrist merely stepped up his assault to thrash Kartik over deep square-leg, long-on and down the ground for three maximums in the 14th over.

He also heaved Harbhajan over deep mid-wicket for a six and captain Ricky Ponting (39no) was no slouch either as they hurried to the target, leaving one section of the home fans to register their disapproval by hurling bottles on to the field.

Ponting helped himself to successive boundaries off Harbhajan before Gilchrist provided two more off Kartik to finish the game with almost half an innings to spare.

  • India captain Mahendra Dhoni:
    "Not much went our way apart from winning the toss.

    "Sachin batted well and we had a partnership at the end but we never had the runs to defend.

    "Johnson and Lee bowled superbly, hitting the right areas, and the start they got was a killer for us.

    "We have a couple of matches to go and have to play to our full capabilities. We're better off forgetting this game."

  • Australia captain Ricky Ponting:
    "It was one of those days where everything we tried came off.

    "Mitchell's spell with the new ball was outstanding. He and Brett swung the new ball a lot, which was India's downfall, and all the guys executed their skills well.

    "The bowlers did a terrific job and Gilly, once he gets in, is capable of doing anything.

    "Some of the striking of the ball was first-class on a wicket that wasn't easy to bat on against the spinners."

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