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Australia-India match washed out

ICC Champions Trophy, South Africa
Australia 234-4 (42.3 overs) drew with India
Match abandoned because of rain
Match scorecard


Johannesburg
Just 42.3 overs were possible in Johannesburg before the match was abandoned

India are still in with a chance of reaching the Champions Trophy semi-finals after their match with Australia was abandoned because of rain.

Half centuries for Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey had propelled the Aussies to 234-4 after 42.3 overs, and within sight of a big total in Pretoria.

However, having threatened all day, the expected rain storm arrived and play was called off at 1840 local time.

India now have to beat West Indies on Wednesday if they hope to progress.

With Pakistan already into the last four with two wins from two games, India have one point and Australia three.

That means Mahendra Dhoni's men must beat the Windies convincingly and hope Pakistan see off Australia in Wednesday's other match.

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On the field, India made a much-improved start compared to the one they made against Pakistan with Ashish Nehra (1-38) and Praveen Kumar, in the team in place of RP Singh, bowling impressively to the openers after Ponting had won the toss and opted to bat.

Shane Watson was removed for a duck, the opener top-edging a pull to Harbhajan Singh at mid-wicket, leaving Tim Paine and Ponting to weather the early storm.

However, the introduction of the off-colour Ishant Sharma (1-53) broke the shackles as Paine and Ponting took 16 from his first over and then brought up their 50 partnership from 52 balls.

The Australian wicketkeeper soon raised his half century from 51 deliveries before mistiming a sweep to Harbhajan, but Hussey and Ponting continued to punish the Indian attack.

An excellent direct hit from Gautam Gambhir in the cover boundary region ended the partnership at 88, bringing an end to Ponting's 88-ball knock after he attempted a second run and was run-out at the non-strikers end.

But that only brought Cameron White to the crease and, while Hussey lobbed to Sachin Tendulkar at long-off later in the piece, the number five batsman added a brisk 35 runs to the Aussies' total.

That left them poised to launch a late-order assault in a bid to pass 300, but the rain came in and forced a premature end to proceedings.



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