It was the seventh match of the VB Collection between India and Australia on the Sydney Cricket Floor (SCG). Sourav Ganguly received the toss and elected to bat first towards the World Cup holders, Australia. India had a foul begin dropping their captain within the second over to Brett Lee for a solitary one. Parthiv Patel and VVS Laxman laid the inspiration with a half century partnership earlier than the wicket-keeper batsman exited for 28. Rahul Dravid didn’t final lengthy within the center and was eliminated by Andy Bichel for 12.
Yuvraj Singh joined Laxman at 80 for three within the 16th over. Whereas Laxman stored the scoreboard ticking operating those and twos and getting the occasional boundary, Yuvraj went on the assault from the opposite finish. His fifty got here off 61 deliveries and included 5 boundaries. The hundred partnership got here off 115 deliveries and shortly after India reached their 200 within the 39th over.
The partnership went from power to power and was price 150 off 168 balls. Yuvraj recorded his second ODI hundred off simply 104 balls smashing 12 boundaries. Laxman quickly joined the get together and notched up his century too – slightly extra circumspect – off 127 deliveries. The duo put collectively 200 off 202 deliveries.
They hammered 22 runs off the 49th over by Ian Harvey – 1, 1, 6, 4, 4, 6. Laxman’s contribution was a single. The partnership lastly ended within the 50th over when Yuvraj was dismissed for a scintillating 139 off 122 deliveries hammering 16 fours and two sixes. The 213 run partnership between Laxman and Yuvraj off 206 balls was India’s greatest towards Australia for the fourth wicket.
India posted 296 for 4. Laxman remained unbeaten on 106 off 130 deliveries. Irfan Pathan acquired the early wicket of Simon Katich. Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting then took the sport away from India placing collectively 126 runs for the second-wicket in very fast time. Though Australia misplaced fast wickets, rain intervention helped them and the goal was revised to 225 off 34 overs.
India put up a struggle however the residence group scraped by way of by two wickets with one supply remaining. Irfan Pathan and Ganguly picked three wickets every for India. Gilchrist top-scored for Australia with 95 off 72 deliveries. However Yuvraj Singh was declared because the Participant of the Match.