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India give Aussies Twenty20 masterclass

Source - bbc.co.uk

Newly crowned Twenty20 World Champions India gave Australia a Twenty20 masterclass as they eased to a 7 wicket victory at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbia.

Australia had posted 166-5 in their 20 overs, captain Ricky Ponting top-scoring with 76. But India won with 11 balls to spare as they eased to victory in Mumbai, with the visitors uncharacteristally sloppy in the field.

The Indian opener struck 63, 82 in partnership with Robin Uthappa (35), with Yuvraj Singh unbeaten on 31.

It was India's, who were crowned World Twenty20 champions last month, first Twenty20 match on home soil.

Australia had won the toss and Ponting led the way with a 53-ball 76 which included 14 fours before he edged Irfan Pathan onto his stumps.

Despite losing Adam Gilchrist in the first over, Australia got off to a typically bullish start, reaching 58-1 off six overs, before Matthew Hayden (17) edged a Harbhajan Singh delivery onto his stumps.

Ponting then put on 50 with Andrew Symonds before the latter was run out for 20 by Harbhajan as the batsmen dithered in the middle.

Ponting and Michael Clarke (25 not out) ensured Australia finished with a competitive total despite the best efforts of Harbhajan (1-17).

India lost Virender Sehwag (5) early on, edging Brett Lee behind, but were in three figures before the next wicket fell, Robin Uthappa doing the same to a Clarke delivery.

After Gambhir went with 24 needed from 26 balls, is fell to Youvraj Singh and Mahendra Dhoni to steer the hosts to victory, which they did with a series of huge boundaries.

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