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India skittled for just 74 in Twenty20

India have posted the second-lowest Twenty20 international cricket score after winning the toss and batting in the clash against Australia at the MCG.

Australia were superb in the field as the tourists could only manage 74 from 17.3 overs, one better than Kenya's unwanted record low from last year.

No.7 batsman Irfan Pathan was the only batsman to reach double figures, top-scoring with 26.

Left-arm opening bowler Nathan Bracken took 3-11 and left-arm spinner Adam Voges was on a hat-trick before finishing with 2-5.

Predictably, the bumper crowd greeted Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh with a loud chorus of boos when he came out to bat at No.8.

He made only one run from four balls before acting captain Michael Clarke took a great catch off the bowling of left-arm spinner Adam Voges.

Earlier this week, Harbhajan had his controversial racial abuse charge downgraded on appeal.

While the crowd was vocal, so far it seemed well-behaved as the police maintained a strong presence.

Clarke set the tone for the innings in the first over, when he ran out Virender Sehwag for a duck.

Sehwag cut Brett Lee and Clarke dived to his left at point, stopping the ball.

He then pivoted and threw in one movement, running out Sehwag at the non-striker's end with a direct hit.

India then slumped to 4-20 after four overs as Nathan Bracken took two wickets and Brett Lee snared another.

The tourists never looked like posting a decent total as they capitulated in the face of some spirited Australian bowling and fielding.

Voges was on a hat-trick in the 16th over when he snared Harbhajan and the next ball, Brad Hodge took another sharp catch to dismiss Shanthakumaran Sreesanth for a golden duck.

The Australians had all but one fielder around the bat, but Ishant Sharma managed to block the hat-trick delivery.

Clarke led Australia after Ricky Ponting withdrew with a back injury.

source - smh.com.au
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