India restrict Australia to 252/9 in crucial clash

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 26, 2012 08:24 hrs

Sydney: Indian bowlers stifled Australia's batsmen in the death overs to restrict the hosts to 252 for nine in a critical league match of the ongoing ODI cricket tri-series here today.

The hosts, struggling at 57 for 3 in the 14th over, hoisted themselves to 252/9 thanks to half centuries by David Warner (68), David Hussey (54) and Matthew Wade (56).

Praveen Kumar provided two early wickets; Umesh Yadav chipped in with a couple of scalps in the final two overs but Virender Sehwag was the surprise package with 3 for 43 from his nine overs.

In the final 10 overs, India conceded only 47 runs.

The talking point at the ground though was the "obstructing the field" appeal by the Indians against David Hussey in the 24th over which was over-ruled by onfield umpires, after direction from third umpire Simon Fry.

It was Ravichandran Ashwin's seventh over and Australia were 119 for 4 when left-hander Matthew Wade hit the ball into the covers.

Suresh Raina swooped on the shot and threw it hard at the keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Hussey, then on 17, dashed down from the non-striker's end in a flash.

He found himself in line with the throw and instinctively thrust out his right hand to fend himself.

However, the Indians viewed it as obstruction of field and skipper Dhoni appealed against the batsman.

However, after long deliberation, the decision was given in favour of the batsman. The umpires' view was that Hussey wasn't trying to obstruct the field but was trying to save himself from a physical injury.

As umpire Billy Bowden resumed his position at the striker's end, Dhoni and other Indian fielders followed him and argued. Dhoni clearly wasn't in sync with the decision and gave the umpire his piece of mind.

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