Australia win fourth ODI
Aussies clinch a 24-run victory against India to level the series 2-2.
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2009 18:26 GMT

Ponting runs out Yuvraj Singh with a spectacular display of fielding [AFP]

Australia fought back in Mohali to win the fourth one-day international and draw level at 2-2 in the seven-match series against hosts India.

Shane Watson hit 49 and took three wickets as the Aussies beat India by 24 runs.

Cameron White made 62 and captain Ricky Ponting continued his impressive form by hitting 52 in Australia's total of 250 at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.

The Australians then bowled out India for 226 in 46.4 overs to level the series.

Australia won the opening match by four runs, but India hit back to win the second by 99 runs and the third by six wickets.

Fine Bollinger

Left-arm seamer Doug Bollinger, playing only in his fifth ODI, was the pick of Australia's attack and finished with figures of 3-38, while Watson claimed the last three wickets to take 3-29. Offspinner Nathan Hauritz took 2-31 off nine overs.

Sachin Tendulkar top-scored for India with 40 from 68 balls, falling seven short of 17,000 ODI runs when he was lbw to Hauritz.

The top six Indian batsmen all reached double figures but the biggest partnership for the hosts was the opening stand of 40 between Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, who smashed 30 off 19 balls.

Put in to bat after India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss, Australia opener Shaun Marsh was out lbw for 5 by an inswinger from pace bowler Ashish Nehra in the eighth over.

ODI scorecard

Australia innings

S Watson c Dhoni b Harbhajan 49
S Marsh lbw b Nehra 5
R Ponting run out 52
C White run out 62
M Hussey c Ishant b Yuvraj 40
M Henriques st Dhoni b Harbhajan 6
M Johnson b Nehra 8
G Manou run out 7
N Hauritz not out 9
P Siddle c Jadeja b Nehra 1
D Bollinger run out 0
Extras 11
Total (all out, 49.2 overs) 250
Fall of wickets: 1-24 2-88 3-123 4-196 5-217 6-226 7-236 8-241 9-247

India innings

V Sehwag c Watson b Bollinger 30
S Tendulkar lbw b Hauritz 40
V Kohli c Manou b Bollinger 10
Y Singh run out 12
M Dhoni c Manou b Bollinger 26
S Raina b Hauritz 17
R Jadeja run out 7
H Singh c & b Watson 31
P Kumar c Manou b Watson 16
A Nehra c Hauritz b Watson 7
I Sharma not out 3
Extras 27
Total (all out, 46.4 overs) 226
Fall of wickets: 1-40 2-78 3-94 4-113 5-145 6-156 7-177 8-204 9-217

Watson and Ponting then put on 64 in just over 10 overs, but Watson was caught by wicketkeeper Dhoni off offspinner Harbhajan Singh's first delivery.

Ponting scored his third half-century in four matches before being run out by Ravindra Jadeja's throw to Dhoni after going for a second to deep square leg.

The Australia captain hit a six and five boundaries off 59 deliveries.

White added 73 runs for the fourth wicket with Michael Hussey, whose good form in the series continued with a 41-ball 40.

Run out

Hussey missed out on a fourth consecutive half-century by miscuing left-arm spinner Yuvraj Singh to Ishant Sharma at deep midwicket. Hussey hit a six and two fours.

White was run out by Nehra after finding himself stranded outside his crease when the bowler stopped a straight drive from Mitchell Johnson. White collected one six and three boundaries in 71 balls.

Harbhajan returned figures of 2-48 after having all-rounder Moises Henriques caught behind for 6, while Nehra finished with 3-37 by bowling Johnson for 8 and having Peter Siddle snapped up by Jadeja for 1.

All-rounder James Hopes became the third player to leave Australia's squad, returning home Sunday because of a hamstring injury. Pace bowler Brett Lee has an arm problem and wicketkeeper Tim Paine broke a finger to also return home.

Bollinger, playing due to Lee's absence, dismissed three top-order batsman. He removed opener Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli for 10 and Dhoni for 26.

Sehwag smashed seven boundaries off 13 balls before miscuing Bollinger to Watson at mid-off.

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