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Australia Beat India To Signal World Cup Ambitions - Yahoo News

Australia's chase got off to a strong start with the openers putting on 51 runs before the dangerous David Warner (24) spooned a simple catch to Suresh Raina at extra cover. Shane Watson (41) also began aggressively but looked desperate when boundaries stopped flowing and lost his off-stump to left-arm spinner Akshar Patel going for a slog-sweep. Steve Smith (47), who punished India in the preceding four-test series, continued to trouble them, once again exposing the visitors' bowling limitations with his century stand with Finch. From 216-2, Australia lost four quick wickets to inject fresh excitement in the contest but eventually prevailed when James Faulkner hit the winning boundary off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Earlier, Sharma did not threaten the record 264 he blasted against Sri Lanka last year but the Indian opener gave Australian bowlers an insight into his intentions ahead of next month's World Cup with an almost a run-a-ball knock. Opting to bat first, India slumped to 59-3 inside the Max Workouts first 13 overs before Sharma and Raina (51) set about rebuilding redirected the innings adding 126 for the fourth wicket. Sharma's 138 came off 139 deliveries http://huligopho.postbit.com and was highlighted by nine boundaries and four sixes at the MCG, which will host the World Cup final. The elegant right-hander departed in the penultimate over when he mistimed a full toss from Starc and holed out to Glenn Maxwell at midwicket.
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