Ravindra Jadeja struck at the right time to dismiss Warner, who smacked seven boundaries in his innings. Warner went for the sweep that got the top edge as Suresh Raina ran back from the square leg and Irfan Pathan coming in from deep fine leg. There was no calling between them and crashed into each other.
David Warner slammed his first fifty of the series to lead Australian innings from the front after the hosts were reduced to 57/3 in 13.2 overs. Warner reached to his third ODI half century in just 48 balls that included five boundaries.
A brilliant field work by Irfan Pathan from wide long-off sent Michael Hussey back to the pavilion against India in the 10th ODI of the tri-series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Misfield by Suresh Raina at short cover prompted Hussey to go for the second but he was sent back by his partner David Warner as R Ashwin whipped the bails to end Hussey’s 10 runs knock.
After opting to bat first, Australia suffered early jolts as they lost Shane Watson and Peter Forrest in quick succession against the beleaguered side.
Praveen Kumar struck again to claim the price wicket of Forrest who scored a maiden ton against Sri Lanka on Friday. Forrest looked to play through the line and the ball chopped on to his sticks off the inside part of the bat to rattle the stumps.
Praveen, who replaced injured Vinay Kumar, struck for India to dismiss Watson. Watson mistimed the pull because of the deviation away from the bat that went straight to Umesh Yadav’s hand at mid-on.
Watson, playing in his comeback match for Australia after an injury-marred season, took over the captaincy after Michael Clarke pulled out with a back injury. Australia are playing with their third captain in as many games.
Australian regular skipper Michael Clarke has not recovered properly from his hamstring injury although he scored a half-century in Friday’s defeat against Sri Lanka.
India’s survival in the series at stake as the defeat against the Australia on Sunday, who were outsmarted by Sri Lanka in their previous game, means the World Cup champions will be taking an early flight home.
The Men In Blue can still make it if they win both their remaining matches, they’ll surely be through with 18 points.
If they lose one of their two matches, they will require a bonus point in the other and hope that either Australia or Sri Lanka do them a favour.
If India beat Australia with a bonus point in Sydney on Sunday and lose to Sri Lanka in Hobart on Tuesday, they will have to hope for Sri Lanka to beat Australia in Hobart on Friday.
If they lose to Australia and beat Sri Lanka with a bonus point, they’ll have to hope for Australia to beat Sri Lanka. In that scenario, Australia will qualify with 22 points and India and Sri Lanka will be tied with 15 points.