Australia thwarted by rain

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Australia thwarted by rain

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First One Day International

Australia 307-7 (M J Clarke 130, B J Haddin 69) v India 9-1
No result

The first one-day international between India and Australia in Bangalore was abandoned due to rain with the tourists in a strong position.

The world champions had made 307-7 in their 50 overs and then took an early wicket to reduce India to 9-1 before the weather intervened.

Michael Clarke's career-best 130 was in vain, the 26-year-old having rebuilt the Aussies' innings after Sri Sreesanth had grabbed three wickets.

That left Australia on 90-4 in the 17th over, but Clarke and Brad Haddin (69) put on 144 for the fifth wicket to change the course of the match.

Clarke was finally run out off the last ball of the innings, having hit 10 fours and three sixes.

Early trouble

Australia were in early trouble after Adam Gilchrist, who chose to bat after leading the side in the absence of injured Ricky Ponting, fell cheaply in the visitors' first one-day game since they completed a World Cup hat-trick in April.

Gilchrist was caught by a diving Yuvraj Singh at point off left-arm Zaheer Khan for 12 and Brad Hodge was trapped leg before by Sreesanth, who also bowled Hayden for 34 and trapped Andrew Symonds (7) leg before with a slow ball.

Clarke, who scored a hundred at the same ground on his Test debut in 2004, braved a painful blow on his right hand facing paceman RP Singh early in his innings.

He reached his hundred in style, hoisting off-spinner Ramesh Powar over midwicket for six after occasional spinner Yuvraj had Haddin stumped as 87 runs came in the last 10 overs. Sreesanth took 3-55 and Khan 2-64.

Australia then struck immediately as left-arm paceman Mitchell Johnson trapped Sachin Tendulkar for nought.

But the rain soon came to wash out any prospect of further play and leave the seven-match series tied a 0-0.

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