Australia was rolled record-breakingly cheaply chasing India’s 308, a total amassed courtesy of a rearguard pummelling by skipper MS Dhoni (91) and KD Karthik (146no), who scored his second century in a row.
Adding to the insult was injury to Aussie captain Michael Clarke, who sat out the match and is scheduled to see a specialist in London today about the back which has troubled him throughout his career.
Also the Australians’ most reliable batsman, Clarke’s omission was said to be precautionary looking forward to his side’s opening Champion’s League match against England at Edgbaston on Saturday and the Ashes, starting in July.
Stand-in skipper George Bailey said: “All in all, it was a pretty disappointing day.”
English media have been quick to point out that the last time Australia were bowled out for 70 was in June 1977 against – guess who? – England – and where? – at Edgbaston.
England’s ODI side hasn’t exactly been imposing in their lead-up to the tournament though.
They will be playing to save face against New Zealand today at Trent Bridge as they attempt to avoid a 3-0 series whitewash.
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