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Monday, January 7, 2008

Australia beat India in Sydney thriller

Hi cricket fans,

Australia beat India by 122 runs in an amazing finish to the second Test in Sydney on Sunday to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and equal their own world record of 16 successive victories.

The tourists were faced with the daunting challenge of batting through 72 overs to salvage a draw on a turning Sydney Cricket Ground pitch and keep the series alive but came up agonisingly short.

They made no attempt at chasing down the 333 they had been set to win win after Australia had declared on 401-7 but held out realistic hopes of hanging on for draw when they started the second last over with three wickets in hand. He and Hussey, who made 145 not out in Australia's second innings, piled on the runs in the extended opening session to allow Ponting to declare at 401-7 and push for an unlikely victory. Kumble, who took eight wickets or the match, batted for more than two hours to make an unbeaten 45 and seemed to have saved his team when he was forced to watch the last three wickets fall from the non-strikers end. The Indians lost last week's first Test in Melbourne by 337 runs and cannot reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as Australia are the current holders.