Brisbane, Mar 04 : India won the Commonwealth Bank Series in spectacular fashion on Tuesday.I ndia put all the sledging of the past to rest as they beat World Champions Australia by nine runs in a cliffhanger second final of the Commonwealth Bank tri-series to script history at the Gabba in Brisbane. The series win came after a long hiatus of 23 years, a victory that became the symbol of defiance to a hard series that made headlines on the ground…and off it as well.
Sreesanth made his presence felt in the electrifying Brisbane atmosphere as he got the right wicket at the right time with Australia falling short of giving an apt reply to some stinging deliveries sent down by the Indian pacers, and some guilish ones from the tweakers.Speedster S Sreesanth joined the festivities at Brisbane as he claimed the wicket of Mike Hussey just at the juncture when the team required it the most.
For the second time in two high-pressure matches, Praveen Kumar justified the decision to give him the new ball with the wickets of Australia's three most dangerous batsmen. Kumar also bagged the man-of-the match award for the second time.
When it was Australia's turn to bat under lights at the Gabba the top wobbled once again, putting immense pressure on Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds, whose eventful season continued with him shoulder charging a streaker while chasing 259 in the second final.
Another Hayden half-century carried Australia to 3 for 115 by the halfway mark and his 83-run association with Symonds has kept this contest alive.
India clawed their way back into the match due to a mix-up between Hayden and Symonds that resulted in the former batsman"s exit from the ground.
This was followed by a scintillating delivery from Harbhajan that got Symonds plumb in front of the wicket. With the two set batsmen out in a single over, India sensed a historic victory on Oz soil.
Kumar made his presence felt at Brisbane as he got the wicket of Michael Clarke just when the duo of Clarke/Hayden started to lend some stability to the innings.
The speedster proved yet again that his swing was becoming fearsome for the Oz batsmen by every delivery, giving the breakthroughs to his team at the right time.
Kumar stunned Ricky Ponting with a tearing fast delivery that got his wicket in the crucial final at Gabba. The fall of second wicket in the first few overs of the innings sent shockwaves down the Oz camp as they started the run chase in a nightmarish manner in front of a charged up crowd.
Kumar sounded the warning bells for the Aussie line-up early on in the innings as he claimed the prized wicket of Gilchrist at a score of just 2 runs.
Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar missed scoring his second successive century by nine runs as India piled up a competitive 258 for 9 against Australia in the second finals of the cricket tri-series on Tuesday.