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Lee, Gilly, Symonds crush India

By Tom Wald 01/02/2004 08:35:15 PM Comments (0)

Speedster Brett Lee splintered India's powerful batting lineup with a devastating bowling display as Australia romped to a five-wicket victory in a tri-series cricket match in Perth.

The New South Welshman (3-22 off 10 overs) exploited the pace and bounce of a lively WACA pitch to rattle the Indians who succumbed meekly for 203 off 49 overs.

In reply, Adam Gilchrist (75 off 67 balls) and Andrew Symonds (73 off 59 balls) clubbed Australia to victory with a pulsating fourth wicket partnership of 122 runs off 99 balls.

It only took 32 overs to overhaul the tally with debutant Michael Hussey (17no) and Simon Katich (18no) unbeaten.

The win extended stand-in captain Adam Gilchrist's record as skipper in the abbreviated form of the game to six wins from six matches.

Australia's triumph will give it a psychological edge before the best-of-three finals series against the visitors starting Friday in Melbourne.

The home side has won three of their four tri-series clashes.

Lee was menacing from the outset, combining vicious outswing with bowling speeds of up to 156 km/h to shake-up the Indian top order in its first trip to the WACA Ground this summer.

The 27-year-old's performance also confounded critics after his indifferent form this season as he led an excellent effort from Australia's four-pronged pace attack.

Indian captain Sourav Ganguly won the toss and opted to bat first but must have wanted to quickly retract his pre-match comments that he was disappointed India had not played a Test in Perth this summer.

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