Spinners lead India to victory

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Piyush Chawla

Piyush Chawla, pictured, and Harbhajan Singh demolished Australia's middle order, which helped India secure a 38-run win in Bangalore

Piyush Chawla and Harbhajan Singh impressed as India sent a message to their World Cup rivals with a 38-run win over Australia in both teams’ first warm-up match in Bangalore.

Set 215 for victory, Australia looked to be cruising at 118 for one, but spin duo Chawla and Harbhajan returned respective figures of 4-31 and 3-15 as Ricky Ponting’s men collapsed to 176 all out.

Wickets had fallen at regular intervals in India's innings, with Virender Sehwag's quickfire 54 the only score of note.

Brett Lee was the pick of the Australian bowlers with 3-35, while John Hastings enhanced his chances of a starting berth in the World Cup with the wickets of Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

In response, openers Shane Watson and Tim Paine put on 51 for the first wicket before the former was caught by Chawla off Sreesanth for 33.

Australia still looked to be in the driving seat following the departure of Paine, with 97 needed from 28.1 overs.

However, Chawla and Harbhajan sparked a middle-order collapse and, although Ponting made a cautious half-century, wickets continued to tumble.

The game was going away from Australia by the time their captain was seventh man out for 57 and Ravichandran Ashwin bowled Lee to wrap up the win.

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