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Summit to smile about for Australia

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Brett Lee

Brett Lee was among the wickets as Australia moved top of the CB Series table courtesy of a comprehensive 110-run victory over India today

Australia moved top of the Commonwealth Bank Series table with a comprehensive 110-run bonus-point win over India in Brisbane.

Set 289 for victory, the visitors lost early wickets under sustained pressure from Ben Hilfenhaus and Brett Lee, who took 5-33 and 3-49 respectively, and were unable to fight their way back into the contest.

They were eventually bowled out for a lowly 178, despite the best efforts of half-centurion Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The India skipper’s disappointment was compounded following the encounter when he was handed a one-match ban by the International Cricket Council as his side were fined for a slow over-rate for the second time in a year.

Australia's win takes them to 14 points, while India remain second on 10 and Sri Lanka round off the table with seven.

The only negative for the hosts was another failure for stand-in captain Ricky Ponting.

The veteran failed to reach double figures for the fifth consecutive innings in this series as he managed just seven - his best effort of the tournament.

He was the only Australia batsman not to make a start, though, as fifties from Mike Hussey and Peter Forrest helped the hosts to 288 for five.

David Hussey and Dan Christian were pivotal in the final overs, icing the cake with an unbroken 65 runs from 36 balls, including four consecutive boundaries from the latter and 18 runs from the penultimate over.

Australia then broke the game open when Hilfenhaus and Lee shared two wickets each in reducing India to 36 for four.

Christian removed Suresh Raina and, floundering at 89 for five at the halfway point of their chase, India’s bid was derailed.

Dhoni did briefly provide a spark for the tourists, launching Lee for a big six, but Hilfenhaus had him caught by Christian before running through the tail.