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VADODARA - WORLD CHAMPION AUSTRALIA claimed a four-run victory in the opening ODI on Sunday after India went close to reaching the daunting target of 293.
A plucky eighth-wicket stand of 84 by Harbhajan Singh (49) and Praveen Kumar (40 not out) almost gave India victory after they had slid to 201 for seven.
India needed nine off the last over from Peter Siddle but the paceman bowled accurately, conceding just four runs and clean bowling Harbhajan.
Earlier, skipper Ricky Ponting (74), Michael Hussey (73), Tim Paine (50) and Cameron White (51) excelled in Australia's 292 for eight. - Reuter