Michael Hussey brought up his third ODI fifty after battling hard in trying batting conditions in Delhi. Australia are looking good now.
Ponting played a captain’s knock for Australia, bringing up yet another ODI fifty on a wicket that has been tough to bat on.
Yuvraj Singh struck in his first over to lure Aussie opener Shane Watson out of his crease as MS Dhoni whipped the bails off in a flash.
Watson and Ricky Ponting had started to accelerate for Australia after a slow but steady start to the innings in Delhi.
India’s new ball bowlers kept a tight leash on Australia’s opening pair, who looked solid despite a difficult track.
Australia have won the toss and opted to bat against India in the third one-dayer of the seven-match ODI series.
Buoyed by their emphatic victory in the last game, a confident India will seek to keep the momentum going in the third ODI.
India would be hoping to exploit a slow and low track.
With the seven-match series tied 1-1, both the teams will be keen to regain the initiative in what promises to be a thrilling floodlit contest at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground.
While the Indians looked a confident lot, the Aussies have a few problems to sort out, particularly in their bowling department with pace spearhead Brett Lee ruled out of the series because of an elbow injury.
The spate of injuries to some of their key players has weakened the World Champions to some extent and a depleted bowling attack have only compounded their misery.
India: SR Tendulkar, V Sehwag, G Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, SK Raina, MS Dhoni*†, RA Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, A Nehra, P Kumar, I Sharma.
Australia: SR Watson, RT Ponting*, CL White, MEK Hussey, AC Voges, MC Henriques, MG Johnson, GA Manou†, NM Hauritz, PM Siddle, DE Bollinger.