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India Salvage Some Pride India wins final ODI in a thrilling match ( Pics News Videos)

India Salvage Some Pride India wins final ODI in a thrilling match ( Pics News Videos)

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India wins final ODI in a thrilling match
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India Salvage Some Pride… (News Pics Videos)
 India wins final ODI in a thrilling match
Video1http://broadband.indiatimes.com/videoshow/2468399.cmsVideo 2India pulled off an incredible two-wicket victory relying on the tail-enders to salvagesome pride in the seventh and final cricket One-dayer against Australia here onWednesday night.In a low-scoring thriller, India first bundled out Australia for a paltry 193 in 41.3 overs,riding on Murali Kartik's career-best six for 27 and then staged a dramatic recovery tooverhaul the target with four overs to spare and reduce the margin to 4-2 in the series.The Indians owed their remarkable victory to left-arm spinner Kartik, who produced amesmerising spell to derail the Australian batting and then was involved in a cheeky 52-run unbeaten partnership with Zaheer Khan (31 not out) to guide the team home. (ReutersPhoto)The Australians, who have already wrapped up the series, had the Indians tottering at 64for 6 and it seemed only a matter of time for the inevitable but the game took a dramaticturn with Robin Uthappa (47) leading the recovery.Kartik's career-best haul and unbeaten 21 runs earned him the Man of the Match award.
 
The seventh wicket pair added 65 runs in 13.1 overs to take the score past the 100-runmark. After Uthappa was out at 129 and Harbhajan Singh (19) on 143, Zaheer and Kartik kept the home team in the hunt and finally steered them home with an unbroken half century stand for the ninth wicket.The determined fight-back by the lower order batsmen came after the Australian bowlershad cut a swathe through the jittery top-order.The cheap dismissals of Sourav Ganguly and Dinesh Karthik, who replaced the out-of-form Rahul Dravid in the eleven, for ducks within the first four overs by MitchellJohnson set the tone for yet another batting collapse.Both Ganguly and Kartik perished by edging Johnson behind the wicket to AdamGilchrist who then pouched Yuvraj Singh (15) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (5) off the other left-arm swing bowler Nathan Bracken to complete his 400th victim in ODIs.In between, Sachin Tendulkar (21) perished dragging Brett Lee on to his stumps, leavinghalf the side back in the dressing room with only the 18th over in progress for 63Irfan Pathan followed a run later edging to the slip cordon off James Hopes beforeUthappa and Harbhajan showed defiance to take the total past the 100-mark and keep the packed gathering in good cheer.However, once it was broken by left arm slow bowler Michael Clarke, who trappedUthappa with an arm ball at 129, the end looked near and the match swung further the

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