Source: The Sunday Tasmanian, 1 April, 2001, p.61
By ROBERT CRADDOCK In Indore AUSTRALIA's puzzling decision to rest player- of-the-tour Matthew Hayden got the sobering follow-up it asked for when the team went belly-up for a record-equalling loss against India yesterday. Sachin Tendulkar (139 off 125 balls) got the 34 runs he needed to become the first batsman in history to reach 10,000 runs in one-day cricket and surged on to claim his 28th one-day century and his sixth against Australia. The roar from the 25,000 fans cramming the tiny ground when he scored a single off Shane Warne to take his tally to five figures was deafening. India, taking a 2-1 lead in the five-match series, scored a ground-record 8- 299, after surprisingly being sent into bat at Nehru Stadium. Australia was bowled out for 181, with the victory margin of 118 runs equaling India's 1983 World Cup win at Chelmsford in England as India's biggest win against Australia in 65 one-day contests. Whoever's idea it was to rest Hayden, the player who had scored more than twice as many runs as any team-mate, effectively sentenced Australia to batting doom, particularly with Mark Waugh out for the series with a broken finger. Australia, playing like a team ready for home and lacking zip in most things they did, batted poorly on a wicket that got a little worse as the day progressed but was no terror track. Adam Gilchrist survived two chances for his 63, but once he left after pulling to short mid- wicket, the top order fell like ninepins to a series of misjudged attacking shots that seemed a product of weary minds. Ricky Ponting (23), with his seventh failure from as many major innings on tour waved his bat in frustration after bunting a limp catch back to Ajit Agarkar. Yet again, Harbhajan Singh, with his feisty mixture of off- spinners and straight balls, did the damage. Though India's score was 41 more than any international side had scored at the stadium before, Australia did soundly to recover from a second- wicket stand of 199 between Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman (83) which left India perched on 2-231 after 37 overs. For the second match in succession, Damien Fleming (2-34) was Australia's best bowler. Steve Waugh's fragile relationship with Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly became even further strained after a clash at the toss. The toss was conducted with an Indian coin with a number two on one side, which match referee Cammie Smith decreed would be heads. Yet, when Waugh called "heads" correctly, Ganguly claimed victory and said he wanted to bat. Waugh ap- proached Smith, who overruled Ganguly, and Waugh surprisingly elected to field first. Ganguly's former Indian teammate Sanjay Manjrekar believed the problem was an honest mistake in that it is traditional in India for the coin number to rep- resent tails and that Ganguly was unaware that Smith has ruled it as heads. Ganguly continued his form slump yesterday, falling for a third-ball duck when he skied an ugly, agitated slog off Fleming.
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