Australia crushed India by 87 runs, securing their spot in the Tri-series finals and effectively knocking India out of the competition.
The win came as Michael Clarke was announced the winner of the 2012 Allan Border Medal for the nation’s top cricketer of the 2011-12 season.
Shane Watson was welcome return to the Australian squad and became Australia’s third captain in as many games, as Clarke missed another match due to injury. It was Watson’s first game since November and notched two wickets for just nine runs in his return.
It came after Australia won the toss and elected to bat first, registering 252 runs for nine wickets in 50 overs. Watson made just 1 run but David Warner (68), Matthew Wade (56) and David Hussey (54) put forth more than gallant efforts to give the home side a very respectable total.
Controversy struck when Hussey, on 17 at the time, used his hand to shield an incoming fielded ball from hitting his body as he sprinted towards the wicket. Indian captain M.S Dhoni appealed the moved for “obstructing the field” but after a lengthy period the third umpire dismissed the appeal on the basis that Hussey was merely protecting his body from harm.
Searching for his 100th international century, Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar was yet again denied in another controversial situation. Tendulkar left the pitch waving his arms at Australian bowler Brett Lee who had unintentionally blocked the batsman's way to the crease as he was run out by Warner.
No Indian batsman managed more than 26 runs and they found themselves all out for just 165.
India will have to thrash Sri Lanka and achieve an additional bonus-point whilst at the same time hope that Australia also defeats Sri Lanka in order to make an appearance in the final.