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Australia in control.

AUSTRALIA continued their recent dominance over India with a resounding 31-run victory in the first Twenty20 international staged at Sydney Olympic Park.

In front of 59,659 fans - a new record attendance for a single day's cricket in New South Wales - a hard-hitting half-century from rookie wicketkeeper Matthew Wade propelled the hosts to a competitive 171-4 after India won the toss and elected to bowl in overcast conditions.

The tourists lost four quick wickets early in their run chase and never recovered, struggling to 140-6 to trail 1-0 in the two-match series.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni top-scored with 48 not out off 43 deliveries, but it was too little too late for the visitors.

Dan Christian (two for 35) and David Hussey (two for four) were the multiple wicket-takers, while in-form veteran Brad Hogg (one for 21 off four overs) was arguably the pick of the Australia bowlers.

India lost Virender Sehwag (four), Gautam Gambhir (20), Virat Kohli (22) and Rohit Sharma, without score, to slump to 52-4 in the eighth over.

Sehwag lasted four deliveries before he edged a Brett Lee thunderbolt to David Hussey at slip.

Gambhir looked dangerous before spooning a catch to Mitchell Marsh at cover off Hussey to depart for 20, while Kohli was gone moments later when he was well caught by David Warner on the boundary off Hogg.

The wickets continued to tumble when Rohit Sharma was bowled by Hussey for a duck three balls later.

And when Suresh Raina was clean bowled by Christian for 14, victory was all but assured for the hosts despite Dhoni's late cameo.

Earlier, Wade made the most of his selection, smashing a brilliant 72 off 43 deliveries.

He blasted five fours and three sixes before he was bowled by Raina in the 15th over, shortly after play resumed following a 20-minute rain delay.


* TOO LITTLE TOO LATE: India''s Mahendra Singh Dhoni
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:9INDI
Date:Feb 2, 2012
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