India v Australia, 6th ODI, Guwahati November 8, 2009

Bollinger on song as Australia clinch series

Doug Bollinger found his mojo and combined with Mitchell Johnson to bundle out India for 170. The 28-year-old left-arm fast bowler was at the top of his game today on a track conducive to his style and found his mark immediately, nipping out two wickets early and snapping twin dangerous partnerships later en route to 5 for 35. Johnson - back in the side after missing the last game - scythed through the top order to leave India, who chose to bat, tottering at 27 for 5.

Ravindra Jadeja featured in two fighting partnerships. First was a slow repairing job with MS Dhoni, then a violent one with Praveen Kumar to raise hopes of a revival, but Bollinger returned to remove both batsmen to ensure that Australia wouldn't have too many to chase.

His first wicket was a tremendous reflex caught and bowled of Australia's tormentor in the last match, Sachin Tendulkar, and he then followed it up with a lucky dismissal of Yuvraj Singh in the next over. Bollinger was instrumental as well in breaking the threatening stand between Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja, trapping the Indian captain leg before with the first ball of the 31st over.

Two balls later he had Harbhajan edging onto his stumps. And when he had Jadeja holing out to midwicket, he had had picked up his second five-for in ODIs, drawing Australia closer to the series win.

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