At Melbourne, December 6. India won by 66 runs. Australia"s batsmen were stifled by a slow, uneven pitch on which the Indians, particularly Patil at medium pace and Doshi, bowled extremely well. Chasing 208, the Australians were given a promising start by Hughes and Dyson, who put on 60 from the first nineteen overs. India, on the other hand, having been put in, had begun disastrously. With half their overs used up they were 73 for five. But Man of the Match Patil, with a furious 64 off 67 balls, and Kirmani, with 48 not out from 53 balls, brought the innings to life.
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