Singer World Series, sixth qualifying match


At Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo, September 6. Australia won by three wickets. Toss: Australia.

Postponed a day and shortened to 45 overs by rain, the contest to claim the remaining berth in the final was a flat affair until a spate of wickets late in Australia's chase. A brave stand of 100 in 20 overs by left-handers Ganguly and Joshi rescued India from a humiliating 89 for six. Then Kambli missed a sitter at mid-wicket offered by Steve Waugh, who put on 113 with Law. India were luckier after umpire Francis turned down an appeal for a run out against Healy. Boos from those watching the replay prompted him to call for the TV verdict and Healy was given out. But Bevan drove the winning boundary with three balls to spare.

Man of the Match: S. R. Waugh.

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