David Hussey and debutant Peter Forrest struck fine fifties to steer Australia to 269 for eight in the fourth match of the ODI tri-series against India here Sunday.
Hussey scored 72 for his second fifty of the series and shared a 98-run stand for the fourth wicket with Forrest, who looked at home in his first international match. Skipper Michael Clarke and all-rounder Daniel Christian contributed 38 and 39 to the total. Umesh Yadav (2-49), playing his first match of the series, generated some serious pace and was the most impressive of the Indian bowlers.
Clarke had no hesitation in opting to bat on a flat track but Australia could not make most of the conditions early on. Ricky Ponting (6) departed in the fourth over while Clarke and David Warner (18) were dismissed after they looked poised for a big score, leaving Australia at 81 for three in 17.5 overs.
Forrest and Hussey not only steadied the ship from there on, they took on the attack to put the pressure back on India.
Hussey scored his runs at a quick pace and hit five fours in his 76-ball innings.
Forrest was particularly impressive against the spinners, using his feet to hit them down the ground. He smashed Ravindra Jadeja (0-50) for a huge six that cleared comfortably cleared the long straight boundary at the Adelaide Oval. The New South Wales born batsman was also good at cut shots against the seamers.