Ponting delighted with Hilfenhaus, Lee
Yesterday's CB Series win over India gave Australia a bonus point victory and sent them to the top of the tri-series standings on 14 points. India stay second on 10 points with Sri Lanka on seven with a game in hand.
"It's a long time since I've seen an Australian team bowl as well as that," Australian captain Ricky Ponting said later. "The way we were able to be aggressive early on and at the same time be able to restrict India from scoring boundaries was absolutely first-class."
Ponting said the opening spells from Hilfenhaus and veteran Brett Lee were outstanding as India were reduced to 36 for four. "I thought the way they bowled early on, with line and length and also with some aggression was the reason we did as well as we did," Ponting said. "We pretty much had their batsmen under control from the first couple of overs."
Indian skipper M.S. Dhoni played a lone hand with the bat, scoring 56 from 84 deliveries but he lacked support as India kept losing wickets at key moments.
Hilfenhaus was in outstanding form while Lee continued his resurgence with 3-49 from 10 fast and aggressive overs. Ponting won the toss and chose to bat, with the Australians recovering from a slow start to overwhelm the Indian attack with some powerful hitting over the final 20 overs.