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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Australia Defeats India in High-Scoring Game

BOMBAY -- Mark Waugh stroked 126 and captured the prized wicket of Sachin Tendulkar to fire Australia to a 16-run victory over India in their World Cup Group A day-night match Tuesday.


Waugh spurred Australia to 258 all out in exactly 50 overs and then, bowling off-spin, had Tendulkar stumped by Ian Healy to end a breathtaking 90 in 84 balls by the Indian opener.


Sanjay Manjrekar kept the home country in the hunt with 62 but they were all out for 242 off 48 overs in a pulsating finish.


Waugh struck three sixes and eight fours in his 135-ball innings, giving his side an ideal start by sharing a first wicket partnership of 103 in 22 overs with captain Mark Taylor, who made a fine 59.


However, having reached 232 for three, Australia squandered much of the good work as their last seven wickets tumbled for 26.


Five run-outs did not help the Australian cause.


Taylor and Waugh were only separated when the captain wastefully skied slow left-armer Venkatapathy Raju to long-on, having looked an excellent bet to register his first one-day international hundred.


Both Taylor and Waugh reached their half-centuries with big sixes off Raju, the Australian skipper also cracking eight boundaries in his 73-ball stay.


Waugh continued much where he left off against the Kenyans in Visakhapatnam and it took a stunning one-handed catch at full stretch by Sanjay Manjrekar, fielding at backward point, to remove Ricky Ponting for 12 and apply the brakes.


That justified Manjrekar's inclusion at the expense of Navjot Sidhu even before he picked up his bat, and Raju's two wickets also repaid the faith of the Indian selectors who instead left out off-spinner Aashish Kapoor.


Raju was involved, too, in the dismissal of Steve Waugh, run out for seven when the bowler deflected a straight drive from Mark Waugh onto the stumps with the elder twin stranded.


It left Australia on 157 for three after 34 overs and it was boosted by a fourth wicket stand of 75 in less than 12 overs between Waugh and Stuart Law, but four wickets in the last over ensured bedlam among the 40,000 sell-out crowd.


In Faisalabad, Pakistan, Roger Twose and Craig Spearman cracked superb half centuries as New Zealand topped the United Arab Emirates by 109 runs Tuesday to seal its place in the quarterfinals.


Left-hander Twose, narrowly missing his maiden one-day international century, stroked 92 from 112 balls with eight fours.


Spearman scored a forceful 78 from 77 balls to help New Zealand pile up an unbeatable 276 for eight in 47 overs.


The Group B match was reduced from 50 to 47 overs after heavy mist delayed the start for an hour.


The New Zealand bowlers kept up the pressure on the UAE, which limped to 167 for nine in its 47 overs.


It was New Zealand's third victory in four matches. They lost by five wickets against South Africa at the same venue on Feb. 20.


Medium-pacer Shane Thomson finished with three for 20 and Dion Nash captured two for 34, while Danny Morrison, Chris Cairns and Robert Kennedy claimed one wicket each.


In Patna, India, leg-spinner Paul Strang grabbed five wickets as Zimbabwe gained a far from convincing five-wicket win over Kenya in their Group A match.


Kenya were dismissed for 134 with two balls of its 50 overs remaining and Zimbabwe made heavy weather of overtaking the small target before eventually reaching 137 for five with 7.4 overs remaining.


Sent in to bat, Kenya collapsed after a steady start saw it reach 60 for one, with four wickets falling in the space of seven runs and 32 balls.


Strang then took command, ripping out the remaining wickets to end with five for 21 in 9.4 overs.


It was a disappointing display by the Kenyans, who had Zimbabwe in some trouble Monday. But the second attempt to play the fixture was a completely different story under cloudless skies.


Wednesday is an off-day for the tournament. Play resumes with a pivotal match on Thursday, when defending champion Pakistan takes on South Africa. The West Indies and Kenya are to meet in the day's other match.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)