LONDON: India's title defence faltered in the final hurdle as Australia pipped them by two wickets in a nail-biting summit clash to win the
Lawyers Cricket World Cup.
Chasing 194 from 35 overs, Australia rode on opener Ashley Tiplady's brilliant 75 to romp home with one ball to spare.
Batting first, India had earlier posted 193 for nine in their 35 overs after most of their batsmen failed to convert the start into a big knock.
Tiplady was the obvious choice for the Man of the Match award while teammate Andrew Forbes was declared Man of the Series.
R Santhan Krishnan, President, Indian Advocates' Cricket Association, said the next Lawyers Cricket World Cup will be held in Barbados in 2011.
India 193 for nine in 35 overs (A K Archiya 29, V N Upadhyay 26, G Mishra 25, B S Khan 24; Karl Prince 3/31, Greg Rowell 2/30, Daniel Maroske 2/41, Tim Wheller 2/18).
Australia 194 for 8 in 34.5 overs (A Tiplady 75, A Forbes not out 42, Greg Rowell 24, V P Singh 3/31, A K Archiya 2/23).
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Source: The Times of India, PTI 5 August 2009, 11:30am IST