Vadodara, Oct 11 (UNI) The 'Bombay Bomber' Sachin Tendulkar and local boy Irfan Pathan saved India from total disaster after left arm seamer Mitchell Johnson wrecked the Indians with a fiver to bundle out the hosts for a paltry 148 in just 39.4 overs in the fifth one-day international against Australia at the Reliance Cricket Ground here today.
India are 1-2 down and need to win the match to level the seven-match series, while Australia now need only 149 runs at less than three runs an over to ensure that they do not lose the series.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won his second successive toss and didn't hesitate to bat on a red-tinged, bone-dry pitch at the IPCL Stadium. Neither team made any changes from the tense fourth game in Chandigarh.
Sachin Tendulkar, playing his 400th match, came out to bat with Sourav Ganguly. Before the first over was completed by Brett Lee, India were in deep trouble losing Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, both without opening their account with five runs -- all extras -- on the board.
India's downfall began from the fourth ball when a terrible mix up between Ganguly and Tendulkar saw the former being run out. Ganguly played the delivery from Lee with soft hands on the leg side and set off for a non existent single. Brad Hodge came in quickly from midwicket, picked up the ball and throw it to the keeper Adam Gilchrist who whipped of the bails with Ganguly still to make his crease after being sent back by Tendulkar.
The next ball saw new man in Dravid, who has been struggling for form, shuffling in his crease as the ball nipped back from Lee to wrap him on his pads in front of the wicket as India slumped to 5 for 2.
Tendulkar, at the other end, seemed to be in sublime form as he stroked Johnson through the off side for a couple of fours and then flicked him of his pads for the same result to the midwicket boundary.