'Little weed' & 'little master' hailed
With charges of racism and bitter war of words flying thick and fast, relations between the Indian and the Australian teams hasn't been great this summer. But the media Down Under ignored them all to hail India's emphatic win in Sydney on Sunday.
The following are the major media reactions after India's six-wicket win at the SCG in the first of the three Commonwealth Bank finals:
The Age: The Little Weed and Little Master combined to put Australia to the sword in the first tri-series final at the Sydney Cricket Ground. First Harbhajan Singh got his revenge on top-scorer Matthew Hayden (82) for his "little obnoxious weed" radio comment by dismissing both him and his great mate Andrew Symonds (31) to restrict Australia to 239/8.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Online: Little master inspires Indian triumph ...Sachin Tendulkar's maiden one-day ton in Australia propelled India to a six-wicket win ....The win was India's first at the ground and only its third in 20 matches against the home side in Australia.
Sydney Morning Herald: Tendulkar leads India to crushing victory... The Little Weed and Little Master combined to put Australia to the sword in the first tri-series final at the Sydney Cricket Ground."
Fox Sports: Tendulkar leads India to victory...Cheeky Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh taunted combatant Matthew Hayden with his shadow boxing antics before century-making Sachin Tendulkar gracefully finished off Australia in the first tri series cricket final at the SCG.
The Australian: Harbhajan snares Hayden... Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh had the last laugh in his bitter rivalry with Australian opener Matthew Hayden and India won the first of the three-match final in Sydney on Sunday.