Ahmedabad: Yuvraj Singh was India’s hero yet again as the hosts ended Australia’s 12-year-reign as World Cup champions with a five wicket quarterfinal victory on March 24. India dumped three-time defending champions Australia out of the World Cup to set up an eye-catching semi-final with Pakistan.
Home side got the target of 261 in 47.4 Overs after losing 5 wickets. Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, and Yuvraj Singh scored fifties. Century of Ricky Ponting carried no benefit. Australian maniple finished on the World Cup. India will face Pakistan in the semi-final.
Following the target of 261, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar opened the innings aggressively. The home side lost its first wicket on the total of 44, when Sehwag was taken by Shane Watson on 15. Gautam Gambhir and Tendulkar added 50 runs in the second wicket partnership. Tendulkar turned back to pavilion after scoring 53 runs. He faced 68 balls for this score. New batsman Virat Kohli and Gambhir once again got success in making a big partnership for their side and both players added 51 runs in the mutual cooperation. Kohli was taken by David Hussey on 24.
The innings of Gambhir ended on the runout. His score was 50. This time the dangerman Yuvraj Singh came to join Captain MS Dhoni. Dhoni failed to play a big innings and turned back on 7. Yuvraj, along with Suresh Raina, not permitted Kangaroo bowlers to create more hype and got their target in 47.4 overs. Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina were not out on 57 and 34 runs respectively.
Yuvraj Singh, yet again, emerged as the knight in shining armour coming up with a match-winning knock of unbeaten 57 runs besides picking up two wickets earlier. The effort earned the southpaw his fourth Man-of-the-Match Award in this World Cup.
Scorecard: Australia: 260/6 (50 overs): Ricky Ponting 104, Shane Watson 25, Brad Haddin 53, David Hussey 38 not out.
India: 261/5(47.4 overs): Yuvraj Singh 57 not out, Sachin Tendulkar 53, Gautam Gambhir 50, Suresh Raina 34 not out, Virat Kohli 24.