Yuvraj Singh played a super cameo to take India home against defending champions Australia and sealed his team's place in the semi-final against Pakistan on March, 30 in Mohali. Australia, however, crashed out of the competition with the loss.

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MATCH: IN PICS

INDIA HELD THEIR NERVE: SKIPPER DHONI

The match was fiercely fought with pedulum swinging from one side to another. India had put themselves in a spot of bother, as quick wickets have re-ignited the Australians. Dhoni was the last man out for India.

A pathetic piece of running between the wickets has left left-hander Gautam Gambhir short of his crease and India lost a set batsman at crunch time.

After putting a healthy partnership with Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli walked back to the pavilion as he mistimed a full toss from David Hussey to scoop a simple catch to Micheal Clarke.

Shaun Tait finally got rid off master blaster Sachin Tendulkar with a ripper. Virat Kohli walks in next.

Tendulkar was keeping India in control to chase down Aussie total, the master brought up his 94th half-ton in the ODI's.

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar was going strong after India lost Sehwag on 15.

Openers from India, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar play diligent cricket to make sure they India do not lose any early wicket. For Australia Brett Lee has bowled a good spell, while Shaun Tait has been too wayward.

Australia sit pretty with Ponting ton

A splendid century from Ricky Ponting has helped Australia to post a challenging total of against a star studded Indian batting line-up.

Ponting played a spakling knock and hit his sixth World Cup hundred and took his team to a competitive total.

Zaheer Khan did it again for India with the old ball, Mike Hussey was bowled on a slower one from Zak.

Trying to up the ante, Brad Haddin persished at covers as he scooped the ball of Yuvraj while Raina completed a smart catch.

After the loss of Watson, skipper Ricky Ponting had stitched together a healthy partnership with Brad Haddin to take the team past hundred runmark in the 22nd over. Haddin also brought up his fifty.

India drew first blood as tweaker R Ashwin got one to spin, while Shane Watson played across the line missing the ball which crashed in his off-stump. Ponting was new man in.

Australian openers Shane Watson and Brad Haddin has started off with caution, MS Dhoni threw a dice with R Ashwin opening the bowling for India.

Australian skipper Ricky Ponting won the toss and chose to bat first in a make-or-break quarter final game against India at Motera, Ahmedabad.

Team India look to settle old scores

India

MS Dhoni*†, V Sehwag, R Ashwin, PP Chawla, G Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan, V Kohli, A Nehra, MM Patel, YK Pathan, SK Raina, S Sreesanth, SR Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh

Australia

RT Ponting*, MJ Clarke, CJ Ferguson, BJ Haddin†, JW Hastings, DJ Hussey, MEK Hussey, MG Johnson, JJ Krejza, B Lee, TD Paine†, SPD Smith, SW Tait, SR Watson, CL White


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