Australia v India, World Cup 2011, 2nd quarter-final, Ahmedabad March 24, 2011

India bank on small but brisk partnerships

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
A stats review of the second quarter-final between India and Australia in Ahmedabad

India had never beaten Australia in a major tournament while chasing. Their last win over Australia in a World Cup was also way back in 1987. In this game, though, India's strategy to rotate their bowlers throughout the innings did not allow any Australian batsman other than Ricky Ponting to settle down. Faced with a stiff target of 261, India pinned their hopes on their strong batting and the key to the victory was the way they constructed partnerships at the top of the order. While Australia had two decent stands in the beginning of their innings, they lost few wickets in the middle, which limited their score to 260. India, despite not having any huge partnerships, had stands of 44, 50 and 49 for the first three wickets and scored at a healthy run-rate throughout.

With the dismissal of MS Dhoni, Australia had a sniff when India required 74 runs off 75 balls. What happened next was stunning. Yuvraj Singh hit three fours off a Brett Lee over and with Shaun Tait gifting five wides in his next over, India were back in the contest. Yuvraj and Suresh Raina scored 27 runs off the 40th and 41st overs, bringing down the equation to a much more manageable 41 off nine overs. The partnership featured seven fours and a six, but more importantly 22 singles and five twos. Yuvraj Singh made his fifth fifty-plus score in the World Cup. His tally in a single tournament is second only to Sachin Tendulkar's seven in 2003.

From the batting worm for both teams, it is clear that India started their innings at a higher run-rate than Australia and maintained the difference till the end. The crucial sixth-wicket stand between Yuvraj and Raina pushed the scoring-rate up at a point when it looked like Australia would control the game. India's decision to open the bowling with R Ashwin was a brilliant move as it did not allow Shane Watson and Brad Haddin to get away to a flying start. Regular bowling changes throughout the innings produced wickets and slowed the rate of scoring. In contrast, the Australian attack was erratic and gave away 16 wides.

Partnership stats for both teams (runs, run rate)
Team 1st wicket 2nd wicket 3rd wicket 4th wicket 5th wicket 6th wicket 7th wicket
Australia 40, 4.00 70, 5.45 30, 3.82 10, 3.52 40, 5.10 55, 7.10 15*, 10.00
India 44, 5.38 50, 5.00 49, 4.74 25, 5.17 19, 4.56 74*, 10.27 -

Australia's decision to go with a pace-heavy bowling attack proved a little costly in the end. However, the performance of their slow bowlers on a track assisting spin was far from convincing. Australia's spinners averaged 61.00 in the tournament, the highest among the eight quarter-finalists. Despite conceding less than five runs per over, the Australian spinners picked up only one wicket. The Indian spinners in contrast picked up four wickets in the Australian innings.

Some of the other stats from the game are highlighted below

  • Ricky Ponting scored his fifth century in World Cups and his sixth against World Cup defeat after his 102 against West Indies in 1996.
  • Sachin Tendulkar went past the milestone of 18,000 runs in ODIs. He also made his 20th fifty-plus score in World Cups which is comfortably higher than the second-placed Ponting, who has 11.
  • Yuvraj Singh became only the fourth player to score over 300 runs and pick up ten wickets in a single World Cup. Kapil Dev was the first player to do it when he achieved the feat in the 1983 World Cup.
  • The win is India's first in a major tournament against Australia in a chase. Their earlier six chases had ended in defeats.
  • It is also the first time that Australia have failed to reach the semi-finals since the 1992 World Cup.
  • India won their first game in Ahmedabad after four consecutive losses.

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  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    All the good batsmen for India must score a century, and all the bowlers must take 2 wickets minimum! All the bad batsmen for India must score 50 runs.6 will take them 600 runs, 5 will take them to 250 runs plus, that will make 850 runs! Each bowler takes 2 wickets, is simply a easy win. Only let one person score a century, the rest score less then a 100 runs in the match! One duck also! INDIA COULD BE THE WAY THEY WERE IN 1983 WORLD CUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CHAK E DHE CHAK E DHE INDIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Harish on March 26, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    For India to win, we can follow any of the below strategies: Batting First: Sachin should not score a century; Sehwag should be at the crease for at least 15 overs. Dhoni should not score runs. India should take the batting powerplay before the 40th over (as shown against Bangladesh)

    Batting second: Sachin must play till whatever over that he thinks fit; Sehwag should score at the fastest rate; India should not take the batting powerplay. It must be forced on them in the 45th over.

    Overall: Don't Play Piyush Chawla and don't give the end overs to Munaf or Nehra (if he plays)

    Then India can win.

  • Muhammad on March 25, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Well played India. So that Aussies paid the price of Playing IPL. Because we saw 150+ deliveries Indians were playing as a medium pacer. 2ndly lack of superstars in the team of Australia, Before that they had TopClass-Opener/Middle Orders/ Bowlers and Keeper. But now you can see the average class of players in Australia sqaud. Everyone will enjoy Mega Super Heavy Weight Contest in Mohali. Now you can say that if you wanna be a champion then You need to defeat 4 times and current champions. Waiting INDO-PAK battle (not a simple ODI).

  • shailesh on March 25, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    Great batting displayed by the indian batsmen., especially sachin and gambhir in the opening and yuvi , raina in the middle....... i dont know, when Mr. Dhoni going to find his form.... except him everybody is getting runs on the board,,,comonm dhoni

  • Seenu on March 25, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Mr.dhoni...the whole lotta India is counting on you......waiting for you to get some runs under your belt...if not now....?????

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    If you see the link you have given in this article, Yuvraj is becoming the first ever to score more than 400 runs and to take more than 15 wickets in a single world cup.

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Great show of character from team India, in particular by Yuvraj (who could become the Man of the Tournament) and Raina after the team found itself in a sticky situation at 187/5 thanks to about 5 mad overs in the middle where Kohli got out to a rank full toss and Gambhir was run out due to a horrendous mix-up.Eliminating the defending champions is special and I can't wait for the big one against Pakistan on 30th.That will be a mini-final !

  • Andy on March 25, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    Its Showing 6th Wicket 74*, 10.27 Its 61 balls and 74 runs between Yuvraj and Raina 7.278 is the run rate please correct it! Thanks

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    yes surely indians r champions, the way Tendulkar batted is briliant, he is the master, the boss, i know Tendulkar is the person who can wins the 2011 wc for all Indians, Bharath MAtha ki JAi

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    Jai Ho India!!! A tough challenge is a head of you... Win the cup for the 100 million hearts!!

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