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

India bank on small but brisk partnerships

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

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

March 24, 2011

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Worm of the Australian  and Indian innings in the second quarter-final
India consistently maintained a higher scoring rate than Australia did © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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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.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by   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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by harryrockz 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.

Posted by MASQ 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).

Posted by shaileshij 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

Posted by Sniper.Sk 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....?????

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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 !

Posted by rockz.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

Posted by   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

Posted by   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!!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 5:06 GMT)

just not good enough. simple as that and india outplayed us. things have to change in the setup of the team. just get rid of everyone that is either a coach, manager, selectors everything

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 25, 2011, 3:58 GMT)

At last Zak got some one as trustworthy on the other side as Ashwin. Only weak point in Indian attack is Munaf/Nehra. Even the part timers doing well in Indian conditions. Hope we can carry the good form for the next 2 matches too. All the best Team India.

Posted by memoriesofthepast on (March 25, 2011, 3:47 GMT)

Ricky made a good hundred in a style suited for batting on subcontinent pitches but it went in vain as last three WC winners-Aus went out of the tournament in this quarterfinal. Ricky Ponting again found out that his scoring a hundred in the absence of players like McGrath, Warne, Hayden and Gilchrist is no guarantee of an Australian win. Yesterday's result is a proof that cricket match result is decided by the performance of all the eleven team members. India played better in all departments of the game-captaincy, fielding, bowling changes, bowling line and lengths and batting was good. The Motera wicket was one of the best we saw in subcontinent matches. Inspite of Ricky Ponting winning the toss and asking India to chase the target of 261 runs, India won the match by 5 wickets to enter semi-finals. Sachin Tendulkar made a brilliant 53. Gambhir continued from his batting approach at Cape Town test to make useful 50. Yuvraj's 57 runs and 2 wickets showed the value of having allrounders

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 3:27 GMT)

well in spite of great performance by India I must point out some adverse comments not to reduce the credit deserved by Indians

The way Kohli was out on full toss ball and the way Gambhir was run out show Indians have still to overcome their exuberance and emotions in big serious matches

Booing and hooting of Ponting and australians speak very low about Indian crowd particularly when Australians always have good words about India

Let us not forget that after Bradman Ponting is the next best player Australia has produced. Our own Sachin had lot of set backs too .

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 3:16 GMT)

Raina learnt his lessons well. No short pitch bowling to his hips bothered him.In fact he was so comfortable with that stuff that Australians attacking him that way became the cause of their defeat

Dhoni is learning the captainship now by giving bfew overs to Sachin to break the set batsman's innings. This is the only way he has now developed Yuvraj as a key bowler.He was never used for a long time till the Newzeland tour

Harbhajan is a failure and need some serious training otherwise he should make way for Ashwin permanently

I don't know why MM patel is persisted upon aqnd not a single chance is given to Shrisant kumar Playing half fit Sewag in the match was a folly

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 1:35 GMT)

Cant wait for the Semi Final with Pakistan. Its not all skill but instinct to win and strive to survive. I wish to see a good contest like in 2003. Good luck both teams.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 22:57 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.

Posted by Sreeeeeeeeee on (March 24, 2011, 21:39 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....

Posted by vismorkel on (March 24, 2011, 21:27 GMT)

And due to the tense chase everybody forgot the fact that Yuvi crossed the milestone of 8000 runs,now Yuvi becomes only the fifth Indian to cross 8000 runs after Sachin,Ganguly,Dravid & Azharuddin.Now that is some commendable achievemennt for a guy who bats as low as no 5 or 6.Well done Yuvi.You are one of the greatest match winners India has ever produced & u will go down as one of the greatest players in limited overs cricket.

Posted by DEBPOL on (March 24, 2011, 21:15 GMT)

INDIA SHOW AUSTRALIA GO.INDIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Posted by quotejester on (March 24, 2011, 21:08 GMT)

What about Yuvraj's fourth MoM award this tournament? Is that a WC record?

Posted by Bamarolls on (March 24, 2011, 19:55 GMT)

Congratulations India. In the battle of nerves, Team India came through. Thank you team India!

Posted by vipinchaudhary2325 on (March 24, 2011, 19:40 GMT)

Yuvraj shows again why before this worldcup everyone was talking about him to be in form..... he shows again what a crucial player he is for India if India want to win this worldcup.... dream run for Yuvi both with Bat and Ball.... waiting for India VS Pakistan.... Hope Sachin make his 49th One-day century in Semis.. and 50th ODI century in Final.....

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (March 24, 2011, 19:38 GMT)

nasser hssain ritly pointed out tat uv and kp are ego players,they deamnd their authority over an victory and they truly are ....never mind tat,,,cometh the hour comes the man.................... proud of u uv...............

Posted by Deenesh on (March 24, 2011, 19:27 GMT)

nice show... now time for indopak showdownnn

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