Australia would have qualified for the semi-final if they had won here, having a faster overall scoring-rate than India, but they gave a poor performance. India's innings was slow to develop, and for some time after the third wicket fell at 65 it was not certain that they would muster enough runs. But the later batsmen all made useful contributions and the Australian bowlers helped with fifteen no-balls and nine wides. In an innings of 247, extras provided the second-highest score. In the absence of Hughes, injured in the previous match, Hookes captained Australia and was one of the victims of Binny, who came on in the sixteenth over, swung the ball a little and, with an able partner in Madan Lal, quickly reduced Australia from 46 for one to 78 for seven.
Man of the Match: R. M. H. Binny.
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