India win by 5  wickets, to meet Pakistan in semi-final

Mid Innings Report

By CricketCountry Staff

Ahmedabad: Mar 24, 2011

Sachin Tendulkar missed out on his 100th international ton, but scored a well-compiled half-century and also accomplished a milestone of 18, 000 ODI runs to help India build their chase of 261 on a positive note in their World Cup quarter-final match against Australia at Ahmedabad.

The maestro gave India a rollicking start adding 44 runs with Virender Sehwag in six overs before the former was caught at the short-midwicket for 15.

The exit of Sehwag didn t allow the Australian bowlers to get on top, as Tendulkar kept the runs flowing and brought up his 94th ODI half-century.

It was, however, Sehwag who made the right noises early on, carving Lee to the cover boundary. Sehwag survived a close call off the last ball of the first over when umpire Marais Erasmus negated a caught behind appeal. Australia appealed for a review which proved to be inconclusive.

Tendulkar opened his account banging a superb four towards the point boundary off Shaun Tait, and followed it up with another, slashing a wide delivery towards third-man.

Earlier, Australia set India a target of 261 for victory with skipper Ricky Ponting slamming his 30th one-day international century. Brad Haddin scored a well made 53 off 62 balls. Zaheer Khan, Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh took three wickets each.

Brief Scores: Australia 260 for 6 in 50 overs (Ricky Ponting 104, Brad Haddin 53, David Hussey 38*; Zaheer Khan 2 for 53, Yuvraj Singh 2 for 44, Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 52) vs India 123 for 2 in 25 overs (Sachin Tendulkar 53, Gautam Gambhir 31*; Shane Watson 1 for 23, Shaun Tait 1 for 33).

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