Australia has knocked Asia’s last hope India out of the Champions Trophy with a six-wicket win to take their place in the semi-finals.
Man of the Match: Damien Martyn
India managed to score 249 for eight on a good batting strip with Virender Sehwag (65) and Rahul Dravid (52) being the top scorers, but they lost due to poor bowling and fielding.
It was a painful knock-out punch for the home team who were expected to at least make it to the semi-finals since they were playing at home but the party will now carry on without the hosts.
The world champions had the game in control with the help of Ricky Ponting (58), Shane Watson (50) and Damien Martyn (73 not out) which helped the team to overhaul the target with more than four overs to spare.
The victory ensured that Australia moved into the semi-finals as the champion team from Group ‘A’ and will now take on New Zealand in the first semi-final here on Nov 1.
South Africa, who emerged as the champion team in Group ‘B’, will clash with West Indies in the second semi-final in Jaipur on Nov 2.
The final is scheduled to be held in Mumbai on Nov 5.
Scoreboard – India