In a match with many types of ebb and flow, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina provided the pivotal coil as India knocked the world champions out of the World Cup and set up the mother of all semi-finals in Mohali. Chasing 261 after Ricky Ponting‘s 30th ODI century earlier in the day, a jittery India struggled to build big partnerships against a pumped-up Australia, but as the pressure mounted, the home side had their answer in Yuvraj and Raina. Also Read - IPL 2021 CSK vs DC: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw Dominate Chennai Bowlers as Delhi Capitals Register 7-Wicket Win
Having taken two wickets in the afternoon to take his tournament tally to 11, Yuvraj was in the thick of things with the bat, controlling the chase with a cool unbeaten 67. The defining partnership of the match was between him and Raina – they kept their wits about them and the 74 run they added bailed India out of a jam and put them in charge. Also Read - IPL 2021 Points Table After CSK vs DC: Delhi Capitals on Top; Shikhar Dhawan Holds Orange Cap, Harshal Patel Continues to Lead Purple Cap Race
Yuvraj hit the winning runs to finish not out on 57 from 65 balls and Raina was unbeaten on 34 off 28 deliveries. Also Read - Suresh Raina Smashes Brilliant Fifty on IPL Comeback vs Delhi Capitals
Australia failed to qualify for the final four of a World Cup for the first time in 19 years. And thus, for the first time since 1996 a new World Cup champion was guaranteed. It was the end of an era in more ways than one.
Ponting’s hundred was testament to his sense of occasion. The man derided by many answered his critics with a fine innings, but Australia lost the match and, for the first time since 1992, failed to reach the semi-finals of a World Cup.