25 Mar 2011

India send champions packing

7:24 am on 25 March 2011

India have booked themselves a semi-final against neighbours Pakistan after ending Australia's 12-year reign as World Cup cricket champions.

On a low, turning pitch in Ahmedabad, the Australian captain Ricky Ponting returned to form with his first international century for more than a year, hitting 104 off 113 balls to get Australia through to a competitive 260 for six - but it wasn't enough for his side, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh striking half centuries as India achieved their target with 14 balls and five wickets to spare for a five-wicket win.

India play Pakistan in their next game at Mohali next Wednesday.

New Zealand face South Africa in their World Cup quarter-final overnight in Dhaka.

The Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori is putting his faith in the top order batsmen to deliver in their quarter-final tonight against South Africa in Dhaka.

Vettori says the top five in the batting order are fired up for this game, and they're crucial to the team's chances of success, to complement what's been a top fielding unit and a solid bowling attack.

Vettori has confirmed he'll definitely be fit to play after missing the last two group matches because of a knee injury.