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BBC World Service's Chris Florence
"India's fielding plus two dramatic run-outs finally proved decisive."
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Indian captain Saurav Ganguly
"We made some outstanding catches."
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Saturday, 7 October, 2000, 14:42 GMT 15:42 UK
Aussies sunk by inspired India
Yuvraj Singh
Singh when your'e winning: Yuvraj lashes a boundary
ICC Knockout quarter-final:
India 265 for nine
Australia 245 all out

India beat Australia by 20 runs

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India claimed the biggest upset in the ICC Knockout tournament so far with a 20-run victory over favourites Australia.

Set a target of 266 to win, the world champions faltered after looking all set to seal the match when Michael Bevan and Ricky Ponting were scoring freely.

But the game turned when Robin Singh pulled off a sensational one-handed diving catch to dismiss Ponting when the Australians were 159 for three.

India earlier made 265 for nine thanks to an accomplished debut batting performance from teenage all-rounder Yuvraj Singh.

The 18-year-old left hander scored 84, displaying a superb array of fluent strokes on both sides of the wicket, showing experience and maturity of a player beyond his tender years.

Lifeline

He was given a lifeline when the normally infallible Mark Waugh completely missed a straightforward slip catch off Glenn McGrath when he was on 41.

Namesake Robin also batted intelligently, finding the gaps to give his dominant partner the majority of the strike.

Australia put the Indians into bat and the openers immediately outlined their attacking intentions as Sachin Tendulkar brought the crowd to their feet with an explosive start, hitting three sixes off McGrath's opening spell.

The Australians celebrate Dravid's dismissal
The Australians celebrate Dravid's dismissal
They put on a stand of 66 before Tendulkar was caught by Damien Martyn for 38 after slashing wildly outside off-stump to a pacy Brett Lee delivery.

He was soon followed by Sourav Ganguly, who edged a leg-side delivery from Jason Gillespie into the hands of Adam Gilchrist for 24.

But the captain's dismissal brought in the arrival of Singh, whose first three scoring strokes all went to the boundary.

Threatened

The normally reliable Rahul Dravid fell innocuously and then Vinod Kambli threatened to take control, but edged a Steve Waugh delivery to Gilchrist for 29 to leave the total on 130 for four.

The Singhs pushed the total on until Robin played on to an Ian Harvey delivery.

Yuvraj followed soon afterwards, returning the ball to Shane Lee, and the momentum dipped until Ventakesh Prasad hit a spectacular six off the last ball to give the Indians a good total to defend.

The Australians got off to a solid start thanks to pinch-hitter Gilchrist, but India struck an early blow when Mark Waugh was caught at third-man off Agit Agarkar.

Gilchrist hit a rapid 33 off just 23 balls before he skied to Ganguly at mid-off and Harvey, a surprise choice for number three, followed after a quick-fire 25.

But Harvey's dismissal brought Bevan to the crease.

Officially recognised as the best one-day batsman in world cricket, he probed the gaps with quick singles and took advantage of wayward bowling.

Aspirations

But when Ponting went, so did Australia's aspirations of holding the ICC Trophy.

Bevan was then sensationally run-out after a direct hit from man-of-the-match Yuvraj attempting a quick single.

Martyn was bowled by Singh as the pressure mounted on captain Steve Waugh, who watched helplessly as wickets tumbled at the non-striker's end.

But when Zaheer Khan's yorker finally beat Waugh, the Indian supporters sang in jubilation.

Brett Lee obviously didn't hear their cries as he hoisted an enormous six which completely cleared the ground and smashed a car windscreen. He followed that up with several further clean strikes which found their way to the boundary.

Lee was eventually caught by Ganguly after smashing 31 runs off 28 balls and not even a late rally from Jason Gillespie, who hit 14 off 16, could save the day for the Australians.

Gillespie finally fell to Prasad, sparking off wild celebrations among Indian players and fans alike.

India will now face the winners of the England/South Africa game to be played on 10th October.

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