Australia beat Pakistan by 6 wickets in their quarterfinal match against Pakistan to setup an clash against India in the semis at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
India and Australia have played 10 times in World Cups and the head-to-head is 7-3 in favour of the men from Down Under. Ahead of their 11 World Cup clash, here’s a look at how the previous ones played out.
Routed the first time
June 13, 1983 (60-over match) at Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Australia won by 162 runs
Despite Kapil Dev’s 5/43 haul off 12 overs, Australia piled up 320/9. Aussie opener Trevor Chappell scored 110 off 131 balls
India were bowled out for 158 in 37.5 overs. Kapil top scored with 40 off 27 balls. Ken MacLeay (6/39) wrecked India’s chase.
Player of the match: Trevor Chappell
Bounce back a week later
June 20, 1983 (60-over match) at County Ground, Chelmsford
India won by 118 runs
India were bowled out for 247 in 55.5 overs. Yashpal Sharma top scored with a run-a-ball 40.
Australia were dismissed for 129 in 38.2 overs. The medium pace of Roger Binny (4/29 in 8 overs) and Madan Lal (4/20 in 8.2 overs) proved too hot to handle.
Player of the match: Roger Binny, who also chipped in with 21 with the bat.
As close as it gets
October 9, 1987, at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Madras
(50-over matches became the norm from this edition of the World Cup)
Australia won by 1 run
Opener Geoff Marsh top scored with 110 off 141 balls and Australia ended with 270/6.
Despite a heroic 70 from Krishnamachari Srikkanth and a quick 73 from Navjot Sidhu, India were bowled out for 269 in 49.5 overs. Maninder Singh (4) was the last wicket to fall, tantalisingly close to the finish line. Steve Waugh broke Indian hearts by rattling the left-arm spinner’s stumps.
Player of the match: Geoff Marsh
October 22, 1987, at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
India won by 56 runs
Powered by half-centuries from Sunil Gavaskar, Navjot Sidhu, Dilip Vengsarkar and Mohammad Azharuddin, India posted 289/6. Craig McDermott took 3 wickets, but conceded 61 runs in 10 overs.
Australia were bowled out for 233 in 49 overs. Maninder Singh finished with a haul of 3/34, but the stunner to Australia was delivered by Azharuddin, who scalped 3 wickets for 19 runs in 3.5 overs.
Player of the match: Azharuddin for an unbeaten 54 and 3/19
Yet another close one
March 1, 1992, at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba
Australia won by 1 run (revised target)
Dean Jones top scored with 90 in Australia’s total of 237/9. Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar snared 3 wickets each.
Rain interrupted play in the 17th over of India’s chase and the target was revised 236 off 47 overs. India were bowled out for 234 in 47 overs. Skipper Azharuddin played a stellar knock of 93 before he was run out by rival captain Allan Border.
Player of the match: Dean Jones
Mark Waugh gets Sachin stumped with a wide
February 27, 1996 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Australia won by 16 runs
Australia were dismissed for 258. The total came due to a classy century (126) from opener Mark Waugh and a half-century (59) from fellow opener and skipper Mark Taylor. There were five run outs in the innings.
India folded up for 242 in 48 overs. Sachin Tendulkar (90) looked good to take India to a win, but Mark Waugh slipped a wide past the off stump to outwit India’s best batsman. Tendulkar advanced and missed the ball, Ian Healy duly whipped off the bails.
Player of the match: Mark Waugh 126 and 1/44
Ajay Jadeja ton goes in vain
June 4, 1999, at Kennington Oval, London
Australia won by 77 runs
Mark Waugh (83) had the lone half-century in the Australian innings, but they posted a healthy 282/6, served well by cameos and 35 extras.
Ajay Jadeja scored a sedate unbeaten 100 and Robin Singh chipped in with 75, but no other Indian batsman reached double digits (extras did with 10).
Glenn McGrath wrecked the Indian top order, claiming the wickets of Tendulkar (0), Rahul Dravid (2) and Azharuddin (3). Sourav Ganguly fell to Damien Fleming for 8. Barely into the seventh over of the chase, India had been reduced to 17/4. India were bowled out for 205 in 48.2 overs.
Player of the match: Glenn McGrath 3/34
Blown away by Dizzy spell at Centurion
February 15, 2003, at SuperSport Park, Centurion
Australia won by 9 wickets
India were bowled out for a paltry 125 in 41.4 overs. Jason ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie bowled a miserly spell and conceded only 13 runs in 10 overs. Worse still, he trapped Tendulkar lbw for 36 and bowled Dravid for 1. He topped it up with the wicket of Mohammad Kaif (1).
Australia cantered to victory in 22.2 overs.
Player of the match: Jason Gillespie 3/13
Pummelled by Ponting in final
March 23, 2003, at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Australia won by 125 runs
After initial stutter, India scripted a fairytale run in the 2003 edition, but it all unravelled in the final. Australia posted a mammoth 359/2. Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting hammered 140 off 121 balls (studded with 4 boundaries and 8 towering sixes).
The Indian chase faltered early after McGrath dismissed Tendulkar for 4. Virender Sehwag fought on and scored 82 and Dravid scored a sedate 47, but this World Cup went out of India’s grasp early.
Player of the match: Ricky Ponting
Quarter-final triumph on way to glory
March 24, 2011, at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
India won by 5 wickets
Ponting sparkled with yet another World Cup century (104), but India did not let Australia run away in this one at Motera. Australia posted a competitive 260/6. Zaheer Khan, Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh picked up 2 wickets each.
Half-centuries from Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj formed the backbone of India’s chase, but Suresh Raina breathed life into it with an unbeaten 34 off 28 balls at a crucial stage. Raina prospered when India looked in a spot of bother, but he blew the Aussies away with fearless hitting.
Player of the match: Yuvraj Singh