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Cricket World Cup: Classy India too hot for Australia

India captain MS Dhoni expressed his delight after his side set up a mouthwatering semi-final against Pakistan with a five wicket victory over Australia in the quarter-final of the Cricket World Cup.

Australia had set a respectable total of 260, with captain Ricky Ponting returning to form to score 104, but Yuvraj Singh continued his fantastic run in the competition with a much needed half-century at a time when India seemed to be struggling in their chase.

Suresh Raina also played his part, scoring 34 not out to help India over the line and into the semi-finals.

“These were the two guys who needed to score the runs, with Yuvraj going well I thought we'd make it,” said Dhoni.

“It was about managing the pressure as well as the technical aspects. We didn't bowl as well as we needed to but we competed hard.”

Ponting said: “With 15 overs to go it was really touch and go but Yuvraj and Raina played well, we needed to get into their tail and we were unable to do that.”

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