India V Australia Quarter final Knockout Trophy 2000 at Nairobi Full Highlights
India shocked world champions Australia and surprised their critics in winning the quarter-finals of the ICC Knockout Tournament here after a tremendous allround display highlighted by exhilirating batting by new entrant Yuvraj Singh who made 84 in his very first innings for the country. ‘Man of the match’ Yuvraj Singh made 84, took a stunning catch and ran out a key batsman in his very second match, having not had a chance to bat against hosts Kenya in the tournament opener. Put in to bat, India spoiled the flying start given by Sachin Tendulkar and skipper Sourav Ganguly by suffering a middle order collapse. But the teenager from Punjab took charge of the situation to propel India to a fighting total of 265 for nine in the allotted 50 overs. With Australia set to score 266 for a win in 48 overs — they were docked two overs for slow bowling — the Indians bowled and fielded with a fiery determination to dismiss them for 245 in 46.4 overs. It was the day of the newcomers who weaved magic in India’s win. After Yuvraj’s scintillating 84, Zaheer Khan bowled good line and length to become the most successful of Indian bowlers claiming two wickets, including that of captain Steve Waugh, for 40 runs off his quota of 10 overs. He was also quite impressive in the field and along with Yuvraj breathed new life into what-used-to-be lacklusture Indian fielding. It was a pleasent sight watching Indians throwing themselves to save runs and take outstanding catches and it was their fielding which was highly instrumental in earning them a well-deserved win. Australia were off to a flying start with Adam Gilchrist (33) stroking away to glory in his characteristic manner. The cheap dismissal of Mark Waugh (7), who was caught by Anil Kumble off Ajit Agarkar, followed by the fall of Gilchrist — Zaheer Khan’s first victim — did not deter the Australian batsmen from going for their shots. Ricky Ponting, who came after the dismissal of Gilchrist, combined with Ian Harvey and later with Michael Bevan to resurrect the innings. Yuvraj took a brilliant catch off Venkatesh Prasad to dismiss Harvey, but Ponting and Bevan added 73 runs for the fourth wicket to take the Aussies to a position of strength.