NEW DELHI, March 20, 2011 (AFP) – India will play defending champions Australia in a mouthwatering World Cup quarter-final clash after the hosts battled back to beat the West Indies comfortably on Sunday. India scored 268 thanks largely to a century by in-form Yuvraj Singh but lost their last six wickets for just 36 runs, raising fresh concerns over their ability to make the most of strong starts by their powerful top order.
But the West Indies, who had made a strong start to their reply in Chennai thanks largely to 81 from Devon Smith, crumbled alarmingly from a promising position of 154-2 to 188 all out, handing India victory by 80 runs.
West Indies’ last seven batsmen mustered a feeble 15 runs between them with a top score of six as they were bowled out with seven overs remaining. Zaheer Khan was the pick of the Indian bowlers, with 3-26. Yuvraj took 2-18.
Their disastrous collapse echoed a speedy demise against England, adding to growing doubts over the ability of the West Indies to perform under pressure. They have not beaten a major nation in a one-day international since 2009.
Man-of-the-match Yuvraj’s maiden World Cup century helped revive a 38,000 capacity crowd at Chidambaram S