The world champions rode McGrath's spell to romp into the final for the first time with a 34-run victory over the Kiwis, but not before surviving a scare from the duo of Oram and Vettori.
Playing true to their current form, India continued with their agonising sequence of flops to allow the Aussie juggernaut to canter into the semi-finals with an emphatic six-wicket thrashing.
The opener cracked a fluent century to find his way into the record books as Sri Lanka launched their campaign with a scrappy 37-run victory over Bangladesh in a qualifying match.
With a young Irfan and a rejuvenated Sachin, captain Dravid sets off to a great start, with even the spin of the coin favouring him and decisions paying off.
The Pakistanis outplayed the hosts in all the departments to record a thumping 159-run victory in the high-profile match marred briefly by unruly crowd behaviour after a ceremonious start.
Just 13 dismissals on the first four days, the 10 wickets today come a day too late as both sides claim their 'gains' and shift focus on the decider in Kolkata.
The result now a foregone conclusion, Sehwag's (164) ruthless exhibition of stroke play enlivens proceedings on yet another fog-hit day and provides the ideal platform for the top order to come good after a prolonged lean run.
Scoring at a rate of over four runs an over, Sehwag and Gambhir (85 apiece) take the stuffing out of the South African attack to power the hosts, chasing 510-9 declared, to 185 --their highest opening partnership against the rivals.
As if Hall's career-best 163 in a marathon 588 minutes was not enough to torment the Indian spinners, toiling relentlessly on a 'lifeless track, debutant Zander de Bruyn's 83 multiplies the hosts' woes as South Africa place themselves in a commanding
In his maiden appearance as a Test opener, the all-rounder plays the sheet-anchor role to perfection as his unbeaten 78 in the company of Boeta Dippenaar (46) leads the visitors' fightback after old warhorse Kumble had reduced them to 154-4.
'We never shunted him out. I told him just a month and half ago not to worry since he was being preserved for the Olympics,' says the IHF chief, thus ending the controversy over the star player's omission from the list of probables
While acknowledging the efforts of the Indian coach and the establishment's belief in continuity, the Board chief keeps mum on an extension for the Kiwi saying, 'We have no idea of saying goodbye to anybody at the moment. It is a decision which will
'Like in Australia, we have come close to winning an overseas series in the past two years, but to beat Pakistan in Pakistan feels really great,' says an elated Ganguly
A landmark fifth double and his highest Test score of 270 places India with a lead of 327 runs with two days and eight Pakistan wickets to go, to win their first series in Pakistan.
The 'Wall' raises visions of a series-clinching victory as his unbeaten 134 along with superb knocks from makeshift opener Patel (69), Laxman (71) and Ganguly's 53 not out place India 118 runs ahead with six wickets intact.
The day belonged to the new-ball bowlers - with the ball and the bat. Balaji's career-best 4-63 ripped through the Pakistani line-up and only a 70-run ninth wicket stand between Sami (49) and Akbar (25) saw them reach 224. And then Shoaib moved in to
'I thought I could have played for a year or so, but I lost the hunger because the selectors did not consider me good enough to represent the country any more'
'Bad phases come in every player's career. I have worked hard on my wicket-keeping and hopefully, it will be a better period for me now'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi departs from New Delhi for his visit to the USA, where he will take part in a wide range of programmes, hold talks with world leaders including POTUS.PTI Photo
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Followers of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad President Mahant Narendra Giri Maharaj gathher the ‘Nagar Yatra’ (procession) of his mortal remains prior ti his ‘Bhoo Samadhi’, in Prayagraj.PTI Photo
NDA candidate Rozina Najish files her nomination for Bihar Legislative Council by-election seat in the presence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and HAM-S Chief Jitan Ram Manjhi at commissionary in Patna.PTI Photo
Metro workers celebrate after Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) "URJA" broke-through at the Shivajinagar Station from Bangalore Cantonment Station, in Bengaluru.PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak
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