The second quarterfinal was a day-night match played at Motera, Gujarat, India between Australia and India on Thursday, March 24, 2011. Australia included David Hussey in place of Steven Smith. India too similarly had one change from their previous match 11 with Virender Sehwag chipping in, in place of Yusuf Pathan.
Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. Some interesting statistics about the past matches here on this ground show that that probability of the team winning the match playing second in a day-night match is higher. Aussies started cautiously with their openers Brad Haddin and Shane Watson playing not too hastily and trying to provide some stability in initial overs. In the first six overs, Australia was 24 for no loss.
R Ashwin got the first wicket for India on the last ball of innings’ 10th over when he got Watson clean bowled at his score of 25 and Australi’a total of 40. That was Ashwin’s fifth over. Captain Ricky Ponting joined Haddin on crease. It was Yuvraj in inning’s 23rd over when he got Haddin caught by Raina at his score of 53 and Australia were 110 for the loss of two wickets. Third wicket for India came in shape of Michael Clarke who was caught by Zaheer Khan bowled by Yuvraj Singh at 8. Australia were 140 for loss of 3 wickets in 31st over of the game.
Australia’s fourth wicket went in the form of Michael Hussey who was clean bowled superbly by Zaheer Khan at his score of 3 and innings total at 150 in 34th over. Next to go was Cameron White exactly after 40 runs added in the innings total when he gave a simple return catch to Zaheer at his score of 12. Australia by then was reduced to 190 for the loss of 5 wickets in the 42nd over. Ponting made a superb century but got out in the 49th over bowled by Ashwin caught by Zaheer at his score of 104. Australia was 245 for a loss of 6 wickets.