DURBAN, South Africa - India stormed into the final of the Twenty20 World Cup on Saturday after Yuvraj Singh's blistering batting earned them a 15-run win over Australia.
India booked a final date with traditional rivals Pakistan in Johannesburg on Monday thanks to Yuvraj's blazing knock of 70 runs off just 30 deliveries.
India amassed 188 for five and Australia could not keep up the required pace and replied with 173 for seven.
Yuvraj shared 84 runs off 40 balls with Robin Uthappa (34) for the third wicket after India won the toss and chose to bat.
The 25-year-old, who smashed six sixes in an over against England earlier in the week, launched the Australia bowlers for five fours and five sixes during his entertaining knock.
Matthew Hayden (62) and Andrew Symonds (43) added 66 for the third wicket but Australia could mount no other significant partnerships.
India's win was almost assured when paceman Rohit Sharma conceded just five runs in the 19th over, leaving Australia to score 22 runs off the final over.
G. Gambhir c Hodge b Johnson 24
V. Sehwag c Gilchrist b Johnson 9
R. Uthappa run out 34
Yuvraj Singh c Hussey b Clarke 70
M. Dhoni run out 36
R. Sharma not out 8
I. Pathan not out 0
Extras (lb-6 w-1) 7
Total (five wickets, 20 overs) 188
Did not bat: H. Singh, J. Sharma, S. Sreesanth, R. Singh
Fall of wickets: 1-30, 2-41, 3-125, 4-155, 5-184
Bowling: B. Lee 4-0-25-0, N. Bracken 4-0-38-0, S. Clark 4-0-38-0 (1w), M. Johnson 4-0-31-2, A. Symonds 3-0-37-0, M. Clarke 1-0-13-1
A. Gilchrist b Sreesanth 22
M. Hayden b Sreesanth 62
B. Hodge c Sharma b Pathan 11
A. Symonds b Pathan 43
M. Hussey c Yuvraj Singh b Sharma 13
M. Clarke b H. Singh 3
B. Haddin not out 5
B. Lee b Sharma 2
M. Johnson not out 4
Extras (lb-3, w-3, nb-2) 8
Total (seven wickets; 20 overs) 173
Did not bat: N. Bracken, S. Clark
Fall of wickets: 1-36, 2-68, 3-134, 4-156, 5-159, 6-167, 7-169
Bowling: R. Singh 4-0-33-0 (1nb, 1w) , Sreesanth 4-1-12-2, Pathan 4-0-44-2 (1w), Sharma 3-0-37-2, H. Singh 4-0-24-1, Sehwag 1-0-20-0 (1nb)
Result: India win by 15 runs
Man of the match: Yuvraj Singh (India)