India tied with England in an enthralling group stage match which set the tournament alight and lost to a South Africa team determined to exorcise the ghosts of past World Cups.
Dropping three points meant second place in Group B and a quarter-final against defending champions Australia in a match described by Australian coach Tim Nielsen as a "mini-grand final".
Ricky Ponting at his grittiest scored a century but Yuvraj Singh, whose left-arm slow bowling proved an unexpected bonus throughout the tournament, responded with a match-winning innings of 57 not out as India passed their first trial by fire.
Image: India's cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni poses with the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy near the Gateway of India during a photo call at the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai on April 3, 2011. India won the Cricket World Cup for the first time since 1983 with a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka on April