In a high pressure match packed with thrills and excitement, there are bound to be several turning points. And during both the Australian and Indian innings there were many happenings that had a profound effect on a closely fought game - the Aussie middle order slide, the dismissals of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar, the run out of Gautam Gambhir.
But perhaps the decisive turning point came midway through the Indian innings. MS Dhoni was out in the 38th over, Suresh Raina joined Yuvraj Singh, the last recognized pair was at the crease and the Indians required 74 runs at just over six an over. The tension was palpable and it was clear that the next few overs could well decide the outcome of the match one way or the other.
Image: India's Yuvraj Singh, left, and Suresh Raina celebrate their win in the Cricket World Cup quarterfinal match between India and Australia, in Ahmedabad, India, Thursday, March 24, 2011.
Text: Partab Ramchand