Ahmedabad: Ricky Ponting smashed his 30th ODI century to return to form and power Australia to 260-6 against India in the second World Cup quarter-final on Thursday.
Ponting (104) won a good toss on a slow, turning track at the Sardar Patel Stadium where he reckoned 250 would be a good total.
He and Brad Haddin (53) then ensured the total exceeded his expectations.
Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin and Zaheer Khan claimed two wickets apiece as India used seven bowlers in the match, including Sachin Tendulkar who last rolled his bowling arm back in 2009 against the same opponents.
For Australia, opener Shane Watson (25) fell after a sluggish start but Haddin played without inhibitions and was particularly harsh on Munaf Patel.
The Haddin-Ponting partnership had yielded 70 brisk runs when Yuvraj once again underlined his importance as a part-time bowler, dismissing Haddin and Michael Clarke.
Mike Hussey’s stay was cut short by Zaheer Khan (2-53) but his brother David (38 not out) played a cameo in Ponting’s company to keep the scoreboard ticking.
Australia milked 44 runs from their batting powerplay overs -- 44th to 48th -- without losing any wicket and Ponting took a single off Ashwin to reach his fifth World Cup century before giving his wicket to the off-spinner in the penultimate over.
Ponting’s 118-ball knock included seven fours and a six.
The winner of the match will take on Pakistan in the 30 March semi-final in Mohali.