Australia impress Dravid

Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid on his way to a half-century © Getty Images

India captain Rahul Dravid paid tribute to Australia for their "clinical professionalism" after the hosts slumped to a comprehensive six-wicket defeat in Mohali.

Restricted to 249 for eight on a good batting wicket, India crashed out of the ICC Champions Trophy as Australia cruised to victory with 4.2 overs remaining.

The victory pairs Australia with New Zealand in Wednesday's semi-final in Mohali, and Dravid had no complaints about the result.

"I think they played much better cricket than us today," conceded Dravid, one of only two India players to make a half-century.

"They bowled quite well to restrict us to 250 and I thought they chased that target with clinical professionalism.

"We tried to keep a few wickets in hand for the end but I thought 250 was a pretty good score.

"It was a good wicket with a bit of pace, and turn for the spinners, but we probably didn't bowl very well in the first 15 overs and that cost us badly.

"They got off to a good start and after that we were always fighting with our backs against the wall.

Shane Watson

Shane Watson gives Australia a flying start © Getty Images

"It's been a good tournament for us and there is a lot of work to be done in the next few months."

Chasing India's modest total, Australia were given a flying start by all-rounder Shane Watson, who hammered 50 off 46 balls, while captain Ricky Ponting hit his first half-century in seven one-day internationals.

Man of the match Damien Martyn completed the emphatic win with an unbeaten 73 off 104 balls, and Ponting enthused: "He played very well and finished the game off tremendously.

"He came in at a difficult time when the spinners were on.

"It was a hard wicket to start on against the spin and he showed what a good player he can be for us."

Ponting added: "It was a pretty good effort because the wicket was good.

"India probably came up a little bit short with that total and we were pretty confident of chasing it.

"Our bowlers did a good job through the middle. They got off to a good start but we pegged them back and our batting at the top was really good.

"I was disappointed to get out when I did. I wanted to stay out there as long as I could and get some quality time in the middle, but it was good to score a few today."

Martyn said: "It was a great win by the boys. The openers got us off to a fantastic start and gave us a very good base.

"Early on I didn't know where I was going to score a run with Harbhajan (Singh) bowling so it was difficult early on, but we were lucky to get a great start."

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