West Indies, who also qualified from fourth spot, will meet Group A winner Pakistan in the last eight.
“We will be at our best for the quarterfinals,” India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni told reporters. “Australia are a very strong side and very expressive on the field, but it’s about how we prepare for the game to achieve what we want. In the process, we hope to give our best.”
Yuvraj Singh scored a century in Chennai as India recorded its fourth victory in six group matches. He hit 113 from 123 balls and shared a 122-run partnership with Virat Kohli, 59 runs, to help India recover from 51-2.
After Kohli was bowled by Ravi Rampaul the final seven wickets fell for less than 100 runs, with India bowled out for 268 in its final over. Rampaul finished with 5-51.
In reply, the West Indies collapsed to 188 all out, with the addition of only 34 runs after opener Devon Smith was dismissed for 81 at 154-3. Zaheer Khan was the pick of India’s bowlers, taking 3-26.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy said his team needs to improve.
“We’re in the knockout stage so we have to tighten up and tighten up quickly, we have to bring our A game against Pakistan,” he said. “We lost eight wickets for 30-odd runs, that’s a concern. But we’re in the knockout and anything can happen.”
The top four teams in each of the seven-team groups advance to the quarterfinals. The other two matchups see Sri Lanka play England, and Group B winner South Africa face New Zealand.
Also yesterday, Zimbabwe defeated Kenya by 161 runs in Kolkata, India, in a match between two teams that couldn’t advance. After scoring 308-6 from its 50 overs, Zimbabwe bowled out Kenya for 147.
India is aiming to win the tournament for a first time since 1983. Australia has won four of the past six events, with Pakistan and Sri Lanka also taking the title. The West Indies won the first two editions.
Quarterfinals: March 23: Pakistan v West Indies Dhaka March 24: Australia v India Ahmedabad March 25: New Zealand v South Africa Dhaka March 26: Sri Lanka v England Colombo