India's World Cup campaign has caught fire even before they can finish their final Group B league clash against the West Indies in Chennai on Sunday.
The 1983 champions, hoping their passionate fans will get to celebrate at their home turf, seem to have a major battle on hands to cross the first knockout hurdle.
India, having confirmed their quarterfinal entry, will face defending champions Australia next up in Ahmedabad on Thursday, if they put it across the Caribbean side. If they lose, they will run into co-hosts in-form Sri Lanka.
Pakistan, who upstaged Australia on Saturday, have topped Group A with New Zealand qualifying as the fourth team.