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Match Highlights of Australia vs India, Semi Final at Sydney (Mar 26): ICC World Cup 2015
A spirited Australia outdid India easily by 95 runs at Sydney in the second semi-final on Thursday to join New Zealand in the final to be held at the MCG on Sunday. In an anti-climax of sorts, Australia batted first after winning the toss, and put up a massive 328 for 7 on the board. Steven Smith was the thorn in the Indian side in the Tests and the tri-series, and he once again proved to be India’s nemesis on Thursday. It was around his classical innings of 105 that Australia built their daunting total. Steve Smith was well-supported by Aaron Finch’s 81, and a cameo from Mitchell Johnson. India began well in response, but the pressure of the chase and the high quality of the Australian pace attack was too much for them to sustain.
Above photo: Australia’s cricket team players hug each other to celebrate their victory over India in the Cricket World Cup semi-final at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN / GETTY IMAGES
Bowling first, India got a big breakthrough in the form of David Warner, who was dismissed cheaply by Umesh Yadav with the left-hander getting a leading edge to his short-arm jab pull shot. However, that was the only success India tasted for a long while. Steven Smith and Aaron Finch played risk-free cricket, but yet scored at an impressive pace, never allowing the Indians to settle into a proper line and length. The Indian pacers, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma, all of whom had done fantastically earlier in the tournament struggled in the wake of Finch-Smith stand. Steve Smith went on to complete his century, and was eventually dismissed for 105 from 93 balls with 11 fours and two sixes while opener Aaron Finch made 81 from while not in great touch. He faced 116 balls, hitting seven fours and a six.
Above photo: Australia’s paceman Mitchell Johnson (L) fields on his own bowling as India’s batsman Virat Kohli (R) looks on during the Cricket World Cup semi-final at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN / GETTY IMAGES
India fought back well after those dismissals to scuttle some of the momentum they had gained. R Ashwin dismissed dangerman Glenn Maxwell for 23 while Mohit Sharma sent back Australia Captain Michael Clarke and Shane Watson before Australia could cross 300. However, just when it seemed India were clawing back, Mitchell Johnson came in and smashed 27 from 9 balls with 4 fours and a six. India’s bowling figures on the day were poor. Umesh Yadav claimed 4 but gave away 72, Mohit Sharma went for 75 in his 10, and Mohammed Shami finished with 0 for 68. R Ashwin with 1 for 42 was the only one to return with decent figures.
Above photo: Australia’s batsman Steve Smith acknowledges the applause after been dismissed by India during their 2015 Cricket World Cup semi-final match in Sydney on March 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / William WEST / GETTY IMAGES
India began the chase confidently as Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma added 76 for the first wicket. However, once Shikhar Dhawan fell to Josh Hazelwood for 45, the game completely turned. Mitchell Johnson bounced out Virat Kohli for 1, and cleaned up Rohit Sharma for 34. Suresh Raina was taken care of by James Faulkner, who had him caught behind for 7. At 108 for 4, it was game over for India. Skipper MS Dhoni chipped in with 65, but the Aussie pacers blew away India’s tail, and stormed into yet another World Cup final.
Above photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 26: Steve Smith of Australia gestures that Ravindra Jadeja of India is out as they wait for the third umpire referral after a direct hit from Steve Smith of Australia ran out Jadeja during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 26, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)