Australia powered to a 95-run victory over India in the second semi-final of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup on Thursday in Sydney. The victory sees the hosts face their fellow co-hosts New Zealand in the final on Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. After winning the toss and chosing to bat the host nation lost David Warner (12) early on in their innings but they recovered as Aaron Finch and Steve Smith put in a health partnership of 182 runs.
Both batsmen went on to record totals of 50 plus to give their side serious momentum in their race to set a defendable target. At 197/1 this partnership was broken by Umesh Yadav (4/72) when he dismissed Smith for 105. Two overs later the new man at the crease Glenn Maxwell (23) departed after playing a cameo and was followed by Finch (81) in the very next over as the Baggy Greens found themselves on 233/4.
Aussie skipper Michael Clarke managed to contribute 10 runs before he was back in the hut and he was closely followed by James Faulkner (21) and Shane Watson (28). With two overs to go it was Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson who were at the crease and were able to see their side safely to 328/7 in their allotted 50 overs. In reply the defending champions managed to reach their first 70 runs unscathed before Shikhar Dhawan (45) hit one from Josh Hazlewood (1/41) straight to extra cover to leave India on 76/1.
Two overs later Virat Kohli was castled by Johnson (2/50) for just one and he was followed by the other opener Rohit Sharma (38) one over later as the men from the subcontinent were left on 91/3. Duncan Fletcher’s men lost a further wicket of Suresh Raina (7) before the skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (65) walked out to the crease. He managed to string together a decent fifth wicket stand with Ajinkya Rahane to lead the side to 177/4 before Rahane was undone by Mitchell Starc six runs short of a half century.
With his side clearly in a spot of bother the captain continued to lead by example and managed to get his side to 228/6 having lost Ravindra Jadeja (16) before he too was run out. The Indians were left in tatters as the Australians began to clean up with Faulker (3/59) striking in consecutive balls removing Ravichandran Ashwin (5) as well as Mohammed Shami for a duck before Starc (2/28) clean bowled Yadav (0) to end India’s chase inside 50 overs.
The hosts won the match by 95 runs and progresses to the final on Sunday.