Australia have foot printed in 7th semifinal in the world cup history
Australia have established its name for the 7th time in the world cup semi final history and has been selected for the finals which will be held on 29th March 2015.
Australia is on its home turf, but the crowd at the semifinal is likely to be dominated by the Indian supporters. Indian news reporters say that through the estimation conducted by the organizers, 70% of the seats were filled with the Indian supporters and even the Australian players would have felt Sydney as Kolkata, because of today’s crowd. but, unexpectedly, the Indian fans had to face a major dissappoinment today.
India’s defence of their ICC Cricket World Cup title came to a disappointing end at the hands of Australia on a spin-friendly wicket at Sydney as the hosts cruised to a 96 run win to advance to their 7th World Cup final.
Australia won an important toss in the morning and made the easy decision which is signinficant thing bat first at the SCG. Both teams came into this game unchanged, with the underdog Indians hoping to pick up their first win in 4 months against Australia.
David Warner gave Australia a typically brisk start, smashing a four and six among 7 balls he faced before falling to an innocuous delivery from Umesh Yadav that looped up off the outside edge of Warner’s bat as he attempted to hit the ball across the line. He fell for 12.
That was about as good as it got for India for the next couple of hours as Steve Smith, who has had an outstanding summer against India, struck a typically stroke ful century and shared a 178 run partnership with Aaron Finch, who made 81. Both men also fell to Umesh Yadav, who finished with 4 wickets for 72 runs from 9 overs.
Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers for India, putting the skids on the scoring rate in the middle overs, and also picking up the key wicket of Glenn Maxwell for 23, but Australia had got a good enough start to ensure that their batsmen could throw their bats at virtually every delivery in the last 15 overs, and posted an imposing total of 328-7 in their 50 overs.
A cameo 27 from just 9 balls from Mitchell Johnson towards the fag end of the innings proved crucial to help Australia ease past 300 after they lost wickets in a bunch in the middle of the innings. Dhoni might have missed a trick by not bowling his part-time spinners in the game, with the pitch taking prodigious turn, but shockingly Suresh Raina not turning his arm over even once.
India came out to bat chasing a monumental target, and were a tad fortunate early on with Shane Watson taking a suspect catch in the slips on the half-volley and Shikhar Dhawan being dropped by Brad Haddin as he divided across first slip for what would have been a regulation chance for Watson.
By not losing early wickets, India kept themselves very much alive in this contest and at 76-0 in the 13th over were in the game.
However, Dhawan’s adventurous nature got the best of him as his decision to continue to take on Josh Hazlewood, approaching what would have been the end of his spell, cost India dearly with Maxwell taking an easy catch in the deep.
The Indian batting then suffered a dramatic collapse with Virat Kohli (1), Rohit Sharma (34) and Suresh Raina (7) falling in quick unison as the game slipped away from India’s grasp as they slid to 108-4. Mitchell Johnson removed both the right handers, while Faulkner got rid of Raina, playing a nothing shot outside his off-stump.
ndia 233 all out from 46.5 overs (target 329)
Fall of wickets: 76-1 (Dhawan 45), 78-2 (Kohli 1), 91-3 (Rohit 34), 108-4 (Raina 7), 178-5 (Rahane 44), 208-6 (Jadeja 16), 231-7 (Dhoni 65), 232-8 (Ashwin 5), 232-9 (Mohit 0), 233-10 (Yadav 0)
Not out batsman: Shami 1
Bowling figures: Starc 8.5-0-28-2, Hazlewood 10-1-41-1, Johnson 10-0-50-2, Faulkner 9-0-59-3, Maxwell 5-0-18-0, Watson 4-0-29-0
Australia 328-7: Smith 105, Finch 81, Yadav 4-72, Mohit 2-75
So, the defending champions have been unceremoniously dethroned. And the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday will feature the two co-hosts – Australia and New Zealand.
Curiously, a win for Australia in the final would make them only the second country to lift the World Cup on home soil, after India in 2011.
And if New Zealand win, they’d be the second team after Sri Lanka in 1996 to win a World Cup as co-hosts, but playing the final in another country.