Australia knock India out of World Cup, reach final

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Australia halted India's 7-match unbeaten run with a 95-run victory today to reach the final of ICC World Cup 2015 at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Steve Smith hit a fine hundred as the co-hosts posted 328/7 in 50 overs and bowled out India for 233. (Media, fans attack Indian team)

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Barring captain MS Dhoni's half century, the rest of the Indian batsmen failed to rise to the challenge in front of SCG crowd dominated by Indians. (Match report)

Australians celebrate

Live updates (All times in IST)

4.57 PM: Smith is Man-of-the-match for his 105. Final on March 29 (Sunday) in Melbourne - Australia Vs New Zealand

4.49 PM: It's all over. Starc gets the final wicket, Yadav bowled. Australia win by 95 runs to reach the final. India 233 all out in 46.5

4.45 PM: Hat-trick ball from Faulkner. Played out by Umesh Yadav. India 232/9 in 46

4.44 PM: WICKET - Two in two for Faulkner. Mohit Sharma bowled for golden duck. India 232/9 in 45.5

4.42 PM: WICKET - Ashwin b Faulkner 5. India 232/8 in 45.4

4.37 PM: ALL OVER now. WICKET - Dhoni (65) is run out by Maxwell's direct hit. The captain's fine knock has ended. This might have been his final World Cup innings

4.34 PM: Shane Warne has already congratulated Australia for today's win. Still match not over. India need 101 off 35

4.31 PM: India need 105 off 40

4.25 PM: 58th ODI FIFTY for Dhoni off 55 balls. Gets there with a SIX off Watson. Hits another SIX next ball. Only half century in the innings for India. Need more for other batsmen

4.21 PM: WICKET - Smith gets a direct hit at the striker's end. Jadeja (16) is gone. 208/6 in 41.5

4.18 PM: Hazlewood finishes his spell - excellent figures 1/41 in 10 (1 maiden). India need 125 off 54

4.16 PM: DROPPED - Clarke puts down a skier from Dhoni (42). Tough chance. He sprinted few yards got both hands but could not hang on to it

4.15 PM: FINAL 10 overs - India need 133 off 60 balls. 5 wickets remaining

4.10 PM: Getting tougher and tougher but Dhoni still there. Can he pull off? India need 137 off 66

4.04 PM: Jadeja is with Dhoni now. Last hope for India, still tough task. India 183/5 in 38 overs

3.57 PM: WICKET - Rahane (44) given out on DRS, caught by Haddin off Starc. Faint edge spotted on Snickometer. Kumar Dharmasena has to reverse his decision. India 178/5 36.2

3.49 PM: Final 15 overs coming up. 170/4 in 35. India need 159 off 90 balls. 6 wickets remaining

3.38 PM: DRINKS BREAK - India 157/4 in 33 overs. 172 more needed off 102 balls

3.32 PM: Dhoni and Rahane fighting it out in the middle. They have added 40 runs so far. We are into last 18 overs of the match. India 150/4 in 32

3.26 PM: Some of the Indian fans are leaving SCG. Team struggling at 144/4 in 30.5

3.17 PM: India 130/4 in 28 overs. Hazlewood continues

3.11 PM: Meanwhile, on Twitter, angry Indian fans are targetting Anushka Sharma for Kohli's failure today. Lot of abusive tweets. She is at the stadium. Not fair to blame her

3.07 PM: HALFWAY mark - India 115/4 in 25 overs. Next 150 balls, they need to score 214 runs

3.00 PM: FOUR from Raina off Faulkner. Bit of pressure released. WICKET - But he is out for 7 next ball. India 108/4 in 23 overs

2.56 PM: After 22 overs, 102/3. Required run rate has crossed 8

2.50 PM: India have a tough task ahead. Rahane and Raina need to rebuild. After 20 overs, 95/3

2.39 PM: WICKET - Rohit Sharma's furniture disturbed. Johnson strikes again. India 91/3 after 18 overs

2.25 PM: WICKET - Virat Kohli perishes while trying to pull Mitchell Johnson. Haddin takes an easy catch. India 78/2

2.22 PM: Virat Kohli comes out to bat. India 77/1 after 15 overs

2.13 PM: WICKET - Shikhar falls for 45. Hazlewood the bowler, Maxwell takes the catch. India 76/1 in 12.5

2.10 PM: India 73/0 in 12 overs. Excellent start by the openers, Shikhar in particular, 45 off 40

2.05 PM: No swing for Australian bowlers. Indian batsmen doing well at the moment. It is 60/0 in 11 overs

1.58 PM: Bowling change. James Faulkner replaces Hazlewood (4-0-15-0). Shikhar hits successive boundaries off the left-arm seamer and follows that with a SIX. India 55/0 in 10 overs

1.55 PM: Slow start for India. Most important thing is they have not lost a wicket. 39/0 in 9 overs

1.51 PM: It is 33/0 in 8 overs for India

1.47 PM: After 7 overs, India 30/0

1.45 PM: SIX - Bouncer from Johnson, second ball, and Rohit puts it into the stands

1.43 PM: 6 overs bowled, India are 24/0

1.38 PM: After 5 overs, India 20/0

1.33 PM: DROPPED - Shikhar (5) gets a chance from Haddin, off Hazlewood. The ball was heading to first slip to Watson but Haddin dived to his left and failed

1.30 PM: India 9/0 in 3 overs. 1 boundary so far, from Rohit

1.23 PM: India 4/0 in 1 over. Josh Hazlewood to take the other new ball

1.19 PM: Edged and taken in the slips by Watson. But umpires are not sure. Third umpire called in. Replays inconclusive. NOT OUT. Erasmus said ball bounced. Rohit (0) survives. Benefit of doubt

1.15 PM: Players are back on the field. India's run chase of 329 to begin. Rohit and Shikhar in. Starc to bowl to Rohit

1.06 PM: Rahul Dravid - "Not impossible but needs something brilliant from India".

1.05 PM: Sourav Ganguly advice to Team India - "Don't think about the target (329). Play the ball on its merit. Virat Kohli is the key."

1.02 PM: India need to rewrite history today to reach the final. No team has scored 329 in a World Cup semi-final. They have the batting might to do it. The highest successful chase at SCG is 334 by Australia against England in 2011

12.47 PM: India managed to bounce back in the middle overs but Johnson's 9-ball 27 not out hurt them in the end. The last 3 overs produced 40 runs. 89 in final 10. After taking 70 wickets in 7 games, India failed to bowl a side out for the first time in this World Cup.

India's leading wicket-taker in the tournament - Shami (17) disappointing, 0/68 in 10. Umesh was expensive but had 4 scalps (4/72 in 9) to overtake Shami. Umesh now has 18 wickets. Ashwin was the best in terms of economy - 1/42 in 10. For Australia, it was Smith (105) and Finch (81)

12.44 PM: END OF INNINGS - Australia 328/7 in 50 overs. India need 329 to win

12.41 PM: DROPPED - Kohli puts down Haddin (6) in the final over off Mohit

12.38 PM: 3 successive FOURS from Johnson off Shami. AUS 313/7 in 49 overs

12.30 PM: WICKET - Watson is gone, caught in the deep by Rahane off Mohit. AUS 298/7 in 47.5

12.25 PM: 3 overs left. AUS 288/6

12.21 PM: WICKET - Faulkner bowled by Umesh, his 4th wicket. AUS 284/6 in 46.3

12.18 PM: 8 runs from Jadeja's final over. AUS 279/5 in 46

12.13 PM: 5 overs remaining. AUS 271/5

12.07 PM: Ashwin finishes his spell - 1/42 in 10 overs. Last ball hit for a SIX by Watson. AUS 258/5 in 44

12.04 PM: It was not working at the start but now India have 4 wickets from short balls. AUS 250/5 in 43

12.00 PM: WICKET - Short ball from Mohit and Clarke pulls it straight to short-midwicket fielder Rohit. Australia 248/5 in 42.1

11.56 AM: Australia 241/4 in 41 overs. Clarke breaks free with a FOUR off Jadeja on the first ball of 42nd over

11.54 AM: Watch Steve Smith's wicket here

11.50 AM: After 40 overs, Australia 239/4. Things have slowed down for them in the last 3 overs (8/2 in 18 balls)

11.45 AM: Two new batsmen at the crease. Captain Michael Clarke is with Shane Watson

11.42 AM: Double blow for Australia. Finch out to Umesh. Aus 233/4 in 38.2

11.38 AM: HUGE WICKET - Ashwin gets Maxwell for 23 off 14. Australia 232/3 in 37.3

11.36 AM: End of batting powerplay, Australia 231/2 in 37 overs. 64/1 in 5 overs of batting powerplay

11.26 AM: After 35 overs. Australia 206/2

11.24 AM: Maxwell is under way with a FOUR on the on-side

11.20 AM: Finch-Smith partnership ends at 182 off 31 overs. Glenn Maxwell joins Finch

11.18 AM: WICKET - Umesh comes back and gets Smith (105) with a bouncer. End of a fine knock. Australia 197/2 in 34.1. And it is drinks break at SCG

11.16 AM: Both batsmen toying with Indian bowling now. Two big overs (14 and 16) of batting powerplay. 197/1 in 34 overs

11.10 AM: 100 for Smith, off 89 balls. Big match, big knock. All summer, Smith tormented Indian bowlers and now again. 14 runs of the opening batting powerplay over. 181/1 in 34

Smith ton

11.09 AM: 4 and a 6 from Smith off Shami. Smith is on 96 now

11.07 AM: BATTING POWERPLAY taken. 33 to 37 overs. 167/1

11.05 AM: Australia 167/1 in 32 overs. Smith 86, Finch 62

11.03 AM: Ashwin continues. He is into his 8th over. Australia 161/1 in 31

10.58 AM: After 30 overs, Australia 155/1. Double this score for 50 overs. 310 or more?

10.55 AM: Nothing much happening for India. Smith and Finch picking runs. AUS 153/1 in 29

10.50 AM: Coming into this match, Indian had bowled out all their opposition in all 7 games (70 wickets). Today, they have been thwarted by Finch and Smith so far

10.46 AM: FIFTY for Finch off 82 balls. A 50 after low scores in 5 matches. AUS 143/1 in 27

10.41 AM: HALFWAY - Australia 132/1 in 25 overs. Smith hit a SIX off Jadeja

10.38 AM: After 24 overs, Australia 124/1

10.33 AM: DRS against Finch (43) for an LBW off Jadeja. Umpire's call. Impact just outside off. India lose the review. It was Jadeja who wanted Dhoni to use DRS. The captain was not convinced though. Aus 116/1 in 22.4

10.30 AM: Not a good statistic for an Indian fan

10.26 AM: After 20 overs, Australia 105/1. They were 56/1 in 10

10.23 AM: FIFTY for Steve Smith, off 53 balls. AUS 100/1 in 19 overs. This is 4th consecutive half century for Smith

10.22 AM: Change of ends for Jadeja. Will he succeed?

10.20 AM: AUS 98/1 in 18

10.18 AM: Ashwin into the attack, replacing Jadeja (2-0-13-0)

10.09 AM: DRINKS BREAK - Australia 89/1 in 16 overs. The hosts will be happy to have rebuilt after the early loss of Warner

Kohli catch

10.06 AM: 15 overs completed. Australia 82/1

10.02 AM: Australia 77/1 in 14 overs. Finch and Smith in control at the moment. India desperately looking to break this partnership

10.00 AM: Time for spin. Ravindra Jadeja comes on. Kohli stopped after just 1 over (1-0-7-0)

9.59 AM: End of 13 overs - Australia 71/1

9.56 AM: Short ball not working for India. Easy pickings for Australian batsmen so far

9.55 AM: 50-run partnership between Finch and Smith

9.53 AM: FOUR - Easy ball from Kohli, short and pulled away to the boundary by Smith. AUS 64/1 in 12

9.52 AM: SURPRISE - Dhoni has given the ball to Kohli to bowl

9.50 AM: First bowling change for India. Mohit Sharma replaces Shami (5-0-16-0). Aus 57/1 in 11

9.49 AM: 16 runs came from the 10th over (4 boundaries). That made Australia's score look better in the opening 45 minutes of play. The hosts will be happy with the progress

9.46 AM: Back to back boundaries for Finch off Umesh in the 10th over. Smith also collects successive FOURS off the bowler in same over. Big over this for Australia. 56/1 in 10 overs (end of mandatory powerplay)

9.39 AM: Indian bowlers have kept things tight. Australian batsmen finding it tough to score freely. AUS 40/1 in 9

9.35 AM: Umesh generating good pace here. 147.1 kmph - one of his deliveries in the 8th over. Aus 38/1 in 8

9.27 AM: After 6 overs, Australia 32/1

9.22 AM: FOUR - Finch gets his first boundary, straight down the ground, off Shami. Aus 31/1 in 5

9.19 AM: Steve Smith is the new man in. He is off the mark with a double and hits a FOUR off Umesh. Aus 21/1 in 4


9.14 AM: WICKET - Warner goes for 12, caught by Kohli. Umesh strikes. Aus 15/1 in 3.1 overs

9.12 AM: Excellent bowling from Shami. Aus 15/0 in 3 overs

9.08 AM: SIX - Warner pulls Yadav over the mid-wicket boundary. Australia 14/0 in 2 overs

9.05 AM: Umesh Yadav to bowl 2nd over. FOUR - 1st ball punched down the ground by Warner

9.03 AM: If India don't get early wickets, expect a score between 350 and 400, says Warne. Australia 2/0 in 1 over

9.00 AM (Local 2.30 PM): All set for the action. David Warner and Aaron Finch the openers. Mohammed Shami bowls the first ball to Finch. Bit of swing, no run

8.58 AM: All participating nations' flags are on display at SCG before the match begins. Photo by BG Mahesh


8.53 AM: Players and match officials are making their way out to the middle. National Anthems to follow

8.47 AM: Advantage Australia, says Shane Warne. "Dry pitch", he said in his pitch report

8.45 AM: Indian bowlers pick the new balls

8.40 AM: 50-50, says Ganguly on his prediction for the match. Two very good sides. Good toss to win for Australia, he adds

8.33 AM: Both teams are unchanged from their quarter-finals

Playing XIs

India: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.

Australia: Michael Clarke (captain), David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin (wicketkeeper), Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood.


8.24 AM: Former India batsman VVS Laxman is hoping for a thriller just like in Auckland other day. Will it be the same today?

8.20 AM: The last time India and Australia met at a World Cup was in 2011 quarter-final. India chased down 261 thanks to Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina's impressive knocks

8.17 AM: Former paceman Brett Lee is at the SCG and passing on some tips to Australians

8.11 AM: Here is how the pitch looks for today's game

8.10 AM: Fans started coming in very early at SCG

8.00 AM: We are 30 minutes away from the toss. The consensus at SCG is win toss, bat first. Former captains Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Graeme Smith have all said the same as they build-up to the match

Read the Match Preview here

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