WC 2015: Australia snatch India's crown, avenge 2011 defeat

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Sydney, March 26: In cricket, what goes, comes back. Australia on Thursday snatched the champions' crown from India in the second semi-final of the 2015 World Cup at the Sydney Cricket Ground here.

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They took a sweet revenge of the 2011 quarter-final when India defeated Australia by 5 wickets in Ahmedabad. Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men, with that win, took away Australia's crown as the defending champions.


The Australians, at that point of time, had three back-to-back World Cup crowns under their belt (1999 under Steve Waugh and 2003 and 2011 under Ricky Ponting).

Australia won the toss and elected to bat in a batsman-friendly wicket and boosted by Steven Smith's century, they posted a huge score of 328/7 in 50 overs. Umesh Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowler with 4 for 72 runs. In reply, India were off to a brisk start with openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma putting on 76 but then lost the way with 4 wickets falling for just 32 runs.

Ajinkya Rahane and skipper Dhoni then repaired the innings with a 70-run partnership but it was too much of an ask for the middle and lower-middle order to win it from there.

It was India's 8th loss against Australia in World Cup.

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