India ended their defence of the World Cup as they lost to Australia by 95 runs in the second semi-finals at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Chasing 329 to win, India managed to score only 233. With this win, Australia will face New Zealand in the finals at the MCG on the 29th of March to get their hands on the World Cup for the fifth time. Let us take a look at the statistical highlights of this match:
–> Steven Smith became the second Australian to reach 50 in four consecutive World Cup innings after David Boon (1987-1992).
–> 328 Runs scored by Australia today, the most by any team in a World Cup semi-final.
–> 7 Times Australia have made it to the finals of a World Cup. On previous six occasions, they have won 4 and lost 2.
–> 18 Wickets by India’s Umesh Yadav in this World Cup, the third highest by any bowler. He went past his team-mate Mohammed Shami, who ended up with 17 wickets. New Zealand’s Trent Boult leads the charts with 21 wickets.
–> 0 Number of Times a total of 300+ has been successfully chased down in a World Cup knockout game.
–> Shikhar Dhawan became the fourth Indian batsmen to score 400+ runs in World Cup. He ended the tournament with 412 runs and joined the likes of Rahul Dravid (1999), Sourav Ganguly (2003) and Sachin Tendulkar (1996, 2003, 2011) in the list.
–> Umesh Yadav became the first Indian bowler to take a four-wicket haul in a World Cup knockout game. He achieved this twice, in the quarter-final against Bangladesh, where he also recorded his best bowling figures in ODIs and today against Australia in the semi-finals.
–> 3 Number of players who have scored 6000 ODI runs while captaining their respective sides; MS Dhoni (6022). The other players to achieve this feat are Stephen Fleming (6295) and Ricky Ponting (8497).