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.
Indian openers were off to a great start as openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma scored 55 in the first overs. When it all looked like going in the way of India, Josh Hazlewood drew the first blood as he had Dhawan caught in the sweeper covers for 45. India’s Mr. Dependent didn’t last long either as he disappointed when it mattered the most when he was dismissed for just 1 caught behind off Mitchell Johnson. Soon after Johnson accounted for well-set batsman Rohit Sharma for 34. Raina didn’t last long either as Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni tried to play through the 50 overs and create a chance of winning.
Rahane was dismissed for 44 and by then it was all over for the Men in Blue. MS Dhoni batted a lone hand as he scored a run-a-ball 65 before he was run-out. From there on, it was just a matter of minutes as James Faulkner and Mitchell Starc cleaned up the tail. Both the Mitchells (Starc and Johnson) got two wickets apiece with James Faulkner capturing three. Steve Smith was named the Man of the Match for his hundred.
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