Steven Smith continued his good run of form against India this summer as riding on his matured knock of 105, Australia steered to 328 in the all important semi-final clash at SCG.
After electing to bat, Australia got off to a bad start as they lost their opener David Warner cheaply in the 4th over of the innings. Steven Smith and Aaron Finch steadied the ship with their 182-run partnership for the second wicket, putting Australia well on course for a total in excess of 350. But as soon after Smith reached the three-figure mark for the first time in a World Cup, Indian bowlers clawed their way back into the match as they wrapped up four Australian batsmen in a span of 51 runs. From being 197/1 in 34 overs, they stumbled to 248/5 in 43 overs. Umesh Yadav got rid of Finch and Smith and R Ashwin got the better of the dangerous Glenn Maxwell. All-Rounder James Faulkner and Mitchell Johnson then played a handy little cameo at the end to take their team to a match-winning total. Faulkner scored 21 off just 12 balls whereas Johnson remained unbeaten on 27 off just 9 balls. For India, Yadav picked the most wickets (4). but ended up giving 72 runs in his 9 overs.
If India wins then it would be the second highest run-chase at Sydney with the highest being chased down by Australia (334) against England in 2011.
Brief Scores: Australia 328/7 (Smith 105, Finch 81, Yadav 4-72) vs India