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Smith’s 100 steers Australia to 328 at SCG

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 

 

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