ICC Cricket World Cup, 2nd Semi-Final: Australia v India at Sydney, Mar 26, 2015
ICC Cricket World Cup - 2nd semi final
Australia won by 95 runs
26 March 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)
  Australia innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal AJ Finch c Dhawan b Yadav 81 160 116 7 1 69.82
38.2 90.3 mph, good sharp short ball. India are clawing back. They could still keep Australia down to a manageable total. Only Yadav has been able to hurry the batsmen with the short ball. Finch is hurried into this again. This is just outside off, chest high, and does him for the pace. The edge is taken, and caught at midwicket. A hard-working team-man innings from Finch comes to an end 233/4
View dismissal DA Warner c Kohli b Yadav 12 14 7 1 1 171.42
3.1 91.0 mph, India have struck early. The SCG has erupted. It looks like it is full of Indian supporters. Those six successive dots in the last over might have had a part to play in this. This is short of a length, but fuller than the one Warner smacked for six last ball. He is still looking to play that short-arm pull, realises that the shot is not on, and just checks it. An old-style bat, and this leading edge might have died, bit with the modern Kabooms it flies off the leading edge and settles with cover 15/1
View dismissal SPD Smith c RG Sharma b Yadav 105 121 93 11 2 112.90
34.1 88.6 mph, India get the breakthrough. Smith won't score a double. Yadav bowls a bouncer that finally gets head high. Smith clears the front leg to hook. Doesn't control it. The top edge settles with deep square leg. Smith raises his bat to the crowd as he walks off 197/2
View dismissal GJ Maxwell c Rahane b Ashwin 23 17 14 3 1 164.28
37.3 57.8 mph, Ashwin has bowled well, and he has got the big Maxwell wicket. Good field placings, good courage to bowl slow through the air. The ball turns into the pads, he cannot play it through the off side, and doesn't bother keeping the sweep down. Straight down the lap of deep backward square it goes 232/3
View dismissal SR Watson c Rahane b MM Sharma 28 51 30 2 1 93.33
47.5 65.3 mph, slower ball, in his slot, this time he has picked the slower ball, but he has cramped him for room, and his slog settles with deep square leg. Just can't get enough power behind this shot because there is no rook available 298/7
View dismissal MJ Clarke* c RG Sharma b MM Sharma 10 16 12 1 0 83.33
42.1 78.9 mph, another wicket for India. This is a soft dismissal. A little luck for them. This is a short ball. Not a bouncer. No menace behind this. Only waist high. Clarke can see a four over midwicket, but just doesn't get the elevation he desires. Finds Rohit Sharma there. This is what a break in momentum does to you. Slight uncertainty, and a boundary ball has resulted in a catch in the infield 248/5
View dismissal JP Faulkner b Yadav 21 20 12 3 1 175.00
46.3 89.5 mph, Faulkner goes after that cameo. Yadav bowls full and straight. Fuller than a length ball, just short of a yorker. Faulkner swings across the line to go over the leg side. Misses it altogether as it tails back in. Timbah 284/6
BJ Haddin not out 7 22 7 1 0 100.00
MG Johnson not out 27 14 9 4 1 300.00
Extras (b 1, lb 7, w 6) 14
  Total (7 wickets; 50 overs; 221 mins) 328 (6.56 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
  Mohammed Shami 10 0 68 0 6.80 32 9 1 (2w)
View wickets UT Yadav 9 0 72 4 8.00 30 11 2 (4w)
3.1 to Warner, 91.0 mph, India have struck early. The SCG has erupted. It looks like it is full of Indian supporters. Those six successive dots in the last over might have had a part to play in this. This is short of a length, but fuller than the one Warner smacked for six last ball. He is still looking to play that short-arm pull, realises that the shot is not on, and just checks it. An old-style bat, and this leading edge might have died, bit with the modern Kabooms it flies off the leading edge and settles with cover 15/1
34.1 to Smith, 88.6 mph, India get the breakthrough. Smith won't score a double. Yadav bowls a bouncer that finally gets head high. Smith clears the front leg to hook. Doesn't control it. The top edge settles with deep square leg. Smith raises his bat to the crowd as he walks off 197/2
38.2 to Finch, 90.3 mph, good sharp short ball. India are clawing back. They could still keep Australia down to a manageable total. Only Yadav has been able to hurry the batsmen with the short ball. Finch is hurried into this again. This is just outside off, chest high, and does him for the pace. The edge is taken, and caught at midwicket. A hard-working team-man innings from Finch comes to an end 233/4
46.3 to Faulkner, 89.5 mph, Faulkner goes after that cameo. Yadav bowls full and straight. Fuller than a length ball, just short of a yorker. Faulkner swings across the line to go over the leg side. Misses it altogether as it tails back in. Timbah 284/6
View wickets MM Sharma 10 0 75 2 7.50 24 8 2
42.1 to Clarke, 78.9 mph, another wicket for India. This is a soft dismissal. A little luck for them. This is a short ball. Not a bouncer. No menace behind this. Only waist high. Clarke can see a four over midwicket, but just doesn't get the elevation he desires. Finds Rohit Sharma there. This is what a break in momentum does to you. Slight uncertainty, and a boundary ball has resulted in a catch in the infield 248/5
47.5 to Watson, 65.3 mph, slower ball, in his slot, this time he has picked the slower ball, but he has cramped him for room, and his slog settles with deep square leg. Just can't get enough power behind this shot because there is no rook available 298/7
  V Kohli 1 0 7 0 7.00 2 1 0
  RA Jadeja 10 0 56 0 5.60 25 3 2
View wicket R Ashwin 10 0 42 1 4.20 34 1 1
37.3 to Maxwell, 57.8 mph, Ashwin has bowled well, and he has got the big Maxwell wicket. Good field placings, good courage to bowl slow through the air. The ball turns into the pads, he cannot play it through the off side, and doesn't bother keeping the sweep down. Straight down the lap of deep backward square it goes 232/3
  India innings (target: 329 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal RG Sharma b Johnson 34 83 48 1 2 70.83
17.6 89.8 mph, bowled him, Johnson strikes back! He leaps up to the skies in celebration, Australia's spearhead has taken out another key batsman, fast and furious, right through Rohit, off the inside edge and lighting up the wicket. Held cross seam, nipped back at pace and clipped the leg bail. Lights are going out for India 91/3
View dismissal S Dhawan c Maxwell b Hazlewood 45 57 41 6 1 109.75
12.5 88.9 mph, here comes Shikhar... and there goes Shikhar! He's absolutely skelped this but sends the ball straight into the safe, safe hands of Glenn Maxwell at deep extra cover! Hazlewood roars, clenched fist pumping, they've got their opening. Pitched up outside off, maybe slightly off the toe as Dhawan drove over the infield, only one man out there but it flew to him like a homing pigeon 76/1
View dismissal V Kohli c †Haddin b Johnson 1 11 13 0 0 7.69
15.3 91.8 mph, bouncer from Mitch, top-edged and gone - Kohli has cracked! Slow start, quick end for Virat, took on the Johnson short ball and emphatically lost. It was aimed across him, outside off, attempted to pull and sent a lusty blow straight up, Haddin had time to do a little square dance to his left, opened up the gauntlets and swallowed India's star man 78/2
View dismissal AM Rahane c †Haddin b Starc 44 87 68 2 0 64.70
36.2 90.0 mph, Rahane plays with fire, fiddling at a length ball off the back foot... it slides past the outside edge. No one reacts but Australia then decide to review, not sure on whose prompting. Looks like a gamble, but... While there's no visible deviation, a thin scrape on Snicko is enough for Erasmus, he tells Dharmasena to overturn his decision. Australia have rolled the dice and come up trumps! Quite what Rahane thought he was doing, I don't know, hugely risky and he walks off without a backward glance 178/5
View dismissal SK Raina c †Haddin b Faulkner 7 20 11 1 0 63.63
22.6 dangles the bat at a short ball, nicks it through to Haddin! India are four down and swaying in the evening breeze! Some redemption for Faulkner, who hit the pitch hard with another cross-seam delivery, got bigger than Raina was expecting, wanted to run it down but just succeeded in steering to the keeper. Soft, squidgy dismissal but Faulkner doesn't care, he's cock-a-hoop 108/4
View dismissal MS Dhoni*† run out (Maxwell) 65 94 65 3 2 100.00
44.3 from Starc, gone, Dhoni is run out by a direct hit from Maxwell, that's all, folks! Dhoni heads straight off, head bowed, nothing even India's supernatural finisher could do about this. He'd worked the singles hard, flicked this off his legs to midwicket and let probability have a go - Maxwell only had one stump to aim at but he dead-eyed it, Dhoni didn't even bother to dive, he was that far out 231/7
View dismissal RA Jadeja run out (Smith) 16 23 17 2 0 94.11
41.5 Johnson to Dhoni, called for one, direct hit from Smith and Jadeja is struggling... Gone! Dhoni tried to pinch one more to backward point, ran it too close to the fielder and the throw rifled in to catch Jadeja a couple of inches short 208/6
View dismissal R Ashwin b Faulkner 5 19 13 0 0 38.46
45.4 75.8 mph, bowled him, done for lack of pace and zing go the bails! Faulkner was carted around at the start of the innings but he's come back well, gets the legcutter on target and Ashwin plays all around it 232/8
Mohammed Shami not out 1 11 1 0 0 100.00
View dismissal MM Sharma b Faulkner 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
45.5 77.3 mph, another, Faulkner hits the stumps again! Two in two, India's time is almost up. Popped it on a length, slightly wobbly medium pace and Mohit played it like a stick of Kryptonite 232/9
View dismissal UT Yadav b Starc 0 5 5 0 0 0.00
46.5 92.1 mph, full and straight and Umesh is castled, too good for a No. 11. Australia win by 95 runs and go through to the World Cup final, India, the defending champions, lose their title as well as an 11-match unbeaten run 233/10
Extras (lb 8, w 5, nb 2) 15
  Total (all out; 46.5 overs; 211 mins) 233 (4.97 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets MA Starc 8.5 0 28 2 3.16 38 2 0 (1nb, 2w)
36.2 to Rahane, 90.0 mph, Rahane plays with fire, fiddling at a length ball off the back foot... it slides past the outside edge. No one reacts but Australia then decide to review, not sure on whose prompting. Looks like a gamble, but... While there's no visible deviation, a thin scrape on Snicko is enough for Erasmus, he tells Dharmasena to overturn his decision. Australia have rolled the dice and come up trumps! Quite what Rahane thought he was doing, I don't know, hugely risky and he walks off without a backward glance 178/5
46.5 to Yadav, 92.1 mph, full and straight and Umesh is castled, too good for a No. 11. Australia win by 95 runs and go through to the World Cup final, India, the defending champions, lose their title as well as an 11-match unbeaten run 233/10
View wicket JR Hazlewood 10 1 41 1 4.10 36 4 0
12.5 to Dhawan, 88.9 mph, here comes Shikhar... and there goes Shikhar! He's absolutely skelped this but sends the ball straight into the safe, safe hands of Glenn Maxwell at deep extra cover! Hazlewood roars, clenched fist pumping, they've got their opening. Pitched up outside off, maybe slightly off the toe as Dhawan drove over the infield, only one man out there but it flew to him like a homing pigeon 76/1
View wickets MG Johnson 10 0 50 2 5.00 31 2 2 (2w)
15.3 to Kohli, 91.8 mph, bouncer from Mitch, top-edged and gone - Kohli has cracked! Slow start, quick end for Virat, took on the Johnson short ball and emphatically lost. It was aimed across him, outside off, attempted to pull and sent a lusty blow straight up, Haddin had time to do a little square dance to his left, opened up the gauntlets and swallowed India's star man 78/2
17.6 to RG Sharma, 89.8 mph, bowled him, Johnson strikes back! He leaps up to the skies in celebration, Australia's spearhead has taken out another key batsman, fast and furious, right through Rohit, off the inside edge and lighting up the wicket. Held cross seam, nipped back at pace and clipped the leg bail. Lights are going out for India 91/3
View wickets JP Faulkner 9 1 59 3 6.55 23 6 1 (1nb, 1w)
22.6 to Raina, dangles the bat at a short ball, nicks it through to Haddin! India are four down and swaying in the evening breeze! Some redemption for Faulkner, who hit the pitch hard with another cross-seam delivery, got bigger than Raina was expecting, wanted to run it down but just succeeded in steering to the keeper. Soft, squidgy dismissal but Faulkner doesn't care, he's cock-a-hoop 108/4
45.4 to Ashwin, 75.8 mph, bowled him, done for lack of pace and zing go the bails! Faulkner was carted around at the start of the innings but he's come back well, gets the legcutter on target and Ashwin plays all around it 232/8
45.5 to MM Sharma, 77.3 mph, another, Faulkner hits the stumps again! Two in two, India's time is almost up. Popped it on a length, slightly wobbly medium pace and Mohit played it like a stick of Kryptonite 232/9
  GJ Maxwell 5 0 18 0 3.60 13 0 0
  SR Watson 4 0 29 0 7.25 10 1 2

Match details


Toss - Australia, who chose to bat
Series - Australia advanced
Player of the match - SPD Smith (Australia)
Umpires - HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and RA Kettleborough (England)
TV umpire - M Erasmus (South Africa)
Match referee - RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire - RK Illingworth (England)

Match Notes


    • Australia innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 56 runs, 1 wicket)
    • Australia: 50 runs in 9.4 overs (58 balls), Extras 3
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 54 balls (AJ Finch 17, SPD Smith 35, Ex 1)
    • Drinks: Australia - 89/1 in 16.0 overs (AJ Finch 28, SPD Smith 45)
    • Australia: 100 runs in 18.6 overs (114 balls), Extras 4
    • SPD Smith: 50 off 53 balls (6 x 4)
    • 2nd Wicket: 100 runs in 114 balls (AJ Finch 42, SPD Smith 53, Ex 5)
    • Over 22.4: Review by India (Bowling), Umpire - RA Kettleborough, Batsman - AJ Finch (Struck down)
    • AJ Finch: 50 off 82 balls (5 x 4)
    • Australia: 150 runs in 28.4 overs (172 balls), Extras 7
    • 2nd Wicket: 150 runs in 170 balls (AJ Finch 59, SPD Smith 86, Ex 5)
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 32.1 - 37.0 (Batting side - 64 runs, 1 wicket)
    • SPD Smith: 100 off 89 balls (10 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • Drinks: Australia - 197/2 in 34.1 overs (AJ Finch 73)
    • Australia: 200 runs in 34.2 overs (206 balls), Extras 10
    • Australia: 250 runs in 42.5 overs (257 balls), Extras 13
    • Australia: 300 runs in 48.2 overs (290 balls), Extras 14
    • Innings Break: Australia - 328/7 in 50.0 overs (BJ Haddin 7, MG Johnson 27)
    • India innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 55 runs, 0 wicket)
    • India: 50 runs in 9.5 overs (60 balls), Extras 4
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 60 balls (RG Sharma 19, S Dhawan 32, Ex 4)
    • Drinks: India - 78/2 in 15.3 overs (RG Sharma 25)
    • India: 100 runs in 21.3 overs (130 balls), Extras 9
    • India: 150 runs in 31.6 overs (193 balls), Extras 10
    • Drinks: India - 157/4 in 33.0 overs (AM Rahane 33, MS Dhoni 26)
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 61 balls (AM Rahane 25, MS Dhoni 26, Ex 2)
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 35.1 - 40.0 (Batting side - 26 runs, 1 wicket)
    • Over 36.2: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - AM Rahane (Upheld)
    • India: 200 runs in 40.4 overs (245 balls), Extras 14
    • MS Dhoni: 50 off 55 balls (3 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Attendance: 42,330
 
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