Smith ton steers Australia to the final

World Cup 2015, Aus v Ind, 2nd semi-final, Sydney
Australia opted to bat on a dry SCG pitch in their seventh semi-final appearance; they had won the previous six© AFP
© AFPAustralia opted to bat on a dry SCG pitch in their seventh semi-final appearance; they had won the previous six
India drew first blood, though, when Umesh Yadav dismissed David Warner for 12 in the fourth over.© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesIndia drew first blood, though, when Umesh Yadav dismissed David Warner for 12 in the fourth over.
Steven Smith produced another creditable display at No. 3, even as Aaron Finch looked scratchy© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesSteven Smith produced another creditable display at No. 3, even as Aaron Finch looked scratchy
The pair ground the Indian bowlers for 182 runs in 31 overs to put Australia in the ascendancy© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesThe pair ground the Indian bowlers for 182 runs in 31 overs to put Australia in the ascendancy
Smith coasted to 105 off 93 balls before he holed out to deep square leg off Umesh in the 35th over© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesSmith coasted to 105 off 93 balls before he holed out to deep square leg off Umesh in the 35th over
R Ashwin removed Glenn Maxwell for 23 off 14 balls as India fought back. They took three wickets for 16 runs to have Australia at 248 for 5 in the 43rd over© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesR Ashwin removed Glenn Maxwell for 23 off 14 balls as India fought back. They took three wickets for 16 runs to have Australia at 248 for 5 in the 43rd over
But Shane Watson and James Faulkner crashed 36 in the 4.2 overs to keep Australia on course for 300© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesBut Shane Watson and James Faulkner crashed 36 in the 4.2 overs to keep Australia on course for 300
And Mitchell Johnson whacked 27 off nine balls to power Australia to 328, the highest World Cup semi-final score© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesAnd Mitchell Johnson whacked 27 off nine balls to power Australia to 328, the highest World Cup semi-final score
Josh Hazlewood could have dismissed Shikhar Dhawan for five in the fourth over of the chase had Brad Haddin not spilled a catch© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesJosh Hazlewood could have dismissed Shikhar Dhawan for five in the fourth over of the chase had Brad Haddin not spilled a catch
Dhawan added 40 more and the opening partnership grew to 76 before Hazlewood finally had his man with Glenn Maxwell making no mistake at deep cover© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesDhawan added 40 more and the opening partnership grew to 76 before Hazlewood finally had his man with Glenn Maxwell making no mistake at deep cover
Two overs later, Mitchell Johnson bounced out Virat Kohli for 1 off 13 balls© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesTwo overs later, Mitchell Johnson bounced out Virat Kohli for 1 off 13 balls
India's woes were compounded when Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina followed soon after, leaving the team at 108 for 4© Associated Press
© Associated PressIndia's woes were compounded when Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina followed soon after, leaving the team at 108 for 4
MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane showed some stomach for a fight through a 70-run stand…© Associated Press
© Associated PressMS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane showed some stomach for a fight through a 70-run stand…
….. but the asking rate continued to climb and Rahane was out nicking behind for 44, the first Indian wicket to fall in the batting Powerplay this World Cup© Associated Press
© Associated Press….. but the asking rate continued to climb and Rahane was out nicking behind for 44, the first Indian wicket to fall in the batting Powerplay this World Cup
Dhoni made a run-a-ball 65, but was also caught short by a direct hit, much like Ravindra Jadeja© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesDhoni made a run-a-ball 65, but was also caught short by a direct hit, much like Ravindra Jadeja
And it was only a matter of time before Australia bowled India out for 233, setting up a trans-Tasman finale© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesAnd it was only a matter of time before Australia bowled India out for 233, setting up a trans-Tasman finale

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  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2015, 23:47 GMT

    NZ do it for Dan ...he deserves a world cup

  • fairball on March 26, 2015, 21:56 GMT

    I really really want NZ to win..such a wonderful, amazing bunch of guys who are still humble unlike the aussies or Indians...who are good teams but too arrogant by far. Unfortunately my brain says that AUS May win this one simply because NZ have not played in the vast grounds in Australia in this world cup...come on NZ you can do it.

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2015, 17:45 GMT

    It was an expected result. These team were not comparable both on batting and balling accuracy. Let's expect final will be interesting to watch untill last ball of second inning. Coz two most-form team will show up their efforts.

  • B on March 26, 2015, 13:23 GMT

    Australian here. Don't be so sure about the final. New Zealand are in super-hot form and have already touched us up once in this World Cup. I think we'll see some pretty nervous batting from the Aussie top order (barring Smith) when they face the NZ attack again. If NZ win the toss and bat to ~280 then I reckon they may just take it.

    GULP!!

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2015, 13:06 GMT

    Australia is World class team, they deserve for this great victory.The sciper Mr Michle Clarck is outclass.He is the man of Change.

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2015, 12:56 GMT

    I thought SA v AUS would be the better final. I am afriad NZ will give any threat to the neighbors. My heart is with NZ but brain is with AUS.

  • Vishwa on March 26, 2015, 12:37 GMT

    NZ all the way no doubt...................................................

  • Patrick on March 26, 2015, 11:35 GMT

    Australia are still going to play even better to beat New Zealand in the final.

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