Australia v India, World Cup 2015, 2nd semi-final, Sydney March 26, 2015

The biggest victory in a World Cup semi-final

Stats highlights from the World Cup semi-final between Australia and India in Sydney

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328 Australia's score at the SCG today, the first 300-plus total and the most any team has made in a World Cup semi-final. No team has chased a 300-plus score in a World Cup knockout game.

95 Australia's margin of victory in this game, the highest for any team in the semi-final of a World Cup. The previous biggest margin of victory was 91 for India versus Kenya during the 2003 World Cup.

3 Number of players who have scored 6000 ODI runs when captaining their respective sides; MS Dhoni (6022) is the third. The other players to achieve this feat are Ricky Ponting (8497) and Stephen Fleming (6295).

10 Fifty-plus scores for Steven Smith in ODIs. Australia have won each of the ten ODIs when Smith has gone past this mark. This is Smith's fourth hundred, but today's 105 is his career-best score.

1 Indian bowler who has taken a four-wicket haul in a World Cup knockout match - Umesh Yadav, who has achieved this twice, in the quarter- final and semi-final of the 2015 tournament.

18 Wickets taken by Umesh in this World Cup, the third-highest for any bowler. He went past his team-mate Mohammed Shami, who has taken 17. Mitchell Starc picked up two wickets to retain second spot (20 wickets) while New Zealand's Trent Boult leads the pack with 21.

4 Indian batsmen who have scored 400-plus runs in a single World Cup. Shikhar Dhawan, with 412 runs is the latest and joins Sachin Tendulkar (1996, 2003 and 2011), Saurav Ganguly (2003) and Rahul Dravid (1999).

2 Times R Ashwin has dismissed Glenn Maxwell in seven ODI innings. Maxwell has scored 77 runs off 55 balls, a strike rate of 140, against Ashwin. Maxwell has also scored 71 runs off 27 balls, at a strike rate of 262, against Ashwin in the Indian Premier League, where he has been dismissed by Ashwin only once.

4 Wickets lost by Australia between the 34th and 44th overs. They only scored 61 runs in this period. Australia scored 197 in the 33 overs before and 70 in the six overs after that phase.

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  • kyronxavier12 on March 27, 2015, 4:02 GMT

    @Navin84....just shows you have a serious lack of cricketing knowledge. In saying that, the Kiwi's will finally get you on the score sheet. Enjoy the final!

  • Jake on March 27, 2015, 1:37 GMT

    IMO. If South African played Australia and NZ played India. We would have had the same two teams in the final. NZ would have smashed India by a greater margin than Australia did. NZ batting line up is awesome and there pace attack is as good as Aust. they have a better spinner than Aust.

  • Barry on March 27, 2015, 1:25 GMT

    Stats, stats and damned lies. If it didn't rain at Eden Park, both teams were effectively 300 for 6 at the end of 43 overs. Guess what - 7 overs to score 30 runs with 4 wickets in hand and a top order batsman in would have smashed that record (at least one of the teams would have, unfortunately for SA, probably ABD and SA).

    Yes - moan, moan, Eden Park's short boundaries. Not ALL Eden Park's boundaries are short. Only Deep Fine Leg and directly behind the keeper are under the ICC min of 64m. Too much made of this. Don't bowl short, fast and erring legside. Not all boudnaries are short - some are longer than the SCG. Issue is, the ground is rectangular. If you look at Australian scores at Eden Park over the years, they are lower than on larger grounds in Aus. Boundary length is only one of many factors in bloated scores. Quality of bowling is the biggest, and state of pitch second. Clearly a poor bowling lineup, a belter, with short boundaries will result in a one sided boring affair.

  • sl on March 27, 2015, 0:18 GMT

    This is the most one sided semi ever watched by myself. The reality is that India had an easy run such as playing a team like Bangaladesh in quater final. The fact of the truth is , when they get quality opposition India has no answers.

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2015, 23:12 GMT

    @Navin84, I seriously believe that your prediction will be correct for the first time in the finals!!!

  • Ben on March 26, 2015, 22:30 GMT

    @kavignar. -- are you delusional ? Oz bits & pieces players just inflicted the biggest defeat ever in a semi final against "team India ". 11 match winning streak comes to an end lol. By the way oz has the record with 34 match winning streak , this will never be broken !

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2015, 18:01 GMT

    India lost a match after 11 consecutive wins in World Cup (spread across 2 events). Unfortunately, it was not India's day and the streak ended today. Australia, really lucky to manage to win just with bits and pieces miscellaneous players such as Warner, Finch, Watson, Faulkner and Maxwell. Apart from Smith and Clarke there are no worthy batsman in the Australian squad. Still they managed to win. However, I strongly believe that the South African and New Zealand teams are the best all-round teams right now and NZ are the hot favourite to win the tournament with their excellent bowling unit and attacking batsmen.

  • Rakesh on March 26, 2015, 17:40 GMT

    First time India batted second against strong team and chasing more than 250 runs. First two big victories against SA and PAK were by batting first. If SA had batted first against India they would have won. Everyone knew WI is a weak team. Why commentators and experts do not talk about this? Also India had the most exposure of 5 monts in Australia compared to other touring sides. WC was heavily favoured for India due to its money power. Also India had maximum cummulative experience of players among all teams.

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2015, 16:41 GMT

    With this Indian Bowling Line up, what else can you expect ? They play in IPL, where their job is to make batsmen hit them out of park. And they continue same in International arena with IPL fatigues . In quarter finals they played against Bangladesh, that's why they were able to make to semis otherwise they would have boarded flight back to home much earlier.

  • Siddharth on March 26, 2015, 14:32 GMT

    Hats off to the Aussie team for such a superb performance! They were in total control of the match and hence truly deserved to win. India did have things going its way during the opening knock of Shikhar Dhawan & Rohit Sharma but then wickets just kept falling and eventually India lost its grip over the game. One serious thing that needs to be thought about in the Indian camp is that why are their batsmen not able to build good partnerships??? The first 4 batsmen have to set the rhythm and the foundation of any score regardless of batting first or chasing any total. Nevertheless, the best team won the match and hopefully Sunday's final will be as awesome as the 1st semi final match that had happened between SA vs NZ.

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