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1305dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Smith ton sets up trans-Tasman finale

Steven Smith tormented India with a century in every Test of the summer, and like the ghost of series past, returned to haunt them with another hundred in this World Cup semi-final

1304dSharda Ugra at the SCG

Australia arrives at its own party

Australian fans turned up in droves for their team's SCG semi-final, dispelling pre-match fears that they would be drowned in a noisy sea of blue t-shirts and tricolour flags

1304dESPNcricinfo staff

Dhoni concedes India done in by pressure of chase

MS Dhoni said failing to capitalise on their early momentum in the chase and the lack of depth in their batting order contributed to India's semi-final exit at the World Cup

1304dSharda Ugra in Sydney

Starc gets a talking to

Plays of the day from the second semi-final, between Australia and India in Sydney

1304dSharda Ugra at the SCG

India swept away by Australia's depth

India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan

1304dDaniel Brettig at the SCG

Johnson drowns out tumult to down India

Amid a hostile atmosphere at the SCG, Mitchell Johnson's blows with bat and ball sent Australia soaring into the World Cup final

1304dNikhil Chouguley

Groovy tunes and a sunset at the SCG

A sublime knock from Steven Smith, soaking in a sunset in the SCG members' pavilion and groovy music made the semi-final clash between Australia and India a memorable one

1305dJarrod Kimber

No helicopter ride to glory for Dhoni

Four years ago, he helicoptered India to World Cup glory. Today, he was scratching around at barely a run a ball, almost as if he had given up himself

1306dAndrew Hughes

Come now, Mr Faulkner

The Australian allrounder would have us believe sledging is inevitable. Is it?

1305dDaniel Brettig in Sydney

Clarke's crucial leadership test

Sydney's semi-final will determine much about whether Michael Clarke will finish this tournament as a winner, or as a thwarted leader pondering his options

1305dJarrod Kimber

The battle of the bullies

This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

1305dSharda Ugra in Sydney

India not carrying any scars, says Rohit

Rohit Sharma has said India carry no scars into the semi-final against Australia, despite their horror run in the Tests and tri-series preceding the World Cup

Dhawan joins elite league

4

Number of Indian batsmen who have made 400+ runs in a single World Cup - Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid and Dhawan.

Good chasers, but not

15

Instances of India chasing down a 300+ score. No other team has done it more than 8 times. However India have never done it in a WC.

A Pressure Chase

0

Number of times a 300+ target has been achieved by the chasing team in a World Cup knockout match.

Smith does his part

10

Number of 50+ scores for Steven Smith in ODIs. Australia have a 100% win record when he does this.

Opening Woes

25.7

Avg. opening stand for Australia this WC. The only top-8 teams who have been worse this World Cup are SA (16.3) and WI (14.9)

Form-less Finch

64

Runs scored by Aaron Finch in his last five innings this World Cup. He has a top score of 24 and an average of 12.8 in this period.

Umesh 'Big Game' Yadav

1

Number of Indian bowlers who have taken a four-wicket haul in World Cup knockouts; Umesh is the only one. He has done it twice.

History with Australia

5-0

Australia's win-loss record in World Cup semi-finals. However, they have never previously played India in a semi-final.

A Lull

4

Wickets lost by Australia between the 34th and 44th overs of their innings. They only scored 61 runs in this period.

Ashwin Wins Today

2

Number of times Ashwin has dismissed Maxwell in 7 ODIs innings. Maxwell has scored 77 runs off 55 balls against Ashwin.