Player of the Match
Player of the Match

10.45pm: India pass over their crown, then, but only after battling their way to last four, having been largely written off before the tournament. They have two of the four leading wicket-takers, in Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami, but the batsmen didn't quite fire when they most needed it. Suppose back-to-back semi-final thrillers was asking a lot. Australia, the World Cup usual suspects, they're into another final and you sense they haven't quite hit top gear yet. New Zealand are already flying, so we could be in for a real treat on Sunday. Brydon's report should be your next stop, then stick around for Match Point and a smorgasbord of analysis from the ground. We'll have plenty of build-up over the next couple of days, then Sid and myself will be back to take a figurative turn around the G. Until then, go well. Cheerio

10.35pm: Time for the post-match speeches, starting with India captain MS Dhoni: "They played very good cricket, over 300 is always a difficult score, I felt it was just over par, they could have had 350. We started okay but they bowled well, they got the reverse swing going. We were happy with where we were at the start of the tournament. We got off to a very good start, Shikhar's dismissal was slightly on the softer side, at a time when we could have had the bowling under pressure. Didn't really need to play a big shot. But you get pressure chasing 300+, makes you do things you don't want to do. There was too much [for me to do], our lower order can't contribute too much in these conditions. Most of the good teams bat quite deep. Not sure [about next World Cup], I'm 33, I'm still running, still fit. Next year, T20 World Cup, will be time to decide about 2019 or not. [Players improved?] Rahane is one, right through the Tests, ODIs, he's improved his batting a lot. I would like to thank the fans, at the end of the day when you play cricket you want people to come and watch, we've been here four months and the fans are travelling all over."

And here's Michael Clarke, Australia's beaming captain, after giving MS a hug: "Obviously really excited, the boys played some outstanding cricket, Smithy's hitting the ball so sweetly and I was really proud of the execution of our bowlers. A lot of the guys sacrificed themselves for the team. Thanks to MS Dhoni and the India team, they've given a lot over the summer... You asked if MS was going to be at the next World Cup, I'm sure he will be, he has a lot of cricket in him. Losing to New Zealand [in the group stage] gave us a kick up the backside, the boys have turned up to training and the results have showed that. It's a wonderful achievement, we're proud to make the final but it's going to be tough against New Zealand. We'll fly to Melbourne, recover tomorrow, speak about training. It's been a long summer, we've got a few aches, mentally ready for the final but physically a few things to sort out. They're a great team, it's always good to play New Zealand, we hope plenty of Aussies come out to support us."

10.25pm: In the end, the pressure bearing down was just too great. Australia pinned the first plus-300 total in a World Cup semi on the door and then let the scoreboard do the job for them. India's last four wickets fell for two runs in 15 balls but things had already got well beyond their compass by that point. So, we have the final many predicted, the two co-hosts: Australia in their seventh, New Zealand their first. It will be a rematch from the group stage, of course, when New Zealand won a nipper by one wicket. We'll have another one of those, please.

Steven Smith is named Man of the Match for his superb hundred, plus some handy work in the field: "Certainly does [feel good], we thought 330 was around par, we had to bowl and field well, the boys did a terrific job, so hang on Melbourne. [Pleased with performance] Big stage tonight, semi-final of a World Cup, just nice to get over the line at the end. I always think of those people who've helped you along the way, really happy where everything at the moment and looking forward to Melbourne. [Rahane review] Me and Maxi thought 'I'm sure he hit that', they looked upstairs and there it was. Nice one to get. [Runs left for the final] Hope so, another big hundred would be nice, going to be an amazing moment to play a World Cup final against New Zealand, in our conditions at the MCG.

Starc to Yadav, OUT, 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

UT Yadav b Starc 0 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Starc to Yadav, no run, length around off, goes for the big booming drive and doesn't connect
Starc to Yadav, no run, short and wide this time, Umesh stays clear

Takes a moment to compose himself, Clarke comes over to check if he's okay... On we go

Starc to Yadav, no run, yow, that has clanged Umesh on the helmet grill. No mercy from the Australians, Starc banged it in, rising with lethal intent, deflected off the glove and into his chin
Starc to Mohammed Shami, 1 run, around the wicket, pitched up outside off, edged and it bobbles between keeper and slip, third man cleans up

46 | (wicket maiden) | INDIA: 232/9 (97 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.04, RRR: 24.25)

  • Umesh Yadav0 (1b)
  • Mohammed Shami0 (0b)
  • James Faulkner9-1-59-3
  • Mitchell Starc8-0-27-1
Faulkner to Yadav, no run, full, too full and Umesh blocks it steadfastly on the front foot

In comes Umesh Yadav with Faulkner on a hat-trick... Cordon is packed

Faulkner to MM Sharma, OUT, 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

MM Sharma b Faulkner 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Faulkner to Ashwin, OUT, 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

R Ashwin b Faulkner 5 (19m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 38.46

Faulkner to Ashwin, no run, length, outside off, dabs and misses again. Oh dear
Faulkner to Ashwin, no run, another cutter in the channel, Ashwin gets back on this one

"Looks like that Aussie fielding practice before the game while India played soccer is paying off," smugs Paul

Faulkner to Ashwin, no run, good length outside off, slightly slower and it slips past the outside edge

India need more than it is reasonable to expect from 30 balls... Faulkner returns

45 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | INDIA: 232/7 (97 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.15, RRR: 19.40)

  • Ravichandran Ashwin5 (9b)
  • Mohammed Shami0 (0b)
  • Mitchell Starc8-0-27-1
  • Mitchell Johnson10-0-50-2
Starc to Ashwin, 1 run, on the stumps, gets in line and pushes one into a gap

"Go Kiwis!!!" yelps Madhan, waving the white flag

Starc to Ashwin, no run, fired through at nearly 90mph, past the outside edge once again

History with Australia


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

Form-less Finch


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.

Opening Woes


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)

Smith does his part


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

Ashwin Wins Today


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

A Lull


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

Umesh 'Big Game' Yadav


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.

A Pressure Chase


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

Good chasers, but not


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.

Dhawan joins elite league


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