Yellow Brigade reaches final, as Team Blue returns home

Two of the best teams in this season of the ICC World Cup 2015, India and Australia, came face-to-face in a spectacular match of the semifinal at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 26th March, 2015 in india vs australia . India had won all their seven matches till they went to the semifinal to face Australia, while the yellow brigade also showed exceeding performance in the last couple of World Cup matches, as they also secured the win in the semifinal. The Australian team started the match as the clear favorites against India, as per their track records, as well as the prediction of cricket bookies, which the Australian eventually proved right. Thousands of crores were placed in bets even before the toss of the mouth-watering match, mainly on the Australian side. While talking about the predictions before the match, a bookie of Indian city Vadodara stated, “We are heavily betting on Australia to win the match but some factors such as who wins the toss and decides to bat first will be crucial.”

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India vs. Australia: 2015 ICC World Cup Semifinal

The clear indications of the scenario where Indian fans outnumber the Australian fans were well accepted by all the sports pundits and even the squad member of the Australian side. Clarke, when asked if Indian fans will dominate the ground, stated, “I think it’s a no-brainer, I think we know they will,” and added, “I think it’s fine. We’ve played in India a number of times and they outsupport us there as well.” As per the statistics of last couple of games, Team Blue’s fans transformed Australian grounds such as Adelaide and Melbourne into the home venue of Indian side where thousands and thousands of Indian fans showed their support for their beloved team with painted faces and waving the tri-coloured flag. Australia’s team-man Clarke said. “I think they want to see great cricket and they want to see their team win. But they also respect good, entertaining cricket.”

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India vs. Australia: 2015 ICC World Cup Semifinal

Both India and Australia have amazing track records in big championships like the ICC World Cup in india vs australia. Two teams came face-to-face several times besides their noted face-off in the 2003 ICC World Cup final and quarter-final of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. In 2003 final at Johannesburg, even after India won the toss, they surprisingly chose to bowl. Australia scored gigantic 359 runs with the help of Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn. India remained unsuccessful chasing the target even though Virender Sehwag managed 82 off 81 balls. In 2011 quarter-final at Ahmedabad, Australia scored a challenging 260 with Ponting’s 104 runs. India defeated the yellow brigade that time with Yuvraj Singh’s 57 off 65 balls. The rest of the match including Yuvraj Singh’s victory cry is a history that Indian fan will always cherish.

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India vs. Australia: 2015 ICC World Cup Semifinal

While talking about their standing before the crucial semifinal against Australia in Sydney, India’s dependable batsman told that “There couldn’t be a better time for us (to beat Australia). It is an opportunity for us to do justice to the way we have played so far in Australia, and we haven’t had the results.” Kohli while talking about his own batting performance said “I had that vision of achieving that goal and play the way our former greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid or VVS Laxman have played over the years. I always used to wonder and ask myself, ‘why can I not do that.’ I told myself, ‘if players before us can do it, we can achieve the same things.’”

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India vs. Australia: 2015 ICC World Cup Semifinal

In the india vs australia semifinal at Sydney Cricket Ground on 26th March, 2015, Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. They started with Aaron Finch and David Warner as the opener but had their first setback of Warner’s wicket in 4th over by a marvelous delivery by Yadav. Steven Smith came on ground as the replacement and managed to rotate the scoreboard to a decent number while creating more and more pressure on India without losing any wicket until 35th over. Steven Smith, after his wonderful innings of 105 runs off 93 balls with 11 boundaries and 2 sixers, was dismissed by Yadav again which was nicely taken by Rohit Sharma.

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India vs. Australia: 2015 ICC World Cup Semifinal

After another 3 overs, Australia lost their third wicket of Glenn Maxwell in 38th over while the scoreboard is reading 232 runs in 37.3 overs. Finch also lost his wicket in the very next over after scoring 81 runs off 116 balls. Watson and Clarke started to take slow shots while rotating the scoreboard but lost Clarke’s wicket in 248 runs. Replacement batsman Faulkner also lost his wicket after scoring blustering 21 runs in just 12 balls with 3 boundaries and a sixer. Shane Watson was eventually dismissed in a nice delivery by Mohit Sharma after scoring 28 off 30 balls in the 48th over. Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson targeted big shots after that for making a tough target for India to chase. Haddin made 7 runs in 7 balls and Johnson scored a much needed 27 runs in just 9 balls with 4 boundaries and a jaw-dropping sixer. Australia finally managed to score 328 runs with 7 wickets in 50 overs of their batting innings. One of the best india vs australia matches.

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India vs. Australia: 2015 ICC World Cup Semifinal

For chasing the target of 329, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan came on ground. They slowly started with a silky touch, until Dhawan lost his wicket in a splendid delivery by Hazelwood which was further nicely taken by Maxwell as it was india vs australia. After just 2 overs of Dhawan’s dismissal, replacement batsman Kohli was also knocked out by Johnson after scoring just 1 run in 13 balls. Opener Sharma after making 34 runs in 48 balls was clean bowled by a jaw-dropping delivery by Johnson and India started to feel pressure after losing three of their valuable wickets in just 91 runs in 18 overs. Ajinkya Rahane and India’s crisis man Suresh Raina started to build some base to the innings until India crossed the 100 runs benchmark. Raina was dismissed in the 23rd over while the scoreboard is reading 108 runs for India with 4 wickets in 23 overs.

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India vs. Australia: 2015 ICC World Cup Semifinal

Magic man MS Dhoni came on ground as the replacement batsman and started to give a little peace-of-mind to Indian fans while Rahane tried his best on the opposite end in india vs australia. But sadly, Rahane was also dismissed by Starc while batting on 44 runs off 68 balls, which put Team India under immense pressure. When Dhoni started to rotate the scoreboard almost single-handedly, India lost their 6th wicket of Ravindra Jadeja in a run out by Smith in 42nd over. A little later, Indian fans started to show their emotions when the scoreboard started showing that Team India needed 100 runs off 34 balls with just 4 wickets in hand in india vs australia. But India’s final hope was finished with the run out of MS Dhoni by Maxwell. India’s captain lost what is expected to be his career’s final World Cup match of india vs australia after scoring 65 runs, smashing 3 boundaries and two air-shots. India finally surrendered their innings with the final wicket of Umesh Yadav on the 47th over with 233 runs on the scoreboard. Steven Smith received the Man of the Match award for his wonderful innings of 105 runs. Australia won the match by 95 runs with ease and promoted straight to the final of the ICC World Cup 2015 in india vs australia . Now, the two of the host countries Australia and New Zealand will fight against each other on next Sunday, 29th March 2015 at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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Australia Batting First Innings

BatsmanDecisionRunsBallsFourSixStrike Rate
Aaron Finchc S. Dhawan b U. Yadav811167169.82
David Warnerc V. Kohli b U. Yadav12711171.42
Steven Smithc R. Sharma b U. Yadav10593112112.90
Glenn Maxwellc A. Rahane b R. Ashwin231431164.28
Shane Watsonc A. Rahane b M. Sharma28302193.33
Michael Clarke c R. Sharma b M. Sharma10121083.33
James Faulknerb U. Yadav211231175
Brad HaddinNot Out7710100
Mitchell Johnson
Not Out27941300
Mitchell Starc
Josh Hazlewood

India Bowling First Innings

BowlerOverMaidenRunWicketEconomy RateNo BallWide
Mohammed Shami1006806.802
Umesh Yadav90724804
Mohit Sharma1007527.500
Virat Kohli1070700
Ravindra Jadeja1005605.600
Ravichandran Ashwin1004214.200

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India vs. Australia: 2015 ICC World Cup Semifinal

India Batting Second Innings

BatsmanDecisionRunsBallsFourSixStrike Rate
Rohit Sharmab M. Johnson34481270.83
Shikhar Dhawanc G. Maxwell b J. Hazlewood454161109.75
Virat Kohlic B. Haddin b M. Johnson113007.69
Ajinkya Rahanec B. Haddin b M. Starc44682064.70
Suresh Rainac B. Haddin b J. Faulkner7111063.63
MS Dhonirun out G. Maxwell656532100
Ravindra Jadejarun out S. Smith16172094.11
Ravichandran Ashwinb J. Faulkner5130038.46
Mohammed ShamiNot Out1100100
Mohit Sharmab J. Faulkner01000
Umesh Yadavb M. Starc05000

Australia Bowling Second Innings

BowlerOverMaidenRunsWicketEconomy RateNo BallWide
Mitchell Starc8.502823.1612
Josh Hazlewood1014114.100
Mitchell Johnson100502502
James Faulkner915936.5511
Glenn Maxwell501803.600
Shane Watson402907.2500

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India vs. Australia: 2015 ICC World Cup Semifinal


Toss: Australia won the toss and elected to bat
Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (AUS)
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL), Richard Kettleborough (ENG) and Marais Erasmus (SA)
Man of the Match: Steven Smith

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