For the first time in 28 years, there will be no Asian team in the final of a Cricket World Cup. Australia defeated defending champions India in the second semi-final of the cricket's show-piece event by 95 runs in Sydney. The Aussies will meet tournament co-hosts New Zealand in the final on Sunday.
India's near flawless title defence came to an agonising end on Thursday as they succumbed to pressure against the clinical Australians, who decimated the defending champions by 95 runs to romp into the finals and break a million Indian hearts.
Steve Smith has made the No.3 batting spot his own with a sparkling 89-ball century to lay the platform for Australia`s 328 for seven batting first against India in the World Cup semi-final in Sydney on Thursday.
The Yellow brigade overcame Asian giants Pakistan in a pulsating quarter-final clash of the ICC World Cup 2015 at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. Although Pakistan scored a paltry 213 runs, Australia were in a spot of bother caused by Wahab Riaz but poor fielding saw the game go in favour of the hosts and register a place in the semi-final against India.
Australia saw through one of the fierce fast bowling spells by Wahab Riaz to set up a cricket World Cup semifinal clash against India but the home team skipper Michael Clarke on Friday said his players will have to bat much better against the defending champions.
David Warner made mincemeat of an inexperienced Afghanistan bowling attack with a magnificent 178 as hosts Australia thrashed Afghanistan by 275 runs after piling up a tournament record 417 for six in a group league match of the cricket World Cup here on Wednesday.
Putting to rest speculation about Michael Clarke's dipping popularity within the national cricket team, coach Darren Lehmann said that Australian captain occupies the second-most important position after the Prime Minister and everyone wants him to be fit and raring to go.
Welcome to our coverage of the fifth match of the Tri-series between Australia and India being played at Sydney Cricket Ground. It's a huge day, of cricket and also that of nationalism. It's Australia Day Down Under and Republic Day for the Indians. Aussies have already qualified for the final and for India, it is a must win game to keep their faintest of hopes alive for the title match.
Australia skipper Steven Smith on Friday heaped praise on his bowlers for checking England's surge in the death overs and restricting them to 303 for eight in their cricket tri-series match here today.
Steven Smith is likely to captain Australia in the next ODI of the tri-series against England in Hobart on Friday as George Bailey faces a possible suspension from the ICC due to his side's slow over-rate in the four-wicket win over India at the MCG, here on Sunday.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh on Sunday conceded that his side lost the plot in the early overs with new ball bowlers failing to make a mark in their tense four-wicket loss against Australia in their cricket tri-series match here.