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Smith drags ausis to the world cup finale 2015 668 views
Australia won by 95 runs
Australia 328/ 7 (Smith 105, Finch 81, Yadav 4 for72) beat
India 233/10 (Dhoni 65, Faulkner 3 for 59)
4 months ago India reached Australia as the winners of both the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and the World Cup. Then they met Steven Smith in the way, who makes sure that India will fly back home with neither of the two. Smith tortured India as a centurion in every Test of the summer, and like the wraith of past series, returned to trouble them with another century in current World Cup semi-final. The summer of Smith just keeps moving on.
It will come to an end at the MCG cricket ground on Sunday in either World Cup victory over New Zealand, or pain at losing the cup to the co-hosts of this event. For sure Smith was not the only one in furnishing Australia their 7th victory from 7 World Cup semi-finals - Finch obviously gave batting support, Johnson also provided priceless runs at the end of the innings and key wickets of kohli and rohit in quick succession – but Steven Smith was at the soul of it.
His century(105) was a class dominating most of the batting today, and set Australia on the way to a match-winning score of 328 /7. In the field, he appealed for wickets with presence of his eyes and ears in the match. Smith seemed to initiate a crucial review when there was practically no appeal for a caught-behind off Starcs bowling;but surely the snicko found that the ball had smooched Rahane's bat on the way to the wicket keeper Brad Haddin.
Rahane was batting on 44 at that time and had collected a 70-run partnership with the captain MS Dhoni that had feared Australia a minor nervous.Dhoni is always as cool as cucumber on the crease and his calmness at the wicket will always concern his rivals, but losing Ajinkya Rahane and then Jadeja - Smith's direct throw on the stumps found Jadeja short of his crease – Deposit enormous pressure on the indian captain MS Dhoni which lasts through out his innings.
The required run-rate began to look like an enhanced adolescence, every over signifying a year: it's 10, now it's 13, now it's 14, now it's 15, now it's 16 and ultimately it climbed to aprox 25 an over. Dhoni smacked a twosome of consecutive sixes off Shane Watson but he could’nt do enough for his team to get them through, and fell for a 65 when he became the target of a direct throw from Maxwell.