India Vs Australia, First Innings, 26 March, 2015
The second semifinal of the ICC cricket world cup got underway to a colourful start with people waiting with bated breath about the outcome. A large Indian Contingent was present at the SCG (sydney cricket ground). The first semifinal between the Kiwis and the Proteas was a humdinger after a mid-match rain interruption with New Zealand clinching a pulsating victory in the final over. So everybody is expecting this to be a similar close affair between the hosts – the Kangaroos and Team India.
David Warner and Aron Finch got to a reasonable start, but Umesh picked up the wicket of Warner with a short delivery. The Warner wicket did not hamper Australian side’s scoring. India’s nemesis, Steven Smith played beautifully scoring a well-deserved century against his favorite opposition. Smith and Finch added a valuable 184 runs second wicket partnership. Finch was slower to get into terms and scored a patient half-century. India was looking at a target in excess of 350 when this partnership bloomed. But some great incisive bowling by the Indian ace spinner, R. Ashwin and Umesh Yadav, India could stem the flow of runs. Smith and Maxwell got out cheaply. Then Finch and Clarke did not trouble much of the scorers. Last few overs were fruitful for Australia with Johnson playing a 9 ball 27 run cameo.
But India gave them a chance in the match by some tight bowling and some inspiring captaincy by MS Dhoni. The Australian Innings ended with the score of 328 runs with the loss of 7 wickets from their full quota of 50 overs. The Indian chase will be on after the 40 minutes lunch break, India needs their top three to fire – come on Rohit, Dhawan, Virat.
As India pulled up their socks, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan opened India’s innings.