India lose out the chance to lift the cup
There are no words to explain on how saddened are hearts of billions of people all over the world who were rooting for India to win the Semi- Final clash with Australia. Both teams looked good on paper and had an equal chance of winning the Match. It was all about who would play better on the day and Australia stood out in their performance.
Smith looks to pull over mid wicket Source
The match was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground where the pitch was known be a batters paradise. There was a sea of blue even in Australia as close to 70 % of the tickets were brought by Indians. Michael Clark won the toss and decided to bat first. India knew they had to get early wickets in order to restrict Australia below 300. They partly succeeded when Yadav got Warne out early but in came Steven Smith who is currently in form of his life. He played blistering strokes right from the start scoring more than run a ball. On the other hand, Finch was playing the supporting role and rotating the strike. The Aussies utilized the batting powerplay to the fullest and scored 65 runs of the 5 overs. They were all set to score nearly 375 but the Indian bowlers bowled well in the death overs to restrict Australia to 328.
To make successful chases of 300 or more you need a good foundation and that’s what the Indian openers did. They went off to a fine start scoring at a brisk rate. Shikhar Dhawan looked particularly good with his strokes but the pressure of chasing a huge total got to him and he played a unwanted shot of the ball of Josh Hazelwood giving a easy catch at deep cover. There on the match was dominated by Aussies who bowled tight line and lengths and took wickets at regular intervals. With 190 required of last 20 overs, 4 wickets down and against the likes of Starc, Johnson and Faulkner it was near impossible even for the Indian skipper MS Dhoni who is known for his master chases. India was all out for 233 and lost by 95 runs.
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328 proved to be too good for the Men in Blue. They had a tough outing in Australia. They failed to win a single test or ODI match whole summer. No one predicted they would do so well in the World Cup. They exceeded everyone’s expectations and even though they would not be lifting the cup, the Men in Blue will definitely be going home as better players.