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Mar 26, 2015

Smith shines as Australia down India to reach final

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Steve Smith’s sublime century laid the groundwork and Australia’s pace bowlers finished the job to send the co-hosts storming into a seventh World Cup final with a 95-run victory over champions India on Thursday.

Australia move on to the Melbourne Cricket Ground and a shot at a fifth title against New Zealand on Sunday, while India head home after four months Down Under having come up short in their bid to retain the title they won four years ago.

Mar 26, 2015

Cricket-India to chase 329 for victory in Sydney semi-final

SYDNEY, March 26 (Reuters) – Steve Smith scored a brilliant century to lay a solid platform but Australia lost a string of wickets in the second half of their innings to finish with 328 for seven in the World Cup semi-final against India on Thursday.

On a good Sydney Cricket Ground pitch in perfect weather conditions, the reigning champions will fancy their chances of overhauling the target of 329 and taking their place in Sunday’s final against New Zealand in Melbourne.

Mar 26, 2015

Australia win toss, bat in World Cup semi-final

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke won the toss and chose to bat first in their World Cup semi-final against India at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday.

Both sides were unchanged for the contest to decide who meets the other co-hosts New Zealand in Sunday’s final at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Mar 26, 2015

Cricket-Australia win toss, bat in World Cup semi-final

SYDNEY, March 26 (Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke won the toss and chose to bat first in their World Cup semi-final against India at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday.

Both sides were unchanged for the contest to decide who meets the other co-hosts New Zealand in Sunday’s final at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Mar 25, 2015

Superpowers collide in Sydney semi-final blockbuster

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Sparks can be expected to fly when confident, well-balanced teams from cricketing superpowers Australia and India clash in a mouth-watering World Cup semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.

The match pits four-times champions Australia, the top-ranked team in one-day cricket, against title holders India, the dominant financial power in world cricket.

Mar 25, 2015

Preview – Superpowers collide in Sydney semi-final blockbuster

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Sparks can be expected to fly when confident, well-balanced teams from cricketing superpowers Australia and India clash in a mouthwatering World Cup semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.

The match pits four-times champions Australia, the top-ranked team in one-day cricket, against title holders India, the dominant financial power in world cricket.

Mar 25, 2015

Cricket-Superpowers collide in Sydney semi-final blockbuster

SYDNEY, March 25 (Reuters) – Sparks can be expected to fly when confident, well-balanced teams from cricketing superpowers Australia and India clash in a mouthwatering World Cup semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.

The match pits four-times champions Australia, the top-ranked team in one-day cricket, against title holders India, the dominant financial power in world cricket.

Mar 25, 2015

Australia can handle expectation in Sydney semi – Clarke

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia skipper Michael Clarke is confident his side will have no problem handling the weight of local expectation when they meet reigning champions India in a blockbuster World Cup semi-final on Thursday.

Australia’s four titles make them the most successful team in World Cup history but only Clarke, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson survive from their last triumph in 2007 and they have never won the trophy on home soil.

Mar 25, 2015

Cricket-Australia can handle expectation in Sydney semi – Clarke

SYDNEY, March 25 (Reuters) – Australia skipper Michael Clarke is confident his side will have no problem handling the weight of local expectation when they meet reigning champions India in a blockbuster World Cup semi-final on Thursday.

Australia’s four titles make them the most successful team in World Cup history but only Clarke, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson survive from their last triumph in 2007 and they have never won the trophy on home soil.

Mar 24, 2015

India still bear the scars of Summer mauling, says Smith

SYDNEY (Reuters) – India still bear the scars of the mauling they suffered at the hands of Australia at the start of their tour Down Under and Steve Smith thinks it could be a factor when the countries meet in Thursday’s World Cup semi-final.

The world champions have stormed back to imperious form in the World Cup and are unbeaten going into the last four showdown at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), where they will be out to end Australia’s bid for a fifth world crown.

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