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Cricket World Cup: Australia beat India to reach final

Australia powered into the World Cup final with a 95-run victory over defending champions India in Sydney.

World Cup semi-final, Sydney:
Australia 328-7 (50 overs): Smith 105, Finch 81, Yadav 4-72
India 233 (46.5 overs): Dhoni 65, Faulkner 3-59
Australia won by 95 runs

Steve Smith struck a fluent 105 from 93 balls and Aaron Finch 81 as Australia posted 328-7, the highest score in a World Cup semi-final.

India made a solid start to their reply but lost four wickets for 32 runs and fell well short on 233 despite captain MS Dhoni making 65.

Australia will meet fellow co-hosts New Zealand in Sunday’s final in Melbourne.

They will do so looking for their fifth World Cup crown – no other team has more than two – and on the back of a seventh semi-final win in as many attempts.

For India, the defence of the trophy they won on home soil four years ago and a run of 16 consecutive wins in major one-day tournaments – the World Cup and Champions Trophy – is over.

They can reflect on how their top order fell apart after openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma put on 76 inside 13 overs, but perhaps Dhoni’s biggest mistake was calling incorrectly at the toss.

As a result, India, who failed to win any of the 10 matches on their tour of Australia that preceded the World Cup, were made to bowl first on a Sydney pitch that was full of runs.

Even then, Australia failed to fully capitalise on the second-wicket stand of 182 between Smith and Finch, as Michael Clarke’s men were stunted by the off-breaks of Ravichandran Ashwin and a curious collective failure against back-of-a-length bowling.

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Cricket: Australia v India: Hosts win series after Sydney Test ends in draw

India survived a last-session collapse against Australia to draw the final Test in Sydney as the hosts secured a 2-0 series win.

Fourth Test, Sydney (day five):
Australia 572-7 dec & 251-6 dec drew with India 475 & 252-7

Declaring their second innings overnight on 251-6, Australia set India a victory target of 349.

Steve Smith’s side were left three wickets short as they chased a final day win with India finishing on 252-7.

Opening batsman Murali Vijay top scored with 80 as Ajinkya Rahane (38) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (20) secured a draw.

Victories in the opening two Test matches in Adelaide and Brisbanewere enough to secure the 2-0 series win for Australia, as the final two Tests in Melbourne and Sydney were drawn.

Despite some disciplined bowling from Australia on a turning final-day pitch, only one India batsman had fallen in each of the first two sessions and the match looked destined for a draw at tea.

Australia were given a glimpse of victory as India collapsed from 178-2 to 217-7 in the final session, but Rahane and Kumar held out in the closing overs with an unbroken eighth wicket partnership of 35.

Earlier, captain Smith took a sensational one-handed diving catch at slip to dismiss Rohit Sharma (39) just before lunch, while spinner Nathan Lyon and fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood all claimed two wickets apiece.

The start of the series had been rearranged and moved from Brisbane to Adelaide following the death of Australia Test batsman Phillip Hughes in November.

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Cricket: Australia v India: Smith’s 71 takes him past Bradman mark

Steve Smith eclipsed a Don Bradman record as Australia chased victory over India in the fourth Test in Sydney.

Fourth Test, Sydney (day four):
Australia 572-7 dec and 251-6 v India 475

The captain hit 71 off 70 balls to pass Bradman’s 1947-48 Australian record of 715 for most runs in a series against India.

Smith, who had already made four centuries in the series, scored 769 runs at an average of 128.16.

Australia raced to 251-6 and a lead of 348 over India before rain stopped play at the end of day four.

Looking to wrap up the four-match series 3-0, the hosts dismissed India for 475 shortly before tea to take a 97-run lead after the first innings.

India captain Virat Kohli was only able to add seven runs to his overnight score before clipping a Ryan Harris delivery to Rogers at midwicket.

Kohli’s 147 helped bring his tally over the four tests to 646 runs, the second highest by an Indian batsman in an overseas series after the 774 Sunil Gavaskar accumulated in West Indies in 1971.

In response, Australia opener Chris Rogers hit a 77-ball 56 before he was caught at midwicket off Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, while Smith was eventually out lbw to Mohammed Shami.

Joe Burns weighed in with three sixes and eight fours in his 39-ball 66.

Bradman,  who died in 2001 aged 92, is regarded as Australia’s finest cricketer and the greatest Test batsman of all time.

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Cricket: Australia v India: Kohli makes history & ‘spidercam’ controversy

Virat Kohli became the first man to make three Test centuries in his first three innings as captain on an eventful third day of the fourth Test against Australia in Sydney.

Fourth Test, Sydney (day three):
Australia 572-7 dec v India 342-5

He made an unbeaten 140, while Lokesh Rahul, with 110, helped India finish on 342-5, in response to 572-7 declared.

Rahul was dropped on 46 by captain Steve Smith, who blamed television device ‘spidercam’ for the error.

Smith was “distracted by one of the wires in his eyeline”, said Australia.

Spidercam is a camera system which gives viewers a bird’s eye view of the action using cables to carry a camera on wires above the action.

Australia have already secured the series after winning the first two Tests in Adelaide and Brisbane and drawing the third in Melbourne.

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Cricket: Australia v India: Steve Smith scores fourth century of series

Australia captain Steve Smith scored his fourth century in successive Tests to put his side in control of the fourth Test against India in Sydney.

Fourth Test, Sydney (day two):
Australia 572-7 dec v India 71-1

Smith’s 117 saw him match Sir Donald Bradman and Jacques Kallis’s record of four hundreds in a series.

The stand-in captain shared a 196-run partnership with Shane Watson (81) for the third wicket as Australia declared their first innings on 572-7.

India recovered from the early loss of Murali Vijay to close day two on 71-1.

Shaun Marsh (73) and Joe Burns (58) also scored half-centuries as all of Australia’s top six batsmen passed 50. Opener David Warner scored a century on the first day.

Smith has scored 698 runs at an average of 139.60 in seven innings in the series.

Australia have already secured the series after winning the first two Tests in Adelaide and Brisbane and drawing the third in Melbourne.

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Cricket: Australia v India: David Warner in Phillip Hughes tribute during ton

Batsman David Warner scored a century and paid tribute to Phillip Hughes as Australia dominated day one of the fourth Test against India in Sydney.

Fourth Test, Sydney (day one):
Australia 348-2 v India

Warner hit 101 and on reaching 63, he took off his helmet and kissed the ground near the spot where Hughes was fatally injured, when on 63 runs.

“I’m always going to pay tribute to my mate,” said Warner. “Every time I play here I’ll definitely be doing that.”

He shared an opening stand of 200 with Chris Rogers (95) in Australia’s 348-2.

It was Warner’s 12th Test century and third of the series with the 28-year-old needing just 108 balls to reach the milestone.

“It’s very special,” added Warner. “I haven’t scored a hundred at home or the MCG and I was sort of talking myself out of it.

“I said to the players I might as well not play those two Tests because I couldn’t score a run there.”

The opening partnership was ended when Warner was caught in the gully by Murali Vijay off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin.

In the next over Rogers chopped a Mohammed Shami delivery onto his stumps to depart five runs short of his hundred, but stand-in captain Steve Smith (82 not out) and Shane Watson (61 not out) guided Australia to 348-2 at the close.

Australia hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series, with emotions in the final match heightened because it is taking place at the same ground where Hughes, 25, died last year.

Cricket Australia unveiled a memorial plaque outside the home side’s dressing room on Monday.

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Cricket: Australia v India: MS Dhoni secures Test draw but loses series

Australia drew the third Test against India to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

Third Test, Melbourne (day five):
Australia 530 & 318-9 draw with India 465 & 174-6

The home side declared on 318-9 at lunch on the final day, setting India 384 to win in 70 overs.

Virat Kohli (54) and Ajinkya Rahane (48) led India’s resistance after they lost three wickets for 19 runs.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin then survived a nervous final hour to push India to safety, as they closed on 174-6.

Australia resumed their second innings on 261-7 and had been expected to bat aggressively to add runs quickly before declaring, but Shaun Marsh and Ryan Harris took their time in a 69-run partnership, also knowing a draw would be enough for Australia to clinch the series.

Marsh was run out for 99 shortly before lunch as he attempted a rash single to bring up his first Test century on home soil.

After the break, Harris struck with the second ball of the second over to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan for a duck before Lokesh Rahul continued his forgettable Test debut by falling for one to a Mitchell Johnson short ball, following his three in the first innings.

Josh Hazlewood then claimed his first Test dismissal of the Test, trapping opener Murali Vijay lbw for 11 to leave India 19-3 after 8.2 overs.

But Kohli and Rahane steadied the innings to leave Australia needing seven wickets in the final session.

Kohli fell to the first ball after the tea break, caught at backward square leg, before Chetshewar Pujara was bowled by Johnson for 21 while Rahane was caught at mid-wicket off Hazlewood, to leave India on 142-6 with 15 overs remaining.

However, Dhoni, who announced his immediate retirement from Test cricket after the match, and Ashwin saw off 11 of the overs before a draw was mutually agreed with four overs remaining.

The result sees Australia regain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

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Cricket: Australia v India: Steve Smith century leaves Test in balance

Australia stand-in captain Steve Smith hit a second century in two games to help leave the second Test with India finely poised.

Second Test, Brisbane (day three):
India 408 & 71-1 v Australia 505

Deputising for the injured Michael Clarke, Smith made 133 as the hosts posted 505, a first-innings lead of 97 at the Gabba.

Mitchell Johnson struck 88 as Ishant Sharma (3-117) and Umesh Yadav (3-101) shared six wickets.

India reached 71-1 by the close of day three, trailing by 26.

India’s Murali Vijay, who made 144 on the first day, fell in the evening session when he played on trying to leave a delivery from Mitchell Starc.

However, Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara negotiated a tricky final period without further loss and will resume on Saturday on 26 and 15 respectively.

Australia began the day on 221-4 and Smith, 65 not out overnight, brought up his sixth Test hundred off 147 balls before he chopped on off Ishant.

He made an unbeaten 162 and 52 not out as Australia won the first Test by 48 runs.

Starc (52) and debutant Josh Hazlewood (32) helped boost Australia’s total with some valuable late-order hitting.

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Cricket: Australia v India: Murali Vijay hits century as bowlers struggle

Murali Vijay struck an impressive century as India put themselves in a commanding position on day one of the second Test against Australia.

Second Test, Brisbane (day one):
India 311-4 v Australia

The 30-year-old batsman scored 144 as India reached 311-4 at stumps after winning the toss at the Gabba.

Australia endured a difficult day in Steve Smith’s first Test as stand-in captain for the injured Michael Clarke.

In stifling heat Smith used eight bowlers as injury and fatigue took its toll on the Australia attack.

Mitchell Marsh pulled up with a hamstring injury, Mitchell Starc and debutant Josh Hazlewood left the field with exhaustion and Mitchell Johnson bowled through a hip problem.

Opener Vijay’s hundred continued his fine start to the four-match series, with scores of 53 and 99 in India’s 48-run defeat in the first Test.

Vijay was put down by Shaun Marsh on 36 and 102, both off left-arm pace bowler Johnson, before he was caught behind off spinner Nathan Lyon late in the day.

Mitchell Marsh struck first when he removed opener Shikhar Dhawan, his maiden Test wicket.

Hazlewood, the pick of the Australia attack, had Cheteshwar Pujara controversially caught off the grille of his helmet, then found Virat Kohli’s edge as he tried to cut, leaving India 137-3.

But Vijay dominated a weary attack as he and Ajinkya Rahane shared a 124-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Rahane and Rohit Sharma will resume on day two on 75 and 26 respectively.

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Cricket: Australia v India: Nathan Lyon spins hosts to Adelaide victory

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon took 10 wickets in a Test match for the first time in his career as Australia beat India by 48 runs in the first Test at Adelaide.

India fell short of their target of 364 from 98 overs despite captain Virat Kohli’s 141 and Murali Vijay’s 99.

Lyon took 7-152 in the second innings to finish with match figures of 12-286.

But Australia captain Michael Clarke injured his hamstring while fielding and will miss the rest of the four-match series.

Australia declared on their overnight total of 290-5, and India looked comfortable in their pursuit of 364 as Kohli, deputising for the injured MS Dhoni, and opener Vijay put on 185 for the third wicket, to take India to 242-2.

Vijay fell in the 10th over after tea, lbw to Lyon one short of his century, and India’s hopes further dimmed when having completed his second century of the match, Kohli was caught on the mid-wicket boundary by Mitchell Marsh off the bowling of Lyon.

Ishant Sharma was last out, stumped by stand-in captain Brad Haddin off Lyon, as Australia – wearing black armbands to honour their late team-mate Phillip Hughes, who died on 27 November, two days after being struck on the head by a ball during a Sheffield Shield game – wrapped up the win to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Lyon, who was named as man of the match despite David Warner and Kohli both scoring hundreds in each innings, said Australia remained confident of winning, even when Kohli and Vijay seemed well set.

“It’s Test match cricket, and there are always little turns and stories in the game. but we knew that if we stayed patient long enough, things would turn around,” he said.

Kohli said India were determined to try and chase down the target rather than play for a draw at the Adelaide Oval.

“I told the guys last night that we had to come out tomorrow and chase it. I believed throughout in my own ability and the ability of the guys,” he said.

“But the whole Australia team put up a great fight – credit to Nathan Lyon for a great spell where he bowled the balls in the right areas.”

Clarke said his side particularly wanted to record a victory in their first match since the death of their former team-mate Hughes.

“I think winning games of cricket are based on skill not emotion, but when you get the result you’re after I think that’s probably when you see the emotions come out,” he said.

“Hence the celebrations after we took that last wicket – the boys are pretty emotional in the changing room now.”

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