Australia thrash India to march into World Cup final

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Sydney, March 26 (IANS) Australia thrashed defending champions India by 95 runs in the second cricket World Cup semi-final here on Thursday to enter the tournament’s title round.

Australia will face New Zealand in the final on March 29 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Chasing an imposing target of 329 runs, the famed Indian batting line-up was never in contention of chasing down the big total and folded for 233 in 46.5 overs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (65 off 65 balls) was the top scorer for India but his effort was just not enough.

Earlier, buoyed by Steven Smith’s fine century (105 runs off 93 balls), Australia posted 328/7 after choosing to bat.

Smith alongwith opener Aaron Finch (81 off 116) contributed to the bulk of the home team’s total with a 182-run second-wicket partnership.

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