Australia ended 2011 champion India’s unbeaten run at the World Cup with a 95-run victory Thursday that ensured the tournament co-hosts will meet in the final.
Steve Smith scored 105 and shared a 182-run partnership with Aaron Finch (81) to help Australia post 328-7, a record for a World Cup knockout match.
India started its chase confidently, with openers Shikhar Dhawan (45) and Rohit Sharma (34) surviving early scares to get the total to 76 in the 13th over before Josh Hazlewood broke through to change the momentum of the innings. Mitchell Johnson chimed in with two quick wickets and India was eventually out for 232 despite MS Dhoni’s late cameo of 65.
Australia will play unbeaten New Zealand in Sunday’s title match. New Zealand edged Australia by one wicket in the pool stage.