India vs Australia WC semi-final: Smith falls after hitting 105; Australia 206 for 2 in 35 overs

India claimed their first wicket as David Warner walked back after scoring 12 runs, caught by Virat Kohli off Umesh Yadav in the fourth over of the game. After 16 overs, Australia were 89 for 1.

Smith: 45
Finch: 28

After losing David Warner early in the piece, Australia have slowly begun rebuilding with Aaron Finch and Steven Smith holding fort in the middle. Warner was caught by Virat Kohli off the bowling of Umesh Yadav in the fourth over of the game. The Indian pace duo of Yadav and Mohammed Shami seems to have made the most of whatever little there is on offer on a batting-friendly wicket at the Sydney Cricket Ground. 

However, both Finch and Smith have weathered the early storm well. The plan seems to be simple — keep wickets in hand and accelerate in the middle overs. Despite the sedate start, Australia are going at a healthy run-rate — scoring 57 in the first 10 overs. For India, the biggest threat will be Smith, who was prolific against the same Indian attack in the Test series earlier in the summer.

Both India and Australia have fielded unchanged sides.



Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav.


Michael Clarke (captain), Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steven Smith, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood.