India’s super run in World Cup ends

  • Australia beats India by 95 runs
  • Final on Sunday between Aussies, Kiwis
  • All eyes on Melbourne

Sydney:  Australia has beaten defending champion India by 95 runs very convincingly. India was playing at a different level, as former West Indies captain Lara commented. Steve Smith, the batsman who steered Australia all along, again dominated the show on Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground by scoring yet another hundred. India just could not raise its game to be able to score 330 runs and enter the final.

The World Cup 2015 final would be played on Sunday between Australia and New Zealand at Melbourne. Austria won the Cup four times earlier, the last victory being in 2007. Aussies won all the seven semi-final matches they played in the World Cup. They deserved to win against listless India. They did better in all aspects.

Former Indian Cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar said earlier in the week that his heart says India would win but his mind tells him it would be Australia. Gavaskar’s mind scored over his heart. When Aussie bowler Johnson took the wickets of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in quick succession, the match appeared as good as lost. Dhoni played out the remaining overs but he never appeared to be chasing the total put up by Australia. Thus a team, a defending champion, which won all the seven matches played before entering semi-finals and which dismissed the rival side in all the seven innings lost the semi-final without much of a fight. It appeared that Team India was not playing to win.  The opening stand of 76 runs between Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan was not properly made use of by the team. There was not much of communication between the captain and his teammates. Dhoni who was complimented for his cool temperament (Captain Cool) might be lambasted for remaining calm in the face of defeat when he was supposed to aggressively communicate with the players encouraging and guiding them. The team is sure to be riled by the cricket fans who adored the players as long as they were winning. We, Indians, are bad losers like the neighbouring Pakistanis. The silver lining is Shikhar Dhawan who scored more than 400 runs in this World cup joining a group of three other Indians who made this mark earlier.

Steve Smith, the wonderful batsman who scored in all the four matches against India in the Test series that started in November 2014, made another brilliant 105 in 93 balls in the semi-final. He has been having a golden run in the summer and he expressed hope that he would be able to score a century in the final too. New Zealand is no push-over team. It played exceedingly well in the other semi-final to beat South Africa.  So, a treat to be watched at Melbourne Cricket Ground after a couple of days.

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