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Australia beat India to join New Zealand in the World Cup final

Australia beat defending champions India to join the Black Caps in the finals on Sunday.

FILE: The Australian cricket team. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Australia will face co-hosts New Zealand in Sunday's Cricket World Cup final after beating the reigning champions India in Thursday's semi-final.

Steve Smith's man-of-the-match knock of 105, along with opener Aaron Finch's contribution of 81, saw the pair put together a 182 run second wicket stand.

Australia posted 328 for 7 in their 50 overs, and in the process became the first side to score more than 300 runs in a world cup semi-final.

The co-hosts then dismissed India for 233 to win the match by 95 runs.

James Faulkner was the pick of the bowlers for the Aussies, ending with figures of 3/59.

Indian spinner Umesh Yadav was the best bowler on the day - he took 4/72.

Captain MS Dhoni was the top scorer for India, scoring a run-a-ball 65.

Shikhar Darwan and Rohit Sharma put together an opening stand of 76 before Mitchell Johnson claimed Sharma's wicket.

Ajinkya Rahane was the only other Indian to add value to their run chase - he scored 44 before falling victim to Mitchell Starc.

Starc would claim the final wicket of the match as well, bowling Yadav for duck.

Australia went on to win the match with 19 balls to spare.

Australia will now face New Zealand in Sunday's final at the MCG and look to exact revenge on their neighbours who defeated them earlier in the tournament.