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India chasing 329 for victory

Steve Smith and Aaron Finch put up a mammoth 182-run partnership.

Australia's Mitchell Johnson batting against India in the semifinals of the Cricket World Cup in Sydney on 26 March 2015. Picture: ICC CWC.

SYDNEY - Four time world champions Australia and two time world champions India took to the Sydney Cricket Ground with their eyes fixed on a place in the Cricket World Cup final against New Zealand on Sunday.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat first, but couldn't get off to the greatest start as David Warner was sent back to the dugout in the fourth over for 12 runs.

The Indian bowlers would pay for that early wicket as Steve Smith and Aaron Finch put them to the sword with some sublime stroke play.

The pair put on a mammoth 182 run partnership for second wicket, which lasted all of 31 overs until Smith fell for an incredible 105 off 93 balls.

The defending champions seemed to have opened the flood gates as they dismissed Glenn Maxwell for 23, followed by Finch for a well-played 81 and then the skipper, Michael Clarke, for just 10 runs.

James Faulkner and Shane Watson tried to pile on more runs but their 36 run partnership was halted by Umesh Yadav, claiming Faulkner for 21.

Watson was the last wicket to fall for 28 as the Aussies went on to post 328/7 in their 50 overs thanks to Mitchell Johnson, who was unbeaten on 27 and Brad Haddin on seven.

India are now chasing 329 to win at a rate of 6.56 runs per over.

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