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Steven Smith’s Ton Helps Aussies be at Strong Position

world cupNew Delhi, Thursday, March 26 – Australian opted to bat first in opposition to India in the 2nd semi-final of World Cup and the decision turned right to a certain extent as Steve Smith hit a beautiful century in Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney today. Despite getting an early breakthrough in the beginning when Umesh Yadav shocked the destructive hitter David Warner from an amazing delivery, sending the opener back to the dressing up, India lost the grip later on and gave next pair to build solid partnership.

Steve Smith continued his good form against India today as well and pocketed a ton. His 105-run knock in 93 balls included 11 boundaries and a couple of sixes. Aaron finch also exhibited a spellbinding play. Even though he fell 19 runs short to get a 100, he did his bit by keeping Indian cricketers under stress.  They both succumbed to Umesh Yadav. Glenn Maxwell, who was looking dangerous, was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin. However, he contributed 23 runs which were scored in 14 balls, including three 4s and a six. Australia skipper Michael Clarke’s poor form made him depart at a score of 10.

At present, James Faulkner has been taken by surprise in slog over where he failed to save his wicket. Umesh Yadav, in his last over, compelled the cricketer to miss the ball which further hit the stumps. Shane Watson and wicket-keeper batsman Brad Haddin are present on the crease at the scores of 20 and 4, respectively. After 47 overs, Australia have put 288 runs on the scoreboard. Three overs yet remained. But with the pace of scoring runs by the Aussies, it is clear that target is not going to be an easy chase for the Men in Blue. Indian bowling hasn’t been impressive this time as it was during the league and knockout stages. Australia felt the ease in playing shots. The ongoing semi-final is catching the eyes as supporters want their teams to be victories at the end of the day.

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