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  1. Australia win by 95 runs to reach final
  2. Faulkner 3-59, Starc 2-28, Johnson 2-50
  3. Dhoni top-scored for India with 65
  4. Smith 105 & Finch 81 for Australia
  5. Australia face NZ in Melbourne on Sunday

Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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Looking to the final

So, with India bowing out - here's

Stephan's match report from the SCG for you to read - we have an "Anzac Final" with co-hosts Australia and New Zealand meeting in the final at the MCG on Sunday. Should be a cracker.

As the UK clocks go forward on Sunday morning, while (like today) the game starts at 2.30pm local Melbourne time, it's an 04:30 BST start (or 03:30 GMT if you forget to change your clocks).

Test Match Special will be on air from 04:15, but we'll be coming off the long run to bring you all the build-up from around 03:30 - we hope you'll join us then.

Until then, as ever, enjoy the rest of your day. See you Sunday.

Captain's view

Australia captain Michael Clarke on Mitchell Johnson: "Mitch is Mitch. He probably hasn't had the standout tournament everybody expecting, but he's done the job for this team. I couldn't be prouder of our bowling unit.

"You've seen in the last few games that we have improved since Auckland. We don't need to talk about it any more. Myself and Boof [coach Darren Lehmann] have watched every game. We know they are at the top of their game."

Is promoting Steve Smith to number three the best call you've made?

"I thought that review was pretty good."

Michael Clarke and Steve Smith

Captain's view

Australia captain Michael Clarke at the post-match news conference: "I think the fact that the conditions are different in the final will help us. They will be different to what New Zealand have been playing in. We will have to play our best cricket because they have been the form team.

"It doesn't matter to us who we were going to play in the final. Our priority was to get into the final. There's always that great rivalry, the fact that the two hosting nations are in the final is extremely special."

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India legend Sachin Tendulkar: Well played in the ICC World Cup Team India. A tough game today and a loss is always difficult to handle. But you have played some terrific cricket throughout and all the fans have enjoyed watching you. Congratulations to Australia for a convincing win. Steve Smith's hundred, Finch's support to him and a strong finish by Johnson made the difference.


Al, Cambridge: I liked Shaakir's pithy contribution earlier re: the best batting sides going home to leave the best bowling sides in the final. The difference is rather that NZ and Oz not only bowl beautifully but can also virtually match SA and India with equally impressive batting, fielding and arguably better captaincy.

If you didn't see the vote earlier, we asked you at the interval whether Australia or India would win. 56.3% of you went with Australia - thanks to all of you who voted.

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport in Sydney

"I wish I knew Hindi, Dhoni is cracking jokes that have the Indian press creased up."

MS Dhoni

Captain's view

More from India captain MS Dhoni: "The World Cup doesn't belong to anyone. We took it from someone and someone will take it from us. In any international sport, you have to be at your best, otherwise the cup gets shared."

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport in Sydney

"Dhoni's cracking jokes now, poking fun at the infamously stubborn India media manager Dr Baba. "I keep telling him that if you're a popular media manager, you're doing a bad job."

He also says 'We've been here for four months, 20 days longer and we can apply for citizenship'. I'm getting an insight into how Dhoni has done the impossible job for so long - he's incredibly charismatic."


Nigel, Leeds: No idea how Australia have gone from cricketing also-rans a couple of years ago back to the best in the world so quickly but England are going to be humiliated by them this summer in the Ashes series. I reckon they are one decent spinner away from a virtually unbeatable side in all formats. Scary stuff.

Captain's view

India captain MS Dhoni on why he left the victory charge so late...

"It's a difficult one. Our lower order has not been able to contribute. If you start too early and lose a wicket, we might have been out for 150. Maybe we left it too late."

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Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara: Aus too strong overall. Steve smith keeps on going. It was always tough for India unless Virat stayed in. Will be a cracker of a final.

Captain's view

More from India captain MS Dhoni at the post-match news conference: "Everybody rose up to the occasion. I'm disappointed we couldn't go to the final, but they played better cricket on the day.

"On my future? The media should do nice research on that. Take a couple of days. Whatever you decide, the truth will be the complete opposite.

"My legacy doesn't matter. What's important is to contribute to winning. I've been part of series where I haven't had to bat. It's more important for newcomers to come in and bat at five or six.

"What people think about me doesn't matter. I play for the enjoyment of the game. The day I pack my bags, I'll be happy on my bike."

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport in Sydney

"By far the biggest collection of journalists I've seen gathered at this tournament, all waiting for MS Dhoni."

Journalists wait for MS Dhoni

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OptaJim: 96 - Australia and England have now won the same number of World Cup matches across cricket, football and rugby union (96). Rivals.

Review of the day

We began the day with Australia winning what we all thought would be an important toss - and Aaron Finch (81) and Steve Smith (105) duly batted them into a commanding position at 197-1 after 34 overs.

While India then took regular wickets to dampen any hopes of a score of 400 or more, a late burst of 27 not out from nine balls from Mitchell Johnson helped the co-hosts post 328-7.

Shikhar Dhawan got India off to a decent start with a rapid 45, but they needed a big innings from someone - and as Rohit Sharma (34) and Ajinkya Rahane (44) both fell, the hopes rested on captain MS Dhoni.

As the run rate spiralled, Dhoni was run out for 65 with nearly 100 still needed - and with his departure, the game was up for the defending champions.

Glenn Maxwell of Australia celebrates after Mitchell Starc of Australia took the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane of India during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia and India
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Tom Agass: Australia are looking unbeatable. In supreme form and have the added drive of devoting a victory to the late Phil Hughes.

Gibson rejoins England as bowling coach

A bit of breaking news from the ECB - England have

reappointedOttis Gibson as their fast bowling coach for
the upcoming Test series against West Indies.

Gibson, you may remember, was previously in that role with England from 2007 (when he retired from playing for Durham) until 2010 (when he took over as West Indies head coach).

He replaces David Saker, bowling coach since 2010, who

(it was recently revealed) will be joining Big Bash franchise Melbourne Renegades as head coach. The ECB say there has been no decision yet on Saker's long-term replacement.

So, Gibson was replaced by Saker, who has himself been replaced by... Gibson. At least for now.

Captain's view

Australia captain Michael Clarke: "I feel really excited. Smithy was exceptional once again, and I was really proud of the execution of our bowlers. Huge congratulations to MS Dhoni and his team, I think they've competed really well in this World Cup. I'm pretty sure it won't be his last World Cup, he's got a lot of cricket left in him.

"Our preparation has been outstanding, losing to New Zealand really gave us a kick up the backside. Mentally I think the guys are ready to walk into the final. New Zealand have been playing some great cricket, Brendon [McCullum] has done a great job."

Australian players celebrate winning
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Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

On Sunday's final between New Zealand and Australia:

"The toss is crucial at the MCG and batting first. The teams batting first get the big score and pretty much end the game. It looks set for a good day, the weather will be fine. New Zealand and Australia are the best two teams in the tournament. I still think New Zealand will win this World Cup."

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Captain's view

India captain MS Dhoni: "Overall Australia played very good cricket. Over 300 is a very big score to chase, but I thought it was just over par. I felt the fast bowlers would have done slightly better. A lot of people didn't think we would get this far in the tournament, but in the knockout stages you have to raise your game.

"Shikhar Dhawan was batting freely, he didn't need to play the big shot. It was too many for me to chase. Our lower order really needs to work hard on their batting. I'm not sure whether it will be my last World Cup."

A nice handshake between captains Dhoni and Clarke as they wait to talk to television MC Mark Nicholas. It was a clash of the titans today - but even the most diehard Indian fan must surely concede that Australia were the better side.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"I didn't get Dhoni's innings today. He never sent the message he was really going for it. He hit those two sixes from Watson but he should have done that earlier. Dhoni didn't even dive for the run-out. He almost quit."

Man of the match

More from man of the match Steve Smith on TMS: "It is nice to score a few runs. It was a good track. I was able to get myself in and build a platform for the end. Mitch Johnson was important to get us a total.

"They started quite well but never really got away from us. Once we got the first wicket we were away. We have match-winners and they were able to do there stuff today. It was a great atmosphere."

On the final: "We said we want to be playing our best cricket at the end of the tournament. I don't think we've put a full game together yet so hopefully we will do that for the final."

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Smith was outstanding today, he didn't break sweat and made the most of it. Cricket is played mostly in the mind, he's got a good cricket brain and reads the game well - he's got a couple of nice off-drives which he didn't have a year or two ago."

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Nick Brett: On a day where the Indian spin bowlers went for around five an over, Australia's only spin bowler used five overs. Great credit for the pace attack, Hazlewood and Starc are ones to watch.

Andrew, Richhill: What a final we have in prospect at the MCG. The two host countries, the two pre-tournament favourites and the two form one-day teams going head-to-head for the big prize. Can't wait!

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Shaakir: The two best bowling teams are in the final, while the two best batting teams are heading home. Who said cricket is a batsman's game?

Ilyas Najib: For the first time since 1987 there's no Asian team in the World Cup final, is there a power shift in world cricket? I think so. For all the IPLs, the double centuries, the year round cricket, it's an end of an era for India.

Gerard Whateley

BBC Test Match Special

"For such a gilt-edged final, I'd think it'll be a 100,000 sell-out at the MCG and the Melbourne public will be swinging from the rafters. They're putting extra planes on from New Zealand."

Man of the match

Australia batsman Steve Smith: "We thought 330 was around par, we knew we had to bowl and field well and the boys did a great job so roll on Melbourne. It's nice to contribute to a few wins. Me and Maxy were sure that Rahane hit that ball, so we went for the review.

"It's going to be an amazing moment to play a World Cup final against New Zealand - they've played some very good cricket. I hope I have more runs in the bank - a big hundred would be nice."

Steve Smith
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Man of the match

Steve Smith is named as man of the match for his 105 from 93 balls (and an excellent run-out being the icing on the cake).

The scorecard will make it look as though this was a fairly straightforward win for the men in canary yellow - but while MS Dhoni was there, India still believed. When he was run out, their candle was extinguished under the Sydney sky.

Final scorecard

India 233 all out from 46.5 overs (target 329)

Fall of wickets: 76-1 (Dhawan 45), 78-2 (Kohli 1), 91-3 (Rohit 34), 108-4 (Raina 7), 178-5 (Rahane 44), 208-6 (Jadeja 16), 231-7 (Dhoni 65), 232-8 (Ashwin 5), 232-9 (Mohit 0), 233-10 (Yadav 0)

Not out batsman: Shami 1

Bowling figures: Starc 8.5-0-28-2, Hazlewood 10-1-41-1, Johnson 10-0-50-2, Faulkner 9-0-59-3, Maxwell 5-0-18-0, Watson 4-0-29-0

Australia 328-7: Smith 105, Finch 81, Yadav 4-72, Mohit 2-75

Australia won toss


So, the defending champions have been unceremoniously dethroned. And the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday will feature the two co-hosts - Australia and New Zealand.

Curiously, a win for Australia in the final would make them only the second country to lift the World Cup on home soil, after India in 2011.

And if New Zealand win, they'd be the second team after Sri Lanka in 1996 to win a World Cup as co-hosts, but playing the final in another country.

Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson of Australia wave to the crowd
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Allan Border

Ex-Australia captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Australia might have thought they were 20 or 30 short, but 328 has proven to be a very good score. The bowling and fielding for Australia was very good. It's a comprehensive win, a very professional performance."

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Australia celebrate

Champagne moment


Gerard Whateley

BBC Test Match Special

"Australia's dominance over India extends to the final day. Australia will meet New Zealand in the final in what is shaping up as one of the great days of Antipodean sport."


Yadav b Starc 0 (Ind 233 all out)

After teasing Yadav with a couple of deliveries, Starc ends the game by shattering the big paceman's stumps. And the fireworks start erupting over Sydney...

Starc strikes
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Gerard Whateley

BBC Test Match Special

"There was a bit of venom in that. He turned his head away from that, which is a dangerous thing to do. There is no mercy being shown by Mitchell Starc."


Ind 233-9

Shami, having lost two partners from successive deliveries, swipes Starc for a single to third man. Starc shows no mercy to Yadav, hitting the big paceman on the chin with a bouncer, and there's even a spot of blood via his helmet grille.

Umesh Yadav of India checks his face after being hit by Mitchell Starc
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Ind 232-9

Yadav digs out a yorker to survive the hat-trick ball.

Theoretically, India need 97 from 24 balls to win. Not even hitting every ball for four would do it.