Australia beat India by 95 runs in the second semifinal of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to book their place in the final. Australia winning the toss and batting first put on a mammoth 328/7 in 50 overs, thanks to the brilliance from Steven Smith (105) and Aaron Finch (81). The two batsmen put on a big 182-run partnership for the second wicket which really set the base for the middle and lower order batsmen to unleash themselves. India needed big partnerships and steady flow of runs if they were to win the match. They got off to a good start with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan rotating strike and keeping the Aussies guessing. Cruising at 6 runs per over, India looked all set to chase down the big target when they hit the first roadblock. Shikhar Dhawan played a needless slice towards sweeper cover which was pounced well by Glenn Maxwell. India were then one wicket down for 76 runs at the end of the 13th over. They still had a lot of batting firepower left but the batsmen threw away their wickets cheap, playing unwarranted shots. Virat Kholi (1) departed trying to hit a short ball off Mitchell Johnson and he was quickly followed by Rohit Sharma (34) and Suresh Raina (7) who threw away their wickets as well. India at 108/4 at the end of the 23rd over, were already staring down the barrel. They needed an amazing partnership to pull them out of the rot. Unfortunately, that never happened. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane combined well for the fifth wicket putting on 70 runs before a surprise review by the Australian team found Rahane (44) sightly nicking a Mitchell Starc delivery to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. Ravindra Jadeja joined Dhoni in the middle but did not last long after a direct hit from Steven Smith sent him packing. Australia only needed the crucial wicket of the Indian captain to seal the game. The deadly finisher, Dhoni however kept the scoreboard ticking with singles and doubles and occasional hits. The end however was imminent and certain when Maxwell's direct hit caught Dhoni short of crease. Australia soon wrapped the game claiming the final 3 wickets for two runs as they bundled India out for 233 in 46.5 overs. Steven Smith was awarded the Man of the Match for his crucial knock of 105 off 93 balls that set the tone for Australia. Australia now faces New Zealand in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 29. The Kangaroos look for a record fifth World Cup. They have won four (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007) and lost two (1975, 1996) of the six finals they have played so far.