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Farokh Engineer: Australia Played Like Champions

Australia celebrate a wicket against India
All smiles for Australia, who were the by far better side on the day, according to Farokh Engineer
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Hats off to Australia, it was a fantastic performance and they were the far better side on the day, beating India in the second World Cup semi-final.

Yet, they should have scored a lot more today because they had a fantastic start, winning the toss was a tremendous advantage and they should have got a total of about 350 or 360.

They were playing so well but India pulled it back very well indeed, but again a total of 300-odd was just a bit too much for them.

India needed a good start, India got a good start thanks to Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, before it started to go wrong.

I think MS Dhoni left it a bit late, he should have started an onslaught when India needed seven or eight per over; he waited until we needed 15 or 16 runs per over and then he started slogging.

By then, it was far too late for that and India paid the price. A target of 329 was just too much for them.

Credit to Australia, they were good with the bat, good with the ball and it was a good all-round performance from them.

They played like champions.

India's run is over then, and until now they have played superbly but I think this game was a bit too much for them.

Had India won the toss and got a 300-plus score, they would have put pressure on Australia because the wicket would have been biting later and India have far better spinners than Australia. However, that wasn't the case, Australia won the toss, elected to bat and put up a huge total.

And that total would have been much higher had India not clawed it back and got some quick wickets.

India, meanwhile, can go home with their heads held high. If, at the beginning of the tour, keeping in mind the way India were playing against Australia, would anyone have given them a chance of reaching the semi-finals? No, I don't think so.

India can take credit from their performances, they've learnt from their mistakes and they can take positives.

They've got a good young team which will help them in the years to come.

Lycamobile ambassador Farokh Engineer was talking to John Pennington

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