Australia booked a spot in the Commonwealth Bank Series final by thrashing a disappointing India by 87 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
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In a match that featured its fair share of controversy, the home side made 252 for nine before bowling the visitors out for just 165 in the 40th over, claiming a bonus point along the way.
India will now require a minor miracle to prevent Sri Lanka joining Australia in the tri-series' best-of-three final.
Last year's World Cup winners again batted poorly but will leave Sydney with a sour taste in their mouths after two controversial incidents.
Sachin Tendulkar's final innings on the ground where he was made an honorary member before play ended in drama when he was run out on the last ball of the seventh over.
Gautam Gambhir dropped the ball at his feet and Tendulkar took off for a quick single but was forced to veer around Brett Lee as the bowler charged down the pitch.
The 'Little Master' - still looking for an historic 100th international century - was caught well short of his crease by a diving throw by David Warner and then threw his arms in the air in exasperation after indicating his path had been blocked.
As an angry Tendulkar slowly walked off the SCG for the last time after scoring just 14, the umpires conferred before deciding Lee had not impeded the batsman.
Tendulkar's dismissal continued a dramatic match in which David Hussey survived an obstructing the field/handled ball appeal after using his hand to repel a throw from the infield during Australia's innings.
On the fifth ball of the 24th over, Hussey was running towards the keeper's end as a throw was rifled in by Suresh Raina.
The ball was headed into Mahendra Singh Dhoni's gloves with a run out on the cards until Hussey deflected it with his glove.
The Indians appealed but after a four-minute delay the third umpire Simon Fry ruled Hussey had not deliberately obstructed the field but had handled the ball to prevent being hit.
The tourists were livid with the decision and their mood would not have improved as Hussey, who was on 17 at the time, went on to score 54.
Hussey, Warner (68) and Matthew Wade (56) were the main contributors to a total that threatened to be 20-30 runs light.
But the steady fall of India wickets suddenly made the target appear mountainous.
Virender Sehwag (five) was the victim of a tremendous Ben Hilfenhaus caught and bowled before Tendulkar, Gambhir (23) and Virat Kohli (21) came and went.
Dhoni did his best to repair the damage but once he was trapped lbw by Hilfenhaus (two for 50) for 14, India's last hope had vanished.
Shane Watson, in his comeback from injury, finished with figures of two for nine off five overs and two catches while Xavier Doherty (two for 26) and Lee (one for 26) mopped up the tail.