David Warner might have played his last match for his country as disaster strikes Australia at the T20 World Cup

Australia’s Twenty20 World Cup hopes are hanging by a thread after falling victim to an all-out assault from Rohit Sharma and being beaten by 24 runs by India – and the loss could David Warner’s last match in the green and gold.

In a brutal display of hitting, Rohit smashed 92 from balls to help India to 5-205 in St Lucia, before Travis Head’s 76 could only get Australia to 7-181 in reply.

The result means Australia’s World Cup will be over if Afghanistan beat Bangladesh later on Tuesday (AEDT), following defeats in their last two games.

A Bangladesh win would likely see Australia progress to face South Africa in the semi-finals, unless the Tigers win by approximately 62 runs or with 7.3 overs to spare in their chase.

David Warner is pictured after being dismissed for just six against India – and if Bangladesh lose to Afghanistan, it will be the last time he bats for Australia

Aussie skipper Mitchell Marsh (pictured) and his team were outgunned right from the outset against a heavy-hitting Indian side

Aussie skipper Mitchell Marsh (pictured) and his team were outgunned right from the outset against a heavy-hitting Indian side

‘C’mon Bangladesh,’ captain Mitch Marsh quipped after Australia’s loss.

‘It’s disappointing. We’re still technically a chance to go through to the semis but today, India got the better of us.

‘Ultimately they were the better team.’

Australia were always on the back foot at Daren Sammy Stadium.

Rohit took charge when he helped crunch 29 runs from the third over of the game off Mitchell Starc, after the left-armer was recalled in place of spinner Ashton Agar.

Starc (2-45) wasn’t alone in copping punishment, with Pat Cummins (0-48), Adam Zampa (0-41) and Marcus Stoinis (2-56) all going at more than 10 an over.

In a brutal display of hitting Rohit smashed eight sixes and seven fours, clearing the boundary over cover and mid-wicket with a mixture of brilliant timing and sheer power.

Travis Head (pictured) comes off the field after smashing 76 from just 43 deliveries to be the best of the Aussie batters by far

Travis Head (pictured) comes off the field after smashing 76 from just 43 deliveries to be the best of the Aussie batters by far

Head's heroics were upstaged by Rohit Sharma (pictured) who blasted 91 from just 41 balls with seven fours and eight sixes

Head’s heroics were upstaged by Rohit Sharma (pictured) who blasted 91 from just 41 balls with seven fours and eight sixes

Rohit’s 19-ball 50 marked the fastest ever against Australia, with his dominance clear in the fact India’s team score was 1-52 when he passed the milestone.

Only Josh Hazlewood was able to slow India down, appearing as if he was bowling on a different pitch with his 1-14 after removing Virat Kohli for a duck early.

Starc also did well to rebound late, bowling Robit with a yorker that hit both bat and pad on the way through.

But by then, the damage was done.

Australia lost an edging David Warner in the first over of the chase for six, in what will be the veteran opener’s last international match if his team do not progress.

Mitch Marsh offered hope of a captain’s knock with 37 from 28 balls, but the match swung when he was superbly caught by a jumping Axar Patel on the boundary.

Glenn Maxwell also threatened to provide Head the support he needed when he struck 15 off his first four balls, switch-hitting spinner Ravindra Jadeja.

But when he walked down the pitch at a Kuldeep Yadav (2-24) wrong’un on 20 and was bowled, Australia’s fightback took another hit.

India's Jasprit Bumrah (centre) celebrates after taking Head's wicket

India’s Jasprit Bumrah (centre) celebrates after taking Head’s wicket

And while Head threatened to repeat his ODI World Cup final heroics against India from last year with powerful drives and pull shots, he was eventually caught trying to take on Jasprit Bumrah.

After the equation was at one stage 82 from eight, Australia lost 5-54 from that point on as none of their middle order below No.4 Maxwell fired.

‘We had belief when you think about who we had in the changerooms,’ Marsh said.

‘If you can keep it at 10 (needed an over) for as long as you possibly can, you’re well and truly in the game.

‘But India had some class bowlers at the end that were too good for us.’

The undefeated India will now face England in the second semi-final, after being knocked out by the defending champions at the same stage in 2022.

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