India beat Australia by 36 runs in commanding style at the Kennington Oval, London on Sunday (June 9). Opener Shikhar Dhawan’s hundred (117 off 109 balls) along with with stunning bowling performance by Indian bowlers including Jasprit Bumrah (3/60), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/46) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2/62) helped the men in blue defeat the Kangaroos in their second World Cup match.
Toss: India won the toss and chose to bat first against Australia on a used pitch at the Oval.
First innings: Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started off cautiously, reaching 41/0 after 10 overs. Once the change bowlers came in they let loose and went to stitch their 16th-century partnership in ODI’s. Dhawan was the star of the show as he added 127 runs with Sharma (57) and 93 with skipper Virat Kohli (82) to lay the foundation for a big total. While Kohli made a breezy 82, Hardik Pandya and smashed 48 off 27 balls. Towards the end, MS Dhoni’s quickfire 24 off 14 balls took India to 352/5- the highest by any team against Australia in a World Cup match. Marcus Stoinis claimed 2/62 for Australia.
Second innings: In reply, Australia got off to a rather strange start with openers David Warner and Aaron Finch keeping it slow at the start. Warner had an early reprieve when the zing bails came to his rescue. However, Finch’s run-out in the 13th over pegged the Kangaroos back. From thereon, Steve Smith and Warner kept the scoreboard ticking until Warner fell for 56 in the 25th over. Usman Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell hit cameos but it wasn’t enough to take their side over the finishing line. Alex Carrey’s late blitz gave Australia a glimmer of hope but Bumrah’s death over snuffed out all hopes. This was only the fourth time India defeated Australia in a World Cup.
Scorecard: IND 352/5 (50 ovs) | AUS 316 all out (50 ovs)
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18 July, 2019