India Vs Australia match result: India won by 36 runs
A superb century from Shikhar Dhawan, fifties by Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, quickfire innings from Dhoni and Pandya aided by disciplined show of the bowlers guided India to an emphatic 36-run victory over defending champions Australia in the World Cup match at The Oval on Sunday.
On a day when the only sprinkle of yellow shirts in the stands, amid the ocean of blue, were fans in Chennai Super Kings kits, Indian batsmen walked out to bat.
Shikhar Dhawan, a batting-wicket beast who often tends to turn into a ten-headed monster during ICC’s major tournaments.
In a match where six batsmen across the board got to a half-century (and eight above 40), Dhawan was the only centurion.
Rohit scored his fourth consecutive fifty-plus score in ODIs today which is the first such streak for him.
Rohit Sharma also completed his 2000 runs against Australia in 37 ODI innings which is the least by a player to achieve the milestone against a team. He became the fourth batsman to complete 2,000 runs against Australia in ODIs after Sachin Tendulkar, Desmond Haynes, and Viv Richards.
Virat Kohli scored 82, his first score of over fifty during this World Cup tour, including the warm-up games. Kohli was left 18 runs short of the century but he chose to play for the team and was holding the wicket at one end to let other players fire.
Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni and KL Rahul
Hardik Pandya, promoted to No.4 to up the run rate, slapped the ball often into the rapturous terraces as he raced to a 27-ball 48.
MS Dhoni’s thunderous 14 ball 27 and KL Rahul’s special appearance of 3 balls 11 sailed India to a standout total of 352.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar officially put this game to bed in the 40th over (they were 2 runs ahead of India at the same stage of the game), when he dismissed Steve Smith on 69 and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis on zero in the space of three balls.
Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal
Bumrah and Chahal gave a tough time to Kangaroos and had their share of wickets for the day.
The only aspect in which the Kangaroos showed their abilities on Sunday were outplayed by Men in Blue in that too.
Men in Blue have set the standards high and sent a warning message to all the World Cup teams with the brilliant performace at The Ovals.