After recording a fabulous start to their World Cup 2019 campaign, India continued in the similar in the first half of their second game of the tournament against Australia at The Oval, London. The Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan set up the momentum with a sensational century partnership. Rohit got out after scoring a half-century, but Dhawan compiled phenomenal innings in this massive clash. Indian captain Virat Kohli also contributed with a terrific knock and led his team from the front to reach a massive first innings total.
Rohit and Shikhar combine together to put up their 16th-century stand
Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first as he reckoned that although the wicket looks a nice one, it will slow down as the game progresses. The two Indian openers, Shikhar Dhawan and the in-form Rohit Sharma started things on a pretty tentative note. The Aussie new ball bowlers, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins were not getting much of swing in the first 10 overs due to the slowness of the track. The combo of Rohit and Dhawan countered their tough opening spells very nicely to stitch a fabulous partnership of 127 runs.
Shikhar announces himself in WC 2019
Rohit continued in a similar manner from where he left against South Africa and notched up his 42nd ODI half-century before getting dismissed by Nathan Coulter-Nile in the 23rd over. Rohit’s dismissal brought in the Indian captain Virat Kohli at the crease and he joined hands with Dhawan to take the team’s progress further. Even after losing his opening partner, Dhawan continued to play his natural aggressive game and kept making merry against the Australian bowlers.
He brought up a sensational century in the 33rd over and this was his third ton at The Oval and there couldn’t have been a better way to announce himself in the World Cup. Dhawan compiled an excellent stand of 93 runs along with Kohli before the former got dismissed by Starc in the 37th over. However, before getting out for a 109-ball 117, Dhawan had already done his job of laying down a strong foundation for the rest of the batters to follow.
Kohli and Pandya make merry to up the ante
After his wicket, Indian team management took a big step in promoting Hardik Pandya to up the ante. He got along with Kohli, who was looking set at the crease after having notched up his 50th ODI fifty. Pandya started doing his work from the word go, smacking the Aussie bowlers in all parts of the ground. While seeing Pandya attack from one end, Kohli also changed gears and started playing some terrific shots. Pandya played a crucial cameo innings of 48 runs off just 27 balls and also added a vital partnership of 81 runs with his captain.
Kohli compiled a phenomenal innings of 82 runs off 77 balls that included of 4 fours and 2 sixes and together with the middle-order batters, helped India finish with a monumental score of 352 runs in their quota of 50 overs. The Australian bowlers had a very tough outing as all of them ended with pretty expensive figures.
India 352/5 in 50 overs (Shikhar Dhawan-117, Virat Kohli-82, Rohit Sharma-57; Marcus Stoinis 2/62) vs Australia.