The clash was promised to be entertaining and certainly it was one. In a high-voltage battle, the Men in Blue recorded a spectacular 36-run victory over the defending World Cup champions Australia at The Oval on Sunday. India posted a massive first innings total on the back of Shikhar Dhawan’s phenomenal innings and vital contributions from Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya.
In the second innings, the Australian top-order did show a good fight but the final task was always expected to be a difficult one for them. The trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal bowled extremely well to restrict the opposition and in turn propelled India towards an emphatic win.
Dhawan’s hundred and Kohli’s terrific knock guides India to a massive total
After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, the two Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started things pretty tentatively. However, after getting their eye in, both of them got along quite well to take the attack against the quality Australian bowling attack and stitched a fabulous opening stand of 127 runs. Rohit was the first one to get out for a 70-ball 57, but Dhawan continued his stunning progress. Dhawan looked in a sensational touch, racking up his third ODI ton at The Oval.
He compiled a staggering innings of 117 runs off 109 balls that included 16 boundaries and also stitched an excellent partnership of 93 runs along with Virat Kohli. After his dismissal, Hardik Pandya was sent in early to up the ante and he did his job in a stylish fashion.
Kohli and Pandya added an explosive stand of 81 runs before the latter got out after having played a terrific cameo of 48 runs off just 27 balls. Kohli was dismissed in the last over of the innings, but he contributed with a fine 82-run knock to help India finish with a huge total of 352 runs. For Australia, majority of the bowlers leaked quite a few runs, however, Pat Cummins bowled well to finish with pretty economical figures.
Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah and Chahal restrict Australia
Chasing a monumental target of 353 runs, the two Australian openers, David Warner and Aaron Finch opted for similar approach as the Indians did and started things off on a tentative note. The duo added just 48 runs in the first 10 overs and the pressure was building on. Finch got involved in a big mix-up and got run-out in the 14th over. However, the pair of Warner and Steve Smith then carried further Australia’s progress in the mighty run-chase.
The duo combined together to put forward a fine partnership of 72 runs before Warner got dismissed for an 84-ball 56. The atmosphere was getting tensed for the Aussies as the required run-rate was slowly climbing very high and aggressive hitting became the need of the hour. Usman Khawaja played a vital cameo of 42 runs off just 39 balls and stitched an excellent stand of 69 runs along with Smith before falling victim to Jasprit Bumrah in the 37th over.
However, Smith looked pretty solid on the other end playing a significant innings of 69 runs to somehow keep Australia’s hopes alive in the chase. But then came a massive moment in the game as Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed both Smith and Marcus Stoinis in a single over to help India stage a definite comeback. Yuzvendra Chahal also got the better of Glenn Maxwell pretty soon to perhaps inflict the final nail into the coffin. In the end, Alex Carey remained unbeaten for a 35-ball 55, but the combo of Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar bowled really well to bowl out Australia for 316 runs in 50 overs. Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah finished with three scalps each, while Chahal picked up two crucial wickets as well.
India: 352/5 in 50 overs (Shikhar Dhawan-117, Virat Kohli-82, Rohit Sharma-57; Marcus Stoinis 2/62)
Australia: 316/10 in 50 overs (Steve Smith-69, David Warner-56, Alex Carey-55*; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/50, Jasprit Bumrah 3/61)
Result: India won the match by 36 runs.
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