England : Shikhar Dhawan on Sunday showed his master class as he played through pain for hours to score a characteristic 109-ball 117 as India registered their second World Cup 2019 win, beating five time world champions Australia by 36 runs at The Oval on Sunday.
It was an all-round from India that helped them tame one of the tournament favorites Australia. After Dhawan’s classy century, Virat Kohli played a captain’s knock and hammered a fearless 82. It was followed by unfettered batting from Hardik Pandya (48), MS Dhoni (27) and KL Rahul (11) as India posted a total of 352.
Shikhar Dhwan’s 17th ODI hundred, half-centuries from Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma (57) and a brain storming 48 from Hardik Pandya helped India post 352 for 5-the highest by any team against Australia in a World Cup match.
This was only the 4th time India defeated Australia in a World Cup. Australia won 8 times against India.
Australia needed a smashing start to be in a position to gun down 353. However, that was not to be. Jasprit Bumrah and Buvaneshwar Kumar tied down David Warner and Aaraon Finch. The Australian openers-two of the most dangerous in the world – were unable to get any kind of momentum in the first 10 overs.