With the powerful performance of the bowlers after opener Shikhar Dhawan’s century and fine innings of top-order batsmen, India beat Australia 36 runs in the league match of the Cricket World Cup (ICC World Cup 2019) on Sunday.
This is India’s fourth win against Australia in the World Cup. Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, who played an important role in India’s victory, was named Man of the Match for his century. Dhawan scored 117 runs in 109 balls with 16 fours.
India Made These Records Too
This is the only second chance in the World Cup match when India’s top three batsmen have been able to score 50 or more runs. Earlier, in 2011, India achieved this feat against South Africa in Nagpur.
Chasing India’s target of 353 runs, Australia were able to make 316 runs, despite the innings of Steve Smith (69), David Warner (56), Alex Carey (55 not out) and Usman Khawaja (42). Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/50), Jaspreet Bumrah (3/61) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2/62) took two wickets for India.
Shikhar Dhawan’s Superb Innings
India had scored 352 for five wickets from a half-century by Captain Virat Kohli (82) and opener Rohit Sharma (57), apart from a century of Dhawan (117). Dhawan hit 16 fours in a 109-ball inning. He shared 127 for the first wicket with Rohit and 93 runs for the second wicket with Kohli.
Australia Need 97 Runs In The Last 8 Overs
Australia needed 97 runs to win in the last eight overs. Carey put some good shots after this. After hit six and four in Chahal’s over, he hit boundary also on Pandya’s ball. Bumrah though sent Nathan Coulter-Nile (04) to the pavilion and then ended the innings of Pat Cummins (08). Carey hit the ball of Bhuvneshwar and then with a run, he scored a half-century in 25 balls.
Australia Need 44 Runs To Win In The Last Two Overs
Australia needed 44 runs to win in the last two overs, but the team could only manage seven runs, losing their last two wickets. Earlier, Kohli decided to bat after winning the toss, after which Shikhar and Rohit gave India a good start.
Shikhar and Rohit started cautiously. Rohit was lucky on two runs when Nathan Coulter-Nile missed his catch on the short mid-wicket in the third ball of Mitchell Starc’s first over.