India's top order fired in unison and their bowlers produced a tidy display to beat reigning world champions Australia by 36 runs in a thrilling World Cup match at the Oval on Sunday.
Shikhar Dhawan (117) smashed his 17th ODI century and forged significant partnerships with fellow opener Rohit Sharma (57) and skipper Virat Kohli (82) to power India to a commanding 352-5.
Several frontline Australia batsmen got good starts but none could bat deep enough to see them home as they were all out for 316 in exactly 50 overs.
Steve Smith (69), David Warner (56) and Alex Carey (55 not out) scored the bulk of the runs for Australia, who tasted their first defeat after wins against Afghanistan and West Indies earlier in the tournament.
India's new ball pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-50) and Jasprit Bumrah (3-61) shared six wickets between them while spinner Yuzvendra Chahal claimed 2-62. (Reuters)
Australia fight on
Australia require 115 runs from 10 overs with six wickets remaining.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah took the wickets of Usman Khuwaja and Steve Smith in quick successions to put the Aussies in the back foot, just as they were looking to score some runs. India look to be on top, however, the batting depth for Australia go deep.
Aussie hopes reside with Smith, Warner
Skipper Aaron Finch fell to a run out but old guards David Warner and Steve Smith are currently at the crease as Australia look to assail the huge target of 353 set by India at the Kennington Oval.
Warner and Finch started things at a slow and steady rate. Finch was the aggressor in a 35-ball 36-run knock while Warner played the anchor role. The required run-rate has climbed aggressively to 8.46 as Australia reached 99 for 1 in 20 overs. Much will rest on this duo who came back to the Australia fold after serving one-year bans.
India post a mammoth total
India scored 352 for the loss of five wickets at the end of their 50 overs. It Is now the second-highest team total of the 2019 World Cup.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan smashed his 17th century in one-day internationals as India's top order fired in unison to power them to 352 for five wickets in their World Cup match against holders Australia on Sunday.
Dhawan added 127 runs with fellow opener Rohit Sharma (57) and 93 with skipper Virat Kohli to lay the foundation for a big total before departing for 117 at the Oval.
Kohli made a typically breezy 82 and Hardik Pandya, dropped behind the wicket on the very first ball he faced, smashed 48 off 27 balls to justify his promotion in the batting order.
Marcus Stoinis claimed 2-62 for Australia who had beaten Afghanistan and West Indies in their first two matches.
Two-times champions India beat South Africa by six wickets in their first match on Wednesday. (Reuters)
India on course for a big score
As Virat Kohli reached his 50th half century in ODIs, he seemed to have accelerated the pace of scoring runs. Whereas, Hardik Pandya also joined the party scoring 38 runs off 19 balls only to take this partnership beyond the half century mark. India look to score a huge total ahead. India reach 281 for two in 44 overs.
[Wicket] Over 36.6, IND 220/2
Starc missed his yorker again, went too full on middle and leg. Dhawan ventured an almighty hoick, got more height as opposed to distance – those were bigger boundaries anyway - and holed out to deep midwicket. End of an excellent innings nevertheless. Hardik Pandya to the crease.
S Dhawan c sub (NM Lyon) b Starc 117 (109b 16x4 0x6) SR: 107.33
Over 32.3, IND 188/1
Shikhar Dhawan reached an excellent 100 runs off 95 balls as he takes a nervy single. There was a bit of confusion between Kohli and Dhawan, as there was a direct hit to the stumps. However, they took the run comfortably as the ball bounced from the stumps.
Kohli dished out a full-stretch dive at the non-striker's end and wass safe. Kohli and Dhawan exchanged wry smiles. Then came Dhawan's trademark celebration. He had his hands aloft, bat raised, and acknowledged the cheers. His coach Shastri was on his feet in the dressing room applauding Dhawan. Very full on off, jabbed to mid-off. Yes-no, yes-no, Dhawan somehow got a single in the end and reached a hundred - his sixth at an ICC ODI tournament. Only Tendulkar and Ganguly are ahead of him on this list
India were given an incredible start by openers Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan in their match against Australia at the Kennigton Oval in London today.
The Indian duo clinched the second best opening stand against Australia at the World Cup, only behind AB de Villiers and Graeme Smith’s 160-run partnership in 2007.
Sharma also became the fastest ODI batsmen to score 2000 runs against any side in cricket, reaching the landmark in his 37th match against Australia. The duo set India up for a big total before Coulter-Nile removed Sharma in the 23rd over. Dhawan is batting on 71 off 68 deliveries while Virat Kohli has just joined him at the crease. India 136/1 after 25 overs.
India won the toss and elected to bat first in their high-voltage encounter against defending champions Australia in the 14th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup at the Oval in London.
The 1983 and 2011 world champions opted to go with the same side that beat South Africa comfortably in their opening game.
Australia, who scraped past West Indies in their previous match, stuck with the same eleven as well. The five-time world champions had beaten Afghanistan in their opening game.
Australia: DA Warner, AJ Finch (c), UT Khawaja, SPD Smith, GJ Maxwell, MP Stoinis, AT Carey (wk), NM Coulter-Nile, PJ Cummins, MA Starc, A Zampa
India: S Dhawan, RG Sharma, V Kohli (c), KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (wk), HH Pandya, KM Jadhav, B Kumar, K Yadav, YS Chahal, JJ Bumrah