A workmanlike century from opener Shikhar Dhawan and disciplined bowling from pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped India to a comfortable statement-making ICC World Cup victory over Australia at the Oval.
An opening partnership of 127 between Dhawan (117) and Rohit Sharma (57) lifted India to 352 for five before Bumrah (3/61) and Kumar (3/50) helped them restrict the Aussies to 316 all out.
Half-centuries from Steve Smith (69), David Warner (56) and Alex Carey, who was 55 not out at the end, simply were not compiled quickly enough to give the Aussies the momentum they needed to overhaul the India total.
Earlier, openers Dhawan and Rohit Sharma (57) set the platform India needed to blast 110 runs off the final 10 overs on a pitch which had uneven bounce.
Dhawan’s century, which came off 109 balls and included 16 fours was his third at the World Cup, but may have come at a high price as the bouncer from Pat Cummings that struck him on the hand during his inning kept him off the field for Australia’s innings and will now be a worry ahead of the team’s next match.
Virat Kohli and all-rounder Hardik Pandya then set up the final total with an 81-run third wicket partnership off 55 balls.
Pandya, who got a life from wicket-keeper Carey off the first ball he faced, hit three sixes and four fours in a 27-ball 48, while Kohli had four fours and two sixes before he was dismissed for 82 off the penultimate ball.