India make statement against Aussies

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.

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