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Written by : Info Box Team

What a wonderful match! It was an absolute gentleman's game and a proper 50-over entertainment between Men-in-Blue and Men-in-Yellow in the 12th season of the World Cup.

Team India yet again delivered an outstanding performance to outclass Australia in all departments and won their second World Cup match by 36 runs in the ongoing mega event at the Kennington Oval in London on Sunday.

Virat Kohli & Co dominated with both bat and ball as they registered their consecutive second win in the ongoing World Cup. Let us have a look at the highlights of the 14th match between India and Australia.

Toss

  • Virat Kohli won the toss and asked Australia to field first.

  • Team India played with the same squad while Kangaroos also retained the same playing XI.

Indian Innings

  • Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan gave a supreme start for India as both the batsmen established the 127 run partnership for the opening wicket before Rohit being out in Nathan Coulter Nile's bowling in the 23rd over.

  • Rohit Sharma made 57 runs in 70 balls with 3 hits to the rope and 1 hit above the rope. Rohit and Dhawan played very slowly before switching gears to accelerate the run rate.

  • The Delhi dasher Shikhar Dhawan scored an incredible century against might Australian bowling line up. Dhawan scored 117 runs in 109 balls with 16 beautiful boundaries.

  • Indian run-machine Virat Kohli played steadily till the end of the innings as he made 82 runs in 77 balls with 4 hits to the fence and 2 hits above the rope.

  • After the dismissal of Dhawan, Hardik Pandya came to crease and changed the entire run rate with his aggressive batting. Hardik Pandya smashed 48 runs in 27 balls with 4 beautiful boundaries and 3 huge sixes into the crowd.

  • MS Dhoni also made a useful contribution to the team as he made 27 runs in 14 balls with 3 fours and 1 six. KL Rahul's (3-ball 11 runs) cameo helped the Men-in-Blue to reach the 350-run mark and set the target of 353 runs to win for Australia.

  • Marcus Stoinis scalped 2 wickets while Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Coulter Nile chipped a wicket each.

Australian Innings

  • Chasing a mammoth target of 353 on a flat track, Men in Blue bowlers didn't allow the Aussies batsmen to bat freely as Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar bowled good line and length, restricting Australia to 19 runs in first 7 overs.

  • Aussies suffered an early hiccup as their experienced inform batsman Aaron Finch got out scoring 36 runs in 35 balls with 3 beautiful boundaries and 1 huge six into the stands. The right-hand opening batsman unluckily got run out in Hardik Pandya's bowling.

  • The Kangaroos opening player David Warner played very slowly for the first time in his entire career and scored 56 runs in 84 balls with 5 boundaries before being out in Chahal's bowling

  • The inform batsman Steven Smith rotated the strike steadily as he made 69 runs in 70 balls with 5 hits to the rope and 1 hit above the rope. Smith along with Usman Khawaja (42) tried to reach the run rate but unfortunately got out in steady run rate.

  • Glenn Maxwell played very aggressively as he scored 28 runs in 14 balls with 5 fours. Indian players got hope on victory by picking Maxwell's wicket in the 41st over.

  • Alex Carey scored unbeaten 55 runs in 35 balls with 5 fours and 1 six. Finally, Australia got all-out for 316 runs and fell short of 36 runs.

  • Bhuvi (3-50), Bumrah (3-61), Chahal (2-62) scalped 8 Australian wickets.

Scorecard

India: 352/5 (Dhawan 117, Kohli 82, Rohit 57, Hardik 48; Stoinis 2/62).

Australia: 316/10 (David Warner 56, Steven Smith 69, Alex Carey 55; Bhuvi 3/50, Bumrah 3/61, Chahal 2/62).

Man of the Match: Shikhar Dhawan.

In the next World Cup match, South Africa will lock horns with West Indies at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton on June 10.

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