In the first heavyweight league battle of the ICC Cricket World Cup, India defeated the defending champions Australia. India was able to secure a magnificent 36-run win over Australia at the Oval stadium.
During Sunday’s match, Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan’s contribution of 117 runs, as well as 82 runs from Captain Virat Kohli and an engaging 48 runs by Hardik Pandya, helped India to present a score of 352-5 in front of a rowdy crowd. Indian bowlers can’t b e overlooked like Jaspreet Bumrah and Buvneshwar Kumar took three wickets each that helped India to reach the victory line.
Australia, facing what might be a World Cup record chase, grappled to hasten. Regardless of Smith’s 69 and Warner’s 56, they failed to reach the target.
With wickets starting to fall and the run-rate increasing, Alex Carey hit a 25-ball half-century but it was not enough to stop Australia slipping to their first defeat IN the tournament. Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed Adam Zampa with the last ball of the match to finish with 3-50 and Jasprit Bumrah took 3-61.
Well, the openers played cautiously against the pace of Cummins and Mitchell Starc but after Rohit were given a life on two – dropped at square leg by a leaping Nathan Coulter-Nile – they cut free. Dhawan went after Coulter-Nile, taking three fours from his first over, and when Zampa’s leg-spin was started, Rohit hit his first ball for four. The Australians were jeered when they appealed against Kohli, but Kohli grappled at first, settling for understanding the field after a handful of wild drives against the seamers.
During Australia’s time to bat, in front of such a noisy crowd, every Australia boundary was greeted with silence. The opening partnership of Finch and Warner was sturdy. Warner looked discordant and he hit only five fours and Indian spinners operated in tandem. It seemed that Smith was not able to hit hard. It never looked that Australia would be able to reach the massive target.