India beat Australia by 36 runs in the match no. 14 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 played at The Oval, London. After winning the toss India decided to bat first. The Indian openers made a slow start to their innings. However, after they got settled they took the attack to the Australian bowlers. Both Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started playing some big shots. They had put on a massive 127 run partnership for the first wicket. Then Kohli and Hardik steered India to a huge total of 352. In reply, Australia tried very hard and gave a valiant effort but couldn’t cross the line and hence, fell short by 36 runs. Shikhar Dhawan was judged the man of the match.
Gabbar roars at The Oval
Rohit and Dhawan provided a solid start to the Indian innings. Rohit played a good knock of 57 off 70 balls before getting caught behind by Alex Carey. Dhawan played a scintillating knock of 117 off just 109 deliveries. He was caught at midwicket by Nathan Lyon and thereby, ending his great knock. It is a good sign for India as Dhawan is back in form. He didn’t perform well in the warm-up matches but now he is back with a bang. Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper carried on the innings very well. He made a magnificent 82 in 77 balls before he was caught by Nathan Coulter-Nile in the last over. He and Dhawan added 93 runs for the 2nd wicket partnership after which Dhawan got out.
Hardik continues his great form
Hardik Pandya played a blistering knock of 48 off just 27 deliveries. He was sent up in the order and he did his job perfectly as well. He was seen in good form during the Indian Premier League 2019 and he seems to have been carried his form from thereon. He got out by playing a loose shot and giving a simple catch to Aaron Finch at mid-off. MS Dhoni made a devastating 27 in just 16 balls before being caught and bowled by Marcus Stoinis. It was a stunning one-handed catch by Stoinis. It was a nightmare for the Australian bowlers as everyone was expensive in their spell. Their star bowler Mitchell Starc gave away 74 runs in his 10 overs and picked up just one wicket. Pat Cummins bowled fine as he gave 55 runs in his quota of 10 overs and picked up the crucial wicket of Hardik.
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Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah guide India to victory
The Australian innings started well. There was a 61 run partnership for the first wicket after which Finch, the skipper was run out by Kedar Jadhav. He was looking good for a big score but unfortunately got run out and made 36 runs. David Warner made a good 56 off 84 deliveries before he was caught by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. There was a 69 run partnership between Steven Smith and Usman Khawaja after which the latter was bowled by Jasprit Bumrah on 42. Smith scored a brilliant 69 in 70 balls after which he got out by lbw bowled by Bhuvneshwar. Stoinis was clean bowled by Bhuvneshwar on a duck in the same over in which Smith got out. This was the turning point in the match.
Glenn Maxwell made a quick fire 28 off 14 deliveries. He was caught excellently by Jadeja (the substitute fielder) at deep midwicket. Alex Carey remained unbeaten on 55 off 35 balls but there was no one to support him from the other end. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up 3 wickets for 50 runs in his 10 overs. Bumrah was as usual amazing again as he picked up 3 wickets in his 10 overs giving away 61 runs. A couple of wickets were picked up by Yuzvendra Chahal as well. India made 116 runs in the last 10 overs and that was the major difference in the match as Australia gave a lot of runs in the end.