Australia have been dominated of their third Cricket World Cup match, falling to India by 36 runs at The Oval in London.
There’s a mountain to work on for Australia popping out of their first loss for the marketing campaign, which got here on the again of a robust Indian batting efficiency, and a wierd one among their very own.
Profitable the toss, there was virtually no query Virat Kohli chosen proper by bowling first. On an already-used pitch which was anticipated to decelerate throughout the second half of the day, India received the primary of many battles all through the day.
Nonetheless, it was the primary 20 overs for India which set the tone, as their recreation plan got here off with absolute perfection.
Whereas Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are each identified for his or her massive hitting, they have been managed and affected person towards Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, seeing them off with the brand new ball, earlier than they went on the assault towards different bowlers.
On the finish of the primary powerplay, India have been zero for 41 and monitoring alongside properly, with Sharma then the primary man out to the bowling of Nathan Coulter-Nile, who bounced again nicely after a horror begin.
Nonetheless, Virat Kohli picked up the place Sharma had left off, taking India from 1 for 127 within the 22nd over to 2 for 220 within the 36th when Dhawan was lastly dismissed, having made an distinctive century.
Australia’s bowling, from there, actually struggled to comprise India, as they made 132 from the ultimate 14 overs, together with 116 from the ultimate ten as Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni exploded.
Panya would end with 48 from 27 balls, clearing the rope 3 times, whereas MS Dhoni belted 27 from 14 balls. Virat Kohli was the anchor to the tip, ending with 82.
Australia’s bowling on the clutch of the innings was poor, and it’s clear that exterior of Starc and Cummins, there may be little or no within the assault, with India’s recreation plan working to perfection. Even Starc was costly although, ending up going for 74 from his ten overs.
Set 353 to win, Australia’s ways in reply have been baffling. They have been going below three runs per over in direction of the tip of the opening powerplay, and whereas Aaron Finch did have one massive over to considerably get them again on monitor, they have been at all times behind the eight ball.
Simply as rapidly as Finch began to get going, he was run out, with Steve Smith then making an attempt to place some intent into the run chase, whereas ordinary massive hitter David Warner merely plodded on from the opposite finish.
Some credit score has to go for the Indian bowlers and fielders, particularly KL Rahul, for his or her wonderful consistency in saving runs, however Warner confirmed no intent as he introduced up his slowest ever ODI half-century, earlier than finally departing for 56 from 84 balls, leaving his workforce in a large gap at 2 for 133 within the 25th.
Whereas they weren’t all that far behind India comparatively and had seen off some overs from Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, their required run price mounted.
The subsequent unusual choice was bringing in Usman Khawaja at 4, who merely wasn’t suited to the function. He did his finest, however ended up with 42 from 39, because the required run price crept over ten.
Glenn Maxwell (28 off 14) gave Australia some late hope, however when he adopted Smith and Stoinis again to the pavilion, it was throughout.
Some late hitting from Alex Carey, who made the quickest half-century of the match thus far, can be leaving Aussie followers questioning what might need been if for a faster begin, given they solely completed 36 runs quick, nevertheless it merely wasn’t to be, and Australia must return to the drafting board forward of their subsequent conflict with Pakistan.
India: 5/352 (50) (Shikhar Dhawan 117, Virat Kohli 82, Rohit Sharma 57, Marcus Stoinis 2/62) defeat Australia: 10/316 (50) (Steve Smith 69, David Warner 56, Alex Carey 55 not out, Bhuvneshwar Kumar three/50, Jasprit Bumrah three/61, Yuzendra Chahal 2/62) by 36 runs.
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