Team India is currently locking horns with Australia and after winning the toss, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli decided to bat first on a belter looking pitch. However, the Indian batsmen gave a great exhibition as they kept on smashing runs on a consitent basis. While Shikhar Dhawan slammed a dominating century, Rohit Sharma and Kohli supported him well by scoring useful half-centuries. The finishers, Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni, also provided some useful partnerships by scoring 48 (off 27 balls) and 27 (off 14 balls) respectively as India finished strongly on 352/5 after 50 overs.
The Indian openers played the new ball bowled by Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins quite cautiously and then Rohit along with Dhawan starting increasing the scoring rate on a consistent basis. They targetted Australia’s weak-link in their pace attack, Nathan Coulter-Nile. Dhawan’s attacking batting allowed Rohit to take his time as they amassed 127 runs in less than 23 overs. Sharma got out soon after reaching his half-century but that only brought Virat to the middle.
Meanwhile, Shikhar kept the run-rate flowing when his skipper found it tough to get going from the word go. He also got to his 17th ODI century in the process which was also his third century at The Oval in ODIs. After playing some scintillating strokes post his ton, Dhawan got out on 117. But, by that time, he had set the platform for the rest of the batsmen to come and launch the attack on the opposition.
After his dismissal, India promoted the fiery batsman, Hardik Pandya at four with only 13 overs to go. At 220/2, they had a chance to post a huge total on the board and Hardik didn’t disappoint. He went on to smash Cummins and Zampa for 15-16 runs in the over. He raced to 48 runs off just 27 balls before getting out in the 46th over.
Meanwhile, Kohli kept on milking runs on his own pace and matched the other batsmen in run-scoring. Also, smartly, with Pandya coming out to bat, he just rotated the strike to let Pandya take on the bowlers. However, there was no respite for the Australian bowlers despite breaking the partnership with Dhoni came out all guns blazing. He received a roaring welcome in the jam-packed stadium.
Even as Kohli got going, MS scored some quick runs and cherry on the cake was he smashed a huge six off Starc in the 49th over of the innings. Starc delivered a 143 kph delivery angling into the batsman but erred in length only for Dhoni to hit it for a massive six over deep square leg. Runs kept coming in the death overs as India ended on 352 runs after 50 overs.
Here’s how Twitter reacted after India’s dominating performance:
Great batting @BCCI . Top three again . Let’s see how Australia go about the chase . Aussie top order need to be there most of 50 overs to make a match
— Salman Butt (@im_SalmanButt) June 9, 2019
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) June 9, 2019
India were flawless in the first half if the match. Superb, controlled aggression that has taken score past 350. Now for bowlers to do their but!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) June 9, 2019
Have to believe this is enough for India
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 9, 2019
What a monuMENTAL batting effort by India 🇮🇳🙌 #INDvAUS
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) June 9, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 9, 2019
— subramani badrinath (@s_badrinath) June 9, 2019
I can’t see Australia chasing this score with India’s bowlers #CWC2019
— Ravi Bopara (@ravibopara) June 9, 2019
Pandya's bat stickers 🙌🔥👍. Nostalgic #ICCCricketWorldCup
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) June 9, 2019
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 9, 2019
— Pallav (@das_pallav) June 9, 2019
— iamsowmya (@iamsowmya18) June 9, 2019
— Shruti Hariharan (@Shruti_2890) June 9, 2019
— Vivek Tanna (@vivektanna2) June 9, 2019
— Aadit Kapadia આદિત કાપડિયા (@ask0704) June 9, 2019
— V (@unnecessary_v) June 9, 2019
Dhoni is batting like that uncle who while coming back from work in the evening, asks the gully cricket playing kids to let him bat once and tries to hit the first ball for six. #INDvAUS
— Soumyadipta Roy 🇮🇳 (@soumodiptoroyy) June 9, 2019
352! What a batting master class by India! 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳
— Vikram Chandra (@vikramchandra) June 9, 2019