Indian cricket team has defeated title defending champions Australia by 36 runs in the league match of 2019 cricket world cup played at London. Shikhar Dhawan scored brilliant hundred to guide India posting huge total while batting first after winning the toss. He scored 117 runs in 109 balls that built platform for middle order to score runs freely.
It was a crucial win for Men In Blue as Australia are world champions and title defenders in the tournament. They defeated India recently in ODI series played in India. Also Aussies beat India in 2015 world cup semifinal, hence it’s a good win for two-time world champions.
Indian batsmen were on the song in this match and wicket was dry that was favoring batsmen to score runs easily. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan provided a good start to Men In Blue as both openers added 127 runs for the first wicket before Nathan Coulter Nile dismissed Rohit for 57. After that skipper Virat Kohli and Dhawan built one more partnership to take full pressure on Aussie bowling lineup.
Hardik Pandya was promoted to the number 4 and he delivered pretty well. He scored quick 48 runs in 27 balls that entertained every Indian fan on the stadium. His innings include 3 sixes and 4 fours. MS Dhoni also went after Australian bowling as he made 27 runs in 18 balls. India finishes off at 352 in 50 overs and it was a huge total in a world cup match.
In the chase of this big total, Australian team all out for 316 in 50 overs and lost the match by 36 runs. Steve Smith, David Warner and Alex Carey scored half centuries for title defenders but those were not enough to beat India.
Brief Scores (Match Summary)
Toss: India won toss and chose to bat first
India Innings: 352/5, 50 overs (Dhawan- 117 runs, Kohli- 82 runs, Stoinis- 2 wickets)
Australia Innings: 316 all out, 50 overs (Smith- 69 runs, Warner- 56 runs, Bhuvneshwar- 3 wickets)
Result: India won by 36 runs
Player of The Match: Shikhar Dhawan