India knew that their second match at the 2019 World Cup against Australia was going to be one of their biggest challenges. Australia are the defending champions and have a strong team that have the capability of pushing India in all departments of the game. However, the men in blue played fantastic cricket and came out on top to win their second game on the trot.
Dhawan Fires Back With A Century
S Dhawan was under pressure as he failed in the two practice matches and also against South Africa. For India to do well throughout the World Cup, it is essential for Dhawan and R Sharma to be in good form. The dashing left-hander decided to come good against the Australians and scored a fantastic century that won him the man of the match award.
Dhawan made 117 of 109 balls which included 16 fours while R Sharma scored another half century. The two openers put together a century stand and provided a great platform for the rest of the Indian batting line-up to cut loose. Skipper Kohli scored 82 of 77 balls and H Pandya who was promoted up the batting order made a quick-fire 48 of just 27 balls.
Some lusty hitting by MS Dhoni and KL Rahul in the end, pushed India to a massive total of 352.
Australia’s Slow Start Hurt Them In The End
While 352 is a massive total, there are a few teams like Australia, England and the West Indies who could chase it down. The Aussie openers decided to play things safe during the first 10 overs in an effort not to lose wickets. D Warner scored the slowest 50 in his career making 56 of 84 balls while captain A Finch tried to push the pace but was run out for 36 of 35 balls.
G Maxwell gave the Australian innings impetus scoring 28 from 14 balls and A Carey remained unbeaten at the end on 55, hitting 1 six and 5 fours. However, Australia had a little too much to get in the last 10 overs against J Bumrah and B Kumar who both took 3 wickets each and wrapped up the tail.
Australia will have to go back to the drawing board and figure out where they went wrong as they will have to chase down big totals in this World Cup.
India’s next match is against New Zealand on June 13 at Nottingham.