Shikhar Dhawan scored 117 against Australia. (Source: BCCI)

India registered second win on the trot in this World Cup 2019 as they defeated Australia by 36 runs in London. India captain Virat Kohli who won the toss elected to bat first on a batting-friendly track on Sunday. Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma began the proceedings carefully and got their eye in before taking on the Australian bowling attack.

The two compiled a total of 127 for the first wicket before Sharma was sent back in the hut for 57 by Nathan Coulter-Nile. But Dhawan continued with his aggressive batting display and notched up a ton and struck 117 to put India in front. Alongwith the left-hander, captain Kohli too chipped in with a half-century as he scored 82 off just 77.

India played a master-stroke in sending Hardik Pandya in at number 4 after Dhawan’s departure. Pandya began with his hard-hitting from the word go and hammered a quick-fire 48 off 27 that included three maximums and four boundaries. Apart from Pandya, MS Dhoni scored a brisk 14-ball 27 while KL Rahul remained unbeaten at 11 off 3 as India posted 352/5 in 50 overs.

In reply, David Warner and Aaron Finch got Australia to a steady start and scored 61 for the first wicket before Finch was runout by Kedar Jadhav in the 14th over. Later, Warner and Steve Smith both got notched up individual half-centuries but Australia kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

Wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey tried to steady the ship for his side but he ran out of partners at the other end as Australia were bowled out for 316. For India it was Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who returned with three wickets apiece.

With this win, India have moved up to third place in the points table while Australia are at four. The Virat Kohli-led side will now meet New Zealand in Nottingham on Thursday while Australia Pakistan in Taunton on Wednesday in their next.

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