World Cup 2019: Dhawan, Kohli bring India hefty 352 against Australia

OVAL: India on Sunday scored a hefty total of 352 with five wickets down against Australia as Shikhar Dhawan scored his 17th ODI century at the Oval, London.

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Besides Dhawan, skipper Virat Kohli, with 82 runs, remained the second top scorer of the day. Rohit Sharma scored 57 while Hardik Pandya remained two runs short of his fifty after he was caught by Cummins on the ball of skipper Aaron Finch.

Marcus Stoinis, on the Kangaroo side, took two wickets while Cummins, Starc, and Coulter-Nile took one wicket each.

India captain Virat Kohli said it was a “no-brainer” to bat first against Australia after winning the toss.

“It looks like a really nice wicket,” said Kohli. “It’s nice and hard and dry. It’s a used pitch and we think it’s going to get lower and slower as the game goes on. Scoreboard pressure is always going to count.

“The sun is out, it’s the Oval – it’s a no-brainer to bat first,” the star batsman added.

As for India fielding an unchanged side, Kohli said: “The bowling line-up was really balanced. We don’t want to change anything.

“We won the first game, the team is in good spirits, and we want to come out here and execute the same game plan.” Reigning champions Australia have won both their games in this World Cup so far.

They picked the same side that edged out the West Indies by 15 runs in Nottingham on Thursday.

Australia captain Aaron Finch admitted he would have also batted first had he won the toss, but backed his side to maintain their winning run all the same.

“I would have batted first, for the same reasons as Virat,” said Finch. “It might get a little bit slower later on. Either way, in the first 10 overs you’ve got to look to do the business. We weighed up making chances but we’re confident with the way we’ve been going.”

Australia are on a 10-match winning streak in ODIs but Finch added: “In a World Cup — it’s a different kind of pressure than playing a series against the same side. It’s another good opportunity for the players to impress.”

with input from Agencies. 

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