Opener Shikhar Dhawan hit a blazing century to set up India’s 36-run win over Australia in the World Cup 2019 game on Sunday as the defending champions suffered their first defeat of this year’s tournament.
Dhawan’s 117 and his 127-run opening stand with Rohit Sharma laid the foundation for India posting 352 for five after captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first on the dry surface at the Oval.
Kohli himself hit a brisk 82 and combined with Hardik Pandya for an 81-run third-wicket partnership that saw the pair pummel the Australian bowling attack.
Indian bowlers then dismissed the Aussies for 316 in 50 overs to register their second straight victory of this World Cup after an opening win against South Africa on Wednesday (June 5).
Brief scores: India 352/5 in 50 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 117, Virat Kohli 82; Marcus Stoinis 2-62, Pat Cummins 1-55) beat Australia 316 in 50 overs (Steven Smith 69, David Warner 56; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-50, Jasprit Bumrah 3-61) by 36 runs.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) June 9, 2019
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 9, 2019
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 9, 2019
Always gives me and fans great satisfaction when team India beats strong Australian team. Well done🇮🇳 #INDvsAUS
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) June 9, 2019
Resounding win for India. The batters led by Shikhar were fantastic and I thought the bowlers executed their plans superbly, Bhuvi bowled beautifully. The team bonding looks great and a very promising start to the World Cup for Team India. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/q37lNgD9vt
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 9, 2019
Horror run chase! 💩
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) June 9, 2019
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) June 9, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 9, 2019
Clinical finish by team India 🇮🇳 tonight against d defending champions Australia. Outstanding batting by @SDhawan25 @ImRo45 @imVkohli nd wat I can say about @Jaspritbumrah93 so just leaving like dat. He is on another level all together !! @BhuviOfficial was superb wit d ball 2 👏
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) June 9, 2019
Top win for India. Batsmen provided a safe total and in intervals, which is important to recognise, the bowling was excellent. This is a powerful performance and reminiscent of the start in 2015.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 9, 2019
This is Australia's first loss at the World Cup when chasing since Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq ripped through them in 1999. #CWC19
— Sam Landsberger 🗯 (@SamLandsberger) June 9, 2019
India are a better team than Australia but Australia made things a lot harder for themselves today by making some notable strategic errors. If they played things differently they could have challenged India, especially after being given the chance to bowl first & chase. #CWC19
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) June 9, 2019
Okay. Revenge has been taken for 2003. Semis, we'll take revenge for 2015.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) June 9, 2019
It was India that ended Australia’s run of 16 consecutive Test wins in 2001.
It was India that ended Australia’s run of 16 consecutive Test wins in 2008.
It is India to have ended Australia’s run of 19 consecutive successful chases in World Cup.#INDvAUS #AUSvIND #CWC19
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) June 9, 2019
— Siddharth Kaul (@iamsidkaul) June 9, 2019
— vennela kishore (@vennelakishore) June 9, 2019
Congratulations #TeamIndia on beating Australia by 36 runs in #WC2019 Spl thanks to @SDhawan25 @imVkohli @yuzi_chahal @Jaspritbumrah93 @BhuviOfficial and the rest. Good teamwork. Best of luck! #INDvAUS #INDvsAUS
— Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) June 9, 2019
This is India's 50th victory against Australia in ODIs which has ended
Australia's run of winning 19 consecutive matches while chasing in ODI WC, 10th consecutive ODI wins &
eight consecutive World Cup wins.#INDvsAUS
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) June 9, 2019