Cricket

Dhawan’s ton and Bhuvi’s spell guided India home in the high-scoring encounter!

Defending champions Australia come to face to face with India in a repeat of the 2015 edition’s semi-final fixture. Australia showed great determination when their backs were against the wall in the win against West Indies, while India rode past South Africa in their opener courtesy Rohit Sharma’s hundred. With both teams having kicked off their respective World Cup campaigns in a positive fashion, which side will remain unbeaten?

India opted to bat first after winning the toss, with Sharma and Dhawan providing a solid opening stand, the pair put the aggressive 127 runs stand in 23 overs, as Sharma departed for a well-made 57. Dhawan’s ton came off 98 balls, as he went on to make 117. Kohli continued his fine ODI form, with a half-century off 48 balls. Dhawan’s terrific knock was brought to an end by Starc, as Stoinis got the better of Kohli for 82, with India in the driving seat at 220/2. Pandya and Dhoni added quick runs, as the pair smoked Aussie bowlers all over the park; Pandya went onto make a quick fire 48 off 27 balls, while Dhoni blasted a magnificent 27 to take India at the respectable total of 352/5 in 50 overs. Stoinis picked up 62/2

Chasing a massive total of 353, Finch and Warner provided a slow opening stand, the pair managed 61 in 14 overs, as Finch was dismissed for 36. Warner was joined by Smith for the 2nd wicket stand, as Warner’s struggle to score quickly continues, as his innings of 56 off 84 balls was brought to an end by Chahal, as Australia remained at 133/2 in 25 overs. Smith and Khawaja added 69 runs for the 3rd wicket stand, as Khawaja was dismissed off Bumrah for 42. Smith’s well-crafted innings off 69 was brought to an end by Kumar. Maxwell made 28, as Stoinis was undone for a duck by Kumar, leaving Australia in all sorts of problems at 244/6 in 41st over. Alex Carey jotted a 25 balls half century but his efforts weren’t enough, as Coulter-Nile made 4, Cummins made 8, as Australia were bundled out for 316 in 50 overs. Kumar picked up 50/3.

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