World Cup 2019 India vs Australia, Innings Report: Australia face record chase at The Oval

first_img Next view more view less India Today Web Desk LondonJune 9, 2019UPDATED: June 9, 2019 18:59 IST Shikhar Dhawan celebrates his 100 against Australia at The Oval (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSIndia finished with 352/5 against Australia at The OvalShikhar Dhawan scored 117 while Virat Kohli hit a magnificent 82 runsAustralia haven’t lost in a chase in World Cups since 1999India have set a target of 353 for Australia to chase in their 2nd match of the World Cup 2019 being played at The Oval. Riding on a stupendous 117 from opener Shikhar Dhawan and useful fifties from Rohit Sharma (57) and Virat Kohli (82), India were able to put the Australian bowlers under pressure throughout the innings and can now hope to collect 2 crucial World Cup points. The total was also boosted by a swashbuckling late assault from Hardik Pandya, who scored 48 off just 27 balls.After Dhawan and Rohit put up a dominant 127-run stand, Kohli joined Dhawan at the fall of Rohit’s wicket to further consolidate India’s position. When Dhawan departed trying to hoick Starc out of the park, India sent in Pandya aiming to finish on a high and the big-hitter delivered promptly, falling just short of completing the fastest half-century of the ongoing World Cup. Even Pandya’s dismissal couldn’t stem the flow of runs as new man MS Dhoni smashed his way through an entertaining 27(14) before falling to an excellent caught and bowled by Marcus Stoinis who picked up Kohli later in the over as the Indian batsmen looked for quick runs.For Australia, it was a forgettable day in the field as Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Stoinis and Pat Cummins couldn’t add to their solitary wickets while being carted for runs all over the park.India’s 352/5 also happens to be the highest total by any team against Australia at World Cups surpassing Sri Lanka’s 312 in Sydney four years ago. But despite their blockbuster performance with the bat, India still need to be wary of Australia’s chasing history at the tournament.advertisementAustralia haven’t lost World Cup match while chasing in the last 2 decades! Their last defeat in a WC chase came against Pakistan during a league match of the 1999 edition of the tournament when they lost by 10 runs in Leeds. Back then, the legendary Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq had picked 4 and 3 wickets respectively to stifle the Australian chase.Since then, Australia have won all of their 19 World Cup matches while chasing. This puts India in a tough spot as they look to defend 352 at The Oval. The pitch at The Oval hasn’t offered much seam or swing movement and should help the Australian batters as it did their opponents. Though with the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal in their ranks, India would be fancying their chances to rewrite history and better their own head-to-head record against Australia at World Cups.India have managed to win just 3 out of their previous 11 encounters against Australia including the heartbreaking 2003 World Cup final defeat. Only time will tell whether India are able to evoke similar emotions among their fiercest opponents.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma breaks a Sachin Tendulkar record in ODIsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma set flurry of records vs AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Shikhar DhawanFollow Virat Kohli No data available! World Cup 2019 India vs Australia, Innings Report: Australia face record chase at The OvalA 3rd World Cup 100 from Shikhar Dhawan combined with 50s from Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma helped India set a target of 353 for Australia to chase at The Oval but Aaron Finch and Co. would take confidence from their own history before they begin their run pursuit advertisement commentary graphs scorecardlast_img read more

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A Russian national has been arrested in Negombo with fake US dollars, the police media unit said today.The Russian was arrested at a hotel in Negombo last evening with the fake currency notes. The Negombo police are conducting further investigations. (Colombo Gazette) According to the police, the foreigner had seven fake 50 US dollar notes in his possession at the time of the arrest.The Russian is to be produced in court later today.