The stadium was clad in blue jerseys, Oval, London saw the blue army bleeding it’s heart out to the men in blue. One of the most anticipated matches of the tournament team India won the toss and chose to bat, the pitch is considered to favor the batsmen and captain Kohli’s decision to bat first proved to be a wise one. The opening partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma paved a good way for the upcoming batsmen as Rohit got out a 57(70) while Dhawan and Kohli continued the partnership as Dhawan went on to make a hundred eventually getting out at 117(109) while Kohli batted alongside Hardik Pandya who played for a short but explosive duration hitting 3 sixes and 4 fours scoring 48 off just 27 balls.

Shikhar Dhawan
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After Pandya’s departure came in M.S. Dhoni who scored a strategic 27 off 14 balls which included 3 fours and 1 six. Kohli stayed on crease till the second last ball with K.L Rahul scoring 11* of just 3 balls. The Indian batting line up did an amazing job puting up a total of 352 for the kangaroos. The Australian bowling attack wasn’t able to make much of a difference to it.

The second innings of the match began slow as David Warner and Aron Finch took their time to get set on the crease as they knew that the target was a tough one. The fall of wickets started pretty late with Pandya and Jadhav sending home Finch in the 13th over with a run out. Warner and Steve Smith scored 56(84) and 69(70) respectively. Alex Carey kept the pace going on ended up scoring 55*(35). Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 3 wickets giving 50 runs in 10 overs with an economy rate of 5 while Jaspreet Bumrah became the king of death overs taking 3 wickets and giving 61 runs. Pandya turned out to be expensive giving 68 runs with 0 wickets and Chahal’s 2 wickets of Warner and Maxwell were very timely.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
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India won the match by 36 runs breaking Australia’s winning streak. India’s next match is with New Zeland on 13th of June 2019.