ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: The Oval, London
Date & Time: 09 June 2019
RR: 6.32 | India beat Australia by 36 runs
That is it from game number 14. Australia's 10-match winning streak has been broken. They drop down to 4th in the points table while India move up to 3rd. Monday sees South Africa taking on West Indies in Southampton at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT). A must-win game for the Proteas to turn their horrible fortune around. Until then, ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious Indian captain, Virat Kohli, says that this was a top win, especially after losing the bilateral series in India. Stresses that the team wanted to prove a point and came out with intent, right from the openers, then towards the death and eventually the bowlers. Cites this as a complete professional performance. Says that one cannot just take things for granted because you have got 350 on the board and you have to bowl well but those extra 30 runs do give a cushion. States further that Dhawan was going well, then he himself was in good touch and then Hardik had a wonderful outing. On Shami's non-inclusion, Kohli says that overcast conditions are a must for him to play while Bhuvneshwar Kumar can never be written off, as was evident in this game's double-wicket over to dismiss Smith and Stoinis.
Australian captain, Aaron Finch says 120 runs in the last 10 overs was a lot and he feels they did not bowl well in the end. He feels they did not get wickets early on. Further adds India had wickets in hand at the end and with set batters out there, run-stopping is tough. States there was not a lot on offer with the new ball but they could have been a lot straighter. Stresses you need wickets against this Indian batting line-up. Tells they assess the conditions and then make a decision, they will assess the conditions of the next game and see what changes need to be made. Admits he hates getting run out, however, he backs his partner's call and such things happen in cricket. On Warner's bizarre knock, Finch says that India bowled really well to Warner and the wicket was not easy to bat on. Ends by saying, Warner is a great player, and today was an off day for him.
SHIKHAR DHAWAN HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. States that the team is very happy with the result and the fact that everyone performed is a great sign for the unit. Feels that India have a very balanced side which includes a good set of fast bowlers. Stresses that the team works very hard in the nets and which is why the results go their way. Agrees that India ticked all their boxes in the game, first putting up a good total and then the bowlers backing it up amazingly. Wants the team to maintain the same form and intensity and keep ticking all the boxes. Thanks the crowd for coming out in numbers to support the Indian team.
Questions will be posed on Australia's bowling, fielding and Warner's batting. The team seemed to lack purpose and it was as if they were not mentally present. They did not have any answer to Dhawan and Rohit's onslaught, or Kohli's punishments or Pandya's whips. Ended up conceding way too many runs. Wonder what might have happened had Carey taken that catch to dismiss Hardik on 0. Here comes the presentation...
The pitch did not have much in it and stayed true for most part of the game. But Australia simply did not have the arsenal to chase down 353. David Warner played a bizarre knock of 56 from 84 balls and the middle order just could not breathe when choked by 'KulCha'. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were amongst the wickets, sharing 3 apiece while Chahal snared Warner and Maxwell.
Comprehensive win by India to get their second successive victory in this World Cup. Won an important toss, put up a high total and then bowled exceedingly well to defend. Australia simply did not turn up. Looked ragged and lacklustre but they will take the fact that they managed to bat out their 50 overs and get some runs under their belt.
Adam Zampa is the last man in!
Starc is a goner! Yes, they have gone upstairs to check but he is surely short.
Mitchell Starc walks in at number 10. 18 balls left. Can Australia try and survive? You never know, if in the later stages of the tournament, net run rate might come into play.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar returns. 7-0-30-2 so far.
Pat Cummins comes in.
Jasprit Bumrah is back on. 7-1-45-1 so far.
Hardik Pandya returns. 9-0-59-0 so far.
The hero of the last game, Nathan Coulter-Nile, walks out to bat. Can he ingest some life into this contest today as well?
Alex Carey is the new man in at number 7, replacing Stoinis. Also, it is time for Powerplay 3. 5 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle. Yuzvendra Chahal is back on too.
Marcus Stoinis walks in at number 6, replacing Smith.
Is that a dead duck? A massive appeal for LBW has gone up against gone up against Smith. Bhuvneshwar does not look too confident but Dhoni gives a thumbs up for the review. Kohli takes it.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back on. 5-0-12-0 so far.
Glenn Maxwell arrives, with the license to kill. Whether his cannon will fire or misfire, that will be a wait and watch scenario.
Jasprit Bumrah returns. 4-1-17-0 so far.
Hardik Pandya is back on. 8-0-53-0 so far.
DRINKS BREAK. Ever tried to pass a night with sleep not coming, staring at the watch? Just gazing at the stars or looking at the clock and awaiting when would dawn come. This game is like that now. India are not picking up wickets but Australia are not able to score the runs at the required rate. The water has risen to dangerous levels now with the Aussies clearly looking to play out their 50 overs and get some batting practice and also not hurting their net run rate. Smith is trying to be positive but sadly for Australia, the required rate is way too high.
Is that a stumping? Dhoni, like always Dhoni does, has staged a brilliant drama. Is Smith out of his crease?
Usman Khawaja walks in at number 4, replacing Warner.
Hardik Pandya is back on. 5-0-37-0 so far.
Kedar Jadhav into the attack.
It has gone extremely dark and the breeze has picked up as well. The floodlights have been switched on too. Looks like a rain interruption is inevitable.
Jasprit Bumrah returns. 3-1-13-0 so far.
More spin. Yuzvendra Chahal into the attack.
DRINKS BREAK. Nothing much to choose between the two teams at this stage. But India had not lost a wicket at this point of time. There were 81/0 and Australia might take heart from the fact that Warner is slowly opening up his arms. The Indian bowling has been superb and nothing has been given freely. The Aussies have their work cut out. 278 needed from 204 balls.
FREE HIT TIME.
Steve Smith walks in at number 3, replacing Finch.
Confusion. Confusion! Aaron Finch is taking quick strides towards the dressing room but the umpire is still referring it upstairs. Oh dear. Finch is two yards short. Easy decision.
POWERPLAY 2 has been signalled. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. Here comes Kuldeep Yadav to bowl the first over of spin.
Hardik Pandya time.
Shikhar Dhawan has not taken the field. Could be because while batting, he got hit on the thumb. Precautionary rest perhaps.
Jasprit Bumrah to bowl with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase! The Indian players make their way out to the middle. They are followed by the Australian openers Aaron Finch and David Warner. They need to get Australia off to a good start if they are to chase this down. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start the proceedings for India. He will look for some swing. Will he get any? We will have to wait and see as he runs in to bowl the first ball...