AUSTRALIA IN INDIA 2019
Cricbuzz Employees • Final up to date on Solar, 10 Mar, 2019, 05:25 PM
Dhawan smashed 143 off 115. © AFP
Shikhar Dhawan smashed his 16th ODI hundred, thus signalling a return to kind after a run of not-so-impressive scores, as India amassed 358 for 9 after electing to bat first on a dream pitch for batsmen in Mohali.
The pitch was a large ally for the batsmen, however Dhawan ensured that he didn’t get carried away. Dhawan had gone 17 ODIs and not using a hundred, however ensured he didn’t let this one slip. He hit rhythm early, helped by Pat Cummins bowling just a few to his pads. He didn’t let that momentum slip over the course of his innings, commonly hitting boundaries and discovering gaps on the large outfield.
It allowed Rohit Sharma, with whom Dhawan shared a stand of 193 for the opening wicket, to really feel his manner into the sport. Dhawan struck at over run-a-ball from nearly the very starting, whereas Rohit caught up quickly after, breaking shackles with a six within the final over of the primary powerplay.
From there on, the openers had been in cruise management. Dhawan introduced up his fifty off 44 balls, whereas Rohit introduced his up just a little later. Dhawan continued to dominate the bowlers and scored boundaries at will, whereas Rohit slowly moved himself into a spot from the place a giant hundred regarded nearly inevitable. He was on 95 when a pull off Jhye Richardson regarded destined for the stands, however it went to Handscomb at mid-wicket.
Dhawan continued unperturbed. He introduced up his hundred with a paddle off Zampa for 4. The left-hander additionally allowed KL Rahul, in one other center order public sale and one among 4 adjustments for the house workforce on this match, to play himself in. The correct-hander was content material rotating strike as Dhawan ran riot on the different finish. He took Jason Behrendorff for 2 fours and a six to notch up his highest ever ODI rating, earlier than being out bowled by Pat Cummins for 143. His knock contained 18 fours and three sixes.
Dhawan’s wicket robbed India of their momentum, nonetheless. Virat Kohli caught round just for 5 balls earlier than chasing a large one off the sixth and edging a catch behind off Richardson. Rishabh Pant got here in to offer the innings a small enhance. He carted Richardson for 3 fours in an over as India went previous the 300 run mark within the 43rd over.
However when he fell to Cummins within the 46th, after scoring 36 off 23, the boundaries dried up for India. Vijay Shankar helped finish the drought, by hitting Richardson for a six and a 4 within the penultimate over. He added a six within the ultimate over whereas Jasprit Bumrah wrapped the innings up with one other as India ended with a frightening rating.
Temporary Scores: India 358/9 in 50 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 143, Pat Cummins 5-70) vs Australia.