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India vs Australia World Cup 2019: Dhawan, Kohli power India to 352/5

London: A superb century by Shikhar Dhawan and late blitz by skipper Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya powered India to a massive 352/5 against Australia in the World Cup match at The Oval.

Pat Cummins got rid of Hardik Pandya just after India crossed the 300-run mark in the 46th over. Pandya made a fiery 48 off just 27 balls hitting three sixes and four boundaries before falling to Cummins. Earlier, Virat Kohli slammed a half-century to take India forward following Shikhar Dhawan's dismissal after he scored a sensational century at The Oval. Mitchell Starc got the wicket Australia wanted dismissing Dhawan after his spectacular knock. The opener scored 117 off 109 balls hitting sixteen boundaries in the process.

After electing to bat, India got off to a solid as both openers added 127 runs for the first wicket before Rohit Sharma was dismissed by Coulter-Nile in the 23rd over just after he reached his half-century. The Australia pacer got Sharma (57) caught behind. During his knock, Sharma became the fourth batsman in world cricket to hit 2,000 ODI runs against Australia.

India have fielded an unchanged side which beat South Africa in Southampton in their tournament-opener. Australia, who won both their previous games, are also unchanged. Both teams have won their last encounters.

India: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah.

Australia: Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa

(With inputs from Indian Express)

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