January 2020
4:19 PM IST
News Headlines
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | Health   | About Deepika 
Sports News
India ring warning bell, beat Australia by 36 runs By Kushan Sarkar
London: Shikhar Dhawan''s classy hundred and a quality bowling effort powered India to a 36-run victory over Australia, denying two fallen heroes a fairytale script while sounding a warning bell for their opponents in the World Cup here Sunday. The legend of Dhawan in ICC tournaments continued to grow as his stylish 117 formed the cornerstone of a fantastic batting display that propelled India to a commanding 352 for five. In reply, Australia never looked like getting there as they managed only 316 in 50 overs with Steve Smith (69 off 70 balls) and David Warner''s (56 off 84 balls) half-centuries being of little consequence.

After a professional run-chase against South Africa in the opener, the second match saw the ''Men In Blue'' burying the five-time world champions under a deluge of runs. An astounding 131 dot balls (21.5 overs) were bowled by Indian bowlers which ultimately made the difference. Warner''s innings was an antithesis to his style of play and pegged Australia back before he was sent back by Yuzvendra Chahal (2/62 in 10 overs). Still Australia was in with a slim chance till Usman Khawaja (42) and Smith were at the crease. Khawaja shuffled way too much trying to play a scoop behind square and was bowled by Jasprit Bumrah (3/61 in 10 overs), and Australia lost whatever momentum they had gained.

Smith, who played his usual shuffling across the off-stump game, looked threatening but an asking rate of 10 put immense pressure, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar got him with one that angled in to catch him in-front of stumps. It was a nice comeback for Bhuvneshwar (3/50 in 10 overs), who was hit for three boundaries by Glenn Maxwell. Once Smith was gone, the game was as good as over for Australia even though Alex Carey helped himself to a half-century (55 no off 35 balls). Having beaten South Africa and Australia in the first two games, India will now be considered as the team to beat in this tournament. Earlier, Dhawan, during his 17th ODI hundred found perfect support from fellow opener Rohit Sharma (57 off 70 balls) in a stand of 127.

He then joined forces with Virat Kohli, consolidating the innings with a 93-run stand for the second wicket. The skipper played a very effective knock with his two maximums off Mitchell Starc (1/74 off 10 overs) -- over long-on and extra cover -- being the stand-out shots of the game. The last 10 overs yielded 116 runs, primarily due to generous contributions from the middle-order players Hardik Pandya and Mahendra Singh Dhoni along with their skipper. The team''s permanent floater, Pandya (48 off 27 balls) played in a manner only he can, and was the perfect icing on the cake on a flat Oval deck. Dhoni (27 off 14 balls) did his bit in putting the finishing touches, which included a six over square leg off Starc.

After skipper Kohli made the right call, the Indian openers played out a good spell from Starc and Pat Cummins (1/55 in 10 overs), with the latter pitching it up and repeatedly beating the bat. What worked brilliantly for the Indian batsmen was the manner in which they planned which bowlers they wanted to go after. They took 157 runs from 20 overs bowled by Marcus Stoinis (2/62 in 7 overs), Adam Zampa (0/50 in 6 overs) and Glenn Maxwell (0/45 in 7 overs). Rohit was dropped on 2 by Nathan Coulter-Nile at square leg off Starc and from then, the Indian openers became more cautious. Dhawan, who has a stupendous record at the Oval ground, where he averages over 120, waited for Coulter-Nile, and three boundaries in the eighth over eased the pressure.

The hero of Australia''s match against West Indies, didn''t have the pace to trouble the Indians and he bowled short enough to be cut and pulled by both the players. Rohit, for good measure, hooked him for a six while Dhawan played some fabulous cut shots. Leg spinner Zampa (0/50 in 6 overs), who was impressive against India in the last series, was targeted at the onset as both the openers used their feet to perfection. Once they started using their feet, the leg-spinner started dropping it short and Dhawan would rock onto the backfoot to punish him.

There''s a saying in Indian cricket that if Dhawan gets his cover drive going, he is unstoppable and that''s what happened on the day. Rohit was more subdued but it didn''t matter as the Delhi southpaw''s 16 hits to the fence set the tone.

Fired-up Federer in ominous touch at Australian Open
Rana powers Delhi to victory in big run chase
U-19 World Cup: India outplay Japan by 10 wickets in mismatch, qualify for QF
Dhawan ruled out of NZ tour; Samson named replacement for T20s, Prithvi for ODIs
ICC ODI Rankings: Kohli, Rohit consolidate top batting positions; Bumrah leads in bowling
Manoj Tiwary''s first tipple century empowers Bengal to dictate the play against Hyderabad
Rohit, Kohli guide India to series win over Australia
Dhawan''s NZ tour in doubt after fresh shoulder injury, medical team looking at "scan reports"
Dhawan hit on rib-cage, won't take field during Australia innings: BCCI
Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh eyes return to national side
Mithali demoted to Grade B in BCCI central contracts
Ponkratov heads Chennai Open chess tournament field
Rishabh Pant ruled out of 2nd ODI vs Australia, to undergo rehabilitation at NCA
Gokulam Kerala thump Quess East Bengal 3-1 to rise to fourth spot
Anti-CAA protest at Wankhede Stadium
Both Dhawan and Rahul can play, I might bat lower down, indicates skipper Kohli
Punjab FC host Mohun Bagan in clash of heavyweights
Bumrah receives Polly Umrigar and Dilip Sardesai awards
Kerala Blasters FC picks up an important 1-0 win against ATK in Hero ISL
Rohit comes back, Samson dropped from T20I squad; Test, ODI teams for NZ Tour on hold
Kerala set to get two fab labs
 Kochi: Kerala will get two new fab labs this weekend when Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurate  
Sabarimala pilgrimage season ends peacefully
Mortal remains of Keralites to bring back quickly, says Union Minister V Muraleedharan
Kerala govt will continue fight against CAA: Minister
Trump trial opens with clash over witnesses
 Washington: The historic impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump opened with fireworks Tuesda
Trump 'would have loved' to have met Thunberg at Davos
China''s ex-Interpol chief sentenced to over 13 years in prison for corruption
Thousands of missing persons during Lanka''s civil war are ''dead'': President Gotabaya Rajapaksa
India falls to 51st position in EIU's Democracy Index
 New Delhi: India slipped 10 places to 51st position in the 2019 Democracy Index's global ranking, ac
Plea filed in Delhi HC seeking contempt proceedings against 'Chhapaak' makers
Centre moves SC seeking 7-day deadline for hanging death row convicts
Court modifies Azad''s bail order, allows him to visit Delhi for medical, election purposes
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2020 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.