New Delhi: When India merged with the Oval on Sunday, they played against a home crowd. With a sea of blue around the border, Virat Kohli and his men would have felt not far from home. And they also enjoyed the comfort of home. India won the pitch, chose to shoot on a largely flat course and raised 352, the highest Aussies ever admitted in a World Cup match.
Indian bowlers then showed why they are considered formidable and threw Australia out for 316 on the last ball of the match. It was a clinical victory in which every player contributed and played their part. Everything worked perfectly. India never lost control of the game. Australia fought hard and they did almost what they needed. But they lost big wickets in big moments and that turned out to be the difference.
Here are the talks from the biggest World Cup match so far:
Top Indian delivery delivers again
India & # 39; s opening combination of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma has been setting the habit for the last few years. On Sunday they will put in a number again. Dhawan and Sharma set up a 127-run stand and in the course of their partnership they became the most successful ODI opening pair against Australia. It was also their 16th 100-run partnership, bringing them in line with Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist as second on the list of most prominent century stands in ODI's. The first on that list are two boys named Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. You may have heard of them.
Simply put, India relies on Dhawan and Sharma because they are reliable. On a field that didn't have much to offer for sailors, no swing, little bounce, Virat Kohli chose to hit after winning the toss. The plan of the game was simple: watch from Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins during their first spells with the new ball and attack Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile. The Indian openers followed that plan to perfection. Dhawan and Sharma patiently built their turns and scored 41 points in the first 10 overs. They went after Stoinis, Coulter-Nile and Adam Zampa. Sharma, who was more modest on that day, left at 57, but Dhawan was at home. His scores from four innings at The Oval were: 102 *, 125, 78 and 21. He struck his third century on the holy ground, an impressive 117 out of 109, which laid the foundation for India & # 39; s fourth highest world cup total .
It was Sharma who led India to win their World Cup opener against South Africa with a ton. Only the next game, Dhawan took on the task of doing the same. The openers of India firing together in the early stages of the tournament is the best thing that could have happened to the team.
Not only top-heavy
Dhawan and Sharma led the attack and Kohli continued with studied brilliance. The Indian captain became the anchor as soon as Sharma left and kept the fort to the end. And he ran his innings in a trademark style, in that familiar controlled aggression that grows and grows until it explodes. He started slowly and then played the second violin on the cameo of Hardik Pandya. Pandya was promoted to the ranking at number four to make maximum use of the endovers and to go for a large total. He did exactly that. He was lucky enough to survive when he was put down by Alex Carey on the first ball he encountered and then he continued to punish the Aussies for it. His 48 out of 27 was crucial in helping India to get those extra 30 to 40 runs that deter the chase. Little cameos & # 39; s from MS Dhoni and KL Rahul brought India to 352, the highest Australia ever admitted in a World Cup tournament.
India & # 39; s only concern was their dubious middle order and their excessive dependence on the top order. But their two games have shown that they probably don't have to worry about that now.
Australia ran parallel with the chase, but lost the wickets
Australia itself did not start too badly. In fact, they were almost the same as India. Their game plan was – do what India did. Build up slowly, see the strike seamers, consolidate in the middle overs and pick up the pace towards the end. They almost got it. At the end of 10 overs they were 48 without loss. But the story of the middle overs was different. India made 195 runs in 30 overs between 10-40 and only lost two wickets. In the same period, Australia earned 190 points, but lost a total of 5 wickets. In 45th place, 44.2 to be specific, of their respective innings, both India and Australia were 282. Only the difference was – India had lost 2 wickets and Australia 6.
India could go for the big ones, accelerate in the last 5 overs because they had the luxury, the wickets in hand to do that. Australia, on the other hand, did not. The demand ratio could be met if they had not lost large wickets at crucial moments.
First to go was Captain Aaron Finch in the 14th over. He had got his eye on it, 36 out of 35, and he was furious when he walked away. It was a crucial moment in the pursuit; Warner was not his usual me. He was subjugated on the day, eventually fired by Chahal after a fightable 56 off 84. This made Finch & # 39; s wicket all the more important. The Aussie captain can become ruthless after sitting down, and that is exactly what one needs when chasing 352.
Steve Smith also played a great inning before being caught leg-by by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. He left on 69 of the 70 and failed to wear it to the end like Kohli did. Usman Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell provided some fireworks and Carey came in later and surrendered to late innings to make 55 out of 35. But in the end Australia fell 36 runs. It's not a big margin and it only tells you that the Aussies could have got there. It would have been the biggest successful chase in a World Cup match, but Indian bowlers were fine.
However, Australia can take many positive aspects out of the competition, mainly due to their batting effort. It was India's late attack that added 33 odd points to the final score, making the pursuit more difficult. Australia ran parallel with their innings, they were equal to points above 45. They just lost the big wickets on their way there.
Bowling becomes the difference
The difference between the two sides was the depth in bowling, especially the available spin options. On the one hand, Australia's number 3, 4 and 5 bowling options were attacked by India, on the other, Australia could not handle Indian spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.
India had seen Starc and Cummins and Coulter-Nile, Stoinis, Zampa and Maxwell skimmed for runs. But Australia could only target Pandya. Chahal and Yadav did a few runs, but for the most part they performed the chokehold well in the middle overs and the required runrate climbed steadily. Chahal even recorded two big wickets from Warner and Maxwell and again proved his worth after his game-winning display in the opener against South Africa.
The difference, however, was not only in the bowling reserve, as India & # 39; s strike pair by Jasprit Bumrah and Kumar each picked up three wickets. In one of the turning points of the game, Kumar fired both Smith and Stoinis in the 40th over, crippling Australia's right chase in the final corner.
India's batting set the victory for them; 352 is a total that gives you the standard command under all circumstances. But in the end it was India's bowling that saw them through.
Bails that simply do not come loose
For the fifth time in this World Cup, the ball hit the stumps but was unable to eliminate it. Warner survived an early fright when Bumrah's short one removed an edge from his club and hit the base of his stumps but the bail refused to give way.
This has almost become a permanent feature of this world championship and Quinton de Kock, Dimuth Karunaratne, Chris Gayle, Mohammad Saifuddin and now Warner have all survived to tell the story of stubborn bail. It's great when it happens to your batter, not so much when it's your bowler.
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