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India opener Shikhar Dhawan smashed a superb 117 as his side defeated Australia by 36 runs in their World Cup clash at The Oval.
Opting to bat first, India got off to a brilliant start as Rohit Sharma and Dhawan amassed a 127-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries, before Rohit was caught behind off the bowling of Nathan Coulter-Nile for 57, which came off 70 balls and included three boundaries and a six.
Dhawan and India captain Virat Kohli kept the runs flowing with a 93-run stand, during which Dhawan registered his hundred, before he was dismissed by Mitchell Starc for a 109-ball 117, which included 16 boundaries.
Kohli and Hardik Pandya added 81 runs to the score, during which Kohli brought up his fifty, before Pandya was removed by Pat Cummins for a 27-ball 48.
MS Dhoni smashed a quickfire 27 before he was caught and bowled by Marcus Stoinis.
Stoinis struck again four balls later as Kohli was caught by Cummins for 82, which came off 77 deliveries and included four boundaries and two sixes.
With Lokesh Rahul hammering 11 runs off three balls, India finished on 352/5.
Stoinis was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Cummins, Starc and Coulter-Nile chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 353 to win, Australia got off to a great start as captain Aaron Finch and David Warner forged a 61-run partnership before Finch was run out by Kedar Jadhav for 36.
Warner and Steve Smith kept the scoreboard ticking with a 72-run stand, during which Warner recorded his half-century, before he was caught by Bhuvneshwar Kumar at deep midwicket off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal for 56, which came off 84 balls and included five boundaries.
Smith and Usman Khawaja added 69 runs, during which Smith brought up his fifty, before Khawaja was clean bowled by Jasprit Bumrah for 42.
Smith ended up making a 70-ball 69, which included five boundaries and a six, before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Kumar.
Kumar struck again two balls later as he clean bowled Stoinis for a duck.
Chahal then dismissed Glenn Maxwell for 28, while Coulter-Nile was sent packing by Bumrah for four runs.
Bumrah also took out Cummins, while Starc was run out for three runs.
Australia ended up being bowled out for 316 when Adam Zampa was dismissed by Kumar.
Alex Carey, who struck Australia’s fastest World Cup fifty, was left stranded on a 35-ball 55, which included five boundaries and a six.
Kumar and Bumrah took three wickets apiece, while Chahal claimed two.
Dhawan was named Man of the Match.