On Sunday, India ended Australia's 10-match winning streak with a 36-run victory at The Oval. Though it was a fantastic effort by the Indian team, Shikhar Dhawan was awarded The Man Of The Match for his brilliant century that he concluded with 117 runs (109b, 17x4). His contribution helped India post a mammoth total of 152 for 5.
With this century, Shikhar Dhawan made it his third World Cup hundred and 16th overall for Team India. His achievement at The Oval even powered India to have the most number of centuries by any team in the World Cup. India has 27 centuries to its name followed by Australia at 26.
This match was also special for fellow opener Rohit Sharma, who scored a half-century with 57 runs and became the fourth batsman to have 2000 runs versus Australia in one-day internationals. This was also his fourth consecutive fifty.
However tragedy struck Dhawan when he hurt his thumb while facing a delivery from Nathan Coulter-Nile. His left thumb was bandaged and as a precautionary measure, he was dropped from fielding against Australia. He was substituted by Ravindra Jadeja. This injury leaves us doubtful of him making it to the playing XI versus New Zealand on Thursday.
Ravindra Jadeja was no disappointment ashe took the best catches this match and proved that he is one of the most valuable fielders for Team India. Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa were the Australian batsmen who fell prey to his brilliant fielding.
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