Shikhar Dhawan hits 3rd World Cup hundred as India bully Australia

first_imgShikhar Dhawan hit his 17th ODI hundred and his 3rd in World Cups as India dominated defending champions Australia at The Oval on Sunday after Virat Kohli won the toss.After India decided to bat on a bright and sunny morning, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were watchful against the Australian new ball-bowlers before Dhawan quickened the pace. Both India openers raced away to their fifties before Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 57.Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma had added 127 for the 1st wicket and they were the first Indian openers to put on a century stand against Australia in any World Cup match.But Shikhar Dhawan was not done yet. He had come back to form with a fine 143 against Australia in Mohali on March 10. Incidentally, Australia won that high-scoring game to begin their winning streak leading into the 2019 World Cup.On Sunday, Shikhar Dhawan was under pressure after his failure against South Africa in India’s opening match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup on June 5. After weathering the early storm, Shikhar Dhawan opened up and played some thrilling shots on both sides of the wicket.Shikhar Dhawan’s international form was a bit of a concern for India before the World Cup but he is a big tournament player.In the 2015 World Cup, Dhawan had scored two hundreds. His 137 had set up victory for India over South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) while an 85-ball 100 in Hamilton highlighted a crushing win over Ireland.Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have been a formidable opening pair for India since the 2013 Champions Trophy. The two men brought up their 16th 100-run stand and are now only behind the erstwhile opening firm of Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar who had 21 century partnerships.advertisementOn June 5, Rohit Sharma had guided India to victory over South Africa with an unbeaten 127 after Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli failed in a modest chase.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma breaks a Sachin Tendulkar record in ODIsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma set flurry of records vs Australialast_img

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