In Match 14 of the Cricket World Cup, India were up against a confident Australian side coming fresh off of ten consecutive ODI wins. In the morning at The Oval, Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first on a pitch which was expected to get slower as the day progresses.
India'a top order rose to the occasion and nullified the threat from the Australian quicks in the first ten overs. Both the openers in Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma scored their fifties, while the former went onto notch up yet another ton in ICC events. It was a great foundation laid down for the rest of the batters to come and explode later on in the innings. As a result, Indian batting come to the party and posted a huge total of 352 leaving the Australians with a mountain to climb in the second innings.
Chasing 352, the Aussies got off to a slow start as their batsman found it tough to get going. Even in the middle-overs, India’s wrist-spinners didn’t give any opportunity to the Aussies to cut loose. As a result, the Kangaroos were always behind and fell short with way too many runs on the board. In the end, India won by 36 runs to stay unbeaten so far in the tournament. For his superb innings of 117, Shikhar Dhawan was awarded the man of the match.
Here’s a look at 3 unnoticed things from the India-Australia match
#3 Bails – not willing to fall down
This has often been the talking point in cricket over the past few months. The Zing bails that are usually seen at the top of the stumps have been reluctant to get dislodged off the grove despite the ball hitting flush on to the stumps. In the second over of the Australian innings, the bails didn’t fall off after the ball hitting the stumps.
This was when David Warner chopped on the ball straight onto his stumps against Jasprit Bumrah bowling with the new heavy Kookaburra ball. In the span of the last 14 games, this was the fifth occasion when the heavy zing bails didn’t fall off, making it frustrating for the bowlers to get a batsman out in the modern era.
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