ICC World Cup 2019: He is King Kohli for a reason! India skipper Virat Kohli’s gesture towards fans when Steve Smith was getting booed at the Kennington Oval cannot be missed. During India’s first innings, Smith was stationed at the long on the boundary where Indian fans were getting behind him, trying to get him distracted. Kohli, who was batting in the middle realised this and asked the crowd not to boo Smith and cheer for him. His gesture was lauded by Smith who walked up to him and the two shook hands. Also Read - IPL 2021 Auction: Three Players Royal Challengers Bangalore Should Target for Upcoming Season
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Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan continued his love affair with ICC tournaments, as he cracked a hundred to lead India’s superlative batting show and help the team post a mammoth 352/5 in 50 overs against Australia in a marquee World Cup clash at the Kennington Oval here on Sunday.
Dhawan took 109 balls to score 117 with the help of 16 fours while skipper Virat Kohli smashed 82 off 77 balls, his innings laced with four fours and two sixes. Opener Rohit Sharma too scored a fluent 57 off 70 balls with the help of yhree fours and one six.
Dhawan and Sharma were involved in a 127-run opening stand before Kohli shared a crucial 93-run partnership with Dhawan.
Promoted up the order at No. 4, all-rounder Hardik Pandya smashed a 27-ball 48 (4×4, 6×3) as India took the Australian bowlers to the cleaners.
Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, unfluttered by the “gloves” controversy, also joined the party with a breezy 14-ball 27, hitting three fours and a huge six off Mitchell Starc (1/74).
Marcus Stoinis was the pick of the bowlers (2/62) while Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins also got a wicket each but not without getting hit to all areas of the park.