India vs Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: We had a point to prove after defeat at home, says skipper Virat Kohli after 36-run win

After a professional run-chase against South Africa in the opener, the second match saw the 'Men In Blue' burying the five-time world champions under a mountain of runs. Shikhar Dhawan made 117, Kohli struck 82 while Rohit Sharma contributed 57.

Press Trust of India, Jun 10, 2019 08:06:04 IST

London: Captain Virat Kohli said India "had a point to prove" after his team beat Australia by 36 runs in the World Cup here on Sunday, avenging their bitter ODI series loss at home earlier this year.

The legend of Shikhar Dhawan in ICC tournaments continued to grow as his stylish 117 formed the cornerstone of a fantastic batting display that powered India to 352 for five.

In reply, Australia were bowled out for 316 at the Oval.

Virat Kohli's team had lost the five-match ODI series to Australia earlier this year. AP

Virat Kohli's team had lost the five-match ODI series to Australia earlier this year. AP

"Top win for us after losing that series in India. We had a point to prove. We just came with intent," Koli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

"The opening stand was outstanding. Hardik, me, MS (Dhoni), it was a flat wicket, but we were very professional that's always pleasing as a captain. You can't take things for granted just because you have 350 on the board."

After a professional run-chase against South Africa in the opener, the second match saw the 'Men In Blue' burying the five-time world champions under a mountain of runs. Shikhar Dhawan made 117, Kohli struck 82 while Rohit Sharma contributed 57. Pandya and Dhoni then scored briskly to set Australia an imposing target.

"I held one up and Hardik could go from ball one."

Asked about the possibility of playing Mohammed Shami in the coming matches, Kohli said, "If Shami plays, it has to be proper overcast and bowling conditions. Bhuvneshwar the new ball, old ball — the wickets of Smith and Stoinis. These guys are very experienced, you hardly need to say anything to them."

Australian captain Aaron Finch admitted that his bowlers conceded too many runs in the last 10 overs.

"They got 120 off the last 10 overs and that's a lot. There wasn't a huge amount on offer. We could have dried up more. They bat very deep, you want to go for wickets," Finch said, adding they were "outplayed".

Man of the Match Dhawan called the victory a "great sign" for one of the prime title contenders.

"It's a great sign for our team and I'm happy with this man of the match award. Very happy with the performance overall. We are a great fielding side, we took great catches. We have a good bowling side, great spinners as well.

"We work really hard in the nets, our process is very strong that's why the results are going our way. We ticked all the boxes today. We knew they are a great side and the match will go down to the wire. We need to continue ticking the boxes in upcoming matches," Dhawan said.

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Updated Date: Jun 10, 2019 08:06:04 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
Bangladesh 5 2 2 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 5 1 3 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254