Virat Kohli lifted the spirit of cricket after he asked the crowd to appreciate Steve Smith and not boo him
India defeated Australia by 36 runs in a run-fest at The Oval, London. India outplayed Australia in all three departments and put up a grand show at Indian dominated crowd at The Oval.
Captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected the bat first and Indian openers proved the decision right as they added 127 runs for the first wicket in 22.3 overs. Both the openers played first few overs of strike bowlers Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc carefully and once they got the hang of pitch they started scoring freely. Virat Kohli scored his 50th half- century, Hardik Pandya & MS Dhoni played quick innings to put a massive score of 352/5. This is the highest score against Australia in the World Cup.
Mitchell Starc, the best bowler of Aussies, gave 74 runs in the quota of 10 overs.
None of the Australian bowlers looked impressive as they all were taken all over the park. Mitchell Starc who is considered the best bowler of Aussies gave 74 runs in the quota of 10 overs.
David Warner struggled in his 84 balls innings and didn’t look himself.
Australian team too started carefully and didn’t give away wickets in first few overs. Aaron Finch was run-out on 36 by a brilliant throw from Kedar Jadhav supported by Hardik Pandya. David Warner struggled in his 84 balls innings and didn’t look himself. Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey, and Glenn Maxwell tried hard but Indian bowling was good enough to stop them at 316.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the bowlers as he took 3 wickets and spent only 50 runs in 10 overs. Jasprit Bumrah was impressive yet again and finished with the figure of 3/61. Chahal played his role to perfection as he scalped two wickets of dangerous David Warner and Glenn Maxwell.
Virat Kohli asked the crowd not to boo Smith Smith and apologized to Aussie batsman.
A very interesting thing happened during the match, Virat Kohli asked Indian crowd to appreciate Steve Smith when he was booed by Indian fans while the Indian captain was batting. Kohli also apologized from Australian batsman on the behalf of Indian fans. Kohli said in a press conference that he felt bad when Indian fans booed. He said “This didn’t feel good as he was hooted during the IPL games too. Steve Smith accepted the mistake and after a year ban, he came back now he should be appreciated.”
Here is the video:
With India fans giving Steve Smith a tough time fielding in the deep, @imVkohli suggested they applaud the Australian instead.
— ICC (@ICC) June 9, 2019
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