Up against five-time champions Australia in only their second encounter at the World Cup, India had a mammoth of a task at their hands.
The two-time winners, however, triumphed in this modern day rivalry with such conviction, that world media is still not done talking about the events of the match.
A product of excellent captaincy, Virat Kohli’s pitch reading skills got India to bat first at the Oval, owing to a very flat surface that was bound to have some hard-hitting around the ground.
With the power play being dominated by the duo of Starc and Cummins, a jittery start turned into a hitting carnival as both the opening batsmen settled in with the conditions.
Dhawan went on to score a ton after fighting on after a blow on the thumb, and with sufficient support from the captain, gave India a firm foundation.
After Dhawan was caught off a ball by Starc, we witnessed a glimpse of the Pandya Fireworks, along with some power shots off the bat of MS Dhoni. Add some late flurries from K.L Rahul, and India became the first team to hit Australia for more than 350 runs in a World Cup.
Chasing never was easy for Australia and occasional wickets at crucial junctures gifted the game to India, despite valiant knocks by Carey, Smith, Warner and Khwaja.