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Twitter Reactions: Shikhar Dhawan continues his love affair with The Oval by scoring his 17th ODI ton

With Dhawan likely to up the ante now and Kohli looking comfortable in the middle, India might be aiming a score around 340.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

India and Australia faced off in one of the much-awaited clashes in the ongoing World Cup on Sunday. The Oval was filled with the fans in Blue as the Indian captain won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. The openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan proved the decision correct by putting on a century stand. The latter, however, carried on after his partner got out to slam a scintillating ton. He also continued his love affair with the venue.

The duo started off cautiously by seeing off the new ball. Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins bowled tight lines in search of swing and made sure that the two batsmen didn’t get going from the word go. However, Australia looked restless by the end of the first powerplay as they knew the impact the duo can have after getting set.

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Meanwhile, Dhawan got hit on his thumb off a Cummins’ well-directed bouncer. Post the blow, the southpaw looked a bit vulnerable playing most of the deliveries on the backfoot and also didn’t score much.

Dhawan opens up after the drinks break

But as the conditions got a bit easier and the spinners came on, Shikhar Dhawan looked at ease. Also, after the first drinks break, the left-hander seemed comfortable in the middle. Maybe the magic spray worked for him during the break. Since then, Dhawan began unfurling some authoritative strokes. While the uppercuts were a delight to watch, the inside out strokes off the top were top notch on the day.

His innings blossomed after getting to the 50-run mark and even though his partner got out, Dhawan continued to play his shots and churned out some quick runs. His approach helped the skipper Virat Kohli also take his time before picking his fielders. After crossing the 90s, the 33-year-old got a little slow but eventually reached his third century at The Oval and the 17th three-figure score of his ODI career.

With Dhawan likely to up the ante now and Kohli looking comfortable in the middle, India might be aiming a score around 340 and anything is possible if their much-famed batting line-up gets going in the death overs.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Dhawan’s spectacular knock:

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