India have received the go-ahead to call Rishabh Pant into their Cricket World Cup squad after ruling Shikhar Dhawan out of the remainder of the tournament.

Opener Dhawan suffered a painful injury to his left hand in the match against Australia at The Oval on June 9, when he made a century.

Tests showed he broke a bone and must stay in plaster under mid-July.

Team manager Sunil Subramaniam said Dhawan suffered "a fracture of the first metacarpal on his left hand", and middle-order batsman Pant was swiftly named to take his place in the squad.

The International Cricket Council announced in a statement later on Wednesday that Pant had been approved as a replacement, after its event technical committee assessed India's request.

Left-hander Pant is already in England and could come into contention to be involved against Afghanistan in Southampton on Saturday.

The 21-year-old has only played five ODI matches, and has a top score of 36, however he has impressed at Test level with two centuries in his first nine matches.

India have lost opener Shikhar Dhawan for the rest of their World Cup campaign.

The batsman suffered a painful injury to his left hand in the team's opening match against Australia at The Oval on June 9, when he made a century.

There had been hopes Dhawan would be fit to return later in the tournament but those were dashed on Wednesday when it was revealed he has broken a bone and will be in plaster until mid-July.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said: "Shikhar Dhawan has been diagnosed with a fracture of the first metacarpal on his left hand following a ball impact injury during the team’s first match versus Australia at the Oval.

"Following several specialist opinions, he will remain in a cast until the middle of July and therefore will not be available for the remainder of #CWC19."

Team manager Sunil Subramaniam confirmed the blow to India's batting resources when he spoke at a news conference on Wednesday.

Delhi batsman Rishabh Pant is the player India want to replace Dhawan in their squad, and his inclusion must be approved by tournament organisers.

Pant is already in England and could come into contention to be involved against Afghanistan in Southampton on Saturday.

India are unbeaten in four outings so far at the World Cup, winning three and having one match washed out.

Virat Kohli is optimistic Shikhar Dhawan still has a part to play in India's quest for Cricket World Cup glory despite suffering a hairline fracture of his left thumb.

Dhawan is expected to miss at least three matches after taking a blow while making a magnificent century in the victory over Australia at The Oval last Sunday.

Rishabh Pant has been called up as cover, but captain Kohli is hopeful we have not seen the last of Dhawan in the tournament.

Speaking after Thursday's match against New Zealand at Trent Bridge was washed out, the skipper said: "Shikhar will be in a plaster for a couple of weeks, we'll assess and see.

"Hopefully he'll be available for the latter half and the semi-finals. He's motivated, we wanted to keep him back."

Kohli felt it was the right decision to call off the match against the Black Caps in a rainy Nottingham.

"It was a sensible decision to not play, given the outfield wasn't fully fit," said Kohli. "One point is not a bad thing for sides that have won all their games so far, so we'll take it."

Kohli is relishing the prospect of facing fierce rivals Pakistan at Old Trafford on Sunday as India look to take another stride towards the semi-finals.

"For Sunday, we know we're there when it comes to the mindset. It's just about going out there and having a game plan, executing it," he added.

"As soon as you enter the field, it's calm and relaxed. The atmosphere from the outside, for the first time, it's a bit intimidating, but we'll look to execute well.

"It's been competitive for years, it's a marquee event all over the world, an honour to be a part of the big game, which brings out the best in all of us."

India are likely to be without star opener Shikhar Dhawan for their next three Cricket World Cup fixtures, as he continues his recovery from a thumb injury.

Dhawan sustained the blow during India's 36-run victory over Australia on Sunday, though the issue did not prevent him carrying on his innings as he went on to score 117 off 109 balls.

However, the 33-year-old did not come out to field, and India announced on Tuesday that Dhawan would stay in England to be monitored by the team's medical staff.

And it has now been confirmed Dhawan will miss at least two of India's upcoming fixtures – against New Zealand and Pakistan – while he is also a doubt to face Afghanistan on June 22, with batting coach Sanjay Bangar revealing the left-hander will be under assessment for the next 10 to 12 days.

"As far as Shikhar is concerned, we'll be observing him," Bangar told a news conference ahead of Thursday's game against New Zealand at Trent Bridge.

"Around the 10th or 12th day, we'll get to know where he stands, and we'll be in a better position to take a call because we don't want to rule out a precious player like Shikhar.

"We're straight at the time of when the impact or the injury happened, so we would like to wait and assess after 10, 12 days."

On Wednesday, India confirmed Rishabh Pant had been called up to be on standby should Dhawan be unable to take any further part in the tournament.

KL Rahul, meanwhile, will move up the order, with Bangar touting Vijay Shankar as a viable alternative as well.

"As far as the batting order goes, yes, KL moves up at the top of the order, and there are various options the team management can utilise going into the next game," Bangar added.

"Obviously, Vijay is going to be an option, and there are a couple of others as well."

India have announced Shikhar Dhawan will remain in England as their medical team continue to monitor the thumb injury he suffered in the win over Australia on Sunday.

Opening batsman Dhawan was struck on his left hand by a delivery from Pat Cummins in the early stages of the Cricket World Cup clash at The Oval, though the blow did not stop him continuing his innings.

The left-hander went on to make 117, helping India amass 352-5 after opting to bat first, but did not field in the second half of the fixture, watching on from the dressing room as Australia were bowled out for 316 in reply.

Reports in the media have suggested a suspected hairline fracture and while the team have yet to confirm the full extent of the damage, the Board of Control for Cricket in India did offer an update via Twitter on Tuesday.

"Team India opening batsman Mr Shikhar Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team," they wrote in a post that also included a picture of Dhawan celebrating reaching 50 against Australia.

"The team management has decided that Mr Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored."

India are next in action on Thursday, as they face New Zealand at Trent Bridge in a battle between two teams who still own 100 per cent records at this year's tournament.

Virat Kohli's side then take on Pakistan at Old Trafford on Sunday, though they may have to do without Dhawan for at least the next two games.

Australia's ODI winning streak is over. India, with the unswerving support of the boisterous Bharat Army, overwhelmed their rivals in a high-scoring contest at The Oval.

In an atmosphere more accustomed to Bangalore or Chennai than a suburb of south London, Virat Kohli's side produced an impressive performance that, if there were any doubts beforehand, underlined why they are serious contenders for glory in England.

The battle between bat and ball was as lopsided as the one in the stands, as India’s fans outnumbered their Australian counterparts to such a degree that a game of 'Spot The Aussie' would have kept you busy during the quieter periods of the contest.

"India have amazing support everywhere they go everywhere around the world," said Australia skipper Aaron Finch in something of an understatement during his post-match press conference.

"Their fans are very vocal. They're great to play in front of because they provide so much atmosphere." 

Still, in a crash-bang-wallop encounter that saw the teams combine for 668 runs, a rare seven-over period of one-day serenity that produced just 22 proved crucial in deciding the outcome.

India's opening batsmen weathered an early barrage to good effect, seeing off Australia’s twin strike force of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc without any damage. Shikhar Dhawan did cop a blow to the hand but crucially survived the spell, allowing him to prosper once the opposition's most dangerous weapons were stood down from service.

The left-hander has a miserable Test record in England, managing a highest score of 44 in seven games. When it comes to the white ball, however, he is transformed into a different player entirely.

His knock of 117 laid solid foundations for India to attack, even if he had departed by the time the late carnage unfolded, caught in the deep when a hack at a full ball only ended up finding the fielder on the midwicket rope.

Before the ugly finish, though, he had unfurled some glorious shots to reach his fourth ODI century on English soil, where he averages 64.76. At The Oval, that number rises to a stratospheric 110.75.

"They took their time, obviously. They assessed the conditions really quickly and identified they [Cummins and Starc] were going to be the two biggest threats in the innings," Finch admitted.

"Not getting wickets was key there [at the beginning]. They played it really well and negated our biggest threats.”

Australia attempted to follow the example of their opponents in reply, building cautiously to start with in the hope of countering later on, yet they crucially lost well-set batsmen each time they had set nerves jangling among the expectant crowd.

The run out of Finch curtailed an opening stand of 61, David Warner was unusually subdued in making 56 while Steve Smith – greeted by some from the stands with chants of "Cheater! Cheater! Cheater!” as he made his way to the middle - perished for a team-high 69.

In the end, not even Alex Carey’s 25-ball fifty – his country's fastest ever at a World Cup – could make up the deficit in the closing overs, meaning Australia suffered their first defeat in 11 ODIs.

Their spell of success began back on March 8 in Ranchi, sparking a turnaround in the ODI series with India as they fought back from 2-0 to triumph. They tried hard to keep the streak alive on Sunday too, but India – inspired by a fanatical following – drummed them out in the end.

Shikhar Dhawan returned to form with a magnificent century as India consigned holders Australia to a 36-run Cricket World Cup defeat at The Oval.

Dhawan had not reached double figures in his previous three innings, but struck 117 from only 109 balls as India posted an imposing 352-5 on Sunday.

Virat Kohli (82 off 77) crafted his 50th ODI half-century after Rohit Sharma (57) become the second India player to reach the landmark of 2,000 runs in ODIs – the legendary Sachin Tendulkar being the other.

Hardik Pandya led a late onslaught as Australia suffered in the field and the world champions were unable to extend their winning streak in the 50-over format to 11 matches.

David Warner (56) and Steve Smith (69) made their second half-centuries of the tournament in a run-fest in London, but Aaron Finch's side fell short on 316 all out to lose their perfect record in the tournament.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-50) and Jasprit Bumrah (3-61) were the pick of the bowlers as India – without Dhawan in the field due to a thumb injury – made it two wins out of two despite the quickest half-century of the competition from Alex Carey (55 off 35).

Dhawan back in the groove, Kohli oozes class

After a watchful start, Dhawan set about the Australia attack with exquisite and immense power, putting a recent run drought behind him by hitting 16 fours and bringing up his hundred with an overthrow following a mix-up with Kohli.

Captain Kohli was also watchful early in his latest classy knock, but used his feet superbly and punched the ball into gaps on both sides of the wicket, also hitting Mitchell Starc for two huge sixes.

Pandya (48 off 27) took advantage of being dropped by Carey before getting off the mark and went on to clear the ropes three times as India took 116 off the last 10 overs.


Fuming Finch, Warner rides his luck

Finch was just starting to flex his muscles when he was short of his ground going for a second run after Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar had put the squeeze on early in the run chase.

The skipper was fuming following his dismissal for 36, which came after the fortunate Warner somehow survived when he inside-edged Bumrah's stumps but, not for the first time in this tournament, the bails stayed on. 

Warner had ridden his luck, playing and missing on several occasions before he flicked Yuzvendra Chahal (2-62) to Bhuvneshwar at deep midwicket, leaving Australia 133-2 at the halfway mark.


Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah deliver again

Bhuvneshwar struck a huge blow by trapping Smith leg before – following a review – and also bowled Marcus Stoinis in an excellent 40th over.

Australia needed 115 to win off the last 10 overs and although Carey put on a late show, India were always ahead of the game.

Bumrah ensured there were no more fireworks from Nathan Coulter-Nile after also removing Usman Khawaj, with Adam Zampa falling to the final ball in an ultimately comfortable win for Kohli's men.

Rohit Sharma followed in Sachin Tendulkar's footsteps as India piled on the runs in their Cricket World Cup clash with Australia at The Oval.

During his innings of 57, Rohit became just the second player for India to reach 2,000 ODI runs against Australia, a feat only previously achieved by the great Tendulkar.

However, it was fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan who led the way on Sunday, the left-hander hitting 117 to help his side post a sizeable total of 352-5, their highest ever score against Australia in a World Cup fixture.

The first-wicket pair put on 127 and even when Rohit departed, caught behind by wicketkeeper Alex Carey off Nathan Coulter-Nile's bowling, Virat Kohli came out to build on the foundations laid by his two top-order colleagues.

India's captain posted his 50th ODI half-century as he made 82, while the decision to promote Hardik Pandya up the order paid off, the all-rounder smashing 48 from just 27 deliveries at number four after he was dropped before getting off the mark.

Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer blasted half-centuries as Delhi Capitals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 16 runs to seal an Indian Premier League play-off place. 

Dhawan and Iyer made 50 and 52 respectively off 37 balls to set the Capitals on their way to an imposing total of 187-5 at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground on Sunday. 

Parthiv Patel (39 off 20 balls) and Virat Kohli (23 from 17) got RCB off to a flyer as they chased a fourth consecutive win, but the Capitals stuck to the task and got their rewards. 

Kagiso Rabada and Amit Mishra took two wickets apiece to put RCB on the back foot and they fell short on 171-7. 

Victory for the Capitals put them top of the table and guaranteed a top-four spot with two matches of the regular season to play, becoming only the second team to qualify along with Chennai Super Kings. 

RCB stay bottom as they pay the price for such a poor start to the tournament.  



Dhawan and Iyer laid the foundations for the Capitals with a second-wicket stand of 68 after Umesh Yadav snared Prithvi Shaw caught behind for 18 in the fourth over. 

The powerful Dhawan used his feet superbly, scoring freely on both sides of the wicket and bringing up a third consecutive half-century off 36 balls before he was caught at short fine leg off Yuzvendra Chahal. 

Iyer came down the track twice to loft Chahal for six for a 50 of his own, with Sherfane Rutherford (28 not out off 13) producing some late fireworks after Washington Sundar removed the captain. 



Patel and Kohli put on 63 for the first wicket in a promising start to the run chase before Rabada saw the back of the former with the penultimate ball of the sixth over. 

The excellent Axar Patel claimed the big wicket of Kohli - caught in the deep - and AB de Villiers fell for 17 to leave Bangalore 103-3 in the 12th. 

Spinner Mishra (2-29) then dismissed Heinrich Klaasen and Shivam Dube in the 13th over to make it very much advantage Delhi. 



Gurkeerat Singh cut loose with a flurry of boundaries to leave RCB needing 36 to win from three overs as the nerves jangled. 

Rabada (2-31) conceded only six runs from the 18th with some great variation and Gurkeerat (27 from 19) fell caught behind in a brilliant penultimate over from Ishant Sharma. 

RCB needed 26 off the last to win it and that was never going to be likely with Rabada charging in, the South Africa quick claiming the wicket of Sundar before a huge six from Marcus Stoinis (32no off 24), which was struck when the game was all-but over. 

Delhi Capitals secured just their second home win in the Indian Premier League this season, beating the Kings XI Punjab by five wickets to bolster their play-off hopes.

The Capitals had lost three of their previous four games at the Feroz Shah Kotla, including a 40-run defeat against Mumbai Indians last time out that saw them struggle to chase a target of 169.

However, they had no such problems in replying to the Kings XI's total of 163-7 on Saturday, a half-century up front from Shikhar Dhawan putting them on course.

While they rather limped over the line, not helped by losing two late wickets, captain Shreyas Iyer (58 not out) saw his team to victory with two balls to spare as he passed the personal milestone of 1,500 runs in the competition.

Chris Gayle had earlier blasted 69 from 37 deliveries but Kings XI failed to capitalise on the opener's onslaught, Delhi spin duo Sandeep Lamichhane (3-40) and Axar Patel (2-22) impressing for the hosts.

The Capitals now have 12 points from 10 games to sit third in the standings. The franchise have not finished higher than sixth at the end of the round-robin stage of an IPL campaign since 2012.


Gayle gave Kings XI early impetus in their innings, including finding the boundary four times in one over from Lamichhane during the powerplay.

Yet the Nepal international had the last word in his personal duel with the left-hander, benefiting from a relay catch in the deep as Colin Ingram cleverly threw the ball across to team-mate Axar before stepping over the rope.

The clever piece of fielding sent Gayle on his way, with Lamichhane also accounting for Sam Curran - deceived by a glorious googly - four balls later.



Dhawan shared a 92-run stand for the second wicket with Iyer after cutting short his opening stand with Prithvi Shaw.

The pair had plundered 24 runs from the first three overs before a Dhawan drive to cover led to confusion. Shaw responded to an initial call for a single, only to be sent back. Stranded out of his ground, he could only watch on as Mandeep produced a direct hit.

There was also an unnecessary run out towards the end of Delhi's innings too, Axar colliding with bowler Mohammed Shami as he turned for a risky second. The contact, while minimal, cost him any chance of making it back, meaning his only delivery at the crease saw him score one run and yet still be dismissed.

Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered a dramatic batting collapse to lose by 39 runs against Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.

Chasing 156 to the do the double over the Capitals this season, Hyderabad were 101-2 at one stage in their reply with captain David Warner going well.

However, they lost their last eight wickets in a hurry for 15 runs to be bowled out for 116, only Warner - who made 51 - and opening partner Jonny Bairstow (41) reaching double figures.

Keemo Paul posted impressive figures of 3-17 while there were also a trio of wickets apiece for South African duo Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada.

Earlier, Shreyas Iyer top scored for Delhi with 45, while Colin Munro was the only batsmen who managed to play fluently in the contest, making 40 from just 24 deliveries.

The Capitals finished up on 155-7, a total their seam-dominated attack comfortably defended as they condemned the fading Sunrisers to a third successive loss.



Delhi found the going tough after being asked to bat, not helped by Khaleel Ahmed dismissing openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan cheaply.

Leg-spinner Rashid Khan restricted the Capitals further during his impressive four-over stint, giving up only 22 runs while picking up the wicket of all-rounder Morris, who was bowled by a delivery that hurried through off the pitch.

However, Munro's blitz - he scored 34 of his runs in boundaries - lifted the pace. Iyer's innings spanned 40 balls, while the usually aggressive Rishabh Pant was restricted to 23 from 19.



While Warner and Bairstow put on 72 for the first wicket, Hyderabad's progress was steady rather than spectacular.

Paul broke the stand when he tempted Bairstow with a slower delivery that ended up in the hands of Rabada in the deep, with the West Indies all-rounder following up with the dismissal of Kane Williamson.

With the pressure building, Morris capitalised. The seamer claimed three wickets in an eventful 18th over as Hyderabad's chase fell apart, meaning they were bowled out with eight balls remaining.

The impressive victory - their fifth in eight outings so far - moves Delhi up to second in the table.

Shikhar Dhawan made a sublime 97 not out as he combined with Rishabh Pant to steer the Delhi Capitals to a seven-wicket win over the Kolkata Knight Riders.

India star Dhawan brilliantly carried his bat, though he fell agonisingly short of three figures at Eden Gardens, as the Capitals chased down a target of 179 with seven balls remaining.

International team-mate Pant provided able assistance in a swashbuckling partnership before holing out to the long-on boundary in the 18th over, but the Capitals earned back-to-back wins to move into fourth position in the Indian Premier League standings.

Earlier, Shubman Gill made 65 off 39 and the electric Andre Russell 45 off 21, but the Knight Riders will be disappointed by a total of 178-7 when at one stage it looked as though a score closer to 200 was achievable.


On a track suited to high scoring, the Knight Riders were ticking along nicely.

Gill made a fluent half-century with seven fours and two sixes after England's Ashes hopeful Joe Denly, playing in the IPL rather than in the County Championship for Kent, was bowled first ball on debut by Ishant Sharma.

Gill was unfortunate that a clean-looking strike off Keemo Paul went straight to the hands of Axar Patel, who took a sharp catch at short fine leg.

The big-hitting Russell was typically aggressive in his approach, with four sixes and three fours smashed in 21 deliveries. However, he slashed a Chris Morris full toss straight to third man in the penultimate over.


The Capitals have seen a couple of disappointing chases slip through their fingers, but it was a textbook effort on this occasion.

Dhawan may have missed out on a maiden IPL century but it was an assured 63-ball knock from the left-hander that included 11 fours and a pair of sixes.

Pant will hope for a spot in India’s squad for the Cricket World Cup later this year and this knock will only have enhanced his chances.

His 46 runs came off 31 balls as he proved the able foil for Dhawan in a 105-run partnership that was crucial to the Capitals' success.

Peter Handscomb hit his maiden one-day ton before Ashton Turner hammered Australia to a record-breaking four-wicket win over India, levelling the series at 2-2 with a game to play.

Shikhar Dhawan hit a career-best 143 and Rohit Sharma made 95 as India posted 358-9, the second-highest score posted in Mohali at the halfway stage of the contest.

Yet Australia impressively overhauled their opponents' total with 13 balls to spare, Handscomb setting up the chase with 117 as he and Usman Khawaja (91) shared a stand worth 192 after coming together at 12-2.

Still, the tourists required a stunning late onslaught from Turner, who cleared the ropes six times as he capitalised on three reprieves to help his team complete their highest ever run chase in the 50-over format.

The all-rounder hit an unbeaten 84 from just 43 deliveries to set up a series-deciding showdown in the fifth and final ODI, which takes place in Delhi on Wednesday.

Pat Cummins had earlier claimed his first five-wicket haul in the format, yet India still managed to post a sizeable score after opting to bat first.

Dhawan had scored just 22 runs in the first three games but returned to form with his 16th one-day ton, the left-hander putting on 193 with opening partner Rohit, who looked set to reach three figures himself until holing out to deep midwicket.

After centuries in his last two knocks, Virat Kohli made just seven as wickets tumbled in the closing overs, Cummins taking four of them in his final two overs to finish with figures of 5-70.

Australia's task in reply suffered a disastrous start when they lost skipper Aaron Finch - cleaned up by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a two-ball duck - and Shaun Marsh (6) early.

Khawaja and Handscomb combined superbly to put the pressure back on their opponents, though the former missed out on a second successive hundred when a running Kuldeep Yadav held on to a top edge. 

Glenn Maxwell made a breezy 23 but the wicket of Handscomb, whose attempt to hit Yuzvendra Chahal over the rope presented a simple catch to long off, appeared to put India in control of the contest. 

Turner, however, had other ideas. Making the most of a missed stumping by Pant - as well as two drops in the outfield - he hit a barrage of boundaries, flipping what at one stage seemed a taxing equation into a formality.

Mohammed Shami took his 100th ODI wicket in record time and Shikhar Dhawan passed 5000 runs as India started their tour with an eight-wicket hammering of New Zealand after sun stopped play in Napier. 

India, on a high after a successful tour of Australia, skittled the Black Caps out for only 157 in the day-night match at McLean Park on Wednesday, captain Kane Williamson (64) making the only significant contribution. 

Shami (3-19) set the tone with a magnificent new-ball burst to become the fastest India bowler to reach 100 wickets in his 56th ODI, before spinners Kuldeep Yadav (4-39) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2-43) came to the fore. 

Dhawan was dropped on 31 and finished unbeaten on 75 after becoming the fifth-quickest to the 5000 landmark in his 118th ODI innings, which was stopped for over half an hour when the sun set at an awkward angle. 

Virat Kohli made 45 as the tourists reached a revised Duckworth-Lewis-Stern target of 156 with 85 balls to spare in a one-sided beginning to the five-match series.

A probing Shami had New Zealand in trouble on 18-2 to break Irfan Pathan's record after Willamson won the toss, Martin Guptill playing on before the Colin Munro was cleaned up off the seamer's first ball from around the wicket. 

Williamson was given a life when he was put down by Kedar Jadhav on 20, but the wickets continued to tumble, with Chahal snaring Ross Taylor and Tom Latham caught and bowled. 

Henry Nicholls was superbly caught by Kuldeep off Jadhav and Santner fell leg before as Williamson ticked along at the other end and reached 50 from 63 balls, but was running out of partners. 

New Zealand lost their last four wickets for only 11 runs, Williamson dismissed by Kuldeep, who also saw the back of Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult in a flash. 

Rohit Sharma missed out when he edged Doug Bracewell to Guptill before India's run chase was halted due to the sun - not for the first time at this venue. 

Dhawan was put down by wicketkeeper Latham when he misjudged a hook after play resumed and the opener took advantage of that stroke of luck. 

The left-hander struck six boundaries put on 91 with Kohli as India eased to victory, the skipper edging Ferguson behind five short of a half-century, leaving Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu to finish it. 

India scrambled a single off the last ball to seal a six-wicket victory and complete a whitewash of West Indies after Shikhar Dhawan made his highest Twenty20 international score in Chennai.

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