Cardiff: Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday indicated that Dinesh Karthik has more or less "earned" his berth in the playing XI with an unbeaten century in India's crushing win over Australia in a warm-up match for the Champions Trophy.

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"I think he has earned his place in the side and we'll just have to see who misses out when we play against South Africa. I'd like him to play at the top of the order but we'll see," Dhoni said after the match which India won by 243 runs.

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This would have the biggest ODI loss for Australia, if this was an official game. And the credit mainly goes to three players -- Karthik, who hit 146, five-wicket man Umesh Yadav, and the skipper himself, who blasted his way to 91 off 77 balls at the Swalec Stadium.
The platform was set by Karthik and Dhoni's 211-run sixth-wicket partnership after India were at a spot of bother.
"To start off Dinesh batted really well. That partnership between me and him got us to a respectable score and then the bowling was up to the mark. We used five bowlers and all of
them got wickets,” the skipper added.      

India play South Africa in the tournament opener on Thursday, and the form bodes well for the team.


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