India has won its opening encounter of this world cup against arch rival Australia. The victory came in the 42nd over, as it chased down a total of 200 runs with six wickets in hands. KL Rahul, unbeaten at 97, and Virat Kohli who scored 85, were the architects of the run-chase. They stitched a partnership of 165 runs. After winning the toss Australia had decided to bat first in hot and humid conditions at the MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk) in Chennai.
Ishan Kishan replaced illnesses-ridden Shubman Gill in Indian playing XI while Ravichandran Ashwin also finds a place at his home ground.
Ind vs Aus CWC 2023 Match Overview:
Despite losing the toss, India bowlers didn’t disappoint and gave a very tough time to the Australian batters, who could be seen struggling from the very beginning. Apart from David Warner (41) and Steve Smith (46), not other batter could stand on the Chepauk pitch for long. By 49.3 overs, Australian batters could score only 199 runs and were all out. India chased the target in 41.2 overs and won the match by 6 wickets. For India, each bowler showcased their magic. Ravindra Jadeja was the most successful bowlers, who picked 3 wickets, while Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav picked 2 wickets each.
Also, Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya and Mohammed Siraj all clinched one wicket each too. India begun the 200-run chase on a shaky ground, with Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyet getting out at zero. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul held the ground, as India batted cautiously for the rest of the powerplay. Virat Kohli (85) and KL Rahul (97*) helped the hosts reach the target in 41.2 overs. Kohli and Rahul weaved a 150+ runs’ partnership and dragged India out of the quagmire after they were in a world of trouble when they lost 3 wickets for just 2 runs.
Player of the Match:
KL Rahul is the player of the match for his brilliant knock of 97 runs from 115 balls.
India started their World Cup campaign off with a resounding victory against Australia at the Chepauk on Sunday. After the bowlers had successfully restricted Australia to 199 in the first innings, Virat Kohli (85) and KL Rahul (97*) helped the hosts reach the target in 41.2 overs.
Kohli and Rahul weaved a 150+ runs’ partnership and dragged India out of the quagmire after they were in a world of trouble when they lost 3 wickets for just 2 runs on the board with skipper Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer all back in the hut.