IND vs AUS: India started their World Cup 2023 campaign with a win against the 5 times World Champions Australia. India defeated Australia by 6 wickets at MA Chidambaram, Chennai to seat the first win of the home-soil World Cup. KL Rahul's excellent 97* and Virat's bossing 85 took India on top.

IND vs AUS: India started their World Cup 2023 campaign with a win against the 5 times World Champions Australia. India defeated Australia by 6 wickets at MA Chidambaram, Chennai to seat the first win of the home-soil World Cup. KL Rahul’s excellent 97* and Virat’s bossing 85 took India on top.

IND vs AUS Match Review

Australia Innings

Winning the toss, Australia opted to bat first which was the right decision as per the Chennai conditions. Cummins stated that they would aim to put a large total on board, but they failed to do exactly that. Indian bowlers were in the rhythm and never allowed the Australian batter to set in those 22 yards.

Bumrah was right on the money from the very first ball. He provided an early wicket to India sending back the dangerous Mitch Marsh for a 6-ball duck. Warner and Smith showed the experience after the early scalp and combined together for a 70-run partnership. Kuldeep Yadav came and sent him back to the pavilion when Warner started posing a threat.

IND vs AUS: Match 5 ODI World Cup 2023
IND vs AUS: Jadeja Bamboozled Smith (Getty Images)

Just after the wicket of Warner, skipper Rohit introduced Jadeja and he took Smith, Labuschagne, and Alex Carey within 10 balls! Australia were in deep trouble after 30 overs with 119 runs for 5 wickets. Kuldeep cleaned up Maxwell, Ashwin got Green and Bumrah-Siraj ended it all and India bundled out Australia just under 200.

India Innings

Slow pitch, just 200 to chase, in form Rohit and Co., and an underpressure Australian team; many would have thought India would win the match with domination but Australian bowlers stunned every Indian fan as they put India under immense pressure in just 10 balls of the second innings.

As Gill is unavailable due to medication and recovery, Ishan Kishan opened with Rohit Sharma and Starc had the ball in his hands. The fourth ball of the innings sent Kishan back to the pavilion for a golden duck. Definitely not the World Cup start Ishan Kishan would have been hoping for!

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Starc dismissed Kishan for a first ball duck. (Associate Press)

Hazlewood got the other end and took Rohit in the third ball and Shreyas Iyer in the last of the 2nd over and all of a sudden India were 2 for 3 down. The scoreboard looked more like a football scorecard than the cricket. Both Rohit and Shreyas went for a duck and now KL Rahul and Virat Kohli were in the crease.

KL and Kohli took time in the middle, absorbed the pressure, and calmed the condition first. They were cautious and active at the same time slowly cruising toward the target. Rahul and Kohli scored their fifties in 75 and 72 balls respectively. The inconsistency from the Australian spinners allowed Kohli and Rahul to rotate strikes and keep the scoreboard ticking.

IND vs AUS: Virat Kohli and KL Rahul Lead India to victory
IND vs AUS: Virat Kohli (Associate Press)

When the whole India was looking for 48th ODI Hundred of Virat Kohli, Josh Hazlewood got Virat at 85 (116). India needed 33 runs to win when Hardik Pandya came to bat at number 5 and took charge against the Australian bowler. Though he missed his century by 3 runs, KL Rahul displayed an excellent and best possible batting show and finished match with a six.

India won the match by 6 wickets and as many as 8 overs left.

IND vs AUS- Scorecard

AUSTRALIA- 199/10 (49.3)

Player RB4s6sSR
David Warner c & b Kuldeep Yadav41526078.84
Mitchell Marsh c Kohli b Bumrah06000.00
Steven Smith b Jadeja46715064.78
Marnus Labuschagne c Rahul b Jadeja27411065.85
Glenn Maxwell b Kuldeep Yadav15251060.00
Alex Careylbw b Jadeja02000.00
Cameron Green c Pandya b Ashwin8200040.00
Pat Cummins (c)c Iyer b Bumrah15241162.50
Mitchell Starc c Iyer b Mohammed Siraj28352180.00
Adam Zampa c Kohli b Pandya6200030.00
Josh Hazlewood not out1100100.00
Jasprit Bumrah1003523.50114
Mohammed Siraj6.312614.00302
Hardik Pandya302819.33600
Ravichandran Ashwin1013413.40200
Kuldeep Yadav1004224.20210
Ravindra Jadeja1022832.80200

INDIA- 201/4 (41.2)

Player RB4s6sSR
Rohit Sharma (c)lbw b Hazlewood06000.00
Ishan Kishan c Green b Starc01000.00
Virat Kohli c Labuschagne b Hazlewood851166073.27
Shreyas Iyer c Warner b Hazlewood03000.00
KL Rahul not out971158284.34
Hardik Pandya not out11801137.50
Mitchell Starc803113.87282030
Josh Hazlewood913834.22333110
Pat Cummins6.203305.21192111
Glenn Maxwell803304.12241100
Cameron Green201105.5072000
Adam Zampa805306.62134000

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