India began their 2023 ICC ODI World Cup campaign with a six-wicket win over strong rivals Australia at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. On a wicket that assisted the bowlers, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul steered the Men in Blue to victory after an early top order collapse.
Australia, batting first, managed to post a total of 199 runs in their 50 overs, with Ravindra Jadeja’s superb left-arm spin contributing to their downfall. Jadeja picked up three crucial wickets for just 28 runs. Other Indian spinners, including Kuldeep Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin, also played a significant role, taking a total of six wickets.
In response, India lost three top-order batsmen for ducks, reducing them to 2-3 within two overs. However, KL Rahul (97 not out) and Virat Kohli (85) displayed remarkable composure and skill, forming a remarkable partnership of 165 runs off 215 balls. This partnership steered India back on course in their chase.
Despite early setbacks, Rahul and Kohli steadied the ship for India. Kohli was granted a reprieve at 12 when Mitchell Marsh dropped a catch. The duo kept the scoreboard ticking with excellent running between the wickets.
As they inched closer to victory, they continued to find boundaries, taking advantage of Australia’s bowling. After Kohli’s dismissal, Hardik Pandya played a crucial role, hitting a lofted six to ease the pressure. Rahul sealed their 2023 ICC ODI World Cup match win in style with a well-timed lofted six over cover.
India ultimately came out on top after struggling in the early overs. Jadeja’s left arm spin along with Rahul and Kohli’s steady partnership were the major highlights of the match.