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India begins its World Cup campaign with a bang as Kohli and Rahul combine.

India begins its World Cup campaign with a bang as Kohli and Rahul combine.

India overcame an early scare to chase down Australia’s modest target and win their first Cricket World Cup match by six wickets.

India were rattled early in their 200-run chase when they lost three wickets in 12 balls and were on the ropes at 2/3.

The innings was then stabilized by Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, who added 165 runs for the fourth wicket to guide India’s chase.

Kohli fell for 85 after being given a life on 12 when Mitchell Marsh dropped a catchable catch, but Rahul stayed until the end, finishing unbeaten on 97 to lead India to a commanding victory in their opening match at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

The highlight of Australia’s batting innings was a 69-run stand between David Warner and Steve Smith, but India quickly took control with the help of their spinners.

The tweakers shared six wickets, with Ravindra Jadeja taking the best of India’s bowlers with 3/28. Kuldeep Yadav (2/42), Ravichandran Ashwin (1/34) and pacer Jasprit Bumrah (2/35) provided solid support for Jadeja.

Smith led the way for Australia with 46 runs, while David Warner (41) and a late cameo from Mitchell Starc (28) helped set a reasonable target.

Match 5: India defeated Australia by six wickets.
After the 20th over, Kohli and Rahul continued to bat steadily, adding four runs per over. Kohli reached his half-century in the 26th over, while he did so in the 28th. While the action was quiet in overs 21-30, an erratic fifth over from Pat Cummins helped India score 11 runs.

Following that, India’s run flow improved. India had brought the required rate closer to three by the 35th over, scoring at more than a run per ball. Kohli eventually fell in the 38th over for a well-made 85 off 116 balls.

This was India’s highest partnership against Australia in a Cricket World Cup match. It was also the highest partnership for the fourth wicket between two Indian batters in a Cricket World Cup match.

Hardik Pandya’s arrival accelerated India’s initiative, and the Men in Blue crossed the line in the 42nd over.

India’s innings got off to the worst possible start. At the score of 2, they lost three batters for a duck. Ishan Kishan (0) chased one away from Mitchell Starc’s body and ended up giving a catch in the slip cordon.

Josh Hazlewood trapped Rohit Sharma lbw for a duck in the next over. Shreyas Iyer was caught driving away from his body on the last ball of the second over, resulting in another wicket.

The innings was then held together by Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. The duo took their time getting their eyes in before increasing their scoring rate after the first Powerplay. Kohli survived a scare in the eighth over, when Mitchell Marsh dropped him off Hazlewood’s bowling.

In the 16th over, the pair had reached a 50-run partnership. KL Rahul’s hat-trick of boundaries in the 18th over aided India’s scoring rate. Pat Cummins, Australia’s captain, won a crucial toss in Chennai and chose to bat first.

His counterpart, Rohit Sharma, stated that the conditions were favorable for bowlers and that the wicket would turn as the game progressed.

This was demonstrated early in Australia’s innings when Jasprit Bumrah got Mitchell Marsh to edge one to first slip. Virat Kohli seized the opportunity, and India made their first breakthrough.

David Warner became the fourth Australian batter to reach 1000 runs in Men’s Cricket World Cups with a boundary against Hardik Pandya in the seventh over. Australia gained some traction in that over, hitting three boundaries to increase their scoring rate.

At the end of the first Powerplay, Australia was 43/1. The Warner-Smith combination kept accumulating runs at a good clip. In the 17th over, India made a breakthrough when Warner (41) attempted to punch Kuldeep down the ground and ended up offering a return chance.

With their disciplined bowling, India’s spinners were able to reduce the scoring rate.

Jadeja bowled an absolute beauty that castled Steve Smith for 46 shortly after the 25-over mark. The delivery turned just enough to beat Steve Smith’s outside edge before collapsing into his off-stump. Jadeja dismissed Marnus Labuschagne (27) and Alex Carey (0) in the 30th over to put India ahead.

Glenn Maxwell (15) and Cameron Green (8) were both out in the 36th and 37th overs to Kuldeep and Ashwin, respectively. Down the order, Mitchell Stac (28) made an important contribution that helped Australia reach 199.

Shubman Gill did not recover from illness in time for the match, with fellow youngster Ishan Kishan set to partner skipper Rohit at the top of the India batting order.

Travis Head and Marcus Stoinis missed out for Australia due to injury, with David Warner and Mitch Marsh to open the batting on a sunny day at MA Chidambaram Stadium.

India XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj 

Australia XI: David Warner, Mitch Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

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