October : India defeated Australia by six wickets in the opening match of the 2023 World Cup in Chennai on Sunday. Ravindra Jadeja's 3 for 28 restricted Australia to 199, but India's pursuit of a modest target began with a historically bad start. They were reduced to 2 for 3 with Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, and Shreyas Iyer all dismissed for ducks.
However, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul rescued India with a 165-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Kohli fell for 85, but Rahul remained unbeaten on 97 to lead India to victory. Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the Australian bowlers with 3 for 38.
Rahul and Kohli Guide India Home
After India's early collapse, Kohli and Rahul played with great composure and skill to rebuild the innings. They rotated the strike well and punished any loose deliveries. Kohli was particularly impressive, playing some superb drives and flicks. Rahul was also solid, and he played some important shots in the latter stages of the chase.
Jadeja Shines with the Ball
Jadeja was the star of the show with the ball for India. He bowled with great control and accuracy, and he was able to extract turn from the pitch. He dismissed Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, and Alex Carey to derail Australia's innings.
Australia would be disappointed with their performance in the match. They were outplayed by India with both bat and ball. Cummins' decision to bat first may have backfired, as the pitch became more difficult to bat on as the match went on.
Overall, it was a clinical performance from India. They were able to overcome a shaky start to chase down a modest target and win the match convincingly.
News Source - ESPN