On Sunday, October 8 at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium, India faced off against Australia in their opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. Australia, who chose to bat first, was bowled out for 199 runs as the Indian spinners created a web of spin around their batting order. In response, the team lead by Rohit Sharma was in serious danger after reaching 2/3 in the first two overs. Shreyas Iyer, Rohit Sharma, and Ishan Kishan were all out for ducks.
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, who joined forces for a century partnership to lead India to safety, stabilised the Indian innings, though. As he faced the Australian pace trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood, Kohli started his batting quite slowly. both Josh Hazlewood and Starc. The star batsman left his crease in the sixth over to drive Hazlewood for a boundary down the ground, kicking off his innings. In order to get things rolling and score his first boundary of the innings, the famous Indian hitter skillfully drove the ball.
Kohli fails to get his 48th ODI century
The top Indian batsman continued to play a magnificent innings, scoring six fours in his innings of 85 (116). He and KL Rahul shared a stand of 165 runs, which enabled India bounce back from the early blows. India was able to chase down the mark of 200 in 41.2 overs and win the match by six wickets thanks to their outstanding stand. KL Rahul completed the game in grand fashion with a beautiful lofted cover shot that went for six to maintain his unblemished record at 97* (115).
India will face Afghanistan on Wednesday, October 11, at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi after defeating Australia. On the other side, on Thursday, October 12 in Lucknow, Australia will play South Africa.