India defeated Australia by six wickets on Sunday, October 6 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai to kick off their ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 campaign. Australia, having chosen to bat first, was dismissed for 199 after Ravindra Jadeja took 3/28 with the ball.
The key talking points from the game are as follows:
1. Ravindra Jadeja and Chennai are still in love.
The left-arm spinner, who finished with stats of 3/28 in ten overs, was India’s preferred bowler. when 29.2 overs, Australia was in trouble at 119/4 when Jadeja removed Smith (46 off 71), Marnus Labuschagne (27 off 41), and Alex Carey (0 off 2).
2. The top-order collapse in India
Shubman Gill had to be excluded by India from the starting lineup due to dengue sickness. To start the innings, Ishan Kishan was substituted into the starting XI. Nevertheless, the southpaw failed to make an impression as he chased Mitchell Starc’s wide half-volley and was caught at slip by Cameron Green. India struggled at 2/3 with the fast departures of captain Rohit Sharma (0 off 6) and Shreyas Iyer (0 off 3).
3. KL Rahul keeps up his incredible form.
Since his return to the club following an injury, the wicketkeeper batsman has been having a magical run with the bat. Eight fours and two sixes helped Rahul smash an unbeaten 97 (115) in his latest brilliant batting performance. and won the match’s Player of the Match honours.
Australia’s departing captain, Pat Cummins, said:
50 odd or more (short with the bat). Trying to defend anything under 200 was difficult. They had an excellent bowling attack, and their spinners made the going difficult. Although we got 20 overs of spin (and only two spinners), I wasn’t too disappointed because more runs would have made the difference. It happens, I’ve already forgotten about the drop catch, and a start of 4/10 would have been ideal. Hazlewood is a top-notch bowler who asks plenty of questions, sticks to that zone, and was excellent today. This is a difficult surface that has to be reviewed, but what if we if we were in a tight spot, what would we do differently. Not much to think about from one game out of nine, but there are some areas where we need to improve. No (would he have changed his mind at the toss if he had known what he knew now?).
Rohit Sharma, India’s winning captain, said:
Quite thrilling. For us, it was a successful tournament opener. I thought it was outstanding, especially the fielding, and everyone put forth effort today; under less favourable circumstances. All in all, our bowlers made excellent use of the conditions and we were certain that everyone would receive support. Even the seamers received some reverse, and the spinners bowled in some lovely locations. A considerable effort was made. When you have that kind of a target, you want to score as much as possible in the powerplay, but credit to Virat and KL on how they approached the chase. I was (nervous), and you don’t want to start your innings like that. Credit to the Aussie bowlers because they bowled in good areas but some loose shots as well. Moving to other environments and adapting will be difficult for us as a team, so whoever can perform the task best will have to show up. Chennai never fails to impress; they are passionate about cricket, and the fact that they would sit outside in the sweltering heat and support the team says a lot.
KL Rahul, participant in Match reported:
(On leaving the room at 2/3) Since there wasn’t much talk, I decided to take a good shower and take a rest. All I was doing was attempting to catch my breath. Play like Test cricket for a while, according to Virat, as there is some moisture in the pitch. With the new ball, the pacers and spinners both had some assistance. Dew played a role in the last 15-20 overs, which was quite helpful. Additionally, the ball slid better. But it wasn’t the flattest surface, it wasn’t the simplest to bat on, and it was a little bit two-paced. Both the bowlers and the hitters found the cricket pitch to be favourable.