Kohli and Rahul lead India to six wickets win over Australia at ICC Cricket World Cup

- October 9, 2023
| By : Patriot Bureau |

India recover from three down for two runs to get a six-wicket win in their opening match

(Virat Kohli/Photo: Twitter)

In a thrilling match at the World Cup, India emerged victorious against Australia, chasing down a target of 200 runs after a shaky start. After winning the toss, Australia, at one point comfortably placed at 74-1 in the 17th over, faced a dramatic collapse. Their batting performance left much to be desired, with none of their players reaching the 50-run mark, despite promising starts from David Warner (41) and Steve Smith (46).

India’s spinners, especially Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav, played a pivotal role in dismantling the Australian innings. Jadeja, familiar with the spin-friendly Chepauk track, showcased his expertise, finishing with figures of 3-28 in 10 overs. Yadav also contributed significantly, picking up 2-42. Their combined efforts neutralized Australia’s advantage of batting first, restricting them to a total of 199 runs in 49.3 overs.

A key moment in the match came when Mitchell Marsh (0) edged Jasprit Bumrah’s delivery to slip in the third over, where Virat Kohli showcased his exceptional fielding skills by holding onto a diving catch, setting the tone for India’s spirited comeback.

In the face of adversity, Virat Kohli’s exceptional innings of 85, ably supported by KL Rahul’s composed 97 not out, guided India to victory. Kohli’s determination and Rahul’s finesse, coupled with Jadeja and Yadav’s bowling brilliance, paved the way for India’s triumph, marking a strong start to their World Cup campaign.