India vs Australia, 5th Match Highlight

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India vs Australia world cup 5th match india won the match 6 wickets That was a stroll in the park then, at least that’s what the scorecard would suggest. But India, especially Kohli and Rahul, would say it was far from a stroll. They were in a dire strait when Iyer holed out at the end of the second over. Kishan, Rohit and Iyer all gone for a duck, Australia right on top and the score reading 2/3. That’s when Kohli and Rahul came together, showed their experience and soaked in the pressure. Kohli was given a reprieve when Marsh dropped him on 12 off Hazlewood, but apart from that the partnership was flawless.

They saw off the early burst from the pacers, knocked Maxwell around and then took it from there. Both kept the scoreboard ticking, got to their respective fifties and recorded the highest partnership for India against Australia in World Cups.They should have finished it off but Kohli perished while trying to take on Australia’s best bowler – Hazlewood. Rahul was there till the end and he scored the winning runs.

India in WC opening match in this century:
2003 – Won vs NETH
2007 – Lost vs BAN
2011 – Won vs BAN
2015 – Won vs PAK
2019 – Won vs SA
2023 – Won vs AUS*

Where did Australia lose the game? They started so well with their pacers picking up three early wickets and it was the perfect setup for Adam Zampa. Defending a low total, Starc and Hazlewood were right on the money first up and since Zampa was the only recognised spinner, the new ball had to produce wickets which it did but their star spinner had an off game. Rahul went after Zampa in his first over and struck him for three boundaries, the leggie could not recover after that and in a game that was dominated by India’s spinners, he finished with 0/53 in 8 overs. The dew also played its part as it came down as India’s chase progressed and made it difficult for Australia’s bowlers. In the end it turned out a good toss to lose for Rohit and India. 

Most 50+ scores as a non-opener in ODIs
113 – Virat Kohli*
112 – Kumar Sangakkara
109 – Ricky Ponting
102 – Jacques Kallis

Australia’s opening match in this century:
2003 – Won vs PAK
2007 – Won vs SCO
2011 – Won vs ZIM
2015 – Won vs ENG
2019 – Won vs AFG
2023 – Lost vs IND*

Australia at Chennai in ODI World Cup
Won vs India, 1987
Won vs Zimbabwe, 1987
Won vs New Zealand, 1996
Lost vs India, 2023*

Highest scores for India vs Australia in ODI World Cup
117 – Shikhar Dhawan, The Oval, 2019
100* – Ajay Jadeja, The Oval, 1999
97* – KL Rahul, Chennai, 2023*

Most runs for India in ICC limited-over tournaments
2785 – Virat Kohli (64 Inns)*
2719 – Sachin Tendulkar (58)
2422 – Rohit Sharma (64)
1707 – Yuvraj Singh (62)
1671 – Sourav Ganguly (32)

KL Rahul | Player of the Match: (On walking out at 2/3) Quite honestly not a lot of conversation, I thought I’d get a good shower and get a break. I was just trying to get my breath back. Virat said there’s a bit in the wicket, so play like Test cricket for a while. There was a bit of help for the pacers with the new ball, and then the spinners also. In the last 15-20 overs, dew played a part and that helped quite a bit. The ball also skidded on better. However, it was a bit two-paced, it wasn’t the easiest of wickets to bat on and it wasn’t flat as well. It was a good cricket wicket, bit for the batters and the bowlers. That’s what you get in the south of India, especially Chennai. (On the last six) I hit it too well, I just calculated how to get to a 100 in the end. The only way for 4 and a six, but no qualms on not getting to that hundred.

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