Rohit Sharma during Cricket World Cup 2023 match between India and Australia©AFP
India got off to a horrible start in the run chase against Australia in their opening match of the Cricket World Cup 2023 on Sunday with captain Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer losing their wickets without scoring a single run. This was the second occasion in the history of the Cricket World Cup that India’s top two bowlers were dismissed for a duck in the same match. Before Kishan and Rohit, the dubious feat was achieved by Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Sunil Gavaskar, who were dismissed without disturbing the scorers against Zimbabwe in the 1983 Cricket World Cup. That match, incidentally, is etched in the books of history thanks to a stupendous knock of 175 runs by Kapil Dev that left the cricket world stunned. (Cricket World Cup Points Table | Cricket World Cup – India Full Schedule)
India beat Australia by six wickets to start their ICC World Cup campaign on a positive note.
Half-centuries from Virat Kohli and KL Rahul fueled India’s chase of 200 after the home team lost three wickets with just two runs on the board. Thanks to Kohli and Rahul’s 165-run partnership for the fourth wicket, India completed the task in 41.2 overs.
Earlier, India defeated Australia for 199 after a disciplined effort with the ball.
Captain Pat Cummins opted to bat first after winning the toss, but things did not go as planned for the visitors, who were reeling at 119 for five in the 30th over.
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (3/38) did most of the damage with his middle blows.
Steven Smith was the top scorer for the Australians with 46 off 71 balls, while David Warner made 41 off 52 balls.
(With PTI inputs)
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