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KL Rahul in action during Cricket World Cup 2023© X (formerly Twitter)

KL Rahul narrowly missed a century but was able to guide India to a victory over Australia in their opening match of the Cricket World Cup 2023 on Sunday. Rahul remained unbeaten on 97 off 115 deliveries and it was he who scored the winning runs for his team. However, his reaction after winning the last six of the match has gone viral on social media. India were in deep trouble during their 200-run chase when captain Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan were dismissed without scoring a single run. Rahul formed a brilliant partnership with Kohli as both batsmen scored half-centuries and in the end India were able to win the game comfortably.

Since India needed a six to win the match, Rahul was still 9 runs away from his century. It was still possible if he managed to hit a four followed by a six, but he ended up hitting the ball with a six first. He was momentarily stunned, but smiled as the stadium erupted in victory.

Virat Kohli and KL Rahul played defiant knocks to take India from a dangerous three-for-two-run deficit to a six-wicket victory over Australia in their Cricket World Cup opener on Sunday.

Chasing a tough target of 200, India lost three batsmen, who failed to score, within two overs before Kohli (85) and Rahul (97 not out) scored 165.

The victory was secured with 52 balls to spare.

Spinner Ravindra Jadeja returned figures of 3-28 to help bowl out Australia for 199 in 49.3 overs in the 150th ODI match between the two cricketing giants.

(With input from the AFP)

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