India vs Australia World Cup 2023 Highlights: Resilient Virat And KL Rahul Took India To 6 Wickets Victory Over Australia

Virat Kohli and KL Rahul came to the rescue as India kicked off their World Cup 2023 journey with a six-wicket win over Australia.

India vs Australia World Cup 2023 highlights: India opened their World Cup 2023 account with a victory over the Aussies. The World Cup 2023 match number five between five-time World champion Australia and the host India was a spectacle for the Indian fans as they saw one of the most special innings of the Indian batters Virat Kohli and KL Rahul at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. India’s former captain Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper batter KL Rahul showed their resilience towards Australia’s lethal bowling attack and took India home in their first match of the World Cup 2023. Unfortunately, both Virat and Rahul didn’t get their well-deserved century. Virat Kohli scored 85 runs off 116 balls, and KL Rahul remained unbeaten on 97 off 115 balls.

Australia, after winning the toss, chose to bat on Chennai’s soil. David Warner and Mitchell Marsh started the innings for Australia, and India’s Jasprit Bumrah gave a setback to Australia by sending the right-handed batter Mitchell Marsh back to the pavilion on a duck. Steve Smith and David Warner gave some fight to the bowlers, but the spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav took better of them, and Australia finished with 199 runs on the board.

India chasing 200 runs didn’t get the start they needed as Australian bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood gave early shocks to India, sending Rohit Sharma(0), Shreyas Iyer(0), and Ishan Kishan(0). India were three down with just 2 runs on the board, and the hopes of Indian fans to see their team on the winning side were shattering. That’s when Virat Kohli and KL Rahul came to the rescue with their 165-run partnership for the fourth wicket, which is now the highest run partnership by India against Australia in a World Cup match. India went on to win the match by six wickets.

India vs Australia World Cup 2023 Highlights: The Game Changing Moment For India

When India was 3 down and the top order was falling apart, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were on the crease, with millions of Indian fans praying that somehow India could sail through the Aussies attack. That’s when Virat Kohli got a lifeline as Australia’s Mitchell Marsh dropped a catch on him in the 8th over. Virat Kohli, while trying to pull a short ball delivered by Josh Hazlewood to the leg, lofted it in the air. Indian fans’ hearts stopped beating at that moment, but they got their rhythm back when Mitchell Marsh dropped the catch. India came back stronger after that, pulling the victory out of the jaws of defeat.

Player Of The Match (India vs Australia World Cup 2023)

KL Rahul was named Player of the Match for his unbeaten 97 runs while chasing the target of 200 runs against Australia. During the post-match presentation, he said this:

“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 Test cricket for a while. There was a bit of help for the pacers with the new ball, and then the spinners also.”

Kl Rahul Post match

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