(CTN News) – At Chennai’s M A Chidambaram Stadium, India humiliated five-time champions Australia by six wickets in the first match of the first edition of the ICC Men’s World Cup.
Having India bundled out the five-times champions for 199 with 3 deliveries left in their innings, the hosts probably expected it to be a cakewalk for their chase after their spin-heavy attack bundled them out.
For the first time in an ODI match, India made a shocking start to their innings, as three of their top four batters failed to score a single run within the first two overs of their innings – the first time this has happened in an ODI match.
In the midst of another successful chase for the Indian team in which Kohli masterminded yet another successful chase for the team, despite being dropped off Josh Hazlewood by Mitchell Marsh on 12, Kohli went on to score 85, as he was dropped off Josh Hazlewood by Mitchell Marsh on 12.
Immediately following his unbeaten knock of 97 runs, his partner in the fourth-wicket stand of 165 runs, KL Rahul, joined him in making a chanceless knock of 97 runs to help India reach the target of 165 runs in 41.2 overs to win the match.
In this low-scoring match, Australia did not reach fifty runs and they will be particularly unhappy with their batting as no one reached fifty runs, even though David Warner (41) and Steve Smith (46) made decent starts to the match.
In the India team, Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj have the chance to succeed.
The Australian team is composed of David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Pat Cummins (captain), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc.