Sunday, October 08, 2023
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India start World Cup 2023 campaign with easy victory against Australia

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja was pick of the Indian bowlers returning 3-28 in an impressive bowling display

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India’s Ravichandran Ashwin (2L) celebrates after the dismissal of Australia’s Cameron Green during the 2023 ICC Men´s Cricket World Cup one-day international (ODI) match between India and Australia at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on October 8, 2023. — AFP
India’s Ravichandran Ashwin (2L) celebrates after the dismissal of Australia’s Cameron Green during the 2023 ICC Men´s Cricket World Cup one-day international (ODI) match between India and Australia at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on October 8, 2023. — AFP

India on Sunday inflicted a humiliating 6-wicket defeat on five-time champions Australia in their opening match of the ICC Men's World Cup at Chennai's M A Chidambaram Stadium.

The hosts probably expected their chase to be a cakewalk after their spin-heavy attack bundled out the five-times champions for 199 with three deliveries left in the Australian innings.

India, however, made a shocking start to their reply with three of their top four batters falling for ducks - for the first time in an ODI - inside two overs.

Dropped on 12 by Mitchell Marsh off Josh Hazlewood, Kohli went on to make 85 as he masterminded yet another successful chase for India.

His collaborator in the 165-run fourth-wicket stand, KL Rahul, produced a chanceless knock of 97 not out as India reached the target in 41.2 overs.

Australia would be particularly unhappy with their batting as no one reached fifty in the low-scoring match though David Warner (41) and Steve Smith (46) got decent starts.

Teams

India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

Australia: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Pat Cummins (capt), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood


— Additional input by Reuters