India vs Australia Live Score, World Cup 2023: Virat Kohli and KL Rahul help India recover from early setback and win by 6 wickets against Australia

Live updates for the 2023 Cricket World Cup between India vs Australia: In order to take advantage of the hot and muggy conditions at the MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk) in Chennai, Australia has won the toss and chosen to bat first. Shubman Gill, who was sick, has been replaced in the Indian playing XI by Ishan Kishan, while Ravichandran Ashwin also gets a spot on his home field.

India vs Australia Live Score

Headed by Rohit Sharma India will want to defeat the five-time World Champions to get off to a good start in the competition. Men in Blue captain Rohit Sharma has previously asserted that the Indian team is prepared to take on any challenge, noting the group’s highly motivated members and its recent victory at the Asia Cup 2023 competition. In a recent home series, India had also easily trounced the Kangaroos 2-1.

Despite having lost both of their World Cup warm-up games, India, the current top-ranked ODI team in the world, now appears to be a complete team. Rohit Sharma, the team’s captain, and seasoned batsman Virat Kohli are perhaps the top two ODI hitters for India. In the meanwhile, India has a wide range of top-notch spin options in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Kuldeep Yadav, considering the spin-friendly conditions anticipated in Chepauk.

On the other hand, Australia, led by Pat Cummins, will aim to maintain their leadership in the ODI World Cup. While the Kangaroos’ first exhibition match was postponed due to weather, they had narrowly beaten Pakistan in a high-scoring contest at Hyderabad.

Australia will rely heavily on Adam Zampa’s leg-spin in their match against India, with help from Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith. It will be intriguing to see if Australia can afford to field the fast bowling trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood at Chepauk.

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Here are the highlights till now:

  • Pat Cummins won the toss for Australia and elected to bat first at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
  • India goes with a three-pronged spin attack at Chepauk with Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav. Ashwin is playing at his home ground for the first time in a World Cup match.
  • Shubman Gill, who is suffering from dengue fever, has been replaced by Ishan Kishan, who will open the batting with skipper Rohit Sharma.
  • Bumrah dismissed Mitchell Marsh at golden duck in the third over, as the Australian batter failed to open his account. Australia was 5/1 at that time.
  • With his classic wrist spinner, Kuldeep Yadav sent set batter David Warner (41) to the pavilion in the 17th over. At that time, Australia had scored 74 runs.
  • After Bumrah and Kuldeep, Ravindra Jadeja sent set batter Steve Smith (46) with his length ball in the 28th over.
  • Just after Steven Smith, Jadeja in the next over dismissed Marnus Labuschagne and Alex Carey, in the second and the fourth ball. With this, he has taken 3 wickets for India.
  • After Jadeja’s spell, Kuldeep just dismissed Glenn Maxwell (15), who lost his leg stump in the 35.5 over.
  • When everyone is taking wickets, how can Ashwin leave behind? He departed Cameron Green in the 37th over as he was caught by Hardik Pandya.
  • After the spinner did their work, Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah was brought into attack and departed Pat Cummins in the 43rd over.
  • Hardik Pandya departed Adam Zampa in the 49th over, while Mohammed Siraj finished the Australian innings by picking up his first 2023 World Cup wicket of Mitchell Starc. 
  • The entire Australian innings was over at 199 and now India will have to chase a 200-run target with a run rate of 4 per over. 
  • India was off to a tense start, losing the top three batters – Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer for a duck. They were 18/3 in 6 overs, with KL Rahul and Virat Kohli in the middle.
  • India is at 27/3 at the end of 10 overs. The first powerplay was totally dominated by Australia, which sent back the top three Indian batters cheaply and succeeded in maintaining the pressure.
  • Virat Kohli and KL Rahul tilted the game’s balance in India’s favour with their vital partnership. At the end of 20 overs, India was 80/3.
  • Kohli and Rahul, with their 100-plus runs partnership, have consolidated India’s position in the match. The team scored 120/3 at the end of 30 overs. Both the batters scored half-centuries by this stage.
  • Kohli was finally dismissed after he scored a game-changing knock of 85 runs. It was Josh Hazlewood who picked up his wicket. Notably, Kohli’s catch was dropped when he was at the score of 12, off Hazlewood’s ball, by Mitchell Marsh.
  • Hardik Pandya, at number 6, came out with the intent to finish off the game quickly. Having spent only a few minutes on the crease, he began swinging his bat. He struck a six, the first for this Indian innings, against a quicker one bowled by Josh Hazlewood at the off stump. India reached 182/4 in 40 overs. Only 18 runs were needed to win as the final powerplay began.
  • India completed the run-chase in the 42nd over, with six wickets in hand. Rahul finished off in style by smashing a six to draw curtains over the match. He remained unbeaten at 97 off 115 balls. 
  • With this win, India is in the 5th spot in the points table. The team shares 2 points each with New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Bangladesh, but is placed behind them due to the comparatively lower run rate.

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