India vs Australia ICC CWC 2023 Match 5 Report: India got tested in every way but showed that they have the depth and courage to withstand and overcome anything that is thrown at them. Rather familiar destruction (but not to this extent) is already there in their history book, and maybe that familiarity might have helped them to get up and punch back after falling on the knee.
When India started the batting, they may have thought to capitalize on the initial advantage (more like a later disadvantage) of the softball to score runs. Maybe this thought process might have urged the openers to hit the ball quicker. But this in turn ended in losing the wicket quickly. They fell three wickets down while adding just 2 runs. It was not a pleasant experience in your first match in the World Cup.
Three Suckerpunches That Put India in Trouble
The first hit was received by Ishan Kishan, who couldn’t capitalize on the chance he got over Shubman Gill. In the very first over, chasing a wide ball unnecessarily, he gave himself to the slip for a catch. It didn’t end there. As per the India vs Australia ICC CWC 2023 Match 5 Report, Hazelwood sent both Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer to the Ducks. India is down 2 for 3.
Kohli and Rahul Took the Steering
Seniors took the toughest task onto their shoulders: to get the sinking ship ashore. Kohli told Rahul to play like it was a Test match for some time. And he took it well. Both Kohli
(85) and Rahul (96*) patiently lifted the score slowly. India could add only 27 runs to the board during the first powerplay. But they were a bit better in the next 10 overs, adding 53 runs. Both batters rotated the strikes, scored occasional boundaries, and made sure that the run rate that they had was par with the required, which was four per over.
Kohli fell, adding 85 when the team was closer to the target. Till then, the job had become easier, and KL took the team to victory, though he missed out on adding another century to his bucket by just 4 runs.
Easy-Peasy Start for Aussies
As per the India vs Australia ICC CWC 2023 Match 5 Report, Australia started slow but well. They were successful in neutralizing the initial danger. In 15 overs, they were at 71, losing just a wicket. But then Kuldeep and Jadeja stepped in and rattled the middle orders. Kuldeep first tricked Warner for a catch. Jadeja then caused a riot, sending off Smith, Labuschagne, and Carey in the same over.
Australian batters came to the crease one by one and went back even quicker. Maxwell’s and Green’s last effort to uplift the score wasn’t enough, as Australia fell from 111/2 to 140/7.
India vs Australia ICC CWC 2023 Match 5 Report: Score Summary
199 in 49.3 overs (Steve Smith 46, David Warner 41; Ravindra Jadeja 3/28).
201/4 in 41.2 overs (KL Rahul 96*, Virat Kohli 85; Josh Hazlewood 3/38).
India won by six wickets.