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World Cup 2023: India restrict Australia to 199 runs in opening match

World Cup 2023: India restrict Australia to 199 runs in opening match
  • PublishedOctober 8, 2023

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Indias Virat Kohli reacts as Australias David Warner looks on during the match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, India, on October 8, 2023. — Reuters
 India’s Virat Kohli reacts as Australia’s David Warner looks on during the match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, India, on October 8, 2023. — Reuters

Australia on Sunday set India an apparently easy 200-run target in their opening match of the ICC Men’s World Cup at Chennai’s M A Chidambaram Stadium.

Australia captain Pat Cummins elected to bat after winning the toss but the five-time champions found themselves stifled right from the start by India’s disciplined bowling.

Steve Smith (46) and David Warner (41) looked set but could not convert their starts into significant knocks and Australia eventually managed what appeared a below-par total.

Mitchell Starc made 28 down the order but Australia still fell short of the 200-mark.

India’s decision to pick a three-pronged spin attack paid off as they claimed six wickets conceding 104 runs in 30 overs.

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

Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis missed the match with a hamstring injury, while India drafted in Ishan Kishan as Rohit Sharma’s opening partner replacing Shubman Gill, who is down with dengue. 

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

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