New Delhi. The Rohit Sharma-led Indian team registered a 6-wicket win against Australia in its first match of the World Cup 2023 on Sunday, October 8. With this, India started its World Cup campaign in a victorious manner. After this victory of India, some such figures have come to light, after seeing which it is said that it is decided for Team India to play the semi-finals. Yes, whenever the Indian team has started its World Cup campaign with a win, Team India has been successful in reaching the semi-finals. Let us understand in figures-
Team India first won its opening match in the 1983 World Cup, when India was successful in reaching the semi-finals and also lifting the title. After this, during the 1996 and 2003 World Cups, India had won its first match and the team was also successful in reaching the semi-finals.
Since 2011, India has been continuously winning its World Cup opening matches and getting a ticket for the semi-finals. Looking at these figures, it is being speculated that this time also Team India’s semi-final ticket has been confirmed.
Talking about Australia, India has ended their 24 years long winning streak in the opening match of the World Cup. Australia has been winning its first World Cup match continuously since 1999, during which this team has also lifted the title four times. Australia lost its last World Cup opening match in 1996.
Talking about the match, the batsmen of the Australian team, who came to bat first after winning the toss, disappointed a lot. The entire team was reduced to a score of just 199. No one would have expected such a start from the 5-time world champion team. David Warner and Steve Smith crossed the 40-run mark during this period, but no Australian batsman was successful in scoring a half-century. All Indian bowlers got at least 1 wicket. Ravindra Jadeja gave India the lead in the match by taking maximum three wickets. Jadeja gave three big shocks to Australia in the form of Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne and Alex Carey.
The Indian team, which was chasing the easy target of 200 runs, was already pushed on the back foot by the Kangaroos by giving them three blows in two overs. Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer along with captain Rohit Sharma returned to the pavilion without opening the account. After this, Virat Kohli along with KL Rahul made a partnership of 165 runs for the fourth wicket, not only got the team out of trouble but also brought it closer to victory. Kohli was out after scoring 85 runs while KL Rahul played an unbeaten inning of 97 runs. Rahul was awarded the Player of the Match award for this innings.
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