India's journey in the World Cup has commenced with a riveting clash against the five-time World Cup champions, Australia. The Men in Blue had already set a formidable tone with a recent ODI series win against Australia, sealing it with an impressive 2-1 scoreline.
In the World Cup opener, India displayed a hard-fought win that exemplified their mettle. While the bowlers delivered admirably, it was the middle-order's calmness and composure that drew praise from captain Rohit Sharma and the team's management. Despite facing a challenging situation, India's experienced batters stepped up when it mattered most.
India's pacers made an impressive start, claiming three early wickets and setting the stage for spin wizard Adam Zampa. Defending a modest total, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood applied pressure from the outset. However, the dew factor, coupled with Rahul's aggressive batting against Zampa, caused the leg-spinner to have an off day, finishing with 0/53 in 8 overs.
In a match dominated by India's spinners, the dew played a crucial role, making it challenging for Australia's bowlers as India chased down the target. Interestingly, losing the toss turned out to be an advantage for Rohit Sharma and his team.
The turning point came in the form of a delivery that most batters would have simply played for a single. With India at 57 for 3 in a chase of 200, it became a pivotal moment that changed the course of the match.
India's bowlers, with Ravindra Jadeja leading the way, did an exceptional job by restricting Australia to 199, setting a target of 200 for India's batters. Jadeja's figures of 3 wickets for 28 runs showcased his all-round prowess. The entire bowling unit contributed effectively. Despite losing three early wickets, India mounted a comeback, driven by the stellar partnership of KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. Their outstanding performance ultimately secured a memorable victory for India, marking an exhilarating start to their World Cup campaign.