India defeated Australia by five wickets in the first match of the three-match ODI series on Friday, with KL Rahul’s unbeaten knock of 75 runs leading India’s recovery from 39/4 to chase down a 189-run target. The Wankhede Stadium witnessed Rahul’s heroics, which guided India to a thrilling victory with five wickets to spare.
India’s bowling attack, led by Mohammed Shami, was in top form as they restricted Australia to a below-par score of 188 in 35.4 overs. Mitchell Marsh’s 81 off 65 balls had put the Aussies in a commanding position at 129/2 until Shami’s spell turned the game around. Shami picked up three crucial wickets, while Mohammed Siraj and Hardik Pandya claimed three and one wicket, respectively.
Chasing the target, India was in trouble with Mitchell Starc’s sharp bowling removing three key batsmen in quick succession. However, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja’s partnership turned the game in India’s favour as they steadied the ship and chased down the target in 39.5 overs.
The victory was a great start for India in the three-match ODI series against Australia, and they will look to continue their momentum in the next match, scheduled for March 19 in Visakhapatnam.
— WPL MAHARASTRA (@WMaharastra) March 17, 2023
Some spirit shown by labuschagne pic.twitter.com/GO79XPxMBJ
— Sanjit yadav (@SanjitY79864350) March 17, 2023
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Twitter Reacts to KL Rahul’s Heroics
KL Rahul’s unbeaten knock of 75 off 91 balls drew praise from cricket fans all over the world. Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:
A standing ovation for KL Rahul from the dressing room. #INDvsAUSpic.twitter.com/lmYIcMJ1Py
— 🚩नागवंशी विवेक🚩(सनातनी)🚩 (@nagwansivivek1) March 17, 2023
Tell me one reason why kl rahul won't be a legend in future
— Cover drive (@Viratkafan23) March 17, 2023
That is some serious knock buddy @klrahul
It was a ticket to wc in my books
Try coming b4 (no5) pant in test too
It might be a game changer for u
— CHIKU (@nan_chole) March 17, 2023
KL Rahul right now* pic.twitter.com/X8SVhJ8LTW
— Engineerlite 🇮🇳 (@engineerlite45) March 17, 2023