It was fairly early when the catch was missed, Hazlewood on Marsh granting Virat a lifeline.


It was fairly early when the catch was missed, Hazlewood on Marsh granting Virat a lifeline.

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In Chennai, India, the home team began their chase of 200 for victory with a disastrous start. In the very first over, Ishan Kishan attempted to chase a wide delivery and was caught at slip off Starc, departing without scoring a run. This wicket marked Starc’s 50th wicket in ODI World Cups.

Just five balls later, Rohit Sharma was adjudged lbw to Josh Hazlewood (3-38). Despite Sharma’s review, the decision remained in Australia’s favor, and he was dismissed for a six-ball duck.

Shreyas Iyer added to the woes, driving straight to cover three balls later, resulting in a scorecard reading an astonishing two runs for three wickets.

Australia had an opportunity to tighten their grip on the game, but Marsh dropped Virat Kohli in the eighth over. Kohli pulled a Hazlewood delivery, but Marsh couldn’t hold on to the running catch despite reaching the ball.

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Hazlewood remarked, “It was quite early when that catch was dropped. We certainly felt in the game for quite a while until their partnership grew and grew. They batted us out of it. We did a reasonable job in trying to defend 200.”

This drop proved costly as Kohli and KL Rahul rebuilt the innings, ultimately leading India to open their World Cup campaign with a win.

Kohli was eventually caught at midwicket by Labuschagne off Hazlewood, but Rahul and Hardik Pandya (11 not out) completed the task.

Hazlewood acknowledged, “Obviously, our total was under par. We went from 110 for 2 to 200 (199) all out. That’s where we went wrong.”

India’s next match is against Afghanistan in Delhi, while Australia will face South Africa in Lucknow.

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All ten teams have played one game in the six-week tournament, which began last Thursday with New Zealand defeating defending champion England, seeking revenge for the narrow result in the 2019 final.

Currently, New Zealand leads on net run-rate, followed by South Africa, which posted a World Cup record total of 428-5 in a 102-run victory over 1996 champion Sri Lanka in a high-scoring game at Delhi on Saturday. Aiden Markram’s century from 49 balls in that match was the fastest hundred ever recorded in the ODI World Cup.


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