In the fifth match of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023 held on Sunday, October 8, in Chennai, Virat Kohli played a crucial role for the Indian team. India had a victorious start to their campaign in this prestigious event, defeating the Pat Cummins-led Australian side by six wickets. In pursuit of a target of 200 runs, India faced early setbacks, finding themselves at 2/3 in the second over. Despite this challenging situation, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul combined forces to build a remarkable partnership, adding 165 runs from 215 balls. Their exceptional performance brought India close to a historic victory. However, with 33 runs still needed for the win against Australia, Virat Kohli was dismissed for 85 runs from 116 balls, missing the opportunity to achieve his 48th ODI century. Kohli’s disappointment was palpable as he reluctantly made his way back to the dressing room. Virat Kohli displayed his dissatisfaction in the dressing room following his dismissal.
Pat Cummins won the toss and opted to bat. India’s Jasprit Bumrah set the stage perfectly by sending Mitchell Marsh back to the pavilion in the third over. A cautious partnership between David Warner and Steve Smith saw Australia reach 74 runs by the 17th over.
Once the left-handed Warner fell to Kuldeep Yadav, Smith and Marnus Labuschagne contributed 36 more runs. However, the team, which has won the championship five times, went from 110/2 to 140/7. Mitchell Starc chipped in with crucial runs, but Australia’s innings concluded at 199. Ravindra Jadeja was the standout performer, recording impressive figures of 3/28 in his 10 overs.