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Rohit Sharma, one of the most revered cricketers of his generation, would carry the audible expectations of a billion people when his Indian team starts its high-stakes World Cup campaign against Australia here on Sunday.
For the sports aficionados, the Asian Games campaign with 100-plus medals was a juicy appetiser and they are bracing up for exotic main course from country's most followed sports team.
Led by a genial Pat Cummins, Australia are a tough yet likable bunch, who are ready for a good scrap at the Chepauk where both the teams have had some epic battles in the past be it the tied Test of 1986 or the close Reliance Cup game the next year or the 2001 Test series-decider.
If India's batting is world class, Australia's pace attack is top notch but does it have the legs to survive the cruel Chennai heat will be a million-dollar question.
There are 15 different men, with different shades of character coming together for a common cause. A skipper, who at 36, knows that his legacy will be defined by whether he holds aloft the coveted Cup on November 19th.
Records that Indians can break at ICC World Cup 2023
3 - Star Indian batter Virat Kohli needs three more centuries to go past Tendulkar (49) in terms of becoming the first global cricket to strike 50 tons in ODIs.
1 - Rohit is also in the run for breaking another record with the bat, as a ton more would make him the Indian with the most number of hundreds in the event's history, going past Tendulkar (6).
3 - Indian skipper-cum-opener Rohit Sharma is just three maximums away from becoming the highest six-hitter in international cricket as he looks to go past legendary West Indian opener Chris Gayle (553).
665 - Young Indian opener Shubman Gill needs 665 runs more to become the highest run-scorer in an ODI calendar year, as he would go past former Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar (1,894).
13 - Indian seamer Mohammed Shami is 13 wickets away from becoming the highest Indian wicket-taker in World Cup history, as he would surpass Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath (44).
2 - If India manages to emerge victorious in terms of winning the title, it would become the first-ever side to win the tournament as a host consecutively, having won in 2011, the last time it hosted the competition.
Australia will have fond memories of Chennai, having beaten India the last time they met in an ODI at the venue
Australia also have a fantastic record in ODIs at Chepauk, winning 5 out of 6 matches
For India, all eyes will be on Shubman Gill, but how does anyone deflect from Virat Kohli, who could be playing his final World Cup
To provide you the recap of Saturday's action, Bangladesh triumphed by six wickets over Afghanistan after the spinners spun a web
Later, South Africa shattered Australia's record of highest World Cup total among several other during their 102-run win over Sri Lanka
With the match less than 2 hours away, the big question looming for India is whether Shubman Gill will feature in the game
Shubman Gill has not travelled to the ground with the Indian team
India are likely to play three spinners, offering them a significant advantage as compared to Australia on the Chennai deck
Australia have won the toss and have elected to bat first
India playing XI: R Sharma (capt), I Kishan, V Kohli, S Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), H Pandya, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, J Bumrah, K Yadav, M Siraj
Australia playing XI: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Alex Carey(w), Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins(c), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa
Jasprit Bumrah gives away only 1 run in the 1st over
Jasprit Bumrah draws first blood as Mitchell Marsh fails to trouble the scores. Virat Kohli takes a spectacular catch
Steve Smith and David Warner bring up the 50-run stand as Australia try settling in on a spiteful Chennai surface
David Warner has completed 1000 runs in ODI World Cups. He is the fourth Australian to achieve the feat
Fastest to reach 1,000 runs in the ICC Cricket World Cup (innings):
David Warner - 19*.
Sachin Tendulkar - 20
AB De Villiers - 20
Players are taking a drinks break and once again the chairs and umbrellas have been brought out by the benched Aussie players for David Warner and Steve Smith due to the heat and humidity in Chennai. Australia 71/1 in 15 overs
WICKET! David Warner c & b Kuldeep Yadav 41 (52 balls). Looks to go down the track but hits the ball straight back to the bowler, who breaks the crucial 69-run partnership. Australia 74/2 (16.3 overs)
WICKET! Steve Smith b Jadeja 46 (71 balls). Classic off-spinner's dismissal as the ball pitches, grips the surface and turns just enought to miss the bat and hit the top of off-stump. Australia 110/3 in 27.1 overs
No spin bowler has dismissed Steve Smith more times in international cricket (11) than Ravi Jadeja
WICKET! Marnus Labuschagne c Rahul b Jadeja 27 (41 balls). Batter wastes a review as snicko shows a clear spike as the ball past the bat, brilliant catch by the wicketkeeper. Australia 119/4 in 29.2 overs
Bollywood star Ranveer Singh is hooked onto this match on his phone.
WICKET! Alex Carey lbw b Jadeja 0 (2 balls). Comes around the stumps and traps the batter plumb in front, second wicket in the over for the left-arm off-spinner. Australia 119/5 in 29.4 overs
Jadeja to Maxwell, FOUR! Smashes a short delivery through the off-side for his side's first boundary in 73 balls. Australia 130/5 (32 overs)
WICKET! Glenn Maxwell b Kuldeep Yadav 15 (25 balls). Quick delivery pitches and turns to knock out the leg-stump. Australia are on the mat at 140/6 in 35.5 overs
Indian bowlers didn't concede a single boundary for 73 consecutive balls from 19.4 to 31.4 overs.
WICKET! Cameron Green c Hardik b Ashwin 8 (20 balls). Short and wide delivery outside off-stump is cut straight to the point fielder. Australia 140/7 in 36.2 overs
Kuldeep Yadav finishes his quota of 10 overs with 2 wickets for 42 runs as the final powerplay begins. 5 fielders are now allowed to go outside the inner circle and protect the boundary line. Australia 156/7 (40 overs)
WICKET! Pat Cummins c Iyer b Bumrah 15 (24 balls). Tries to up the ante but picks the wrong bowler, hits it straight to the fielder at long-on. Australia 165/8 (42.2 overs)
Ravindra Jadeja finishes his quota of 10 overs with 3 wickets for 28 runs, including two in one over. Australia 168/8 (44 overs)
Ravi Shastri said on air, "If you come to Chennai today, it's all jersey number 18 or 45 - earlier it was 7, and if it's a CSK match then only 7."
WICKET! Adam Zampa c Kohli b Hardik 6 (20 balls). Full and straight deliveyr is hit straight to the former India captain mid-on. Australia 189/9 (48.2 overs)
WICKET! Mitchell Starc c Iyer b Siraj 28 (35 balls)
Australia 199 All Out In 49.3 Overs In Chennai. Smith (46), Jadeja (3/28), Bumrah (2/35)
Ravindra Jadeja: I play for CSK so I know the conditions here, when I saw the pitch I thought I should get 2-3 wickets, luckily I got 3 wickets and am very happy. I was looking to bowl into the stumps and there was turn, you never know which one is going straight and which one is turning, the odd ball was turning and I was just mixing the pace. Chennai crowd always come in good numbers and it is good to see a full house. Just go out there and play simple cricket, not try anything fancy and keep it simple.
Australia Innings Summary
India bowled out Australia for 199 in their ICC World Cup opener here on Sunday.
Captain Pat Cummins opted to bat first after winning the toss but things didn't go as planned for the visitors, who were reeling at 119 for five in the 30th over.
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (3/38) did the bulk of the damage with his middle over blows.
Steven Smith top-scored for the Aussies with 46 off 71 balls, while David Warner made 41 from 52 balls.
WICKET! Ishan Kishan c Green b Starc 0 (1 ball). Chases an outswinging wide delivery but gets a thick outside edge, the ball flies to second slip where Cameron Green takes a sharp catch. India 2/1 (0.4 over) vs Australia (199)
WICKET! Rohit Sharma lbw b Hazlewood 0 (5 balls). Ball nips back in after pitching and hits the skipper's front pad plumb in front. India 2/2 (1.3 overs) vs Australia (199)
WICKET! Shreyas Iyer c Warner b Hazlewood 0 (3 balls). India 2/3 (2 overs) vs Australia (199)
Virat Kohli dropped on 12* by Mitch Marsh as he mistimes a pull shot against Josh Hazlewood. How costly will this be for Australia? India 20/3 (7.3 overs)
Virat Kohli (23*) and KL Rahul (15*) are weatheing the storm and relying on their running between the wickets to take this chase forward after the early blows in the powerplay. India 41/3 (14 overs)
Most runs for India in ICC white-ball tournaments:
Virat Kohli - 2720* (64 innings)
Sachin Tendulkar - 2719 (58 innings)
Rohit Sharma - 2422 (64 innings)
Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma are the second Indian opening pair to be dismissed for ducks in a CWC match after Sunil Gavaskar& Kris Srikkanth against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells in the 1983 World Cup.
Virat Kohli becomes the fastest ever in history to complete 11,000 ODI runs at No.3.
Virat Kohli scores his 67th ODI fifty off 75 balls. This is just the second time that Kohli has scored a 50 while chasing in World Cups. The last time he did it against England in Birmingham but India lost that match. Kohli now has the most fifty-plus scores as a non-opener in ODI format
100-run partnership between Virat Kohli (51) and KL Rahul (48). This is the third century stand between these two batters in ODI cricket. India 102/3 (26.2 overs)
100+ partnerships for India vs Australia in World Cup:
141 - Ajay Jadeja & Robin Singh, The Oval, 1999
127 - Shikhar Dhawan & Rohit Sharma, The Oval, 2019
103* - Virat Kohli & KL Rahul, Chennai, 2023*
KL Rahul scores his 16th ODI fifty off 72 balls. KL has been unstoppable since his return from the injury - what an asset to Team India (106/3)
The official attendance at Chepauk is 32,531 in this game. The capacity of the MA Chidambaram Stadium is 38,000.
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul bring up their 150-run partnership as umpires decide to change the match ball once again. India 159/3 (36 overs) vs Australia (199)
WICKET! Virat WICKET! Virat Kohli c Labuschagne b Hazlewood 85 (116 balls). Hits a short ball straight to the fielder at mid-wicket. India 167/4 (37.4 overs) vs Australia (199)Kohli c Labuschagne b Hazlewood 85 (116 balls). India 167/4 (37.4 overs) vs Australia (199)
Most 50+ scores for India in ODI World Cup
21 - Sachin Tendulkar
9 - Rohit Sharma
9 - Virat Kohli
8 - M Azharuddin
8 - Rahul Dravid
8 - Yuvraj Singh
Virat Kohli in India's first match in World Cups:
100* vs Ban Mirpur 2011
107 vs Pak Adelaide 2015
18 vs SA Southampton 2019
85 vs Aus Chennai 2023