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Australia’s first innings was reduced to 199 runs. In reply, India needed a target of 200 runs and everyone expected Team India to chase it easily. However, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood demolished the top order. Shubman Gill did not play in this match and Ishan Kishan started the innings in his place. But he could not do anything special and was out on the very first ball.

After this, captain Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer were sent back to the pavilion by Josh Hazlewood in the same over. In the process, three Indian top-order batsmen were dismissed without opening their account. India won this match by 2 wickets. This does not happen often in cricket. But Indian fans will be disappointed to see this in the first match of the World Cup. For the first time in the history of ODI cricket, all three opening batsmen were out on zero. Not only this, looking at this figure a scary figure emerged from where India had ended its journey in the last World Cup. In the 2019 semi-final against New Zealand, India’s score was 3 wickets for 5 runs.

This was the second time in the history of the ODI World Cup that the Indian openers were dismissed without opening their account. The last time an Indian opening batsman was out without opening his account was against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup. Now after 30 years this has happened in the ODI World Cup. However, India won this match. In such a situation, it could be a coincidence.

Indian bowlers have done a great job in the past. The spinners performed particularly well. For India, Ravichandran Ashwin took three wickets and Ravindra Jadeja took one wicket. All three took 6 wickets. For India, Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya took two wickets each while Mohammad Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah took one wicket each. In reply, Australia was all out for 199 runs in 49.3 overs.