In a thrilling India vs Australia encounter in the ODI World Cup, the Indian team faced an early batting collapse, losing the wickets of Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, and Shreyas Iyer with just two runs on the board.
However, a remarkable partnership between Virat Kohli and KL Rahul not only rescued India from a precarious position but also etched their names in World Cup history.
The Indian batting innings commenced with an unexpected jolt as key players like Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, and Shreyas Iyer departed without contributing to the score. The team found themselves at 2/3, emphasizing the pressure on the remaining batsmen to steady the ship.
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, stalwarts of Indian cricket, showcased their class and resilience by forging a match-changing 100-run partnership. This unbroken stand, continuing at the end of 31 overs, not only revived India’s hopes but also stands as India’s highest 4th wicket partnership in ODI World Cups.
The 122* run partnership between Kohli-Rahul marks the third instance of a 100+ run stand for India against Australia in World Cup matches. The historical context brings to mind legendary partnerships like Ajay Jadeja and Robin Singh’s 141-run alliance in 1999 and the formidable duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma’s 127-run stand in 2019.
This achievement underscores India’s ability to rise to the occasion in high-pressure World Cup situations. With three 100+ partnerships against Australia in World Cup encounters, the team has demonstrated its prowess in crucial match scenarios.