On Sunday, October 8, 2023, in a high-voltage match, India beat Australia by six wickets. India registered a much-required win in its finest match of the World Cup which was against the mighty Australian Team. Despite winning the match by six wickets with a few overs left, India ranks lowest in the points table among the teams that won their matches. The Sunday encounter between India and Australia was held at MA Chidambaram Stadium also known as Chepauk in Chennai which was colored Blue by the spectators. What could be the reason for India’s lower position in the points table despite winning against Australia? You should read this article till the end to get full insight into yesterday’s match. Continue reading this article and take a look below.
While batting first at Chepauk, Australia could only set a target of 200 runs for the home team India. Though it was a bowling pitch where spinners played a big role in the win of India, Australia should consider where it fell despite a good partnership between David Warner and Steven Smith. Data shows Australia lost three wickets in between 21 to 30 overs. In fact, Australia could not even play full overs as the team got all out in the 50th over with a couple of deliveries that were yet to bowl.
Nevertheless, India also seemed to grapple when both openers, Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan went for ducks. Number four player Shreyas Iyer could not also open his account. India was 2-3 when KL Rahul entered the arena and joined Virat Kohli on the crease. Both players showed their temperament and class while chasing the target of 200 on a bowling pitch. After much struggle of Kohli and Rahul, India beat Australia by 6 wickets with 52 balls remaining. KL Rahul scored an unbeaten 97 runs while Kohli missed his well-deserving century by just 15 runs.
India At 5th Position in Points Table
Despite a huge win against Australia, India is in 5th place in the points table. Yes, India is not among the top four teams of the points table who will be through to the semi-finals. Despite having the same points as of the top four teams India is at the 5th place in the points table because the net-run rate of the top four teams is better than India. India has +0.883 NRR, compared to New Zealand (+2.149) at 1st, South Africa (+2.040) at 2nd, Pakistan (+1.620) at 3rd, and Bangladesh (+1.438) at 4th.