World Cup 2023 IND vs AUS: Australia on top after Kohli falls to Cummins

India vs Australia: The pair of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul added 67 runs off 109 deliveries.

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Indian hopes to lift the World Cup trophy sink further as Virat Kohli was dismissed after completing his half-century in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 finals at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The pair of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul added 67 runs off 109 deliveries. Kohli chopped on as the Cummins' ball took a faint edge to disturb the stumps reducing the team's total for 148/4 in 28.3 overs. 

Fourth Indian batter hit fifty in ODI World Cup finals

Earlier, Virat Kohli became the fourth Indian batter to score a half-century in an ICC Cricket World Cup final. The Indian stalwart batter reached his half-century off 56 balls to register his fifth consecutive score above 50 and ninth of the World Cup 2023.

Early blows

Earlier in the innings, Australia won the toss and invited Rohit's men to bat first. India lost three early wickets in the first powerplay, despite a fiery start. 'Men in Blue' lost their first wicket as Shubman Gill was dismissed as he tried to play a short-arm jab pull shot off Mitchell Starc's delivery. India was 30/1 in 4.2 overs.   

Then Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli combined to add a quick 46 runs off 32 deliveries for the second wicket. India lost another wicket in the powerplay as the skipper perished in the process to take on Glenn Maxwell. A brilliant catch by Tarvis Head dismissed Rohit's innings. He scored 47 runs on 31 deliveries including four boundaries and three maximums. India was reduced to 76/2 in 9.4 overs.  

The aggressive approach cost another wicket as Shreyas Iyer was dismissed on the third ball of his innings. Cummins scalped Iyer's wicket to sink the innings further. India was 81/3 in 10.2 overs.