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World Cup 2023 | Last Time When India Faced Australia In An ODI In Chennai

image-ln4knhu4Virat Kohli starred with the bat against Australia in March (BCCI)

Team India, fresh from their 2-1 series win over Australia at home, will go up against the same opponents to launch their 2023 World Cup campaign next week. Their much-anticipated bout is set to be staged at the iconic M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on October 8.

Notably, both sides came had also crossed paths with each other at the same venue earlier this year. Touring India for a short three-match ODI series, Australia took field in Chennai after having enforced a decider with their 10-wicket win over hosts in their previous game.

Throwback to Australia’s previous ODI visit in Chennai

Australia, under Steve Smith, toured India in March earlier this year for three ODI matches. The series served as a conclusion to Australia’s month-and-a-half long trip to India, which commenced with the 2023 Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

After Team India consigned Australia to a five-wicket defeat in Mumbai, the visitors bounced back to level the series with an emphatic triumph at Visakhapatnam a couple of days later.

With series on the line, both sides subsequently travelled to Chennai for their final ODI showdown at the city’s M. A. Chidambaram Stadium.

Australia won the toss, and without a single half-century in the innings, piled up a competitive 269 upfront. Mitchell Marsh tonked 47, while Travis Head, Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis, Marnus Labuschagne all slapped valuable contributions each.

Among Indian bowlers, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav made the biggest impacts with the ball by sharing six wickets between from their combined 18 overs.

India’s run-chase launched confidently, but soon fell apart at 146-2 following the dismissal of KL Rahul. Virat Kohli did punch out 54 from 72 balls and kept the chase alive for nearly another hour before team eventually slumped to 185-6.

Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya’s fightback proved too little in the end as Australia prevailed by 21 runs to pocket a 2-1 series win in India.

Brief Scores:

Australia: 269 all out (49)
Mitchell Marsh 47 (47), Alex Carey 38 (46)
Hardik Pandya 3-44 (10), Kuldeep Yadav 3-56 (10)

India: 248 all out (49.1)
Virat Kohli 54 (72), Hardik Pandya 40 (40)
Adam Zampa 4-45 (10), Ashton Agar 2-41 (10)

Australia won by 21 runs, wins series 2-1