India has showcased an impressive performance in the Cricket World Cup 2023, winning three of their last five ODI encounters against the formidable Australia. Their recent victories in the last two World Cup clashes have set the stage for an exhilarating final showdown. However, Australia, with a remarkable record in ICC knockout matches against India, is poised for a challenging battle, having won the last three encounters.
The much-anticipated final between India and Australia is scheduled for Sunday at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium. Both teams are gearing up to deliver their best in pursuit of the ultimate glory that awaits the victor.
India enters the final as the favorite, maintaining an unbeaten run in the group stage and securing a convincing 70-run win against New Zealand in the semi-finals. Their dominance was evident from the outset, with a resounding victory over Australia in the opening game in Chennai, setting the tone for ten consecutive wins.
Australia faced early challenges in the tournament, finding themselves at the bottom of the points table after the first two games. However, under the leadership of Pat Cummins, they made a remarkable comeback, winning eight consecutive games, including a thrilling triumph over South Africa in the semi-finals in Kolkata.
- Match: ICC World Cup 2023, Final
- Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
- Date & Time: Sunday, November 19 at 2:00 PM IST
- Broadcast and Live Streaming: Star Sports 1 HD, Hotstar Website, and App
Probable Playing XIs:
- India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
- Australia: David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
- Best Batter of the Match: Virat Kohli Virat Kohli has been a standout performer in the tournament, amassing 711 runs in 10 innings. His recent achievement of scoring his 50th ODI century during the semi-final against New Zealand establishes him as a force to be reckoned with. Despite only one fifty in eight ODI matches at this venue, Kohli’s current form makes him the best batter heading into the summit clash.
- Best Bowler of the Match: Mohammed Shami Mohammed Shami, the experienced Indian pacer, made headlines with a seven-wicket haul against New Zealand in the semi-finals, setting new bowling records. Shami’s sensational World Cup has seen him claim 23 wickets in just six innings, surpassing Australia’s Adam Zampa and becoming India’s all-time leading wicket-taker in tournament history. His familiarity with Ahmedabad, gained through IPL with the Gujarat Titans, positions him to make a significant impact in the final.