While the hosts India dominated at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, Australia extended their record for the most ODI World Cup trophies to six times by claiming a big six-wicket win against the unbeaten Indian team.
On Sunday (November 19), hosts India and Australia faced each other at Ahmedabad in the Final at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. The points table-topper India was the unbeaten side in the tournament, who won all ten matches in the competition before the Final.
Meanwhile, after losing their first two matches in the tournament, the five-time ODI World Cup winners Australia won all the last eight games in the CWC 2023 before the Final match.
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023: Final (India vs Australia) – India 240 all out
In the Final, the Australian captain Pat Cummins chose to field first after winning the toss. While the Indian captain Rohit Sharma once again provided a powerful start with 47 runs off 31 balls (four fours and three sixes), another opener Shubman Gill was dismissed by Mitchell Starc for four runs.
The tournament-leading run-scorer Virat Kohli scored 54 runs in 63 balls with four fours. Meanwhile, KL Rahul once again proved himself a true crisis man as he scored 66 runs in 107 balls with one boundary and set up some crucial partnerships in the middle order. However, the other batters couldn’t score enough runs as India were all out for 240 runs in 50 overs.
Among the Aussie bowlers, the left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc bagged three wickets (3/55), while the skipper Pat Cummins (2/34) and Josh Hazlewood (2/60) both collected two wickets each.
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023: Final (India vs Australia) – Australia 241/4
In reply, Australia were once struggling at 47/3. However, the opener Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne brilliantly batted at the crisis time and helped the Australian team to move out of the dangerous situation. They set up the 192-run partnership for the fourth wicket, where Head scored 137 off 120 balls with 15 fours and four sixes, and Labuschagne was not out for 58 in 110 balls with four fours.
Although Head was dismissed in the final moment, Australia comfortably chased down the target in 43 overs after losing four wickets. Undoubtedly, Head won the Player of the Match award.
It was the sixth time Australia lifted the ODI World Cup trophy. Starting with two consecutive defeats, it was an incredible comeback for Australia, who won their last eight successive games to win the CWC 2023 trophy.
Finalists Australia and India’s performances at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023
Lost by 6 wickets vs India
Won by 6 wickets vs Australia
Lost by 134 runs vs South Africa
Won by 8 wickets vs Afghanistan
Won by 5 wickets vs Sri Lanka
Won by 7 wickets vs Pakistan
Won by 62 runs vs Pakistan
Won by 7 wickets vs Bangladesh
Won by 309 runs vs Netherlands
Won by 4 wickets vs New Zealand
Won by 5 runs vs New Zealand
Won by 100 runs vs England
Won by 33 runs vs England
Won by 302 runs vs Sri Lanka
Won by 3 wickets vs Afghanistan
Won by 243 runs vs South Africa
Won by 8 wickets vs Bangladesh
Won by 160 runs vs Netherlands
Won by 3 wickets vs South Africa
Won by 70 runs vs New Zealand
Won by 6 wickets vs India
Lost by 6 wickets vs Australia
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