India bowled out for 240 in 50 overs by Australia

Sunday, 19 November 2023 - 18:21

India were bowled out for 240 in 50 overs by Australia in the final of the Cricket World Cup 2023 in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

For India, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul scored half-centuries while Rohit Sharma scored 47 off 31 balls.

However, Australian bowlers came out in full force and never let India off the hooks. Mitchell Starc took three wickets while Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood scalped two each as India were restricted below 250.

Ahead of the match, former Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri said that the pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium may be on the slower side. So, a low total may also be enough for India.

Australia need 241, the same total England and New Zealand made in the 2019 final.

Australia were magnificent with the ball and in the field, led by captain Pat Cummins. He claimed the vital wicket of Virat Kohli which truly did silence 100,000 people. From there, India never found any momentum. KL Rahul did his best to hold things together but there was no final flourish. Just four boundaries outside of the powerplay. 

The idea bowling on a slow pitch is to keep to your discipline and limit the damage. Australia chose to bowl knowing the margin of error was less than zero. They came face to face with that when Rohit Sharma was going bonkers at the start. And they survived it because their fielding has been unreal.

If India are to win the Cricket World Cup, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and other bowlers will have to step up. Still, this isn't an easy pitch. India have an outstanding bowling attack and are capable of defending this, so long as the dew doesn't come down.

India went 97 balls without a boundary; they managed just four since the end of the 10th over. They thought they were consolidating. But in came Pat Cummins, dismissing Virat Kohli. He is the first fast bowler to complete his full 10 overs in this World Cup and not concede a boundary. Later Mitchell Starc found reverse swing. In the knockouts he's taken six wickets at an average of 14.

Adam Zampa saw the pitch being slow and he too took pace off, going down to 84 kph. He gave away just one boundary in his 10 overs. Australia sized up the conditions and responded to them perfectly.

Head and David Warner and Cummins and Zampa were saving boundaries all over the place. The field placements were excellent too. They had an offside sweeper out for Rohit because they guessed he would try to hit them off their lines and lengths by making room to the leg side. 

India skipper Rohit Sharma played another blinder before Australia bounced back to reduce the hosts to 97 for three in 15 overs in the Cricket World Cup 2023 final.

On a slow and dry pitch, Australia put India in to bat, something Rohit Sharma wanted to do in front of a packed Narendra Modi Stadium.

Like he has done throughout the tournament, Rohit (47 off 31) took it upon himself to take the attacking route in the powerplay.

He had not succeeded in doing that in India's league game against Australia but on the big stage, Rohit made sure he did not hold back against the world class pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlwood.

His onslaught began when he stepped out and creamed Hazlewood through the cover before collecting a streakish boundary over mid wicket. In all, he hit three sixes and four boundaries.

Shubman Gill (4 off 7) perished while playing a short arm jab and Virat Kohli joined Rohit in the middle. Kohli struck three consecutive fours off Starc to maintain the momentum generated by Rohit.

However, Rohit fell to a spectacular running catch from Travis Head and an over later Pat Cummins had Shreyas Iyer caught behind to put the pressure on the hosts.

Many celebrities, including those from Bollywood, attended the Cricket World Cup 2023 match between India and Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Married Bollywood couple Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone were among the celebrities while Ayushmann Khurrana was also among the crowd. Amid deafening noise at a full house at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Australia skipper Pat Cummins won the toss and opted to bowl first against India in the World Cup final on Sunday.

The Indian team waltzed into the final unbeaten after playing 10 games, chasing five of the matches while defending totals in five.

On the other hand, Australia, after losing two games on the bounce at the start of the tournament, recovered to win eight consecutive matches thereafter to reach the final.

"We are gonna have a bowl first. Looks like a dry wicket. Dew is a factor. It gets better to bat on. Tough start to the tournament, haven't really put a foot wrong ever since. It's all set up perfectly. We've played these guys a lot. Same team as the semi-final," Australia skipper Pat Cummins said after calling correctly at the toss.

India skipper Rohit Sharma said at the toss, "I would have batted first. Looks a good pitch, big game, put runs on the board. It's going to be amazing, everytime we play here,the crowd come out in large numbers. The biggest occasion in the cricketing event. We have to stay nice and calm. It's a dream come true to be captaining the team in the final. I know what lies in front of us. We need to play well and get the result."

Australia (Playing XI): Travis Head, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis(w), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins(c), Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj.

Fan invasion 
A fan invaded the pitch and hugged Virat Kohli in a massive security breach at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad during the Cricket World Cup 2023 final between India and Australia on Sunday. During the 14th over of the match, a fan with a 'Free Palestine' T-shirt rushed inside and went on to hug Kohli before he was detained by the stadium security. The fan was swiftly removed from the ground and the match was resumed without any delay.

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