In the final match of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, India and Australia locked horns at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. Ahead of the game, the Asian side was coming unbeaten in the 10 games including the semifinal against New Zealand. On the other hand, the Aussies were coming in eight back-to-back wins after losing their first two matches. Meanwhile, in this game, the five-time winners won the toss and bowled first.
They had a good start as Mitchell Starc took the wicket of Shubman Gill at the score of 30. At this stage, the likes of skipper Rohit Sharma and former skipper Virat Kohli put together 46 runs for the second wicket. During this, both players scored quickly and looked like taking the game away. However, Sharma once again after getting a quick start got out trying to keep the run rate going.
After this, Shreyas Iyer was caught behind for the team to be reduced to 81/3. At this stage, the likes of Kohli and KL Rahul put together 68 runs for the fourth wicket. As this partnership was slow, the run rate didn’t pick up after this. Also, the team was reduced from 148/3 to 226/9. In the end, the team was bowled out for 240 runs.
Australia won their sixth ODI World Cup title
In reply, despite the Indian bowlers bowling waywardly in patches, they lost three wickets for 47 runs. At this point, they needed to put together a partnership to win and seal the game chasing a below-par total. The likes of Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne stepped up and put together 192 runs for the fourth wicket. The former scored 137 off 120 balls and ensured that the team won their sixth ODI World Cup, having won their maiden World Test Championship final 2023 against the same a few months back.
On the other hand, Labuschagne remained unbeaten 58 off 1100 balls to take the team past the target in just 43 overs. Glenn Maxwell hit the winning runs, having scored two runs.
This is how Twitter reacted
Congratulations Australia on winning the Cricket World Cup. You guys played really well to win this one. Superb ? by Travis Head and great determination showed by Labuschagne for his fifty. #INDvsAUS #CWC2023Final
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) November 19, 2023
Belief and focus ingrained as habit is a key part of the Australian winning mindset. Great organized work by the team, captain, H coach and support coaches. India too were brilliant all the way through and were well led by Rohit but there can be only one winner on the day.
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) November 19, 2023
— Tabraiz Shamsi (@shamsi90) November 19, 2023
Heartbreak it is ?
Tough on team ?? who beat every opponent on the first time if asking…but fell short in the final. A fantastic campaign, that unfortunately ends in a throwback to the 2003 final.#INDvsAUS #CWC23Final pic.twitter.com/sRus4qaqri
— Shyam Vasudevan (@JesuisShyam) November 19, 2023
Winning the World Test Championship final, retaining the Ashes in England, winning the ODI World Cup in India after losing their first two games: what an incredible year for Australian cricket
— Tim Wigmore (@timwig) November 19, 2023
Australia are the World Champions.
They do boring stuff like fielding, catching well.
— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) November 19, 2023
– The last side to win an AWAY #CWC final was Australia in the Caribbean in 2007. Now again in 2023!
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 19, 2023
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You all have made the nation proud throughout this @cricketworldcup. ????
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) November 19, 2023
No way India shouldn’t win that game. Absolute heist from Australia. Up there with their biggest cricket achievements I would say. Says so much about the mental side of Australian cricket
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) November 19, 2023
— Nikhil Naz (@NikhilNaz) November 19, 2023