In a captivating showdown that kept cricket fans on the edge of their seats, Australia emerged victorious to claim their record-extending sixth World Cup title. The showdown against India in Ahmedabad showcased the thrilling athleticism and unmatched determination of both teams. Travis Head, the Australian standout, proved pivotal with a masterful batting display and a game-changing catch that turned the tide of the match. The contest swung back and forth, but Australia’s clinical and ruthless performance ultimately secured their triumph. The crowd that wanted to see a triumphant India went back with heavy hearts.
|Venue||The final game of the 2023 World Cup took place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.|
|Date||The game started at 02:00 pm IST on Monday, 20 November.|
Both teams went with unchanged squads from their respective semi-final matches. Australia were excellent with the ball against South Africa, so they kept their bowling lineup unchanged. India’s batting order, pace and spin bowling attack have been immaculate in the tournament, making them favourites. They topped New Zealand easily, the last of their ten-game winning streak.
- Rohit Sharma 2. Shubman Gill 3. Virat Kohli 4. Shreyas Iyer 5. KL Rahul (WK) 6. Suryakumar Yadav 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8. Mohammed Shami 9. Jasprit Bumrah 10. Kuldeep Yadav 11. Mohammed Siraj
- Travis Head 2. David Warner 3. Mitchell Marsh 4. Steve Smith 5. Marnus Labuschagne 6. Glenn Maxwell 7. Josh Inglis 8. Mitchell Starc 9. Pat Cummins 10. Adam Zampa 11. Josh Hazlewood
Aussie captain Pat Cummins won the toss and elected to field first with the thought of dew lurking on his mind. The pitch looked slow and ball the would not come to the bat easily.
Captaincy & Tactics
At the onset, India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, launched a brutal assault, steering his team to 80 runs for the loss of two wickets in the powerplay. However, Travis Head’s spectacular catch to dismiss Sharma altered the course of the match dramatically. With his dismissal, India’s run rate plummeted, and they struggled to regain momentum throughout the remaining overs. Head’s heroics epitomized Australia’s exceptional fielding and their ability to seize crucial moments.
The match started with a buzz of anticipation as Australia’s captain, Pat Cummins, won the toss and elected to field first. Rohit Sharma thrilled the crowd with his aggressive stroke play, smashing Glenn Maxwell for a towering six followed by a superb boundary through cover. With his exquisite footwork, timing, and nonchalant style, Rohit embodied his attacking brand of cricket. His aggressive intent and early boundaries set the stage for an explosive innings.
Pat Cummins continued to make an impact for Australia, creating a moment of silence as he dismissed Shreyas Iyer, who had scored centuries in his previous two innings. With his trademark celebration, Cummins soared in delight, backed by the cheering Australian contingent. India’s batting depth faced a stern test at 81 for 3, relying on Virat Kohli to rebuild the innings.
With the onus on him, Kohli battled hard to revive India’s innings. He curtailed his attacking instincts, ran hard between the wickets, and defended fiercely. Despite the lack of boundaries, the crowd rallied behind him as he reached his ninth 50-plus score of the World Cup off 56 balls. However, just as the momentum was building, Kohli was dismissed, leaving the crowd stunned. Cummins once again celebrated in triumph, while Kohli glared at his bat, unable to comprehend the dismissal.
Following Kohli’s departure, the mood at the Narendra Modi Stadium turned sombre as KL Rahul also fell after reaching his half-century. India’s middle order struggled to maintain the required momentum, and the crowd’s hope diminished with each wicket. Australia’s disciplined bowling further tightened the noose, leaving India with a modest target of 240 to defend.
As the second innings began, India’s bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, breathed fire, tormenting the Australian openers with their pace. The crowd’s voice surged as an edge found the gap between slips, and their excitement peaked when Kohli held onto a catch off David Warner’s flashing bat. Bumrah and Shami applied pressure, grazing the edge of Mitchell Marsh’s shot and dismissing Steven Smith with an LBW decision.
Despite India’s early success, the joy for Indian fans soon turned into disappointment as Australia weathered the storm and stabilised their innings. Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne formed a formidable partnership, defying India’s efforts to make inroads. Head’s exceptional batting display, including a brilliant World Cup-winning knock of 137 off 120 balls, shaped Australia’s victory. With only two runs required, Head’s dismissal marked the conclusion of the final in an eerie silence that enveloped the stadium.
Their collective resilience and clinical performances defined Australia’s journey to the World Cup triumph. From Head’s pivotal catch to the unwavering bowling efforts led by Pat Cummins, each player played a significant role in securing the historic sixth World Cup crown. The result further solidified Australia’s reputation as one of the most dominant teams in international cricket.
Travis Head’s magnificent innings of 137 off 120 balls proved instrumental in setting up Australia’s victory. Supported by Marnus Labuschagne’s steadfast knock of 58 not out from 110 balls, the duo crafted a match-defining fourth-wicket partnership of 192 runs. With their calculated stroke play and resilience, they weathered India’s fierce bowling attack, solidifying Australia’s position in the chase.
Australia faced a daunting challenge early on, losing key wickets and finding themselves at 47 for 3 after seven overs. However, the determined partnership between Head and Labuschagne resurrected their innings and provided stability. David Warner’s final ODI innings ended on a low note, but Labuschagne’s Test match prowess came to the fore as he anchored the innings and navigated Australia towards victory.
India’s lower-middle order, which had rarely been tested throughout the tournament, succumbed to Australia’s bowling onslaught. With Shreyas Iyer’s departure and Shubman Gill’s earlier dismissal, the absence of Hardik Pandya as a lower-order anchor became increasingly evident. Several batsmen crumbled under pressure as Australia’s bowling unit showcased their ability to exploit vulnerabilities.
Despite early setbacks, Australia’s clinical performance and unwavering resolve propelled them to a comprehensive triumph. Every player in the Australian XI contributed significantly, underscoring their depth and collective prowess. The resounding win marked their sixth World Cup victory, establishing Australia as the most formidable team in the international cricketing arena.
In pursuit of a modest target of 241, Australia encountered some tense moments when they found themselves at 148 for 3. However, Head’s aggressive stroke play dismantled India’s hopes of a comeback. The returning Jasprit Bumrah bore the brunt of Head’s assault, conceding three consecutive boundaries. India’s bowlers struggled to regain control as Australia surged towards their well-deserved triumph.
Australia’s bowlers comprehensively dismantled India’s formidable batting lineup. Pat Cummins’ brave decision to bowl first paid dividends as his disciplined attack capitalized on India’s tentative approach. Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, and Mitchell Marsh played crucial supporting roles, putting a stranglehold on the Indian batsmen. Each bowler contributed with precision and articulation, stifling India’s scoring opportunities.
Australia’s exceptional bowling attack capitalized on the spin-friendly conditions, exploiting the potential for reverse swing. Mitchell Starc produced an unplayable delivery to dismiss KL Rahul, while Josh Hazlewood found late movement to dismantle Ravindra Jadeja and Suryakumar Yadav. The entire bowling unit worked cohesively to derail India’s innings and secure Australia’s path to victory. The bowlers failed against Australia once again, just like in the 2015 semi-final.
The 2023 World Cup final between Australia and India will be etched in cricketing history as a riveting showdown of skill, determination, and resilience. Travis Head’s match-turning catch and sublime batting display set the stage for Australia’s triumph. The relentless efforts of Australia’s bowlers and the middle-order collapse of India ultimately sealed victory for the Australians. This thrilling finale exemplified the pinnacle of cricketing excellence and cemented Australia’s status as the most successful team in World Cup history.
Travis Head changed the game by taking the brilliant catch of Rohit Sharma. David Warner threw himself around and saved runs on many occasions. The Australians saved at least 30 runs with their athleticism and application which has brought success over the years. Their ground fielding as well as catching were exceptional. Labuschagne was in his usual brilliant self by diving in and stopping the ball. The Aussie fielding unit reminded everyone of the golden days.
KL Rahul was culpable by giving away bye runs with some ordinary wicketkeeping. But the overall Indian fielding was quite good. Kohli took a brilliant catch at the slip. Eventually, the lacklustre bowling performance caused them to lose their trophy.
Virat Kohli looked good but eventually got out unfortunately after making 54 from 67 balls. KL Rahul played a fighting innings of 66 from 107 balls. Rohi Sharma set off the early fireworks with 47 from 31 balls. Mitchell Starc was the pick of the Aussie bowlers, shining once again after his heroics in the semi-final. He got 3 wickets for 55. Cummins and Hazlewood both bowled magnificently. They got two wickets apiece.
Travis Head smashed 137 from 120 to make the chase a cakewalk. Marnus Labuschagne was his steady partner who got 58 from 110 balls. Jasprit Bumrag bowled aggressively in the first spell, he got 2 for 43 in his 9 overs. Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami got a wicket each. But the overall equality was not good enough to challenge the batsmen.
As the crowd roared for Rohit’s brilliance, Travis Head intervened with a stunning catch that changed the course of the match. Despite the miscued shot, Head displayed remarkable athleticism, sprinting from cover, diving full length, and securing a game-changing catch. The catch echoed the iconic moment of Kapil Dev’s grab off Viv Richards in the 1983 World Cup final. The roaring crowd fell silent as Rohit walked back to the pavilion after a valuable knock of 47 off 31 balls. This was the turning point of the match and the Indian batting never got going after this dismissal,
Australia clinched their 6th World Cup title by beating India by a six-wicket margin.
Player of the Match
For his wonderful display with the bat that brought 137 from 120 balls, Travis Head won the Man of the Match award, He also bowled two overs, giving away just 4 runs. This was Head’s second century after scoring one against his World Cup debut against New Zealand.
Player of the Tournament
Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket sensation, emerged victorious as the best player of the tournament. His extraordinary performance of accumulating 765 runs shattered the previous record held by Sachin Tendulkar during the 2003 World Cup, where he scored 673 runs. Kohli’s batting brilliance was showcased through an astounding average of 95.62 and a strike rate of 90.31. He showcased his exceptional skills by scoring three centuries, triumphing over Bangladesh and South Africa in the league stage, and against New Zealand in the semi-finals. Kohli’s exceptional contribution undoubtedly secured his place in cricket history.
|India Total: 240/10 (50 overs)||Australia Total: 241/4 (43 overs)|
|KL Rahul 66 (107)||Travis Head 137 (120)|
|Virat Kohli 54 (63)||Marnus Labuschagne 58* (110)|
|Mitchell Starc 3/55 (10 overs)||Jasprit Bumrah 2/43 (9 overs)|
|Pat Cummins 2/34 (10 overs)||Mohammed Siraj 1/45 (7 overs)|
Despite starting the tournament with successive defeats the Australians have managed to turn things around and win the World Cup. Team India won 10 out of 10 till the final game, but they had a bad game in the ultimate showdown. Yet Rohit Sharma can be mightily proud of his team that played top-level cricket throughout the last one and a half months. Australia in the final is a different gravy, so it was proved once again as Pat Cummins’s men took home their sixth title.