Revenge was on the Indian cricket team’s mind as they faced the mighty Australians in the final of the 2023 ODI Cricket World Cup at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
After more than a month of riveting cricket, two teams were left fighting for the ultimate prize in cricket. India and Australia looked to lift the famous trophy.
Both teams had previous history at this stage, with the Aussies breaking India’s hearts at this exact point of the tournament in the 2003 World Cup. India were desperate to get one over a team that also dealt them heartbreak in the 2015 World Cup semifinal.
An exciting final clash brought the curtain down on the tournament.
IND vs AUS Cricket World Cup 2023 final: Scorecard, result and highlights
Check out our live blog below to relive all the action from the Cricket World Cup 2023 final match, or you can check out the match scorecard here.
9:25pm (IST)/2:55am (AEDT): AUSTRALIA WIN! Glenn Maxwell swings it away on the leg side and the batters come back for a second, to win Australia sixth World Cup! Australia 241/4 in 43 overs (Labuschagne 58*, Maxwell 2*).
9:05pm (IST)/2:35am (AEDT): Australia are continuing to cruise here, with this partnership worth 178 already. Australia 225/3 in 40 overs (Labuschagne 53*, Head 128*).
8:45pm (IST)/2:15am (AEDT): Only a matter of time here, before Australia finish off this run chase. Even if these two aren’t around at the end, this match is going only one way. Australia 192/3 in 35 overs (Labuschagne 41*, Head 107*).
8:25pm (IST)/1:55am (AEDT): Australia are well on their way to victory here. 20 overs still to play, and they need just 74 runs, with 7 wickets in hand. It would take something truly extraordinary for India to turn it around from here. Australia 167/3 in 30 overs (Labuschagne 37*, Head 86*).
8:05pm (IST)/1:35am (AEDT): India have just allowed the game to drift a little bit in the last five overs. The run-scoring has been easy, and Head and Labuschagne have taken full advantage of that. Australia 135/3 in 25 overs (Labuschagne 27*, Head 65*).
7:48pm (IST)/1:18am (AEDT): This has been a good period of play for Australia. The required run rate is well in touch, and they haven’t lost any more wickets. India need to strike quickly to get back in this one. Australia 104/3 in 20 overs (Labuschagne 17*, Head 44*).
7:28pm (IST)/12:58am (AEDT): The game is just starting to settle into a nice rhythm. Australia just need to bat another 8-10 overs without losing a wicket, and that will put a bit more of the onus on India to attack. Australia 78/3 in 15 overs (Labuschagne 8*, Head 27*).
7:13pm (IST)/12:43am (AEDT): Australia have made a brisk start, but have lost perhaps one or two wickets more than they would’ve liked. Australia 60/3 in 10 overs (Labuschagne 0*, Head 19*).
Marnus Labuschagne comes to the crease.
6:58pm (IST)/12:28am (AEDT): WICKET! Huge blow for India. The slower ball from Bumrah does for Steve Smith, and he’s trapped LBW. He shoudl’ve reviewed though, as replays show the impact was outside off. Australia 47/3 in 7 overs (Smith 4, Head 10*).
Steve Smith comes in.
6:48pm (IST)/12:18am (AEDT): WICKET! Marsh swings at this one wide outside off stump, but he just gets a little tickle off the under-edge and KL Rahul takes a routine catch. Australia 41/2 in 4.3 overs (Marsh 15, Head 8*).
In comes Mitchell Marsh.
6:33pm (IST)/12:03am (AEDT): WICKET! Shami starts with a wide, but now gets it to move away off a length to Warner. It catches the outside edge, and Kohli pouches the catch at slip. Australia 16/1 in 1.1 overs (Warner 7, Head 8*).
6:24pm (IST)/11:54pm (AEDT): 240 looks on the lower side at first glance, but this pitch isn’t easy to bat on. India will be on the hunt for early wickets, but Australia will look to break the back of this chase in the first ten. David Warner on strike, up against Jasprit Bumrah. Big swing away, catches the edge but flies between the slips for four. Australia 4/0 in 0.1 overs (Warner 4*, Head 0*).
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5:54pm (IST)/11:24pm (AEDT): WICKET! Run-out on the last ball of the innings. India finish at 240. The pitch is on the slower side and this could very well prove to be a competitive total. India 240/10 in 50 overs (Siraj 9*)
Mohammed Siraj is the last man in.
5:41pm (IST)/11:11pm (AEDT): WICKET! Here goes India’s final hope in their batting. Hazlewood uses the variations. Suryakumar tries to scoop it fine but the ball balloons in the air only for the keeper to grab it. India 226/9 in 47.3 overs (Kuldeep 6*, Siraj 0*)
Kuldeep Yadav is the new batter.
5:26pm (IST)/10:56pm (AEDT): WICKET! India are going down. Zampa contributes to the wickets tally as Bumrah perishes via an LBW. India 214/8 in 44.5 overs (Suryakumar 14*, Kuldeep 0*)
Jasprit Bumrah is India’s No.9.
5:21pm (IST)/10:51pm (AEDT): WICKET! Another one bites the dust. Shami swings his bat but this results in an edge. India 211/7 in 43.4 overs (Suryakumar 12*, Bumrah 0*)
Mohammad Shami joins Suryakumar at the crease.
5:10pm (IST)/10:40pm (AEDT): WICKET! This will dent India’s chances heavily. Starc has gain brought his big match temperament to the fore. Rahul nicks one to the gloveman and departs. India 203/6 in 41.3 overs (Suryakumar 10*, Shami 0*)
5:01pm (IST)/10:31pm (AEDT): India should aim to get to 265 with 10 overs still remaining. It will depend upon when they will start the onslaught. Remember, this is the last recognized batting pair. India 197/5 in 40 overs (Rahul 64*, Suryakumar 8*)
Suryakumar Yadav is out in the center.
4:43pm (IST)/10:13pm (AEDT): WICKET! Outstanding delivery from Hazlewood. Jadeja pushed at it with no footwork and ended up edging the ball to the wicket-keeper. India 178/5 in 35.5 overs (Rahul 55*, Suryakumar 0*)
4:35pm (IST)/10:05pm (AEDT): 50 FOR RAHUL! Another crucial innings from the middle-order. He has made a habit of playing according to the situation, and has done exactly that today. India 173/4 in 34.5 overs (Rahul 50*, Jadeja 9*)
Ravindra Jadeja arrives at the crease.
4:05pm (IST)/9:35pm (AEDT): WICKET! This has to be biggest moment of this game so far. Cummins has again claimed a wicket against the run of play. And it’s Virat who has to depart as he drags the ball back onto the stumps. India 148/4 in 28.3 overs (Rahul 37*, Jadeja 0*)
3:52pm (IST)/9:22pm (AEDT): FIFTY FOR VIRAT! The stadium finds its voice as King Kohli hits his ninth fifty-plus score in the tournament. Great man is showing up at the greatest stage. India 132/3 in 25.1 overs (Virat 50*, Rahul 25*)
3:42pm (IST)/9:12pm (AEDT): King Khan in the house!
Shah Rukh Khan has arrived at the Narendra Modi Stadium. pic.twitter.com/4tAjbQW5r5
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) November 19, 2023
3:32pm (IST)/9:02pm (AEDT): No boundary has been been scored since the 11th over. Still, the run-rate is not much of an issue, thanks to Rohit’s blitzkrieg. India 115/3 in 20 overs (Virat 39*, Rahul 19*)
Mitchell Marsh has the ball in his hand.
3:10pm (IST)/8:40pm (AEDT): A fan breached security to meet Virat!
A fan breached the field to meet Virat Kohli. pic.twitter.com/c6U9aTrB0r
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) November 19, 2023
Adam Zampa will bowl the 12th over.
KL Rahul is out in the middle.
2:50pm (IST)/8:20pm (AEDT): Captain Cummins delivers. Iyer pokes at a delivery and nicks the ball to the Aussie wicket-keeper. India in trouble. India 81/3 in 10.2 overs (Virat 24*, Rahul 0*)
Shreyas Iyer is in at No.3.
2:40pm (IST)/8:10pm (AEDT): Maxwell eats the big fish. Rohit tries to be ultra-aggressive and gets holed out at cover-point. India 76/2 in 9.4 overs (Virat 23*, Iyer 0*)
Pat Cummins is ready to start his spell.
Glenn Maxwell is in the attack.
2:34pm (IST)/8:04pm (AEDT): Virat has just shown his range, hitting three delectable boundaries in a Starc over via different shots. India 54/1 in 7 overs (Rohit 33*, Virat 16*)
Virat Kohli is the new batter.
2:19pm (IST)/7:49pm (AEDT): WICKET! Shubman hits the ball straight to the throat of the mid-on fielder. Starc strikes early as Australia get the start they needed. India 30/1 in 4.2 overs (Rohit 25*, Virat 0*)
2:07pm (IST)/7:37pm (AEDT): Rohit seems to be having no finale nerves at all. He has taken the attack to Hazlewood and fetched himself two boundaries. India 13/0 in 2 overs (Rohit 13*, Shubman 0*)
Josh Hazlewood will bowl from the other end.
1:59pm (IST)/7:29pm (AEDT): Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill strides out. They will face Mitchell Starc up front. Let the grand finale begin…
1:45pm (IST)/7:15pm (AEDT): The air show has begun.
AIR SHOW AHEAD OF THE WORLD CUP FINAL. pic.twitter.com/2Dq8nSotHR
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 19, 2023
1:35pm (IST)/7:05pm (AEDT): No Ashwin the XI. Both India and Australia go with the unchanged team.
1:30pm (IST)/7:00pm (AEDT): Ravichandran Ashwin could replace Mohammed Siraj in the playing XI. Should he? TSN explains.
1:25pm (IST)/6:55pm (AEDT): Australia have won the ODI World Cup five times. Check out their performance in the finals!
1:20pm (IST)/6:50pm (AEDT): Virat Kohli has been the leading run-scorer in the 2023 World Cup. But how has he fared in Ahmedabad? Click here to check out!
1:15pm (IST)/6:45 pm (AEDT): Pith to be a deciding factor in Ahmedabad? How will it play? TSN tells you.
12:30pm (IST)/6:00pm (AEDT): The ICC World Cup trophy is indeed impressive. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
11:45am (IST)/5:15pm (AEDT): Scoring a century in a World Cup final is no easy feat and records prove that. How many batsmen have done it? Here’s the list.
11:00am (IST)/4:30pm (AEDT): The pujas have been begun in Varanasi.
VIDEO | Fans in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh organise special prayers for Team India’s victory in World Cup final against Australia.
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) November 19, 2023
10:30am (IST)/4:00pm (AEDT): Fans have started thronging the stadium in Ahmedabad.
Madness at Narendra Modi Stadium for World Cup final. 🔥
- Cricket is a religion in India 🇮🇳pic.twitter.com/CnP5IsWFo6
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 19, 2023
10:00am (IST)/3:30pm (AEDT): Who has the upper hand in ICC Tournaments between India and Australia? The Sporting News gives you the details.
6:30am (IST)/12:00pm (AEDT): If there is a concussion substitute in the final, The Sporting News explains what will happen.
5:30am (IST)/11:00am (AEDT): Keen to know the latest weather in Ahmedabad? We have you covered here.
4:30am (IST)/10:00am (AEDT): Australian captain Pat Cummins is not worried about the pitch ahead of the final against India.
“I’m not a great pitch reader, but it looked pretty firm. They’ve only just watered it, so yeah, give it another 24 hours and have a look, but it looks like a pretty good wicket,” Cummins said.
“I think it’s been a bit more high scoring here throughout the tournament.
“No doubt playing on your own wicket in your own country has some advantages, similar to wickets that you’ve been playing your whole life. But we’ve played a lot of cricket over here.
“You’ve got to be brave with some of the balls you use, slower balls, bouncers, you’ve got to find that balance between mixing it up but also not go chasing too much.”
4:00am (IST)/9:30am (AEDT): Tonight’s match is scheduled to start at 1:30pm (IST)/7:00pm (AEDT)
As the anticipation for what should be a huge match grows, here’s what our experts think of India’s chances of going all the way in the latest Spirit of Cricket podcast, brought to you in association with Dafa News.
IND vs AUS: Narendra Modi Stadium pitch report
Historically, the pitch at the stadium, also known as Motera, has played quite slow, assisting spin bowling. The average scoring rate over the years in ODIs has been a touch under five runs per over. However, in recent years, particularly during the IPL, the track has been quicker and has aided run-scoring. There is still something there for the spinners, but high totals are quite possible here.
Rohit Sharma, on Saturday at the pre-match press conference, confirmed that the pitch will be on the slower side.
For detailed pitch report and ODI records, click here.
IND vs AUS: Line-ups
Playing XI of India – Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Playing XI of Australia – David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
IND vs AUS: Toss
Australia won the toss and opted to bowl.
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IND vs AUS Predictions, tips and betting odds
India are the favourites to win the final.
The two sides have met each other four times in the last two months including their meeting in the group stages. The Men in Blue came out on top on three out of those four games.
As per the Dafabet odds, India are the sure-shot favourites to win the match.
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