The highly anticipated final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 is scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 19, 2023, at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, India. Cricket powerhouses India and Australia will clash in a thrilling encounter to determine who will be crowned champions of the World Cup 2023.
The two teams last met in the group stage of the tournament in Chennai where the hosts emerged victorious by six wickets. Ravindra Jadeja spearheaded India’s bowling attack with three wickets, while Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah claimed two each to dismiss Australia for 199 all out. In response, Virat Kohli (85) and KL Rahul (97*) guided India to a comfortable victory.
India and Australia will face off for the fourth time in ODI World Cup knockouts. Their previous encounters have produced contrasting results. In the 2003 World Cup final, Australia emerged victorious by a resounding 125 runs. However, India bounced back in the 2011 World Cup quarter-final, securing a five-wicket win. Their most recent knockout clash came in the 2015 ODI World Cup semi-final, where Australia prevailed by 95 runs.
This upcoming final promises to be an edge-of-the-seat affair, with both teams boasting formidable lineups and a rich history in the tournament. India will be aiming to lift the trophy for the third time, while Australia seek to add another title to their record haul of five.
IND vs AUS Head-to-Head Record:
In 150 ODIs played between Australia and India, Australia have dominated with 83 wins, while India have managed 57 wins. Ten matches have ended with no result. In 13 World Cup matches between the two teams, Australia have won eight and India five.
Narendra Modi Stadium Pitch Report:
The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad offers a well-rounded pitch that favours both batters and bowlers. While spinners typically have a slight advantage, pacers can still excel if they maintain precision and discipline. Spinners enjoy favourable conditions early in the day, particularly under bright sunlight. However, as the day progresses and the dew sets in, the pitch becomes more friendly for batting, enabling batters to unleash their strokes with greater ease
Narendra Modi Stadium ODI Stats & Records:
In 30 matches played overall at this venue, pace bowlers have claimed 246 wickets at an average of 32.58, while spinners have captured 135 wickets at an average of 38.91 in 30 games. Batting first and batting second have resulted in 15 wins each. The average first-inning score in Ahmedabad is 243
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Highest successful Chase
Matches won after winning toss
Matches won after losing toss
IND vs AUS Player Battles to Watch Out For
Virat Kohli vs Josh Hazlewood
Virat Kohli has struggled against Josh Hazlewood in the past. In eight innings against Hazlewood, Kohli has scored just 51 runs at an average of 10.20 and a strike rate of 57.95. He has been dismissed five times by the Australian pacer. Hazlewood’s accuracy and consistency have made it difficult for Kohli to score runs against him.
Steven Smith vs Mohammed Shami
Steven Smith has struggled against Mohammed Shami in ODIs. In eight innings against Mohammed Shami, he has scored 118 runs at an average of 29.50 and a strike rate of 108.25, resulting in four dismissals. Shami’s pace and swing have made it difficult for Smith to score runs against him.
X-factors for India vs Australia
Kohli will be the X-factor for India against Australia. He has been in good form in 2023, scoring 1323 runs at an average of 99.77, including six centuries and seven fifties. He also has a good record against Australia, having aggregated 2313 at an average over 50, with eight centuries and 13 half-centuries.
David Warner will be the X-factor player for Australia against India. He has been in good form with the bat in 2023, having scored 918 runs at an average of 48.31, with six half-centuries and three centuries. Against India, he had aggregated 1215 with an average of 50.62, with three centuries and nine half-centuries.
IND vs AUS Probable Playing XI:
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj
Travis Head, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
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