Five-time champions Australia will face India in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday, November 19. The match will begin at 2:00 p.m. IST. Australia will look to win a record sixth World Cup crown on Sunday. The final is a rematch of the 2003 title match won by the Australians in South Africa. The team, led by Pat Cummins, enters the final after a thrilling victory against the Proteas. Australia’s batting line-up found form at a crucial juncture, while the bowling attack demonstrated its prowess in the latter stages of the tournament. Ahead of the final, we look at the factors that put Australia in an advantageous position against India.
1. A lineup of seasoned hitters
Australia were given a tough time against South Africa in the opening three-wicket win in the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. Chasing a modest score of 212, Australia took a difficult and slow path to secure victory. earn. The resilience of the Australian batting line-up was tested by spin duo Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi of South Africa. However, the Australians showed their famous fighting spirit to triumph in the round of 16.
Finalists Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins showed commendable courage and determination to guide Australia across the finish line. This was particularly evident in their semi-final against South Africa as well as an earlier match against Afghanistan, where Australia found themselves reeling at 91/7 before Glenn Maxwell and Cummins join forces to ensure victory.
In contrast, India’s lower order saw limited action throughout the tournament. Despite losing a maximum of six wickets in the run-up to New Zealand, the lower order’s ability to handle pressure was untested. If India struggles against Australia in their chase, it will be intriguing to see how the lower order responds in Sunday’s crucial match.
2. The Postman Adam Zampa
Australian spinner Adam Zampa has proven to be a remarkable performer in the ongoing tournament, securing 22 wickets in 10 matches. The leg-spinner capitalized on India’s slow-spinning runs, weaving a web around the opposition batters. In the final against the hosts, Zampa will be Australia’s main weapon.
India have an all-right-handed batting line-up in the top six, making Zampa’s leg-spin an important factor against their in-form batters. Zampa has troubled Virat Kohli before in test matches, paving the way for a compelling battle between the two that could influence the tone of the match ahead.
3. Handling pressure
Australia started their tournament with two consecutive defeats and from there they faced the pressure of making the top four. Their resilience was severely tested against Afghanistan, finding themselves in a precarious position at 91/7. Yet they showed remarkable courage, staging a comeback to claim a crucial victory and advance to the semi-finals. Australia has always demonstrated composure in high-pressure situations, overcoming challenges with resilience.
In contrast, India cruised through the tournament effortlessly, winning all their matches and comfortably securing a place in the semi-finals. The team faced minimal pressure, except in the semi-final against New Zealand, where they appeared to falter. Instances of concessions, reversals and misses indicated vulnerability to pressure. With the final approaching, it remains to be seen how the Indian players will handle the increased pressure in this critical encounter.
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