Australia vs India, Final
ICC World Cup, 19 November, 2023, 2 PM IST, Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
The climax of the ICC World Cup 2023 in India is here. The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad is all set to host the grand final of the tournament between hosts India and Australia on Sunday (November 19). The two teams will be locking horns for the second time in 42 days with India winning the earlier face-off in the league stage.
The Men in Blue are enjoying an amazing run in this World Cup winning all of their 10 matches so far. They are coming into this match with a stunning 70-run win over New Zealand in the semifinal. It was a complete batting performance from them at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai posting a massive total of 397 runs.
Their in-form bowlers, led by Mohammed Shami, then defended the total astutely despite the Kiwis struggling to take the game away from them at one stage. India, thanks to Shami’s record seven-fer, restricted New Zealand for just 327 runs to seal a place in the final of the mega event for the fourth time.
Australia, meanwhile, had a disastrous start to their World Cup campaign losing to India and South Africa in their first two matches. However, they have not looked back since then winning eight matches on the trot and overcoming all the difficulties in their own way. Their semifinal clash at the Eden Gardens was a low-scoring thriller against South Africa.
They bowled extremely well after losing the toss and despite David Miller scoring a ton, they managed to restrict the Proteas to 213 runs. In response, Australia were always ahead in the chase. But they lost their way in the middle overs against the spinners only to hold their nerve and chase down the score with only three wickets in hand to set the finals date with India.
The India vs Australia prediction for the final is certainly not straightforward but the home side is definitely the favourite thanks to their ruthlessness on show in this tournament.
Team Form, Last 5 Matches for India: W-W-W-W-W
Team Form, Last 5 Matches for Australia: W-W-W-W-W
IND vs AUS Match Preview
There is no reason for India to chase their winning combination at any cost unless there are an injury concerns. For the starters, there aren’t any injuries and they are unlikely to play an extra bowler in Ravichandran Ashwin at the expense of a batter in Suryakumar Yadav. The hosts haven’t tinkered much with their playing XI since Hardik Pandya has missed the matches and are likely to go with the same team again.
The onus will be on Rohit Sharma once again while Virat Kohli’s experience will also be crucial for them. Moreover, the bowlers – Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj – will have to be provide early breakthroughs to put pressure on the Aussies.
Probable Best Performers
Probable Best Batter: Virat Kohli
Probable Best Bowler: Ravindra Jadeja
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
Australia too are unlikely to make a change to their playing XI. But they might think of including Marcus Stoinis in their playing XI to have a little more power lower down the order to support an inexperienced Josh Inglis. Marnus Labuschagne retaining his place raised quite a few eyebrows in the semifinal itself.
He didn’t make much of an impact in the game and that might lead to Stoinis coming in who gives an extra bowling option as well. For Australia, Travis Head will be key in terms of starting well. The left-hander had missed the earlier clash against India in the league stage. With the ball, Josh Hazlewood will be key who is coming off an exceptional spell against South Africa in the semis.
Probable Best Perfomers
Probable Best Batter: Travis Head
Probable Best Bowler: Josh Hazlewood
Probable Playing XI: David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne/Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (C), Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
— ICC (@ICC) November 17, 2023
Pitch Report and Expected Weather Conditions for IND vs AUS
The pitch in Ahmedabad is known to be a featherbed for the batters. With sun expected to beat down in afternoon, there could be a little help for the spinners in the middle overs but batting is expected to get easy under the lights as it was evident in earlier matches.
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad ODI Records
Total Matches: 32
Match Won batting first: 17
Match won bowling first: 15
Average 1st innings score: 237
Average 2nd innings score: 208
Expected weather condition: There is no chance of rain on Sunday whatsoever and the weather is set to be clear for the final. The temperature will hover in the mid-30s during the match.
India vs Australia Dream11 Match Prediction
Wicket-keepers: KL Rahul
Batters: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Travis Head, Steve Smith, David Warner/Shubman Gill
All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers: Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav
Recommended Captain: Virat Kohli
Recommended Vice-captain: Travis Head
It is extremely tough to make the Dream11 Fantasy team for this match with all players being important. It is imperative to pick Rohit, Kohli, Rahul, Head and Smith. Given their on and off form at times, either Warner or Gill can be picked. Among bowlers, Hazlewood and Shami are a must and if India bowl first, Kuldeep has to be picked or Zampa can be preferred.
India vs Australia win prediction: India to win
No wonder India are the favourites but Australia have won the World Cup five times and they are aware of what it takes to be the champions. A lot of these players also won the T20 World Cup in 2021 in Dubai. With all the focus on India, one shouldn’t be surprised if Australia end up playing their best cricket to win the trop