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India vs Australia Cricket World Cup match preview: Team India aims to avenge 2003 loss against mighty Aussies

In a thrilling repeat of the 2003 Cricket World Cup final, Team India is gearing up to face off against the formidable Australian cricket team in the final showdown of the ICC Cricket World Cup. The highly anticipated match will take place at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium this Sunday, where cricket fans around the world are set to witness a clash of titans.

Match Schedule

Sunday 19 November – Final: India vs Australia

Reserve Day

A reserve day can be taken should a result not be reached due to weather.

Teams / Squads

India squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishan Kishan, Prasidh Krishna, Suryakumar Yadav.

Australia squad: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.

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India’s path to the final was paved with determination and skill, as they secured a resounding 70-run victory over New Zealand in the semifinal, held in Mumbai. This remarkable achievement marks India’s fourth appearance in the World Cup final. They clinched the coveted title in 1983 and 2011 but faced heartbreak in 2003 when they lost to Australia by a margin of 125 runs in South Africa. Now, India is determined to erase the ghosts of that fateful day in Johannesburg and claim their third World Cup title.

In the other semifinal match, Australia displayed their mettle by edging out South Africa in a closely contested game, winning by just three wickets in Kolkata. This victory catapulted Australia into their eighth World Cup final, having previously secured the title on five occasions in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015.

Throughout their undefeated run in the tournament, India has showcased exceptional cricketing prowess. Their top-order batsmen, including Rohit Sharma (550 runs), Shubman Gill (350 runs), and Virat Kohli (711 runs), have consistently delivered with an attacking approach that puts their opponents on the back foot from the outset. The middle-order adds a perfect blend of aggression and stability, a rare combination in this tournament. India’s pace attack has been fiery, while their spinners have left opponents bamboozled and struggling to read the deliveries. With a flawless record of 10 wins in 10 games, Team India is riding high on confidence.

Rohit Sharma, in particular, boasts an outstanding ODI record against Australia, amassing 2,332 runs in 44 ODIs at an impressive average of 58.30, featuring eight centuries and nine half-centuries. His highest score against Australia is an astonishing 209.

Captain Virat Kohli is expected to play his customary anchor role, holding the responsibility to bat deep into the innings, allowing openers and middle-order batsmen like Shreyas Iyer (526 runs) and KL Rahul (386 runs) to express themselves freely. Virat has a history of stepping up in clashes against Australia, having scored 2,313 runs in 48 matches against them, at an average of 53.79, with eight centuries and 13 fifties.

When it comes to India’s bowling, the Men in Blue have been consistently impressive. Mohammed Shami (23 wickets) has made a significant impact in just six games, a feat that many bowlers cannot achieve throughout their World Cup careers. The new-ball pressure imposed by Jasprit Bumrah (18 wickets) has not only benefitted Bumrah himself but has also allowed Shami and Mohammed Siraj (13 wickets) to dominate their opponents ball by ball. Spinners Kuldeep Yadav (15 wickets) and Ravindra Jadeja (16 wickets) have effectively controlled the flow of runs in the middle overs.

However, India must remain cautious of a few potential pitfalls. Firstly, the pressure of a semifinal or final can sometimes lead even experienced players to falter. Secondly, if the pitch favors spin, India will need to play spin cautiously, as they have struggled against spin bowling in the past. Australia possesses formidable spinners in Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell. Thirdly, India should not let their attacking mindset waver, despite the grand occasion. Lastly, fielding needs to be sharp, as India has occasionally suffered due to dropped catches and mixed run-outs on significant stages.

Turning to Australia, after initial losses to India and South Africa, the Aussies have made a stunning comeback with eight consecutive victories, showcasing their resilience, determination, and bravery. The performance of their openers, David Warner (528 runs), Travis Head (192 runs), and Mitchell Marsh (421 runs), will be crucial in the initial 10-20 overs. Their attacking style can be a game-changer, but facing India’s world-class bowling attack poses a formidable challenge.

Australia’s middle order, featuring Steve Smith (298 runs), Marnus Labuschagne (304 runs), Josh Inglis (159 runs), and Glenn Maxwell (398 runs), has been inconsistent throughout the tournament. They struggled against Indian bowling, especially spinners, in this year’s bilateral series as well. The middle-order’s performance will be a key factor in determining Australia’s success in the final.

In the bowling department, Mitchell Starc’s (13 wickets) performance has not been up to his usual standards, which could be an opportunity for Indian batsmen to capitalize on. Josh Hazlewood (14 wickets) and Pat Cummins (13 wickets) have also not been at their very best, but they have the ability to bounce back when it matters most. Adam Zampa (22 wickets) will be a crucial bowler for Australia, aiming to disrupt India’s run flow with his spin, while Glenn Maxwell might utilize his part-time spin effectively.

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