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Path to the CWC23 final – A look at all India matches with spectacular dominance

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India’s remarkable journey to the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final has been nothing short of spectacular. As they prepare to face Australia in the ultimate showdown on November 19, the host nation stands undefeated, showcasing their dominance throughout the tournament.

Led by the dynamic duo of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, India’s batting lineup has fired on all cylinders in every game they’ve played. Complementing their stellar performance is Mohammed Shami’s exceptional bowling, which has seen both pacers and spinners excel on the world stage.

Let’s take a closer look at India’s journey through the tournament:

Match 1 vs. Australia in Chennai: In a spin-dominated contest, India utilized the helpful surface to their advantage. Australia managed to post a modest total of 199, thanks to useful contributions from David Warner and Steve Smith. However, India faced early setbacks, finding themselves at 2/3. Kohli and KL Rahul’s partnership steadied the ship, eventually securing a six-wicket victory.

Match 2 vs. Afghanistan in Delhi: Despite Afghanistan’s valiant effort to build partnerships, Jasprit Bumrah’s late strikes prevented them from reaching a challenging total. Rohit Sharma’s aggressive century powered India to chase down the target in just 35 overs.

Match 3 vs. Pakistan in Ahmedabad: India’s bowlers, led by Bumrah, shone on a good batting wicket, causing a dramatic collapse in Pakistan’s innings from 155/2 to 191 all out. India’s top order delivered once again, leading to a seven-wicket victory.

Match 4 vs. Bangladesh in Pune: Kohli’s exceptional century made light work of Bangladesh’s target. India’s clinical performance with the ball was marred by the loss of Hardik Pandya to injury, ruling him out of the tournament.

Match 5 vs. New Zealand in Dharamsala: Facing their first non-Asian opponent, India encountered a resilient challenge from Daryl Mitchell and Rachin Ravindra. However, Mohammed Shami’s five-wicket haul turned the tide, restricting New Zealand to 273. Kohli’s leadership guided India to a comfortable win with two overs to spare.

Match 6 vs. England in Lucknow: India faced their first batting challenge on a tricky wicket but managed to reach 229/9, thanks to Rohit’s brilliance. Bumrah and Shami then dismantled England for 129 under the lights, securing another comprehensive victory.

Match 7 vs. Sri Lanka in Mumbai: India’s skipper, Virat Kohli, fell early in the innings, but the top and middle order dominated, posting a formidable 357/8. Mohammed Siraj and Shami wreaked havoc on the Sri Lankan batting lineup, resulting in a record-breaking 302-run victory.

Match 8 vs. South Africa in Kolkata: Kohli’s 49th ODI hundred powered India to 326, while the spinners and Shami combined to bowl out South Africa for a mere 83 runs.

Match 9 vs. Netherlands in Bengaluru: India maintained their perfect record in the league stage with a convincing win against the Netherlands. Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul’s attacking centuries helped India set a target of 410/4, ultimately overwhelming their opponents.

Semi-final 1 vs. New Zealand in Mumbai: India broke their Kiwi curse in ICC knockout games, securing a place in the finals. Kohli’s historic 50th ODI century set the stage for a massive total, while Shami’s brilliant spell of 7/57 ensured India’s victory and a spot in the final.

Also See: India Cricket Schedule 2024

India Matches and Results – Full Summary

Match 1 vs. AustraliaIndia won by 6 wickets
Match 2 vs. AfghanistanIndia won by 66 runs
Match 3 vs. PakistanIndia won by 7 wickets
Match 4 vs. BangladeshIndia won by 8 wickets
Match 5 vs. New ZealandIndia won by 95 runs
Match 6 vs. EnglandIndia won by 100 runs
Match 7 vs. Sri LankaIndia won by 302 runs
Match 8 vs. South AfricaIndia won by 243 runs
Match 9 vs. NetherlandsIndia won by 130 runs
Semi-final 1 vs. New ZealandIndia won by 161 runs

With an impressive track record of nine wins in as many league stage matches, India has asserted its dominance in the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. As they prepare to face Australia in the final, the hosts aim to clinch their third World Cup title, driven by the remarkable performances that have marked their journey so far.

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