World Cup 2023 Finals: After 45 days and 47 matches, the 2023 ODI World Cup comes down to this: India v Australia. The hosts are riding a wave of momentum with an unbeaten record and the backing of one billion people. Australia, meanwhile, will happily embrace the underdog tag, a label they rarely carry any more.
World Cup 2023 Finals: Local knowledge :-
Australia played at the enormous Narendra Modi Stadium when they defeated England by 66 runs here just a couple of weeks ago. India too had a match here earlier in the tournament, when they knocked off Pakistan in front of a packed house near the beginning of the campaign.
Three of the four World Cup matches here were won by the chasing side, with the only exception being Australia’s ability to defend 282 against England. Spin has been very effective in restricting the runs but the bulk of the wickets have come from pace – four-wicket hauls to Gerald Coetzee and Chris Woakes were the best individual performances.
What happens if it’s washed out?
Thankfully there’s a reserve day scheduled in the unlikely scenario that bad weather ruins the contest on Sunday.
IND vs AUS: And what about a tie?
It’s super over time!
The one over per side decider will be used if scores finish level, with an unlimited amount of subsequent super overs to be played if the ties keep coming. We could be due one too, as we’re yet to see super over this tournament and five of the six previous editions of the World Cup all contained one tied game.
Possible Starting XIs :-
Australia: David Warner, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Mitch Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
Recent form :-
- Past 10 matches, most recent first. W: win, L: loss, N: no result
- Australia: WWWWWWWWLL
- India: WWWWWWWWWW
What does the winner get ?
Not only will the World Cup winners get to lift the iconic golden ‘cricket ball’ globe trophy tonight but they will also walk away with a cool US$4 million (A$6.15m). It’s the same amount that England took home for winning the last World Cup in 2019 following a nail-biting Super Over at Lord’s.
The total prize pool for the event is US$10m with the runners-up receiving US$2m (A$3m). South Africa and New Zealand, as the two losing semi-finalists, each pocketed US$800,000, while the six teams eliminated after the group stage collected US$100,000. The winners of each of the 45 group stage matches collected $40,000 for their troubles. If India, the only team that’s undefeated at this World Cup, could collect the maximum possible prize of US$4.36m if they prevail tonight. An Australian win would mean the Aussie squad would receive US$4.28m (A$6.58 million).
IND vs AUS: Head-to-head :-
- Overall: Australia (83 wins), India (57 wins), 10 no results
- Past 10 years: Australia (17 wins), India (17 wins), one no result
- At World Cups: Australia (eight wins), India (five wins)
- In World Cup finals: Australia one win (2003 final)
- Most runs: Sachin Tendulkar (3077), Rohit Sharma (2332), Virat Kohli (2313), Ricky Ponting (2164)
- Most wickets: Brett Lee (55), Kapil Dev (45), Mitchell Johnson (43), Steve Waugh (43)
Rapid stats :-
- India have won two of the three World Cup finals they have contested – their only loss came to Australia in 2003.
- A win for Australia would be their sixth ODI World Cup; the next-most successful teams are India and West Indies (two titles each).
- Virat Kohli (1741) needs three runs to move past Ricky Ponting (1743) into second spot on the all-time World Cup run-scorers list, behind only Sachin Tendulkar (2278).
- India have a bowling average of 20.2 at the 2023 World Cup, the lowest bowling average for a team in a single tournament since South Africa averaged 17.9 in 2011.
- Adam Zampa has 22 wickets, the most by an Australian spinner in a single men’s World Cup campaign. He needs one more to match the all-time spinning record, set by Muttiah Muralidaran (23) in 2007.
- Josh Hazlewood has an excellent record against Virat Kohli in ODIs; he’s dismissed the India star five times in eight innings for the cost of only 51 runs.
- Mohammed Shami has had a dominant campaign with 23 wickets but especially so against left-handers, averaging a ridiculous 4.00 against southpaw batters.