The Aussies clinched their 6th World Cup title by defeating the unbeaten side of this tournament at their home ground. After a grand entry into the final, Australia has concluded the 10-match winning streak for the hosts during the IND vs AUS CWC 2023 finals.
It was the proudest moment for the Australian cricket team as well as their fans. At the same time, millions of Indian fans were heartbroken after India once again failed to win the World Cup Title.
Former Indian cricketers such as Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag fumed against Virat Kohli and KL Rahul for not taking any risks against the Australian Part-time bowlers.
Unfortunately, Rohit Sharma and his men after a long journey into the finals with maintaining their longest winning streak, had to conclude as the runner-up of the World Cup 2023 tournament.
IND vs AUS CWC 2023 finals: How did Australia defeat the unbeaten side for their 6th World Cup title?
Australian skipper Pat Cummins’s smart decision to bowl first proved to be advantageous for his team after winning the toss.
Both the teams continued with their same playing XI as compared to the semi-final match of this tournament.
Despite losing the toss on a chasing ground at Narendra Modi Stadium, Rohit Sharma and his men still had a chance to post a high total with their strong batting line-up.
1st Innings of IND vs AUS CWC 2023 finals:
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma’s routine formula of playing a selfless innings completely backfired his plans. After Shubman Gill’s early dismissal, there were maximum opportunities for Rohit Sharma to take hold of the match along with Virat Kohli.
Rohit Sharma’s out-of-control performance terrorized the Indian middle-order batsman during the crucial stage of this tournament.
A stunning catch from Travis Head forced Rohit Sharma to depart after scoring 47 runs from 31 balls( including 4 fours and 3 sixes).
After Shreyas Iyer’s dismissal ( 4 runs from 3 balls), the Aussies started maximizing control of the match.
Kohli and Rahul’s struggling partnership of 67 runs couldn’t revive India against the Australian disciplined bowling and fielding.
Finally, Australian skipper Pat Cummins grabbed the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli after scoring 54 runs from 63 balls (including 4 fours).
KL Rahul’s defending knock of 66 runs from 107 balls( including a four), was concluded by Mitchell Starc.
Overall, India managed to post a total of 240-10 in 50 overs in a grand final against the toughest team.
Shockingly, after Rohit Sharma’s dismissal the Indian batsmen managed to hit only 4 fours. This includes many dot balls, becoming the major reason to post a low total on a difficult pitch.
2nd Innings of IND vs AUS CWC 2023 finals:
Australia openers David Warner and Travis Head started the 2nd innings with a BANG!!!
With 15 runs coming from the first over, the Australian batsmen were set off to a magnificent start.
Mohammed Shami awakened the hopes of the Indian fans by taking the crucial wicket of David Warner ( 7 runs from 3 balls- including a four), at 16-1 in 1.1 overs.
Jasprit Bumrah revived the expectations of all fans by taking crucial wickets of Mitchell Marsh ( 15 runs from 15 balls- including a four and a six) and Smith (4 runs from 9 balls that include only a four).
At 47-3 in 7 overs, the huge crowd at Narendra Modi Stadium was cheered up with the hopes of India winning the World Cup once again.
But, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne silenced the roar of the Indian fans by stitching an effective 192-run partnership. The crucial partnership stabilized Australia’s innings and completely snatched away the game from the men-in-blue.
Marnus Labuschagne’s steady knock of 58 runs from 110 balls (including 4 fours), supported Travis Head to score huge runs.
Travis Head’s century of 137 runs from 120 balls ( 15 fours and 4 sixes) was concluded by Shubman Gill taking a catch at the boundary. But, it was too late as only 2 runs were required for Australia to win their 6th World Cup title.
Glenn Maxwell hits the winning runs as Australia lifts the World Cup trophy for the 6th Time.
Australia comfortably chased the target with a score of 241-3 in 43 overs.
Also, the Aussies shattered the hopes of the men-in-blue to clinch the World Cup 2023 trophy as the unbeaten side on their home ground.
IND vs AUS CWC 2023 finals: Tournament Stats
Finally, the IND vs AUS CWC 2023 finals have been concluded with India being the table-toppers to the runner-up of the tournament.
Here are the top 15 key stats glimpsed after the IND vs AUS CWC 2023 finals:
1. Non-Hosts Team to win the World Cup:
Australia as the non-hosts, becomes the only team to win the World Cup for the maximum times.
2. 7th Player to score a century for a team in World Cup finals:
Australian opener Travis Head becomes the 7th player to score a century for his team in the World Cup finals.
3. Player of the Match:
Australian opener Travis Head grabbed the “Player of the Match” award for his exceptional century.
4. Player of the Tournament:
Virat Kohli with 765 runs in 11 matches, achieved the “Player of the Tournament” award in CWC 2023.
5. Highest Wicket Taker of the Tournament:
Mohammed Shami with 24 wickets, becomes the highest wicket-taker of this tournament.
6. 2nd Time to Win the World Cup on Indian soil:
This is the 2nd time for Australia to win the World Cup on the Indian grounds following the 1987 World Cup.
7. Batsmen to score 50+ runs consecutively in playoffs:
Both Virat Kohli and Travis Head are the only batsmen to score 50+ runs consecutively in playoffs.
8. Team taking the most wickets in a tournament:
Indian bowlers taking 99 wickets in a single World Cup, is the most by any team in a tournament.
9. Indian Captain with longest winning streak in a tournament:
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma is the leading Indian captain to achieve the longest 10-win streak in a single World Cup.
10. Highest Individual scorer in a tournament:
Glenn Maxwell becomes the highest individual run scorer of the tournament with his career-best double-century knock against Afghanistan.
11. Most number of centuries by a Batsman in a tournament:
South African opening batsman Quinton de Kock achieved the most number of centuries in the CWC 2023 tournament.
12. Most Number of sixes hit by a batsman in a tournament:
Rohit Sharma, with 31 sixes in CWC 2023, achieves the record for the most number of sixes hit by any batsman in a tournament.
13. Best Bowling Figures of the tournament:
Mohammed Shami records the best bowling figures of 57-7 against New Zealand during the first semi-final of this tournament.
14. Maximum Dismissal by a wicket-keeper:
Quinton de Kock with the 20 most number of dismissals as a wicket-keeper achieves a special record.
15. Most number of half-centuries scored by a batsman in a tournament:
Virat Kohli scored the most number of half-centuries in the CWC 2023 tournament (6 fifties).
Concluding Facts about IND vs AUS CWC 2023 Finals
Finally, Australia repeated the winning moments of the 2003 World Cup after 20 years.
It would be hard for the Indian cricket team to accept the painful defeat starting their journey to the knockouts as the unbeaten side to becoming the runners-up of the CWC 2023 tournament on their home ground.
Many Indian fans after the IND vs AUS CWC 2023 finals feel that though Australia has won the World Cup Trophy, the men-in-blue have won their hearts forever…
Ultimately, Australia once again proves that they are the KING OF WORLD CUP!!!