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On Sunday, 19th November, the 40-day winning streak of Men in Blue comes to an end, the mighty Australians outplayed the Indians in every aspect of the game and became the world champions. Australia won the toss and decided to field first, restricting the Indians to just 240. In an attempt to chase 241, Australia got off to a rough start when Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh were removed by Jasprit Bumrah, and David Warner was removed by Mohammed Shami, leaving Australia at 47/3. After that, Head and Marnus Labuschagne, who amassed a resolute half-century of his own, formed an unbreakable alliance to help Australia cross the finish line.
Australia won the World Cup 2023
India scored 240 runs in the innings, with a patient 66 runs off 107 balls, Rahul is the top-scorer for India, and Virat Kohli also reached a half-century. India was saved by Kohli and Rahul after the hosts lost Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer in the span of five balls, falling to 81-3. In an attempt to quicken the run rate, Rohit continued his Ro-ball style and scored a quick 47. In the last over of the first powerplay he hit Maxwell for 10 runs in the first three balls and tried to hit him again on the 4th ball, but the ball didn’t turn and went on to Travis Head, who took a blunder and secured the World Cup.
As the captain of Australia said they saved the best for the last and they showed it through their performance. After the dismissal of Rohit Sharma India was able to score only 5 boundaries in 242 balls. Kangaroos came up with a strong game plan against every Indian player and then executed it very successfully, the 1 over spell by Mitchell Starc, the overs of the 5th baller and the wicket of Surya Kumar Yadav tell the story of how good Australians are with their game plan.
When the yellow army back to the middle to chase, they showed their intent from the very first ball. Australian openers smashed the Indian ballers with 5 boundaries in just two overs to Bumrah and Shami. However Indian bowlers made a strong comeback and took three quick wickets in the first 10 overs, but somehow Head and Marnus managed to survive the furious spell of Indian bowlers. Once the ball stops dancing both the Australian batsmen start playing their natural game and get their team off the mark.
It was the last ball of the 43rd over and Maxwell hit it to deep mid-wicket, as soon as he completed the second run he raised his bat and celebrated the win. The celebration of Maxwell put 142 crore Indians into disappointment and tears. Virat Kohli for his consistency and record-breaking runs awarded Player of the Tournament and Travis Head was received as Man of the Match. “Rohit Sharma is one of the unluckiest players on the earth,” said the Australian opener Travis Head.