Ahmedabad: The Indian team, batting first after losing the toss, made a solid start but faced continuous wickets in the middle overs, leading to added pressure. The entire team managed to score only 240 runs. KL Rahul played a patient innings, scoring 66 runs off 107 balls, while Virat Kohli contributed 54 runs off 63 balls, steadying the team on a challenging pitch.
Captain Rohit Sharma showcased his aggressive style with a quickfire 47 runs in 31 balls, featuring 4 fours and 3 sixes. Suryakumar Yadav contributed 18 runs off 28 balls. Mitchell Starc was the key performer for Australia, taking 3 wickets, while Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood claimed 2 wickets each.
The target of 241 runs now rests on the Indian bowlers to defend. Throughout the tournament, Indian fast bowlers, including Mohammed Shami, Bumrah, and Siraj, have displayed outstanding performances. Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav have also been effective in preventing opposition batsmen from settling in the middle overs. The onus is now on the bowlers and fielders to determine India's success against Australia.
The Indian team reached the final after winning 10 consecutive matches, while Australia secured their spot with 8 consecutive victories. India defeated New Zealand in the semi-final, while Australia emerged victorious against South Africa. India aims to clinch the World Cup title for the third time, having previously won in 1983 and 2011. Australia, the Kangaroo team, boasts 5 ODI World Cup titles.