The stage is set for the most anticipated clash of the year: the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 final between India and Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The two cricketing giants will lock horns for the coveted trophy on Sunday, November 19, in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.
India, the hosts and the favourites, have been unstoppable in the tournament so far, winning all their six matches with ease. Led by Rohit Sharma, who has scored three centuries in the World Cup, India have a formidable batting lineup that includes Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane. Their bowling attack is equally impressive, with Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj wreaking havoc on the opposition batsmen.
Australia, on the other hand, have had a mixed campaign, losing two matches against South Africa and New Zealand. However, they bounced back strongly to secure their spot in the final with a convincing win over England in the semi-final. The five-time champions have a balanced team that boasts of world-class players like Steven Smith, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. They also have the experience of playing in big finals and know how to handle pressure situations.
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The final will be a clash of contrasting styles and strategies, as India will rely on their aggressive and flamboyant approach, while Australia will bank on their gritty and resilient attitude. Both teams have a rich history of rivalry and have played some memorable matches in the past. The last time they met in a World Cup final was in 2003, when Australia thrashed India by 125 runs to lift their third title.
The Narendra Modi Stadium, which has a capacity of 132,000 spectators, is expected to be packed with passionate fans who will cheer for their respective teams. The pitch is likely to be flat and good for batting, with some assistance for the spinners as the match progresses. The weather forecast is sunny and dry, with no chances of rain.
The World Cup 2023 Final match will start at 1:30 PM IST (8:00 AM GMT) and will be telecast live on Star Sports network and Hotstar app.