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Nov 18, 2023

India vs Australia: Clash of titans in World Cup final


India vs Australia: Clash of Titans

India will come to a virtual standstill on Sunday when its cricket team led by Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli takes on five-time champion Australia in the Cricket World Cup final.

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Narendra Modi stadium: World's largest cricket venue

The final will be played at Narendra Modi Stadium, the world’s largest cricket venue with a seating capacity of 132,000.

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India's unbeaten streak

India have played in front of partisan crowds during the six-week tournament. The home side has channeled that weight of expectations and pressure to win ten consecutive games — the only unbeaten team.

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Virat Kohli: The focal point of India's success

Virat Kohli has been the focal point for this Indian performance. Now the foremost ODI batter in history with 50 centuries, he has scored 711 runs in 10 innings at average of 101.57.

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India's dominant bowling attack

India's dominance in this World Cup has been underlined by their bowling attack. Mohammed Shami has been the leader — 23 wickets in only six games.

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Australia: Most dominant side in World Cup history

Going for their sixth title, Australia are the most dominant side in World Cup history. Now in their eighth final, they stand between India's quest for a third title.

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India vs Australia: A history of knockout matches

Australia beat India in the 2015 World Cup semifinal at Sydney, enroute to their fifth title. In 2011, Yuvraj Singh's heroic half-century allowed the eventual championship-winning home side to beat Australia in the quarterfinals at Ahmedabad.

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Ricky Ponting's heroics in the 2003 final

The 2003 final in Johannesburg was the last time the teams met in a championship match. Skipper Ricky Ponting smashed an unbeaten 140 as Australia won by 125 runs, amassing 359/2 before India surrendered meekly with 234/9.

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Rohit Sharma: India's key player

Rohit Sharma will once again look to take the attack to Australia captain Pat Cummins and his fellow bowlers. Sharma especially loves short deliveries and has hit the most sixes in this tournament — 28.

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Australia's revival in the tournament

Australia lost their first two games — to India and South Africa — and were in 10th and last place in the standings with no points on October 15. Since, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh and Adam Zampa have been the cornerstones of their revival.

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India vs Australia: The ultimate showdown

"India has been the best in the tournament so far and we both find ourselves in the final. We played them in the first game of the tournament, now we get to take them on in the last. What a place to be at the end of a World Cup" - Mitchell Starc

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