Australia clinched their sixth ODI World Cup title with a 6-wicket win against India in the ODI World Cup 2023 final. It was also the second defeat for Team India against Australia in an ODI World Cup final; last time, was in the ODI World Cup 2003 final when India lost to the Aussies by 125 runs.
Australian skipper Pat Cummins won the toss and asked India to bat first; batting first, Team India posted an average and respectable total of 240 runs, losing all wickets in the allotted 50 overs in the first innings. Star opener and skipper, Rohit Sharma scored 47 runs off 31 balls, with 4 fours and 3 sixes.
Apart from Rohit Sharma, former skipper Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper-batter KL Rahul scored half-centuries, scoring 54 and 66 runs to help India post a total of 240 runs in the 50 overs.
The veteran pacer Mitchell Starc scalped 3 wickets, alongside 2 wickets each claimed by Josh Hazlewood and skipper Pat Cummins. Other than these three, spin bowlers, Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa also picked one wicket each.
Travis Head led Australia's successful and historic run-chase
While chasing the target, Australia got some early blows as they lost 3 wickets at the score of 47 runs in 7 overs when Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah scalped one and two wickets respectively for India.
But then came a sensational century from Travis Head, who scored 137 runs off 120 balls with 15 fours and 4 sixes, and his partnership of 192 runs for the fourth wicket with the star middle-order batter Marnus Labuschagne. This partnership helped Australia to comfortably cross the winning line in 43 overs and win the match by 6 wickets, scoring 241 runs for the loss of 4 wickets.
Here’s how fans reacted to India's defeat in ODI World Cup 2023 final:
Kyu humare sath aisa hota hai kyuu?#INDvsAUSfinal— 💮 (@Prachi97140428) November 19, 2023
To win knockout games , good skills are not enough you must also have very strong nerves.— Tom Boy (@TomBoy23039134) November 19, 2023
All new Indian Heroes,Gill, Ayyer, Suriya, Siraj , Kuldeep couldn't handle big match pressure.
You may have natural skills but nerves and attitude is given from leadership.#INDvsAUSfinal
Well Played India!!🇮🇳#INDvsAUSFinal— Juber Ahmed (@JuberAhmed_In) November 19, 2023