India’s Unbeaten Streak Leads to Finals
India, the hosts of the tournament, have maintained an unbeaten record in their journey to the World Cup final, a feat they haven’t achieved since their victorious campaign on home soil in 2011. They secured their place in the final with a stylish victory over New Zealand in the semi-finals, following a flawless performance in the league stage where they won all nine matches.
Australia Secures Final Spot After Thrilling Semi-Final
The final match will see India face off against Australia, who secured their place after a nail-biting semi-final against South Africa at Eden Gardens. This marks yet another final appearance for Australia in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, adding to their previous appearances in 1975, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015, and now 2023.
Decisive Match at Narendra Modi Stadium
After 47 matches spread over six weeks, the 2023 Cricket World Cup title will be decided in a single 100-over match at the Narendra Modi Stadium. The venue, with a capacity of 130,000, is expected to host a record crowd for this much-anticipated final.
Historic Wins for Both Teams
India, the hosts, have previously won the Men’s Cricket World Cup twice, first in 1983 in the UK and then in 2011 on home soil. On the other hand, Australia boasts a record of five titles, the most recent one being in 2015, making them the most successful nation in the tournament’s history.
Australia’s Winning Streak in Finals
Australia has a history of triumph in the Cricket World Cup finals, having won in their last four appearances. They enter the final match against India with high spirits after their semi-final victory over South Africa.
Recap of League Stage Encounter
When India and Australia met in the league stage of the tournament, India emerged victorious with a six-wicket win. Despite a rocky start with Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, and Shreyas Iyer departing for ducks in the initial overs, India managed a winning start thanks to an excellent bowling performance and a strong chase led by Virat Kohli (85) and KL Rahul (97*). They reached their target with 8.4 overs to spare, setting the stage for an exciting final.