Australia’s experienced veterans put on a masterclass performance in the World Cup final against India, restricting them to a total of 240 runs. Despite some impressive moments from Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, Australia’s dominance shone through. Let’s take a closer look at the key moments of the match.
One of the standout performances of the day came from Rohit Sharma, who displayed his aggressive batting style. He took on the Australian bowlers, hitting two sixes off Josh Hazlewood to give his team an early advantage. However, his innings was cut short when he attempted to hit off-spinner Glenn Maxwell over the ring and was caught by Travis Head.
Australia’s fielding was exceptional throughout the match, with David Warner making diving saves near the ropes and Head taking a brilliant running catch to dismiss Rohit Sharma. Their fielding frustrated the Indian batters and forced them to change their approach. The Australian captain, Pat Cummins, made strategic field placements to put pressure on the Indian batsmen.
Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer, playing in their first World Cup final, seemed nervous and struggled to settle in. Gill’s innings ended when he attempted a half-hearted pull shot and was caught by Adam Zampa. Shreyas lasted only three balls before being caught by Cummins.
Despite these setbacks, Kohli and Rahul steadied the innings and put on a partnership of 67 runs for the fourth wicket. Their partnership was more industrious than flashy, but it was exactly what India needed at that moment. Kohli was eventually dismissed for 54, chopping a delivery from Cummins onto his stumps. Rahul continued to hold the innings together with a composed knock of 66.
Pat Cummins, who had been relatively quiet throughout the tournament, stepped up on the biggest stage. He took crucial wickets, including those of Kohli and Shreyas, and bowled economically. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood also contributed with five wickets between them, using their variations effectively on a pitch that didn’t offer much assistance. The spinners – Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell, and Travis Head – played their part by restricting the run flow in the middle overs.
India struggled to find boundaries in their innings, with two prolonged periods of boundary drought. The partnership between Rahul and Kohli saw only one boundary, and between the 41st and 50th overs, India managed just two fours. This was a significant departure from their usual batting prowess throughout the tournament.
In the end, Australia’s grizzly-haired veterans proved too strong for India, showcasing their big-game experience. Their exceptional fielding, disciplined bowling, and ability to restrict boundaries played a crucial role in their victory. India, despite their efforts, fell short in the World Cup final.
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