Fans at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday, November 19 are witnessing a gripping encounter between cricket powerhouses India and Australia in the ODI World Cup 2023 final match. Australian captain Pat Cummins won the toss and opted to field, putting the onus on India’s top-order batter to set a formidable total.
Expectations were high, especially from the in-form Shreyas Iyer, who had showcased his prowess with two consecutive centuries in the preceding games. However, Cummins had other plans, dismissing Iyer in the 11th over with a well-executed length ball just outside off. Iyer, attempting to play the delivery too close to the off-stump, found himself caught behind after a slight misjudgment, contributing only 4 runs to the scoreboard.
Earlier, while starting the innings, true to his explosive style, skipper Rohit Sharma got off to a blistering start, but the promising Shubman Gill succumbed early to Mitchell Starc, managing only 4 runs. With the scorecard reading a mixture of promise and setbacks, Virat Kohli entered the fray with an aggressive intent.
Brilliant bowling display by Australia
However, the Australians struck a crucial blow by removing Rohit just three runs short of his half-century. Glenn Maxwell, with his guile, induced a false stroke from the Indian captain, and a sensational catch by Travis Head saw him departing, leaving the team in a challenging position.
Cummins continued to be a thorn in India’s side, claiming the wicket of Iyer in the following over. Now, the responsibility of stabilizing the Indian innings lies on the shoulders of KL Rahul and Kohli, who are attempting to forge a partnership to steady the ship.
The ODI World Cup final has unfolded as a gripping contest, with the pendulum swinging between the two cricketing giants. As the match progresses, the cricketing world awaits with bated breath to see which team will emerge victorious and etch their name in the annals of cricketing history.
Here’s how fans reacted:
Let's hope for a strong comeback and resilient performance from the rest of the team.
— The Pet Nation (@thepetnationn) November 19, 2023
Is this what we call choking?
— NO CONTEXT VIBE (@No_Context_Vibe) November 19, 2023
No yaar. What have you done Shreyas Iyer 😔😭
— Aarushi Joshi (@Aarushijoshii) November 19, 2023
Another wicket falls, a disappointing turn for Team India.
— ꧁ঔৣ☬Ākhįł☬ঔৣ꧂ (@akhil_nair_777) November 19, 2023
Captain you had to play a little selfish inning
— cricketbuzz⁴⁵ (@Mohdyasir6911) November 19, 2023
Pacer ke against out hoke Iyer ne apni aukaat dikhaa di😭😭 pic.twitter.com/25Iy14vNrF
— Utkarsh (@utkarshh_tweet) November 19, 2023
My hope is dying
— Lailaa (@mee_lailaa) November 19, 2023
What have you done Shreyas. We were expecting something big today 😔
— Indian Stats & Index (@statsfeed_india) November 19, 2023
Australia is in the game now
— $oulMate (@RatiodMate69) November 19, 2023