The final of ODI World Cup-2023 is to be played between India and Australia. (AFP Photo)
India and Australia have made it to the finals of the ODI World Cup-2023 by showing a brilliant game. These two teams will face each other at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday. The Indian team is dreaming of becoming world champion for the third time, while the Australian team wants to lift this trophy for the sixth time. There will be no dearth of thrill in this title match as both the teams will give their all to win the title. To reach here, both the teams have shown amazing performance and have reached here by defeating the other teams. Let us tell you how has been the journey of these two teams.
Before this, let us tell you that the Australian team had won this title five times – in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015. India had lifted this trophy for the first time in 1983 and then 28 years later, under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Team India became the world champion for the second time.
This was the journey of India
India has reached the finals remaining unbeaten. This team did not lose even a single match. At the same time, no team could even challenge this team. India played its first match against Australia in Chennai. Team India bowled brilliantly and bowled out Australia for 199 runs and then India achieved the target in 41.2 overs after losing four wickets. After this, India defeated Afghanistan by eight wickets in the match played in Delhi. The next match of India was against Pakistan in Ahmedabad, on which the eyes of the whole world were watching. India scored a hat-trick of victory by defeating its arch rival by seven wickets. Then India defeated Bangladesh by 7 wickets in Pune. Team India’s next match was against New Zealand in Dharamshala. This was considered a very difficult match because New Zealand had won four consecutive matches. But Team India stopped its victorious chariot. India won this match by four wickets.
India faced defending champions England in Lucknow and won the match by 100 runs. India again faced Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India gave a target of 358 runs to Sri Lanka, but the Sri Lankan team collapsed for only 55 runs in front of this huge score. Then India defeated another strong team of this tournament, South Africa. India defeated South Africa by 243 runs at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata. India played the last match of the league stage against Netherlands on 12th November, the day of Diwali. India won this match by 160 runs. In the semi-finals, Team India faced New Zealand, which India won by 70 runs and made it to the finals.
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However, Australia’s start was not good. He had to face defeat in the first two matches. India defeated them by six wickets in Chennai. After this, in the second match, South Africa defeated Australia by 134 runs. In the third match, Australia faced Sri Lanka and in this match Australia won by five wickets. Then the five-time champions defeated Pakistan by 62 runs in the match played in Bengaluru. In the match played in Delhi, Australia defeated Netherlands by 309 runs. Then the Australian team faced New Zealand in Dharamsala and was successful in winning the match by five runs. Australia again defeated England by 33 runs in Ahmedabad.
After this came the match which created history. Australia faced Afghanistan in Mumbai. Afghanistan scored 291 runs and started pushing Australia towards defeat with their bowling, but Glenn Maxwell single-handedly played an unbeaten inning of 201 runs to give Australia a three-wicket win. Australia played its last league match against Bangladesh in Pune and won by eight wickets. Australia faced South Africa in the semi-finals. In this exciting match, Australia won by three wickets and made it to the finals.