The resilient Australian cricket team triumphed when it counted at the final of the cricket ICC World Cup held on Sunday 19 November in Ahmedabad beating the unbeatable Indian cricket team and winning the Cricket World Cup trophy in 2023.
Earlier Virat Kohli with his superb century and Mohammed Shami hauling seven wickets, beating New Zealand in the first semi-final held on Wednesday 15 November, catapulted unbeaten Indian cricket team into the final of the ICC World Cup to be held on Sunday 19 November in Ahmadabad where they play Australia, who thrashed South Africa in the second semi final held on Thursday 16 November.
The Indian team heroes top the ladder in both batting and bowling where Virat Kohli is now the top run-scorer with with 711 runs while Mohammed Shami is the top wicket taker with 23 tickets so far in the tournament with the final still to be played.
Kohli starred with the bat during the match with his 50th century in one day internationals beating the record of fellow Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar with 49 centuries while Shami was sensational with his incredible bowling spell during the 10 allocated overs hauling seven New Zealand scalps.
While reflecting on his magnificent performance after the match, Shami said, “I was waiting for my chance and tried to keep things simple. There’s a lot of focus on variation, but I believe in the old adage of getting the ball up. I was a little disappointed that there was a catch dropped. But fortunately, the slower ball was working and I was very happy to get that wicket [of Williamson].”
During the second semi-final between South Africa and Australia, yesterday evening in Calcutta, South Africa, yet again cracked during the pressure from resilient Australians and struggled during the initial phase of the game in spite of winning the toss and batting first.
Instead of going for a high score while saving wickets, South Africa collapsed to 4/24 in 11.5 overs against the high quality bowling of Starc (3/34) and Hazlewood (2/12) ending with a modest score of all out for 212.
Australian openers, Travis Head and David Warner started their batting with a bang scoring 0/24 in just 3.3 overs on the way to an opening partnership of 60 in 6.1 overs with Travis Head hammering 62 in just 48 balls while David Warner scoring quick shot 29 in 18 balls that included four sixes.
In spite of a a break due to rain, Australia easily hauled the South African run tally scoring 7/215 with 16 balls to spare winning the semi final with 3 wickets and set for a highly exciting final with unbeatable India on Sunday 19 November in Ahmedabad.