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Cricket World Cup 2023 Final: IND vs AUS Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: India vs Australia, World Cup 2023 Final (IND vs AUS)

Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

Date and time: November 19, 2023, 2 PM IST.

India is set to face Australia in the final of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The Men in Blue aim to secure their third trophy, having previously triumphed in 1983 and 2011. Undefeated in the tournament, they won all 10 of their games, with their latest victory being a 70-run triumph over New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium in the semi-final. Meanwhile, Australia secured their spot in the final with a narrow win against South Africa at the Eden Gardens.

When India and Pakistan met in the group stage, India won by six wickets and 52 balls remaining. The Indian bowlers put up a brilliant show, restricting Australia to a total of 199. Ravindra Jadeja picked up three wickets, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav picked up two, while Mohammad Siraj, Hardik Pandya and Ravi Ashwin took one each. In the chase, India gunned down the target in 41.2 overs. KL Rahul remained unbeaten on 97 while Virat Kohli scored 85.

Virat Kohli’s outstanding display has stood out in India’s journey, breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s World Cup run record and reaching 50 ODI centuries. Kohli has amassed a total of 711 runs in this tournament. Just 39 more runs, and he will achieve the distinction of being the first batsman to accumulate 750 or more runs in a single edition of the World Cup.

Mohammed Shami, who has played only six matches, emerges as the top wicket-taker in the competition. After maintaining a perfect record of 10 wins, India will be looking to secure an 11th victory on the biggest stage.

Ahead of the Cricket World Cup 2023 final, here is everything you need to know to maximize your chances of winning cash prizes on MPL fantasy.

IND vs AUS weather update and pitch report

The pitch surface at the Narendra Modi Stadium has proven favorable for both batsmen and fielders. In the ongoing tournament, the venue has staged four matches, including the opener, and has not been particularly favorable for high run-scoring. The highest total achieved is Australia’s 286, and England, attempting the chase, was dismissed for 253.

The weather in Ahmedabad is expected to be sunny and clear with no rain forecast. The temperature during the day will be around 29 degrees Celsius.

India team news and predicted XI

Team news: India have not changed their playing XI since their match against New Zealand in Dharamsala. They have played the same XI in the last six games and are likely to do the same in the summit clash.

Squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (vc and wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Ishan Kishan and Prasidh Krishna.

Predicted XI: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul (wk), 6 Suryakumar Yadav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Mohammed Shami, 9 Jasprit Bumrah, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Mohammed Siraj.

Australia team news and predicted XI

Team news: Like India, Australia too are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI. They do not have any injury concerns ahead of the final.

Squad: Pat Cummins, David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis (wk), Alex Carey (wk), Sean Abbott.

Predicted XI: 1 David Warner, 2 Travis Head, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Steven Smith, 5 Marnus Labuschagne, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Josh Inglis (wk), 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Pat Cummins (capt), 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood.

IND vs AUS head-to-head

In the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup, India and Australia have clashed 13 times, showcasing an intense rivalry. Australia holds the upper hand in these encounters, winning 8 out of 13 matches. India faced defeat to Australia in the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and the finals of the 2003 World Cup. Overall, in the 150 ODI matches between India and Australia, India emerged victorious in 57, while Australia claimed victory in 83 encounters. Additionally, 10 matches concluded without a result.

Players to watch out for

Here we list five players you can pick in your fantasy team for IND vs AUS, Cricket World Cup 2023 final

Rohit Sharma – batsman, India

Rohit Sharma has led from the front not just as a captain but also as a batsman. He has scored 550 runs in 10 matches, boasting an average of 55 and a strike rate of 124.15. This includes a century and three half-centuries, and a highest score of 131. In the recent five matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Sharma scored 239 runs at an average of 47.8 and a strike rate of 113.81.

Virat Kohli – batsman, India

Virat Kohli is the leading run-scorer in the tournament. He has scored  711 runs in 10 matches, showcasing an impressive average of 101.57 and a strike rate of 90.69. This includes three centuries and five half-centuries, and a highest score of 117. In the most recent five matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Kohli scored 357 runs at an average of 89.25 and a strike rate of 90.84.

David Warner – batsman, Australia

David Warner has scored 528 runs in 10 matches at an average or 52.8 and a strike rate of 107.54. The opener has two centuries, two half-centuries and a top score of 163. In the last five matches, Warner has made 196 runs at an average of 39.2 and a strike rate of 103.7. His experience will be very crucial to India in the big game.

Mohammad Shami – bowler, India

Mohammed Shami is in the form of his life. In just six matches, he has picked up 23 wicket, including three five-wicket hauls. He has maintained an average of 9.13 and an economy of 5.01.

Mitchell Marsh – batsman, India

Mitchell Marsh of has made a significant impact with 426 runs in nine matches, maintaining an average of 53.25 and a strike rate of 107.85. This right-handed opening batter boasts two centuries and one half-century, achieving an outstanding best score of 177 not out. In the recent five matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Marsh contributed 246 runs with an average of 61.5 and an impressive strike rate of 114.42.

MPL XI for India vs Australia, World Cup final

IND vs AUS – where and what time to watch the match live in India

The India vs Australia ODI will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app. The match will begin at 2.00 PM IST on November 19.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks.

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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