Virat Kohli and KL Rahul scored half-centuries as India managed to come back from losing back-to-back wickets to post 240 against Australia in the World Cup final in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Australia produced a special performance with the ball to bowl out India for 240 in 50 overs in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023 final at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Put into bat, India got off to a flying start thanks to captain Rohit Sharma’s quickfire 47 but they struggled from there on a slow pitch at Motera.
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul added 67 for the third wicket to steady the innings but once the former was dismissed for 54, things got even tougher for the hosts.
Rahul played a patient knock of 66 off 107 balls but even he perished while trying to up the ante in the death overs. India’s lower-order batters also found it tough to score with Ravindra Jadeja (9) and Suryakumar Yadav (18) not able to contribute anything significant to the total.
For the Aussies, Mitchell Starc was the chief wrecker with 3 for 55 while captain Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood bagged a couple of wickets each. Spinners Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa also contributed with a wicket each.