IMAGES from the ICC World Cup final played between India and Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
After Kohli’s 50, as India struggled to find big runs, Rahul finally got a boundary off the 2nd ball of the 27th over as he paddle sweeps a middle-and-leg stump delivery for the first four in 97 balls!
But just when Kohli and Rahul were beginning to cement a partnership, Cummins brings himself on and gets the much-needed breakthrough. A short of length ball, Kohli tries to get on top of the bounce while defending, only to get the inside edge, onto the popping crease and onto the stumps. Kohli bowled out for 54 off 63 balls. Cummins gets his second, fans silenced in the crowds.
With the bowlers giving next to nothing away and the Australian fielders putting in the dives in the deep, the boundaries dry up.
But Kohli and Rahul keep the scoreboard ticking and Kohli gets his 5th successive 50 in the 26th over.
KL Rahul and Kohli then steady the ship, just knocking the ball around.
From over 11 to 20, India scored just 35 runs and lost one wicket.
Iyer’s stay at the crease lasted barely three balls as he was caught behind. He gets a fine outside edge as he tries to play the wrong line off the bowling off Pat Cummins and he walks back for 4 off 3 balls.
After a quiet 9th over, Rohit starts the Glenn Maxwell over with a six and four before he miscues a shot attempted towards mid-on and the ball goes in the air. Travis Head runs back from cover-point, stretched full length forward to complete a clean catch, and a fabulous effort to take out Rohit. Rohit out for 47 off 31.
Shreyas Iyer gets off the mark with a four off just the second ball he faces and
Gill looked nervous as he pulled at a short ball and handed a simple catch to mid-on as India lost their first wicket at 30-1 in 4.2 overs.
Virat Kohli came in at No 3 and got off to a superb start.
He smashed Starc for back-to-back fours in the 7th over as 14 come off it.
Rohit got lucky in the 4th over when an attempted pull short fell just short of Travis Head at deep backward square leg.
Rohit made the Aussies chase leather as India reached 30-0 after 4 overs.
Rohit Sharma gave India a rollicking start.
He took on Josh Hazlewood taking him to the cleaners.
Shubman Gill was a tad tentative and while he struggled at one end, Rohit went great guns at the other.
Earlier, Australia captain Pat Cummins won the toss and elected to field against India in the final of the 50-overs World Cup at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday.
Two-time champions India have been the form team winning all 10 games to make the final against five-time winners Australia in the world’s largest cricket stadium.
Both the teams fielded the same set of 11 players who featured in their respective semi-final victories.
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