Hosts India face off with five-time champions Australia in Ahmedabad on Sunday in what should be an epic conclusion to the 2023 Cricket World Cup.
Australia to win - 2/1
India have been the team to beat from the start of the tournament and after ten wins in a row their favouritism for the final is fully deserved.
They will have a passionate 130,000 crowd behind them and know the conditions and surface at the Narenra Modi Stadium better than anyone.
Ten of their likely starting XI have made significant contributions along the way with only Suryakumar Yadav owing his side some runs after a dismal trot that has seen him score just 88 runs in six knocks.
The consistent brilliance of Virat Kohli, who has hit three tons and three more scores of 85 or more, has ensured India have always posted enough runs on the board while their bowling attack have been lethal.
Mohammmed Shami has taken 23 wickets in six games and enters the final with ridiculously low economy and strike rates.
While their journey to the final has seemed inevitable since they overcame Australia by six wickets in their opening group game, the Green and Gold were required to recalibrate during the tournament.
The five-time 50-over kings also had to deal with the absence of all-rounders Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell for key gamers at the back end of the group stage, but a tight-knit squad pulled together and produced.
Despite including only one front-line spinner, Australia’s bowling attack has performed better than many expected.
Pat Cummins’ unit has looked particularly effective when the batters have given them enough runs to play with, although they produced their best when fielding first in Thursday’s semi-final win over South Africa.
Like India, Australia have compiled three totals in excess of 350 when batting first, but appear more comfortable when chasing their opponents down as they did in their final two group matches and the semi-final.
David Warner to score 30 or more runs - 5/6
David Warner appears to be in the mood to add one last glorious chapter to the book of his glittering career.
The left-hander has struck two centuries in the tournament and regularly been a spark plug for his team in the field.
Warner blasted four sixes in his knock of 29 against South Africa on Thursday and both he and Travis Head will look to get Australia off to a flyer by maximising the potential of the Powerplay.
He has six scores of 40 or above in his last seven innings against the Man in Blue, five of which were in India, and has never before been removed by either Jasprit Bumrah or Mohammed Siraj, the hosts’ opening bowlers, in ODI cricket.
India Over 0.5 Total Run Outs @ 13/8
Australia’s fielding in India has been consistently excellent with the Green and Gold helping themselves to two run outs in the eight-wicket win over Bangladesh last Saturday.
Their dynamism in the outfield could prey on any nerves in the India side, who have experienced heartbreaking run outs in major knockout games of the recent past such as Virender Sehwag in the 2003 final and MS Dhoni in the semi-final four years ago.
India’s batters have been a touch dozy at times in the tournament with four run outs suffered and several more narrowly averted such as one for Kohli just before he made his century in the semi-final.
India are expected to play an unchanged side and resist the temptation to draft in another spinner in the shape of the experienced Ravichandran Ashwin.
No changes are anticipated for Australia either with wicketkeeper Josh Inglis finally having performed well enough with the bat in the semi-final after struggling previously.
The host nation have won the last three editions of this global 50-over event - India (2011), Australia (2015) and England (2019).
India hold the record for the highest run chase in a final (275 in 2011) and the lowest score defended (183 in 1983).
India’s Virat Kohli (711 runs) and Mohammed Shami (23 wickets) are the top tournament performers with bat and ball.
Three of the four highest individual innings in the tournament have been scored by Australians with Glenn Maxwell’s 201 not out against Afghanistan unlikely to be bettered.
Australia and India provide all four of the leading six-hitters in tournament with Sharma (28) out in front of Shreyas Iyer (24), Maxwell (24) and Warner (24).
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