Whether it is batting or fielding, Virat Kohli is the player who gives his best performance on the field. It is not a rare sight to see Kohli getting pumped up while fielding and sledging the opponents to bring them mentally down. A similar scene was witnessed in the India vs Australia 2023 ODI World Cup final at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Team India got off to a flying start with the ball as Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami picked up three wickets inside the first seven overs. India's fielding was not up to the mark as they conceded too many extras in a short span of time. However, Shami gave the first breakthrough with the wicket of dangerous David Warner in the second over.
Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh tackled the Indian pace duo, but Bumrah struck in the fifth over to get rid of the right-hander. A couple of overs later the premier fast bowler got his second wicket as he removed an out-of-form Steve Smith cheaply. Australia were reduced to 47/3 when Marnus Labuschagne arrived at the crease.
The Indian team were excited after getting three wickets and Kohi, as usual, was seen pumped up. The former India skipper tried to give the new batter a hard time by constantly saying something in his ear in an animated manner. After the completion of the 9th over, Kohli was seen giving Labuschagne a death stare as he was ensuring the Aussie batter not settle comfortably.
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Travis Head puts Australia in the driver's seat
Chasing a below-par target of 241 runs, the Aussie left-hander Travis Head took on the Indian bowlers right from the start and put pressure on them. Even as Australia lost early wickets, the opening batter did not lose his composure and instead stuck to his usual approach. He registered consecutive half-centuries, the seventh player to score 50-plus runs in both semi & final in a World Cup edition. After 30 overs, Australia are at 167/3 with Labuschagne (37 off 71) and Head (82 off 86) at the crease.