November 19, 2023

Cricket World Cup final LIVE updates: Australia take on India in decider

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Why Steve Smith should have reviewed

Here’s why Steve Smith should have called for the DRS after his LBW dismissal …


On target, but can Aussies survive?

Travis Head has provided back-to-back boundaries off Shami – a delicate glide through gully, and a strong on drive – to give the Australians momentum.

After the 10-over opening power play, the Australians are 3-60. They are well on target for victory in terms of runs, but can they survive? India struggled from this point in their innings. Australia’s target is 241.


Should have reviewed – Smith joins growing exodus

Bumrah has delivered a magical opening spell, and now has Steve Smith (4 off 9) to his credit, leaving Australia at 3-47.

Smith had been in good touch, but a slower delivery which cut back and trapped him lbw ended his stay. Smith should have reviewed the decision, for it would have been reversed, for he was hit outside the line of off stump, as replays later proved.


Turn back time – How Cummins got Kohli

The pressure is on Australia with the bat, but it wasn’t long ago that the same was said about India, particularly when Pat Cummins delivered this.

Cummins had a fine afternoon in the field.


Wicket – Marsh gone as Bumrah strikes

While Shami has struggled for accuracy with the new ball, Bumrah, at times, has been unplayable, and deserved the wicket of Mitch Marsh, who lashed at a delivery banged in short of a length and tickled an edge behind. For Marsh, it was a case of if you live by the sword, there can be no regrets if you die by that same sword.

On his way: David Warner’s brief stay ends after he was caught behind.Credit: Getty Images

Steve Smith is now at the crease. Australia are 2-41 after five overs. Game on.


Wicket – Warner falls after Head makes bold start

Bumrah, conceding three runs an over through the tournament, conceded 15 off his first over. Travis Head was the man who inflicted most of the damage, with two punching boundaries through extra cover.

However, Warner fell in the next over, when he chased at a wide delivery from Mohammed Shami – from around the wicket to the left-hander – and was caught behind. Shami, with 24 wickets, is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.

Gone: David Warner made only seven after an aggressive start in the World Cup final.Credit: Getty Images

The ball is hooping about, but Mitch Marsh and Head are maintaining an aggressive disposition.

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We are back – Warner on strike

David Warner will take the first delivery, with pace ace Jasprit Bumrah given the new ball. And Warner is given a life – a thick edge from a swinging delivery spearing between first and second slips.

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Do India ‘believe’?

We’re counting down the minutes to when play resumes ….

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Australia to chase 241 for World Cup glory

It seems unfathomable that India were bowled out for 240 in 50 overs, after skipper Rohit Sharma had helped his team muscle its way to 50 in the seventh over. Virat Kohli also threatened to take the game away from the visitors, but Pat Cummins and his men had other ideas.

Cummins’ clever use of his bowlers, an excellent game plan built around slow, short-pitched deliveries from the quicks, and superb fielding and catching – Travis Head take a bow -ensured the Australians are well-placed to claim a record sixth World Cup.

This is how we do it: Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc celebrate a wicket.Credit: AP

Mitchell Starc (3-55), Josh Hazlewood (2-60) and Cummins (2-34) were superb, while Glenn Maxwell dismissed the threatening Sharma.

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Can you guess who Adam Zampa is equal with?

It’s been a fine tournament for Adam Zampa, so much so that he has joined spin bowling royalty.

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