Adrian Mills' tips for the final match of the 2023 Cricket World include a fast start for the hosts and a big score for their talisman.
India have been the dominant force at this year’s World Cup, winning all ten games on home soil with ease.
They face an Australian side in the final that have overcome two losses in their first two games to win the next eight in a row, including a tense success over South Africa in the semi-finals.
Despite their strong recent performances, India are red hot favourites for this clash with the conditions and circumstances all in their favour at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Hosts can get off to a fast start
India’s top-order have been crucial to their success at this tournament and whichever team ends up batting first, it seems that India have the advantage in that department.
The hosts’ top five are averaging 67.63 across the tournament, while their Australian equivalents are averaging just 39.48.
Despite the likelihood that this will be a more low-scoring clash than some at this tournament on a trickier pitch for batters, expect India’s to still get off to the faster start.
Given the discrepancy in those averages and India’s strong starts to all of their games at the tournament, they look a solid proposition to have the higher score after 15 overs of this match-up.
Kohli to keep up the pace
India’s talisman Virat Kohli has already had a record-breaking tournament, his 711 runs have already broken Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most at a World Cup with a game in hand.
The 35-year-old has also moved to 50 one day international centuries and is averaging over 100.
India’s openers have often softened up the opposition’s bowling attack, allowing Kohli to come in with no pressure on and rack up a total with ease.
The host nation are unlikely to deviate from that plan here and with Kohli in such good form it’s hard to look past him to be the top India run scorer in this final.
Zampa likely to shine again
Only India’s Mohammed Shami has picked up more wickets at this year’s World Cup than Australia’s Adam Zampa and that is helped massively by the fact that the paceman took seven wickets against New Zealand in the semi-final.
Zampa took 3/21 in his side’s win over England on this ground, taking home player of the match honours in the process, so clearly relishes bowling here.
No team has recorded a total more than 283 on this ground in four games here during this year’s tournament so this could be a bowler’s battle and Zampa is fancied to shine for Australia.