Hyderabad: Although individual performances often help teams ensure victories in specific matches, a collective effort helps them to win tournaments. So far we have witnessed the same with India's dominance in the ongoing ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023.
India and Australia's exploits in all three phases - powerplay, middle overs and death overs of the innings in batting, as well as bowling, have resulted in another meeting in the summit clash of the ICC event.
India have reached the final as a result of being unbeaten on their path to the final courtesy of ten victories on the trot. Australia, on the other hand, after a disappointing start to the tournament, won eight games on the trot to reach the final. Let's have a look at how both the teams have fared in the tournament in different phases of the game till the final as compared to how they fared in the title decider.
Skipper Rohit Sharma is taking on opposition bowlers from the word go and is giving blistering starts to the team inside first 10 overs. Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and other batters are capitalising on the start provided by the hitman to set the mammoth targets. Notably, India had scored the most runs (654) averaging 65.40 at a strike rate of 109, which is the best amongst all the participating teams so far in the tournament till they entered the final. In the trophy game, India have amassed 80 runs at a loss of a couple of wickets bettering their average by 15 runs and strike rate by around 24.
Australian bowlers weren't very effective in the powerplay before the final taking 13 wickets across 10 innings which depicts that they have taken 1.3 wickets per inning with an economy of 4.75. The bowlers have slightly bettered their wicket-taking ability in the final but turned out to be too expensive conceding runs with an economy of 8.
Indian Bowlers also have some exceptional figures claiming 21 wickets in the tournament with a best average of 20.67 and an economy of 4.34 striking at every 29th ball in the powerplay.
India are the second-best side with regards to the performance of the batting unit in the middle overs amassing 163.8 runs on an average per innings at a moderate strike rate of 95.62 and have lost only 23 wickets. Bowlers have picked the second most wickets (47) at an average of 26.62 with an economy of 4.78 and India is the only team to concede less than 100 sixes in the tournament so far(95).
India are just placed behind South Africa in terms of their performance at the fag end of the innings scoring 518 runs at an average of 34.53 and a magnificent strike rate of 141.92 across eight games. India bowlers have been pretty lethal in the death overs claiming 28 wickets and have leaked runs at an economy of less than six (5.93). Indian bowlers have taken wickets after every 12.64 balls in the slog overs.
Pat Cummins-led Australia are also not far away from India's clinical performances. They have scored 620 runs in the powerplay throughout the tournament with an average of 62.00 at a strike rate of 124.51.
In the middle overs, Australia have notched 159.4 runs on average in the thirty-over span at a strike rate of 89.95. In bowling, they have taken 42 wickets at an average of 37.36 while striking at 40.14. Australia have racked up 508 runs in the nine innings where they batted in the last 10 overs at an average of 56.45 and at a strike rate of 124.51.