Guwahati, Nov 18: Assam’s Chief Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, is set to travel to Gujarat tomorrow to attend the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 final match between India and Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
He will be conveying the good wishes of 3.5 crore Assamese residents to the Indian cricket team led by Skipper Rohit Sharma. This match is a replay of the 2003 final where Australia triumphed over India by 125 runs in Johannesburg.
The Narendra Modi Stadium, where the match will take place, is expected to host more than 100,000 spectators. India has performed exceptionally well in the tournament, topping the group stage with a perfect score of 18 points after winning all nine matches. Their net run rate of 2.570 was the highest in the group stage.
In the cricket semi-final, India’s Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill gave a fiery start against New Zealand. Virat Kohli achieved his 50th ODI century, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar.
Despite a valiant century from New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell, India’s overwhelming score of 397 left the Kiwis short by 70 runs. Australia, recovering from initial defeats to India and South Africa, clinched seven victories in a row to qualify with 14 points.
The semi-final rematch with South Africa saw Australia as slight underdogs. However, they made a strong start, restricting South Africa to 24/4. David Miller’s century gave South Africa hope, but it was Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc who led Australia to a thrilling three-wicket win.