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India tighten grip at Motera, but Australia fight back


India vs AUS ICC World Cup 2023 final: Rohit Sharma-led Team India kept themselves in the game after posting a sub-par 240 through a limited-out Australia to 95 for three out of every 18 members ICC World Cup 2023 final Sunday.

David Warner (7) and Travis Head (27 not out from 38) followed the informal pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami, who got the new ball for the first time in the tournament with the hosts desperate for wickets.

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The bouncer from Bumrah was going from ball one against the left-arm pair and induced an outside edge from Warner’s bat that went through Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill in the slips.

Warner fell in the second over of the innings while chasing a wide ball from Shami, who struck after starting his turn with a wide.

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Mitchell Marsh also showed aggressive intent and after dismissing Shami for a six and a four, he got a leading edge while trying to cut a wide one off Bumrah.

Steve Smith (4) was the next to depart after being foxed by a slower ball from Bumrah that thudded into his pads. The impact of the ball was outside the off stump but Smith chose not to review.

Australia reached 60 from three overs in 10 overs, after which spin was introduced from both ends.

Earlier, left-arm quick Mitchell Starc took 3-55 and Australian captain Pat Cummins had a poor 2-34 in his 10 overs. KL Rahul top-scored with 66 but hit just one boundary in 107 balls. Leading batsman Virat Kohli made 54 after India captain Rohit Sharma smashed a fluent 47 off just 31 balls to open the innings.

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