“We asked AI to predict the outcome of the WTC 23 final and the results were, ahhh, interesting…,” read the Instagram post made by cricket.com.au.
Skipper Pat Cummins is the first one to read the result as he said, “Australia and India took on a nerve-wracking battle. Australia chasing a challenging target, had an unconventional strategy. Their batting order was reversed, adding an element of surprise to the contest.”
After Cummins paceman Josh Hazlewood said, “Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon, the unlikely opening pair, took guard. Hazlewood displayed some unexpected finesse, and struck some elegant boundaries, setting the tone for an audacious chase. India struggled to find their rhythm after being taken aback by the unconventional approach of Australia.”
Cummins further said, “Pat Cummins came at number three, leading from the front. His fearless intent brought belief into the Aussies camp and brought them close to a win with each stroke. With 2 runs needed in 1 ball, he sent the ball into the night skies, launching a nervy full toss delivered by the Indian bowler.”
“Australia triumphed despite all odds, with their unconventional approach proving to be a masterstroke,” said Hazlewood.
“The Oval erupted,” concluded Lyon.
On the match front, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bowl first. India fielded a four-pronged pace attack and preferred left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja over veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
Pacers Shardul Thakur and Umesh Yadav have been drafted into the side. India picked KS Bharat as wicket-keeper, leaving out Ishan Kishan.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Srikar Bharat(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins(c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland.