Australia secured their place in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 final with a resounding victory over South Africa in the second semi-final held in Kolkata. The five-time champions effortlessly chased down the 213-run target, setting the stage for an eagerly anticipated final showdown with hosts India in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

Amidst the building excitement for the final, a statement from Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, made during a podcast with the Delhi Capitals in the IPL, has captured attention. Marsh confidently predicted Australia’s sixth World Cup victory, declaring, “Australia is undefeated, beating India. Australia 450/2 in the final, India all-out 65.”

Despite Marsh’s bold prediction back in May during the IPL 2023, the actual tournament has unfolded differently. India enters the final with an impeccable record of 10 wins, establishing themselves as the team to beat in the World Cup.

Expressing eagerness for the upcoming challenge, Australian pacer Mitchell Starc stated, “We want to take on the best.” Following their semi-final triumph over South Africa, Starc acknowledged India’s dominance in the tournament, saying, “They’ve been performing exceptionally well throughout the tournament. Now, both of us are in the finals. This is what World Cups represent. It’s the reason we play the game. We are definitely facing a team that has been leading from the front throughout the tournament, and they remain undefeated.”

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Reflecting on the journey, Starc added, “We faced them in the opening match of the tournament, and now we have the opportunity to compete against them in the final. It’s truly a remarkable position to be in at the conclusion of a World Cup.”

The final promises to be a thrilling clash between two powerhouse teams, both vying for cricket’s ultimate glory.