On the 20th of October, a pivotal World Cup clash took place in the Indian city of Bengaluru, where Australia and Pakistan faced off. Australia secured a significant 62-run victory, largely credited to a substantial opening partnership between David Warner and Mitchell Marsh. However, Australia's fans in the stands also made an impact, winning admiration off the field.
Throughout the match, an Australian supporter was distinctly heard enthusiastically chanting 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' in the stands, bringing warmth to the Indian fans in the vicinity. The Australian fan's gesture garnered widespread appreciation both at the stadium and on social media from Indian supporters.
Australia fans saying "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" at Chinnaswamy Stadium.pic.twitter.com/udVosrzhbv— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 21, 2023
This isn't the inaugural instance of Australian fans capturing hearts in the stadium during the ongoing World Cup. Previously, during the encounter with Sri Lanka, Australian supporters were observed chanting "Ganpati Bappa Morya" and "Bharat Mata Ki Jai."
In the match, Australia compiled a substantial total of 367/9 within their allocated 50 overs, primarily fueled by centuries from David Warner and Mitchell Marsh. In contrast, Pakistan managed to score only 305 runs before their innings concluded in 45.3 overs. Leg spinner Adam Zampa was the standout performer for Australia, securing 4 crucial wickets, including those of captain Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan.
David Warner celebrated in Pushpa style
Australia entered the game requiring a victory to maintain their prospects in the tournament. Australian batting stalwart David Warner was on ten runs when he received a lifeline, having been dropped by Usama Mir off Shaheen Shah Afridi. This moment significantly altered the game's trajectory, placing the Pakistani team under scrutiny.
David Warner and Mitchell Marsh formed a remarkable opening partnership, amassing 259 runs in just under 34 overs. The southpaw was the first to reach the three-figure mark when he played Mohammad Nawaz's delivery down the ground for a single.
After reaching his century, the 36-year-old Warner removed his helmet and leaped into the air. What ensued was a spectacle that electrified the crowd. The Australian opener recreated the iconic Pushpa pose, resulting in resounding cheers from the audience.