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Cricket World Cup History: 5 best encounters between India and Australia in the history of the World Cup

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#4 2003 WC - A tough pill to swallow for India

Martyn and Ponting put together 234 in 30 overs
Martyn and Ponting put together 234 in 30 overs

Having dominated the entire tournament, Australia was unbeaten and enjoyed the 'favorites' tag going into the final. India also had an impressive run into the final apart from a huge loss against their summit clash counterparts.

Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly won the toss and chose to bowl in order to capitalize on a damp pitch that was affected by rain before the start of play. However, some erratic bowling meant that Mathew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist were scoring boundaries at will. After the two departed, Ponting and Damien Martyn scored runs all over the Wanderers to take Australia to a commanding total of 359 on the board.

India's hopes went down in the first over of the chase as Tendulkar was dismissed by Glenn McGrath. Virender Sehwag kept the game alive for a while but it was too much for the opener to do as he did not get too much support from the other end.

India lost the match by 125 runs, handing over Australia their third World Cup victory.