Travis Head’s magnificent 137 off 120 balls led Australia to their sixth World Cup title as Mitchell Starc’s three wickets ensured a comfortable six-wicket victory over India in the final.
In the India vs. Australia World Cup final at Ahmedabad on November 19th, Australia’s dominant fielding and bowling performance restricted India to 240. After opting to bowl first, Australia’s captain Pat Cummins saw early success as Shubman Gill fell to Mitchell Starc. Despite Rohit Sharma’s quick start and Virat Kohli’s fiery innings, India faced setbacks as Rohit departed just short of a fifty, followed by dismissals of Shreyas Iyer and Kohli.
The middle overs saw limited boundaries, with KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja trying to stabilize the innings. Rahul managed a half-century, supported by Suryakumar Yadav, but their partnership ended with Rahul’s dismissal. Lower-order resistance by Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav led to India’s total of 240, concluding their innings in 50 overs.
Despite a strong start by bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, who took early wickets, India struggled as spinners faltered due to the lack of grip caused by dew, allowing Australia’s Head and Labuschagne to settle in. The spinners’ ineffective display and a few loose deliveries let the Australian batsmen dominate.
Australia’s bowlers, led by skipper Pat Cummins, restricted India to under 250 runs. Despite losing Warner and Marsh early, a remarkable partnership between Head and Labuschagne, unexpected due to injuries and exclusions, saw Australia cruise to victory. Head’s splendid century and Labuschagne’s gritty fifty guided Australia to a commanding win, with Glenn Maxwell sealing the deal.
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Last Updated on November 19, 2023
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