Australia showcased a stellar performance, securing their sixth ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup title by defeating India in the final.
The Australian bowlers ruled after an extreme powerplay, proscribing India to a complete of 240. Travis Head emerged as the batting hero, handing over an first rate century that sealed the victory for Australia.
Facing a target of 241, Australia faced early setbacks as David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, and Steven Smith departed quickly, leaving them at 47/3 within the first seven overs. The new-ball assault from India’s seam attack, led by Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, posed a challenge.
However, a crucial partnership between Head and Marnus Labuschagne turned the tide in Australia’s favor. Head’s stunning century and Labuschagne’s resilient half-century guided Australia to victory.
Head, who scored 137 runs from 120 balls, departed with simply one run wanted for the win, receiving a status ovation from teammates.
Glenn Maxwell then scored the winning runs as Australia claimed a comfortable victory with six wickets and seven overs to spare. In the earlier stages of the match, Australia’s captain, Pat Cummins, won the toss and opted to bowl first in Ahmedabad, playing in front of a packed crowd.
Despite the early loss of Shubman Gill, India’s batting duo of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli made an impressive start, accumulating 80 runs in the first ten overs, matching the record for runs in a men’s Cricket World Cup final powerplay.
However, the dismissal of Kohli for 47 from 31 balls and Shreyas Iyer for 4 in the next over shifted the momentum in Australia’s favor.
Australia’s bowlers capitalized on this advantage, taking wickets at regular intervals. The final Indian wicket fell on the last ball of the innings, setting the target at 240 for Australia to chase and ultimately win the World Cup.