Australia beat hosts India to win sixth Cricket World Cup title
Travis Head made an impressive score of 137 runs, leading Australia to their sixth World Cup championship victory. They won the match against India with a strong six-wicket lead in Ahmedabad on Sunday. This win has extended Australia's record for the most World Cup titles in history.
Published on: November 19, 2023 at 1:49 PM Updated on: November 19, 2023 at 5:33 PM
Australia had to chase down 241 runs in the final match. At the start of their innings, they lost three wickets while only managing to score 47 runs. However, Travis Head, a left-handed batsman, scored his second century of the tournament and helped the team win with seven overs to spare.
The hitting of Head and his impressive partnership of 192 with Marnus Labuschagne, who was not out on 58, put an end to India's strong winning streak of 10 consecutive matches at the competition.
Head was dismissed after scoring 120 runs in 120 balls, including 15 boundaries and four maximums. Glenn Maxwell's winning stroke resulted in exuberant jubilation amongst the Australian team.
India's hope of winning a major international trophy since their victory in the 2013 Champions Trophy diminished significantly when Head and Labuschagne began performing well.
Head reached a century in the World Cup final, becoming the seventh person to do so and the third Australian, following Ricky Ponting (who scored 140 runs against India in 2003) and Adam Gilchrist (who scored 149 runs against Sri Lanka in 2007).
The Australian team managed to win nine games in a row after losing two, thanks to their bowlers who led the way towards victory. With the help of Mitchell Starc (3-55) and Pat Cummins (2-34), India was bowled out for 240.
India responded strongly when Mohammed Shami teamed up with Jasprit Bumrah to open the attack and made a quick breakthrough by dismissing David Warner with his second delivery for just seven runs.
However, it was Bumrah's consecutive dismissal of Marsh, caught behind for 15, and Smith, who was lbw for four, that caused a lot of excitement.
Head remained resilient with Labuschagne by his side, stopping the Indian attack, even though captain Rohit Sharma kept switching his bowlers to find a way through.
After fracturing his hand in September during the trip to South Africa, Head faced the risk of being excluded from the World Cup squad. Fortunately, Australia decided to retain him until he fully recovered and was able to rejoin the team.
He scored a century that led his team to victory against New Zealand in their sixth league game. Although he had some low scores afterward, he managed to hit a remarkable 62 during the semi-finals against South Africa in Kolkata, securing a nerve-wracking three-wicket win for his team.
For the second time this year, he caused trouble to India by scoring 163 runs that played a crucial role in Australia's World Test Championship victory at the Oval in June.
Head achieved 100 runs in just 95 balls and acknowledged the supportive Australian team in the dressing room by raising his bat.
In the cricket match, the Australian team chose to start by bowling and they did a great job at supporting Cummins' choice by displaying controlled bowling and remarkable fielding skills.
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul scored 54 and 66 individually, following Rohit's aggressive 47 runs. However, due to a slow and dry pitch, the ball had more control over the match than the batters.
During the cricket match, Head made an incredible catch while running backwards from the cover point to stop Rohit's turn at bat off of spinner Maxwell.
Cummins managed to get Kohli out, who was the top scorer in the tournament with a total of 765 runs. This caused a hush in the stadium filled with 92,453 fans who were all rooting for the home team. It was a day that nobody would forget.