Australia stun India to win sixth World Cup
The final match of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup took place in Ahmedabad, where India faced off against Australia. India scored a total of 240 runs before getting all out in 50 overs, with Rahul and Kohli contributing 66 and 54 runs respectively. The Australian team managed to take three wickets courtesy of Starc. In response, Australia scored 241 runs after losing four wickets in just 43 overs. Head contributed a whopping 137 runs off 120 balls, along with Labuschagne's 58 runs off 110 balls. As a result, Australia won the match by six wickets, ending the game victorious. Make sure to check the scorecard for more detailed information.
In Ahmedabad, Australia pulled off a shocking victory against the host team, India, to earn their sixth men's Cricket World Cup title.
Australia hushed the loud encouragement from the crowd of 100,000 at home, as their previously undefeated opponents were eliminated for 240 runs. After Travis Head's incredible hundred, the Aussies easily won with seven overs to spare.
Australia had a great advantage when their bowlers skillfully played on a sluggish pitch. However, they were hit hard as India made an incredible comeback with their new bowling attack, leaving Australia struggling at 47-3.
However, Head and Marnus Labuschagne remained composed and steady during the challenging situation and built a partnership of 192 runs. As a result, the Indian team's chances of victory faded away at the biggest cricket stadium in the world.
The batsman named Head got out when he had scored 132 runs from 120 balls and the team needed only two more runs to win. However, Glenn Maxwell smashed the ball and scored the winning runs after just one more ball. Meanwhile, Labuschagne remained unbeaten, scoring 58 runs from 110 balls.
The magnificent triumph implies that Australia has furthered their reputation as the team with the most achievements in the 50-over World Cup events, with a lead of four championships over all other competitors.
This marks the end of a half-year duration in which they defeated India to secure the World Test Championship title and maintained their hold on the Ashes while playing in England.
India, on the other hand, were extremely disappointed as their attempt to win their first white-ball championship since 2011 - something they seemed certain to achieve after breezing through the semi-finals and group stage - failed in the final moments.
"Australia's Epic Night"
India had a significant day ahead in the presence of a large group of people in their own country, including their Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, whose name has been given to the stadium.
Instead, the outcome was deeply disappointing as Head delivered a remarkable performance in the World Cup, resulting in Australia winning unexpectedly and with ease.
When Head, who is 29 years old, scored his 100th point, a few people in the huge stands left. Mohammed Siraj, who throws the ball, started crying at the end.
At the start of the tournament, Australia was seen as a strong team but not many predicted that they would emerge as champions, much like how people didn't expect them to win the T20 World Cup in 2021.
Their mission suffered a major setback at the beginning with losses in their initial two matches against India and South Africa. However, they managed to claim the championship by triumphing in nine straight matches, vanquishing each and every squad in the competition in sequential order.
Finally, the players, even the ones who used to be rivals of England, such as David Warner and Steve Smith, ran out onto the field to express their joy and excitement.
While Australia had previously achieved victory, this particular night was deemed one of their most noteworthy and memorable accomplishments.
India's Dream Shattered By Head's Heroics
Head sat out Australia's initial four matches due to a hand injury, but his remarkable potential for clinching victories made him an indispensable member of the squad.
In his initial match against New Zealand, he had a score of 109. However, this particular inning was extraordinary as he faced immense pressure beforehand and then went on to attack the bowling with great force.
Once Warner, the player who started the match with him, hit the ball and missed it through the slips, Head immediately hit the ball beyond the boundary twice in succession to calm down the Australian team.
In the cricket match, Warner got out for 7 runs by hitting a wide delivery to the slip off Mohammed Shami. After that, Mitchell Marsh and Steve Smith were both dismissed by the outstanding Jasprit Bumrah.
The atmosphere was electric once more on the stage, though if Smith had requested a review, his lbw ruling would have been reversed.
During the initial phase, India gained ground by taking wickets quickly. However, they also gave away 15 extra runs in just the powerplay, probably due to their eagerness to protect their low total. The team wearing blue seemed to be under pressure.
Scoring runs became less challenging on a sluggish pitch that had previously provided more spin during the daytime, and Head seized the opportunity. He hit the ball hard and got 14 fours and four sixes, with all the sixes soaring high over the mid-wicket.
If Ravindra Jadeja would have been able to make the throw from cover, the individual who was trying to reach 100 runs would have been caught out at 99.
He got caught out at deep mid-wicket while trying to end the match in a spectacular way, scoring a total of 137 runs. While leaving the field, his teammate Labuschagne hugged him and the Indian players congratulated him, as the outcome of the game had already been determined.
Australia Dominates India In Impressive Performance
Although Head's performance will receive a lot of attention, the team's win was largely due to an outstanding display of bowling and a courageous choice made by Pat Cummins to bowl first.
The Indian team's Captain, Rohit Sharma, quickly scored 47 runs from 31 balls, but things changed when they reached a score of 76-1 in the 10th over. Australia then began to make it difficult for India's talented batters, and they maintained that pressure throughout the game.
The Head was also significant in the game, making a fantastic catch to dismiss Rohit as he retreated from the cover position. After four deliveries, Cummins managed to catch Shreyas Iyer behind the wicket, leaving the home team at 81-3.
After losing some important wickets, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul tried to stabilize the innings, but the smart Australian bowlers prevented them from scoring freely by bowling short and slower deliveries and displaying excellent fielding skills. Moreover, captain Pat Cummins made smart changes in the bowling attack to put pressure on the Indian batsmen.
Kohli and Rahul teamed up for a partnership of 67 runs in 109 balls, before Kohli, the previous captain, was bowled out to Cummins for 54 runs in the 29th over. This surprising event left the large stadium completely silent. Afterwards, Rahul was caught out by Starc, which ultimately shattered any chances of India scoring a significant amount of runs.
During this tournament, India's lower order players were not needed very often. However, when they were needed, Ravindra Jadeja only scored nine runs and Suryakumar Yadav scored 18 runs with only four boundaries being made after the first 10 overs.
The batting display by India was very poor and it occurred during the most crucial phase of the tournament. Nevertheless, Cummins and his team's impressive attack deserve a lot of praise for their performance.