In a breathtaking display of cricketing prowess, Australia stunned India, securing an eye-popping sixth men’s World Cup title on a slow Ahmedabad pitch. The visitors, with their formidable bowling lineup, strangled India to a modest 240, setting the stage for Travis Head’s spectacular 120-ball 137 that powered a six-wicket victory.
Travis Head’s Heroic Century Demolishes India
Travis Head, the star of the semifinal and final, etched his name in history, joining legends like Mohinder Amarnath and Aravinda de Silva, with his match-winning performance. The chase, initially marred by hiccups as Australia stumbled to 47/3, was spectacularly turned around by Head and Marnus Labuschagne’s 192-run stand, dismantling India’s spin attack, which unusually went wicketless in this crucial game.
India’s Spirited Start and Australia’s Masterful Restriction
Earlier, in front of over 100,000 roaring fans, India, led by Rohit Sharma’s boundary-laden innings, looked set for a big score. However, Australia’s ingenious bowling strategy, spearheaded by Pat Cummins’ cunning off-pace deliveries, pulled India back. The spellbinding moment came when Sharma, racing towards a quick fifty, fell to Glenn Maxwell’s spin, turning the tide in Australia’s favor.
Cummins and Co. Throttle India’s Batting Might
India’s consolidation efforts, led by Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, were thwarted by Australia’s tight bowling, highlighted by Cummins’ economical spell. India’s hopes, pinned on Kohli’s ninth fifty of the tournament, were dashed as Australia’s relentless attack, finding reverse swing, dismantled the Indian batting, culminating in a total of 240.
Head’s Calculated Assault Seals the Deal
In the chase, Head’s calculated assault, complemented by Labuschagne’s disciplined approach, ensured Australia’s smooth sail to victory. India’s attempt to claw back into the game was nullified by the duo’s mastery over the conditions. The final blow was delivered by Glenn Maxwell, who fittingly completed the chase, cementing Australia’s dominion in the cricketing world.