SRINAGAR: In a dramatic showdown at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Australia have secured their sixth World Cup crown, defeating the undefeated India by six wickets. The triumph marked Australia’s sixth World Cup victory, leaving India in the shadows and extending their trophy drought in ICC events.
Travis Head emerged as the hero once again, showcasing his prowess with a blistering century, while Marnus Labuschagne played the perfect anchor with a gritty 50.
Australia’s dominance was evident both in the field and with the ball, restricting India to a challenging total of 240 all out. Opting to bowl first after winning the toss, Australian captain Pat Cummins’ decision paid off as they capitalized on early wickets. Despite Rohit Sharma’s explosive start, Mitchell Starc dismissed the promising Shubman Gill early on, setting the tone for an intense battle.
Virat Kohli, determined to shift the momentum, fell prey to a spectacular catch by Travis Head, courtesy of Glenn Maxwell. Cummins then struck again, removing the in-form Shreyas Iyer. The Indian innings witnessed a struggle for boundaries, with Kohli’s departure marking a turning point. KL Rahul fought valiantly, securing a half-century, but the fall of key wickets, including Rahul’s at 66, left India at 240 all out in 50 overs.
India initiated their defense with a strategic move, as Mohammed Shami took the new ball and quickly sent David Warner packing in the second ball of his first over. Jasprit Bumrah followed suit, dismissing Mitchell Marsh. Despite an expensive outing for both bowlers, their crucial wickets disrupted Australia’s top order.
However, Australia’s response was led by the sensational Travis Head, who crafted a brilliant century, steering his team to victory. Marnus Labuschagne played a crucial role with a patient knock of 57 off 109 balls. The Head-Labuschagne partnership emerged as the second-highest run stand in World Cup final history, propelling Australia to a commanding six-wicket win.
As the curtains fell on the World Cup final, Travis Head’s stellar performance earned him the Player of the Match title for his memorable 137-run knock.