Australia lifted their sixth Cricket World Cup title in front of a stunned 92,453 strong crowd at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad as they beat hosts and favourites India. Opener Travis Head was again instrumental in their victory, just as he had been in the semifinal against South Africa in Kolkata. Head took the all-important catch of Rohit Sharma when the latter was batting well, and backed it up with a fluent century as Australia won by six wickets.
After being put into bat by Australian skipper Pat Cummins, India raced to 81 in the first powerplay, but Rohit’s dismissal to a fantastic running catch by Head proved pivotal. The hosts then lost Shreyas Iyer in the very next over and both Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were forced to slow down and consolidate.
Australia however continued to take wickets at intervals and India could only manage 240 in their allotted 50 overs- comfortably around 30-40 runs lesser than par.
In the chase, the visitors lost David Warner, Mitch Marsh and Steve Smith (the latter would’ve been not out if he took DRS) cheaply, but Head and Marnus Labuschagne steadied the chase, and India’s bowling lost its venom once Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami went out of the attack.
The wicket didn’t exactly suit spin, which allowed Australia to milk singles in the middle stages. Head eventually fell for 137, but the job had been done by then, and Glenn Maxwell hit the winning runs to give the visitors their sixth CWC crown- a stunning achievement after having lost their opening two group stage games.