Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne guided Australia’s chase after their bowlers placed on a superb show to dismiss batting powerhouse India for 240 runs.
Australia have pulled off an upset by beating hosts and undefeated match favourites India by six wickets to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in Ahmedabad and prolong their staggering document of title wins to seven.
The calm however skilled Australian facet sailed to a snug win regardless of shedding three early wickets of their run chase at a packed Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday night.
Center-order batter Travis Head scored 137 runs from 120 balls and Marnus Labuschagne scored 58 from 110 balls as Australia cruised house.
It introduced a trophy to captain Pat Cummins and his crew, who weren’t deemed favourites to win when the match started greater than six weeks in the past.
Certainly, Australia and India opened their campaigns towards one another in Chennai on October 8, when star India batter Virat Kohli mixed with KL Rahul to steer his crew’s chase of a average complete and get their first win of the match.
India have been in the same scenario in Ahmedabad, the place Kohli (54) and Rahul (66) as soon as once more got here collectively for a rescue act. Nonetheless, India’s batting collapse on the most important stage noticed them put up a paltry goal of 241 on the finish of fifty overs.
Australia’s bowlers, led by Mitchell Starc’s good show of quick bowling with figures of 3-55 in his 10 overs, stored the Indian batting powerhouse at bay with common dismissals. Captain Cummins ended with figures of 2-34 in 10 overs, whereas fellow seamer Josh Hazlewood had 2-60 in his 10 overs.
Rohit’s India ‘tried every little thing’
India’s captain Rohit Sharma started the innings in his sometimes attacking trend, scoring 47 runs from 31 balls. However aside from Kohli and Rahul, no different Indian batter threatened the Australian bowlers on a pitch that provided a steadiness between bat and ball.
Following the loss, Rohit mentioned his crew “tried every little thing” however fell brief.
“When KL [Rahul] and Kohli have been batting, we have been taking a look at 280 [runs].”
“Australia stitched up a very good partnership to win the sport and took the sport away from us.”
Rohit refused responsible the pitch for his facet’s batting show, although he mentioned it “undoubtedly improved beneath the lights”.
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‘Prime of the mountain’
Australia final received the title at house in 2015. Their seventh title widens the hole between the remainder of the title-winning international locations, together with India, who’ve two, together with the West Indies.
Pakistan, Sri Lanka and England have every received the title as soon as.
Australia captain Cummins mentioned his crew saved their finest for final, as “a few big-match gamers stood up”.
He heaped reward on Labuschagne and Head, saying they “confirmed some character” to steer the chase on the most important stage.
“He [Head] takes the sport on and put some stress again on India,” he mentioned.
The win marks the tip of an unimaginable yr for Australia, who beat India within the World Check Championship remaining in England earlier than retaining the Ashes.
Cummins mentioned his crew have been courageous and took the sport on at instances.
“This yr will probably be a yr we keep in mind for a protracted, very long time,” he mentioned.
“We’ve just about spent the entire Australia winter away from house … [We] have had quite a lot of success, however this pips all of it – that is prime of the mountain.”
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