In a thrilling final showdown in Ahmedabad, the men’s World Cup culminated with Australia outshining India to secure their sixth championship title. The slow-paced pitch set the stage for a gripping battle, where Australia’s dominant bowling display restricted India to 240 before Travis Head’s sensational 137-run innings powered the visitors to a convincing six-wicket win.
The match began with Pat Cummins’ bold decision to bowl first on the dry pitch, aiming to exploit the conditions despite India’s formidable batting form throughout the tournament. Rohit Sharma’s explosive start hinted at a promising innings for India, steering the team through the powerplay with an array of boundaries. However, the introduction of spin tilted the momentum, leading to Shubman Gill’s dismissal while Sharma’s attempt to attack Maxwell resulted in a mistimed shot, handing Travis Head a stunning catch.
India faced a setback with quick wickets falling, forcing Kohli and KL Rahul into a consolidation phase against Australia’s disciplined bowling attack. Despite Kohli’s resilient half-century, Cummins’ cunning strategy claimed Kohli’s wicket, adding pressure on the Indian lineup. An attempted batting order change saw Jadeja promoted, yet Australia’s tight lines limited India’s boundary-scoring opportunities. Rahul’s fifty provided some stability, but Australia’s reverse swing and strategic bowling dismissed Jadeja and Rahul, stifling India’s chances of a late surge.
India’s innings concluded at 240, a total that fell short given the eventual onslaught by Travis Head. Australia’s chase began with early stutters, losing three wickets with a steady run-rate. Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah showcased their bowling prowess, unsettling the Australian top order. However, Head, alongside a composed Marnus Labuschagne, orchestrated a remarkable 192-run partnership. Despite India’s spinners failing to make an impact on the slow surface, Head’s calculated assault, punctuated with timely boundaries, ensured Australia’s victory.
Cummins’ leadership in setting the tone with off-pace cutters and the astute bowling strategies executed by the Australian team played a pivotal role in restricting India to a middling total. Despite Kohli’s heroics with the bat, Australia’s cohesive bowling unit and effective strategies denied India the momentum they sought.
In front of a capacity crowd of over 100,000, the clash between two cricketing powerhouses unfolded, culminating in Australia’s resounding victory, securing their sixth men’s World Cup title in a performance that will echo through cricketing history.
Brief Scores: India 240 all out (KL Rahul 66, Virat Kohli 54; Mitchell Starc 3-55, Pat Cummins 2-34) lost to Australia 241/4 in 43 overs (Travis Head 137, Marnus Labuschagne 58*) by 6 wickets