|ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup last, Ahmedabad:|
|India 240 all out (50 overs): Rahul 66 (107), Kohli 54 (63); Starc 3-55|
|Australia 241-4 (43 overs): Head 137 (120), Labuschagne 58 (110)|
|Australia gained by six wickets|
Australia shocked hosts India in Ahmedabad to win the boys’s Cricket World Cup for a sixth time.
Australia quietened the wild help from the 100,000-strong dwelling crowd by dismissing their beforehand unbeaten opponents for 240 earlier than Travis Head’s sensational century meant they romped to victory with seven overs to spare.
After their bowlers expertly took benefit of a sluggish pitch, Australia had been themselves decreased to 47-3 as India hit again in an electrical new-ball spell.
However Head and Marnus Labuschagne calmly weathered the storm with a stand of 192 as Indian hope drifted away from the world’s largest cricket stadium.
Head was caught for 132 from 120 balls with simply two runs wanted, however Glenn Maxwell flogged the profitable runs a ball later whereas Labuschagne ended 58 not out from 110.
The very good victory means Australia prolong their report as probably the most profitable aspect in 50-over World Cup historical past and now sit 4 titles away from the remainder of the pack.
It additionally caps a six-month interval by which they beat India to win the World Take a look at Championship and retained the Ashes in England.
India, in the meantime, had been left crestfallen as their bid for a primary white-ball title since 2011 – an achievement which regarded unstoppable as they made rampant progress via the semi-final and group stage – fell on the last hurdle.
One in all Australia’s biggest nights
This was purported to be India’s day in entrance of an infinite dwelling crowd with their prime minister Narendra Modi, who this stadium is known as after, up within the stands.
As a substitute, it led to crushing disappointment as Head produced one of many nice World Cup knocks and Australia ran out shock and cozy winners.
By the point 29-year-old Head reached his century, some within the huge stands had already made their exit, whereas seamer Mohammed Siraj was in tears on the finish.
Australia had been contenders when this event started, with out being tipped by many to go all the approach, identical to once they gained the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Their marketing campaign hit severe jitters early on with defeats of their opening two video games, first by India after which South Africa, however they’ve gained the title with 9 consecutive victories, beating each group within the event in a row.
On the finish, their gamers, together with England’s outdated foes David Warner and Steve Smith, charged onto the sphere in celebration.
Australia might have gained all of it earlier than, however this ranks as one in every of their biggest nights.
Head ends India’s dream
Head didn’t play within the first 4 video games of Australia’s marketing campaign due to a damaged hand, however Australia stored him of their squad, realizing the match-winning high quality he possesses.
He scored 109 in his first look towards New Zealand however this innings was on one other degree as he first handled intense strain earlier than punishing the bowling.
After his opening associate Warner nicked the primary ball of the chase via the slips, Head crashed two boundaries to settle Australian nerves.
Warner then edged a large ball to slide for seven off Mohammed Shami, whereas Mitchell Marsh and Steve Smith each fell to the good Jasprit Bumrah.
The gang was alive once more at that stage, though Smith’s lbw choice would have been overturned had he reviewed.
These wickets got here in a manic opening interval by which India took the higher hand but in addition gave up 15 extras within the powerplay alone, these in blue seemingly too desperate to defend their low rating.
Batting turned simpler on a sluggish pitch that had provided extra flip within the day, and Head took benefit. He cracked 14 fours and 4 sixes, with the sixes all pumped excessive over mid-wicket.
On 99 he would have been run out as he scampered to 3 figures, had Ravindra Jadeja’s throw hit from cowl.
He was lastly out for 137, caught at deep mid-wicket trying to complete in type. As he left the sphere he was embraced by Labuschagne and was congratulated by the Indians with the consequence already determined.
Excellent Aussies tie down India
Head’s innings will take the headlines, however this victory was constructed on a sensational efficiency with the ball and a courageous choice to bowl first on the toss by Pat Cummins.
Captain Rohit Sharma gave India a fast begin with 47 from 31 balls, however from 76-1 within the tenth over, Australia utilized a stranglehold on India’s star-studded batting line-up and didn’t let go.
Head performed a vital hand too, brilliantly catching Rohit as he ran again from cowl, earlier than Shreyas Iyer was caught behind off Cummins 4 balls later to depart the hosts 81-3.
That left Virat Kohli and KL Rahul to try a rebuild, however the canny Australia bowlers stored the scoring to a crawl via a mixture of brief, slower balls and athletic fielding, all whereas captain Cummins combined his pack to nice impact.
Kohli and Rahul placed on 67 in 109 balls earlier than the previous captain performed on to Cummins for 54 within the twenty ninth over to depart the huge stadium shocked in silence. Rahul then nicked a magnificence from Starc, ending any actual hope of a major India rating.
India’s decrease order had hardly been wanted on this event, and when lastly known as upon, Ravindra Jadeja managed solely 9 and Suryakumar Yadav 18 with simply 4 boundaries coming after the primary 10 overs.
India’s worst efficiency with the bat got here on the worst potential time within the event, however large credit score should go to Cummins and his champion assault.
‘We saved our greatest for final’ – what they mentioned
Australia captain Pat Cummins: “We saved our greatest for final and a few big-match gamers stood up and we’re fairly satisfied.
“We had been determined within the area, I believed it began towards South Africa final week. The boys had been improbable. We have got an ageing squad however we’re nonetheless throwing ourselves round. We had been actually satisfied with 240 as a result of we had been proud of something underneath 300.”
India captain Rohit Sharma: “We weren’t ok at the moment however I am actually happy with the group and the way we performed from sport one. We tried all the things we may from our aspect however it wasn’t purported to be.
“We had been 270 or 280 however then we stored dropping wickets. We could not get a partnership collectively and that’s precisely what Australia did to win the sport, they stitched a superb partnership after they misplaced three wickets.”
Participant of the match, Australia’s Travis Head: “Not in one million years did I believe that may occur [being man of the match today and in the World Test Championship final]. What a tremendous day. I am simply thrilled to be part of it.
“It’s a lot higher than being sat on the sofa at dwelling! I am very fortunate that all the things went properly and I used to be in a position to get again and the help that the boys confirmed, I did not assume this could occur. I used to be nervous within the first 20 balls however Marnus [Labuschagne] batted brilliantly and it’s nice to bat with him. It was a tremendous partnership.”
Former England bowler Steven Finn on BBC Take a look at Match Particular: “All the pieces, from begin to end, that Australia did was excellent.
“They had been really excellent within the area once more. Australia had been simply on high from that second that Travis Head caught Rohit Sharma they usually by no means let India off the hook.”