Australia clinched their sixth men’s Cricket World Cup title, stunning hosts India and securing their status as the most successful side in 50-over World Cup history. The high-stakes match unfolded with Australia’s bowlers capitalizing on a slow pitch, restricting India to 240 runs.
Despite a formidable start, India’s unbeaten run came to an end as Australia put on an impressive performance with their remarkable bowling. Sunday’s victory in Ahmedabad added to Australia’s recent successes, having previously triumphed in the World Test Championship, where they beat India in the final, and retained the Ashes in England over the past six months.
India, fueled by the passionate support of a 100,000-strong home crowd, responded with an electrifying new-ball spell that reduced Australia to 47-3. The match took an unexpected turn as India fought back, injecting suspense into the contest. However, the duo of Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne emerged as the heroes for Australia, weathering the storm with a remarkable partnership of 192 runs.
An impressive input from Head, who made 132 from 120 balls, played a pivotal role in steering Australia towards victory. The calm resilience displayed by Head and Labuschagne in the face of India’s spirited attack played a large role in turning the tide in Australia’s favor. As the Indian hopes waned in the expansive cricket stadium, Head’s eventual dismissal with just two runs needed did little to hinder Australia’s triumph. Glenn Maxwell stepped in to deliver the winning runs, securing the historic victory.
Australia’s dominance in the 50-over World Cup was further emphasized with this win, extending their lead with six titles, four more than any other team, making them the team with the most titles.
The intense competition, roaring crowd, and moments of brilliance from both teams contributed to a memorable conclusion to the Cricket World Cup, with Australia emerging as the deserving champions.