WC: Travis Head led Australia to victory over India in the 2023 World Cup final
By siliconindia | Monday, 20 November 2023, 08:50:51 AM IST
Australia won their sixth Men's ODI World Cup title by defeating India in the finals. Travis Head's 137 runs helped Australia achieve the victory. It is the sixth time that Australia has won the tournament, with previous wins in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015. India won the World Cup twice in 1983 and 2011. Australia bowled out India for 240 runs in 50 overs, with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood taking three, two, and two wickets respectively. The win was secured by Travis Head's match-winning performance.
Marnus Labuschagne scored a slow 58 off 110 balls but built a 192-run partnership with Head, which dashed India's hopes of a comeback in the World Cup final. Head hit a century while chasing, becoming the second player to do so. Australia started with a blazing 15 runs in the first over, but the momentum shifted when Shami removed Warner in the second over. Despite this setback, Marsh counter-attacked, contributing with a six and a four, propelling Australia beyond 40 runs within four overs.
Bumrah dismissed Marsh, followed by Steve Smith's wicket, leaving Australia at 47/3. The partnership between Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne led Australia to a remarkable recovery, taking the score from 47/3 to 93/3 in the next 10 overs. They soared past the 100-run mark, bringing Australia close to the 150-run milestone. Despite India's attempt to challenge an LBW decision against Labuschagne, the batter survived. The decision went with the umpire's call, benefiting the batsman.
Australia defeated India with a comfortable victory, securing the target in the 43rd over with 42 balls to spare. Rohit Sharma's blazing start was not enough, as Australia's bowling restricted India to 240 all-out. Starc dismissed Shubman Gill in the fifth over, but Rohit continued to hit odd boundaries. However, he mistimed a shot in Glenn Maxwell's over, and Travis Head took a blinder. India lost early wickets, reducing their score to 81/3 in the 11th over. Kohli and K.L Rahul steadied the ship and took India's score past 100 in the 16th over. Cummins dismissed Kohli in the 29th over, putting India in a vulnerable position again. Kohli departed after scoring his fifty.
Jadeja was sent in ahead of Yadav but failed. With India over 200 runs, they lost Rahul to Starc. Despite Suryakumar Yadav holding on, India lost Shami and Bumrah. Suryakumar and Kuldeep Yadav added 12 runs for the ninth wicket before Suryakumar was dismissed by Hazlewood. India could only score 240 runs with Kuldeep and Siraj contributing 10 and 9 runs respectively.
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