Australia lifted the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup defeating India by six wickets in the final at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmadabad on Sunday. Chasing a modest target of 241 runs, Australia completed the task in 43 overs with a gritty century knock of Travis Head, after some initial setbacks. ustralia thus won a record-extending sixth World Cup title, stretching their dominance in the tournament that started way back in 1975.
Indian hopes were raised when Australia lost three wickets for 47 but a 192-run partnership between Head and Marnus Labuschagne (58 not out) shut the door on the opposition.Australia's brilliant bowling and fielding also went a long way in their emphatic win. The dew in the evening also made batting easier on a slow and dry surface.India, who were the only unbeaten side going into the final after 10 wins on the trot, fell flat in the final hurdle. Their last world title came way back in 2011 and their last ICC trophy was the Champions Trophy triumph in 2013.
Earlier, put into bat, India managed to post 240 runs in stipulated 50 overs. The highlight of the Indian innings was half centuries by Virat Kohli and K.L Rahul. Rahul made 66 while Virat scored 54 runs.
Brief scores: India: 240 all out in 50 overs (KL Rahul 66, Virat Kohli 54; Mitchell Starc 3/55).
Australia 241/4 in 43 overs (Travis Head 137, Marnus Labuschagne 58 not out; Jasprit Bumrah 2/43)