Travis Head defeats India as Australia win sixth Cricket World Cup title
Travis Head's stunning century leads Australia to a six-wicket victory over India, claiming their sixth men's Cricket World Cup title.
Travis Head's stunning century led Australia to their sixth men's Cricket World Cup title with a six-wicket victory over India in Ahmedabad, breaking Indian hearts in the process. India had been flawless throughout the tournament, winning every group game and cruising into the knockout stages. However, they faltered at the final hurdle, unable to beat the Australians.
The stage had been set for Rohit Sharma's India to emulate the feats of the 2011 team, who lifted the trophy on home soil. However, 12 years later, they were unable to do enough to beat the Australians, despite the support of over 100,000 fans at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Head's exceptional 137 led Australia to victory after faltering at 47 for three in their run chase. He and Marnus Labuschagne (58) rebuilt the innings and led their side to the trophy. India, on the other hand, could not sustain their early momentum, with Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul unable to go on to inflict damage on Australia and put them on the back foot.
Ultimately, it was a lack of intent that stifled India, with their batters hitting only four fours and no sixes between the 11th and 50th overs. Australia's exceptional fielding and strategic bowling kept the pressure on India throughout the match, leading to their eventual victory.
India had been the favorites going into the tournament, but under the pressure of the final, Australia's tactics and execution proved superior. The post-match fireworks were not for the home team, as Australia celebrated their well-deserved victory.