Heartbreak for India as 'mighty' Australia seal sixth World Cup title
Time:2023-11-20 16:06

Pat Cummins-led side eased passed India's 241-run target by securing seven-wicket win at Narendra Modi stadium, Ahmedabad.


Australian team celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the ICC Cricket World Cup on November 19, 2023. — ICC/@cricketworldcup

Leaving more than a billion Indian fans heartbroken, Australia thrashed India to win the World Cup 2023 final and bagged their sixth top ODI title on Sunday.

Despite suffering early blows,  the Kangaroos sailed through India's 241-run target courtesy of Travis Head's brilliant 137-run knock as the left-handed batter stood tall and anchored the innings for his side in the all-important match.

Head was greatly supported by a calm and composed Marnus Labuschagne as the right-hander started his innings slowly and played while rotating the strike, providing Head the room to find the moments and hit boundaries.

The two batters built a formidable 192-run partnership which guided Australia to yet another title triumph.

"What an amazing day! Just thrilled to be a part of it. It's a lot better than seeing the World Cup on the couch at home (on his injury)," Head — who was awarded the "Man of the Match" award — said as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.

"I was a little bit nervous but Marnus played exceptionally well and soaked all the pressure. I felt the way Mitch [Marsh] took the game on setting the tone and that was the energy we wanted," he added.

Meanwhile, India's star batter Kohli was named "Man of the Tournament" for scoring 765 runs throughout the mega-event.

Batting first, India didn't get an ideal start as Mitchell Starc gave them a big blow in the fifth over by removing star opener Shubman Gill for just four runs. The right-handed batter was caught at mid-on by Adam Zampa.

However, that blow couldn't stop Rohit from playing his natural game in the powerplay as the 36-year-old continued with his berserk display and scored crucial runs.

But Sharma lost his wicket in the 10th over and the next batter, Shreyas Iyer, followed him in the next over just after scoring four runs.

However, KL Rahul and Kohli built a 67-run partnership and looked all set to score big. But the latter became Cummins' victim just after completing his half-centuries as he misjudged a short ball.

Rahul continued to play but he didn't have much support from the other hand as all the other Indian batters kept on losing wickets at intervals and the team was soon all-out for just 240 runs in 50 overs.


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