Head and Labuschagne guide Australia to 6th World Cup crown as they defeat India by 6 wickets


Travis Head scored a blistering century as Marnus Labuschagne played the perfect anchor scoring a gritty 50 as Australia defeated India by 6 wickets in the World Cup final at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad to win their 6th crown.

In a chase of 241, the Aussies got off to a rocky start after Jasprit Bumrah claimed the wickets of Mitchell Marsh and Steve Smith while Mohammed Shami claimed the scalp of David Warner to leave Australia reeling at 47/3. After that, it was all about Head and Marnus Labuschagne, who scored a gritty half century if his own, as they built a rock solid partnership to get Australia over the line.

Earlier, Pat Cummins had won the toss and asked India to bat first. India managed to post 240 runs on board. KL Rahul top scored for India with a patient 66 runs off 107 balls, while Virat Kohli also completed a half century. Kohli and Rahul had rescued India after the hosts had slumped to 81-3 after losing Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer in the space of five balls. Rohit departed for 47 while looking to accelerate the run rate.

Despite Rohit Sharma rotating his bowlers, it didn’t give any fruitful result for the Indian team.

Travis Head was troubled early in the innings but showed an excellent temperament and played a brilliant knock to take his team to win.