Australia lifts World Cup for sixth time
India will be the undefeated champions - the way Rohit Sharma's team was crushing the opposition until the final; there was no shortage of people betting on India's side. Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium, which has a capacity of lakhs of spectators, was naturally decorated in the blue color of the festival. Who did not want to participate in that festival? From Bollywood king Shah Rukh Khan to music empress Asha Bhosle even the prominent political class including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The end of an era that happened!
But not blue is the color of pain. The blue of the gallery has been gradually softened by the yellow glow. The pair of Travis Head-Marnus Labuschenne forced the Indian fans to leave the gallery early, drowning the disappointment of the Indian fans that came to the field to return home to celebrate. Shaking off the early fears, Head scored a 95-ball century; since then, Indian fans have started without the gallery.
And those who were still in the field; Hoping if something happens. The Head-Labuschenne duo increased their misery with responsibility. After scoring his second century in the tournament, he became more aggressive on the Indian bowlers. Losing three wickets for 47 runs, Aussie eventually won the match by 6 wickets with 42 balls to spare. Aussie brought home the sixth title by pouring water on India's title festival where the hero was Head. 137 runs from 120 balls came from Head's bat on the way to victory. At the other end, Labuschenne left the field after securing the title by playing an innings of 58 runs from 110 balls.
However, Australia has to face the tough road in the 11-match World Cup. To do well in the World Cup, Australia had to lose the series earlier than lost both the first two matches. In the third match, they got their first win of the tournament against Sri Lanka, but it was not a fluke. A section of the audience lost faith that the team would make it to the semi-finals.
However, this is not the case in the best of worlds. Never give up. Return home only after seeing the end. Otherwise, they have a record five titles in their possession. Australia once again proved that by winning 9 matches in a row and lifting the World Cup. Why are they world champions?
It is scary to see an aggressive India win the toss and send them into bat. The way they ran rampant in the previous 10 matches of the tournament. No captain will want to take the challenge of sending them to bat first. However, Aussie captain Pat Cummins did. What the Aussie bowlers did next surprised everyone. Aggressive India faced a big test. They did not have to give the exam in the whole session.
The aggressive bowling of Mitchell Marsh, Jos Hazlewood and Pat Cummins stopped India's innings at 240 runs. While Lokesh Rahul's highest collection is 66 off 107 balls, Kohli's 54 off 63 and Rohit's 47 off 31 balls.
It was the start India needed to win the title with a small capital. That happened in Shami-Bumrah craft. Before 7 overs, India sent back three of Australia's top-order batsmen for 47 runs. India's dream of victory becomes darker. However, the story remains until then. The story was then taken over by the duo of Aussie Batter Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagnne. Australia won by 6 wickets in the partnership of 192 runs.