Australia sweep to record-extending sixth World Cup title
India vs AUS ICC World Cup 2023 final:India’s dreams of a third World Cup title were dashed after an unprecedented crisis that saw them crash by six wickets against an invincible Australia on Sunday, the cricket-obsessed country entered a deep mourning.
Australia thus won a record sixth World Cup title, extending their dominance of the competition which began well back in 1975.
When put into bat, India were below par at 240 despite contributions from Rohit Sharma (47 off 31 balls), Virat Kohli (54 off 63) and KL Rahul (66 off 107).
Like his performance in the WTC final against India in June, Head of Travis the match was won by 137 off 120 balls when Australia went down the target in 43 balls.
Indian hopes were raised when Australia lost three wickets for 47 but a 192-run partnership between Ceannaire and Marnus Labuschagne (58 not out) closed the door on the opposition.
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Australia’s brilliant bowling and fielding also played a major role in their impressive win. The dew in the evening also made batting easier on a slow, dry surface.
India, who were the only unbeaten side going into the final after 10 wins on the trot, fell flat in the final. The last surviving world title came back in 2011 and the last ICC trophy was the Champions League triumph in 2013.
India’s wins in ICC events in the last decade include the loss in the 2014 World T20 final, the 2016 World T20 semi-final, the 2017 Champions Trophy final, the 2019 ODI World Cup semi-final, the 2019 ODI World Cup semi-final 2022 World T20 and back-to-back runners in the 2021 and 2023 World Test Championship cycle.
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).
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