Travis Head anchors Australian innings with gritty fifty in World Cup final
IND vs AUS ICC World Cup 2023 final: Travis Head completed a fifty in the World Cup final as the opener looked to secure Australia’s final against India in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
The left-hander had to watch as Australia, bidding for a record-extending sixth World Cup title, slumped to 47-3 in pursuit of a target of 241. But Leader held firm with a fifty-ball 58, including six fours and a six , to leave Australia 111-3 in the 22nd over.
It was the 29-year-old’s second consecutive half-century after his valuable 62 in a hard-fought three-wicket win over South Africa.
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India kept themselves in the game after posting a below-par 240 by restricting Australia to 95 for three after 18 overs.
David Warner (7) and Travis Head (27 not out from 38) followed the informal pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami, who got the new ball for the first time in the tournament with the hosts desperate for wickets.
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The bouncer from Bumrah was going from ball one against the left-arm pair and induced an outside edge from Warner’s bat that went through Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill in the slips.
Warner fell in the second over of the innings while chasing a wide ball from Shami, who struck after starting his turn with a wide.
Mitchell Marsh also showed aggressive intent and after dismissing Shami for a six and a four, he got a leading edge while trying to cut a wide one off Bumrah.
Steve Smith (4) was the next to depart after being foxed by a slower ball from Bumrah that thudded into his pads. The impact of the ball was outside the off stump but Smith chose not to review.
Australia reached 60 from three overs in 10 overs, after which spin was introduced from both ends.
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