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Australia stun hosts India to win sixth title

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INDIA (BBC) -Australia stunned hosts India in Ahmedabad to win the men's Cricket World Cup for a sixth time.

Australia quietened the wild support from the 100,000-strong home crowd by dismissing their previously unbeaten opponents for 240 before Travis Head's sensational century meant they romped to victory with seven overs to spare.

After their bowlers expertly took advantage of a slow pitch, Australia were themselves reduced to 47-3 as India hit back in an electric new-ball spell.

But Head and Marnus Labuschagne calmly weathered the storm with a stand of 192 as Indian hope drifted from the world's largest cricket stadium.

Head was caught for 132 from 120 balls with just two runs needed, but Glenn Maxwell flogged the winning runs a ball later while Labuschagne ended 58 not out from 110.

The superb wins means Australia extend their record as the most successful side in 50-over World Cup history and now sit four titles clear of the rest of the pack.

It also caps a six-month period in which they beat India to win the World Test Championship and retained the Ashes in England.

India, meanwhile, were left crestfallen as their bid for a first white-ball title since 2011 - a quest that looked unstoppable as they made rampant progress through the semi-final and group stage - fell at the final hurdle.

This was supposed to be India's day in front of an enormous home crowd with their prime minister Narendra Modi, who this stadium is named after, up in the stands.

Instead, it ended in crushing disappointment as Head produced one of the great World Cup knocks and Australia ran out surprise and comfortable winners.

By the time 29-year-old Head reached his century, some in the vast stands had already drifted away while seamer Mohammed Siraj was in tears at the end.

Australia were contenders when this tournament began without being tipped by many to go all of the way - just like when they won the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Their campaign hit serious jitters early on with defeats in their opening two games, first by India and then South Africa, but they have won the title with nine consecutive wins.

At the end, their players, including England's old foes David Warner and Steve Smith, charged onto the field in celebration.

Australia have won it all before but this ranks as one of their greatest nights.

Head's innings will take the headlines but this victory was built on a sensational performance with the ball and a brave decision to bowl first at the toss.

Captain Rohit Sharma gave India a rapid start with 47 from 31 balls but from 76-1 in the 10th over, Australia applied a stranglehold on India's star-studded batting line-up and did not let go.

Head played a crucial hand too, brilliantly catching Rohit as he ran back from cover, before Shreyas Iyer was caught behind off Cummins four balls later to leave the hosts 81-3.

That left Virat Kohli and KL Rahul to attempt a rebuild but the canny Australia bowlers, through a mix of short, slower balls and athletic fielding, kept the scoring to a crawl - all while captain Pat Cummins mixed his pack to great effect.

Kohli and Rahul put on 67 in 109 balls before the former captain played on to Cummins for 54 in the 29th over to leave the vast stadium stunned in silence. Rahul then nicked a beauty from Starc, ending any real hope of a significant India score.

After 12 boundaries were scored in the first 10 overs, only four followed in the next 40.

India's lower order had hardly been needed in this tournament and when needed, Ravindra Jadeja managed only nine and Suryakumar Yadav 18.

India's worst performance with the bat came at the worst time but huge credit must go to Cummins and his champion attack.

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  • Jaffna Tamil, Canada Sunday, 19 November 2023 10:09 PM

    Australia, congratulations for smashing the overrated Chapatis. Well done.

    A Cricket Lover Sunday, 19 November 2023 10:09 PM

    Sri Lanka were all out twice for 50s against India while Australia beat India in the final of the ODI World Cup by 6 wickets. What is the difference between Sri Lanka and Australia? Reason No 1. SLC is a highly corrupt and inept organization while the Australian Cricket Board is not corrupt. Reason No 2. There are 26 First Division Teams in Sri Lanka and Australia has only 6 Teams.

    Jude Sunday, 19 November 2023 10:10 PM


    Jude Sunday, 19 November 2023 10:12 PM

    Thanks Aussies, miracles do happen And I just witnessed one!!

    Jude Sunday, 19 November 2023 10:13 PM

    It's evident Indians can't handle pressure!!

    Mohan Sunday, 19 November 2023 10:20 PM

    India were under the pressure of expectations and it showed in the press conference by Rohit Sharma prior to the match. They seemed to be overwhelmed by the occasion.

    Jude Sunday, 19 November 2023 10:26 PM

    Indians got like over 500 million guys between the ages of 16-35 yet can't find squad of 15 to win the world Cup!!

    Vajira Jayawardena Sunday, 19 November 2023 10:26 PM

    India would have played with Sri Lanka- Final. Then the India going to win. very unfortunate for India.

    Jayampathi Sunday, 19 November 2023 10:36 PM

    After such a great tournament we are sorry for India to lose the finals.

    CricLover Monday, 20 November 2023 12:36 AM

    Im not. Speak for yourself.

    Andrew Fernando Sunday, 19 November 2023 11:53 PM

    Australia won the cup, but India won our hearts... Lol only joking

    Jude Monday, 20 November 2023 09:06 AM

    But they're playing for the Cup.

    AL Monday, 20 November 2023 02:44 AM

    Money can’t always buy you happiness. Congrats Australia!!

    Ram Monday, 20 November 2023 03:05 AM

    Sri Lankan performance against India could be a money issue whereas Aussies have no money issues and for them the only issue is winning the game

    Fred Monday, 20 November 2023 03:32 AM

    Congratulations Australia, well deserved ,not easy playing India in India, great team effort, showed on the field, the solidarity

    cricket fan Monday, 20 November 2023 04:36 AM

    It must have been a big shock for indian cricket as well as the country that India lost the 2023 cricket world cup final to Australia in this iconic brand new Naredra Modi Cricket Stadium named after the Indian PM . It is considered the biggest cricket stadium in the world today bigger than Australia's MCG with a seating capacity of 132,000. The Indian PM must have been so disappointed that he never spoke a word as he handed over the world cup trophy to the Australian captain Pat Cummins. A very sad day indeed for Indian cricket and it''s 1.4 bilion cricket crazy population.

    mario Monday, 20 November 2023 04:36 AM

    Good tournament overall. Very poor showing by Sri Lanka

    Excel Monday, 20 November 2023 06:25 AM

    Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi. Best

    Sambo Monday, 20 November 2023 07:50 AM

    This a big defeat for Prime minister Modi than the team itself.

    Premalal Perera Monday, 20 November 2023 08:16 AM

    Congratulations Australia and commiserations to India who had a bad day in office. They had a great run but unfortunately, that single bad day was the final match. These things happen. The quality of wold cricket was well on display the first four teams are the best in business. The rest have a lot of catching up to do. Sadly, Sri Lanka cricket is currently jumping like a headless chicken. This has to stop ASAP and what has to be done should be done.

    JudgeMe Monday, 20 November 2023 08:46 AM

    Australia won again. And overrated and arrogant Indians lost. Australia has 25 million people and has so many sports that compete with the world and win, not just cricket. What is the secret? They are a great nation, everyone has a fair go and only the right people are at right places. Be in jobs, sports, government, key positions etc. You can't just be there by any influence. You have to be good. No place for emotions, no favours you have to a deliver or get out. Australia has no place for incompetent people. A sign of a well developed country. No wonder people go there by boats risking their lives.

    Steve Monday, 20 November 2023 09:53 AM

    Great players win games congratulations to the mighty Ausies job we'll done.....sri Lanka may bounce back once get house in order....

    Nimal Nanayakkara Monday, 20 November 2023 10:29 AM

    Srilanka sports minister Is trying to dissolve the Indian cricket board and appoint an interim committee for failure to win the world cup

    cricket fan Monday, 20 November 2023 10:31 AM

    Australia should have defeated India just over a month ago when they met India in the preliminaries when india lost 3 wickets for 2 runs with all their frontline batsmen out for a duck but for a missed chance by Marsh when he dropped an easy catch off Kohli when he had acored only 12 runs and India in a very precarious position . Kholi put up a big score and India managed to post a big total. The missed chace hurt the Ausies very badly and coincidently they had a second chance when they met India in the finals to win comprehensively by 6 wickets in front of a record crowd of 132,000 in the iconic marterpiece the Narendra Modi Cricket stadium in Ahmedabad. Ending India's unbeaten record in the tournament in friont of a weeping audience and their cricket fans. Who said India was invincible?. Ask the aussies

    Punchi Monday, 20 November 2023 11:11 AM

    Country of 30 million smashed country of 1.3 billion that has organised scammers preying on good decent Australians. Also Indians in Australia beg to stay in the country. Enjoy the good salary, medical facilities, clean air, fresh food, lifestyle, decent people etc but support India.p in cricket. A French politician said during the football World Cup if you are living in France and a French passport but you heart beats for another country have can you be a French citizen

    A Happy Cricket Fan Monday, 20 November 2023 11:14 AM

    Difference between Cricket in Australia and Sri Lanka: SLC is the most corrupt and inept organization in the world while ACB is a well-managed organization. There are 26 First Division Teams in Sri Lanka whereas Australia has only 6 First Division Teams. SLC increased the number of First Division Teams to 26 to get more votes during Elections for the Executive Committee.

    Citizen k Monday, 20 November 2023 12:40 PM

    They would have not reached finals if not for bribing countries to lose.

    Who knows what a bribe is? Monday, 20 November 2023 02:37 PM

    Bribing is a thing that only we Sri Lankans are familiar with. These Aussies don't even know what a bribe is!

    Lost their first two games and went on to be World Champs Monday, 20 November 2023 02:18 PM

    That can't be! Australia lost its first 2 games and went onto become World Champions again? I thought Sri Lanka said they would win the World cup? Here's the difference: Sri Lankans are good talkers. These Aussies are good doers. Talk less, work more. Not only will cricket prosper, the country will prosper too. We retire between 55 - 60. I'm told by my cousins in Australia that their retirement age is between 67 - 68. No wonder they are so prosperous and we are just phosphorus!

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