November 19, 2023

Cricket World Cup final LIVE updates: Australia take on India in decider

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Australia win their sixth World Cup

Australia have capped a remarkable resurgence in the World Cup to lift their sixth trophy.

Chasing 241 for victory against host-nation India, Australia achieved victory for the loss of only six wickets.

On a day Australian great Ricky Ponting said Pat Cummins came of age as a captain, Cummins won the toss and boldly decided to bowl first at Narendra Modi Stadium, citing the potential for night dew as one reason for the call.

Oh what a night: Travis Head has guided Australia to a sixth World Cup title with a remarkable century.Credit: AP

Indian counterpart Rohit Sharma had said he would have batted anyway, and Sharma led his team’s early charge. He (47 off 41 deliveries) and Virat Kohli (54 off 63) appeared set for centuries before each lost their way, Australia’s fast bowlers and excellent fielding helping to restrict India to a below-par score. KL Rahul (66 off 107) attempted a rescue operation, but it wasn’t enough.

Cummins rotated his bowlers superbly, India unable to build momentum, as the white ball began to reverse swing.

In reply, the Australians slipped to 3-47 in seven overs, but a stunning century from Travis Head (137 off 120, 15 boundaries, four sixes) and a defiant 58 from Marnus Labuschagne gave Australia another world title. Head finally fell with only two runs needed for victory, caught in the deep.

Defeats early in the tournament had left many doubting whether the Australians would even make the finals, but Head’s half-century in the tight semi-final win over South Africa, and his heroics on this day, will live long in the memory.

Beaten man: Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav reinforced the frustration he, his team and country felt.Credit: AP


The portrait – here’s the pic Head should hang on the wall.

Indian great Ravi Shastri had nothing but praise for Head.

“What a stage he has chosen – a World Cup final, 125,000 – 130,000 people,” he said.

What a knock: Travis Head has joined the greats of the game with his World Cup defining century against India.Credit: AP

Ricky Ponting said Pat Cummins has “come of age” with his leadership in this tournament.

“There had been criticism – not any more,” the former Australian skipper said.


Head-ing in the right direction: Reaction to Travis’ ton


Head-line act: Travis gives Australia 100 reasons to believe in victory

In an innings which will go down in lore, Travis Head produced one of the great knocks of all time in making a century off 95 balls, as Australia pushed for World Cup victory.

It was his second century of the tournament, and he joins Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist as Australians having scored a century in a World Cup final.

Batter up: Travis Head has joined a select group of men to score centuries in an ODI World Cup final.Credit: AP

However, the robust left-hander was a touch lucky, for he could have been run out on 99 if there had been a direct hit, having taken a quick single.

Head soon followed up with a six over mid-wicket, Australia needing 50 runs for victory off 94 balls.

It’s been a stunning year for Head, for he crunched a match-winning century against India in the World Test Championship final in England.


Marnus survives: Bumrah calls for DRS

Desperate India called for a DRS review for a rejected lbw shout against Labuschagne on 34, with Australia 3-158. Bumrah felt he had his man, although to the naked eye the spearing delivery appeared to be heading down leg side. Replays indicated it would have hit leg stump, but the soft call meant Labuschagne survived.


Head-ache: Sharma running out of ideas

It’s now under 100 runs required for Australia to raise a record sixth World Cup.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma is struggling for answers, for his spinners have had little – or no – impact, while veteran quick Mohammed Shami has been poor.

Head and Labuschagne have brought up their 100-run stand.

Bumrah still has five overs remaining. Time for Sharma to go to him, if India are any hope of pulling off what now seems like a miracle victory before a shocked and silenced crowd.


Win predictor: 73 per cent chance Aussies claim title

India’s spinners are not getting the job done. Jadeja and Kuldeep do not look like taking a wicket, with Head and Labuschagne too easily finding gaps in the field.

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has turned to Shami for a breakthrough, but his first ball back was dispensed over his head for four. Ouch.

Magical Marnus: Labuschagne has been a rock for Head.Credit: AP

The win predictor used by the broadcaster estimates there is now a 73 per cent chance of Australia taking victory from this point. It’s hard to argue with. Australia are 3-127 after 24 overs.


Heads reaches 50, as Australia wrestle back control

Travis Head has acknowledged a fine half-century which has steadied Australia after a rocky start.

Chasing 241 for World Cup victory, the Australians are 3-111, with Head unbeaten on 50 (58 balls), and Marnus Labuschagne offering excellent support. It’s back-to-back 50s for the left-hander, who delivered in tough circumstances against South Africa just days ago.

“There is a fear factor with Travis Head. There may be a lack of pace [in the pitch], but he will still try and hit the boundary,” Australian batting great Matthew Hayden said during the commentary.

Finding a way: Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne are dragging Australia towards victory.Credit: AP

The question now is whether Head can will his team to victory on a slow track taking sharp spin.


Head of the pack: Aussies turn to Travis

Travis Head has maintained his robust edge at the top of the order, despite losing teammates.

He is the man the Indians are most worried about. There was a lovely sweep for six off spinner Kuldeep, and now a stand-and-deliver back-foot slash off Siraj for four.

After 17 overs Australia are 3-93, with Head on 40, and Marnus Labuschagne on 10. They are on target runs wise, it’s just a matter of whether they can survive.

Inflicting damage: Travis Head has made a bold start but has lost teammates at the top of the order.Credit: AP

Will Sharma be keen to recall trump-card Bumrah for a short burst? We’ll see.


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