Australia reaffirmed its status as the powerhouse of one-day cricket by clinching a record-extending sixth World Cup title on Sunday, putting an end to India’s formidable run in its home tournament with a convincing six-wicket victory in a closely contested final, largely fueled by Travis Head’s stellar innings of 137.

The crowd, officially tallied at 92,453, witnessed in silence as Head partnered with Marnus Labuschagne (58 not out) in a remarkable 192-run collaboration, successfully chasing down the 241-run target.

Although Australia faced early struggles at 47-3 after seven overs, Head and Labuschagne showcased resilience, steering their team to victory and adding another accolade to Australia’s 50-over world titles from 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015.

Head’s departure on the second-to-last ball of the match, caught in the deep while attempting a title-sealing boundary, paved the way for Glenn Maxwell. His quick run of two off the first ball sealed the victory, prompting celebrations and fireworks above the world’s largest cricket venue.

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India, having won all 10 matches before the final, sought a third trophy in their fourth appearance in a title match. However, they were outperformed by a determined Australia in every aspect, managing only 240 all out on a slow pitch after losing the toss. Only Virat Kohli (54) and Lokesh Rahul (66) reached half-centuries.

Reflecting on the defeat, India’s skipper Rohit Sharma conceded, “We were not good enough today. We tried everything, but it didn’t work. We needed 20-30 more runs — we were looking at 270-280 but we kept losing wickets. When you have 240 on the board, you want to keep taking wickets. We took three, but credit to Head and Labuschagne for their partnership. We couldn’t open up the game.”

Despite India’s setback, Kohli concluded the tournament with a remarkable performance, amassing 765 runs in 11 games with an impressive average of 95.62, earning him the well-deserved title of Player of the Tournament.

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