Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne sutured a 192 run cooperation for the fourth gate.
An creepy silence descended at a packed venue with further than ninety thousand suckers as Australia busted India’s dreams. The light bedimmed on the Men in Blue as their searing run in the World Cup ground to a halt as Australia triumphed in the peak clash at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19 night.
After confining India to 240 on a sluggish pitch, Pat Cummins and his men survived some anxious moments before arriving at the winning post with nature Travis Head’s splendid 137( 120b, 15x4, 4x6) anchoring the chase. The callers scored 241 for four in 43 overs and won by six lattices.
Australia made a nervous launch as David Warner edged a four through slips off Jasprit Bumrah before Head pounded two fours. Mohammed Shami also beheaded Warner, squinched when stuck for a six by Mitchell Marsh and also saw his mate Bumrah prise out the batter. Steve Smith drove a lovely four off Bumrah and incontinently set up his pads ruffled right in front.
At 47 for three, Australia demanded an alliance to quell the jitters in the dressing room. Southpaw Head and Marnus Labuschagne( 58n.o.) stayed together, originally playing as straight as possible and formerly Bumrah and Shami’s first spells were over, got nimble on their bases and ran hard. Allowing Labuschagne to settle, Head launched Kuldeep Yadav for six and when Mohammed Siraj dug in short, he just pulled a four.
Rohit Sharma also pressed Shami into service and Head saluted him with a four and in the scrambler’s next over, the batter picked the square- leg hedge for a four. When Bumrah came back, Head blabbed out the same treatment. As the dew settled, it came delicate for the bowlers to grip.
Head got to his superb hundred and also hit a celebratory six off Ravindra Jadeja! On the cusp of winning, the centurion fell but by also his 192- run fourth- gate cooperation with Labuschagne, had Australia smelling its sixth World Cup jewel.
In the autumn, Cummins won the toss, decided to field and his counterpart Rohit, waded in to Josh Hazlewood. The Indian captain drilled two fours, hoisted a six, smote another four as Hazlewood’s first spell was tattered to bits. During this mayhem, Gill tamely fell to Mitchell Starc.
Virat Kohli walked in, saluted by the customary roar, and Rohit was his usual tone, striking a six off Starc. Kohli joined the act, hitting three successive fours off the forefront. Rohit( 47) also did a ‘ 6- 4 ’ routine against Glenn Maxwell, and while trying another six, set up a diving Head poke
the skier. Cummins also allured an edge from Shreyas Iyer.
At 81 for three in10.2 overs, India demanded a cooperation. Kohli andK.L. Rahul buckled down while the Australians contended with tigerish zeal. Kohli went past his 50 and in a while the 67- run steady fourth- gate cooperation concluded. Kohli( 54), while trying to defend a short delivery from Cummins, saw the ball drop onto the wholes.
It took an eternity for a shocked Kohli to leave. Coming man Jadeja edged Hazlewood, and Rahul, after scoring a conservative 66, fell to Starc. Australia kept it tight each through and latterly possessed the night.
- Rohit Sharma c Head b Maxwell 47( 31b, 4x4, 3x6)
- Shubman Gill c Zampa b Starc 4( 7b)
- Virat Kohli b Cummins 54( 63b, 4x4)
- Shreyas Iyer c Inglis b Cummins 4( 3b, 1x4)
- K.L. Rahul c Inglis b Starc 66( 107b, 1x4)
- Ravindra Jadeja c Inglis b Hazlewood 9( 22b)
- Suryakumar Yadav c Inglis b Hazlewood 18( 28b, 1x4)
- Mohammed Shami c Inglis b Starc 6( 10b, 1x4)
- Jasprit Bumrah lbw b Zampa 1( 3b)
- Kuldeep Yadav run out 10( 18b)
- Mohammed Siraj( not out) 9( 8b, 1x4)
Extras( lb- 3, w- 9) 12.
Total( in 50 overs) 240.
- Starc 10-0-55-3
- Hazlewood 10-0-60-2
- Maxwell 6-0-35-1
- Cummins 10-0-34-2
- Zampa 10-0-44-1
- Marsh 2-0-5-0
- Head 2-0-4-0
- David Warner c Kohli b Shami 7( 3b, 1x4)
- Travis Head c Gill b Siraj 137( 120b, 15x4, 4x6)
- Mitchell Marsh c Rahul b Bumrah 15( 15b, 1x4, 1x6)
- Steve Smith lbw b Bumrah 4( 9b, 1x4)
- Marnus Labuschagne( not out) 58( 110b, 4x4)
- Glenn Maxwell( not out) 2( 1b)
Extras( b- 5, lb- 2, w- 11) 18.
Total( for four wkts. in 43 overs) 241.
- Bumrah 9-2-43-2
- Shami 7-1-47-1
- Jadeja 10-0-43-0
- Kuldeep 10-0-56-0
- Siraj 7-0-45-1
Toss Australia; PoM Head.
Australia triumphed by six lattices with seven overs to spare.