by: Atika Mehboob TN Sport Pakistan:
In a stunning display of skill and composure, Travis Head led Australia to their record-extending sixth World Cup title, scoring a magnificent 137 runs from 120 balls in the final against India at Ahmedabad. Head’s stellar performance was not only limited to his batting prowess but included a crucial catch that proved to be a turning point in the game.
Australia, with a target of 241, showcased resilience and determination, eventually securing a six-wicket victory against India. The match had its share of drama, with Head’s dismissal to the penultimate ball of the chase, but Glenn Maxwell’s calm nerves ensured Australia’s triumph.
The pivotal moment came earlier in the game when Head took a spectacular catch to dismiss India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, who was in prime form. This catch not only halted India’s explosive start but also prevented a much higher target for Australia to chase. Rohit’s departure slowed down India’s innings significantly, and they struggled to post a formidable total against Australia’s bowling attack.
Head’s innings, featuring 15 fours and four sixes, was a masterclass in pacing a chase. Supported by Marnus Labuschagne, who contributed an invaluable 58 not out from 110 balls, Head formed a crucial partnership of 192 runs for the fourth wicket. This partnership proved to be the backbone of Australia’s successful chase, overcoming early setbacks and steering their team to victory.
Despite a challenging start at 47 for 3, with David Warner’s early dismissal and Steven Smith’s missed lbw review, Australia’s determination shone through. Labuschagne’s Test experience and Head’s aggressive yet calculated approach guided Australia through a nail-biting contest. The dew factor in the latter part of the game added another layer of complexity, but Australia managed to navigate through it with skill and determination.
In the end, Australia secured the victory with six wickets in hand and an impressive 42 balls to spare. Head’s exceptional all-around contribution, both with the bat and in the field, played a pivotal role in Australia’s triumph on the grand stage of the World Cup.