Australia dealt India a crushing blow in their bid for an undefeated tournament in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
Australia won the toss for Sunday’s (November 19) blockbuster finale in Ahmedabad, and decided to send the Indians to the crease first.
The Aussie bowling attack would be in business from the early going with just 30 runs on the board before the first batsman was claimed.
The Indians seemed unsettled at the crease and could not establish their usual imperious form that has seen them go unbeaten on their journey to the finals.
The 67-run stand for the fourth wicket was the only real stability the Indians enjoyed at the crease, as Australia’s bowlers carved through the lineup, taking wickets at important intervals.
Wicketkeeper/batsman KL Rahul had the best day for the hosts with 66 runs, with the next-highest total coming from Virat Kohli for 54.
The Indians were limited to just 240 runs.
Mitchell Starc was the main wicket-taker for the Aussies, with three wickets for 55 runs.
Both Josh Hazelwood and skipper Pat Cummins chipped in with two wickets each.
With such a low run total, it would be the job of the spectacular bowling lineup to work their magic once again.
The usual imposing Indian bowlers were out of rhythm, much like they were with the bat.
After they took their first wicket with just 16 runs scored, they seemed to be at their usual best.
The next two wickets fell by over seven, for just 31 additional runs.
This was where the Indian momentum quickly ended.
The fourth wicket stand between opener Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne added an impressive 192 runs to the scoreboard.
By the time the Indians finally sent Head packing, the job was done, and the Aussies won the match with seven full overs left to spare and six wickets left in hand.
Jasprit Bumrah was the most successful Indian bowler, taking two of the four wickets.
His 137-run knock earned Travis Head Man of Match honours.
He also contributed two overs of bowling, during which he only conceded four runs.
Indian talisman Virat Kohli was awarded the Player of the tournament for his extraordinary form which saw him rack up a total of 765 runs, including three centuries.
This is Australia’s sixth World Cup title, which makes them the most successful country at the tournament, with only beaten hosts India and the West Indies as the other teams who have won more than once, both having won two each.