India’s wait for an ICC trophy continued on Sunday as they fell to Australia by 6 wickets in the World Cup final at the Narendra Modi stadium with opener Travis Head scoring a blistering century to guide the Aussies to their 6th title.
After that, it was all about Head and Marnus Labuschagne, who scored a gritty half century if his own, as they built a rock solid partnership to get Australia over the line.
Sent in to bat on a slow and dry pitch, skipper Rohit Sharma once again provided India a flying start with a 31-ball 47 but Australia fought back, snapping three wickets to reduce the hosts to 81 for 3.
Kohli (54) and Rahul (66) then tried to resurrect the Indian innings, adding 67 runs before Pat Cummins removed the former. It was a struggle thereafter, as India failed to find the boundaries.
Suryakumar Yadav (18) also couldn’t make a mark at the back end.
For Australia, Mitchell Starc (3/55) picked three wickets, while Pat Cummins (2/34), Josh Hazlewood (2/60), Glenn Maxwell (1/35) and Adam Zampa (1/44) were the other wicket-takers.