Indeed, Maxwell finishes it off for Australia! Rahul sinks to his knees. Australia celebrate under fire-work filled skies. Contrasting emotions in Ahmedabad. Short and into the body, swatted away to the right of deep midwicket. Maxwell comes back for the double
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10.20pm The Prime Minister of India and the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia hand over the trophy to Pat Cummins. The fireworks go off once again. The players get together and soak everything in. Cummins holds the trophy aloft. What a captain. What a team. Six-time ODI World Cup champions. That's all she wrote. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did bringing it to you. Until next time, this is Deivarayan Muthu signing off on the behalf of Andrew McGlashan, Abhimanyu Bose, Venkat Raghav and Chandan Duorah. Take it easy.
9.45pm Head was injured at the start of the World Cup. Labuschagne wasn't even in Australia's World Cup squad in the first place. He only made it to the squad after Agar was sidelined with injury. Both players have now played starring roles for Australia in the final. Cummins was just as awesome, bowling cutter after cutter in a boundary-less spell on Sunday. He made the brave call to bowl first after winning the toss. His bowlers and batters then stuck to their guns. Oh and that catch from Head to dismiss Rohit. Australia have outbowled, outbatted, outfielded and outplayed India. Australia just keep doing Australia things.
Siraj has tears in his eyes. Rahul crumbles to the floor. Rohit and Kohli are expressionless. Bumrah walks off the field tossing what looks like water bottles to the floor in disgust. There is so much hurt out there. Another heartbreak for India, but they can still hold their heads high. They were the team of this tournament - they racked up ten wins in a row - but they faltered at the final hurdle. Do stick with us for reactions and the post-match presentation.
Cummins: I think we saved our best for the last. A couple of big-match players stepped up and chuffed. Today we thought it was a good night to chase and thought it would be easier to chase. The pitch was slower than I thought and didn't particularly spin and we bowled tight lines. On a slow wicket with variable bounce, we had a couple of catchers on the leg side and made a couple of decisions. Desperate for sure. The boys were fantastic against South Africa. We have an ageing side but everyone throws themselves around. Chuffed with keeping them to 240 - anything under 300 really. I was one of those blokes with the hearts fluttering but Head takes the game on, Marnus... I think the selectors backed him even when he had a broken hand. It's a big risk and it paid off. How fun is he to watch? It was awesome to play and the passion in India is unrivaled. You just got to go and win a World Cup. You can't wait for it. It was a shift after two games. The openers were really aggressive and it was a total buy-in from everyone. We will remember this year for a long, long time. This pips it all.
Rohit: I mean the result hasn't gone our way and we know that we were not good enough on the day. But proud of the team. It wasn't supposed to be. Honestly, 20-30 runs would've been good. I thought when KL and Virat were batting, we were looking at 270-280 at that point and we kept losing wickets. Australia stitched a big partnership after losing three wickets. With 240 on the board, we wanted early wickets but credit to Travis Head and Marnus. They put us completely out of the game and I thought the wicket got better to bat under lights. I mean we knew under lights, it would be better but don't want to give that as an excuse. We didn't bat well enough, but credit to those two guys in the middle for stitching that big partnership.
Kohli is the Player of the tournament for his 765 runs in 11 innings. He collects the award from Roger Binny. The Indian players walk up to collect their runners-up medals. The Aussies then collect their medals.
9.23pm Australia have done it. Australia win their sixth ODI World Cup title. They have silenced 100,000-plus fans in Ahmedabad. In 2023, they have won a Test in India, they became World Test champions, then they retained the Ashes and now they've won the ODI World Cup. The celebrations begin their in their camp. Absolute scenes in Ahmedabad.
Travis Head, Player of the Match: What an amazing day! Just thrilled to be a part of it. It's a lot better than seeing the World Cup on the couch at home (on his injury). I was a little bit nervous but Marnus played exceptionally well and soaked all the pressure. I felt the way Mitch [Marsh] took the game on set the tone and that was the energy we wanted. It was a great decision to bowl first and the wicket got better as the game went on. It paid dividends and nice to play a role. Again, it is something I work hard on and nice to hold on and contribute in front of a full house. Definitely third on the list (Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Travis Head - Player of the Match in World Cup finals) and nice to contribute.
A teary-eyed Labuschagne: What we've achieved today is unbelievable. It's the best achievement I've ever been part of. Just to come to India... Ten from ten, with one to play - they've been the team of the tournament. They've played unbelievably. But you knew if we played our best cricket, we had a chance. Our bowlers were sensational, and then Travis put on a hell of a display. It's great to be a part of it. I know you guys know I'm a man of faith, and believe in God. The way everything's happened is unbelievable to me. It's just amazing; I'm lost for words. The amount of times I thought I'm done - even last night the team didn't get named until about 10.10 [pm]. Coaches went to the ground - might be dewy, I might be out. I'm very thankful to them for sticking with me. I don't have many words to explain. Few months ago, I wasn't even in South Africa in the one-day team; and to play 19 games straight is truly a miracle. I don't know how; I give thanks to God for that.
Maxwell: It was a bit of a slog (the winning hit) but it feels amazing. I sort of resigned to the fact that I wouldn't have to bat but Heady got out but what a win! It's a bit different when you're watching Heady taking on Bumrah. Marnus soaked up the pressure and was outstanding. Heady with his ball-striking was second to none.
Hazlewood: I think it's bigger than [2015 World Cup victory]. Great crowd, Indian fans are second to none. Tonight, we put it together when it counts.
Warner: Our bowlers were fantastic and they set the tone from ball one. The fielding again supported that. Look, there was a bit of nervous energy in the dressing room, but fantastic partnership between Heady and Marnus.
Smith: It's incredible and yeah it was just a great performance. The bowlers set the tone and the fielding was great this evening. Took the game on and kept playing to our strengths. Wasn't the ideal start for us, but we had the belief. Fortunately, we were able to do that and Australia typically plays well in those [big] moments. Big year for us, also winning the Test Championship.
Starc: He [Cummins] was phenomenal and he has been phenomenal all tournament. It capped off an unbelievable eight weeks for this group. To win a World Cup in India...bloody successful and bloody enjoyable.
Mitch Marsh: Pure elation. I said to a few boys just earlier - it's been hard. We won when Sri Lanka were 0 for 120; that feels like a lifetime ago. But to be here with this group, it's unbelievable
Mohan Srinivasa: "Kudos to Australia, particularly Head and Labuschagne, the way they batted cautiously but kept the scoreboard ticking at the same time at at least 5 runs an over after coming together at 47 for 3. Kohli and Rahul could not do that. India was outplayed by a much superior team."
Just Sad fan: "I just could not say anything. Its been 20 years , we still lost to Aus, Well In 2003 I was kid that time, now I am 34 years old and was wating for team India to win. Hard Luck and still well played INDIAAA"
Minty: "Congrats to Kohli, but I low-key wanted Rachin Ravindra to win POTT. He really made a name for himself this tournament when not many people knew about him beforehand."
Shah Zaib : "Travis Head became the 4th player to win a MOM award in semi final as well in the final of the world cup, First three were Mohinder Amernath in 83, Aravinda De Silva in 96 "
Abdul: "I think Mohammed Shami should have been the player of the tournament. He single-handedly turned the matches in India's favour. Shame that he didn't get the award."
Australia are two runs away from victory. Will Maxwell finish it off?
Head falls at the doorstep of victory. Sensational innings from Head. Kohli and Rahul applaud him. Head backs away once again, Siraj follows him with a short ball at his body. Pulled away to Gill at deep midwicket. Head is warmly welcomed back by his team-mates
Satish: "Head replicated the Gilchrist of 2003!"
back of a length and jags in to take the inside edge and roll away to deep square
mighty full on the stumps, driven away to the right of mid-on
flayed over mid-off for a one-bounce four. Head backs away, takes this shortish ball from outside off and goes over the top with some swagger
Head backs away and pummels this short ball between deep midwicket and deep square
Nagraj Todur: "Marnus reminds me Micheal Bevan!! Same composure and playing sensible cricket "
back of a length and holds its line outside off, run away to the left of extra-cover
Michael: "What an innings by marnus , ever dependable in big games, perfectly fits for Mr. cricket's position in the squad"
low full-toss on off stump, bunted down to mid-off
Aditya: "@Arnav, That moment has to be Head's catch of Rohit Sharma. It's like Kapil Dev taking Viv Richards in 1983. Absolutely game changing."
tucked off the pads to square leg
full and slanting into middle, pushed to mid-on
Arjit : "Head's catch to dismiss Rohit was the game changer."
on a length and angling into a leg-side clip to midwicket
Arnav: "Similar to Dhoni's runout in 2019 - is there any one defining moment from this final we will remember in years to come? I do not think so. India was comprehensively beaten in all departments!"
very full and slinging into Head, who backs away and drives it down to long-on
Labuschagne stays leg-side of this length ball outside off and hits it to extra-cover
another slowie outside off, Labuschagne delays his drive and plays to short cover
pitched-up delivery outside off, punchily driven to mid-off with a high elbow
short and veering down the leg side, Labuschagne swivels on the back foot and pulls it away fine of Shami at long leg
pitched up and outside off, on-pace delivery, driven to mid-off on the front foot
slower ball, angling across off stump, Head backs away and hauls it away to deep midwicket
straying into the pads, Labuschagne brings his wrists into play and picks it away to the midwicket boundary. Fifty in a World Cup final. Well done, Marnus. Stony silence at the Motera
much fuller and angling in at off, Labuschagne opens the bat-face and guides it to cover
|Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad|
|Toss||Australia, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||Australia won the 2023/24 ICC Cricket World Cup|
|Match number||ODI no. 4705|
|Hours of play (local time)||14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.00, Second Session 18.00-21.30|
|Match days||19 November 2023 - daynight (50-over match)|
Over 43 • AUS 241/4