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Travis Head silences Ahmedabad stadium as Australia star hits Cricket World Cup final century to stun India

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Travis Head has provided one of the great Australian cricket innings to silence 130,000 Indian fans and put his side in command of the Cricket World Cup final. 

Head took a stunning catch to dismiss rival dangerman Rohit Sharma earlier in Sunday’s showpiece and then stepped up with the bat to score a mammoth 100 runs off 95 balls for his side. 

Pat Cummins needed his opener to deliver after David Warner, Mitch Marsh and Steve Smith lost their wickets in quick succession to put their teammates under the pump in a volatile atmosphere. 

Head, alongside Marnus Labuschagne – who was not intimidated by Virat Kohli’s mindgames out in the middle, steadied the ship and piled on the runs in Ahmedabad. India had no answer for the two Aussies. 

Travis Head has delivered a magnificent century for Australia in the World Cup final

The Australian opener put his side in control of the run chase with a sumptuous knock

The Australian opener put his side in control of the run chase with a sumptuous knock

Cummins revealed before the game how his side have planned to silence the 130,000-strong crowd in Ahmedabad, and they kept the crowd quiet for much of the first innings following an initial blitz from Rohit Sharma.

But the opener was greedy after smashing Glenn Maxwell for two boundaries and mistimed his next shot, looping the ball high into the air. Travis Head was on hand to catch superbly. 

Australia have a better sense of the hostile conditions at the crease than most.

Of their 15-player World Cup squad, 13 have played in the Indian Premier League and since the beginning of 2019, India have hosted Australia for six white-ball series.

‘On this scale (the crowd) is probably bigger than we would have experienced before but it’s not something totally foreign to what we’ve had before,’ Cummins said.

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