The World Test Championship (WTC) match between India and Australia is taking place from the 7th of June. After falling to New Zealand in the final of the first iteration of the WTC championship, India will compete once again with the objective of winning the tournament and taking home the trophy.
The illustrious match will make use of the renowned Dukes’ ball, which is the standard option for all Test matches and other high-level competitions performed in England. The match is set to be play over the course of five days, beginning on the 7th and ending on the 11th of June. With an additional day reserved as a backup in case the weather is unfavorable.
Before the WTC final, India and Australia are both missing several crucial players from their respective teams. Due to their separate injuries, India will be without the services of fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, and wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul. In the meanwhile, Australia will be without their great player Josh Hazlewood for the last test match. As he is suffering from issues with his left Achilles and a strain in his left side arm.
The majority of cricket experts and ex-professionals, such as Ricky Ponting, Wasim Akram, and Ross Taylor, believe that the Kangaroos will win the match despite the fact that it will be played at The Oval in London, which is known for its swinging conditions.
Australia, who had been given the opportunity to bat, had already scored 97 runs in 28 overs at lunch. Although they had lost one wicket in the process. After the first batter, David Warner, had made 43 off 60 balls, they were 73 for 2 at lunch. On that particular day, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur all got one wicket each.
At the end of the first day of the World Test Championship Final between Australia and India on Wednesday, Australia had scored 327 runs with three wickets remaining. At the end of play on Day 1, Travis Head and Steve Smith were batting on 146 and 95 respectively. Australia contributed 157 runs to their total during the final session, which comprised 34 overs and did not lose a wicket throughout that time. In the unbroken fourth wicket partnership, the pair contributed 251 runs to the total.
On Day 2 of the World Test Championship (WTC), India and Australia squared up against one another. After suffering a defeat to New Zealand in the championship match of the first iteration of the WTC. India is aiming to win the tournament for the second time in their history. The match is set to be play over the course of five days. Beginning on the 7th and ending on the 11th of June, with an additional day reserved as a backup in case of inclement weather.
During this time, India and Australia are both missing several important players from their teams’ lineups. The Indian cricket team is depriving of the services of wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, and fast bowler KL Rahul. In the meanwhile, Australia will be without their great player Josh Hazlewood for the last test match. Because he is suffering from issues with his left Achilles and a strain in his left side arm.
The majority of cricket experts and ex-professionals, such as Ricky Ponting, Wasim Akram, and Ross Taylor, believe that the Kangaroos will win the match despite the fact that it will be played at The Oval in London.
While Steven Smith was completing his 31st test century, Travis Head was closing in on finishing his 150 runs. But Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj were able to discredit both of them before tea. Even Shami was able to pull up a wicket off of Cameron Green.
Bowlers gaining Momentum
Indian bowlers gained momentum and got fast wickets when Smith and Head were both out. Bringing the total number of Australian runs scored down to 469. For India, Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur both took two wickets, while Ravindra Jadeja was responsible for one of India’s dismissals. However, the most effective bowler for India was Mohammed Siraj. Who took four crucial wickets and ended the day with Australia’s first innings in the backup position.
On Day 4, the two nations will do battle once again in the final of the World Test Championship. India and Australia are now tied for first place in the tournament. At the end of the third day of the test match on Friday, India bowled out after scoring 296 runs. While Australia had scored 123 runs and lost 4 wickets before the end of play.
Both Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur excelled in the batting department for India. Rahane came within 11 runs of achieving a well-deserved century, while Thakur earned his third century at The Oval. India was able to win the match by an innings and a half. The Indian pair remained resolute despite the surface becoming more difficult. Absorbing blows to the body in order to keep their side in the game.
Australia is now in the lead by 296 runs with six wickets remaining. In the second innings, India will attempt to bowl Australia out for less than 400 runs. And will hope that their batting can resist the strain of the swinging conditions at The Oval.
For those who are unaware, India also compete in the first World Test Championship and was the way to the final. Where they were ultimately defeate by New Zealand. While everything is going on, Australia is competing in its very first World Tennis Championship final. And will be aiming to add that last, elusive prize to their collection.
At the end of day four of the ICC World Test Championship Final. India was 164/3 and need another 280 runs to achieve what would be a record total. Australia grabbed entire control of the match, giving them the edge in the competition.
However, as long as Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are in the game. There is still reason for optimism for India’s chances. The two batsmen will return to the middle on Sunday with respective scores of 44 not out and 20 not out when play is resumed. The weather prediction for south London indicates that there is just a little risk of rain on what is otherwise expect to be a beautiful day.
The Indian innings
When Australia proclaimed their innings halfway through the second session of the day, they had reached 270/8 thanks in large part to an outstanding. And unbeaten half-century from Alex Carey as well as contributions from Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green.
And despite a promising start, India was unable to hold on to its top three players. Leaving them with a difficult challenge going into the final day. It was Rohit who set the tone for India’s effort to chase an all-time high 444 to win a Test; he pulled the second ball of the innings to the boundary, which was India’s first run. India’s attempt to chase an all-time high 444 to win a Test began at a reasonable pace.
However, Shubman Gill was dismissing shortly before tea as a result of Cameron Green being deem to have held on to a low catch at gully. This gave Australia a chance to win the match.
It was a superb delivery from Scott Boland that caught the edge of Gill’s bat, with the statuesque Green going down low to his left in order to make the hold. Gill maintained his position and awaited the decision of whether or not to go upstairs to speak with the television umpire. And at the end of a drawn-out review process, a decision was reach.
After Tea Indian show
After tea, as the shadows grew longer at The Oval, the youngster’s opening partner Rohit Sharma walked off the field. Sharma had been strand in front by Nathan Lyon after missing a sweep shot earlier in the day.
And with both of its hazardous openers well ensconced in their respective huts. And the possibility of being place under pressure on the fifth day much reduced. Australia was able to ease into their bowling effort. And when Cheteshwar Pujara tried an unorthodox ramp shot. Which he edged through to Alex Carey behind the stumps. They were present with a further opportunity to take a wicket.
Virat Kohli joined an exclusive club during his innings, becoming just the sixth Indian hitter to attain a lifetime total of 2000 runs in Tests against Australia. Kohli and Rahane put up an unbroken partnership of 71 till day end.
Given that there is still a reserve day to play, any outcome in the match other than an Australian victory at this point would be considered as the greatest in the history of cricket. Even if a tie or a victory for India seems unlikely at this point in the match, it is not impossible so long as Kolhi and Rahane are still in the match.
At the beginning of day four of the ICC World Test Championship Final. Australia was 296 runs ahead but lost four wickets in their second innings. India was attempting to reduce Australia’s final aim by taking as many wickets as possible.
In a surprise move, India decided to give Umesh Yadav the ball for the opening spell. This choice paid off as the bowler got the edge of Marnus Labuschagne’s bat. And Cheteshwar Pujara made a diving catch in the slips to send him back for 41.