WTC Final Day 3 Highlights: The brave seventh-wicket partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur on Day 3 helped India avoid disgrace. They collectively scored 109 runs off 145 balls to keep India from missing more than one wicket in the first session. Ajinkya Rahane fell to Pat Cummins on 89 after a spectacular catch by Cameron Green at the gully, shortening the stand’s duration in the second session. Thakur persisted and eventually defeated Green on 51 after reaching 50. Australia took a 173-run lead in the first innings after India was eventually all out for 296 runs.
Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami then charged in with all guns blazing, and David Warner lost early. After surviving an 11-over run before Tea and Australia were 23/1 at the end of the session, Marnus Labuschagne and Usman Khawaja continued to bat. Soon after play resumed, Khawaja was out, and Steve Smith changed Australia’s strategy. Smith and Labuschagne had amassed 62 runs for the third wicket when Smith unexpectedly attempted a tremendous heave against Jadeja and was fatally struck, appearing to have eliminated any chances for India. Travis Head lost to Ravindra Jadeja as well without getting many points.
Then, Labuschagne and Cameron Green led Australia to victory at the Stumps. At the end of the day, they’re still firmly in command despite the lack of runs. Australia has a 123/4 score and a 296-run lead. WTC Final Day 3 Highlights.
STUMPS ON DAY 3: Australia completes the third day on 123/4 and extends their lead to 296 with six wickets in hand and two full days ahead of them. Mohammed Shami bowls the final over of the day, coming close to removing Cameron Green twice in his 10th over. Marnus Labuschagne has faced 118 deliveries so far today and is still unblemished at 41 after a great amount of perseverance.
WTC Final Day 3 Highlights:
Australia scored 120/4 after 42 overs (Marnus Labuschagne, 39; Cameron Green, 6).
Umesh Yadav was presumably brought in for one last run before the game’s end, signaling a change on both sides. After a brilliant stint in which he removed the wickets of Australia’s first innings century-makers Steve Smith and Travis Head, whose 285-run stand has so far made the difference between the two teams in this match, Jadeja is given a rest. India will be hoping that Shami and Umesh can take another wicket before play is over. Labuschagne, in contrast, has faced 113 balls for his 39 so far, and it appears that he is stumbling his way through.
WTC Final Day 3 Highlights: Australia is 116/4 after 40 overs (Marnus Labuschagne is 36, and Cameron Green is 5).
With 15 minutes left in the day’s play, Shami came back for another burst and took the place of Siraj in the assault, giving Jadeja and Shami a maiden apiece. Australia currently has a lead that is 11 short of 300.
WTC Final Day 3 Highlights: Australia had 116/4 after 38 overs (Marnus Labuschagne had 36, and Cameron Green had 5).
FOUR! A full, wide delivery from Siraj is driven through the covers by Green, who executes a beautiful shot by extending his long levers and collecting his first boundary in the process. The all-rounder will attempt to score some quick runs in the day’s remaining overs.
OUT! Head is struck out twice in three deliveries by Jadeja. Jadeja dismisses the leading scorer from Australia’s previous innings by taking a catch off his bowling while Umesh misses a simple opportunity at deep midwicket on the first occasion. AUS 111/4
WTC Final Day 3 Highlights: Australia has 103/3 after 34 overs (Travis Head has 10 and Marcus Labuschagne has 36).
Jadeja has two consecutive maidens. In the meanwhile, Head scores the first maximum of the innings on the third delivery of Siraj’s second over of the period. Head hooks a short ball towards fine leg, where Ravindra Jadeja ultimately misjudges the trajectory of the ball and takes several steps forward before witnessing the ball sail over his head. It wouldn’t have mattered even if Jadeja had hung onto the grab because Siraj’s no-ball was on his front foot. Later in the over, Siraj’s stiff bouncer, which soared over the wicketkeeper and sped out to the third man fence for four byes, gives Australia its 100th run.
WTC Final Day 3 Highlights: Australia was 90/3 after 32 overs (Marnus Labuschagne, 35; Travis Head, 3).
After dismissing Steve Smith at the beginning of his fifth over, Jadeja delivers a wicketless spell. The game was turned on its head by Australia’s star from the first innings, Travis Head, who enters next. Rohit decides to bring Siraj back to counter him. The head starts strong with a brace from Siraj and then adds a single.
OUT! By receiving a thick leading edge while attempting to knock Ravindra Jadeja to the ground, Steve Smith is killed for 34. The sturdy third-wicket partnership is broken, but Shardul Thakur crouching beneath the ball manages to securely retrieve the ball. Smith fired an uncharacteristic shot that ultimately led to his demise.
WTC Final Day 3:
Marnus Labuschagne is still unbeaten at 44 and has company in Cameron Green at 7, as Australia ends the day by extending its lead over India to 296 with six wickets remaining.
India vs. Australia, World Test Championship Final Day 2 Recap: Steve Smith and Travis Head each earned hundreds of points before Pat Cummins started India’s collapse on Day 2.
Smith scored his 31st Test century at The Oval, where Australia amassed a mammoth 469 runs before he died on 121.
To a full-length delivery from Cummins, who had close figures of 1-36 in nine overs, Rohit was ruled leg before wicket.
India was 30/2 after four deliveries when Shubman Gill (13), who had been misled by a quick off-cutter, was bowled by Scott Boland while playing no shot. WTC Final Day 3 Highlights.
Both Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli were dismissed by deliveries from all-rounder Cameron Green and Mitchell Starc, respectively. At second slip, Steven Smith made a superb leaping catch above Kohli’s head.
Jadeja, a left-hander, put up some resistance with a brisk 51-ball knock that included seven fours and a six.
He was however killed by Nathan Lyon’s off-spin, edging a well-flighted and twisting delivery to slip in a soft end to a stand of 71 with Ajinkya Rahane.
At the end of the innings, India was down to 151/5 and was 318 runs behind. WTC Final Day 3 Highlights.