New Delhi. Ajinkya Rahane has started trying to get Team India out of trouble in the final of the World Test Championship by batting brilliantly. Rahane is playing on the third day of the match by scoring 89 runs till lunch on Friday. India has scored 260 runs for 6 wickets in the first innings. Shardul Thakur is also playing after scoring 36 runs. Australia has scored 469 runs in the first innings. The Indian team is still behind by 209 runs. On the third day, India started ahead of 151 runs for 5 wickets.
Scott Boland bowled the first over of the third day of the final match being played at The Oval ground. Ajinkya Rahane took a single on the first ball. Wicketkeeper batsman KS Bharat got bowled on the second ball. Bharat got out after scoring 5 runs in 15 balls. In this way the team’s score became 152 runs for 6 wickets. In such a situation, it seemed that the team would soon collapse. Two consecutive balls of Pat Cummins hit Shardul Thakur and both times Physio had to come on the field, but where was Shardul going to give up.
Ajinkya Rahane almost saved the follow-on by sharing an unbeaten century partnership with Shardul Thakur. The team has to score 270 runs to save the follow on. Means the team is only 10 runs away. Rahane completed his half-century with a six. He has played 122 balls so far. Has hit 11 fours and a six. At the same time, Shardul Thakur has scored 36 runs in 83 balls. 4 fours have been hit. In this 9th Test of all-rounder Shardul, he has scored 3 half-centuries so far. Has scored 2 half-centuries in England and one half-century in Australia.
There is still more than 2 days of play left in the match. In such a situation, Indian batsmen would like to minimize Australia’s first innings lead.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 09, 2023, 17:02 IST