WTC Final Day 3 Review: Rahane-Shardul’s fifties save from follow-on, Australia tightens screws, Team India in trouble


The Indian team was bundled out for 296 runs in the first innings.
Australia got a lead of 173 runs in the first innings
Rahane and Shardul played half-century innings

New Delhi. Experienced batsman Ajinkya Rahane and all-rounder Shardul Thakur shone on the third day of the ongoing World Test Championship Final (WTC Final 2023) match between India and Australia. Both completed their half-centuries. After about 19 months, Rahane, who came to play Test match, did a great batting in the first innings of the return match. Of course, he missed his century by 11 runs, but the right-handed batsman has given a befitting reply to the critics with his matchless innings. On the basis of the century partnership of Rahane and Shardul, India was successful in saving the follow-on. The match has reached an exciting turn. The fourth day is going to be very important.

India’s first innings got piled on 296 runs. Australia had scored 469 runs in the first innings. The Kangaroo team got a lead of 173 runs in the first innings. By the end of the third day’s play, Australia has scored 123 runs at the loss of 4 wickets in the second innings. His total lead has now increased to 296 runs. Marnus Labushen returned unbeaten after scoring 41 runs while Cameron Green is playing after scoring 7 runs.

Centaur Head of the first innings returned cheaply in the second innings
The start of Australia’s second innings was not good. Opener David Warner returned to the pavilion after scoring one run. Australia lost the second wicket in the form of Usman Khawaja. Khawaja’s wicket fell on a total score of 24. Umesh dismissed Khawaja and Siraj dismissed Warner. Steve Smith contributed 34 runs while first innings centurion Travis Head was dismissed for 18 runs in the second innings. Ravindra Jadeja took 2 wickets while Siraj and Umesh took one wicket each.

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Rahane and Shardul added 109 runs for the 7th wicket
Ajinkya Rahane (89) and Shardul Thakur (51) shared a 109-run partnership for the seventh wicket. After bowling India out for 296 in the first innings, Australia were 23 for one in their second innings at the tea break. Were . In the second over after lunch, Cameron Green finished Rahane’s memorable innings by catching a brilliant catch off the ball of captain Pat Cummins. He hit 11 fours and a six in 129 balls. From the other end, Shardul supported him in the best way.

Shardul hit fifty off 108 balls
After Rahane, Cummins achieved third success by bowling Umesh Yadav (five). Mohammed Shami, who came to the crease, hit two fours against Scott Boland in the next over. Shardul then completed his half-century in 108 balls by hitting fours on Cummins’s visible straight drive and cover drive. However, he could not take his innings much further and got wicketkeeper Alex Carey out on Green’s ball. Mitchell Starc ended India’s innings by catching Shami (13) behind the wicket. In this way, the Indian team, which scored 260 runs for six wickets till the lunch break, lost the remaining four wickets by adding just 36 runs in the second session.

KS Bharat got out on the second ball of the day
For Australia, Cummins took three while Green, Stark and Boland took two wickets each. Mohammad Siraj also bowled brilliantly in the second innings. He hit Marnus Labushen twice after walking David Warner in the fourth over. Both times the ball hit Labushen’s body. Team India started the day ahead of 151 runs for 5 wickets and in the first session, he got the only blow in the form of Shrikar Bharat (five runs). Bharat became the second victim of Scott Boland on the second ball of the day without any increase in his score of the previous day. Rahane became the 13th Indian to complete 5000 runs in Test cricket by taking two runs off Green’s ball in the 55th over. Before this innings, he had 4931 runs in 82 Tests.

Rahane and Shardul get 3 lives
Rahane and Shardul then batted with strong spirit. Both also got three lives but both were injured several times in front of captain Pat Cummins and Boland’s brilliant bowling in the opening half an hour of play. In the third slip on Boland’s ball, Usman Khawaja dropped an easy catch of Shardul. In the next over of this bowler, the ball took the edge of Shardul’s bat but it went for a four away from the slip fielders. In the 42nd over of the Indian innings, Shardul was injured twice by Cummins. Both times the ball hit his right hand and the team’s physio had to come on the field.

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