WTC Final: Australia lead by 296 runs
How can Team India make a comeback?
New Delhi. The World Test Championship final being played at the Oval between India and Australia has been played for 3 days and Australia is still considered to be the favorite. But on the third day (Friday) of this match, Team India has raised some hope. The way Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur shared a century partnership to bring India close to 300 runs and after that India did not allow Australia to score openly in the second innings. If the game is shown with the same spirit for the next two days, then maybe the game can be turned. But for this Rohit & Co. will have to do 3 things in the remaining 2 days. So that even if we don’t win, at least Team India can draw the match and the dream of winning the trophy last time remained unfulfilled, this time it should not happen.
To do this, what will Team India have to do on the fourth day of the Oval Test. Let us tell you this. Australia ended the third day of the Oval Test at a score of 123 for 4. Due to the big lead in the first innings, Australia’s total lead has been 296 runs and it still has 6 wickets left. In such a situation, Australia still has the upper hand. But, if India removes the remaining 6 wickets of Australia in the first session on the fourth day, then there will definitely be some hope in the match.
Australia will have to cover in 350
On the fourth day, when Marnus Labushen and Cameron Green go out to lead Australia’s innings, they will try to score runs fast. Australia has a lead of 296 runs, which is equally huge in terms of the fourth and fifth day’s pitch. In such a situation, the first 2 hours of the fourth day will be important for India. If the Indian bowlers bowled like on the third day and did not give Australia easy chances to score runs and also took wickets continuously and did not allow Australia to take a lead of more than 350 runs, then India will also have a chance.
Ravindra Jadeja can prove to be a trump card
It was clear on the third day of the Oval Test that the pitch has uneven bounce. The ball is also moving. In such a situation, Ravindra Jadeja can prove to be a trump card for India on the fourth day. Jadeja has shown the way to the pavilion to both the first innings centenarians Travis Head and Steve Smith. If he disposes of Marnus Labushen early on the fourth day, then like the first innings, Team India can tighten the screws on Australia in the second as well.
In the first innings too, India took 7 wickets of Australia within 108 runs. In such a situation, the same performance will be expected from the Indian bowlers on the fourth day.
Indian openers will have to show their strength
If the Indian bowlers do not allow Australia to take a lead of more than 350 runs, then India’s batting comes on the fourth day itself, then Team India can also make a comeback in this match. In such a situation, both the openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, who failed in the first innings, will have a big responsibility. The last time when India defeated England at the Oval was 2 years ago. Then it was Rohit who scored a century in the second innings while opening and laid the foundation for India’s victory. In such a situation, this time also Rohit will be expected to captain the innings. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara will have to do the same thing. Both these batsmen will have to stand till the end. Only then the team can have an opportunity to win or save the match.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 10, 2023, 06:58 IST