3 Mar 2023

India-Australia Third Test: Kangaroos Win, India Must Win Last Test To Qualify For WTC

Indore: On the spinning pitch of the Holkar Stadium in Indore, Australia won the third Test match of the four-match series by nine wickets, defeating the hosts India in every department of the game. India now needs to win fourth and last match of Gavaskar-Border Series to reach the final of the World Test Championship 

With this, Australia has become the first team to reach the final of the World Test Championship (WTC). India now leads 2-1 in the series with one more match remaining to be played. India had won the first two matches. 

On Friday, the third day of the match, Australia had to chase just 76 runs to win, which was achieved by the pair of Travis Head (49 not out) and Marnus Labuschagne (28 not out) in just 18.5 overs. 

Australia's veteran spinner Nathan Lyon had scripted the match in favor of Australia by taking eight wickets in India's second innings on Thursday itself, on which the duo of Travis and Marnus sealed the match today by batting responsibly.

Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Khawaja

Although India's star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin created a bit of excitement today by claiming the wicket of Usman Khawaja in his very first over, Australia's batsmen achieved the target of victory without giving any more chances to the Indians. 

India had scored 109 runs in the first innings, in response to which Australia scored 197 runs in their first innings and took a vital lead of 88 runs. 

India's performance in the second innings was pathetic as the entire team was bundled out for 163 runs, leaving the visitors a paltry target of 76 runs to win. Australia completed this by scoring 78 runs on one wicket.

India will have to win last Test match to enter final of WTC

India needs to win fourth and last match of Gavaskar-Border Series to reach the final of the World Test Championship (WTC). The final of the Test Championship will be played at The Oval in England from June 7 to 11. India will now have to win the fourth and final Test match at any cost to enter the title match of the championship. 

If India fails in this, then it will have to depend on the result of the match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

The spinners dominated the entire Test match at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. Australia's Matthew Paul Kuhnemanntook five wickets in the first innings to wrap up India's first innings cheaply, while Nathan Lyon took three as the hosts were bundled out in just 33.2 overs on the opening day.

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