9 Jun 2023

WTC India-Australia Final: Team India Top Order Collapsed On Day 2; What Can We Do Now To Save Match?

London: The final match of the World Test Championship (WTC) between India and Australia continues at The Oval ground in London. India's top order batsmen disappointed the cricket fans on Day 2.  In the first session, India bowled well and got Australia all out for 469. But India lost 5 wickets to score 151 runs by the end of the second day's play.

On the first day, Travis Head and Steve Smith shared a partnership of 251 runs. Both came out to bat on the second day as well, but this time the fast bowlers bowled with accurate line-length. Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj bowled consecutive short balls against Head.

Head was dismissed after scoring 17 more runs in the first session. After the wicket of Head, India also dismissed Cameron Green early and put pressure on Australia.

Ajinkya Rahane and KS Bharat have to save India from follow on

Team India lost 4 wickets in 75 balls. Ravindra Jadeja fought, but he too got out after scoring 48 runs. Now Ajinkya Rahane and wicket keeper KS Bharat are unbeaten. Both have the responsibility of saving the follow-on for India.

Experienced Ajinkya Rahane and young KS Bharat are at the crease.. Both will lead the innings on the third day. Both need to build a long partnership, as Australia's Smith and Head also shared a long partnership to take the team to a big score. In such a situation, partnership is very important on this pitch. Even after Bharat and Rahane, the team has batting options available till Shardul Thakur.

Third day is crucial

The WTC final match between India and Australia is now at a precarious stage as Australia are on the way to take the lead. After amassing a score of 469, the Aussies have put India under great pressure. 

The top order of India failed to get going and now at 151 for 5 at Stumps on Day 2, the fear of a follow-on is hovering.  In all probability, it could prove to be a crucial day as whether India can save match or not will be clear today. So, with all to look forward to, let's witness together the WTC final Day 3.

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