The final of the World Test Championship is being played between India and Australia. Australia has strengthened its grip on the second day of the Test being played at the Oval in London. By the end of the second day's play, India have scored 151 runs in their first innings losing five wickets. To save the follow-on, India has to score 269 runs i.e. 118 more runs. At present, Ajinkya Rahane is unbeaten on 29 runs and Shrikar Bharat is unbeaten on five runs.
Australia had scored 469 runs in their first innings. That is, the Indian team is still 318 runs behind its score. Now there are expectations from Rahane and Bharat only. On Thursday, Australia scored 142 runs and lost seven wickets, while India scored 151 runs and lost five wickets. A total of 293 runs were scored on Thursday and 12 wickets fell.
Team India's top-order flop
India's top order failed completely. Captain Rohit Sharma got out after scoring 15 runs, Shubman Gill 13 runs, Cheteshwar Pujara 14 runs, Virat Kohli 14 runs. India had lost four wickets till 71 runs. After this, Ravindra Jadeja and Rahane shared a 71-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Jadeja was caught in the slip by off-spinner Nathan Lyon. He could score 48 runs. On one hand, where Indian captain Rohit did not feed veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin because the ball would not spin in the Oval, on the other hand, Lyon took a wicket and gave a slap. With three more days to go, the road to the trophy looks tough.
Australia added 142 runs on Thursday
Earlier on Thursday, Australia started playing ahead of 327 runs for three wickets and was all out after adding 142 runs to the total. Travis Head was dismissed for 163. At the same time, Steve Smith scored the 31st century of his Test career. He got out after scoring 121 runs. Cameron Green was dismissed for six runs, Alex Carey 48 runs, Mitchell Starc five runs, Pat Cummins nine runs, and Leon nine runs. On the other hand, Usman Khawaja returned to the pavilion without opening the account on the first day on Wednesday. At the same time, David Warner scored 43 runs and Marnus Labushen scored 26 runs. Mohammad Siraj took the maximum four wickets from India. At the same time, Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur got two wickets each. Ravindra Jadeja took a wicket.
India's first innings
Rohit-Gil could not give a good start
Captain Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill looked in rhythm in the beginning. Rohit hit the second ball of Stark's first over for a four. Gill hits Cummins at a beautiful pull for a four.
Felt that both would give a good start, but on the last ball of the sixth over, Cummins made Rohit (15) LBW. In the very next over, Gill missed reading Boland in the cutter.
He released the ball which went straight into the wicket. After tea, Pujara (14) was also bowled like Gill in leaving Green's ball. The big blow came in the form of Virat (14).
He caught Smith in the slips on an uneven bounce ball from Stark. Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja tried to handle the innings by sharing a 71-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Jadeja (48) was dismissed by Leone. At the end of the day's play, Rahane was unbeaten on 29 and KS Bharat on five.
Smith-Head shared a 285-run partnership
Steve Smith, who remained unbeaten after scoring 95 runs on the first day, soon completed his 31st century. This was Smith's seventh century in England and ninth against India. Head too soon touched his 150. This was his fourth score of 150 in Test cricket. he has scored six centuries
Indian bowlers, who suffered the brunt of uncontrolled bowling on the first day, made the short ball a weapon on Thursday morning. The trap set gave India success in the form of heads.
Head tried to play Siraj's short ball away from the wicket. The ball touched the bat and got into the gloves of Bharat. Head scored 163 runs in 174 balls at a strike rate of 93.67.
Head and Smith batted together for 67 overs and shared a 285-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Smith completed 2000 Test runs against India
Mohammed Shami then got Cameron Green (6) caught in the slip by Gill. Big success Shardul Thakur got Smith bowled. A good length ball from Shardul took the edge of Smith's bat and went to the stumps.
Smith played an inning of 121 runs in 268 balls. He hit 19 fours. During this, he also completed his 2000 runs in Test cricket against India. He has scored more runs against England in Tests than this.
Akshar Patel ran out Mitchell Starc (5) while presenting an example of excellent fielding. Australia, who scored 327 for three yesterday, lost four wickets in 41 runs.
Australia lost seven wickets for 142 runs on the second day
Wicket-keeper Alex Carey then shared a 51-run partnership with captain Pat Cummins. Carey missed out on a half-century. Jadeja got him out LBW. He scored 48 runs in 69 balls with the help of seven fours and a six.
After this, Siraj dismissed Nathan Lyon (9) and Pat Cummins (9) to end Australia's innings at 469 runs. Australia today scored 142 runs and lost seven wickets. Mohammad Siraj was the most successful bowler in India. He took four wickets for 108 runs.