WTC Final Day 3: Australia Remains in Firm Control at The Oval despite India's Fightback
June 09, 2023:
Australia continued to dominate the World Test Championship final at The Oval, extending their lead to 296 runs with 6 wickets remaining in the second innings, despite India's valiant efforts on Day 3.
The day began with Australia resuming their first innings at a formidable total of 469 runs. Travis Head's magnificent knock of 163, accompanied by Steve Smith's century (121) and Alex Carey's contribution of 48 runs, propelled Australia's innings. The Indian bowlers, including Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur, showed determination by picking up crucial wickets.
In response, India displayed resilience in their first innings. Ajinkya Rahane led the charge with a well-crafted 89 runs, providing a glimmer of hope for the team. Shardul Thakur's fighting half-century (51) and Ravindra Jadeja's valuable 48 runs contributed to India's total of 296 runs. Pat Cummins spearheaded the Australian bowling attack with three wickets.
India's pacers came alive in the second innings, delivering inspiring spells. Mohammed Siraj dismissed David Warner, while Umesh Yadav removed Usman Khawaja, putting pressure on the Australian batting line-up. Virat Kohli's motivating pep talk further fueled India's hopes for a remarkable fightback against Australia.
However, Marnus Labuschagne's composed innings of 41 runs and Cameron Green's unbeaten 7 runs steadied Australia's second innings. The Indian bowlers, particularly Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav, made notable contributions but were unable to halt Australia's progress. At stumps on Day 3, Australia reached 123 for 4, extending their lead and maintaining a firm grip on the match.
**Australia 1st Innings:** 469 all out in 121.3 overs (Travis Head 163, Steve Smith 121, Alex Carey 48; Mohammed Shami 2/102, Mohammed Siraj 2/106, Shardul Thakur 2/83)
**India 1st Innings:** 296 all out in 69.4 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 89, Shardul Thakur 51, Ravindra Jadeja 48; Pat Cummins 3/83)
**Australia 2nd Innings:** 123/4 in 44 overs (Marnus Labuschagne 41*, Cameron Green 7*; Mohammad Shami 0/17, Umesh Yadav 1/21)