Day five of the World Test Championship began with India needing 280 runs with 7 wickets in hand. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were the overnight batters on whom the hopes were pinned by a billion praying Indian fans. The target in front of India was a huge 444, if India had happened to chase down the total it would have been a world record effort in test cricket.
The story so far –
Chasing 444 to win, India had made a good and aggressive start, thanks to Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma. The 41 run stand was broken thanks to controversial catch by Cameron Green off the bowling off Scott Boland. India then lost two more wickets in Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara in a space of few deliveries. Former Indian captain and Vice Captain duo of Kohli and Rahane saw the day off without further damage.
Steve Smith grabs a stunning catch to dismiss Kohli –
280 runs were still needed when Kohli and Rahane came out to bat. Australia began the day with Scott Boland and captain Pat Cummins. Boland was on the mark right away as he was seen troubling both the overnight Indian batters.
The 34 year old right seamer had Kohli in trouble with the ball going away and coming in. Boland then threw one wide as Virat Kohli went for a wild slash and the ball took a thick edge. Steve Smith, flung himself on to his right side to grab two handed grab send back Kohli for 49 off 78 balls.
And Indians lost their hope here— rajendra tikyani (@Rspt1503) June 11, 2023
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India loses one more –
Ravindra Jadeja came out to bat hoping to score some quick runs just, just like he did in the 1st innings. After leaving his first ball, the 34 year old all rounder was induced to play at the ball. Alex Carey did the rest as the nick carried to the Australian wicket keeper to send back Jadeja for a 2nd ball duck.
Australia in firm control –The loss of 2 wickets in a single over wasn’t the start Indian team wanted. With just KS Bharat and Shardul Thakur left the Australians are in firm control of the game. With the weather looking to hold fine, the odds are stacked in favor of Australia to win the WTC title as India’s hunt for an ICC title still continues.