Australia piled up a massive 469 runs for the loss of all wickets in the final match of the World Test Championship 2023 on Thursday (June 08). The Indian team struggled in chasing this challenge. When the second day’s play ended, the Indian team was 5 out 151 runs were made. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja scored 48 runs for the Indian team. Australia’s leading spinners Nathan Lyon and Steve Smith created a record in dismissing him.
India’s leading batsmen failed in this match. When the Indian team was in trouble, Jadeja, who came to bat at number six, counter-attacked. He scored 48 runs off 51 balls. This included seven fours and one six. Lion forced him to jail Smith in his sleep
Along with this, the Lion-Smith duo has so far dismissed 55 batsmen in Test cricket. In the record for dismissals by a bowler and a fielder in Test cricket, the pair are joint second behind India legends Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble who have done so 55 times. Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan topped the list. Jayawardene took as many as 77 catches off Muralitharan’s bowling.
If we consider this match, the Australian team scored 467 runs on the strength of Travis Head’s century and a half and Smith’s century. Mohammad Siraj top-scored with four wickets for the Indian team. After that, India’s innings stands at 151 for 5 at the end of the second day. After the failure of the leading batsmen, Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane saved the innings by putting on a half-century partnership. On the third day, Rahane and Bharath will have the responsibility to save the team from the follow-on.
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