The first day of the final match of the World Test Championship was held on Wednesday (June 7). This match between the two teams is being played at The Oval Stadium in England. After losing the toss, Australia had to bat first. But thanks to the contributions of both Steve Smith and Travis Head, the team was able to cross the 300-run mark.
As expected, the Indian team got off to a good start after bowling first. But Steve Smith () and Travis Head made the Indian bowlers sweat. For the fourth wicket, these two have crossed a partnership of more than 200 runs. Smith continues on the pitch with 95*, Head 146*. By the end of the first day’s play, the Australian team had scored 327 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. A total of 85 overs could be played on the first day.
Mohammad Siraj got the wicket of Usman Khawaja when the Australian team scored 2. Khawaja lost his wicket to wicketkeeper KS Bharat in the fourth over after scoring zero runs off 10 balls. Australia’s second blow came in the 22nd over of the innings. Opener David Warner also lost a catch in the hands of wicketkeeper KS Bharat. This time the team score was 71 and Shardul Thakur was bowling. Australia lost their third wicket in the form of Marnus Labuschagne. When the team’s score was 76, Labuschenne was bowled by Mohammed Shami. Warner and Labuschagne contributed 43 and 26 runs respectively.
Mohammad Siraj, Mohammad Shami and Shardul Thakur took one wicket each. However, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja could not perform as expected for the team on the first day. Yadav spent 54 runs in 14 overs, while Jadeja spent 48 runs in 14 overs. However, both of them did not get a single wicket till the end of the day’s play. Ravichandran Ashwin, who is known as the best Test bowler in the world, is not in the playing eleven and questions are being raised. Seeing the green top pitch of the oval, the Indian team management decided to play with four fast bowlers. However, this innings of India seems to have backfired on them on the first day. (Steve Smith and Travis Head put on an incredible knock on Day 1 of the WTC Finals)
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