Australia are in a good position in the final of the World Test Championship. After posting 469 runs in the first innings in this match played at the Oval, Australia gave a big blow to the Indian batting. By the end of the second day’s play, India had scored 151 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. It will be important to see how many runs the Indian team scores on the third day on Friday (June 9).
Travis Head scored 163 and Steve Smith scored 121 from Australia. Initially, the wicket was considered good for Indian bowling. However, Australia recovered from the shock and put up a mountain of 469 runs in front of the Indian team by batting brilliantly. In this match, the Indian bowlers could not play on the field for a long time.
If we talk about the Indian batting, so far only Ravindra Jadeja could score 48 runs. Also, Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli could not play freely.
Australian bowlers accused of ball tampering
Meanwhile, former Pakistan batsman Basit Ali accused the Australian bowlers of ball tampering. He said the ball was tampered with in the 18th over after which Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara were dismissed.
Pakistani sports journalist Farid Khan tweeted and wrote, “Former Pakistani batsman Basil has accused Australian bowlers of ball tampering during the World Test Championship final against India.” He said, “The 16th, 17th and 18th overs of the Indian innings are conclusive evidence of ball tampering. The dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli is proof of ball tampering.”
Former Pakistan batter Basit Ali has accused Australia’s bowlers of ball tampering against India.
He says 16th, 17th and 18th overs of India’s innings were clear evidence of ball tampering, Che Pujara and Virat Kohli’s dismissals were also evidences of ball tampering. #WTCFinal
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) June 8, 2023
It is worth noting that in the 18th over of the match, the umpires decided to replace the ball as they felt that the ball was fouled. Two balls later, Mitchell Starc dismissed Kohli with extra bounce. However, fans believe that nothing happened and Basil is spreading fake news.
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