India Knocked Over For 296; Australia Take A Lead of 173 runs
Shardul Thakur playing a shot (AP Photo)
The much-awaited WTC Final between India and Australia has reached an important stage now as Australia have taken a big lead of 173 runs at the end of India's first innings. India's famed batting line-up crumbled on the biggest stage to bowl out for 296 in reply to Australia's big first innings total of 469.
Australian bowlers were right on the mark from the word 'go' and kept hitting the good-length channel consistently to make Indian batters dance to their tunes. India's big top four were all gone with just 71 runs on the board and it was the duo of Rahane and Jadeja that kept India going on Day 2.
Srikar Bharat was knocked over on the second delivery of day 3 with Boland producing a ripper of a delivery. Then came the Indian fightback as Shardul and Rahane got together and stitched together a 109-run stand. India were helped by dropped catches and NO BALLS from Aussie bowlers but overall, India lost only one wicket in the first session and came into the second session with a glimmer of hope.
However, Cummins got rid of Rahane at the score of 89 just after the Lunch and though Shardul scored a fifty, India's tail was wiped out quickly by Aussies to take a pole position in this game.
Pat Cummins and Boland were the pick of the bowlers with three and two wickets respectively but overall, they bowled well as a bowling group and now would be looking to pile up the lead going ahead in this Test match.
Indian bowlers, on the other hand, need to show character and bowl out Australia to as low a total as possible to stand a chance of winning this game.