WTC Final | India Stage Rollicking Fightback; Australia Bowled Out For 469
Mohammed Siraj celebrating a wicket (AP Photo)
The much-awaited India-Australia WTC Final got underway on 7th of June at The Oval with an expectation that it will be an intense affair between two top sides in the world. Australia though dominated the first day with over 300 runs and just three wickets down but India have now shown that they are not going to back down in this game. They have displayed tremendous fighting spirit and have taken Australia's last 7 wickets for just 108 runs to clean up Australia for 469 in the second session of Day 2.
The star of the show for India was Mohammed Siraj, as he ended with four important wickets. He also started the Australian collapse in the first session as he broke the 285-run stand for the fourth wicket between Smith and Head. Head was the one who fell into the bodyline ploy of India for a well-made 163.
That fourth wicket fell when the score was 361 and from thereon, Australia kept losing wickets at regular intervals, with all bowlers getting into the wickets column except Umesh Yadav. The important wicket of Steve Smith, who scored 121 runs, was taken by Shardul Thakur on his first delivery of the day, which proved a decisive wicket in the end.
Overall, Australia have got to a good score and India need to bat well if they want to get closer to the Australian total and get that crucial lead in the first innings.