WTC Final Scenario: Australia Into The Finals; India, Sri Lanka Battle For Second Spot
Australia beat India by 9 wickets [AP Photos]
The World Test Championship Final is just around the corner, and the first team to reach the finals is here. Australia defeated India in the third Test in Indore on Thursday, and as a result have secured their ticket to grand finale.
But which team will join the Aussies is still unclear. Will it be India? Or will it be Sri Lanka?
The rest of the teams are already out of contention and only two teams remain in the hunt to secure their place for the much-awaited game at the Oval, London.
It is fair to say that Australia have been a dominant team in the ongoing WTC cycle. They have not lost a Test series in the 2021-23 cycle, and have won 11 out of the 18 Tests that they have played.
Led by Pat Cummins, Australia have resurrected themselves, and will be gunning to win the WTC finals in June.
Trailing by 0-2 in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series, Australia had a series of issues to deal with. Pat Cummins went back home due to personal reasons, David Warner got injured and flew back home, and Steve Smith was appointed the new skipper for the third Test.
They played one of their best games in recent times and defeated India in their own game-plan. The rank-turner back-fired on the Indian side as Australian spinners spun a web around the Indian batters and they eventually won the game by 9 wickets.
Scenario for WTC Finals
Australia have booked their place with a win in Indore, and irrespective of the result in the Ahmedabad Test, they'll finish as the top positioned team in the points table.
The equation is simple for India. Win the next game in Ahmedabad and book their place for a game in the WTC finale. However, if they lose or draw the next Test, their fate will lie at the hands of Sri Lanka. If the Lankan Lions beat New Zealand 2-0 in the upcoming series, they'll automatically qualify for the finals. So, Rohit Sharma and co. cannot afford another slip-up.
If India win their next Test, Sri Lanka can say goodbye to their qualification hopes. However, if they beat New Zealand 2-0 in their own backyard, and India draw or lose the next Test, then Sri Lanka will book their flight to London and India will crash out.