India vs Australia, WTC Final Day 2 Highlights: IND end on 151/5 at Stumps, AUS firmly in control
India vs Australia, WTC Final Day 2 Highlights: India trail Australia by 318 runs and lost half their side in the second half of the day.
India vs Australia, WTC Final Day 2 Highlights: Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill got India off to a positive start but it all unravelled quickly thereafter as India lost their first five wickets in the second half of Day 2. They ended the day on 151/5, trailing Australia by 318 runs and still 118 runs away from avoiding a follow-on. All five of Australia's bowlers took a wicket each. India were largely buoyed by a 71-run stand between Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja for the fifth wicket. Jadeja fell to Lyon for a score of 48 off 51 while Rahane remained unbeaten at stumps on 29 off 71 with KS Bharat at the other end. Earlier, centuries from Travis Head and Steve Smith got Australia to a score of 469. India made a good fightback on Day 2 after managing to take just three wickets on the first day, with Mohammed Siraj's four-wicket haul leading the way for them. Alex Carey's quickfire 48 helped Australia cross the 450-run mark after which India ensured that the opposition's tail didn't wag too much.
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- Jun 08, 2023 10:33 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: India 151/5 at Stumps
They trail by 318 runs. Australia's day through and through here. India are still 118 runs away from avoiding a follow-on and even that looks like a mountain at the moment. Ajinkya Rahane looked fluent until copping a blow on his finger but even after that, he has looked solid in his grind. He is on 29 off 71, KS Bharat at the other end on five off 14. Five Australians bowled today, all of them got a wicket each.
- Jun 08, 2023 10:28 PM IST
WTC Final 2023: India 147/5 in 37 overs
This is probably going to be the last over of the day. Starc bowling it. Bharat had been hit on the gloves and then the chest off the last ball of the previous over, leading to some physions coming out and giving him attention. That contributed a lot in somewhat making sure that this will be the last over of the day.
- Jun 08, 2023 10:12 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: OUT! Lyon gets Jadeja
Jadeja edges the third delivery of Lyon's over to slip. Lyon flights this outside off, lures Jadeja to play. He prods at it on the front foot and the outside edge flies to Smith who never drops any.
Jadeja c Smith b Lyon 48 (51), India 142/5 in 34.4 overs
- Jun 08, 2023 10:10 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: FOUR!
This time Jadeja edges the fourth ball of the over just past gully, moves to 46. Runs coming pretty quickly for India.
- Jun 08, 2023 10:07 PM IST
WTC Final 2023: FOUR! Jadeja into the 40s
Back of a length from Starc, Jadeja stays back and runs it past gully. Fantastic shot.
- Jun 08, 2023 10:00 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: FOUR! India 125/4
They trail Australia by 344 runs. Boland overpitches the last ball of that over, Jadeja drives him through cover to the boundary. Australia now bring in Nathan Lyon for the first time today.
- Jun 08, 2023 09:59 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: 50 partnership between Rahane and Jadeja
How India need this and how they need these two to keep going. Jadeja is on 31 off 43, Rahane on 23 off 56.
- Jun 08, 2023 09:49 PM IST
WTC Final 2023: FOUR! Rahane with a beautiful cover drive
Sumptuous from Rahane. Boland goes too full for the fourth ball of the 30th, Rahane leans into it and sends it to the boundary. It has been a real grind for him since he survived that LBW call. He was struck on the finger off the very next ball and then he was hit on the helmet last over. It took him 24 balls to go from 17 to 18 and he is now on 22 off 51.
- Jun 08, 2023 09:37 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: SIX! Jadeja goes aerial!
And it is off Boland of all people! Boland goes straight and Jadeja flicks him over the square leg boundary. The Indian fans there were indicating four but then the replays show that it was even better than they thought.
- Jun 08, 2023 09:33 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: FOUR!
Green overpitches first ball of the 27th and Jadeja drives it past mid off.
- Jun 08, 2023 09:26 PM IST
WTC Final 2023: India 100/4 in 25 overs
Jadeja on 20 off 27, Rahane on 17 off 31. Rahane hasn't scored a run since copping that blow on his finger but India won't mind that one bit. These two have to survive till Stumps. Scott Boland now returns to bowl the 26th.
- Jun 08, 2023 09:21 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: India 98/4 in 24 overs
Rahane on 17 off 31, Jadeja on 18 off 21. Rahane did take that hurt arm off the bat handle for the first ball he faced since that impact. He seems to have adjusted to it. The replays showed, by the way, that umpire 's call would have been held up had Cummins not overstepped that delivery in which Rahane was initially declared out LBW.
- Jun 08, 2023 09:13 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: FOUR! Jadeja gets another
Too full and too straight from Starc for the third ball of that over, this time Jadeja whops it past square leg.
- Jun 08, 2023 09:10 PM IST
WTC Final 2023 Live score: FOUR!
Half volley to start off the 23rd from Starc, Jadeja drives it straight past the wide mid-off fielder.
- Jun 08, 2023 09:06 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: Rahane getting some treatment
India are 88/4 in 22 overs. Rahane is on 17 off 24, Jadeja on eight off 16. Cummins came in to bowl that one again and this time it's a length ball that ground up Rahane's forefinger on his right hand.
- Jun 08, 2023 09:04 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: RAHANE SURVIVES AN LBW DISMISSAL!
Oh Cummins had got Rahane out LBW but he had overstepped! The umpire had given it out, Rahane went for a review and that process stops at the front foot check. Cummins has difficulties with this, it is his fourth no ball. Is that the bit of luck India needed today?
- Jun 08, 2023 09:01 PM IST
WTC Final 2023: FOUR! Rahane looking good
Cummins goes a touch too full for the fourth ball of the 22nd and Rahane latches on to it. Driven crisply through the cover point region. How India need this partnership to deliver the goods, it is pretty much the last pair of recognised batters they have here. KS Bharat has not been too encouraging with his performances thus far in his short career and Shardul Thakur is a trump card.
- Jun 08, 2023 08:55 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: FOUR!
Starc bowling the 21st, overpitched and Jadeja punches it down the ground to the boundary.
- Jun 08, 2023 08:43 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: OUT! STARC GETS KOHLI
Snorter from Starc, extra bounce out of nowhere, Kohli gloves it to Smith at second slip. India lose another and it is the big fish, they are in a heap of trouble here. That delivery jumped of from a length and cramped Kohli up, there was pretty much nothing he could do about that.
Kohli c Smith b Starc 14 (31), India 71/4 in 18.2 overs
- Jun 08, 2023 08:39 PM IST
WTC Final 2023: FOUR!
Cummins goes short on off stump for the third ball of the 18th, Rahane pulls it over the square leg fielder. Not too convincing but it does the job.
- Jun 08, 2023 08:31 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: FOUR! Brilliant from Kohli
Starc brouht back into the attack, goes full and angling away past off, Kohli drives crisply through the mid-off region. Wonderful from the former India captain
- Jun 08, 2023 08:25 PM IST
WTC Final 2023: FOUR! Rahane off the mark with a boundary
Short and wide from Boland, Rahane upper cuts him over the slips. He is 4 off 2, Kohli on 7 off 23. India are 55/3, trail by 414 runs.
- Jun 08, 2023 08:18 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: BOWLED HIM! PUJARA OUT WITHOUT OFFERING A SHOT!
Gill had fallen without offering a shot to Boland, now Pujara to Green. The delivery is almost identical as well, fullish and angling in. Pujara leaves and the ball hits the top of off. Pujara was not convincing at all, the front foot did not move accross and the ball really hit the off stump square. Unlike Gill, this wasn't even top of off. Quite an extraordinary error in judgement.
Pujara b Green 14 (25), India 50/3 in 13.5 overs
- Jun 08, 2023 08:12 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: India 49/2 in 12 overs
Pujara is on 14 off 18, Kohli on five off 14. Pujara has been alert to any little slip from the Aussie pacers so far. So far so good for the Indians in this session.
- Jun 08, 2023 08:10 PM IST
WTC Final 2023: FOUR! What a shot from Pujara
A little of a length from Green for he fifth ball of the 12th and Pujara punches it to the right of backward point.
- Jun 08, 2023 08:04 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: FOUR! Pujara gets one away
Boland goes a touch too full angling on leg and Pujara latches on to that one. Brings his wrists into play and whips it past mid-on.
- Jun 08, 2023 08:02 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: The players are back!
Boland bowling the first over of the third session, Pujara is on strike with Kohli at the other end. This session will pretty much decide if India can climb this mountain or not.
- Jun 08, 2023 07:42 PM IST
WTC Final 2023: TEA! India 37/2 in 10 overs
Pujara on three off nine, Kohli on four off 11. A wicket each for Cummins and Boland. India are trailing by 432 runs and they have a hard grind ahead of them. Cummins and Boland have done something that Indian seamers were hesitant to do which was bowling at the stumps. Boland in particular showed some metronomic accuracy on that good length which gave him the wicket of the in-form Shubman Gill. India are in all sorts of trouble here, Kohli and Pujara have only just about managed to hold on and they've had more than their fair share of close calls thus far.
- Jun 08, 2023 07:36 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: A run off Boland at last
Pujara takes two off the fifth ball of the third over bowled by Boland and those are the first runs anyone has scored off him today. Boland had been pretty much the only pacer who could hold his own on the spinning wickets in India earlier this year. On a wicket assisting pace, he is turning out to be a handful for India.
- Jun 08, 2023 07:31 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: FOUR! Kohli lucky there
Good length from Cummins, Kohli looking to leave but can't get the bat away in time. The ball hits the inside edge and flies past the stumps and the keeper to the boundary. Smith had a similar let off early in the innings yesterday...
- Jun 08, 2023 07:25 PM IST
WTC Final 2023: GONE! Gill cleaned up!
Australia on top now. Gill leaves but the ball hits the stumps, not many worse ways for a batter to be dismissed there. Boland's introduction has become a game changer for Australia. His ninth consecutive dot ball, Gill leaves but doesn't look too sure about it. The ball angles in and hits the top of off.
Gill b Boland 13 (15), India 30/2 in 6.4 overs
- Jun 08, 2023 07:20 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: OUT! Rohit falls!
Captain gets captain. Last ball of the sixth, Cummins sends it in at a good length, nips back in and Rohit looks plumb. He decides not to review it and walks off.
Rohit Sharma lbw b Cummins 15 (26), India 30/1 in 6 overs
- Jun 08, 2023 07:17 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: India 23/0 in 5 overs
Into the last over of powerplay, one would have said had this been a game happening in India a month ago between two franchises representing two cities. Gill and Rohit wouldn't have been in the same team for sure. But, it's the purest format being played today and this is just a good start for India and nothing more, or nothing less either. Rohit on 15 off 25, Gill on six off six. Starc had leaked 14 runs in his two overs and he has been taken off for Scott Boland, who bowls a maiden first up.
- Jun 08, 2023 07:05 PM IST
WTC Final 2023: India 13/0 in 2 overs
Good start for India here. Rohit on six off 10 while Gill is on six off three.
- Jun 08, 2023 07:02 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: FOUR! Glorius from Gill
And it is a no ball as well from Cummins. Last ball of the second over is fractionally overpitched, not really a half volley. Gill leans out and drives with perfect timing through covers.
- Jun 08, 2023 06:53 PM IST
WTC Final 2023: FOUR! Rohit pulls
Doesn't matter what format it is, if it is somewhere near the hips, Rohit will nail the pull shot. Second ball of the first over bowled by Mitchell Starc, Rohit sends that behind square for four.
- Jun 08, 2023 06:48 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: The players making their way back
Australia's fast bowlers Scott Boland and Cameron Green were out there practicing their run ups. Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma will be out shortly for India, as will the rest of the Australian team.
- Jun 08, 2023 06:38 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: Australia 469 all out
Siraj gets his fourth, Pat Cummins is the last man to fall for Australia. Just a little back of a length and outside off from Siraj, Cummins hits it straight to the man at extra cover where Ajinkya Rahane takes his 100th Test catch. Fantastic comeback from the Indian bowlers but their batters still have their task cut out. A lot of sideways movement and some uneven bounce on offer as well for the Australians to exploit.
- Jun 08, 2023 06:30 PM IST
WTC Final 2023: BOWLED HIM!
Full and straight from Siraj, Lyon misses his heave and it takes the off stump. That's wicket No.3 for Siraj.
- Jun 08, 2023 06:24 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: Australia 463/8 in 118 overs
Lyon on 9 off 15, Cummins on 8 off 30. Smith did say that Australia would have liked to declare just before Tea today. At one point in the first session, that had started to look impossible but now, there is a chance that they could be all out for a score close to or beyond 500 by that point.
- Jun 08, 2023 06:11 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: OUT! Jadeja gets Carey!
Sweep shot, LBW and gone. Carey got out to the spinners a number of times in this fashion during Australia's tour of India earlier this year and that is exactly how he falls here. This time it was a reverse sweep that he attempted, India appeal and the umpire shakes his head. Rohit takes the review. It pitched on middle and off, straightened and would have gone on to hit middle and off.
Carey lbw b Jadeja 48 (69), Australia 453/8 in 114.4 overs
- Jun 08, 2023 06:08 PM IST
WTC Final 2023 Live score: SIX!
Carey brings up the 50 partnership in style. Jadeja overpitched the third delivery, Carey steps down the track and sends it sailing over mid-on. Second six of the innings overall.
- Jun 08, 2023 06:07 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: Spin is in at last for India
Ravindra Jadeja comes in to bowl the 115th over. Australia are 446/7, Carey has reached 42 in 66 while Cummins is on 6 off 24.
- Jun 08, 2023 06:00 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: FOUR!
Not the best from Shami. Juicy full volley from round the wicket on the pads, Carey tucks it away to the boundary.
- Jun 08, 2023 05:53 PM IST
WTC Final 2023: FOUR! Carey gets one away
Carey gets in the gap past the midwicket fielder and the outfield is quick enough to get the ball to the boundary.
- Jun 08, 2023 05:45 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: The players are back!
Umesh Yadav is bowling the first over of the second session to Alex Carey. Carey on 22 off 45, Cummins at the other end on 2 off 17.
- Jun 08, 2023 05:38 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: Some Smith records
Smith has scored 512 runs at the Oval, which is the second highest for batters at the venue. The highest is, no surprises for guessing, Sir Don Bradman, who scored 553. The 285-run stand between Smith and Head is the fourth highest for Australia against India for any wicket in Test history. This is Smith's 7th century in England, surpassing Dravid's record of 6. He is tied with Steve Waugh for most centuries by a visiting batter in England and the list is led by (surprise, surprise!) Bradman who had 11. Smith is also now third on the list of batters with most centuries for Australia. This was his 31st century, which took him past Matthew Hayden. Only Waugh (32) and Ricky Ponting (41) are ahead of him now.
- Jun 08, 2023 05:04 PM IST
WTC Final 2023: LUNCH! Australia 422/7
Four wickets for India, three of them quite big ones. This session has belonged to India but Australia did get 95 runs in it as well. They have gone past the 400-run mark which means the Indian batters already have a mountain to climb. They will need to return for the third session and ensure that the Aussie tail doesn't wag.
- Jun 08, 2023 04:58 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: FOUR!
Siraj goes full on off after a couple of bouncers, Carrey reads it like a book and carves through point.
- Jun 08, 2023 04:38 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: OUT! Brilliant from Axar
Axar Patel on as a substitute fielder and he makes an impact. Gentle drive from Starc to the left of mid-on and he set off. It was almost like Starc forgot that Axar is left handed, perhaps he didn't notice that Axar has come on for Shami at all. Whatever it is, Axar belts in a left-handed throw at the non-striker's end and takes the stumps.
- Jun 08, 2023 04:36 PM IST
WTC Final 2023 Live: 400 up for Australia
Regardless of what happens from here, the fact remains that India have a mountain to climb here. Australia are 400/6 off 103 overs.
- Jun 08, 2023 04:10 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: BOWLED HIM! THAKUR CLEANS UP SMITH!
Of course it's Shardul Thakur who gets Steve Smith. Of course it's him. It has come out of nowhere, as it normally does with Shardul Thakur. Innocuous delivery outside off, Smith hangs out his bat, inside edge and on to the stumps. An error from Smith and that ends his knock.
Smith b Thakur 121 (268), Australia 387/6
- Jun 08, 2023 04:07 PM IST
WTC Final 2023: Australia 382/5 in 97 overs
Smith is on 120 off 263. A couple of big shouts for LBW off the last two balls of the 97th off Shami's bowling. India decided to not review both the calls from the umpire, although the first was quite close.
- Jun 08, 2023 03:47 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: OUT! Green nicks to the slips!
Shami creates that inward angle by going well wide of the crease, Green feels the drive is on but it wasn't. It was slashed hard though and so the ball darted to Gill at second slip at a considerable speed. Gill did well to hold on to it. India fighting back here.
Green c Shubman Gill b Mohammed Shami 6 (7), Australia 376/5 in 94.2 overs
- Jun 08, 2023 03:45 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: BACK TO BACK FOURS! Australia 376/4
Siraj with some fire and stares for Smith, the Aussie replies with a couple of fours either side of the field.
- Jun 08, 2023 03:43 PM IST
WTC Final 2023 Live score: Australia 368/4
Smith on 111 off 253 balls while Cameron Green is at the other end on 6 off 5. Green had started off with a four off the very first ball he faced while Smith seems to have got into that bubble of his. Once he is in there, it is pretty much impossible for any team in the world to get him out.
- Jun 08, 2023 03:30 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: OUT! Breakthrough at last for India!
Short ball plan comes off at last for India. India have kept it full and short throughout the morning and while they conceded a clump of boundaries, they have got one of the two big wickets. First ball of the 92nd from Siraj directed and Head's hips, the batter tries to whip it fine, the ball brushes the gloves and goes to the wicketkeeper. That partnership ends on 285 off 408 balls.
Head c Bharat b Mohammed Siraj 163 (174), Australia 361/4 in 91.1 overs
- Jun 08, 2023 03:28 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: FOUR! Australia 361/3 in 91 overs
Half volley outside off from Shami to Smith to finish the over. Smith is never going to miss out on those, drives it between extra-cover and mid-off for another four. He moves to 110 opff 247, Head on 163 off 173. v
- Jun 08, 2023 03:23 PM IST
WTC Final 2023 Live score: Australia 351/3 in 90 overs
Head hit the fifth ball of the 90th bowled by Siraj for a four but then came a sliver of a chance for India. Head miscued a pull but it landed right in between the fielders at midwicket and deep square leg.
- Jun 08, 2023 03:16 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: FOUR! 150 for Head
A fraction short outside off from Shami for the third ball of the 89th, Head cuts it away to get past to his fourth Test 150.
- Jun 08, 2023 03:13 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: Just 9% of deliveries from India aimed at the stumps
The broadcasters show a stat which indicated that of all the deliveries bowled thus far in this Test, just 9% were aimed at the stumps. Well that is a disturbing stat, as highlighted by Matthew Hayden. "That for me has to be somewhere near 30%" he says. Australia 339/3 in 88 overs. Smith on 104 (239), Head on 148 (162).
- Jun 08, 2023 03:06 PM IST
WTC Final 2023 Live score: Australia 336/3 in 86 overs
An eventful over to start the day and Siraj came back quite well towards the end of that. He made the fourth delivery nip in from good length and then appealed for LBW. Umpire shook his head and India didn't go upstairs as Smith may have got some bat on it. Siraj then beat Smith's outside edge off the last ball.
- Jun 08, 2023 03:05 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: Words between Siraj and Smith!
Smith backs away as Siraj came in to bowl the fourth and the pacer lets him know that he is not happy with that. Smith seems to be pointing to the spider cam to show Siraj what distracted him. He was well within his rights to do that, this is pure frustration from Siraj. India can't afford to lose their heads this early in the day.
- Jun 08, 2023 03:02 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: FOUR! 31st Test ton for Smith
Another kind-hearted half volley on leg from Siraj, the very next delivery. Smith clips it away nicely and takes off his helmet. 31st Test century and he has not even got to his 100th Test. An extraordinary feat, helped a bit by some inexplicably poor bowling from Siraj. Rohit gives him an earful for that one.
- Jun 08, 2023 03:01 PM IST
WTC Final 2023 Live: FOUR! Smith on 99
A nice juicy half volley is what Smith faces first up on Day 2. Not the best from Siraj. Smith one run away now.
- Jun 08, 2023 02:59 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: The players are out!
Right, enough talk, out come Travis Head and Steve Smith. India go into a short huddle before walking out themselves. It is a bright sunny day at the Oval, Mohammed Siraj is bowling the first over of the day and Head will be on strike. He is four short of 150, Smith is five short of his 31st Test ton.
- Jun 08, 2023 02:57 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final: The pitch on Day 2
Another lovely day, light winds and it is nice and warm by English standards. This time yesterday, there were cloudy skies but today is bright. Yesterday, the pitch played tough in the first session with the sideways movement and some uneven bounce. You could be led astray seeing the grass cover, but this is how an Oval pitch generally is. When the ball has been hitting the bare patches, it is causing uneven bounce. The pitch is very dry underneath the grass, but the taller Australian ballers will cause the pitch to degrade quite a bit. We both expect the ball to be spinning by day 3 and 4, reckon Nasser Hussain and Kumar Sangakkara
- Jun 08, 2023 02:56 PM IST
Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: What Gavaskar feels Ravindra Jadeja should do
"Not just to contain but also to take wickets. If he bowls over the wicket to the left hander, try and get Travis Head driving. There are footmarks, the odd ball landing over there can turn. Even to the right handed Smith, he should bowl over the wicket, try and get the ball in the rough. Get him to drive at the start of the innings. We saw Marnus Labuschagne earlier, since he has been playing in England recently he knows it is important to keep the bat close to the body here. That is what the Indians should try to do, get the ball to go into the batter and create that gap"
- Jun 08, 2023 02:38 PM IST
India vs Australia Live score: Indian bowlers run to the ground
Ricky Ponting had observed in the commentary box observed how three of India's pacers - Shami, Siraj and Thakur were all bending their front legs towards the end of Day 1. It is not something that Siraj and Shami do usually and it indicated nothing apart from just how tired they were by that point in the day. How India would hope to avoid a situation like that today.
- Jun 08, 2023 02:09 PM IST
IND vs AUS Live score: Head on the headway Australia have made
“Losing the toss this morning, we've done an exceptionally good job day one. Lot of hard work to do in the morning, but nice to come off with a really good start. I had a wonderful time, this time in '19, we played a million warm-up games and A series. This time completely different. We know the process well and train and have the backing. (Key to success) Making sure I am in really good position, I felt like today I was for most of my innings. I was tested, there were moments I thought they were going to come with plans. Trying to be adjustable on the job, work through and negate those periods and stay relaxed at the same time. It's nice when you have got a bloke at the other end playing as well as he is. I always love batting with Steve, I always feel I go under the radar because there are so many plans bowling to him. You say second fiddle, but I feel like I am doing that to him. (On the pitch) As it gets quicker, you may see more nicks. It was a touch slow, it was challenging with both new balls.”
- Jun 08, 2023 01:42 PM IST
WTC Final 2023 Live score: Wickets that fell on Day 1
India did not have to wait too long to get a breakthrough on the first day. In-form opener Usman Khawaja was sent back for a duck by Mohammed Siraj in the fourth over. David Warner, who was looking quite dangerous, then held fort with Marnus Labuschagne for nearly 20 overs after that before falling after scoring 43 in 60 to Shardul Thakur. That wicket came in part due to a sensational catch behind the wickets by KS Bharat. Labuschagne fell to Shami in just the second over of the second session on 26 and Australia were 76/3. From there, it was all Head and Smith and Australia ended the day on 327/3.
- Jun 08, 2023 01:18 PM IST
India vs Australia Live Score: The Smith and Head partnership
It is one that has reaped rich dividends for Australia this WTC cycle. One is a batter who has hit the sweetest of purple patches, the other is an all-time great who permanently lives in a patch of that colour. Smith and Head have had eight partnerships in this cycle in which they have scored 695 at a blinding average of 99.28. They have had three century stands and one half century stand, with a highest of 251 not out. That score was achieved yesterdat and Unfortunately for India, it did look they are going to pile on many more the way they were batting towards the end of the Day 1. Fortunately for India, 't is a new day!
- Jun 08, 2023 12:49 PM IST
IND vs AUS Live Score, WTC Final Day 2: What can Indian bowlers do
First and foremost, be more consistent and try to bowl six balls in one area, according to the field. Secondly, Head looked really uncomfortable when the short ball was aimed at his body. India took a whole lot of time to use those tactics and when they finally did, Siraj and Shami were tired. They can try that early on Day 2.
- Jun 08, 2023 12:33 PM IST
India vs Australia Live Score, WTC Final Day 2: Head ahead of Pant
With his blistering knock, Travis Head has moved ahead of Rishabh Pant for highest strike rate in this WTC cycle (2021-23). Head currently has a strike rate of 81.91; Pant had finished with 80.81.
- Jun 08, 2023 12:25 PM IST
India vs Australia Live Score, WTC Final Day 2: Travis Head on the pitch
While Head admitted that it was an “exceptionally good job” from the batting front, the pitch can induce more nicks off the bat.
“As it gets quicker, you may see more nicks. It was a touch slow, it was challenging with both new balls,” Head had said in the interview following Day 1.
- Jun 08, 2023 12:21 PM IST
IND vs AUS Live Score, WTC Final Day 2: India in desperate need of early breakthroughs
The Indian bowlers will be aiming to make quick inroads in the opening session of Day 2 at the WTC Final. According to India star Dinesh Karthik, the side will have to resort to treat “draw as a win” if it lets Australia go past the 420-run mark in the first innings.
- Jun 08, 2023 12:16 PM IST
India vs Australia Live Score: Weather forecast for Day 2
It is expected to be sunny and bright throughout the whole day in London, so we will likely have a full day's play today.
- Jun 08, 2023 12:12 PM IST
India vs Australia Live Score: Gavaskar baffled with Ashwin's snub
India batting great Sunil Gavaskar came down hard at the team management for leaving Ashwin out of the WTC Final.
“India missed a trick by not playing Ravi Ashwin. He's the No. 1 Ranked bowler. You don't look at the pitch for players like him. You are playing a World Test Championships final, and you don’t pick the number one bowler in Test cricket. This decision from Team India is beyond my understanding,” he said
- Jun 08, 2023 11:36 AM IST
India vs Australia Live Score: Ashwin's absence divides opinion
India selected four fast bowlers at the expense of spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, the world's No. 1-ranked test bowler. Following Head's brilliant knock, many argued that Ashwin would have particularly menaced the four left-handed batters in the Aussie lineup including the centurion.
“Looking at the conditions in the morning we thought an additional seamer would be beneficial,” bowling coach Paras Mhambrey said about the decision following the play on Day 1.
- Jun 08, 2023 11:28 AM IST
India vs Australia Live Score, WTC Final Day 2: Bowlers disappoint
While India did make a strong start to the match, removing three batters early in the Aussie innings, the pacer's choices of lines and lengths – particularly against Travis Head – did raise eyebrows. Head had less difficulty taking on the bowlers – Shardul Thakur and Umesh Yadav in particular – as the duo has conceded at an economy rate of 4.20 and 3.90 so far.
- Jun 08, 2023 11:21 AM IST
IND vs AUS Live Score, WTC Final Day 2: Steve Smith, composed as ever
As Travis Head took an aggressive approach, Smith bid his time at the crease. Watchful and resolute, the Australia batter took 38 more balls than Head needed for his century, just to score his 68th Test half-century. He has an average of nearly 97 at the Oval, and stayed true to it as he ended the day at an unbeaten 95.
- Jun 08, 2023 11:11 AM IST
India vs Australia Live Score, WTC Final Day 2: A sensational outing for Head
Travis Head came to bat when Australia were struggling at 76/3. Staying true to his game, Head began an onslaught on the Indian bowlers and snatched the momentum, racing to his fifty off just 60 deliveries. He eventually ended the day on an unbeaten 146 and looks set for a massive score in the ‘Ultimate Test’
- Jun 08, 2023 11:01 AM IST
India vs Australia Live Score, WTC Final Day 2: Hello and welcome!
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of India vs Australia, WTC Final Day 2 from The Oval in London! India will be aiming for a strong start after a disappointing opening day on Wednesday, while the Australian duo of Steve Smith and Travis Head will hope to pick from where they left on Day 1.